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Cross Canada Classic Winter Journey East to West

Also see: Summer Version

8 or 9 days / 8 or 9 nights
Departs Saturdays or Tuesdays
Jan–Apr & Nov–Dec 2018

Enjoy passage aboard VIA Rail's flagship train, The Canadian, between Toronto and Vancouver.

  • Upgrade to Premiere Hotel Category and visit the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Visit Jasper National Park and Banff National Park
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

8 Day Itinerary (Begins Saturdays)

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail

Saturday

Transfer from airport or downtown Toronto to VIA Rail's Union Rail Station for departure aboard VIA Rail's train The Canadian in Sleeper Plus Class this evening. Relax in the private waiting area and enjoy priority boarding. Choose from semi-private or private accommodations within VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus Class accommodations OR large cabin in Prestige Class. Your cozy accommodations are prepared for your nights rest with your friendly car attendant just steps away. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail

Sunday

Wake up to picturesque views of the Southern Ontario region. Travel through towns and settlements, thick forests and over rugged Precambrian rock as you wind your way through the Canadian Shield. Follow along with our milepost information to receive a knowledgeable historical enhanced view of the places you are passing through. Bridges and viaducts abound, lakes and rivers are plentiful. Relax in your private room or visit the Park Car dome seating for a 360 degree view of the passing scenery. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 3 — VIA Rail

Monday

Early morning has you arriving into Western Canada's oldest city, Winnipeg. There is time today to step off the train and visit the local area. Winnipeg's VIA Rail station is known for having good shopping and delicious local foods available close by in the kiosks located right by the rail station. It is also possible to take a tour of the Winnipeg area which can be arranged by request. Afternoon has you continuing west and heading into the rolling prairies. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 4 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Tuesday

Early morning has a brief stopover in Edmonton as you begin your journey into the Canadian Rockies. The geography changes from flat lands back into forest and hills. Begin your climb into the cozy nestled town of Jasper. Arrival into Jasper early afternoon today with transfer service to your accommodation. This afternoon has free time to relax and get a feel for this quaint town considered the gateway to Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Overnight Jasper. Breakfast and lunch served in the dining car aboard VIA Rail.

Day 5 — Jasper / Banff

Wednesday

Early morning rise for transfer service to Banff. Your shuttle service will take you south down the Icefields Parkway and past some of the most breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Arrival into Banff early afternoon with time to explore this vibrant bustling mountain village. Overnight Banff.

Day 6 — Banff / Jasper

Thursday

Morning sightseeing tour of Banff including a visit to the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site. Take pictures and learn about the history of Bow Valley whilst watching for wildlife. Transfer north to Jasper this afternoon with early evening arrival. Overnight Jasper.

Day 7 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Friday

Morning is at leisure today with time for last minute shopping, exploring, and photography. This afternoon transfer from hotel to rail station to begin your overnight stay aboard VIA Rail's train The CANADIAN, in Sleeper Plus Class. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, private or semi-private, access to the Skyline & Park cars, and sumptuous meals prepared by the chef in the dining car. Whether you’re relaxing in your accommodations, dining or sitting in the dome area, enjoy gorgeous views of the passing winter scenery, snow laden pine trees, ice covered lakes, and dramatic skylines. Overnight VIA Rail — dinner aboard VIA Rail included.

Day 8 — VIA Rail / Vancouver

Saturday

This morning enjoy a full hot breakfast in the dining car prior to arrival into Vancouver, BC, home to the mildest winters in Canada. Your tour includes transfer service to hotel or airport. Breakfast aboard VIA Rail included.

Itinerary includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and transfers. Please enquire for more information and detailed itinerary.

