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The Canadian in Winter


An epic journey through frozen Canada by train

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About the tour

On this intrepid cross-continental adventure by train, we spend two unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls and travel through the spectacular frosted scenery of the Canadian Rockies.


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Days 1-2 - London, Toronto, and Niagara Falls

We depart from London Heathrow for Toronto, arriving late afternoon for a 2-night stay. The city looks out across mesmerising Lake Ontario from its position on the northern shore, and is overlooked by the CN Tower, one of the tallest structures in the world.

A visit to Niagara Falls is one of the highlights of any holiday to Canada, and we embark upon a fullday excursion to this magnificent natural wonder on Day 2. 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.

Niagara Falls
Days 3-4 - The Canadian across the Canadian Shield

We transfer to Union Station and board The Canadian, beginning our unforgettable journey through the majestic Rockies to Vancouver.

Day 4 is our first full day on board, and is spent crossing the Canadian Shield - a wild land of frozen lakes, snow covered trees and isolated communities. Keep a watchful eye on the passing scenery for a possible glimpse of the captivating local wildlife, including bear, moose, eagles and elk.

  • Free Day
The Canadian
Day 5 - A morning in Winnipeg

We arrive in Winnipeg today, where the train stops for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore this railway city. It's inter-city Union Station was built in 1911 by the same architects who designed New York's famous Grand Central Station. The walls have been built with local limestone and studded with prehistoric fossils from the ancient seabed that once covered the grassland. We continue westwards from Winnipeg, crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Jasper and the Rocky Mountains

This morning we stop briefly in Jasper, a quaint mountain town at the edge of the wilderness in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The town is surrounded by tree-covered mountains, and blanketed in snow creating a fabulous winter setting. As you wander through the streets, past pretty houses and small shops, it isn't unusual to see a family of elk crossing the road.

Later, we continue our journey on board The Canadian and 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 all the way to the Pacific Coast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Rockies
Days 7-8 - Vancouver

On the morning of Day 7, we enjoy breakfast on our final leg on board The Canadian before reaching the city of Vancouver for 3 nights. On arrival, we board our coach for a sightseeing tour that includes Gastown, named after 'Gassy' Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman who settled here in 1867. Today, Gastown is a popular downtown area, full of cafés, contemporary fashion shops, galleries and more. We then move on to Chinatown which is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Finally we visit Stanley Park, Vancouver's first and largest park at 400 hectares, which is famous for its totem poles.

On Day 8, you are free in Vancouver to visit its excellent museums, art galleries and shops, as well as some beautiful parks, the famous Grouse Mountain where you can enjoy a number of seasonal activities including sleigh rides or a snow limo (payable locally). Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together at the 'Top of Vancouver', a revolving restaurant in a fabulous rooftop location offering superb views of the city.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Day 9 - Dinner
Days 9-11 - Vancouver and London

We are at leisure today to explore further. You can escape the city and take the bus to Grouse Mountain for a ride up the mountain on the Skyride cable car, with jaw-dropping views over the city, the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf Islands.

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.


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The Canadian in Winter

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