Province/Territory: British Columbia

Among the world’s most famous train journeys.

  • 05 of Canada’s 10 provinces traversed
  • 4466 kilometres travelled
  • 360 degree views from the Skyline car

Experience the grandeur of Canada by train from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Lakes. Enjoy the easy pace of the journey, riding on rails that allowed this nation to grow westward more than 125 years ago. From the dome of the Skyline car, catch 360-degree views of a Rocky Mountain sunrise or a fiery Prairie sunset. Along the way, sip a drink, socialize and swap stories with fellow travellers as glacier lakes, unspoiled forests and plunging canyons slide by. Admire golden and blue hues of wheat and flax on prairie fields that seem to stretch infinitely toward the horizon. Notice the reflection of boreal forests on the surface of the Great Lakes.

Why you should visit
  • Onboard historic rail cars, enjoy modern comforts, dine in elegance and snooze in comfort—the train gently rocks you to sleep.
  • At one end of the line, stroll along Vancouver’s beaches in summer, or hit the slopes at nearby resorts in the winter.
  • At the other end, power shop and fine dine in cosmopolitan Toronto beneath one of the world’s tallest buildings, the CN Tower.
  • En route, you might choose to disembark for a few nights to take in Edmonton’s Fringe Festival, discover a pristine park trail in historic Jasper, stop in Saskatoon, known as "the Paris of the Prairies" or take in a Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance.
  • From the Skyline car read, sip or socialize and swap stories with fellow travellers amid 360 degree views as glacier lakes, unspoiled forests and plunging canyons. East of the Rocky Mountains, admire golden and blue hues of wheat and flax fields stretching infinitely toward a horizon bathed in a spectacular Prairie sunset.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Explore VIA Rail fares and packages and travel information.
  • A number of services are available for travellers with reduced mobility visual, hearing or speech impaired.
When to go
  • The train runs year-round but the view will vary depending on the seasons.
  • Fall foliage is at its best September to October and the summer months of July and August tend to be the warmest. Don't be afraid of winter, December to March, when much of the country will likely be covered in snow as you'll be snug inside the train. Weather can cause delays.
Need to know
  • The train offers two classes of service.
  • Sleeper Plus class service includes a bed (various configurations), in-car shower, meals and allows access to the historic Panorama Car at the end of the train.
  • Economy service include a comfortable seat and access to the Skyline car; meals are extra.
  • Multi-night stopovers in various cities can be arranged for an extra charge.
Getting Here