“ We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace. The train is a new experience for those of us who have flown everywhere most of our lives. VIA Rail did a great job, and the Rocky Mountaineer was extraordinary. We enjoyed the relaxed attitude and competence of the folks who put the package together, it was outstanding . They were helpful with details of the trip and helped with pieces outside the Fresh Tracks part. Always pleasant and ready to assist. ”
Best of Canada in a Week
starting fromUS $3,990per person
5 of 5 stars (5 reviews)
- Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
What we love about this trip
Seeing some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country, including Vancouver and Jasper
Enjoying three nights on a VIA Rail train and two days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer
Seeing Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies
Taking in the stars in Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve
Staying at several high quality hotels along the way
Make your way across this vast and beautiful land, from the bright city lights of Toronto to the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This Canada-by-train journey offers you the experience of the exciting big city, as well as the tranquillity of the great outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to witness the diversity of Canada’s gorgeous landscape.
Arrive Toronto* → 3 nights VIA Rail train → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Kamloops → 1 night Vancouver → Depart Vancouver → *Can be done in reverse
Sample ItineraryDays 1 to 3 – Your Canadian Train Excursion Begins
Just as your plane touches down in Toronto – the largest city in Canada – the excitement of your upcoming rail trip begins to really set in. Your driver takes you from the airport to downtown, where you can enjoy a special dinner at the CN Tower.
Later, board your awaiting train, where you can relax in your comfortable cabin and enjoy the views of the city from a large window.
Your cabin includes cozy seats that can be converted into a bed at night, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable sleep. Drift off to the gentle rhythm of the train as it clickety-clacks through the Canadian countryside. In the morning, admire the view in the panoramic dome car, which is located steps from your cabin and offers stunning vistas of the iconic landscape.
The train also offers a dining car where sumptuous meals are served and you can socialize with your fellow travellers. This first leg of the journey will take you through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as you watch the forests, lakes and prairies roll by outside the window. Experience the enormous scale of this beautiful country while relaxing in style.
Day 4 – Welcome to the Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
Arrive in the Rocky Mountains, where the air is crisp and enormous snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. Tonight, you will stay in the small mountain resort town of Jasper, which is surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Admire the raw beauty that frames the community before relaxing at your comfortable hotel for the evening.
Insider tip: Jasper is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. Make sure you take a moment to step outside after dark and see the stars like you’ve never seen them before!
Day 5 – Exploring Jasper National Park
Spend an entire day drinking in the untouched beauty of Jasper National Park, from the crystal clear glacial lakes to the rugged mountain peaks.
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to the fullest.
• Option 1: Maligne Valley Tour with Lake Cruise
Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini- coach to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and a cruise to Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Privately Guided Jasper Nature Walk
Explore Jasper National Park on a professionally guided interpretive walk. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, get close to rare alpine wildflowers, and stunning valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx. 4 miles | 6.5km) - more challenging hikes are available on request.
• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Experience the thrill of riding in a sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle - view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area. This is a sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 people.
Activity rating: Easy
Day 6 – Take the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops
Board the train bright and early while the mountain songbirds are chirping and the air still has a slight refreshing chill. Enjoy a tasty breakfast onboard, letting the aroma of a steaming cup of coffee energize your senses as you pull out of the station and continue toward British Columbia. The views during this stretch of the journey are incredible, with the towering mountains and the crashing waters of Pyramid Falls.
Now is the perfect time to step onto the outdoor viewing platform to feel the cool breeze on your face as you gaze at the jagged vistas. Arrive in Kamloops in the evening, a warm and welcoming town where you can enjoy a good night's rest in your hotel.
Day 7 – Journey by Train from Kamloops to Vancouver
After a relaxing night in Kamloops, board the train again and travel through the breath-taking Thompson Canyon. Enjoy a glimpse of the amazing Hell's Gate, a stunning waterfall where 200 million gallons of water cascade through a narrow gorge.
During the afternoon, you travel through the lush green landscapes of the Fraser Valley before arriving in Vancouver. Known for being one of the most livable cities in the world, this metropolis is hip, artsy and surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and ocean vistas. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, the funky art galleries and museums and the vibrant nightlife.
Day 8 – Leaving Vancouver
Your cross-Canada adventure has come to an end. Think back on all the sights you have seen as you traveled from Toronto to Vancouver (or Vancouver to Toronto) via train. This trip is the ideal introduction to the vibrant landscapes and incredible diversity of this amazing land.
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
An example of our Superior accommodations
The Sawridge Inn in Jasper offers a welcoming atmosphere and comfortable facilities at an affordable price. Take a refreshing swim in the indoor pool or relax in your newly renovated room with stylish furnishings and marble bathrooms.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations
If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.
Prices & Dates2018 Toronto Start Dates
Every Tuesday & Saturday
April 17, 21, 24, 28
May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October 2, 6, 9
2018 Vancouver Start Dates
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Servicefrom US $3,990to US $5,713per person
Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Servicefrom US $4,095to US $5,908per person
Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.Fresh Tracks FavoriteDeluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Servicefrom US $4,990to US $7,274per person
On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.
Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?
The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).
What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation
Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.
Is it safe to drive in the mountains?
New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
Are your tours escorted?
No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.
Customer Reviews (5)
We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable paceJuly 3, 2017
Fred & Sheila, NC, USA
It was truly a spectacular tripJune 4, 2015
Vicki & Paul, FL, USA
“ It was truly a spectacular trip. The service on the Rocky Mountaineer was some of the best that we have ever seen. This company has incredible process and systems which allow the staff to really focus on their guests. All of the hotels were perfect. Limos at both ends were top shelf. We all agreed that this was just an exceptional journey. Thank you for all of your efforts. This trip was definitely beyond any of our expectations! ”
Really impressed with the quality of service and mealsSeptember 30, 2013
Marsha & Donald, AZ, USA
“ My clients had such a wonderful time and they were really impressed with the quality of service and meals. Everything flowed so smooth; not one glich, thank you so much. ”
Enjoyed all aspects of the journeyJuly 26, 2013
Randy & Mary Jo, VA, USA
“ We had a wonderful trip. Very much enjoyed all aspects of the journey. Would definitely like to revisit Toronto, Jasper, and Vancouver sometime – after a number of other planned trips. Particularly impressed with Fresh Tracks Canada's logistics and the way we were taken care of to make the trip very easy and enjoyable. Thank you for your assistance. ”
The best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experiencedMay 23, 2013
Nancy, Edward & Margaret, NC, USA
“ We just got back. Taking into consideration the fact that we have traveled a lot (cruises and train trips in Europe and the US, lived in Europe and all over the USA), it was the best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced. Everything went like clock work. We didn't have a single issue from the time our flight left on Thursday morning until our flight returned us to NC eight days later. The extra night in Toronto was perfect. I took 1,127 photos and my mother-in-law took about the same amount. The trip was everything she had hoped and my husband and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. The food, both on the Rocky Mountaineer and Via Rail was excellent... and I doubt I will brave a scale for a few days. Thanks for all of your help and suggestions in planning the trip. ”
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- Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.