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(Tour code: CWX19)

Enjoy a Christmas in the snowy Rockies

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous holiday on this famous cross-continental train. We spend two unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls, and stay two nights in cosmopolitan Vancouver. Here we enjoy a wonderfully festive sleigh ride on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.

  • Toronto including a guided tour
  • Niagara Falls
  • Edmonton & Jasper
  • 4 nights on board the Canadian
  • The Canadian Shield
  • Vancouver including a guided tour
  • Winnipeg
  • Dinner in the 'Top of Vancouver' revolving restaurant
  • The Rockies
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    4 Nights on The Canadian
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    4 Nights' Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage

The Canadian at Christmas 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Toronto

Fly to Toronto

We depart from London Heathrow for Toronto, where on arrival you have some time at leisure.

  • Scheduled flights
Day 2 Ontario parliament
Ontario parliament

Guided sightseeing tour of Toronto

Our morning guided sightseeing tour is the ideal introduction to this friendly, multicultural city. Your afternoon is free to discover Toronto at your leisure. Perhaps take in Chinatown or Kensington Market, browse the hundreds of shops in the grand covered malls or visit the excellent Art Gallery of Ontario, with its wonderful collection by Canadian artists.

  • Tour of Toronto
Day 3 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls and The Canadian

A visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls is one of the highlights of any holiday to Canada. We enjoy lunch in the Falls View Restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel whilst admiring the views over the Falls. Niagara Falls are all the more dramatic in winter, when thick snow covers the ground and the water freezes into giant icicles. We then return to Toronto to board The Canadian and begin our unforgettable journey in Sleeper Plus Class through the majestic Rockies to Vancouver.

  • Niagara Falls
Day 4 The Canadian
The Canadian

The Canadian Shield on Christmas Eve

Today it is Christmas Eve, and we spend it on board the Canadian, watching the stunning panorama of the Canadian Shield pass effortlessly by our window. This wild land, full of frozen lakes, it breathtaking to behold.

Day 5 Winnipeg

Christmas Morning in Winnipeg

We arrive in Winnipeg on Christmas Day, where the train stops for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore this railway city and there is time for a festive stroll, known as the 'Gateway to the West'. Union Station was built in 1911 by the same architects as the famous Grand Central Station. The walls are faced with local limestone and studded with prehistoric fossils from the ancient seabeds that once covered the prairies. We continue westwards from Winnipeg where Christmas Dinner is served onboard the train, crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan this evening.

Day 6 Jasper


Relax and enjoy the journey today, as we pass glaciers, lakes, plunging canyons, frozen waterfalls and soaring snow-covered peaks. The Rockies are not just a line of mountains, but the edge of the Western Cordillera, a complex array of plateaus and folded rock layers that stretch to the Pacific Coast. We make a short stop in Jasper, a quaint mountain town at the edge of the wilderness in the heart of the Rockies. The town is surrounded by tree covered mountains, blanketed in snow to create a fabulous setting. As you wander through the streets, past pretty houses and shops, it wouldn't be unusual to see a family of elk crossing the road.

Day 7 Vancouver


The Canadian arrives into Vancouver this morning. We leave the train after breakfast and travel by coach to Grouse Mountain for an exciting excursion to the peak, with a cable car trip and delightful sleigh ride included.

Day 8 Vancouver

Guided tour of Vancouver

Vancouver enjoys a fabulous natural setting, with beautiful snow-covered mountains and deep fjords providing a dramatic backdrop to the urban landscape of modern skyscrapers. Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the city before dinner together at the 'Top of Vancouver', a revolving restaurant in a fabulous rooftop location with superb views of the city.

Days 9-11 Flying home
Flying home

Vancouver to London

Today you are free to enjoy this fabulous city. On Day 10, you are free until the early evening when we transfer to Vancouver airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving early in the morning of Day 11.

  • Scheduled flights

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included


An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London to Toronto and Vancouver to London
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights' Sleeper Plus Class rail travel on The Canadian

Delicious meals included

  • 12 meals, including 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided sightseeing tour of Toronto and a day at leisure for sightseeing
  • A visit to Niagara Falls
  • A journey across The Canadian Shield
  • Free time to look around Winnipeg
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver and time at leisure

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy for £400 per person each way
  • Upgrades to Prestige Class on The Canadian have limited availability - please call for details

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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The Canadian at Christmas

Enjoy a Christmas in the snowy Rockies


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