Great Canadian Rail Journey

Great Canadian Rail Journey

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Great Canadian Rail Journey

14 Days Starting in Toronto and ending in Vancouver

Visiting: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ontario, VIA Rail, Winnipeg, VIA Rail London, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Jasper, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Banff, Lake Louise, Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver

Tour operator:

Globus

Tour code:

CZ-2025

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 36

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

Redirect your train of thought on this epic rail journey across captivating Canada. Nestled in your first-class, art deco train car aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, you can cruise and snooze your way through five picturesque provinces – although you won’t want to miss a moment of the panoramic scenery outside your window. After feeling the energy of Toronto and the mist of Niagara Falls, you’ll board your premier transcontinental train to chug past the sparkling lakes of Ontario, the golden prairies of Manitoba, the winding rivers of Saskatchewan, and the sun-dappled forests of Alberta. But the journey doesn’t conclude at the end of the line. You’ll continue by luxury motorcoach to the most beautiful national parks of the Canadian Rockies, including Jasper, Banff, Yoho, and Glacier National Park. Roast s’mores at a riverside barbecue in historic Kamloops before s’more fun in the British-infused city of Victoria and the multicultural metropolis of Vancouver.

Highlights

  • Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise

  • Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier

  • Scenic cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake

  • Visit to Butchart Gardens

  • Travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway

  • Guided sightseeing tours in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver

  • BC Ferry ride through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island

Places You'll See

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Chateau Jasper

Banff Park Lodge

South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre

Inn At Laurel Point

The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Toronto,Ontario

Location: Toronto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2: Toronto. Excursion To Niagara Falls

Location: Niagara Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Take a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation drive before a special dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower.

Day 3: Toronto,Via Rail The Canadian,Ontario

Location: Toronto, Ontario, VIA Rail

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, head to Union Station for departure on the Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. On VIA Rail, during the day your cabin for two offers armchairs, toilet, and a picture window. By night it transforms into upper and lower beds where guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. If you are a single passenger, 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 are available on each coach. Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Day 4: Via Rail The Canadian,Ontario,Winnipeg,Manitoba

Location: VIA Rail, Winnipeg, Ontario

Accommodation Name: Rail train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your exciting travel on the VIA Rail train continues through Ontario and Manitoba.

Day 5: Via Rail The Canadian,Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Location: VIA Rail London, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Accommodation Name: Rail train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the picturesque prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Day 6: Via Rail The Canadian,Saskatchewan,Jasper,Alberta

Location: VIA Rail London, Jasper, Saskatchewan

Accommodation Name: Rail train

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel from Saskatchewan to Jasper. Admire the scenery as your train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper for an orientation drive and free time this evening.

Day 7: Jasper. Excursion To Maligne Lake

Location: Maligne Lake

Accommodation Name: Chateau Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through Jasper’s unspoiled beauty to glacial Maligne Canyon to stunning Maligne Lake for lunch and a narrated scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Return to Jasper where the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own.

Day 8: Jasper,Columbia Icefield,Lake Louise,Banff

Location: Athabasca Glacier, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Head south through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier with a Glaciologist guide. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor 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.

Day 9: Banff

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Guided sightseeing includes Bow River and Falls. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Day 10: Banff,Kamloops

Location: Kamloops, Banff

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 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 [LF] riverside BBQ with S’mores.

Day 11: Kamloops,Victoria

Location: Kamloops, Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Inn At Laurel Point

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue west and catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island. An orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Free time this evening—enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

Day 12: Victoria

Location: Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Inn At Laurel Point

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The morning and afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. 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. Later, visit [LF] Butchart Gardens, followed by a special farewell dinner in the original, now restored, greenhouse.

Day 13: Victoria,Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Listel Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take the BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the Waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. Free time this evening to enjoy this vibrant city on your own.

Day 14: Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodations

    Stay in comfortable hotels throughout the journey, including Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Chateau Jasper, Banff Park Lodge, South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre, Inn at Laurel Point, and The Listel Hotel Vancouver.

  • Meals

    Enjoy breakfast daily, 4 lunches, and 7 dinners, including special dinners and a riverside BBQ with S'mores.

  • Transportation

    Travel by coach and experience a scenic train ride on VIA Rail's premier transcontinental train, The Canadian, with accommodations provided.

  • Sightseeing and Excursions

    Guided sightseeing tours in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Jasper, Banff, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver, including visits to major attractions and parks.

  • Special Experiences

    Enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, an Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier, a scenic cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, and a visit to Butchart Gardens.

  • Ferry Rides

    Take the BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and enjoy the scenic views.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure protection against unforeseen events.

  • Airport Transfers

    Airport transfers on arrival and departure days are not included unless specified.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other discretionary spending are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Optional activities and excursions not listed in the itinerary are available at an additional cost.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for tour director, drivers, and local guides are not included and are at your discretion.

Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 7 dinners

Notes

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Due to the frequent use of this railroad for other services, delays may occur during the journey.

One guest will be required to climb a ladder to reach the upper berth in a double cabin.

Visiting and participating in activities in this region may be subject to favorable weather conditions.

