Great Canadian Rail Journey (CZ)

14 Day Tour from Toronto to Vancouver

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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.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Accommodation Spotlight Put your feet up in historic elegance in this beautifully rugged setting at the South Thompson Inn in Kamloops. Once home to a thoroughbred-racing stable, the 55-acre riverfront property retains its original Manor and Carriage Houses, renovated into first-class luxury lodging. [LF] Your stay includes a private authentic barbecue dinner alongside the Thompson River—complete with handmade s’mores!

Your Train Travel through time and stunning scenery aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian—premier transcontinental train service through Canada’s heartland. Experience classic, comfortable train service with Sleeper Plus class rail cars, refurbished from 1950s art-deco cars. Enjoy freshly prepared meals, featuring Canadian cuisine and regional specialties, with live local entertainment. Domed observation cars provide unfettered views. NOTE—VIA Rail double cabins offer armchairs, toilet, sink, and a picture window by day. By night, your furnishings transform into upper and lower beds. Single cabins feature small couch-style seating, toilet, sink, and a large picture window by day. By night, a pull-down bed fills the space (obstructing the seating area and bathroom facilities). Public restrooms remain available in each coach. Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.
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Great Canadian Rail Journey map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN TORONTO

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS

TORONTO Scenic drive along the shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls.
NIAGARA FALLS Sightseeing cruise below the falls.
TORONTO Dinner atop the CN Tower this evening.

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Day 3 TORONTO–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO

TORONTO Orientation drive.
VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Embark on a 3-day scenic train trip though Ontario.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO–WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Scenic train trip through Ontario en route to Winnipeg for a brief stop.

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Day 5 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–MANITOBA & SASKATCHEWAN

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Scenic train trip through Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Day 6 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–SASKATCHEWAN– ALBERTA–JASPER

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Scenic train trip along Alberta’s Yellowhead Route en route to Jasper for disembarkation.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Orientation drive before free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 JASPER. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Free time this morning.
MALIGNE LAKE Guided cruise to Spirit Island.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Jasper with an Athabasca River rafting trip. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive on Icefields Parkway en route to Columbia Icefield.
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Scenic Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier followed by a scenic drive over Sunwapta Pass.
LAKE LOUISE Visit to the lake en route to Banff National Park.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Free time this evening.

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Day 9 BANFF

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing includes Bow River and Falls. Free time this afternoon and evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 BANFF–KAMLOOPS

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive through Glacier, Yoho, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks.
KAMLOOPS Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Riverside BBQ dinner with s’mores.

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Day 11 KAMLOOPS–VICTORIA

KAMLOOPS Drive to Vancouver.
VANCOUVER Scenic BC Ferry crossing to Victoria, Vancouver Island.
VICTORIA Orientation drive through Victoria includes Beacon Hill Park, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 VICTORIA

VICTORIA Free time this morning and afternoon. Visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Butchart Gardens followed by a farewell dinner in the gardens.

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Day 13 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER

VICTORIA Scenic BC Ferry crossing through the Gulf Islands en route to Vancouver.
VANCOUVER Guided sightseeing. Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 VANCOUVER

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GARY CULP

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

After working as an educator, I transitioned to a career in travel. Today, I have over two decades of tour management experience in Eastern, Atlantic, and Western Canada; the Pacific Northwest; Alaska; America's western national parks; New England; the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Deep South. What a wonderful way to paint a picture of our beautiful nation than to tell its stories, share its history, meet its people, and enjoy its amazing sights with our enthusiastic guests.

Tour Director - GARY CULP

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Toronto
Jasper
Banff
Victoria

Toronto

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Take a thrilling ride over the most famous falls in North America. As the helicopter gently lifts off the awe-inspiring views of the Niagara Region begin to appear below.

Price Range: $$$

Jasper

Athabasca River Float Trip

Athabasca River Float Trip

Enjoy some of Jasper National Park's very best scenery from water level on this exciting rafting float trip along the Athabasca River!

Price Range: $$

Banff

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$$

Victoria

Victoria Panorama by Seaplane

Victoria Panorama by Seaplane

Take to the skies during this thrilling, 20-minute seaplane flight over Victoria Harbour and the rugged coast of Vancouver Island!

Price Range: $$

Marine Wildlife & Whale-Watching Expedition

Marine Wildlife & Whale-Watching Expedition

Discover the wildlife wonders of Vancouver Island during this inspiring cruise in search for the area's abundant marine animals and resident pods of orca whales!

Price Range: $$$



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