The Great Canadian Train Experience: VIA The Great Western Way

Travac wants you to see Canada the way it was meant to be seen, travelling onboard VIA’s unforgettable rail journey.

This epic journey will fly you to Vancouver where you will leave the bustle of this large metropolitan city and slip through the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, the gentle prairie fields, the picturesque towns, and the incredible scenery of Canada’s rugged lake country.

The Journey will take you from Vancouver to Kamloops and on to Jasper, continuing to Edmonton, Winnipeg. Sioux Lookout and Toronto.

This unforgettable rail experience lets you enjoy the wonderful diversity of our great nation.

Join us this October as we embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail experiences.

Canada awaits you.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Today you will meet your Travac Tours Director at the Ottawa Airport to board your flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Vancouver hotel The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Within walking distance to Vancouver Harbour and Canada Place with wonderful views of Stanley Park you are very well situated. After arriving at your hotel the rest of the day is free to enjoy the surrounding area. Your Travac Tours Director will have ideas of things to do. Reminder that check-in time is 3:00pm.

Day 2

This morning you will have a ticket for the hop on hop off bus. It is valid for 24 hours so you are free to discover Vancouver at your own pace. Your afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to visit Gastown, a lovely walk in Stanley Park or make your way to Granville Island. This beautiful city has so much to offer.

Day 3

Morning at leisure. Check out time is 12:00pm. This afternoon you will be met at the hotel for your transfer to the Pacific Central Station. NOTE: You are only permitted to have a carry on size bag to take to your cabin. Your larger checked bag has to be checked in with Via and it will be stored away. You cannot access your checked bag while on the train.

Today your wonderful train adventure begins aboard VIA’s The Canadian. You will be completely immersed in the single most contributing factor to what connected Canada from east to west.

Get comfortable in your “Manor Sleeping Car”. The cabins for one (with a concealed toilet) or two (with an ensuite toilet) both have vanities, and the chairs configure to make up your beds for the next four nights. The beds are made up while at dinner and put back away while at breakfast. The cabins for 2 have one upper and one lower bunk. The single cabin has one lower bed. A public shower, and 2 washrooms per car, are at your disposal. Your meals and access to the Dome Observation Car are included. Breakfast is first come, first served while lunch and dinner are set times. Times can only be reserved on the train the day before for the following day.

All 3 meals have 4 choices (one of which is vegan).

It is important to note that the train stops about every seven hours for operational reasons. The length of the stop can vary from ten minutes to two hours.

We will depart Vancouver at 1500 and you will travel to Jasper.

Cabin for two 

Cabin for one

Day 4

Wake up and enjoy your wonderful breakfast in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Expect to arrive in Jasper at 1100 and then depart at 1230. You will enjoy full daylight for this breathtaking segment from Jasper to Edmonton. Jasper to Hinton is likely the most stunning scenery. Enjoy the Dome Car, the Dining Car and the Park Car to take in all the scenery.

Expect to arrive in Edmonton at 1850 and then depart at 1950.

Day 5

Today we will travel to Winnipeg. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps enjoy time with new friends. The train will follow a beautiful stretch on the Saskatchewan and Manitoba border of the Assiniboine River There will be a 1 hour stop in Saskatoon very early in the morning.

Expect to arrive in Winnipeg at 2200 and then depart at 2330.

Day 6 & 7

We travel from Winnipeg through the night onto our destination of The Canadian to Toronto. Depending on our fall weather we should enjoy all the spectacular autumn colours along with the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario.

Expect to arrive in Toronto at 1430 on Day 7. We will then leave The Canadian and board our train #48 departing Toronto at 18:47 and arriving in Ottawa at 23:26.

Schedules are subject to change.

CN Freight has priority over Via Rail and can delay our arrival times.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Hotel website

Hotel Address
1133 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3T3
(604) 689-9211

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