A Nation Built on Railroads
Canada is a nation built on its railroads. As European settlers pushed ever westwards, trains quickly followed, connecting towns all across the vast landscape. The first incorporated line was finished in 1836, and it soon linked up to others, even across the border and into the United States.
While most modern travellers prefer the speed of jet travel, a flourishing tourist industry has successfully grown along these tracks. We’d like to help you discover this unique experience, so we’ve put together a list of the best train holidays in Canada.
Two Great Trips
Although the True North has a lot of world-class journeys, there are two stand out: The Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian.
The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountain range is the longest in North America, reaching from the deserts of New Mexico to the snow-tipped tundra of British Columbia. True to its name, this company lets you explore the natural wonder that is the Rockies.
- Four routes and 169 total packages available.
- Overnight stays in towns and cities en route.
- Routes such as the Journey Through the Clouds (Vancouver to Jasper) and the First Passage to the West (Lake Louise to Banff).
- Two tiers of luxury to choose from: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf.
- Food cooked by professional chefs.
- The Rocky Mountaineer runs from April to October.
Here at Prestige Holidays, we are proud to offer you a variety of packages on the Mountaineer. Guests are especially satisfied with the sheer amount of choice this line offers, with trips tailored to them personally, along with top-quality food and comfort.
Our Recommended Package: Prestige Canada’s Grand Rail Circle tour.
Train holidays in Canada are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While the Rocky Mountaineer is wonderful, VIA Rail’s Canadian gives you the full transcontinental ride.
- A 2,775 mile journey from Toronto or Ontario to Vancouver or British Columbia.
- Stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Jasper.
- The chance to see changing, wild landscapes, from woodland to prairies to mountains.
- Professional chefs and three-course lunches and dinners in the dining car.
- Luxurious sleeper cars, some with en suites bathrooms.
- Skyline cars with an awe-inspiring observation dome.
- The Canadian runs all year.
Departing from Toronto’s Union Station, The Canadian serves you nothing but luxury, fantastic food and jaw-dropping views over the course of four nights. As train holidays in Canada go, this is the gold standard and gives guests a taste of the size, scope and variety of this beautiful country.
Our Recommended Package: Prestige Canada’s Trans Canada by Rail tour.