British Columbia- The Great Canadian Train Experience: VIA The Great Western Way (East to West)

October 5-12, 2024

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

This epic journey you will board the Corridor train in Ottawa to Toronto. You will overnight at the Royal York in Toronto. The next day you will leave the bustle of this large metropolitan city and board VIA’s The Canadian enjoying the incredible scenery of Canada’s lake country. Onward through the picturesque towns, the gentle prairies and finally through the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

The Journey will take you from Toronto to Sioux Lookout on to Winnipeg then Jasper and finally Kamloops to Vancouver.

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- call us today for more information!

At Travac we strive to exceed your expectations. Our VIA Rail Great Western Way is to showcase the train experience on VIA’s The Canadian. It should not be misinterpreted as a sightseeing tour with stops along the way to visit and shop.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Today you will meet your Travac Tours Director at the Ottawa VIA Rail Station on Tremblay Rd. You will board train #53 departing Ottawa at 1145 and arriving in Toronto at 1633. It is a 3-minute walk from Union Station to the Fairmont Royal York which is your accommodation for the night. Located in the core of downtown Toronto your restaurant and shopping possibilities are extensive. The remainder of your afternoon is free time. Reminder that check-in is 4:00pm.

As per Canada Transport the entire group must travel from Ottawa to Toronto. No alternate pick-up station is permitted.

Day 2-3

This morning you will depart the hotel and walk over to Union Station to board the Canadian. NOTE: You are only permitted to have a carry-on size bag to take to your cabin. Your larger checked bag must be checked in with VIA and it will be stored away. YOU CANNOT ACCESS YOUR CHECK 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 Toronto at 0945 and you will travel to Winnipeg. Depending on our fall weather we should enjoy all the autumn colours along with the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario. Expect to arrive October 16 in Winnipeg at 1930. You can put your watch back 1 hour to CST in Allanwater Bridge, ON.

There is a complete staff change in Winnipeg which can affect your mealtimes.

Cabin for one

Cabin for two

Day 4

You will travel from Winnipeg to Saskatoon during the night. Expect to arrive in Saskatoon at 1050. There will be a 1 hour stop in Saskatoon where you can set your watch back 1 hour to MST then onward to Edmonton. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps enjoy time with new friends. The train will follow a beautiful stretch on the Manitoba and Saskatchewan border of the Assiniboine River. Expect to arrive in Edmonton at 2050.

Day 5

Wake up and enjoy your wonderful breakfast in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Expect to arrive in Jasper at 0630 and then depart at 0930. You will enjoy full daylight for this breathtaking segment from Jasper to Kamloops. Jasper to Kamloops is likely the most stunning scenery. Enjoy the Dome Car, the Dining Car, and the Park Car to take in all the scenery. You can set your watch back 1 hour MST in Jasper.

Expect to arrive in Kamloops at 1830 and depart at 1903.


Day 6

We will travel from Kamloops through the night onto our destination of The Canadian to Vancouver. You can set your watch back 1 hour PST in Vancouver. Expect to arrive at 0800. 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 7

This morning at 9:00am you will depart the hotel on a private coach for a 4-hour guided city tour. 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 8

Today you will meet your Travac Tours Director in the lobby of the hotel to get your transfer to the Vancouver International Airport and board your flight to Ottawa. Your tour guide will update you on the time.

We hope you’ve had a memorable trip.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information

Fairmont Royal York

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Hotel Address
100 Front St W
Toronto, ON
M5J 1E3

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

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Hotel Address
1133 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3T3

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