Great Canadian Rail Journey

13 Day Guided Tour from Toronto to Vancouver with Globus

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Globus 13 Day Great Canadian Rail Journey. This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you'll enjoy a cruise to view the more

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1 Arrive In Toronto.
Welcome to Toronto ! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
2 Toronto. Excursion To Niagara Falls.
Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour. This evening, enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower (B/D) Please Note: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
3 Toronto - Via Rail, The Canadian - Ontario.
After breakfast, transfer to Union Station for departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail's premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada's heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario's landscapes. (BR/D) Please Note: On VIA Rail , during the day your cabin for two offers armchairs, toilet, and a picture window. By night it transforms to upper and lower beds where guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. Travelling as a single, your cabin by day features small couch-style seating, toilet and sink, and a large picture window. By night, an economy of space requires the pull-down bed to fill the space (obstructing the furniture and bathroom facilities). Public restrooms remain available in each coach. Please Note: Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.
4 Via Rail, The Canadian - Ontario - Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class rail accommodations. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba's capital city of Winnipeg for a brief stop before continuing west into Saskatchewan. (BR/D)
5 Via Rail, The Canadian, Through Manitoba & Saskatchewan.
Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties. (BR/D)
6 Via Rail, The Canadian Through Saskatchewan & Alberta - Jasper.
Travel from Saskatchewan to Jasper with brief stops in Saskatoon and Edmonton. Admire the scenery as your train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada's historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a full-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. (B)
7 Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff.
This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 229 metre (750-foot) thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savour stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK (B/D)
8 Banff.
This morning's sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird's-eye view of the Rockies. (B)
9 Banff - Kamloops.
This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada's most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada's Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 1355 metre (4,379-foot) high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to your riverside resort. Tonight, enjoy a riverside BBQ with S'MORES. (B/D)
10 Kamloops - Victoria.
Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British "Garden City" of Victoria . Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel , Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. After dinner this evening, enjoy a special TREAT with dinner. Learn of the Nanaimo bar, a regional Canadian confection dating back to the 50s. (B/D)
11 Victoria.
Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street's elegant shops and Market Square's collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbour city. (B)
12 Victoria - Vancouver.
This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbour and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B/D)
13 Vancouver.
Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • TORONTO: Dinner at CN Tower ; orientation tour
  • NIAGARA FALLS: Sightseeing cruise
  • TORONTO- JASPER : Private bedroom on VIA Rail's the Canadian (travel in Sleeper Plus class)
  • JASPER NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake
  • COLUMBIA ICEFIELD: Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
  • BANFF NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing
  • KAMLOOPS: Enjoy a riverside BBQ with s'mores
  • VICTORIA: Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens ; special treat
  • VICTORIA-VANCOUVER: Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
  • VANCOUVER: Sightseeing; farewell dinner
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary
  • FREE WI-FI: Available on your motorcoach and in most hotels
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
Included Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners
  • Hotel Classifications: Moderate Deluxe (MD), Deluxe (D), First Class (F), Superior First Class (SF)
  • Toronto Westin Harbour Castle Hotel (D), Via Rail, The Canadian Sleeper Plus class, Jasper Chateau Jasper (SF), Banff Banff Park Lodge (F), Kamloops South Thompson Inn (SF), Victoria Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (MD), Vancouver Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites (SF)
Trip Notes
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included
Sightseeing & VIP Access
Sightseeing & VIP Access
Globus includes all must-see sites, with special VIP access that lets you skip to the front of the queue. Read more
Culture Through Cuisine
Culture Through Cuisine
Globus has the recipe for a great holiday. Savour the flavours of Canada & Alaska through its regional cuisine. Read more
Expert Local Guides
Expert Local Guides
Travel with expert Tour Directors and Local Guides who share their vast knowledge of Canada & Alaska. Read more
Superior Hotels
Superior Hotels
Globus' selection of hotels in unforgettable places ensure you stay right in the heart of each destination. Read more
Travel in Style
Travel in Style
Globus' coaches offer one of the most comfortable, stress-free and eco-friendly ways to travel. Read more
Local Favourites
Local Favourites
Do as the locals do and enjoy unique experiences that you wouldn't find touring on your own. Read more

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“We enjoyed everyday and the scenery was breath-taking”
- Australia Sep 2014 1 Helpful Vote

Thank you for a great trip. We enjoyed everyday and the scenery around Canada was breath-taking. The accommodation was always centrally located which made it very easy to get out and about to see more of the cities when we had some free time. The tour guide was also great and had a great knowledge of the area.

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