Experience the panoramic beauty of the Canadian wilderness on Canada rail journeys with GRJ independent.
The best of Canada
Covering almost ten million square miles Canada is eclipsed in size only by Russia, and between some of the most interesting and hospitable cities on the planet, this space is filled by an unending procession of natural beauty.
For the average traveller, this can be daunting: how to make the most of your visit? GRJ independent though, gives you freedom whilst offering useful suggestions of things to see and do as you journey by train.
Benefits of rail
Have your breath taken away by the sublime and dazzling scenery of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Travelling in comfort and style on some of Canada's most iconic trains and railways, you're guaranteed to enjoy a rail holiday that's packed with the best scenery, wildlife, landmarks, towns and cities and cultural experiences. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.
The Rocky Mountaineer
Climb aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer for a train journey into Canada's most famous mountain range. Discover unforgettable snowdusted peaks, glacial lakes and dense pine forests whose denizens include black and grizzly bears, feral cats, wolves, deer and countless species of birds.
Operating on four spectacular routes in Canada, the Rocky Mountaineer offers a unique and instantly memorable journey, forging its way through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
There are four routes available to choose from; the 'First Passage to the West', which traverses the Continental Divide on a historic route from Vancouver to Banff, the 'Coastal Passage', a journey that starts in Seattle and criss-crosses the country, soaking up the beauty of the Pacific Ocean as it cruises along the shoreline and through the Canadian Rockies. Otherwise you might choose the 'Rainforest to Gold Rush' line, which allows you to absorb the coastal rainforests of British Columbia and the near-desert of Fraser Canyon. And last but not least is the 'Journey through the Clouds' route, which takes in the Coast Mountains range, the whitewater rapids of Fraser River, and the stunning peak of Mount Robson.
Linking Toronto to Vancouver, The Canadian is one of the world's most legendary and popular long haul train journeys, taking four nights to travel between Canada's largest city and the Pacific Coast through some of the most exciting and spectacular landscapes in the world.
Operated by VIA Rail, this was the last Trans-Continental train to be built for the famed Canadian Pacific Railway and, today, with its comfortable 1950s refurbished art deco style cars, it offers a unique rail experience.
The award-winning service on board is renowned for being attentive and courteous, with superb food, served in the dining car, that can be enjoyed watching the incomparable views of the immense Canadian landscape. Perhaps, as you enjoy a superbly presented piece of salmon or a juicy steak, you may be fortunate enough to glimpse a hungry-looking grizzly bear. The Canadian runs throughout the year, so all the seasons' variations can be enjoyed, and the Dome panoramic viewing car gives you an outlook on the ever-changing scenery that no other method of travel can.
Suggested Candian Itineraries
The Itineraries shown are intended to give an overview of what is possible and are by no means the only options available, designed to offer an idea of all the places you could visit and give you an overview of each destination. We arrange holidays to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can pick and choose from below or come up with something completely unique.
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