• Duration
  • 7 Days
  • Activity Level
  • Easy
  • Group Size
  • 27
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail

Toronto to Vancouver by RailItinerary

September 7 – September 13, 2021

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. 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, September 7, 2021
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 dinner. 
Overnight: Fairmont Royal York (D)

Day 2: Toronto / Board VIA Rail's The Canadian / Hornepayne
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
This morning, transfer to Toronto Union Station to embark upon the journey on rails. Delight in a special mimosa brunch to celebrate the departure and an exciting week ahead.

While The Canadian travels across Ontario, 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. 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.

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, September 9, 2021
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.
Overnight: The Canadian (B,L,D)

Day 4: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Edmonton, Alberta
Friday, September 10, 2021
Then 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, September 11, 2021
Today is your final full day aboard the train, with 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, September 12, 2021
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 China and GasTown, and free time for souvenir shopping in artist's stalls at 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 to a grand finale of this wonderful journey.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B,R)

Day 7: Vancouver / Depart for U.S.
Monday, September 13, 2021
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 transfer to Victoria. (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.