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Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour

11

days

starting fromUS $5,280per person

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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. Visit the majestic mountain peaks of the Rockies, the endless skies of the Prairies and the big city lights of Toronto.

Trip at a glance

11 Days / 10 Nights

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

  • View Details Of Each Day

    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? Enjoy a great meal in the best setting while making memories with your loved ones – in one of our favorite restaurants!

    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.

    This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

    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. This evening 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 local wildlife. 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.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    On this sightseeing bus tour visit the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake (available seasonally).
    This journey gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore the spectacular shorelines and learn the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
    Activity rating: Easy


    • Option 2: Banff Sightseeing Tour
    Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site.
    Discover the secrets of this majestic mountain town by taking in the sights, snapping photos and enjoying short walks to view points on the many stops with your guide.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)
    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

    Insider tip: There is so much to see and do in Banff that many guests wish they could stay longer. Ask your Vacation Advisor to add more nights in the Rockies to explore Banff and the surrounding areas.

    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: 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

    Insider tip: This can be one of the fullest days of your Canadian adventure. If you prefer a more relaxed pace or unique activities, ask your Vacation Advisor about alternative transportation options.

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 6 – Enjoy Jasper Canadian – Board the Canadian Train
    Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the morning at leisure exploring Jasper.

    Today you are transferred to the train station where a 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 the train in your private cabin.

    Days 7 and 8 – 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 9 – Arrive in Toronto and Discover the City
    Your train pulls into the heart of Toronto today. Spend an evening enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries of Toronto.

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 10 – Explore Toronto
    You have 3 options to choose from to explore Toronto and the surrounding area today:

    • Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
    Join a VIP small group tour to see one of the great natural wonders of the world – Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation. With a dedicated driver plus guide, you’ll enjoy a premium sightseeing experience.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
    Get a feel for the city of Toronto and discover the highlights quicker by traveling by bicycle. Your local guide will show you the must-see cultural landmarks and major attractions as well as local favorites.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: St. Lawrence Market Food Tour
    Visit the iconic St. Lawrence Market, voted the best food market in the world by National Geographic, and discover the long history of the market and Old Toronto. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    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.

    Insider Tips: Add a few extra nights to go experience Montreal and its French-Canadian flair! Your Vacation Advisor can customize your trip to your liking.
Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour – Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

TorontoJasperIcefields ParkwayBanffKamloopsVancouver

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Your Train Experience

Rocky MountaineerVIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll 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

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:

    • Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
    • 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:
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • 3 nights onboard the Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Jasper and Toronto (includes dome car access)
    • 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer Train*

    Banff Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    2. Banff Sightseeing Tour
    3. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography
    Tour (additional cost)

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

    Toronto Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
    2. Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
    3. St. Lawrence Market Food Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train
    • Meals onboard the Canadian VIA Rail Train

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

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

    Inclusion Notes:
    Comfort and Superior levels are paired with SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe level is paired with GoldLeaf service.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Icefields Parkway tour is available from April 25 till October 6, 2019 departures, coach transfer will be substituted outside of these dates.
    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not 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.

    • Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations.
    • Ask us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian Train.
    • Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage .
    • Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
    • Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure.
    • Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.

    • Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal in Eastern Canada.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Start Dates
    April 18, 25
    May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    June 6, 13, 20, 27
    July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
    October 3, 10

    Notes:
    • Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper and 1 night in Toronto if starting in Toronto – please inquire for exact trip pricing and dates from Toronto.

    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
    SilverLeaf Train Service
    from US $5,280to US $7,430per 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 $5,590to US $7,636per 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 $6,770to US $9,061per 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.

    Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.

    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 - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow Valley

    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 - Classic exterior of the hotel

    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 - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow Valley

    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.

  • 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!

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This Trip in Pictures

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.

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