Four amazing rail journeys to add to your Canada wish list

28 November 2019


Travelling by train is undoubtedly one of the most calming ways to see a country. Forget stressing about downloading Google Maps or programming a GPS, a train journey with VIA Rail gives you the freedom, space and time to take in Canada’s sensational scenery without a care in the world. Whether you’re after a quick, one-night getaway or a longer, cross-country odyssey, VIA Rail has adventures that cover most corners of Canada. Here are four standout journeys to add to your list:

Toronto to Vancouver on the Canadian

Cover more than 4400 kilometres over four days and four nights on this epic rail trip from Toronto to Vancouver. The slower, gentler way to cross the country, a leisurely ride on the Canadian is all about letting life unfold at a relaxed pace. From low-lying prairies to beautiful blue lakes, pretty towns and the majestic mountain peaks, the Canadian travels through a moving picture book of scenic terrain. Along the way, taste freshly prepared meals put together by a talented chef dedicated to showcasing Canada’s regional flavours. For the ultimate trip, why not splash out Prestige class to enjoy personal concierge service, all-inclusive a la carte dining, and access to scenic cars and lounges?

Montreal to Halifax aboard the Ocean

Cross the Maritimes in a single day aboard the Ocean, the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America. Inaugurated all the way back in 1904, this classic Canadian rail journey takes you from the heart of vibrant Montreal to the charming port of Halifax in style. A relaxing away to traverse the country, this overnight journey is characterised by spacious seating, a friendly atmosphere, comfortable onboard amenities and incredible coastal views you won’t be able to take your eyes off.

Winnipeg to Churchill

Embark on an unforgettable rail journey to the Great White North on this two-day adventure that covers more than 1600 kilometres of stunning landscapes. The famous home of polar bears and beluga whales, Churchill is a destination brimming with wild beauty that draws in animal lovers and adventure seekers from near and far. The carriage’s panoramic dome is the best seat in the house if you want to take in the spectacular landscapes this part of Canada is known for. Choose to book into Sleeper Plus class to enjoy cosy accommodation, access to a shower, and included meals.

Jasper to Prince Rupert

A shorter journey that is big on blockbuster scenery, this rail trip through the legendary Rockies from Jasper to Prince Rupert is a bite-sized getaway perfect for independent travellers who want to experience Western Canada’s astounding landscapes without having to hire a car and drive themselves. Choose to book Touring Class to enjoy a range of included meals and to take in unobstructed views in the Panorama Dome car from your comfortable, roomy reclining seat.

To learn more about travel experiences Canada, take a look at our Canada Destination Guide or get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor. Need a Travel Counsellor of your own? Find one by clicking HERE.

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