Trans-Canada Rail Adventure Toronto-Vancouver

13-day Independent Tour


The Tour

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

See Niagara Falls, and spend four days exploring the pristine wilds of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff National Parks. Tour runs between Toronto and Vancouver. Cross northern Ontario’s scenic lake lands, the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the towering Canadian Rockies, before ending on the Pacific Coast.

For eastbound (Vancouver-Toronto)Trans-Canada itinerary, please click here.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)


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The Itinerary

Day 1: Toronto
Arrive Toronto, and explore Canada’s largest city at your leisure. Overnight in Toronto hotel.

Day 2: Niagara Falls
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the world’s great wonders. Includes Hornblower Cruise (formerly Maid of the Mist; subject to cruise schedule) and lunch. Overnight in Toronto hotel. (L)

Day 3: Depart Toronto
In the evening, begin four-day journey across Ontario and Prairie Provinces on board the Canadian. Settle into your cozy cabin and overnight on VIA Rail’s Canadian.

Days 4-5: On board Canadian
Continue rail journey across western Canada toward Jasper, with all meals included on the train. Overnight on VIA Rail’s Canadian.  (B, L, D)

Day 6: Jasper
Early afternoon arrival in Jasper, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and teeming with wildlife. Transfer to Jasper hotel for a two-night stay.  (B, L)

Day 7: Jasper
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many animals that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper at your leisure. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8: Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point our some interesting geological features. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 9: Yoho Tour, Lake Louise-Banff
This morning is at your leisure in Lake Louise. Afternoon half-day tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and natural rock bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10: Banff
Tour Banff—Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff. Overnight Banff hotel.

Day 11: Banff-Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for daylight trip to Kamloops. Travel between high peaks of Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes through tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across ranchlands. Experience the Continental Divide, Spiral Tunnels—a remarkable feat of railroad engineering, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie (where last spike of Canadian Pacific Railway was driven), glaciers and snow-capped Canadian Rockies peaks. Most exciting spot on the train: the open-air observation platform. Overnight in Kamloops.  (B, L)

Day 12: Kamloops-Vancouver
Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer for another full day on board. The scenery changes to desert interior through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and lush green fields of Fraser River Valley. Be on the lookout for the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate. Arrive Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver hotel.  (B, L)

Day 13: Vancouver
Tour ends with checkout from Vancouver hotel.

2017 Dates:

April 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5

The Prices

Pricing varies based on date of departure and the number of upgrades you wish.

Pricing varies considerably from high season to low season — and from the class of service.

We highly recommend that you book GoldLeaf on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this train and Prestige Class on the Canadian. You can also request that we upgrade your hotels from standard to more deluxe rooms. The tour operates in the early Spring and late into the fall – but we recommend choosing a more moderate time to travel, from June through August.

The starting price is roughly $7,400 pp (two persons sharing) using Prestige Class and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and four- and five-star hotels (except in Kamloops, where accommodations are moderate), transfers and sightseeing as noted.  Sole use of all the same hotels and train equipment would be about $14,000.  All pricing is subject to reconfirmation.  A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.

Contact us today for a quote.


Book by March 31, 2017 and receive up to $450 in added value per couple!
Credit can be redeemed for extra hotel nights, meals, city sightseeing excursions, outdoor activities, and more. Blackout dates apply.

The biggest news since the Canadian’s birth in 1955 is the introduction — 60 years later, in 2015 — of the elegant new Prestige Class. Book early to ensure your space.

See Rocky Mountaineer train description for explanation of SilverLeaf, GoldLeaf and Goldleaf Deluxe service.

Prices are per person in US Dollars and do not include Canadian GST (6.7% for WB trips; 3.9% for EB trips) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles are available on request.

B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Note: The Vancouver-Toronto (eastbound) itinerary is 12 days, with one day less in Jasper, than the 13-day Toronto-Vancouver (westbound) itinerary outlined above. Please click here for eastbound itinerary.

Deposit Required:  20% of trip base rate

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other tours on our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Highlights

Spotting Canadian wildlife from trains’ domes—big-horned sheep, elk, black bears, bald eagles, osprey
Enjoying VIA’s Canadian, with all meals included, wine-tasting in the dome car, and your private compartment
Tasty meals in the lovely diners of Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
Tours of Banff, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway and Niagara Falls
Time to explore Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper
Riding on some of the best equipment in the world on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service, the double-decked dome cars with open-air platforms and on the Canadian with its great dome observation cars
Suggested upgrades: deluxe hotels throughout and double use of a triple bedroom on Canadian so both travelers have lower beds

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend on its way to Vancouver from Kamloops. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend on its way to Vancouver from Kamloops. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
View off the back of the Rocky Mountaineer's open-air observation deck.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
View off the back of the Rocky Mountaineer's open-air observation deck. (Photo by Angela Walker)