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The 11 Best Canadian Train Trips

By Michael Kaminer and Matt Ortile

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Canada is second only to Russia when it comes to land mass, which means seeing the country's vast wilderness can be overwhelming. Luckily, Canadian train trips criss-cross most of it, and these rail journeys allow you to take in some of the world's most spectacular scenery, stress-free. Just imagine: the nation's vistas unfolding before you slowly (or swiftly, depending on your chariot) while you remain in the comfort of your seat. On top of that, some of the Canada's most remote—and beautiful—spots lack road access, so a train ride may also be the only way to visit. All the more reason to climb on board .

Read on to learn more about 11 of the most beautiful Canadian train trips you can take across the Great White North, as well as some recommendations for where to stay at the beginning or at the end of your railroad adventure. (And for more fabulous train rides, check out the results of Condé Nast Traveler 's Readers' Choice Awards 2023 to see which trains our readers voted the best in the world .)

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Via Rail passenger train travelling through Rocky Mountains British Columbia Canada.

Via Rail’s Winnipeg to Churchill

This 1,054-mile trip north feels more interplanetary than provincial, whisking you from urban Winnipeg to the tundras of Churchill , known as the polar bear capital of the world. Accessible by plane or train only, it’s also prime turf for beluga whale-watching , and possibly the world’s best perch to view the northern lights. Landscapes en route are breathtaking, with stops including tiny river towns The Pas, Thompson, and Weir River. Splurge on Via’s Sleeper Plus class for access to a bed and shower.

Where to stay: In Winnipeg, check into the impressive and century-old Fort Garry Hotel , a prime example of twentieth-century châteauesque architecture, including prominent cornices and a steep sloping copper roof. In case you needed a bit more of that old-world feel to your trip.

View of cattle grazing in front of Rocky Mountains from Foothills near Cochrane Alberta Canada

Ontario Northland’s Polar Bear Express, Cochrane to Moosonee

Ontario is larger than France and Spain combined, but most visitors stick to its big southern cities. Embarking from tiny Cochrane—nearly 500 miles north of Toronto —the Polar Bear Express chugs five hours further north to Moosonee, so remote it lacks road access. The route mimics a path fur traders favored centuries ago, through a primeval landscape of thick forests and winding rivers. Note that reaching Cochrane involves a flight to northeastern Timmins and an overnight bus ride.

Where to stay: Break up your adventure with a night at Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa in Timmins, Ontario. The place is all about rural and cozy vibes, letting you bask in the natural beauty of nearby Gillies Lake Park and Hollinger Park.

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Agawa Canyon Tour Train, Ontario

It’s only accessible by trail or rail, which makes Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park near Sault Sainte-Marie such a thrill to visit. Hop on and off this 90-minute ride as you pass four dramatic waterfalls and a trail system that overflows with pristine natural beauty. Bonus: Beavers, the most Canadian of critters, traipse through here frequently.

Where to stay: Since this tour train takes just an hour and a half, you'll need a place to rest your head in Sault Sainte-Marie before continuing your journey. Luckily, the Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront is near the station, and offers cool views of Saint Mary's River and the United States beyond.

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Royal Canadian Rockies Experience, Banff to Calgary, Alberta

Canada’s glitziest train ride is also one of its most cinematic, passing through splendid Banff and Lake Louise, along with jaw-dropping sights like Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a World Heritage Site where Indigenous people hunted ruminants by enticing them to leap off a cliff. Still eager to see more? At the end of the line, you can book a helicopter trip over the Rockies for a bird's eye view.

Where to stay: In Banff, you shouldn't miss the Fairmont Banff Springs . This Scottish Baronial fortress grants you a million-dollar view of those majestic snow-dusted mountain tops, which makes the moniker “the Castle in the Rockies” all the more fitting.

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Via Rail’s The Canadian, Toronto to Vancouver

A single train journey can’t capture Canada’s magnificence, but this four-night/three-day adventure from Toronto to Vancouver comes close. You’ll take in prairies, lakes, peaks, valleys, hamlets, waterfalls, and, if you’re lucky, cameos by local wildlife like deer, elk, and bears. If you can, book a seat in Prestige Class—think concierge, superb meals, private lounges—for one of the most comfortable train trips you’ll ever take.

Where to stay: Once you're in Vancouver, keep the plush and casually fabulous energy going with a night or two at the dreamy Shangri-La Vancouver , where those who appreciate the subtleties of luxury travel won't be disappointed.

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White Pass and Yukon Route, Yukon

Even today, building a railway through the mountains, glaciers, and gorges of Gold Rush country remains an impressive feat, let alone in 1898, when this route was first built. Survey views of the Yukon, BC, and Alaska , as your train rises a gut-churning 3,000 feet in just 20 miles to the summit of White Pass. Touring such treacherous terrain will leave you appreciating how the railway helped knit a nascent Canada together.

Where to stay: There aren't many hotel options in Skagway, Alaska, where this train journey begins. That said, there are a handful of cruises that call at this Alaskan port town, including options aboard Celebrity Cruises , so you can make this a two-for-one adventure.

If theres one Canadian train ride that should make your bucket list its the journey on the Rocky Mountaineer from...

Rocky Mountaineer's First Passage to the West, Western Canada

If there’s one Canadian train ride that should make your bucket list, it’s the journey on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff . The whole ride is scenic, offering glimpses into the Great White North’s wildlife as well as its important Indigenous history. Thoughtful guides and storytellers onboard talk you through the locales and vistas from the comfort of your plush leather seats underneath the train cars’ glass-domed roofs. Meals here are delicious too, no matter which class of service you’re in, whether it’s SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf (though the latter’s linen-covered tables are a classy touch).