9 Day Itinerary (Begins Tuesdays)

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail

Tuesday

Transfer from airport or downtown Toronto to VIA Rail's Union Rail Station for departure aboard VIA Rail's train The Canadian in Sleeper Plus Class this evening. Relax in the private waiting area and enjoy priority boarding. Choose from semi-private or private accommodations within VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus Class accommodations OR large cabin in Prestige Class. Your cozy accommodations are prepared for your nights rest with your friendly car attendant just steps away. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail

Wednesday

Wake up to picturesque views of the Southern Ontario region. Travel through towns and settlements, thick forests and over rugged Precambrian rock as you wind your way through the Canadian Shield. Follow along with our milepost information to receive a knowledgeable historical enhanced view of the places you are passing through. Bridges and viaducts abound, lakes and rivers are plentiful. Relax in your private room or visit the Park Car dome seating for a 360 degree view of the passing scenery. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 3 — VIA Rail

Thursday

Early morning has you arriving into Western Canada's oldest city, Winnipeg. There is time today to step off the train and visit the local area. Winnipeg's VIA Rail station is known for having good shopping and delicious local foods available close by in the kiosks located right by the rail station. It is also possible to take a tour of the Winnipeg area which can be arranged by request. Afternoon has you continuing west and heading into the rolling prairies. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 4 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Friday

Early morning has a brief stopover in Edmonton as you begin your journey into the Canadian Rockies. The geography changes from flat lands back into forest and hills. Begin your climb into the cozy nestled town of Jasper. Arrival into Jasper early afternoon today with transfer service to your accommodation. This afternoon has free time to relax and get a feel for this quaint town considered the gateway to Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Overnight Jasper. Breakfast and lunch served in the dining car aboard VIA Rail.

Day 5 — Jasper / Lake Louise

Saturday

Early morning rise for transfer service to Banff. Your shuttle service will take you south down the Icefields Parkway and past some of the most breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Arrive into Lake Louise late morning. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or take a walk around the grounds and local area to see gorgeous views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 6 — Lake Louise / Banff

Sunday

Morning at leisure then depart on early afternoon transfer to Banff. This afternoon you can visit a number of different attractions located in and around Banff. You may wish to visit the Sulphur Mountain Gondola, with breathtaking viewpoints and overlooking the valley below. The Banff upper hot springs are an enjoyable place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Overnight Banff.

Day 7 — Banff / Jasper

Friday

Morning sightseeing tour of Banff including a visit to the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site. Take scenic pictures and learn about the history of Bow Valley whilst watching for wildlife. Transfer north to Jasper this afternoon with early evening arrival. Overnight Jasper.

Day 8 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Tuesday

Morning is at leisure today with time for last minute shopping, exploring, and photography. This afternoon transfer from hotel to rail station to begin your overnight stay aboard VIA Rail's train The CANADIAN, in Sleeper Plus Class. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, private or semi-private, access to the Skyline & Park cars, and sumptuous meals prepared by the chef in the dining car. Whether you’re relaxing in your accommodations, dining or sitting in the dome area, enjoy gorgeous views of the passing winter scenery, snow laden pine trees, ice covered lakes, and dramatic skylines. Overnight VIA Rail — dinner aboard VIA Rail included.

Day 9 — VIA Rail / Vancouver

Wednesday

This morning, enjoy a full hot breakfast in the dining car prior to arrival into Vancouver, BC, home to the mildest winters in Canada. Your tour includes transfer service to hotel or airport. Breakfast aboard VIA Rail included.

Itinerary includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and transfers. Please enquire for more information and detailed itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights' accommodation in hotels.
  • 4 nights' accommodation aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class
  • Transportation and transfers, as described.
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts; 3 lunches; 3 dinners.
  • Not included — any items not listed such as but not limited to Goods & Service Tax and/or Harmonized Sales Tax; meals (other than listed); baggage handling; gratuities; travel insurance; personal expenses; custom tour add-ons.
PRICE DETAILS:

2018 Canadian dollar prices — per guest, double occupancy in hotels • Senior = 60 years and better.

2018 Season
Jan–Apr & Nov–Dec
8 DAY ITINERARY
Sleeper Plus ADULT SENIOR
JAN–MAR $2999 $2769
APR $3369 $3069
NOV–DEC $2999 $2769
Prestige ADULT/SENIOR
JAN–MAR $5669
APR $5999
NOV–DEC $5669
Pricing for accommodation and rail travel varies considerably throughout the year, please call for further details.
2018 Season
Jan–Apr & Nov–Dec
9 DAY ITINERARY
Sleeper Plus ADULT SENIOR
JAN–MAR $3099 $2869
APR $3469 $3169
NOV–DEC $3099 $2869
Prestige ADULT/SENIOR
JAN–MAR $5769
APR $6099
NOV–DEC $5769
Pricing for accommodation and rail travel varies considerably throughout the year, please call for further details.
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