Canada is a dream destination if you enjoy an epic train journey. It’s full of almost inconceivable landscapes and mile upon mile upon mile of wilderness that’s dotted every now and again with remote communities.

There’s nothing like sitting back and watching the world pass you by with a glass of wine in hand. Stations and terminals are located in the heart of each city you visit, usually within easy walking distance of our featured hotels. You don’t need to find a parking spot or take a lengthy airport transfer; as soon as you alight, you’ve arrived. We feature two types of rail journey in Canada – the sightseeing routes of the Rocky Mountaineer in Western Canada, and the national rail services of VIA Rail which span the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. You can easily add a rail journey to an itinerary – either as just a small part of your trip or the way you get around for your entire stay.

Below we have showcased a few of our favourite Canada holidays which feature a rail journey as part of the itinerary – either with Rocky Mountaineer, VIA Rail or a combination of both.

Our recommended rail journeys in Canada

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First Passage to the West rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer

The First Passage to the West route features two enthralling full days on board the Rocky Mountaineer to Lake Louise or onward to Banff, with an overnight stop in Kamloops.

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Rockies Rail Adventure rail journey

See the best of the Rocky Mountains on this seven night journey from Calgary to Vancouver, travelling on sections of VIA Rail’s epic The Canadian route.

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Trans Canada by rail

This epic cross-country journey takes you through the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia as you make your way from Toronto to Vancouver.

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Rail & Sail: BC Explorer rail journey

This 12-night itinerary takes you around British Columbia and over into Alberta’s famous mountain parks of Banff and Jasper by train, sightseeing road transfer, ferry and plane.

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Rainforest to Gold Rush rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer's Rainforest to Gold Rush route features two full days on board as you travel from Vancouver to Jasper, with overnight stops in the mountain resort of Whistler and the small riversid...

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Capital Experience by Rail

Tour Eastern Canada’s cities on this nine-night itinerary starting in Toronto. Travel by Canada’s efficient VIA Rail on The Corridor route to Ottawa, Québec City and Montréal back to Toronto with incl...

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Eastern Rail Experience

A charming journey from the Maritime province of Nova Scotia to eastern Canada’s most famous cities – Québec City, Montréal and Toronto.

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