Where to stay: The Rocky Mountaineer is often spoken about in the same breath as other famous luxury train rides across the world: the Orient Express , Seven Stars Kyushu , or the Royal Scotsman . But unlike those, this isn’t a sleeper train. It travels exclusively by daylight, making the most of the scenery. At night, guests check into a hotel along the route—so your comfort throughout the journey is assured.

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Train de Charlevoix, Quebec

Inaugurated in 1889, when it connected Quebec City to remote Charlevoix, this train line cruises along a glorious section of St. Lawrence coastline. Much of the scenery en route seems unchanged a century and a half later, with the mighty river on one side and lush landscapes on the other. Stops include enchanting coastal villages like Baie-St-Paul; consider splitting the journey over two days to explore. The route runs June through October.

Where to stay: Before you climb onboard the train in Quebec City, prep for your journey in old Basse-Ville (meaning “lower city”) at the boutique hotel Monsieur Jean , which offers bright and breezy digs melded with friendly Quebecois hospitality.

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Via Rail, Jasper, Alberta to Prince Rupert, BC

The windows-only Dome Car on this nature-filled route offers 360-degree views of the regal Canadian Rockies. During the seven-hour train ride, you’ll also get an ocean’s worth of lakes, including beautiful Yellowhead, Lucerne, and Moose. Have more time? The train heads to coastal Prince Rupert the next morning, where whale-watching and grizzly-bear-viewing are highlights. Bonus: At the Alberta-British Columbia border, the train crosses the Continental Divide.

Where to stay: Once you're on Kaien Island and the train pulls into the port city of Prince Rupert, head for the Crest Hotel , where you can wake up to beautiful waterfront views of—what else?—Prince Rupert Harbour.

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Rocky Mountaineer's Journey Through the Clouds, British Columbia and Alberta

The Canadian Rockies’ tallest peak, majestic Mount Robson, is the star of this ten-day journey from Vancouver to Calgary. But it’s hard to pick a highlight when your trip spans sights like British Columbia’s astonishing Hell’s Gate—twice the width of Niagara Falls—and Moose Lake, home to plenty of its namesake. You’ll also get a glimpse of the gargantuan Albreda Glacier, a landscape dating back eons.

Where to stay: When in Canada, you can't go wrong with a Fairmont, and the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary is a true beaut. Plus, it's sandwiched between the city's downtown and the Calgary Design District, so you'll have plenty of sightseeing options when you get off the train.

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Via Rail’s The Ocean, Montreal to Halifax

Climbing north into remotest Quebec and east into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this aptly-named, 836-mile trip lets the wide-open spaces and clear-blue waters unfold like aqua-tinted postcards. Bonus: The Ocean is the oldest continuously running named passenger train in North America, rolling along since 1904.

Where to stay: In Montreal you've got the pick of the litter, but the stately yet modern Hotel Birks Montreal and the classically luxurious Four Seasons Montreal take the cake. Meanwhile, in Halifax, you've got the super sleek Muir, Autograph Collection in the downtown waterfront area, and the richly cozy The Pebble Bed & Breakfast in the South End for an inn-in-the-city experience.

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Posted on Published: February 10, 2022  - Last updated: July 5, 2023

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Wondering about taking the train across Canada? I’ve done it twice in each direction, and it truly is one of my favorite adventures of all time.

Taking the passenger train across Canada is the best way to travel through my beautiful country.

This scenic journey will take you through the Atlantic Coast, Ontario’s great lakes, the Prairies, and the stunning Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Colombia.

If you’re planning a trip to Canada, taking the train is a wonderful way to get around the country and see all the incredible landscapes.

In this guide, I’ll lay out everything you need to know about the cross-Canada train, including routes, prices, and why this experience should be on your Canada bucket list.

How I took the Train across Canada Twice (for free)

I always dreamed of a rail trip across Canada, but I could never justify it on my budget. Then, the most fortunate turn of events happened to me.

I was mid-way through my trip around the world in Vancouver for a family wedding. I wanted to spend the summer going across the country to my hometown, St. John’s , and was trying to figure out the cheapest way to get across the country by land as I was on a tight budget.

Then I got a call from VIA Rail Canada, who told me that I had won their 40th-anniversary contest! The prize was two round-trip tickets for VIA Rail across Canada train tickets. I couldn’t believe it; the timing was perfect.

Even though I had two years to use the tickets, I wanted to go almost immediately. VIA Rail was surprised at how quickly I wanted to redeem my prize, but they kindly accommodated me. Before I knew it, I was off on a VIA Train across Canada!

Canada Train Routes

You have to take two different routes to get across Canada by train.

The Canadian , the Vancouver to Toronto train (or visa versa), and the Ocean , the Montreal to Halifax train.

You can take a regular VIA Rail commuter train to get between Toronto and Montreal. They aren’t as nice but run every day, and it only takes about five hours. By Canada distances, five hours is basically next-door.

The Canadian Train from Vancouver to Toronto

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The train that brings people between Vancouver and Toronto (or vice versa) is The Canadian. It starts in Toronto at Union Station or in Vancouver at Pacific Station.

Toronto and Vancouver are both lovely cities to explore while traveling in Canada .

Toronto was my home for years, and I never get bored of exploring the city with so many things to do.

If you’re looking for a nice place to stay in Toronto, check out my post about the best boutique hotels in Toronto.

girl Hiking in Squamish near Vancouver

Vancouver is one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains . It is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, especially with so many options for weekend trips from Vancouver.

