Great Rail Trips Across Canada
The great expedition
Canada is one of those countries that most people have on their must-visit list at some point. Whether it’s visiting one of the major cities, heading into the mountains, or checking out the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Canada is certainly popular place to head. Because of the sheer size of the place, and the dramatic landscapes you will come into contact with, such as the Rocky Mountains, the Prairies, and the Great Lakes, the best way to really see the changing land is by rail.
Now before you panic, these kinds of rail journeys are certainly not the cramped kind you picture when you’re crossing city to city on your daily work commute! These are more comfortable, more luxurious, and are geared up for long-distance travel. This is by far the best way to see everything Canada has to offer, with of course a few stop offs along the way for good measure.
Here are a few of the most popular trips you can take.
Across country – This is probably the longest haul journey, but perhaps the best too. VIA rail operates many rail trips, but this one spans from Toronto to Vancouver and lasts for nearly four days. Travel during winter is probably the best time if you want to save money. There is also a ten days’ tour you can take, so you can view more, including stop overs in Toronto, Vancouver, Banff and Jasper, which are two mountain resorts. You will see all the major sights, including the Rockies.
Through the Rockies – The Rocky Mountaineer is a famous route and this takes you right through the heart of the mountains, from Vancouver to Calgary, or back the other way. It’s best to travel during the day so you can take in the huge imposing mountains, with the wildlife soaring overhead and on-land. This is probably the most famous of all Canadian rail journeys.
The Polar Bear Express – This is a great one to take the kids on, for the name alone! This runs in the north, from Cochrane, Ont and Moosonee on James Bay. This is a day trip, return, so it’s not too tiring for the kids, and you will see seriously dramatic landscapes as you go. You can choose to stop off in any of these places, but obviously this will add time to your journey.
Far, far north – The north of Canada is the most unspoilt and dramatic, and many places have no roads, so rail is the only way to access this part of the country. Again, VIA trains will take you from Winnipeg, Churchill, Manitoba, Hudson Bay, spanning over two nights.
These are a just a few of the most popular rail journeys across, around, and within Canada – fancy an expedition?