Across Canada by Rail in Summer and Winter

In the last 12 months, I have been lucky enough to escort two group tours in Canada. Both involved a significant element of rail travel.

The first tour was in August 2019 and started in Calgary. The first four days involved travel by coach to Banff and then on to Jasper via the stunning Icefields Parkway. We saw 8 bears that day, including one grizzly walking at the edge of the woods by the side of the road.

After a short stay in Jasper we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train for a two day journey to Vancouver. This included an overnight stop in a hotel in Kamloops which was organised by the Rocky Mountaineer Company. The final leg of the tour was a seven-day Alaskan cruise through the inside passage.

In February 2020 I was back in Canada again. This time we started in Toronto, where we picked up Viarail's transcontinental rail service - The Canadian. This was an epic four-day journey of 4,466 kilometres (2,775 miles) through four timezones to Vancouver. Sleeping accommodation was provided onboard.

On both journeys, we enjoyed stunning and varied scenery. The trains pass mirror lakes, snow-capped mountains and vast plains. The photos below are taken from the trains on the journeys between Jasper and Vancouver.

If you are interested in seeing Canada by rail - either as part of a group or privately - then please feel free to contact me if I can provide any guidance. I am able to advise about companies running group tours or provide personal travel planning if group travel is not for you. You can read my article on why you might want to work with a personal travel planner here. You can also check out the services I offer on this page.

February 2020 on ViaRail's The Canadian

August 2019 on The Rocky Mountaineer

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