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During the train ride from Vancouver to Toronto, you will pass through the Canadian Rockies with stops in Kamloops, Jasper, and Edmonton – Alberta’s capital city.

The views are breathtaking along the way, passing through some of the most beautiful places in Alberta.

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After leaving Alberta, you enter Saskatchewan. The train journey across Canada was my first time seeing Saskatchewan, and I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the landscapes were. The bright green endless canola fields are gorgeous in the summertime. 

canola fields in saskatchewan

From there, the Canadian train stops in Winnipeg, Sioux Lookout, and a long but beautiful journey through Northern Ontario with a stop in Sudbury before arriving in Toronto.

I loved this train route, especially the part between Vancouver and Edmonton.  

In Edmonton, they add on an extra panoramic window train cart with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, so you get the most stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

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The Ocean Train from Montreal to Halifax

The Ocean train route map from Montreal to Halifax

The train journey between Montreal and Halifax is called The Ocean. It starts at either Montreal’s Central station or Halifax, and has many stops throughout Quebec and New Brunswick.

This train route only takes 23 hours, which doesn’t give you as much time to get to know the staff and other guests compared to The Canadian .

The train they use for the Ocean route is slightly different from the Canadian. It’s a newer train, but the rooms felt smaller.

The food is excellent (yay seafood!), and the scenery is stunning—especially the section closer to Halifax that goes along the water.

I loved my experience on both trains, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Canadian train route.

What to Expect On the Train Ride Across Canada

Accommodation on the train.

Your accommodation on the train depends on the ticket class you have. There are three tiers:

Economy.  An economy ticket will get you a regular seat on the train. However, economy passengers don’t have access to the dining/activity carts. There is a place to buy food onboard the economy section, but it’s an additional cost.

Sleeper class. All passengers in this class have access to the dining/activity cars. Plus, meals come with the sleeper class ticket, which is great because the food on the train is amazing. There are various bed options in sleeper class:

The best (and most expensive) option within the sleeper class is the one or two-bed private cabin with a bathroom.

The other sleeper class options are only semi-private. One of them is a bench seat that folds out into a bed, with a curtain to close at night. The bathroom is shared.

I also saw semi-private rooms with a similar bench/bed combo, but with a toilet inside with a lid that goes over it to turn it into another seat. Sleeping/sitting next to a toilet all day didn’t appeal to me, so I’d probably go with one of the other options.

Prestige Class: The ultimate class. The private cabins used to be first-class, but recently VIA Rail has made upgrades with new prestige carts. This is the luxury train across Canada!

The prestige rooms are soundproof, which is a massive plus because it can be noisy on the train. Inside the rooms, there is an l-shaped couch that folds out into a double bed, a large flat-screen TV, and massive windows to take in the views. And the best part – the rooms come with unlimited alcohol.

The catch? The VIA rail Prestige class price is around $10,000, and they are only available on the Toronto to Vancouver route. Unfortunately the prestige cart didn’t come as part of my prize, but VIA Rail was kind enough to let me see inside one of the prestige carts.

girl staring out window in prestige cart via rail

My prize was the two-person cabin which felt prestigious for a backpacker. It had a set of bunk beds, a sink, and a separate room with a toilet (showers are outside of the room). It’s a tight fit with two people, but I found it perfect when coming back as one person.

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Another perk of prestige class is having access to an exclusive lounge. This cart is much nicer than any of the other viewing carts on the train.

After 4 pm, they allow all the other sleeper class passengers access to the prestige car. However, there are limited seats, so it’s a good idea to get there at 4 pm or even a few minutes before if you want to guarantee a seat.

The best part about the cart is that it’s at the back of the train, so you get views like this.

views of the rocky mountains from back of via rail train across canada

Amazing Scenery

The scenery is the best part of a Canada train trip. Getting to see the changing landscapes from coast to coast is an unforgettable experience. I feel lucky to come from such a beautiful and diverse country.

river in british colombia canada

Some of my highlights on the train ride across Canada were passing through Jasper National Park, Mount Robson, Fraser Canyon in British Colombia, the Canola fields of Saskatchewan, the never-ending lakes and trees of Northern Ontario , and along the ocean near Halifax. All of the sunsets on the train were magical.

sunset on the vancouver to toronto train

The best part about taking the train both ways across Canada is that you get to see parts of the country where it may have been dark before. 

For example, coming back on the Toronto to Vancouver train, we passed a beautiful stretch near the border of Manitoba and Winnipeg, which I hadn’t seen before.

The most beautiful part of the train ride is between Vancouver and Jasper. If you can only do one section of the train, this is what I’d recommend.

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Incredible Food

Dining on the train tour across Canada was one of my favorite parts of the experience.  I wasn’t expecting much, but the food was incredible.  They serve you three meals a day and do not skip out on quantity or quality.

At each meal, you get a menu with four options. Some examples of the entrees we ate included veal, braised lamb, duck, and salmon, and they always have one vegetarian option on the menu.

The dining cart on via rail train

They tailor the menu to the region you’re traveling through in Canada, adding to the experience. Expect great beef through Alberta and fantastic seafood on the East Coast.

Dessert comes with lunch and supper, which almost felt cruel because the desserts are SO GOOD. Like millions of decadent calorie good. Train calories don’t count, right?

lamb dinner

They also provide snacks on the activity cart 24 hours a day, including fruit, pastries, juice, and water. You likely won’t get hungry between meals because the food is filling, and being on the train is a pretty sedentary activity. I actually gained several pounds on the train!

