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Cross country train trip

Canadian Cross Country Journey

10

days

starting fromUS $4,580per person

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Travel by train from the metropolis of Toronto to the serenity of the Canadian Rockies and through to Vancouver. To begin and end your journey, stay in the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake in the east and Victoria in the west. This legendary journey aboard the Canadian Train fulfills your desire for the energy of city life and the serenity of nature. As you travel across the country, experience first-hand the diverse landscape of Canada.

Trip at a glance

10 Days / 9 Nights

Arrive Toronto 2 nights Niagara-on-the-Lake 1 night Toronto 4 nights VIA Rail 1 night Vancouver 1 night Victoria Depart Victoria * This trip is available in reverse

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    Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Your Canadian Vacation Begins in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Arrive in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and be whisked away to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake on a transfer that takes you directly from the airport to your hotel for the evening. Surrounding you are rolling vineyards and blooming flowers, framing Lake Ontario. Eagerly check in to your appealing accommodations before heading out to explore the town. Take in the fun atmosphere as residents celebrate the beauty of the region.

    Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Take delight in cuisine inspired by locally sourced products from the fertile Niagara region. Sip and savor award winning wines expertly paired with your meal. Relax, as you start to make great memories from the very beginning of your holiday.

    Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Day 2 – Niagara Falls Sightseeing or Niagara Wine Tasting
    Today is yours to explore the Niagara region on your choice of tour.

    Here are
    2 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour
    With a small group, venture to picture perfect Niagara Falls. Visit all the highlights of the area – The Upper Rapids, Niagara Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Table Rock. Also included is a thrilling ride into the mist of Niagara Falls on a boat tour.
    Activity rating:
    Easy

    • Option 2: Niagara Wine Tour
    Travel the lush and scenic Niagara Peninsula on a wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries for a tasting and enjoy lunch at a charming eatery on the Niagara Parkway.
    Activity rating:
    Easy

    Whether you decide to witness the splendor of the Niagara Gorge, or the rolling woodlands of wine country, you will end your day full of wonder and discovery.

    Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Day 3 – Discover Toronto
    Travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning and spend the afternoon exploring Toronto at your leisure. From a visit to the bustling St. Lawrence Market, to the many vibrant neighborhoods this city has offers, there is no shortage of things to see!

    Feature Dinner in Toronto
    We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better spot than the CN tower? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re traveling the Fresh Tracks Canada way – we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 4 – Explore Toronto and Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Westbound
    Your cross country train journey begins today as you board your train this morning. Climb aboard the famous “Canadian Train” where you prepare for your first overnight sleep in a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed.

    Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

    Day 5 and 6 – Canadian Train Journey West – Onboard the Canadian Train
    The scenery changes as you leave behind the beauty of northern Ontario and travel across the undulating plains of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and golds of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight. In the distance you spot a lone red barn surrounded by an old wooden fence which strikes you as uniquely beautiful.

    Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

    Day 7 – Travel into the Stunning Canadian Rockies
    Wake up this morning after a restful night sleep. Dine on the freshly prepared meals on board as you take in the views. The exhilaration of your Canada train trip continues when finally, you see the distinctive jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Keep an eye out for wildlife and watch for the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The train pulls through Jasper today before continuing onward for your across country journey.

    Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

    Day 8 – Explore Vancouver
    Today your train arrives into stunning Vancouver – you’ve made it to the west coast! Your friendly driver meets you at the train station to take you to your hotel.

    Surrounded by mountains and ocean, a typical day in the city can include a sail on the harbour, a round of golf, a hike in the nearby North Shore Mountains or enjoying a bite to eat on the waterfront. Vancouver is popular for filming, has a thriving art, theatre, and food scene. With walkable neighbourhoods, drink and dine your way through the downtown area and enjoy what the beautiful city has to offer.

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 9 – Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens
    Travel to the charming city of Victoria today. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island and getting to this picturesque city involves a scenic cross-water journey.

    Here are 2 options for travel between Vancouver and Victoria:

    • Option 1: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
    Spend the morning on an exhilarating boat journey from Vancouver to Victoria. Along the way your expert guides will seek out the majestic wildlife that calls these waters home throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the splash of a humpback whale tail or the distinctive fins of resident orcas. Your adventure brings you right from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Vancouver to Victoria Cruise
    Cruise between Vancouver and Victoria in style. Enjoy panoramic ocean views while sitting in comfort onboard. Your journey includes a light 3-course breakfast or lunch and personalized service. Your cruise brings you directly from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
    Activity rating: Easy

    After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon to explore Victoria on your own. Boasting mountain views from the downtown Inner Harbour, this compact, pedestrian-friendly city features eclectic shopping, superb cuisine and wonderful attractions such as The Royal BC Museum. Also included is admission to the breathtaking natural wonder of Butchart Gardens, featuring exotic floral displays from all over the world.

