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Via Rail Canada

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Toddlers 2 years old and younger travel free on Via Rail Canada.

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Children 2–11 travel at half price. A great reason to book onto Via Rail Canada trains.

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Travellers aged 12 to 25 or over 60 are entitled to year-round discounts. Ask us for more details.

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For longer journeys, the train includes a stylish dining car.

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Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on the Via Rail Trains allowing you to stay productive while travelling.

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On many journeys, wildlife viewing is possible from the train as it travels through some stunning wildernesses.

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The food and service on board Via Rail is exceptional.
Via Rail Canada - see Canada by train, five journeys of a lifetime

It is no exaggeration to say that Canada was welded into a country by the advent of the railway. It has knitted the nation from one side to the other and VIA Rail still operates over 450 trains every single day. The trains may be briefly described as the following:

The Canadian - The Classic Journey
Perhaps better described as a land cruise from Toronto to Vancouver, across the Prairies and through the majestic Rocky Mountains. Operates three times a week and prices in Silver and Blue class include accommodation and food.

The Skeena - The Rockies Explored
VIA Rail's two day, 725 mile journey from Jasper to Prince Rupert. This train requires an overnight stay in Prince George.

The Ocean - French Québec And Atlantic Canada
The train between Montréal and Halifax provides a convenient link to Atlantic Canada and a route which has proven to be increasingly popular. It allows a stopover in Québec City.

The Polar Bear Express - The Name Says It All
The Polar Bear Express travels the remote route from Winnipeg to Churchill and early booking is required in the peak polar bear season - October and November.

The Corridor Services - Leave The Car Behind
VIA Rail offers a very extensive multi-daily service in the heavily populated area between Windsor, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. It is possible to have a holiday without driving in this area by utilising the train services.
Enhance your holiday by incorporating a Via Rail train journey

Atlantic Canada and Québec
Fly to Halifax and do a fly drive in Atlantic Canada or join our Maritime Magic escorted tour. Then use the overnight Ocean train to Québec City, spend a few nights, then continue on the Ocean to Montréal. You can then fly home directly from Montréal.

Ontario and Québec Rail Triangle
For those not wishing to drive; consider flying to Toronto, where you can experience the city and take a day trip to Niagara Falls before taking the train to the nation's capital, Ottawa. From Ottawa it is a short train journey to Montréal.

The Trans Canada Train
One of the great rail journeys of the world enables you to enjoy both Eastern and Western Canada. Taking four days to complete from Toronto to Vancouver, the train travels through the Northern lakeland of Ontario, across rolling Prairies, through the majestic Rocky Mountains and on to the Pacific Ocean and the city of Vancouver.

Boats, Trains and the Icefield Parkway Tour
This tour is featured in our Escorted Tour section and incorporates the train journey on the majestic Skeena train. For those who don't want to drive, but cannot fit in with the departure dates of this particular tour, it is possible for us to tailor make this trip.

What about price?
Via Rail operates over 450 trains per day and has a complex system of pricing that incorporates rail passes and advanced purchase fares. There are some substantial discounts available for seniors and students on the Via Rail services.

VIA Rail offers two types of pass:

The Corridor Pass is restricted to travel between Québec City and Windsor, Ontario and incorporates Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal.

The Canrail Pass gives unrestricted use of the whole system, but does not allow pre-booking of sleeping accommodation on the trains.

We would be pleased to work with you to see how best the train can be incorporated into your overall journey.

What to do next

We suggest you call us and discuss your ideas. We will then prepare a quote that fits your travel plans.

We are able to arrange everything for you and will
support you throughout your experience.

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