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Winter Wonderland Trans Canada by Rail

9 Night Hotels from £1,769 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Canada in winter is a magical place, and there’s no better way to see it than from the warmth and comfort of a VIA rail carriage. Starting in Toronto you can enjoy the myriad shopping opportunities to stock up on winter woollies, or explore the eclectic neighbourhoods of Kensington Market, Little Italy and the Distillery District. Then board the VIA Rail overnight train for your journey westbound to Jasper.

You will have three days aboard the train, taking you through rugged North Ontario onto the Great Central Plains. The scenery then transitions to rolling hills and then the towering peaks of the Rockies, until you arrive in the charming alpine town of Jasper. Enjoy three nights in the winter wonderland of Jasper, before boarding the VIA rail train to Vancouver. After one more night on board you will arrive in the vibrant city of Vancouver.

You can also enjoy this tour in reverse, starting in Vancouver and ending in Toronto. Prices may vary slightly, please ask for details. You may also extend your stay in Toronto, allowing you to add on an excursion to Niagara Falls, or perhaps add a few more days in Vancouver to enjoy this appealing city.

 

Details

Day 1

Fly to Toronto

Arrive into Toronto International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel for an overnight stay. Pick up your information kit when you check-in and then spend the evening in one of the wonderful restaurants that Toronto has to offer.

Standard Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Deluxe room

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont room

Day 2

Toronto - VIA Rail Canadian

You have the day to explore the fascinating city of Toronto. Take the glass fronted elevator to the top of CN Tower to admire views of the city and Lake Ontario. Sports fans should visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Or you might want to stock up on your winter wardrobe and there’s no better place than Toronto, with its shops and malls connected by miles of underground tunnels.

This evening you will board the VIA rail train for your trans-Canadian adventure. NB: there is no evening meal on the first night, so do have dinner before you join the train.

Overnight VIA Rail - Standard: Upper / Lower Berth

Overnight VIA Rail - Deluxe: Cabin

Days 3 & 4

VIA Rail to Jasper

Continue your rail journey across Canada, through rugged Northern Ontario towards Winnipeg and the Great Central Plains. Relax in the comfort of your VIA rail train, as you speed cross country, enjoying the dining service, movie showings, lounge and games area. You can admire the winter landscape in the viewing cars with their domed glass ceiling. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Overnight VIA Rail - Standard: Upper / Lower Berth

Overnight VIA Rail - Deluxe: Cabin

Day 5

VIA Rail to Jasper

You will see the countryside change from the expanse of flat prairies into rolling hills and then finally the towering peaks of the Rockies. Relax over breakfast and lunch on board until you arrive in the delightful alpine town of Jasper, where you will transfer independently to your hotel. Enjoy an evening of leisure to explore Jasper, a captivating place year-round but particularly in the snowy winter. Breakfast & lunch included

Standard Hotel: Chateau Jasper, Standard room

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont room

Day 6

Jasper

This morning you will experience a magical sightseeing excursion – the Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour, through the national park where you have the opportunity to spot moose, elk and other wildlife. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy other activities around and about Jasper.

Standard Hotel: Chateau Jasper, Standard room

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont room

Day 7

Jasper

Enjoy a free day in Jasper, to take advantage of the myriad wintertime activities, including walking trails, dogsledding or snowshoe tours or take the trip up Jaspers SkyTram to view the stunning mountain panorama. After enjoying the sparking mountain air, retreat to one of the many bars and restaurants for a cosy meal.

Standard Hotel: Chateau Jasper, Standard room

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont room

Day 8

VIA Rail to Vancouver

Enjoy a final free morning in Jasper before boarding the VIA Rail overnight train bound for the Pacific Coast and the city of Vancouver. En route you will be able to admire the stunning Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges. Dinner included.

Overnight VIA Rail - Standard: Upper / Lower Berth

Overnight VIA Rail - Deluxe: Cabin

Day 9

Arrival in Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver mid-morning and transfer independently to your hotel. Explore this wonderful city at your own pace, taking in historic Gastown, Robson Street shopping and the Stanley Park trails Breakfast included.

Standard Hotel: Sheraton Wall Centre, Traditional room

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont room

Day 10

Vancouver – Flight home

The final day of the tour, when you can complete some last minute sightseeing or shopping then make your way to the airport. Or you can extend your holiday to enjoy a few more days in the vibrant city of Vancouver, or add an extension to Victoria – the beautiful “Garden City” of British Colombia, just an hour & a half ferry ride away from Vancouver

 

  • Transatlantic flights on scheduled airlines.
  • Accommodation in hotels for five nights as described above or similar standard
  • Accommodation on board VIA Rail for four nights, VIA Rails “Canadian” Sleeping Touring class from Toronto to Vancouver
  • Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour, and national park fees


Not Included

  • All Transfers, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities to sightseeing motor coach drivers and taxi drivers

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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