Activities on the train across Canada East to West

The staff at VIA Rail are fantastic. They go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience.

There are two activity carts on the train where the staff will do onboard activities, many of which are alcohol-related.

When you depart from Vancouver, Toronto, and Jasper, the staff organize a champagne departure toast (Pro tip: you can get seconds or thirds. Just ask).

They also have daily beer and or wine tastings where you can get a chance to sample local brews. There is also a paid bar on the train, but it’s not the cheapest. A beer is $10 CAD.

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In the activity carts, there are board games and cards to play. Sometimes they play movies or host trivia and bingo games with prizes of Canadian souvenirs. Not going to lie; I got pretty into bingo on the train.

Sometimes they have live entertainment on the train in the activity carts. If you are an artist, you can apply to VIA Rail as a performer.

If you get accepted, you’ll get free accommodation and food in exchange for performing a few sessions on the train. What a great opportunity for traveling artists!

Admiring the beautiful scenery along the train ride is the best way to spend time. One thing I loved about the train ride is that the staff will come on the intercom and give visitors information about any points of interest you pass through.

They even slow down for scenic spots, like Pyramid falls in Alberta

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Wi-Fi on the Canada train

There is no Wi-Fi on the Canadian train, and there are many points where your cell phone reception won’t work.

During the stretch through Northern Ontario, I didn’t have any signal for about 24 hours. You will have plenty to see and do during the day, but it’s a good idea to bring some entertainment for nighttime after dinner.

I recommend a Kindle E-reader  with a Kindle Unlimited Subscription, which gives you access to 1 million titles for just $9.99 a month. As a frequent traveler, I love having the Kindle unlimited subscription since it gives me access to so many books for less than the cost of one.

There was Wi-Fi advertised on the Montreal to Halifax train, but I couldn’t get it to work for me. Nevertheless, the train is the perfect way to detox from life – so make sure to bring a good book and enjoy the ride!

How long does it take traveling across Canada by train?

To go from Vancouver to Halifax, you can expect to be on the train for five to six days.

The Vancouver to Toronto train is three nights/four days, and the train from Montreal to Halifax is one full day (24 hours). The commuter train between Montreal and Toronto takes about five hours.

Delays on the train are common because the Canadian National Railway owns the railway tracks, and VIA Rail rents the use of them.

Since there is only one track, CN Railway has the right of way, and therefore VIA Rail has to stop to get out of the way when a freight train is coming.

They don’t know how much freight traffic there will be, so delays are common. On my first trip across the train from Vancouver to Toronto, we were 12 hours delayed by the scheduled time.

However, in November 2018, they updated the schedule to more accurately reflect how long it will take.

When I came back on the train from Toronto to Vancouver the new times were in effect, and we were right on schedule. Just prepare yourself to frequently stop because of freight traffic and that a delay can still occur. VIA Rail Canada doesn’t advise booking any onward travel the same day as scheduled to arrive.

You can view the most recent train schedule times on the VIA Rail Website.

Can you get off at stops?

Presuming the train is on schedule, they allow you to get off at some stops. Unfortunately, because we got so delayed on the train from Vancouver to Toronto, we only had time for quick 10-minute stops.

However, coming back West from Toronto to Vancouver, we had longer stops. The two main stops on the train ride from Toronto to Vancouver are a two-hour stop in Winnipeg and a three-hour stop in Jasper.

Both train stops are in great locations for exploring. The train stop in Winnipeg is centrally located, and they even make arrangements with a tour guide that will meet you at the station for a sightseeing tour of the downtown area for an additional $10.

Jasper is a small town, and the train station is right off the main strip, so you will have time to explore the charming downtown area of Jasper .

You can even head into some nearby trails in Jasper National Park if you feel like a hike. If you can, I suggest getting off at Jasper and spending a few nights . It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

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Best time to take a train ride through Canada

The train across Canada runs year-round, and there’s no “perfect” time to take it. All the seasons have pros and cons.

I love summer, so taking the train in June/August was perfect for me. I loved the sunny days and long nights, allowing lots of time to soak in the scenery.

On the other hand, taking the train during winter would be a pretty magical experience. Imagine seeing the snow-covered mountains while being warm and cozy inside the train. But you’d need to bring warm winter clothes with you!

Then you have autumn when the leaves are changing color. One of the staff members told me this was their favorite time to be on the train, and I can imagine why.

One of the best parts about Canada is that we experience all four seasons, so pick your favorite one and take the train then!

Cross Canada Train Ride Cost

Taking the train in Canada is not the cheapest thing to do, but there are ways to make it work even on a budget.

The sleeper train across Canada cost varies significantly between economy, sleeper, and prestige class. Economy is the cheapest but has the fewest amenities.

I haven’t taken the train in economy class, so I can’t speak too much about it, but I know others who have said they enjoyed the experience. You get the same scenery, and it’s easier to meet people since you’re all on the same cart.

Check the VIA Rail website for the most recent prices. They frequently have sales, so it’s good to keep your eyes out (and for contests)! Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to buy train tickets.

Downsides of Cross Canada train trips

While taking a train across Canada is a magical experience, there are some downsides.

It isn’t a quick way to travel across Canada. If you’ve got limited vacation time and want to see a lot of the country, flying may be a better option.

The reality is that Canada is a massive country, and it takes a long time to get between places. The train is also prone to delays, so if you’ve got a tight schedule, it may not be the best option.

