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!
The diversity of Canada’s landscapes and beauty of Canada is showcased to travellers aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.
It passes through five provinces and offers eye-popping views of Canada’s natural treasures.
2- Canadian Rockies Route – Rocky Mountaineer
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.
3- Royal Canadian Rockies Experience – Royal Canadian Pacific
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.
4- The Daytrippers’ Delight – Le Massif De Charlevoix
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 riverside.
5- Sea to Sky Climb – Rocky Mountaineer
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.
6- The Polar Bear Express
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.
7- The Ocean – 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.
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.
8- White Pass & Yukon Route
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.
9- Churchill to Winnipeg, VIA Rail
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.”
10- Agawa Canyon Tour Train
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.
Check out this list of things to do in Canada. Canada is a wonderful destination for bucket list views, such as the Icefields Parkway, cool food trails, where you can discover fun places such as sugar shacks, and a myriad of cultural experiences, from French culture in Quebec to First Nations. From the soaring Rocky Mountains that take your breath away (Canada has so many of the world’s top ski resorts you can’t go wrong in winter) to relaxing coastal destinations and remote islands, Canada has plenty of choices for all types of travellers.