East Meets West Train Explorer

East Meets West Train Explorer

10

days

starting from US $5,250per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(4 reviews)

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Traveling across Canada is a dream - and what better way to do it than with the convenience and comfort of train travel? Combine a cross country overnight journey with the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer’s daylight sightseeing train and you will be surrounded by spectacular scenery for the entire length of your vacation. This rail adventure gives you a complete introduction to Canada in just over a week.

East Meets West Train Explorer – Map Evening view of the CN tower in Toronto, Ontario Scenic VIA Rail train trip at sunset VIA Rail train travels through the Canadian Rockies The 'Ice Explorer' bus visits the Athabasca Glacier Gondola ride over Banff Passengers enjoy a scenic ride on the Rocky Mountaineer dome car
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Trip Outline

Arrive Toronto 1 night Toronto 3 nights Via Rail 1 night Jasper 2 night Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call. This itinerary can also be done in reverse.

Day 1 – Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins – Arrive Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! Enjoy a private and personalized transfer from the airport directly to your hotel. The sounds of Canada’s largest city welcome you as you arrive in downtown Toronto. Overnight in Toronto.

Feature Dinner in Toronto
You’re travelling the Fresh Tracks Canada way, so relax - we have the inside scoop to make sure your vacation is off to a great start! We want your first meal to be memorable – and what better spot than the CN tower? Sit in awe of the spectacular 360 degree views of the city as you eat world class cuisine.

Day 2 – Toronto Tour / VIA Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
You have the day to explore Toronto. Choose from the following 3 options to enjoy Toronto and its surrounding area to the fullest.

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Join a guide to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Culture Nature and Discovery Walk
Take a look at Indigenous culture in Toronto on this day tour. Walk towards the shores of Lake Ontario along the River Humber in this idyllic greenspace in the west of Toronto. Discover what life was like for the first inhabitants of the area, smell sacred healing plants, taste delights that are natural and plentiful to the area, and learn the knowledge of indigenous teachings.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Choice of Toronto Food Tour
Take your pick of culinary adventures in Toronto. From a unique pizza tour to a Chinatown exploration. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown+Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood with a long Irish immigrant history. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way including ‘the best dark chocolate in the world’.
Activity rating: Moderate

This evening, you’re on your way to the great Canadian Rockies! The overnight train across Canada between Toronto and Jasper is an incredible rail journey that takes three full days. Leave the picturesque lake lands of Northern Ontario behind, as you travel west to Jasper.

Day 3 & 4 – Canadian Rail Journey to the West – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes once again as you travel across the undulating plain of the Canadian prairie provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. This is the second and third day and night of your across Canada rail journey.

Day 5 – Enter Canada’s Rocky Mountains – Arrive in Jasper
Step off the Canadian train and take a deep breath – the crisp mountain air is invigorating. You are completely surrounded by mountains and trees. You look to your left and see a downtown gas station with a snow topped mountain peak standing proudly in the distance behind it. Jasper is summed up in that one view. It’s a town with all the modern touches, but the splendor of the Canadian Rockies is never out of reach.

Day 6 – Icefields Parkway Tour – Jasper to Banff
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway with a stop in picture perfect Lake Louise.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. In the late afternoon arrive in the stunning Lake Louise, the picture perfect spot to visit.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Explore the Icefields at your own pace with a private driver-guide. Step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour you won’t soon forget. Marvel at the natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from the Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and multiple glaciers. Snap a picture of a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two glacial lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 – Banff Tour
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints around the Banff town site on a small group bus tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff Photography Tour
On a privately guided photography workshop, discover Banff National Park from a new view point. Learn how to take great photos or improve your camera skills and make memories to bring home to share with friends and family.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Get away from the crowds and soar above the peaks of the Canadian Rockies on a guided heli-hike. View pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless, and step out into a natural landscape inaccessible to the average tourist.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We’ve included admission to the Banff Gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, the panoramic vistas at the summit will completely take your breath away.

Day 8 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular range of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal Canadian city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart
Today you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your across Canada train vacation comes to an end.