My biggest pet peeve with the train is that it doesn’t truly go across Canada because Newfoundland isn’t part of the train route. This is no fault to VIA Rail, the Toronto to Newfoundland train stopped working years ago due to a foolish decision by the government.

If you want to experience all of Canada, then you’ll have to include Newfoundland on your itinerary because it’s unlike anywhere else in the country.

The best way to visit Newfoundland after taking the train cross Canada is to rent a car in Halifax, spend a few nights , and then go on an East Coast Canada road trip.

From Halifax, you can drive to Cape Breton Island (which is home to one of Canada’s most scenic road trip s). And from Sydney, Cape Breton , there is a ferry that goes to Newfoundland.

The shorter ferry option is to go to Port Aux Basque, which is on the West coast of Newfoundland. This is a great place to start your trip if you want to visit Gros Morne National Park , just three hours away. From there, you can drive through Central Newfoundland all the way to St. John’s.

Tips for a Train Trip Across Canada

  • Book on Tuesday. VIA Rail has the cheapest offers posted on Tuesdays, so wait to book then. They also run promotions frequently, so keep an eye out for deals.
  • Pack light! The cabins are cozy so there won’t be much room for extra luggage. We shared a two-bed cabin with a 75L backpacking bag each and managed, but there wasn’t much additional space.
  • Expect delays. Although the train times are updated, delays are still prevalent due to the unpredictably on the freight trains.
  • Don’t book onward travel for the same day of arrival in case of delays . Instead, spend a couple of days exploring these amazing Canadian cities
  • Be prepared to disconnect. The train does not come equipped with Wi-Fi, and there are large parts of the journey where your cell phone won’t work. Embrace this time and enjoy the views!

Facts about Canada

Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is widely spoken throughout the country, but French is the main language in Quebec. 

Visa requirements: Many countries, including the United States and those within the EU, can enter Canada for six months without a visa.

Consult the Government of Canada website to see what your country’s requirements are. An electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)  is required for all visa-free travelers except Americans. It cost $7, and you can apply online.

Staying Connected – Canada has some of the worst cellular data rates in the world. The cheapest plans are with low-cost carriers like Sprint, but the service will be spotty outside of major cities. Bell, Rogers, and Telus/Koodo are the three main carriers that provide coverage across the country. The easiest and cheapest way to get data in Canada is to get an eSIM from one of these providers.

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Arriving in Canada

Flying:  Canada has 17 international airports, with the biggest being Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

If you are flying from another country you will likely land in one of these airports and connect to the other provinces via a regional flight, although sometimes you can get a direct international flight.

Land:  Canada shares the world’s largest unmanned border with the United States. There are several points of entry in each province. Road-tripping is one of the best ways to visit Canada.

By Boat:  Canada is connected to both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean as well as some of the biggest lakes in the world. Thousands of cruises come here every year. There are port authorities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, and British Colombia. 

travelers standing on the skywalk in jasper national park. in the distance are large mountain peaks covered in snow.

Safety and solo travel in Canada

One of the best parts about traveling to Canada, especially for solo female travelers, is that it is incredibly safe! Canada ranks six on the Global Peace Index , making it one of the safest countries in the world to visit.

Canadians have a reputation for being some of the friendliest people in the world, and I like to believe this is true (I’ve also been told it is by many people).

We LOVE to help people, so if you’re lost or have a question, don’t be afraid to ask. Locals are friendly and love to chat. If you ask a local a question in Newfoundland, you’ll probably end up having your ear talked off and then be invited in for a cup of tea (which is perfectly safe to do).

It’s easy to meet people in Canada, making it a great country for solo travelers. 

lora wearing a hiking backpack with arms wide open overlooking a beautiful view on top of gros morne mountain in newfoundland. in the background are winding rivers through the mountains.

Other Canadian Train Trips

There is another Canadian train trip you can take called the Rocky Mountaineer.

It’s a separate train with three rail routes through the Rocky Mountains in British Colombia and Alberta, including stops in Banff National Park , Lake Louise, and Jasper National Park. I haven’t had a chance to take this train yet, but it’s definitely on my bucket list.

How long does a trip across Canada by train?

What is the best train trip in canada.

The Canadian train, which goes from Vancouver to Toronto, is the best way to travel across Canada. You’ll get a taste of all the diverse landscapes in Canada, from the rocky mountains of the west to the great lakes of Ontario.

Is there a train that goes across Canada?

Does via rail go across Canada? Almost! There is a train that goes from Vancouver to Toronto and a train from Montreal to Halifax, but there is no train to Newfoundland from Toronto.

I loved my experience taking the cross Canada train. I can’t thank VIA Rail enough for this incredible opportunity; it made my entire year! It’s one of the best ways to see the diverse landscapes of this country without having to worry about driving.

Have you taken the train in Canada before? Or do you have a similar train route in your own home country? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lora is a full-time digital nomad on a quest to visit every country in the world and pet as many dogs as she can along the way. Over the last 15 years, she has traveled to 70+ countries and six continents solo. She currently calls Puerto Vallarta, Mexico home and enjoys ending each day with sunset and tacos on the beach.

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Your article Lora was very helpful. We are looking forward to a train trip Toronto to Vancouver in the near future we spend three months in Pv. ourselves January, February, and March.

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I helped too much to understand a little about the Canadian Rail system. thanks!

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Where do you find the promotions? On what website?

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The VIA Rail website

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Hi Lora, Great descriptions of the VIA, got a good visual. Do you happen to know how I get get current info on the Canadian VIA? Such as, do they have the activity Cart with the COVID precautions? Your article may have changed my mind and I just might just take this adventure in the fall.

