Coast to Coast by Rail: Between Vancouver and Halifax
15 Nights / 16 Days
Let the rails guide your adventure on this 16-day coast-to-coast Canadian tour. The journey begins in coastal Vancouver, where you board the famed Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic ride to Kamloops. We reboard the train the next morning for a trip through the Rockies to Banff. It is in Banff that you have the opportunity to soak in all the natural majesty this region has to offer, with guided and independent touring through some of the area’s most iconic sites. Spend the night at Lake Louise before visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks, Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier en route to Jasper.
It is in Jasper that the true rail adventure begins, as you board VIA Rail’s Canadian for a 3-day train ride to Toronto. Upon arrival, spend two days touring the city and Niagara Falls before moving on to Montreal using VIA Rail’s Business Class train. Use the day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city before reboarding VIA Rail for the final leg of your tour. Though the scenic landscapes of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick lies Halifax, the place where this 4,000-mile tour comes to a close.
Call 604-990-9299 or 1-800-913-9207 or Email us for more information and reservations.
- 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer
- 3 nights private bedroom accommodation onboard VIA Rail ‘Canadian’ train in Sleeper Plus Class
- 1 night private bedroom accommodation onboard VIA Rail ‘Ocean’ train, Deluxe Bedroom
- VIA Rail from Toronto to Montreal in First Class
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
- Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
- Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
- Jasper Tour with boat cruise or walk (lake ice usually melted by end of May, Jasper tour substitute earlier)
- CN Tower admission
- Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour
- Niagara Falls Tour with meal
- Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
- Vancouver Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 Day Pass)
- Prices depend on when you travel, number of travelers, train service you choose, extras you add and the hotels you choose.
- Call 604-990-9299 or 1-800-913-9207 or Email us for more information and reservations.
|Canadian Rail Adventure – 2018 Prices|
|Start Dates||SILVERLEAF||GOLDLEAF||GOLDLEAF DELUXE|
|Apr 22 – 30||$7,549||$9,139||$9,789|
|May 1 – 31||$8,349||$9,979||$10,749|
|Jun 1 – Sep 30||$9,209||$10,969||$11,739|
|Oct 1 – 7||$8,459||$10,189||$10,889|
Prices are per person, in CAD, before taxes based on Double Occupancy
|Starts in Vancouver |
April 22, 29
Day 1 – Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 – Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 3 – Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 4 – Banff Sightseeing
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff, where highlights include visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free. Overnight Banff.
Day 5 – Banff to Lake Louise
Today explore the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Highlights include a walk along Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. Your tour ends in Lake Louise this afternoon, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 6 – Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch on your own. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight Jasper.
Day 7, 8, 9 and 10 Jasper to Toronto
The day begins with a visit to Jasper National Park for a boat cruise on Maligne Lake. Towering, snow-cloaked peaks surround the lake, creating one of the world’s most beautiful unions of water and land. A stop on Spirit Island highlights the cruise. The lake is usually free of ice by June, another Jasper tour is substituted until then.
In the early evening you’ll board the VIA Rail Canadian train, travel east and enter the plains of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Windswept grasslands and golden fields of wheat dominate the landscape in every direction. Along the way you’ll pass through Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Ontario, home of the Canadian Shield, is next. The train arcs north of the Great Lakes before arriving in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. An early morning arrival will provide plenty of time to visit Toronto’s many attractions including the CN Tower, Kensington Market, Fort York, Ontario Place, the Harbourfront Centre and the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum.
Day 11 – Niagara Falls Tour
Today you’ll travel south, passing through Hamilton, Canada’s steel capital, and Ontario’s scenic wine country before reaching Niagara Falls, one of the Seven Great Wonders of the World. To maximize our visit, you’ll board the Hornblower (rain gear provided) and glide to the roaring base of the Canadian-side Horseshoe Falls. You’ll also experience it from above, along a paved path that allows you to stand within feet of the Falls’ lip. After, you’ll travel north along the tree-lined ridge of the Niagara Gorge before entering Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of the prettiest villages in the world, especially during summer when every available patch of earth overflows with flowers. You’ll return to Toronto in the early evening.
Day 12 – VIA Rail Toronto to Montreal
You’ll travel east along Canada’s famed “Corridor,” aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train in luxurious first class – the ultimate in train travel. After crossing into Quebec, you’ll enter Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, and have all evening to wine and dine as you wish.
Day 13 and 14 Montreal to Halifax
This morning, enjoy a guided tour to some of Montreal’s most famous attractions including Old Montreal, Mont Royal, the Notre Dame Basilica, the French Quarter and Olympia Park, site of the 1976 summer Olympics. Later, VIA Rail’s Ocean train takes you northeast along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, gliding through tiny villages steeped with rural charm. Before reaching the Gaspé Peninsula, the rail bends east into New Brunswick shore of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Before reaching the Gaspé Peninsula, the rail bends east into New Brunswick along the Fundy Shore. And then enters Nova Scotia, finally stopping in Halifax in the late afternoon.
Day 15 – VIA Rail Halifax Arrival
Located along the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax boasts the second largest natural harbor in the world. Historic Properties, a collection of old, renovated stone-and-timber warehouses along the waterfront, enjoys must-visit status. Explore Halifax on your own. Highlights of the city include St. Paul’s Church, the Historic Properties, ocean terminals and the area where the devastating Halifax explosion happened. You may also wish to visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Park and Victorian Public Gardens.
Day 16 – Halifax Departure
Your vacation comes to an end upon check-out from your Halifax hotel.
Levels of Service
Rocky Mountaineer: SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service
- SilverLeaf Service includes reserved seating in a custom built single level car with expansive windows curving into the ceiling, hot breakfast and lunch served at your seat, and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the day.
- GoldLeaf Service – Reserved seating in the GoldLeaf elevated dome car. Breakfast and lunch are served in the GoldLeaf dining car and GoldLeaf passengers have access to the outdoor viewing platform.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included.
- GoldLeaf Deluxe – All the amenities of GoldLeaf with upgraded rooms at your overnight accommodations.
- View the Differences between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service