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife and northern lights train trips, our vacations are not typically "escorted." We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

What we love about this trip

Overnight train trip across Canada onboard VIA Rail

Rocky Mountaineer's scenic daylight rail journey

Seeing the Canadian Rockies and glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

Exploring the towns of Banff & Jasper

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What Clients Say

Tours were better than anticipated

Tours were better than anticipated

Star Rating 5

Both trains, Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer, provided excellent comfort and fabulous service. The gourmet food was a highlight and as good as I would expect from a top rated restaurant; a true delight for a foodie - lobster ravioli for brunch on VIA Rail! Spectacular changing scenery of plains, deserts,... read more

Limited Time Offer:
Canada's 150th Anniversary

Up to $450 in free credits to personalize your trip if booked by May 31st. Click for details...

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Toronto city tour - Toronto city tour
Toronto city tour
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Banff small group sightseeing tour - Banff small group sightseeing tour
Banff small group sightseeing tour
Accommodations & rail service:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Banff and Vancouver


Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Banff Gondola Ride


* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Vancouver or Toronto, depending on your trip’s direction
12 delicious meals onboard the trains

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations.
• Ask us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian train.
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage .
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens or whale watching

• Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal in Eastern Canada.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Rimrock Resort is one of Fresh Tracks favourite hotels! The hotel is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Royal York - Exterior of hotelFairmont Royal York - Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - Indoor PoolFairmont Royal York - Hotel from across the water

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Another of the original historic Fairmont properties, close to shopping and dining, and just steps to Union Station and the theatre district. The hotel features 5 restaurants, a bar, a health club, and shops.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Toronto Start Dates
May 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4

2017 Vancouver Start Dates*
April 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8
*Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper if starting in Vancouver - please inquire for exact trip pricing from Vancouver.

2018 Toronto Start Dates
Every Wednesday between May 9 - October 3

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Thursday & Sunday between April 26 - October 7
*Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper if starting in Vancouver - please inquire for exact trip pricing from Vancouver.

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $5,250to US $6,566per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $5,940to US $7,226per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $6,990to US $8,510per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others

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Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
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Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which train to take, and lots more...

     
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One-size-fits-all approach.

     

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Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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No one can be trusted more...

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations

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  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Canadian Train Vacations (Fresh Tracks Canada) in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
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  • A BBB Accredited Business since 08/02/2008
  • Highest rating: A+
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Tours were better than anticipated

Star Rating 5
September 29, 2016

Both trains, Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer, provided excellent comfort and fabulous service. The gourmet food was a highlight and as good as I would expect from a top rated restaurant; a true delight for a foodie - lobster ravioli... read more for brunch on VIA Rail! Spectacular changing scenery of plains, deserts, rivers and mountains unfolded along every mile of rail - breathtaking. Hosts on the Rocky Mountaineer made sure to announce the highlights. My favorite was viewing this from the dome car with a glass of Prosecco in hand! Tours were better than anticipated and we saw so much more than we could have on our own; The guides from Sundog Tours and Discover Banff were warm and personable and very knowledgeable. Loved the natural hot springs public pool in Banff, an unexpected treat; the water was 105 F, air 35 F. Will never forget that we saw a lone wolf, formidable on the plains outside of Banff, awesome!

We loved the Canadian Rockies!

Star Rating 5
July 30, 2016

Our favorite part was the accommodations, tours, trains and the people. We loved the Canadian Rockies! We would have liked to have stayed longer in Vancouver.

It could not have been better! I will recommend you to everyone!

Star Rating 5
May 14, 2014

First if all, the absolute best part about our trip was all the arrangements you made. Everything was perfect - all limos were great and on time, hotels were wonderful (especially the Sutton Place and Rim Rock) and of course the... read more trains (especially the Rocky Mountaineer). At Lake Louise we were upgraded to a lake view since it was our first time at a Fairmont! Oh, Sun Dog's Tour was fabulous. The guide, Grayden, was excellent. We saw lots of wildlife. Between Lake Louise and Banff we saw a grizzly quite close up. We also loved the glacier walk and had a sunny, windless day. Thank you for the outstanding vacation. We loved it all. I am so glad I followed my instincts to use Fresh Tracks Canada. It could not have been better! I will recommend you to everyone!

The accomodations, food and staff were really great

Star Rating 5
May 22, 2013

Our expectations were fully met. The accomodations, food and staff were really great. We had several delays on our flights, but the train experiences were fantastic. Since we are back, we have told a lot of people that if you want... read more great relaxation, wonderful scenery and great food, take a train trip across Canada. Many thanks for a great trip.

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