Hi Carolyn,

I’m glad you liked the article! On the VIA Rail website, they list the current COVID precautions: https://www.viarail.ca/en/plan/preventives-mesures-covid-19

I don’t see anything specific about the activity cart, so I would imagine it’s still happening with masks – but since I haven’t taken the train during COIVD, I can’t be 100% sure that’s correct!

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Hey Lora Thanks for the insight on your train experience. Beautiful pictures. And helpful information. Ive took the train a few times to the east coast. But never saw the west as would be different for me. I’ve always loved the idea of being on a train. Hope to do this adventure soon

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Glad you found it helpful! I hope you can do the train journey soon, it’s amazing!

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Thanks for sharing this great travel story.

Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed!

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Hi Lora, It’s a great read! Couple years ago I wanted to do the same trip, but I couldn’t! Hopefully one day I will, it looks so amazing!!!

I tried to pin this post, however when I click on the Pinterest button, the 2 pin images you share for pinning aren’t working. I mean I don’t see them as ones I can pin, I can only pin some other images that are not optimized for Pinterest. Have you had this problem yourself?

Thanks so much, I hope you can do the train trip someday! I just checked the post and when I clicked the Pinterest button it brought up all the images, including the pins. It may be because the page wasn’t fully loaded when you tried, as the pins are at the bottom so this would be the last thing to load. But if you scroll down to them you should be able to pin from there!

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I have yet to go cross Canada by rail(Looking at doing it 2020), but I have done several long distance Amtrak routes. I have done Boston-Sacramento I have also done Seattle-Hartford CT

Those must have been amazing! Definitely recommend doing Canada!

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Sounds marvelous, overnight train travel seems so luxurious. I am happy to hear that the food was great and I love the panoramic viewing carts! I fear only getting to see the scenery passing by and not having the chance to get out and hike through it or spend more time in it would be too much of a tease for me to handle but there is only one way to find out. Thanks for the informative post and glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much! (P.S. Why are so many train stations called Union Station?)

Glad you enjoyed the post! You could always book separate train tickets so you have time to go out and explore. For example, take the train from Vancouver to Jasper, stay for a few days to explore the mountains, and then take another train from Jasper to Toronto. I’m the same way, I have to get out and explore the area. Especially in the rocky mountains, it’s just stunning and there’s so much great hiking there!

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What an amazing opportunity! It sounds like an awesome trip. One I’ve always wanted to do (at least the Edmonton-Vancouver route) but the price has always stopped me (as you mentioned is a problem). It’s nice hearing about a trip from someone who actually did it, rather than just reading about it on the via rail website.

So glad it was helpful! The Edmonton-Vancouver route is definitely the best part about the trip if you do decide to do it! I think that part goes on promotion with via rail sometimes too so hopefully you could get it at a decent price!

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“One of the world’s ultimate experiences.” “One of the world’s greatest trips.” Lonely Planet and National Geographic merely review what our founder, Martin Flanagan, has been saying for years: “Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!”

Throughout your rail tour of the Canadian Rockies you’ll be pampered beyond your wildest dreams.

The unparalleled service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer starts the moment you arrive at the station. Recline in comfortable, roomy seats aboard this world-class train, watch the most extraordinary mountains, rivers, and wildlife through oversized windows, and feel pampered as your onboard hosts bring fresh pastry, coffee, treats, and top-shelf beers, wines, and cocktails right to your seat.

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Aboard a GoldLeaf Service rail car, you will take in the sights from the wrap-around glass-dome windows. Hosts will guide your experience through historic sites and natural wonders; watch all of the faces of your new friends on the train go wide as they travel alongside Hell’s Gate on the Fraser River in British Columbia. You’ll continue travelling through lush valleys through the Coast and Cascade Mountains, arriving in desert-like Kamloops for the night.

If you’re travelling to Banff, you’ll bear witness to the legendary Spiral Tunnels, cross the Continental Divide, and feel inspiration as you traverse mountain passes, rushing rivers, unforgettable canyons on a historic rail route operated by the Rocky Mountaineer.

If you’re traveling to Jasper, the train will slow down for you to see the majestic Pyramid Falls just a few metres from the train, and you will see from a short distance the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, the magnificent Mount Robson.

As you see all of these incredible sights, your onboard hosts will continually top up your beverage of choice, bring you fresh baking, snacks, and whatever else you may need to enjoy this trip of a lifetime.

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Unique to the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service is access to a spacious outdoor vestibule and, trust us, there’s nothing like rolling through mountains, over rivers, and across rocky ridges while outside on a sunny day. You’ll take pictures that will be the envy of all of your friends while you stretch your legs and enjoy breathing in pristine mountain air.

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Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer includes locally inspired gourmet cuisine.

In GoldLeaf Service, you’ll take breakfast and lunch in the lower dining area of the rail car. From Fraser River local salmon to wines from the Okanagan Valley, the chefs aboard this world-class train love delighting their guests with West Coast inspired cuisine. Normal service in GoldLeaf Service includes a small amuse bouche appetizer, main course, and dessert at lunch, and fresh fruit, endless coffee, and a main course with breakfast. When you leave the train, you’re never hungry.

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Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is truly the trip of a lifetime. Many of our guests, train enthusiasts and adventurers alike, tell us this tour is the realization of a life-long dream. When you travel with Canada Rail Vacations, you can be sure that we will make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Glide through some of the world's most amazing mountain scenery on a Canadian Rockies train trip.

