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Destination: Canada by the VIA Rail Train
Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

Vancouver to Toronto by RailItinerary

VIA Rail Canada, like other passenger railways in North America, operates on tracks owned by freight companies. While VIA Rail strives for on-time departures and arrivals, increased freight traffic on the railway will often cause delays. These delays could result in delayed departure from Vancouver, delayed arrival into Toronto, and shortened / limited time off of the train. The majority of your time on this tour will be spent aboard the train. Simply unplug and embrace the journey. Onboard services are guaranteed and any changes to the schedule will be communicated and updated as the journey continues.

Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
After settling into your hotel, venture out to capture the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Or perhaps indulge in the luxurious amenities at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

This evening, relax and mingle with fellow travelers during a special welcome reception.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (R)

Day 2: Vancouver | Board VIA Rail’s The Canadian
Join your Orbridge Travel Director for a guided city tour plus free time on Granville Island. You'll have the opportunity to shop local and eat local with the best Vancouver has to offer. Later, transfer to Pacific Central Station to board The Canadian. Celebrate your departure from Vancouver with a champagne toast and light canapés as you settle into your cozy Prestige Class cabin.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,D)

Day 3: Kamloops | Jasper, Alberta | Edmonton
Today includes planned, but brief  stops in Kamloops, Jasper, and Edmonton. Keep in mind that arrivals, departures, and time off the train will be unpredictable. All are contingent on how timing operates as The Canadian rolls along. Pack your sense of flexibility and ease into a relaxed mode of "cruise control" while an attentive staff caters to your needs and keeps you informed. Admire the dramatic and ever-changing landscape as the train navigates the Canadian Rockies—rugged peaks, steep cliffs, and the extraordinary panoramic views they provide.

Marvel at the scenery along the Fraser River and the incredible obstacles overcome to build a railway here. One of today's highlights will include Hell's Gate, the most slender part of the Fraser River. It is aptly named for its narrow cliff walls that create a funnel for hundreds of millions of liters of water rushing through every minute. For perspective, consider the volume of Niagara Falls—Hell's Gate is double that. Capture the soaring cliffs and churning waters of the mighty river with your camera during this memorable experience.

Combine the passing views with equally outstanding cuisine in the train's dining car, prepared by onboard chefs using specially sourced, local ingredients of the regions through which you will pass.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 4: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Enjoy the scenes of boundless prairies as the train continues through Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Visit one of the beautiful observation cars to witness the passing landscape, stop into the Prestige Park Car to taste some of Canada's top-tier varietals with freshly made hors d’œuvres, or grab a pal and a window seat for a friendly game of cards. 
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hornepayne, Ontario
Wake to the steady sound of the rails, and open your blinds to greet the morning's lovely panoramic views. While The Canadian travels across Ontario, venture into the Prestige Park car to embrace the constantly changing scenery and capture endless photo opportunities from the upper-level dome.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 6: Toronto
After arriving in Toronto, savor a tasty brunch before disembarking from The Canadian and transfer to your hotel.  It is conveniently located across the street from your arrival point at Union Station. 

This evening, dinner is at leisure. Choose from dozens of restaurant options located near the hotel. Then rejoin fellow travelers for a special farewell wine and dessert reception to toast to a grand finale of this wonderful journey.
Overnight: Fairmont Royal York (B,L,R)

Day 7: Toronto | Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport for flights home. Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will set out for a city tour of Toronto. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level


Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, walking and moving between cars while the train is in motion, and navigating steep, narrow stairs to the upper level of the observation car. All hallways are narrow and have handrails, but train travel can be unpredictable and some unexpected movement may occur. Guests who enjoy the relaxed pace of train travel will delight in spending much of the program's time on the railway. At brief train stop locations, ground may be uneven and covered in loose gravel, with no sidewalks.