Contrasts of Canada - With Prestige Via Rail

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An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an inside look at Canada's stunning scenery – by rail and road. On the east coast, it's uncovering the lush wine-growing region of the Niagara Peninsula. On the west coast, ...


Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level


    • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Banff
    • Visit the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks
    • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks
    • Scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
    • Iconic train journey across the countryside of Canada into the cosmopolitan city of Toronto

What's this trip about?

    An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an inside look at Canada's stunning scenery – by rail and road. On the east coast, it's uncovering the lush wine-growing region of the Niagara Peninsula. On the west coast, it's encountering the dramatic Rockies, from the forests to the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield and Icefields Parkway. And, of course, it's meeting locals, like our vintner friends in British Columbia, who invite you to taste their wines and dine with them.


Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityVancouver
End CityToronto

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Train & Rail Journeys


  • North America
  • Canada


  • Alberta
  • Banff National Park
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Gir National Park
  • Jasper
  • Jasper National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Ontario
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver


  • Culture
  • History
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Short Cruise
  • Trains & Rail
  • Winetasting

Trip includes

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
    • VIP entry to many sights
    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
    • It's the right hotels
    • With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and for reviews.
    • 10 nights first class accommodation (Land-only)
    • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

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Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Vancouver

Accommodation: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

Welcome to Vancouver, check in to your hotel and get settled or head out to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2: Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Marriott Inner Harbour

Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanc...

Day 3: Victoria Sightseeing And Free Time

Meals: Breakfast

Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer any questions and then spend some time exploring on your own. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour ...

Day 4: Victoria – Chemainus - Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals.  Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge while enjoying sweeping views. Later this afternoon, arrive in Whistler.

Day 5: Whistler Sightseeing And Free Time

Meals: Breakfast

Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort and its significance to the 2010 winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squam...

Day 6: Whistler – Historic Ranching Country - Sun Peaks

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sun Peaks Grand

Leaving Whistler, head through Cache Creek, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Canada.  Continue past historic Kamloops, towards the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. In Sun Peaks, enjoy ...

Day 7: Sun Peaks - Rocky Mountain National Park - Banff (2 Nights)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Banff Park Lodge

Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, enter Glacier National Park a...

Day 8: Banff Sightseeing And Free Time

Meals: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. The rest of the day is free.

Day 9: Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Sawridge Inn

Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park.

Day 10: Jasper Sightseeing - Via Rail’s The Canadian (3 Nights)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

Enjoy an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the s...

Day 11-12: Aboard The Canadian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy the full experience of travelling aboard VIA Rail's flagship: delicious meals are prepared fresh by local chefs and served in the elegant, fully renovated dining cars. Enjoy wine tastings and interactive presentations on...

Day 13: Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sheraton Centre Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city located on the shore of Lake Ontario.  On arrival, you will be met and taken to your recently renovated hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant cit...

Day 14: Full Day Niagara Peninsula Excursion

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Take in the picturesque countryside of the Niagara Peninsula and stop at one of the local wineries, where you can sample selections of some of Ontario's finest wines.  Continue on along the Niagara Parkway to the Falls with photo oppo...

Day 15: Depart Toronto

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end as you are taken to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your onward flight arrangements. We recommend you do not book any flight until the afternoon, affording you more time to explore Toronto in the morning.

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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14 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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