    • Included: Butchart Gardens Admission
    Spend the afternoon exploring world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a privately owned 55-acre display garden. Just a short 35-minute shuttle north of downtown Victoria, you will be transported to another world as you wander through rose gardens and lush west coast vegetation. Shuttle from downtown Victoria runs hourly and is included with your experience.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Victoria.


    Day 10 – Depart Victoria
    Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your Cross Canada train vacation comes to an end. A private driver will take you from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight.
Canadian Cross Country Journey – Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

TorontoNiagara-on-the-LakeVancouverVictoria

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Your Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Savor the stunning scenery and locally inspired cuisine aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train

  • Visit the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Experience the exhilarating Niagara Falls and vibrant Toronto

  • Take in the beauty of Vancouver and its many unique neighborhoods

  • Enjoy the quaint city of Victoria and famous Butchart Gardens

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    This trip features a sleeper train journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

    When not on the train, you'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
    • Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 5 nights hotel accommodation
    • 4 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin*

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Class onboard the Train between Toronto and Vancouver (includes access to dome car)*

    Toronto Experiences:
    • CN Tower Admission (includes dinner)*

    Niagara Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour*
    2. Niagara Wine Tour

    Vancouver to Victoria Cross-Water Experiences:*
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
    2. Vancouver to Victoria Cruise

    Victoria Experiences:
    • Admission to Butchart Gardens

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • Feature Dinner at CN Tower in Toronto*
    • Meals while on board the VIA rail train

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Transfer between Toronto Airport and Niagara-on-the-Lake*
    • Transfer between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto hotel*
    • Private transfer between train station and hotel in Vancouver
    • Private transfer between hotel and Victoria Airport

    Other Inclusions:
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Documentation package
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests

    Trip Class Notes:
    ✔ Comfort/Superior level hotel prices include Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail.
    ✔ Deluxe level hotel prices include Prestige Sleeper Class on VIA Rail
    ✔ Comfort/Superior level hotel prices include shuttle transfers to/from the Niagara region.
    ✔ Deluxe level hotel prices include private transfers to/from the Niagara region.

    *Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls is available from early May to late October (weather dependent). In the off-season tour will be substituted with the Journey Behind the Falls.
    • CN Tower Admission and Dinner is only included on Westbound itinerary
    • Whale Watching between Vancouver and Victoria is available for May 16
    to Sep 12, 2019 westbound departures. A bus and ferry combo can be substituted when this option is not available. The Whale Watching option is not available for Eastbound departures.
    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Add a Alaska Cruise along the Inside Passage from Vancouver
    • Add time to explore Canada on road trip with a rental car
    • Include a whale watching tour from Victoria
    • Add an eastern Canada rail journey to your itinerary
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 – Toronto Start Dates
    Sun, Thu
    April 28
    May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
    August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

    2019 – Victoria Start Dates
    Sat, Wed
    April 27
    May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
    August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
    September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
    October 2, 5, 9, 12

    Note: Some dates are already sold out for Prestige Class, speak to a Vacation Advisor for availability.

    Pricing For This Trip

    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
    from US $4,580to 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
    from US $4,830to US $5,929per 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 Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    from US $7,290to US $8,198per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Fairmont Royal York - Exterior of hotel

    Fairmont Royal York

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Another of the original historic Fairmont properties, close to shopping and dining, and just steps to Union Station and the theatre district. The hotel features 5 restaurants, a bar, a health club, and shops.

    Fairmont Empress Hotel - Exterior of hotel

    Fairmont Empress Hotel

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    The world famous Fairmont Empress hotel is located in the middle of the inner harbour of downtown Victoria. Enjoy the famous high tea that takes place each day in the elegant wine room or front lounge, or relax in the library. Be sure to upgrade to a deluxe harbour view room for great harbour views!

This Trip in Pictures

The VIA Rail train on a cross country train trip from Toronto to Vancouver
The VIA Rail train on a cross country train trip from Toronto to Vancouver
Discover the best of Canada on a cross country rail journey.
The charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
The charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Your journey begins in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Viewing Niagara Falls
Viewing Niagara Falls
How you spend the day is up to you with the options to visit Niagara Falls or the region's famous wineries.
Toronto city skyline at night
Toronto city skyline at night
Travel back to Toronto for a taste of the big city before boarding your train west.
The dome car onboard the Canadian train as it travels cross country
The dome car onboard the Canadian train as it travels cross country
Your classic sleeper train experience includes four full days of sightseeing by train with panoramic dome cars.
The dining car onboard VIA Rail
The dining car onboard VIA Rail
Enjoy gourmet fine dining as you watch Canada's majestic scenery pass by your window.
Visit Vancouver on a cross country train journey
Visit Vancouver on a cross country train journey
Take a deep breathe of fresh air as you step off the train in Vancouver on Canada's west coast.
Watch for whales as you travel to Victoria on Vancouver Island
Watch for whales as you travel to Victoria on Vancouver Island
Your journey continues with a cross water adventure to Vancouver Island – keep an eye out for whales!
Victoria
Victoria
The quaint city of Victoria provides the perfect last stop on your Canadian cross country journey.

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