10 best train travel in Canada

10 best train travel in Canada

Best Train Trips in Canada
Photo: Julian Apse. Via Trail

There’s something romantic about hopping on a train and travelling across the land. It makes even more sense in a vast country like Canada, which has beautiful and diverse landscapes. From the Canadian Rockies to the Atlantic Coast, here are 10 classic train trips to put on your wish list. All aboard!

Canadian Rockies Route, Rocky Mountaineer

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Photo: Rocky Mountaineer. Taking photos from the GoldLeaf Service vestibule on board the Rocky Mountaineer train in Canada.

If you live in Australia, chances are the Canadian Rockies Route on The Rocky Mountaineer is on your bucket list.

The British Columbia-based company is celebrating their 25th anniversary and is the largest privately owned luxury tourist train company in the world.

The scenery will give your camera a workout.  Think glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains and gushing rivers. There are three classes: GoldLeaf, SilverLeaf and RedLeaf.

Royal Canadian Rockies Experience, Royal Canadian Pacific

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Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

When it comes to luxury rail tours, the Royal Canadian Pacific offers a window into rugged and spectacular landscapes on a seven-day journey starting and ending in Calgary in Alberta.

It was once dubbed as a “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler. The journey also offers a focus on the heritage and culture of the Canadian Rockies.

Highlights include Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels and Columbia Valley wetlands.

The Daytrippers’ Delight, Le Massif De Charlevoix

Best Train Trips in Canada

The Daytrippers’ Delight aboard Le Massif De Charlevoix connects Québec City, Pointe-au-Pic and La Malbaie on a day trip through eastern Canada.

Sit back and let your eyes drink in eastern Canada while dining on a four-course meal. It’s worth paying extra for a seat on the river side.

Sea to Sky Climb, Rocky Mountaineer

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Photo: Rocky Mountaineer. GoldLeaf Service Dome Coach on board the Rocky Mountaineer Train in Canada.

The Whistler Sea to Sky Climb passes through some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery from Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler.

The sounds, waterfalls, mountains and canyons are impressive on this 31/2-hour trip. The train runs to Whistler in the morning and brings passengers back to Vancouver the same day. But it’s definitely worth staying in Whistler at least for one night.

The Polar Bear Express

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Photo: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

You’ve probably never heard of Moosonee, Moose Factory or Cochrane. These are the places on the Polar Bear Express route that gives passengers the opportunity to learn about the people and landscape of Northern Ontario.

This journey is especially appealing to those with an interest in the First Nations culture of Canada. A $17 million facelift in November 2014 gave the train an overhaul for its 50th birthday.

The refurbished coaches have leather seats, washrooms, modern flooring, luggage space, dining cars and a family car.

The Canadian, VIA Rail

Best Train Trips in Canada
Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

Best Train Trips in Canada

The diversity of Canada’s landscapes and beauty of Canada is showcased to travellers aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.

The four-day cross-country journey between Toronto and Vancouver is a classic train journey.

It passes through five provinces and offers eye-popping views of Canada’s natural treasures.

The Ocean, VIA Rail

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Photo: Alex M. Mosler Canada, Via Rail

Train travel between Montreal and Halifax, aboard VIA Rail’s The Ocean, is a wonderful way to experience the treasures of eastern Canada. There’s more than a dash of French culture in Montreal while Halifax has an intriguing seafaring history.

Watch the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick countryside whizz past through big glass windows.

During the journey, meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages are always available. It’s an overnight trip that runs three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

White Pass & Yukon Route

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Photo: Paddy Pallin

Relive the gold rush aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway.

The train journey offers a balance of nature and history. The railroad was constructed in 1898 as a means of reaching the goldfields.

The journey is in vintage cars. It’s a worthwhile day trip for train, history and landscape buffs.

Churchill to Winnipeg, VIA Rail

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Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

The two-day 1,700 km journey between Winnipeg and Churchill brings Northern Lights, polar bears, First Nations culture and stunning landscapes.

This train operates all year but if you’re dead keen on spotting polar bears, go in October or November.

That’s when the polar bears make their trek through Churchill and can be experienced close up in “tundra buggies.”

Agawa Canyon Tour Train

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The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is an adventure round trip from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It offers views of the rugged landscape along the pristine northern lakes and rivers.

There are the granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. Best time to go? In Fall, when the golden leaves are an awesome sight.

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10 best train travel