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Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour

11

days

starting fromUS $5,880per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (4 reviews)

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Passengers on the Rocky Mountaineer enjoy mountain views from the dome car
Passengers on the Rocky Mountaineer enjoy mountain views from the dome car
Travel from Vancouver to the Rocky Mountains in style and comfort on the Rocky Mountaineer Train.
Gondola ride over Banff town with the Rocky mountains in the distance
Gondola ride over Banff town with the Rocky mountains in the distance
Fall in love with the mountain town of Banff and its spectacular surroundings.
The 'Ice Explorer' bus takes a group tour to see glaciers on the Icefield Parkway
The 'Ice Explorer' bus takes a group tour to see glaciers on the Icefield Parkway
A specially designed Ice Explorer will allow you to experience ancient glaciers up close.
The Rocky Mountaineer travels through a mountain valley
The Rocky Mountaineer travels through a mountain valley
The incredible size of the towering Rocky Mountains will fill you with a sense of awe.
VIA Rail train passes over bridge at sunset
VIA Rail train passes over bridge at sunset
Gaze out the window at Canada's natural beauty, from mountains and lakes to prairies and farmland.
Toronto's CN tower lit up in the evening
Toronto's CN tower lit up in the evening
Get caught up in the exciting vibe and big city lights of Toronto.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Marvel at the magnificent glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

    • Explore the gorgeous alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, with their vibrant culture, intriguing shops and lovely cafes

    • Enjoy the stunning scenic daylight rail journey with the Rocky Mountaineer

    Travel across Canada in luxury and style on this great journey that brings together the east and west of the country. In just over a week you will get an amazing glimpse of some truly breathtaking landscapes while discovering the sheer scale and immense natural beauty of Canada. In one week, visit the majestic mountain peaks of the Rockies, the endless skies of the Prairies and the big city lights of Toronto.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Banff 2 nights Jasper 3 nights VIA Rail 1 night Toronto Depart Toronto

  • 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 Across Canada Train Adventure Begins – Arrive in Vancouver
    Meet your friendly driver at the Vancouver International Airport, and enjoy your private transfer to your downtown Vancouver hotel. Take in the Ocean-spiced air and marvel in awe at the surrounding coastal mountains juxtaposed with stunning skyscrapers. We’re so happy you came to visit the home of Fresh Tracks Canada!

    Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best meal in the best setting that ensures you make memories with your loved one over a great meal!

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 2 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
    Bright and early this morning, you will be transferred to the Rocky Mountaineer station in time for your journey into the Canadian Rockies. Over lunch you’ll climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and take a trip through the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs along the train.

    Overnight in Kamloops.

    Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Banff
    The second day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, anticipation builds over breakfast for your first sighting of the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the Canadian Rockies, and the railroad. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, bald eagles and bears. Late afternoon your train pulls into the town of Banff. Banff is a unique destination, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community. Surrounded by mountain parkland and wilderness, the community shares its space with the wildlife, with sightings of deer, elk, sheep and bear. Keep an eye out while walking amongst the multitude of trees, parks and trails. Visitors have the choice between the most rugged of outdoor activities, easy walking and hiking, or world-class arts and culture displays.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 4 – The Famous Canadian Rockies – Banff
    Today enjoy a change of pace. Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Enjoy the view from the Banff Gondola located atop majestic Sulphur Mountain.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
    Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Sunrise Photography Tour
    Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
    Activity rating
    : Moderate

    • Option 3: Banff Helicopter Tour
    Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a spectacular helicopter sightseeing tour. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 5 – Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Jasper
    Travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, to discover spectacular glaciers, cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, and vast mountain valleys.

    You have 2 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Icefields Parkway Small Group Sightseeing Tour
    With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. In the late afternoon arrive in Jasper, the picture perfect overnight stop in the Canadian Rockies.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
    Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over cline pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 6 – Enjoy Jasper National Park
    Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
    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 Nature Walk
    Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk through the Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 7 – Canadian Train Journey East – Board the Canadian Train
    This morning enjoy a transfer to the train station where a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed awaits you on VIA Rail’s Canadian train. Your across Canada train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies.

    Overnight on board in your private cabin.

    Days 8 and 9 – Canadian Train Journey East – Onboard the Canadian Train
    The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and gold of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight. In the distance, you spot a lone red barn surrounded by a wooden fence which strikes you as uniquely beautiful.

    Overnight on board in your private cabin.

    Day 10 – Arrive in Toronto and Discover the City
    This afternoon your train pulls into the heart of Toronto. Spend an evening enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries of Toronto. Included today is admission for a visit to the CN Tower.

