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Trans Canadian Railway Train

Trans Canada Rainforest Route

9

days

starting fromUS $4,440per person

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Make your way by train across this vast and beautiful land, from the bright city lights of Vancouver to the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairies to Toronto. This Canada-by-train journey offers you the experience of the exciting big city, as well as the tranquility of the great outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to witness the diversity of Canada’s gorgeous landscape.

Trip at a glance

9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 1 night Whistler 1 night Quesnel 1 night Jasper 3 nights VIA Rail 1 night Toronto Depart Toronto

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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 – Begin your Canadian Rockies Train Vacation in Vancouver
    One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we take care to ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

    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 – Vancouver to Whistler on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
    Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for the start of a three-day train journey to the Canadian Rockies. Today you’ll travel from ‘sea to sky’ on a half-day train journey from Vancouver to the Olympic village of Whistler. Along the way, the train winds along the shores of Howe Sound, a deep fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Then slowly it glides into the mountains, besides the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River, with waterfalls cascading down from the glaciers above. Upon arrival in Whistler, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and overnight stay amid the beauty of BC’s Coastal Mountains.

    Included in your stay is a Peak to Peak Gondola pass, to whisk you up to the alpine. Stroll meadows full of wildflowers and admire vast mountain valleys as far as the eye can see.

    Overnight in Whistler.

    Day 3 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Whistler to Quesnel
    The Rocky Mountaineer’s whistle sounds and the smell of a delicious breakfast wafts from the galley as you pull out of Whistler heading north. Over coffee you may chat with your fellow passengers or simply gaze out of the window at some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

    In a single day, you will travel through the majestic Fraser Canyon, by the winding shores of Anderson and Seton Lakes, and into the ‘cowboy country’ of the high-desert Cariboo Plateau. In the canyon, you may wonder
    not for the last time – at the feat of engineering this railroad represents. As you gaze down from your window, thousands of feet to the rushing waters of the Fraser River below, spare a thought for the chutzpah of the 19th century railroad barons who conceived the project – and the skill and hard work of the engineers, surveyors and migrant workers who built it. This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Quesnel where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

    Overnight in Quesnel.

    Day 4 – Quesnel to Jasper on the Train
    After a restful sleep in your Quesnel hotel, you will board the train again and prepare for the day you have been waiting for – gazing up at the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Canadian Rockies.

    Keep looking out the window – you have a chance of spotting wildlife such as bald eagles, moose, bears and deer. When you reach the Rockies and you see those jagged peaks for yourself, you will be blown away by their beauty. Arrive in the tranquil mountain town of Jasper and breathe the fresh pine-scented air.

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – Canadian Train Journey East – Board the Canadian Train
    Today a transfer will take you to the train station. Once onboard the Canadian Train, settle into your cabin that awaits you before heading to the dome car or lounge to meet fellow travelers. Say goodbye to the Rockies and glide across the Canadian prairies.

    Insider tip: The Canadian Sleeper train offers many styles of onboard accommodations. Speak to your Vacation Advisor to find out if a Cabin for 1 or 2 is better for your journey or consider upgrading to Prestige Class for an unforgettable all-inclusive service.

    Overnight onboard the train in a private cabin.

    Day 6 and 7 – Canadian Train Journey East Continues
    As you leave the mountains, the scenery begins to flatten out as you enter the vast plains of the prairies. Fields of golden canola stretch all the way to the horizon and the big skies are a panoramic theatre for the rolling white clouds. The prairie landscapes are beautifully empty, punctuated with the odd red barn, oil rig or grain silo. Gaze out at the part of Canada that author W.O. Mitchell described as “the least common denominator of nature, the skeleton requirements simply, of land and sky.”

    Overnight onboard the train in a private cabin.

    Day 8 – Arrive in Toronto
    As the Canadian Train travels across Canada, it speeds up and slows down with the rhythm of the little towns it visits and the freight trains it passes. 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.

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 9 – Depart Toronto
    Before you know it, your train journey has come to close and it is time to make your way home. A private vehicle and driver will transfer you from the hotel to the Toronto International airport.
Trans Canada Rainforest Route – Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

VancouverToronto

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Your Train Experience

Rocky MountaineerVIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Seeing some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country, including Vancouver and Jasper

  • Enjoying two and a half days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer and three nights on a VIA Rail train

  • Discovering the stunning wilderness of Canada as you travel through areas only accessible by train

  • Staying at high quality accommodations along the way

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:
    • 5 nights hotel accommodation
    • 3 nights’ onboard The Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

    Train Experiences:
    • 2.5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard The Canadian Train between Jasper and Toronto (includes access to dome car)

    Whistler Experiences:
    • Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola

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

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • A personalized and private pick up from your arrival airport
    • Train station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
    • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfers (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.

    Important Schedule & Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur out of our control
    • The Peak to Peak Gondola in Whistler is only included from the May 24 eastbound departure / May 21
    westbound departure
    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff (unless otherwise indicated)
    • 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 to GoldLeaf Service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Dome windows optimize your view of the great scenery, excellent food and an outdoor viewing platform allowing wonderful photographic opportunities make this option a must.
    • Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage.
    • Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle, indulge in afternoon tea at one of the Fairmont resorts, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax (many more options are available to suit your interests).
    • Add on a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite.
    • Add a visit to the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 – Vancouver Start Dates
    April 26
    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
    October 4

    2019 – Toronto Start Dates
    April 30
    May 7, 14, 21, 28
    June 4, 11, 18, 25
    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    August 6, 13, 20, 27
    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    October 1
    Note: Toronto departures includes 2 additional nights in Jasper and 2 additional tours.

    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 $4,440to US $5,918per 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 $4,580to US $6,081per 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 $5,680to US $7,550per 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 - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson Street

    Georgian Court Hotel

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

    Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotel

    Sawridge Inn

    An example of our Superior accommodations

    Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

    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.

This Trip in Pictures

Cruise on Maligne Lake, Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake, Spirit Island
This train journey will take you to some of the most amazing places in Canada
Cyclers and sightseers at Coal Harbour in Vancouver
Cyclers and sightseers at Coal Harbour in Vancouver
In Vancouver, enjoy fine food and scenery before boarding your train across Canada.
Taking photos on the viewing platform onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Taking photos on the viewing platform onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Board the Rocky Mountaineer Train for a spectacular journey from Vancouver to the Rockies
View of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park
View of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park
Discover breathtaking Jasper National Park on a one night stop over.
Via Rail's 'Canadian' sleeper train journeys through the Rockies
Via Rail's 'Canadian' sleeper train journeys through the Rockies
You'll spend a few nights onboard the VIA Rail 'Canadian' train as you travel across Canada.

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