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The Canadian at Christmas

(Tour code: CWX6)Christmas in the snowy Rockies

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous holiday on this famous cross-continental train. We spend three 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.

Tour Highlights
  • Toronto including a guided tour
  • Niagara Falls
  • Jasper
  • 4 nights on board the Canadian
  • The Canadian Shield
  • Vancouver including a guided tour
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
  • Farewell dinner in the 'Top of Vancouver' revolving restaurant
  • The Rockies
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    4 Nights on The Canadian
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    5 Nights' Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

Fly to Toronto

We depart from London Heathrow for Toronto, arriving late afternoon for a three-night stay at the centrally located Fairmont Royal York Hotel. A favourite of our customers, this magnificent hotel was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. When it officially opened in 1929, it was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth.

  • Scheduled flights
Ontario parliament
Day 2

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
Toronto Downtown
Day 3

At leisure in Toronto

Today you are free to spend the day at leisure, which gives you time to explore more highlights of Toronto, including Little India, Little Italy and Greektown. You could take a ride up the world famous CN tower, which has the world's highest public observation deck at 1,465 feet, as well as a revolving restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to take a helicopter tour of the city.

  • Free Day
Niagara Falls
Day 4

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
The Canadian
Day 5

The Canadian Shield on Christmas Eve

Our first full day on board is spent crossing the Canadian Shield - a wild land of frozen lakes, snow covered trees and isolated communities. Sleeper Touring Class guests enjoy use of the art-deco style Dome Car, its lounges and observation area. Here, you can relax with fellow travellers whilst taking in the passing scenery as you enjoy complimentary refreshments. During our journey, staff on board keep a watchful eye on the passing scenery, pointing out wildlife and points of interest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner onboard
The Rockies
Day 7

Edmonton and Jasper

After a brief stop at Edmonton in the morning, we begin the climb into the foothills of the Rockies, travelling through some truly spectacular scenery. Relax and enjoy the journey 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8


The Canadian arrives into Vancouver this morning. We leave the train after breakfast and transfer across the city by coach for a journey up Grouse Mountain by aerial tramway.

  • Breakfast
Day 9

At leisure exploring 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 a farewell dinner together at the 'Top of Vancouver', a revolving restaurant in a fabulous rooftop location with superb views of the city.

  • Dinner
  • Tour of Vancouver
Flying home
Days 10-11

Vancouver to London

You are free until the early evening to enjoy this fabulous city. We transfer to Vancouver airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving early in the morning of Day 11.

  • Scheduled flights


Lori Mcclaren
Phil Conde
Julie Longfield
Kathryn Cambridge

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