Snow Train - Vancouver to Toronto

Travel across Canada, wind through the Rockies, and explore cosmopolitan cities on this winter journey that takes you through five provinces.

Tour Description

Experience the best of the Canadian wilderness in winter and discover spectacular scenery as well as vibrant Canadian cities. Winter is an ideal time to travel as the rates are lower, the trains are less crowded, and the staff has more time to share their "tales of the rails" with you. Be a part of this exciting adventure onboard VIA Rail's Canadian train as you hear the "call of the wild."

This tour takes you through five of Canada's provinces, as you travel east from the oceanside city of Vancouver where you have time to explore and spend one night in this town. Then the heart of your journey begins as you settle into your train for a four-night trek through the amazing scenery of Canada in winter. Enjoy views of the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, as you twist and turn along parts of the landscape you can only reach via rail. The domed skyline car gives you great views of the passing scenery as you enjoy the landscape and search for wildlife.

As you bid goodbye to the Rockies, you'll approach the country's largest city, Toronto. You have two days to explore Toronto, taking advantage of your included Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour.

Pre and Post-Trip Options
Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in Vancouver and Toronto. Vacations By Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.

Features & Inclusions

  • Four overnights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto in Sleeper Plus Class
  • All meals aboard the train
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • Vancouver Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Toronto Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail Station
  • Transfer from Toronto hotel to airport
  • Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items


Day 1- Arrive Vancouver
Your journey begins in Vancouver, an oceanside gem located on Canada’s West Coast. As you arrive at the airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel, then the remainder of the day will be yours to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of this city. Spend your free time exploring one of the many parks and walking paths, dine at fabulous local restaurants or simply relax at your hotel. Admission to the Vancouver Lookout is included, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to Toronto
VIA Rail's Canadian departs this morning from Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your first-class treatment begins with a special check-in area. Arrive at the rail station one hour before boarding so you can check your bags and board at your leisure. Settle into your onboard accommodations as the train begins its journey east. Overnight train.

Days 3, 4 & 5 - Crossing the Canadian Wilderness
As the Canadian begins its easterly journey, you will travel through five of Canada’s provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. You will pass through beautiful cities and charming rural towns, as well as through the diverse landscape of Canada. In British Columbia, plains and fields come into view as you move away from the Pacific Ocean. Snow-covered peaks, forests, lakes and streams paint a picture of Mother Nature at her best. Moving into the Canadian Rockies, you will follow winding mountain tracks through tunnels and across bridges. Amazing vistas await around each bend, and you can take them all in from your seat or from the domed windows of the sightseeing car. You might even catch sights of a bear, elk or moose in the snow. Approximately halfway through the 4,466-kilometer journey, the train will stop in Winnipeg, once the capital of the fur trading industry and now a hub of history, art and culture, for a few hours of leisure time off the train. Wild Canada begins to fade as the Canadian moves closer to Toronto. As the city’s magnificent skyline comes into view, your time aboard this iconic train comes to a close. Overnight train. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 6 - Arrive Toronto
You will arrive in Toronto rested and waiting to explore the fabulous city. Transfer independently to your hotel; if your room is not yet available, drop your bags off with the concierge and set out for the day’s activities. Your time in Toronto begins with a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour, which takes passengers on a 12-mile loop through the city center. There are over 20 stops included along the way, with attractions ranging from the Hockey Hall of Fame to Kensington Market to pique the interests of each passenger. When the tour concludes, you will have the rest of the day to revisit favorite sites or to head to one of the fantastic districts, such as the Brewery District, for a taste of the local food and drink. Overnight Toronto. (B)

Day 7 - Tour Conclusion
This morning, you will be transferred to Toronto’s airport, at which time your time in Canada will come to a close. Return home filled with memories of this Canadian winter wonderland, or extend your stay for a few more days with a trip to one of the country’s other popular destinations.

Accommodation Options

Hotels include the Fairmont Royal York and the Fairmont Vancouver.

VIA Rail Cabin
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with access to lounges and observation cars.

Prestige Class
The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travellers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.

Dates & Prices

Select from the packages below to view prices for this tour.

Prices are land-only, per person. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking.

A change in the schedule of VIA Rail's Canadian goes into effect beginning April 29, 2019, resulting in slight changes to the itinerary and inclusions beginning October 2019. Please speak with a rail specialist for details.
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