Trans Canada Rail Adventure

Rail journey at sunrise
from £3942 16 nights | May - Oct Exc. flights See price details
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  • May - Oct


Take an unforgettable rail journey across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This epic adventure commences in the eastern Maritime province of Nova Scotia and traverses the country via the Rockies, culminating on Canada's west coast in the beautiful city of Vancouver.


  • Travel from coast to coast on board VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Embark on an Ice Explorer ride onto a glacier in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • Explore the cities of Montreal, Québec, Toronto and Vancouver
  • Search for wildlife in Jasper and cruise to the base of Niagara Falls

From historic Halifax you will board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' train for the scenic route west. You will pass through rural villages and the endless forests of New Brunswick, visit the French Canadian cities of Montreal and Québec, and spend time at Niagara Falls as you continue through Ontario. From here the landscapes give way from lakes and forests to the spectacular golden prairies of central Canada, as you make your way through the heart of Canada to Edmonton, Alberta.

On arrival in Edmonton you will continue by coach to the breath taking Rocky Mountains – a total contrast from the previous days' flat terrain. Time will be available to experience the best of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, before taking to the rails once more. The final leg of your journey will be on board the legendary Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver.

During your adventure you will have plenty of opportunity to meet locals and fellow-travellers, and enjoy included excursions such as a visit to Niagara Falls, city sightseeing tours, wildlife viewing and a glacier experience. And on arrival in Vancouver you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean and look back on your incredible journey across the world's second largest country.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 Halifax
On arrival in Halifax make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this charming city on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 2 Halifax – Montreal (VIA Rail)
Board the VIA Rail train bound for Montreal this morning. Enjoy the rolling landscapes of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as you travel to Montreal, Quebec. Overnight on VIA Rail. (L,D)
Day 3 Montreal
Arrive in Montreal this morning and spend the rest of the day sightseeing at your leisure. (B)
Day 4 Quebec City Tour
Today a guided tour to Quebec City is included. Explore the walled old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and uncover the turbulent history of this picturesque city which overlooks the St Lawrence River.
Day 5 Montreal – Toronto
Re-board the VIA Rail train for the journey to Toronto, Ontario. Overnight in a city hotel. (L)
Day 6 Toronto City Tour
Experience the sights of Canada's largest and most diverse city on a guided tour. Highlights include the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower, and Old and New City Halls with opportunity for pictures along the way.
Day 7 Niagara Falls Day Tour
Travel by coach for a full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. The tour includes a Hornblower Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls, a meal overlooking Niagara Falls, free time in Niagara on the Lake and a winery tour including a wine tasting.
Day 8 depart Toronto (VIA Rail)
This evening check in at Toronto's Union Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel; the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars, made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s, have been totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and dome viewing car. Overnight on VIA Rail.
Day 9 On-board VIA Rail
As you awake you will find you have left the suburbs behind and will spend the day crossing the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario. Overnight on VIA Rail. (B,L,D)
Day 10 On-board VIA Rail
Continue west through the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, known as the breadbasket of Canada with golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Jasper (VIA Rail)
This morning awake in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. After a brief stop continue by rail to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be home for the next two nights. (B)
Day 12 Jasper with Evening Wildlife Tour
Today is free to explore Jasper at your leisure before setting out this evening to in search of wildlife on a guided tour. Take in majestic views and, with luck, some amazing close-up photo opportunities of Canadian wildlife, including bears, elk and wolves.
Day 13 Jasper – Lake Louise
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield which covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi and reaches a depth of 1050ft. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft over glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region can be frozen through to mid-June. (L)
Day 14 Lake Louise – Banff
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for the short coach drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving around midday. The afternoon is at leisure to take in the views of Lake Louise or perhaps hike up to one of the famous Tea Houses.
Day 15 Banff Sightseeing and Gondola
Among the highlights of today's guided tour are visits to the Hoodoos (bizarre rock formations shaped by centuries of wind), Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour ends at the Banff Gondola for an ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain. Take in an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of the surrounding peaks before mkaing your own way to downtown Banff.
Day 16 Banff – Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer
Today you will return to the rails, boarding the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for the scenic journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you will pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through Glacier National Park and pass by Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway Trans Canada link in 1885. Overnight in a Kamloops hotel. (B,L)
Day 17 Kamloops – Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer
Re-board the train and follow the Thompson River through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys. The final leg of your journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific harbour city of Vancouver late this afternoon. (B,L)

Meals included where indicated:
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

Accommodation Options

The Lord Nelson, Halifax

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

The Lord Nelson retains an air of a bygone era …

Chelsea, Toronto

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Laying claim to 1,590 separate rooms, Toronto's Chelsea …

Lake Louise Inn

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Hotel

Lodge-style Lake Louise Inn is a 241 room hotel just a f…

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth, t…

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Overlooking Lac Beauvert just outside the township of Ja…

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Hotel

Located within Banff National Park on the shores of beau…

Fairmont Banff Springs

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Hotel

Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality a…


The above is a selection of accommodation available for this holiday. Other options are available based on your preferred category. Please contact us for further details.



A number of excursions are included in this itinerary, some of which are listed in more detail below. Your Travel Specialist will be able to advise on additional or upgraded excursion options to suit your interests.

Glacier Skywalk

Not for the faint-hearted, this opportunity to step out ove…

Ice Explorer Glacier Tour

Alberta: The Columbia Icefield is the largest sub-polar bod…

Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride, Banff

Enjoy a breathtaking ascent to the top of Sulphur Mountain …

Wildlife Discovery, Jasper

Resting at the base of the Rockies' largest valley, Jasper …

Prices & Dates

Standard package from £3,942 per person
Superior package from £4,369 per person
Deluxe package from £6,971 per person

Prices shown based on 2 people sharing. Prices vary depending on season and number of passengers, please contact us for a detailed holiday quotation. 

01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 May 2018
02, 09, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 June 2018
03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 July 2018
04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 August 2018
01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 September 2018

Price Includes

12 nights hotel accommodation in the category of your choice (Standard, Superior or Deluxe) • Accommodation on board VIA Rail for 1 night from Halifax to Montreal, and for 3 nights from Toronto to Jasper • Transportation as per the itinerary including VIA Rail from Halifax to Jasper, coach from Jasper to Banff and Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver • Taxi transfers between rail station and hotel in Banff and Jasper • 6 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 3 dinners (D) as per the itinerary • Quebec City sightseeing tour • Toronto City Tour • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour with lunch • Jasper Wildlife Tour • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Sulphur Mountain gondola ride • National Park fees • Exclusive travel documentation including itinerary details, vouchers, maps, driving directions and a Lonely Planet guidebook.

Price Excludes
International flights • Additional meals and excursions not specified above • Travel insurance • Gratuities & items of a personal nature

Useful Information

Rail classes
Pricing is based on the following rail inclusions:


• Halifax to Montreal VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Private Bedroom
• Toronto to Jasper VIA Rail - Upper/Lower Semi Private Bedroom
• Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service

• Halifax to Montreal VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Private Bedroom
• Toronto to Jasper VIA Rail - Private Bedroom
• Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service

• Halifax to Montreal VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Private Bedroom
• Toronto to Jasper VIA Rail - Prestige Sleeper Cabin
• Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service

Rail upgrades are available at additional cost - please contact us for details. Click here for more information about VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer

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