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Toronto skyline at sunset from the water
Skyline of Edmonton
Mountain peaks in Jasper National Park
Mountain ridges in Kamloops
Vancouver skyline at night from the water
Sea walk at Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver
Gastown and the historical steam clock in Vancouver
The Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver
Guests enjoying a beverage in their Prestige Class stateroom during embarkation
Train en route next to water
View into the Park Car while en route
Guests watching the passing sites from the domed Panorama Car
View of the front car with snowy mountain caps in the background
Guests joining for dinner in the dining car
Train en route from a distance
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail

Toronto to Vancouver by RailItinerary

June 27 – July 3, 2023

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 Toronto, delayed arrival in to Vancouver, and shortened / limited time off of the train. The majority of your time on this tour will be spent aboard the train, as the primary focus is simply to 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 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Welcome to Canada! After arrival, transfer to the Fairmont Royal York—a beautiful, historic property ideally situated steps away from Union Station and minutes from Toronto's main attractions.

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

Day 2: Toronto / Board VIA Rail's The Canadian / Hornepayne
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
This morning, we'll walk across the street to Toronto Union Station to embark upon the journey on rails. Delight in a special mimosa toast to celebrate the departure and an exciting week ahead.

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. Combine the passing views with equally outstanding cuisine in the train's dining car, prepared by onboard chefs using specially sourced, local ingredients from the regions through which you will pass. 

This evening, fall asleep to the steady sound of the rails, and open your blinds to greet the morning's lovely panoramic views.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 3: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Today offers scenes of boundless prairies as the train continues to Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Look forward to daily informative discussions by the travel director and concierge staff, and take advantage of chances to spot wildlife, including black bears, wolves, and eagles. During the stop in Winnipeg, if time allows, guests can walk and explore the sights, including an outside visit to Forks Market. Remember that excursions off the train 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. 
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 4: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Edmonton, Alberta
Friday, June 30, 2023
Today it's all aboard for Saskatoon. 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 perhaps grab a pal and a window seat for a friendly game of cards.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 5: Jasper / Kamloops, British Columbia 
Saturday, July 1, 2023
Today is your final full day aboard the train, with planned, brief  stops in Jasper and Kamloops. Admire the dramatic and ever-changing landscape as the train navigates the Canadian Rockies and unveils a world of raw and rugged beauty. 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 funneling effect 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. 
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vancouver
Sunday, July 2, 2023
This morning, breakfast will be onboard the train before disembarking in Vancouver, followed by a guided city tour. This tour includes the world famous Stanley Park and totem poles, the interesting Chinatown and Gastown, and free time for souvenir shopping in artists' stalls on Granville Island.

Afterward, enjoy free time to capture the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Or perhaps indulge in the luxurious amenities at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

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

Day 7: Vancouver / Depart for U.S.
Monday, July 3, 2023
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Vancouver International Airport for flights home. Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will take the ferry to Victoria. (B)

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

(Itinerary subject to change.)

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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.