View of Crowfoot Glacier along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park

Carving out a route through the Rocky Mountains wasn't easy. Early pioneers had to lay rails on steep switchbacks and blast through rock with dynamite. But they persevered. And their efforts resulted in a track that hugs pine-clad slopes and clings to the mountainside. It twists and turns through view after stunning view. This Vancouver-to-Banff train route is a vital part of Canada's history. And it gets you so much closer to the wilderness than any road trip ever could.

From your seat, see ice-blue glacier lakes, alpine forests and dramatic rock formations. There's no better way to immerse yourself in the wild backcountry of the Canadian Rockies .

The travel expert at Canadian Train Vacations have local knowledge of these scenic Rockies train trips. We can customised our trip itineraries to your interests and preferences. You can choose your activities, train service level, and hotel type for the best vacation possible. Discover more about these trips.

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Essential Rockies by Train  

Discover the best of the Canadian Rockies in six days! Start your trip with a Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey between Vancouver and Lake Louise. Admire the lake’s sparkling turquoise waters, then head to the mountain town of Banff for more adventures. 

Miles on train : 594 Miles 

Days on train : 2 

Stops : Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff and Lake Louise 

Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail  

This 8-day Canadian Rockies itinerary is full of exciting activities so you can experience all the highlights in just over a week. Enjoy a train journey to Jasper and a sightseeing tour down the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. Explore both Banff and Jasper national parks on your choice of sightseeing tour. Read our Canadian Rockies train trip reviews and see why this is one of our bestselling trips! 

Miles on train : 559 Miles 

Train Stops : Vancouver, Kamloops, and Jasper 

Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train  

Experience an overnight train journey on this Rockies vacation package . See the towns of Banff and Jasper, as well as the West Coast city of Vancouver. This 6-day itinerary also includes a tour along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway and is packed with impressive mountain views. 

Miles on train : 332 Miles 

Days on train :1 

Night on train : 1 

Train Stops : Vancouver and Jasper

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Canadian Rockies tours by train transcend the mode of transportation – it's an experience that captivates the senses, offering unparalleled relaxation as one discovers the classic appeal of train travel. Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquility, or a bit of both, this journey through one of the world's most beautiful regions is sure to leave you with lasting memories.

Stand in awe of the turquoise waters and glacier mountain views at Lake Louise.  Travel along the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise — this 232-kilometre stretch of highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the world.  Watch for Rocky Mountain wildlife like elk, mountain goats, and bears.  Glide past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, as you travel by train. Discover emerald lakes and rushing waterfalls, which provide amazing photographic opportunities.

Here’s why you should consider embarking on a train ride through the Canadian Rockies:

Immersive Scenery

One of the most compelling reasons to choose a Canadian Rockies train vacation is the immersive experience of the stunning landscapes. From the comfort of your seat, you can gaze through panoramic windows and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the region. There’s snow-capped peaks that glow in the sunlight, dramatic ancient glaciers that have shaped the land over millennia, and vibrant turquoise lakes that reflect the surrounding mountains. The journey also takes you through lush forests, each turn offering a new, captivating view. 

Wildlife Spotting

The Canadian Rockies are home to a diverse range of wildlife, and a train ride trough the Rockies offers a front-row seat to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. As the train passes through the wilderness, keep your eyes peeled for bears roaming the forests, elk grazing in open meadows, and moose making their way through the marshlands. Eagles can often be seen soaring overhead, adding to the sense of awe and connection with nature. The trains’ routes through remote areas increases your chances of spotting animals.

Relaxing and Nostalgic

In an era where travel often involves hectic schedules and crowded airports,  Canadian Rockies railroad trips offers a refreshing alternative. It's a stress-free way to travel, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey without the usual travel hassles. The gentle rocking of the train and the rhythmic sound of the tracks create a soothing ambiance, perfect for unwinding. The extended time during a scenic train ride in the Canadian Rockies and the many sights along the route allow you to fully appreciate the landscapes and wildlife, making the trip as enjoyable as the destination.

Aerial view of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park in summer

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There are many exciting activity options and attractions in Banff, including the Banff Gondola. Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of six mountain ranges!

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Canadian Rockies Train Experiences

These are some suggested train experiences for your Canadian adventure. 

Rocky Mountaineer, Daylight train 

The Rocky Mountaineer winds through British Columbia and Alberta and stops in Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Kamloops. There are three main train routes, including the Canadian Rockies train Vancouver to Banff . The train only runs during the daytime and from April to October (start and end dates vary annually). Large windows, an outdoor platform, and glass-dome coaches are perfect for sightseeing.

A Rocky Mountaineer train with glass-dome coaches travels past Castle Mountain in the Rockies

SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf are the two service levels on Rocky Mountaineer.  

In SilverLeaf, guests have assigned seats in a single-level dome car. Breakfast and lunch are served to guests at their seat, with complimentary snacks and beverages available throughout the day.  

In GoldLeaf , guests have assigned seats in a bi-level dome car. Seating is on the top level and a dining room is on the lower level. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room, with complimentary snacks and beverages available throughout the day.  

VIA Rail Train 

VIA Rail runs trains across Canada all year round. There are a few major train routes. The Canadian train passes through the Canadian Rockies, stopping at Jasper on its way to Vancouver from Toronto (or vice versa). On VIA Rail, you can also go to Prince Rupert, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax. VIA Rail offers daylight and overnight sleeper train experiences.

A VIA Rail train travels past snow-capped mountains on snowy train tracks during winter

#2 Travel tip: Winter train trip

VIA Rail trains operate year-round. So, if you’re looking to visit the Canadian Rockies in winter, you can travel to Jasper by sleeper train from Vancouver or Toronto.

