East Meets West Train Explorer

East Meets West Train Explorer



starting from US $4,880per person

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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 at a glance

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


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.

Day 1
Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins – Arrive Toronto
The sounds of Canada’s largest city welcome you as you arrive in downtown Toronto. Couples hurry along the sidewalk, rushing to one of Toronto’s big stage productions. A woman quickly shifts all her shopping bags to one arm as she raises a hand to hail a cab, and the smell of Chinese food makes you salivate as a delivery boy bikes along the street in front of you. Toronto beckons and you’re anxious to get out and explore this fresh Canadian city.

Day 2 Toronto Tour / Via Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
Before heading off to the Rockies on tonight’s train, you have the morning to enjoy a Toronto city tour. Highlights include the CN Tower, SkyDome, Casa Loma, Queens Park and Chinatown to name a few.

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 3 full days. Leave the picturesque lakelands 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 your thoughts.

Day 6 Icefields Parkway Tour Jasper to Banff
Travel the Icefields Parkway with a small group and guide, through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes, pristine rivers and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opens up to afford a spectacular view of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Other brief sightseeing stops include an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise are made throughout the tour. A picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk admission and an Ice Explorer ride are included.

Day 7 Banff Tour
Take a guided tour with a handful of fellow visitors, through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay while learning about natural attractions such as the the fascinating wind-shaped hoodoos. Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive delivers a breathtaking view of the valley without comparison. Finally, experience an 8 minute gentle ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a four-person, fully enclosed gondola. A spectacular view and picture taking opportunity await you at the top of this 360 degree panoramic vantage of Bow Valley. Spend as much time as you like, before returning to your hotel.

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 Vancouver Arrival
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.
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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 towns of Banff & Jasper

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

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 & Train 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
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains

Sightseeing & Activities:*
• Toronto city tour
• Sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch
• Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
• Glacier Skywalk Admission
• Half day sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings
• Banff Gondola Ride

* Note
– Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe guests will enjoy a unique, small group sightseeing experiences on this trip. Deluxe Plus guests enjoy exclusive, privately guided sightseeing experiences, with a 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields (replaces Ice Explorer ride)

• 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

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

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
• Cruise on Maligne Lake runs from early June to late September, and is weather dependent.
• Banff – Jasper tour will be replaced by a bus transfer on October 13 start date of eastbound trip


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
• As us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and Canadian trains
• 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

• Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal at the start of your trip

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.

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Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

Sutton Place - Hotel ExteriorSutton Place - LobbySutton Place - Dining RoomSutton Place - Sutton RoomSutton Place - Indoor Pool

Sutton Place

An example of our Superior accommodations

This beautiful boutique hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Facilities include indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, and spa.

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.

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 $4,880to 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 $5,590to 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 $6,280to 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.

Deluxe Plus Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $8,780to US $11,210per person

Our Deluxe Plus Level packages are, quite simply, the most luxurious way to experience Canada. Typically, you'll be staying on the Gold floor of Canada's iconic Fairmont resorts, enjoying your own exclusive check-in desk and personal concierge along with complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and an honor bar. The luxury continues on your vacation with fully personalized private tours and transfers.

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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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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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