    • CN Tower Admission
    Standing 553.33 m (1815 ft) tall, this symbol of Toronto offers sweeping panoramic views. The glass faced elevators, now with glass floor panels, whisk you to the LookOut Observation level in 58 seconds. Dare to walk the Glass Floor, or sample the exquisite cuisine at the revolving 360 Restaurant.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 11 – Canadian Train Vacation Ends
    Much too soon, your across Canada train vacation comes to an end as you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind.
  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights of hotel accommodation
    • 3 nights onboard VIA Rail, in a private cabin

    Train Experiences:
    • 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train, between Vancouver and Banff
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard VIA Rail Canadian Train

    Banff Experiences:
    • Banff Gondola admission
    Plus
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Banff Sightseeing Tour
    2. Private Sunrise Photography Tour
    (additional cost)
    3. Banff Helicopter Tour (additional cost)

    Icefields Parkway Experiences, between Jasper and Banff:
    • Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Icefields Parkway
    Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
    2. Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

    Jasper Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
    2. Privately Guided Nature Walk 
    3. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

    Toronto Experiences:
    • CN Tower Admission

    Meal Inclusions:
    • 14 delicious meals onboard the trains
    • Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    • Picnic Lunch on the Icefields Parkway

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
    • Train station transfers in Jasper, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
    • A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfer and tou
    rs (unless otherwise noted)
    • 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.

    Note:
    Comfort and Superior levles are paired with SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe level is paired with GoldLeaf service.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Icefields Parkway tour is available from April 29 until October 7 for eastbound departures, coach transfer will be substituted prior to April 29.
    • Maligne Lake cruise runs from May 27 to September 30, 2018 for eastbound departures, weather conditions may cause season delays. A walking excursion will replace the cruise when it is unavailable.
    • The privately guided nature walk in Jasper is available from April 26 to October 7 for eastbound departures, for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later.

     

    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 Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    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.

    Georgian Court Hotel

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

    Rimrock Resort

    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 Royal York

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    This hotel is one of the classic historic Fairmont properties, close to dining and shopping and only a few minutes away from Union Station. The hotel offers several luxurious facilities for guests, including a bar, a health club, a restaurant and a shop.

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Vancouver Start Dates
    Every Thursday & Sunday
    April 26, 29
    May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
    June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
    July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    October 4, 7

    Note: Trip includes 1 night in Jasper if starting in Toronto please inquire for exact trip pricing and dates from Toronto.

    2019 Start Dates
    Departure dates for 2019 are available now. Ask your Vacation Advisor for available start dates and to learn more about itinerary details and updates.

     

    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 Service
    from US $5,880to US $7,225per 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 Service
    from US $6,040to US $7,506per 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
    GoldLeaf Train Service
    from US $7,680to US $9,104per 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.

  • Common Questions

    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.

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  • Customer Reviews (4)

    The hike was the highlight of the trip

    Star Rating 5
    June 26, 2018

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    The suggestion that I stay 2 nights in Jasper was inspired. The hike was the highlight of the trip and the guide was the best. Her knowledge of the flora and fauna and the history and geology of the Rockies made the hike magical.

    The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic

    Star Rating 5
    October 16, 2016

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    The service from Fresh Tracks was excellent. Even when I was on the trip and I needed clarification, it was provided as requested. The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic! My husband and I would come back to do another trip.

    I rarely have had such a well organized experience

    Star Rating 5
    October 15, 2016

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    The Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular. I rarely have had such a well organized experience with such detail and service. The Fairmont accommodations were lovely. It snowed a few days while I was on the trip, so I canceled a tour, but, otherwise everything went smoothly. (The snow was beautiful.) Once I organized myself for the small space, I loved my room on VIA Rail. Good job, Fresh Tracks!

    The whole trip was wonderful

    Star Rating 5
    May 28, 2013

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    We had a great time on the trip and hated to have to return home. There were only two little bumps but both were pretty easy to clear up. The reservation at La Frontenac seemed to be for a room with two full size beds. They were able to switch us to a room with one King. Also the days for the two tours in Halifax were reversed. The city highlights tour was on Tuesday and Peggys Cove was Wednesday. When we called to confirm the tours the Grayline person got us sorted out. The whole trip was wonderful. We are already dreaming of when we can return but it may not be until our 5 or 10 year anniversary. Aside from the time we spent wandering around the towns and seeing the sights, our two favorite parts were the Charlevoix and the Peggys Cove trips. Both were beautiful. We took almost two thousand pictures through the whole trip and each gained several pounds from the wonderful food. It was certainly a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much for all your help!

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.