Grand Canadian Rail and the Rockies

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Price per person
from £2,942

Price based on
London Heathrow
22nd May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Eastern Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Journey deep into Canada’s spiritual heart on a classic rail trip through the epic wilderness of its national parks, mountain resorts and dramatic natural spectacles.

At a glance

  • Niagara Falls Experience nature’s raw power on a sightseeing cruise.
  • VIA Rail® 'Canadian Train' Experience the breadth of Canada's natural beauty on this classic rail journey from Toronto to Jasper.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the exciting Ice Explorer across the 1200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Lake Louise Marvel at the mirror-like reflections of this serene turquoise lake.
  • Yoho National Park Named after the Cree expression for awe and wonder.
  • Glacier National Park A rugged and beautiful slice of virgin Canadian wilderness.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Most of the tour was brilliant, but on the Grand...

17th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Most of the tour was brilliant, but on the Grand Canadian our Observation Dome and social area was out of use because the air conditioning was not working. Our "entertainment co-ordinator" made herself scarce and made no alternative arrangements. This meant that an opportunity for the group to "gel" early in the trip was missed, and rather isolated the single travellers.

The excursions were excellent. The tour guide did an...

5th July 2017
Trusted Customer

The excursions were excellent. The tour guide did an excellent job explaining the history and geography of the area.

Didn't like having to find a phone to ring a...

1st July 2017
Mr Peter Biggs

Didn't like having to find a phone to ring a cab in a strange country then trying to find the pick up point. Thought that the rep should have been more involved with us on the train, he said he had to do his paperwork for three days. He told us that we couldn't leave bags on the seats to reserve them, but when a lady from another cosmos tour did this, one of our group objected and john stood behind and didn't say a word. On the last day the coaches air con broke, and john c Kept us on the coach because some of the rooms were not ready.


Journey deep into Canada’s spiritual heart on a classic rail trip through the epic wilderness of its national parks, mountain resorts and dramatic natural spectacles.

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

UK - Toronto


Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Your tour starts today.

Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto


Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes a boat cruise past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbour front Centre, Ontario Place, and Chinatown. NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train


Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your city sightseeing tour. This evening, join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening 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. All meals are included, and you won’t want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.

VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train


Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breath-taking mainline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg


An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, a city rich in history and culture. In the early afternoon, we continue our journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® - Jasper


Wake early and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. An orientation tour includes Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day? The evening is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast



Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper.

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff


Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet (365 metres) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in Banff National Park for a leisurely 2-night stay.



This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Later, join your tour group for a fun filled optional dinnertime experience. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride along scenic trails before returning to Boundary Ranch for a BBQ steak dinner.

Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops


This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and Glacier National Park, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching centre of Kamloops, a Shuswap Indian word for “meeting of the waters.”

Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria


As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.



Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver


This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.



Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, revisit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Vancouver - UK


Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK.


Things to note

Niagara Falls: Operation of the sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather/river conditions. A walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered as a replacement.

The Canadian is VIA Rail's flagship train, which retraces the historic western transcontinental route, as the enchanting lakes and forests of Ontario give way to the prairies of big-sky country through to the majestic Rockies. The train is scheduled to ensure daylight viewing of the Rockies.
Sleeper Plus Class: All our customers travel in Sleeper Plus class award winning first class cabins.
Dining: Whether for breakfast, lunch or for the evening sittings, an enticing menu is freshly prepared by the on board chef, featuring soups and salads, hot entrées and desserts. In the Mural Lounge the bar serves a wide selection of drinks.
Accommodation: By day a private cabin for two, with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, hand basin and separate toilet. At night the cabin converts to upper and lower beds. A separate shower room is located at the end of each carriage. Shower kit (including towels) is provided.
VIA Rail's: single rooms are more compact than the standard twin. Please check the VIA Rail website for further details.

General: VIA Rail® operate a no smoking policy.

Luggage on the train: In preparation for the VIA Rail train segment, you will need a small "overnight bag" that can be packed with a minimum of necessary clothes and items required during rail travel. Remember to pack medications, glasses and any other important items. Also include a sweater or something warm, as it is sometimes cool on the train. Large luggage will be checked through to the completion of the rail journey, meaning there is no access to your luggage whilst on the train. Carry-on baggage for your overnight on the train should not exceed 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 in. and its weight should not exceed 25lbs (11.33kg).

Baggage that is not required during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey.

Upgrade to Prestige Class on VIA Rail 'The Canadian' is available strictly on a request basis. Please call for upgrade prices.











Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Toronto: Chelsea Hotel
  • VIA RAIL: Sleeper Plus Class
  • Jasper: Lobstick Lodge
  • Banff:  Mount Royal Hotel or Rundlestone Lodge
  • Kamloops: Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver: Sandman Suites on Davie

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