Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

Discover the majestic beauty of Canada on a nostalgic rail journey that brings back the golden age of train travel. The Canadian brings you landscapes as never seen any other way—in relaxed comfort and with unparalleled service. Glide through the snowy peaks of the magnificent Rockies through picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and rugged lake country to the city of Toronto. In addition to marveling at diverse landscapes, this restful journey provides delicious meals to savor and is a wonderful opportunity to experience so much of Canada in one unforgettable trip.

Trip Itinerary:

September 12 Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

After settling into your hotel, venture out to capture the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Or perhaps indulge in the luxurious amenities at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

This evening, relax and mingle with fellow travelers during a special welcome reception.

September 13 Vancouver / Board VIA Rail’s The Canadian

Join your Orbridge Travel Director for a guided city tour plus free time on Granville Island. You'll have the opportunity to shop local and eat local with the best Vancouver has to offer. Later, transfer to Pacific Central Station to board The Canadian. Celebrate your departure from Vancouver with a champagne toast and light canapés as you settle into your cozy Prestige Class cabin.

September 14 Kamloops / Jasper, Alberta / Edmonton

Today includes planned, but brief stops in Kamloops, Jasper, and Edmonton. Keep in mind that arrivals, departures, and time off the train will be unpredictable. All are contingent on how timing operates as The Canadian rolls along. Pack your sense of flexibility and ease into a relaxed mode of "cruise control" while an attentive staff caters to your needs and keeps you informed. Admire the dramatic and ever-changing landscape as the train navigates the Canadian Rockies—rugged peaks, steep cliffs, and the extraordinary panoramic views they provide.

Marvel at the scenery along the Fraser River and the incredible obstacles overcome to build a railway here. One of today's highlights will include Hell's Gate, the most slender part of the Fraser River. It is aptly named for its narrow cliff walls that create a funnel for hundreds of millions of liters of water rushing through every minute. For perspective, consider the volume of Niagara Falls—Hell's Gate is double that. Capture the soaring cliffs and churning waters of the mighty river with your camera during this memorable experience.

Combine the passing views with equally outstanding cuisine in the train's dining car, prepared by onboard chefs using specially sourced, local ingredients of the regions through which you will pass.

September 15 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enjoy the scenes of boundless prairies as the train continues through Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Visit one of the beautiful observation cars to witness the passing landscape, stop into the Prestige Park Car to taste some of Canada's top-tier varietals with freshly made hors d’œuvres, or grab a pal and a window seat for a friendly game of cards.

September 16 Hornepayne, Ontario

Wake to the steady sound of the rails, and open your blinds to greet the morning's lovely panoramic views. While The Canadian travels across Ontario, venture into the Prestige Park car to embrace the constantly changing scenery and capture endless photo opportunities from the upper-level dome.

September 17 Toronto

After arriving in Toronto, savor a tasty brunch before disembarking from The Canadian and transfer to your hotel. It is conveniently located across the street from your arrival point at Union Station.

This evening, dinner is at leisure. Choose from dozens of restaurant options located near the hotel. Then rejoin fellow travelers for a special farewell wine and dessert reception to toast to a grand finale of this wonderful journey.

September 18 Toronto / Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport for flights home. Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will set out for a city tour of Toronto.


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