Traveling by train in Canada is a unique experience, all the more because of the heterogeneity of a country of continental dimensions. Regardless of the means of transportation, traveling and discovering new places is always a wonderful experience. But the train is in the popular imagination of many tourists and always provides great journeys, especially as it traverses stunning landscapes such as Canada.
The train in Canada, however, is very present. It is really used to cross great distances, traversing stunning landscapes. It’s important to remember that you can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles across the country and through mountains, forests and snow (depending on the time of year). And doing this train journey does not mean lack of comfort, on the contrary, check it out!
From Toronto to Vancouver
This is a long journey: almost 100 hours at a distance of nearly 4500 kilometers, made by The Canadian train. It’s practically a crossing across the country! This route allows you to track changes in Canadian relief and vegetation, from the grasslands to the rocky mountains, as it passes through the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and finally arrives in British Columbia. During the trip there are stops of 2 hours, on average, so that you can make some quick visits. But even on the go, the best of this route is the views that will pass through your window.
If you want to stop in cities a few days, just buy the fractional routes.
In this train there are options of packages in different categories: Economy, Sleep Plus or Prestige, whose value starts at CAD 400 per person. Eventually there are promotions that can get up to 75% off, so it’s always good to keep an eye out.
Toronto to Ottawa
The two cities are 450 kilometers. It takes 5 hours on the Corridor train, perfect for those who don’t want to spend the night on a train. Wagons offer WIFI and all seats have power outlets, a find for anyone who wants to use a laptop or any mobile device while traveling. The business class also features a wine-drenched meal and an exclusive lounge in the station. Arriving in the Canadian capital, you can further extend your trip to Quebec and Montreal, further enriching your journey.
From Vancouver to Whistler
On the other side of Canada, you can travel the 120 kilometers that separate the two cities aboard Rocky Mountaineer with access to one of the world’s most famous ski resorts in Whistler. The train offers a lot of comfort with padded armchairs and panoramic windows. If you find this route too short and fast, you can also take another one, which also originates in Vancouver, but passes through Whistler, Quesnel and arrives at Jasper. This trip lasts for three days and is not only worth it for the landscapes that serve as scenery all the way, but also for showing the history of the Canadian gold rush. For this reason, it is called Rainforest to Gold Rush. You still have other options, such as leaving Seattle instead of Vancouver while passing through the city. You can still extend the trip to Alaska. It is truly an amazing experience.
From Montreal to Halifax
Almost a day and a night away, this route from The Ocean departs from one of Canada’s most tourist-friendly cities – Montreal – toward the quiet, coastal Halifax in the province of Nova Scotia. The differences make this trip very special, because in Montreal you get many cultural programs and excellent restaurants. Arriving in Halifax, you can enjoy a good craft beer, visit the Canada Museum of Immigration or the Fairview cemetery where the victims of the Titanic are buried.
Interesting right? Just do it but don’t forget your Canada visa!