VIA Rail Train Journeys

One of the most relaxed ways to explore Canada is by rail. VIA Rail has an extremely extensive network, which spans both the country’s east and west coasts. The company also has a comprehensive timetable with great fares.

Travel between vibrant destinations such as Montreal and Quebec City or Toronto and Ottawa aboard comfortable day trains. You’ll conveniently arrive in the heart of downtown, avoiding any traffic or parking hassles. For a classic overnight adventure, choose one of VIA Rail’s long distance services connecting exciting destinations such as vibrant Vancouver on the Pacific coast to picturesque Rockies towns such as Kamloops and Jasper.

For extended journeys, take advantage of VIA Rail’s 21 day CANRAIL pass for great value travel on their entire Canadian network.

Click here to download the VIA Rail section of our Canada and Alaska brochure, or contact us for information on the entire range on VIA Rail train journeys.

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VIA Rail: Discover The Romance of Rail Travel

Travel today is all about the destination – trains place emphasis on the journey itself. VIA Rail’s elegant flagship train – The Canadian – covers the route between Toronto and Vancouver, carrying passengers in utmost comfort. Travel Sleeper Plus Class for a choice of cosy berth or cabin accommodation. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Prestige Class for an upscale ensuite cabin with onboard concierge service.

There are plenty of other quality locomotives in the fleet, which transport some 4 million passengers a year over VIA Rail’s 12,500 kilometre rail network. A number of different classes are available on the different trains, ranging from Economy to Sleeper Plus.


This exceptional route covers 4,466 scenic kilometres – including the magnificent Canadian Rockies – between Vancouver on the Pacific coast to Toronto by Lake Ontario (see The Canadian 5D/4N package shown on this page for more details).


Follow the great St Lawrence River from Quebec City to Montreal, Lake Ontario, Toronto and Niagara Falls. This 1,765km-long line encompasses 48 stations and terminates in Windsor, with trains offering two comfortable classes of travel.


Explore the historic Canadian Maritimes and its lovely small towns on The Ocean route, which spans 1,346km between Montreal and Halifax.


Gorgeous mountain scenery and rushing rivers are guaranteed on this spectacular 1,160km track which runs between Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and Prince Rupert on BC’s rugged north coast.


The shortest of VIA Rail’s routes whisks adventure seekers into the pristine wilds of northern Quebec, a mosaic of forests, waterfalls and lakes.

Canada Overview

Why visit Canada? Spanning the top of north America from the Pacific to the Atlantic, this huge country offers majestic scenery, unspoiled wilderness and incredible wildlife and adventure opportunities. At the same time Canada is a modern country with sophisticated cities, world class accommodation and excellent rail, road and air network.

When is the best time to visit Canada? From May to September is the best time for cruising and touring in Canada when the weather is at its finest. Temperatures and daylight hours vary depending on latitude, and the coast is more moderate than inland regions which have long hot summers and very cold winters.

Grizzly bear viewing is generally good from June until October and Polar Bear viewing around Churchill is possible from July to November. November to April is the time for winter wonderland experiences, skiing, dog sledding and the Northern Lights.

What can I combine Canada with? Alaskan holidays like Inside Passage cruising and wildlife viewing. Canada can also be combined with Arctic cruising and ice based adventures.

How do you get to Canada? Fly to Vancouver in British Columbia for west coast touring and cruising, or to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec City for eastern Canada.

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