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Canadian Train

A true classic, the original line that put VIA Rail on the map, the Canadian is an overnight rail line that speaks to the experience of long-distance rail travel in years long ago. This train follows a course of approximately 2,775 miles, traversing through mountainscapes, lush evergreen forests, and wide-open prairies during its journey between Vancouver and Toronto. Along the way, VIA Rail's Canadian makes stops in wonderful cities and towns that highlight the country's diversity. Passengers may elect to begin their trip in either bookend location or join the train in one of its stations along the way.

One of the most scenic stretches of the entire route is between Kamloops and Jasper, a resort town surrounded by Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains. The train travels along the Fraser River and offers a glimpse at Hell's Gate, a portion of the river that narrows rapidly, forcing the water to erupt at an incredible speed. The Canadian also joins the North Thompson River and offers views of Pyramid Falls and Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies - before stationing in Jasper.

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The Canadian

Travelling on the Canadian

On-board entertainment on The Canadian is available in the Skyline Car, which contains a library and a lounge where drinks are served. Alternatively, you can relax in the comfortable armchairs of the Bullet Lounge, and admire the views that embrace the large wrap-around windows.

During your time on The Canadian, all meals are served in the elegant Sleeper Plus Class dining car and are included in the price of your holiday. Food is freshly prepared by the on-board chefs and local ingredients are used where possible. An all-Canadian wine list is available for an additional fee.

Lose yourself in a journey from Vancouver and Toronto on this incredible train, and appreciate the true magnificence of one of the world's most beautiful countries.

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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
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2023MayJunAugSep
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The Canadian
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2023MayJunSep
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
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Highlights of Canada in Winter
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Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer
29/Oct
Paul
5 stars
“Had a great 2 weeks in Canada, loads of happy memories of experiences, and meeting with some lovely people. The Rocky Mountaineer was a delightful experience, and the staff were very attentive. The Canadian train journey was also fabulous, and I managed to get some lovely pictures of the Rockies from my cabin. I would encourage anyone on The Canadian train to upgrade to a private cabin. I was a sigle / sole traveller, and I upgraded to a 2 person cabin, and occuied it by myself. Not that much more expensive, but worth it for the convenience of having your own private toilet. BTW if you upgrade to a 'one person cabin' you may find your bed gets let down on top of your own personal toilet, which personally I found a little gross, and rather inconvenient if you have to get u pat night for a pee. Mark our tour lead was tireless in his constant support of everyone in the group, and I guess he must have been knackered by the end of the 2 weeks. Thank you Great Rail Journeys, I'd certainly travel with you again.
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Canada, Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains
3/Oct
D Turnham
5 stars
“very good trip tour manager and bus driver very good but train cabin a bit disappointing
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Canada Coast to Coast
9/Oct
M Edwards
4 stars
“no comment
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Highlights of the Canadian Rockies in Winter
30/Mar
Sue Cook
4 stars
“Disappointed with timing and stopping points on train. Things were closing or closed in Winnipeg and Jasper and no time to really get to experience those places. I realise you don't set the timetable but I hadn't realised the stops would basically be in freightyards. Having said that the tour was very enjoyable. A great group and Tim was an excellent tour leader.
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