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

UNESCO Sites

Banff National Park|Jasper National Park|Yoho National Park

Accommodation

Toronto:Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Jasper National Park:Chateau Jasper
Banff:Banff Park Lodge
Kamloops:South Thompson Inn Guest Ranch & Conference Centre
Victoria:Inn at Laurel Point
Vancouver:The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names & details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years and above

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accomanying this tour?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For over 90 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    The Globus Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways and Cosmos, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

Reviews of this operator

Lisset  

Great Value for your Money

19-Dec-2022

This is my second time travelling with Globus, would have been my third if not for COVID. The way they plan everything is super organized, the tour managers are very caring and knowledgeable. We always enjoy all the site visits planned for each trip. They start by picking you up from the airport and from then on everything is taken care of up until the last day of your trip, even dropping you off at the airport not matter the time of day or night. The hotels at every city are always great and centrally located so you can walk around during your free time or plan your own visits to different sites.

Joan Cupp (Google Reviewer)  

My go-to escorted travel Co My...

01-Mar-2024

My go-to escorted travel Co My 4th trip with Globus and the did not disappoint. The sales deals they offer make it affordable for me to travel. All of the guides are well versed in the history of the area you travel in.

David R  

What a wonderful trip, thanks Globus

10-Jan-2023

Globus is my favorite travel agency. I tried others, but always come back to Globus. It is a 100% stress free one-stop shop. Easy booking with flight, hotel, transportation and travel insurance all in one place. Great customer service at reasonable prices. Lots of information prepared for the trip to handle travel logistics. I planned and booked my trip within 24 hours. Highly recommended to everyon

Alexander Wright  

Great guide, accommodations, and tours.

28-Dec-2022

We had a fantastic guide, with a great mix of free time and guided tours.

CTRTeach 11  

Globus exceeded my expectations!

20-Dec-2022

This is my first Globus tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality. The hotels were top notch, and the cruise on the Nile exceeded my expectations. The cabins were roomy and comfortable, and the food was very good.

Nancy Arias  

The experience was amazing!!

30-Dec-2022

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide was so kind and very knowledgeable. I needed to attend a very important meeting via zoom. She was very understanding and accommodating to my needs and made it happen. I was very grateful! Our driver was by far the best driver I’ve ever encountered! I was beyond impressed with our guide, driver and trip!! I will definitely be back for another adventure!!

Irish Beth Maddock (Google Reviewer)  

Did the Globus Highlands and...

30-Sep-2023

Did the Globus Highlands and Islands Scottish Tour with Ian and Allister. What a trip!! With his sharp wit, immense knowledge and fun humour, Ian absolutely brought Scotland to vivid life with his many tales, informative quips and total, utter passion for history. Was spellbound. Am so VERY thankful I had the opportunity to be on Ian's last bus tour before retiring with Globus. In addition, to being so hard working and helpful, with Allister our driver, I cannot tell you how safe and secure I felt in his capable driving hands. He had some very awkward traffic and interesting roads to navigate with our large bus, (especially on the islands and up north) but he handled it all expertly and without a hitch. So much so, I was able to relax and enjoy the journey. All in all, with our tour, you could tell both these kind men cared very much for those of us who needed the extra help and advice. Made my bucket list trip to Scotland so memorable and wonderful. Thank you Ian and Allister! Globus is truly fortunate to have you both.

Suneetha Raja (Google Reviewer)  

I have done Newfoundland &...

06-Jul-2024

I have done Newfoundland & Labrador with Iceberg Festival tour with Globus in June 2024. It was absolute rubbish for the price I paid towards the tour. Terrible hotels, horrible meals, barely any sightseeing that is worth while the visit, most importantly, the Iceberg festival never happened. Globus sold this specific tour departure date as the only way to attend this supposed Iceberg Festival. I felt cheated after paying 3527£ for a 13 day tour considering the only reason I picked this departure date was because I wanted to attend this Iceberg festival. I could have used my time and money in a better way doing a different tour with another company. A Canadian company who did the exact same tour is doing it for £2400. I have been travelling with Globus and Cosmos tours since 2008. However, this company tours have been terrible after the covid shutdowns. They are charging more than the premium companies and not providing the equivalent service on par with the prices. Safe to say that I won't be recommending Globus and Cosmos tours to anyone. Try other tour companies that are on the market.

Lynda Bailey (Google Reviewer)  

I really enjoyed my Cosmos...

11-Jun-2024

I really enjoyed my Cosmos tour to Italy last September. However I was totally disappointed by two major things which completely changed the atmosphere of the holiday for me. One was the 'last minute' rearrangement of one of our hotels which then put us well outside of Florence on a trading estate for two nights instead of walking distance from the city walls. That completely blocked any plans or ideas of enjoying Florence in the evening. My biggest disappointment was the terrible travel arrangements and associated advice about travelling through Heathrow Cosmos put in place for me and for which they refused to be accountable despite the fact that they had made the ticket booking on my behalf and I had asked them for appropriate check in advice at all key points before I travelled. As a result I was put on standby when I should never have been (even the BA departure staff were shocked at this) and separated from my luggage which travelled on a later flight. I spent over 6 hrs of my first day in Rome in the airport waiting for my luggage and subsequent transfer to my hotel, without any assistance from Cosmos or BA airside staff. When I complained after my holiday, Cosmos would not take any responsibility at all for the fact that I lost the first day of my holiday and approx. 50% of the time I was due to spend in Rome, preferring to blame BA who in turn were uncontactable about my complaint. Very poor customer service indeed.

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