Canadian Rail Adventure
Canada’s flag carrying transport service, operating over 460 trains per week over a 7,700 mile network linking more than 450 locations in Canada.
WHAT'S ON BOARD?
For many of VIA Rail’s routes two classes of travel are usually available - economy and business. Economy passengers receive free WiFi, and can purchase a selection of light meals, snacks and beverages. Some routes include seat assignment. Upgrading to business class is highly recommended and includes access to business lounges, priority early boarding, a selection of complimentary newspapers, pre-meal drinks before enjoying a choice of main entrées, wine with your meal and coffee with liqueur (offered on evening trains).
On VIA Rail sleeping cars, passengers enjoy a reserved seating area for daytime travel, which is made into sleeping berths by an attendant in the evening. A shower room and toilet facilities are located in each car in tarns-continental cars only. Three types of
accommodation are offered:-
Berth Class/Section (Upper/Lower) offers deep-cushioned seats, with an optional table by day, that convert to upper and lower beds with privacy curtain at night. Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Complimentary shower kits, including soap, shampoo, shower cap, towel and washcloth are provided.
Cabin for one is a small private room with a sink and air-conditioning. Access to shared showers with complimentary shower kits. The room accommodates one adult in a single bed and two can sit together at least part of the time during the day if desired. Two people travelling together in roomettes are usually located adjacent to each other.
Cabin for two is a private room for two people with toilet facilities and air-conditioning. The room contains comfortable armchairs in the daytime, which convert to upper and lower beds at night. There is a small cupboard (holds one large and one small suitcase), reading lamp and a sink with razor outlet. Shower rooms are nearby.
VIA Rail routes
Offering 19 routes from coast-to-coast, VIA Rail is a wonderful way to explore Canada’s vast and diverse landscape.
- VIA Rail could be your picture window to the spectacular mountain scenery of Alberta and northern British Columbia.
- Board “The Canadian”, VIA’s flagship train, which travels across the Northern Ontario lakelands, the wide open prairies and the Canadian Rockies from Toronto to Vancouver.
- Make your way across Manitoba’s frozen tundra to Churchill for an unparalleled polar bear experience.
- Take in beautiful riverside scenery as you journey along the St Lawrence River and uncover the splendour of the Maritimes.
- Travel along the central Canadian Corridor with downtown to downtown links between some of Eastern Canada’s main cities from Québec City to Windsor.
Duration: 10 nights rail & coach tour
Price from: £2499pp
Day 1 Fly to Toronto: On arrival make your way to your centrally located hotel.
Day 2 Toronto: At leisure to explore independently. For a bird’s eye view of the city head to the iconic CN Tower or, if you prefer to stay at ground level, take a stroll around historic St Lawrence Market or perhaps visit the highly regarded Royal Ontario Museum. See also the vibrant Distillery District where you’ll find unique shops and restaurants with al fresco dining, all set in restored buildings; or the Entertainment District, which is Toronto’s answer to New York’s Broadway.
Day 3 Toronto/The Canadian Train: At leisure before you make your way to the station to board The Canadian for a classic journey taking your across Canada. Enjoy overnight accommodation in a cabin for two.
Days 4-5 The Canadian Train: Sit back and admire the ever changing scenery as you leave behind Ontario and glide through golden prairie fields, rugged lake country, waterfalls and picturesque towns and cities. In addition to your cabin, there are lounges and cars with glass ceilings as well as a dining car where you can enjoy freshly cooked meals and a view that keeps on giving.
Day 6 The Canadian Train/Jasper: The Canadian reaches the laidback town of Jasper where you disembark and make your way to your hotel.
Day 7 Jasper: At leisure to explore the town or the magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy activities such as hiking and mountain biking, take a ride on the Jasper Skytram for jaw-dropping views at the summit, or head out to the nearby Columbia Icefield where you can hop aboard an Ice Explorer onto the mighty Athabasca Glacier.
Day 8 Jasper/Banff: Take the shuttle bus to nearby Banff where you are free to enjoy the charming ambience and incredible natural scenery. Take a stroll along Banff Avenue where you can browse the unique shops and art galleries or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the inviting cafés and restaurants.
Days 9-10 Banff: A further chance to don your hiking boots or hire a bike and make the most of the great outdoors. Marvel also at impossibly blue glacial lakes, admire the soaring mountains or perhaps head to the geothermally heated Banff Hot Springs for some relaxation and rejuvenation. Be sure to also allow time for a ride on the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where the views of six mountain ranges and the sweep of Bow Valley are laid out before you.
Day 11 Banff/Calgary: A shuttle transfer is included to Calgary airport where the tour concludes with your onward journey.
Departures: On selected dates.
Accommodation: 4* Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; 3* Marmot Lodge, Jasper; 3*PLUS Rundlestone Lodge, Banff. On The Canadian train, accommodation is in a cabin for two which has two armchairs, two retractable stacked beds and an en suite toilet.
Meals: Room only. Selected meals are included on The Canadian train.
Tour price: The price shown includes international flights to Toronto and from Calgary, 7 nights hotel accommodation, 3 nights in a cabin for two aboard The Canadian Train, shuttle transfers between Jasper and Banff, and between Banff and Calgary airport.