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The Canadian

The Canadian: Toronto to Vancouver by rail

11-day tailor-made rail journey from £5,900 pp incl. flights


Short description

An inspiring journey from Toronto to Vancouver via Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains

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  • Get up close to Niagara Falls and explore Niagara-on-the-lake
  • Traverse prairies, plains and the Rocky Mountains on The Canadian
  • Enjoy gourmet dining and warm Canadian hospitality along the way
  • Walk through the rainforests at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Stay in luxury Fairmont hotels in Toronto and Vancouver

In Brief

  • 1 Night Toronto
  • 6 Nights The Canadian
  • 2 Nights Vancouver


Recommended for:
City | Mountains | Natural world | Rail holidays

This inspiring journey begins with a stay in an iconic Fairmont hotel in the heart of Toronto. From here, you'll take in the mighty Niagara Falls and the picture-perfect Niagara-on-the-lake with an included boat trip and Journey Behind The Falls experience. It's the perfect lead in to an impossibly scenic four-day rail trip on VIA's flagship service, The Canadian. You'll traverse the Rockies via Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper, gliding through golden prairies and under towering peaks en route to Vancouver. Along the way, enjoy the gracious hospitality, superb amenities, and glass-windowed viewing carriages the train is known for. A city-stay in Vancouver – complete with rainforest treetop adventure – brings this unforgettable holiday to a close.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Toronto

Relax with complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your flight to Toronto. On arrival, you'll make your way to your centrally located hotel, attached to Toronto station – perhaps use the UP Express Airport train for a convenient connection. The Fairmont Royal York is a landmark building just minutes away from the city's main attractions, from the CN Tower to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Settle into your spacious, contemporary room, before heading out for the evening – perhaps dine on dim sum in Chinatown, or wander through the Entertainment District and soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Of course, if you prefer, your hotel offers a range of superb dining options, including REIGN, a modern Canadian Brasserie with a hint of French flair.

Stay: Fairmont Royal York

Day 2
Toronto VIA Rail

This morning, check in at Toronto's Union Station and board VIA Rail's "Canadian" for your famous journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars made famous in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a cafe car, lounge car, and access to the dome car. Leave Toronto and cross the scenic lake lands and forests of Ontario. For the ultimate luxury rail experience, we recommend the Prestige Sleeper class. With just six high-end cabins onboard, complete with concierge service and an all-inclusive bar, it's the most spacious and comfortable way to travel.

Stay: The Canadian

Meals: L D

Day 3
Crossing Manitoba

Wake this morning and watch the scenery change as you enter Manitoba and travel through the prairies and the great plains of Canada.

Meals: B L D

Day 4

Continue west through the breadbasket of Canada: Manitoba and Saskatchewan each have golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see.

Meals: B L D

Days 5-7
The Canadian: Toronto to Jasper

Over the next few days, relax as The Canadian glides through golden prairie fields, mirrored lakes, postcard-worthy towns and the snowy peaks of the majestic Rockies. You'll travel via Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper – Jasper is particularly beautiful, and the perfect place to escape into nature. Along the way, all sleeper car guests enjoy included gourmet meals served in the dining car, showcasing traditional Canadian cuisine and exquisite regional specialities. There's even the chance for wine tastings, presentations, and musical performances on certain departures. By day, you'll simply want to take in the scenic vistas, best viewed from the glass-ceilinged Skyline or Panorama cars.

Stay: The Canadian

Days 8-9

Tonight, you'll arrive in Vancouver and check in to your hotel, another elegant Fairmont Hotel offering in the heart of the city. Perhaps venture out to the waterfront or to Gastown for dinner tonight – the latter has a quirky, bohemian vibe, and a buzzing nightlife. On day seven, you'll be collected from the hotel for a Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Excursion. Cross the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore, where you'll stand above old growth cedar trees at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and experience the Treetops Adventure walk through the coastal rainforest. At the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to salmon and trout, you'll learn about the life cycle of salmon, while you watch hatching and juvenile fish being released into a nearby river. You'll round it all off with a Skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain, offering up ever-changing panoramic views of your surrounds.

Stay: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Days 10-11
Vancouver to UK

Enjoy some final free time in Vancouver before heading to the airport – we recommend taking the Skytrain from one of its central stops straight to the heart of the airport. Board your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on day nine.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

11-day tailor-made rail journey
from £5,900 pp incl. flights

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