• Duration
  • 7 Days
  • Activity Level
  • Easy
  • Group Size
  • 27
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. 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, meet your travel companions for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (D)

Day 2: Vancouver / Board VIA Rail’s The Canadian
Join your Orbridge Travel Director for a guided city tour plus free time in Granville. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local delights. 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,L,D)

Day 3: Kamloops / Jasper, Alberta / Edmonton
Today includes brief stops in Kamloops, Jasper, and Edmonton. 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 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.

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 you will pass through.
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 perhaps grab a pal and a window seat for a friendly game of cards. 

During the stop in Winnipeg, if time allows, guests can walk and explore the sights including an outside visit to Forks Market.
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 into Ontario—with a brief stop in Hornepayne—venture into the dome car to embrace the constantly changing scenery—and capture the endless photo opportunities from inside the Prestige Park lounge and dome cars. 
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 6: Toronto
After arriving in Toronto, disembark from The Canadian and transfer to your hotel for the evening.  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 Hotel Vancouver (B,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:

Easy

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.