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Sleeper Train, VIA Rail 

One option for your Canadian Rockies train travel is the Sleeper train. Sleeper Class is available on The Canadian between Vancouver and Toronto. You can go all the way from coast to coast or choose to stop in Jasper or Winnipeg. Jasper is where you would disembark for your Canadian Rockies adventure.

There are three service levels on The Canadian train: Economy, Sleeper Plus, and Prestige. Both Sleeper Plus and Prestige classes are recommended if you are spending a long time on the train. Sleeper Plus includes a private berth or a cabin with bunk beds. Hot meals are served in the dining car of the train, and these are included throughout your journey. Prestige Class is a luxury service that includes priority meal reservations, afternoon tapas, snacks, drinks, meals, and more. Prestige Class cabins are larger than Sleeper Plus cabins and feature a lower bed for two. Prestige guests also have a dedicated concierge. Both Sleeper Plus and Prestige guests have access to the train’s viewing cars.

A VIA Rail sleeper train cabin has two chairs next to a window looking out to the Rockies

If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you can also sleep on board The Ocean train. This VIA Rail train travels between the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Both sleeper train routes are available all year long.

Alaska Cruise - suggested add-on 

Canadian Rockies train tours from Vancouver can combine with an Alaska Cruise. The rail part of your trip can come before or after your Alaska cruise. There are two types of cruise ships. Choose a larger, more luxurious vessel or a smaller ship that allows you to visit more coves and inlets. Each type of ship has its advantages, so it depends on your style of travel and what you want to get out of your Alaska cruise adventure.

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Top 5 places to see in the canadian rockies.

These are examples of the places you can visit on a Canadian Rockies trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability for your Canadian Rockies train ride.

1. Banff, Alberta 

The townsite of Banff, established in 1885, is the hub of Banff National Park. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Enjoy strolling Banff Avenue or try one of the outdoor adventures. Banff was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its incredible mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls.

View of Banff National Park and Banff townsite from above

2. Jasper, Alberta 

Nicknamed the 'gentle giant of the Rockies,' Jasper is a small alpine town in the heart of Jasper National Park. It’s the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jasper is also a Dark Sky Preserve, making it the perfect place for stargazing.

A person looks up at the starry sky using a large telescope in Jasper National Park

3. Lake Louise, Alberta 

Lake Louise, named after the nearby lake, is a quaint hamlet in the heart of the Rockies. The lake is known for its sparkling turquoise waters and impressive glacier-clad peaks. It offers a surreal paddling experience in the warm summer months. In winter, the lake turns into one of the most scenic skating rinks in the world.

A couple skates in front of an ice castle on frozen Lake Louise with snowy mountains behind

4. Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Yoho National Park, situated in eastern British Columbia, is part of the Canadian Rockies UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to dramatic waterfalls, emerald lakes, fossil sites, and towering mountains. Field is a small town in the centre of the national park and the perfect place for lunch stops or cozy overnight stays. 

A canoe on Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

5. Canmore, Alberta 

Surrounded by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Canmore’s lively arts scene, charming shops, and diverse dining options make it a welcoming mountain community. This quaint small town is in Kananaskis County, just 22 kilometres (12 miles) east of Banff. 

View of a path next to the town of Canmore and snow-capped Three Sisters mountain

Choosing the Right Train Experience for You

Selecting your perfect train trip in the Canadian Rockies depends on various factors including your desired level of luxury, the specific route you wish to travel, and the time of year you plan to go. 

Luxury vs. Classic

When it comes to choosing a luxury versus classic train experience, you need to consider your desired level of comfort, the type of service, and the amenities you’d like, as well as factoring in your budget.

Luxury Options

If you prefer a high-end experience with premium amenities, consider the GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer.

  • GoldLeaf Service: This top-tier option features bi-level coaches with full glass-dome windows on the upper level for panoramic views, gourmet meals prepared by executive chefs served in a dining car, and an exclusive outdoor viewing platform. The service is impeccable, with attentive staff ensuring every detail of your journey is perfect. For an ultimate luxury experience on a sleeper train, upgrade to VIA Rail’s Prestige Class, which offers unparalleled comfort and exclusivity on longer overnight journeys.
  • Prestige Class: On VIA Rail's sleeper trains, Prestige Class provides private modern cabins with en-suite bathrooms, dedicated concierge service, and priority access to dining and lounge cars. It's an ideal choice for those seeking a blend of luxury and extended travel across Canada.

Classic Options

For travelers who prefer a more traditional experience or have a tighter budget, the other service tier options on these trains offer a charming and comfortable way to see the Rockies. You can still enjoy stunning views, cozy accommodations, and friendly service, making it a memorable journey without the premium price tag.

  • SilverLeaf Service: While more affordable than GoldLeaf, Rocky Mountaineer’s SilverLeaf still offers an elevated experience with single-level dome coaches that provide excellent views, locally inspired cuisine served at your seat, and a high standard of service.
  • Sleeper Plus: with VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus, you still enjoy a private cabin and access to the lounge and dining cars. While some options have a private toilet, there are shared showers. 

Route Considerations

Your choice of route will shape your overall experience, depending on whether you want an immersive Rockies adventure or a broader cross-country exploration.

  • Rockies-Focused Routes : If your primary interest is in experiencing the Canadian Rockies, consider Rocky Mountaineer's daylight sight-seeing trains. These routes are specifically designed to highlight the most scenic and iconic parts of the Rockies, offering a concentrated and intensive experience of the region’s natural beauty.
  • Cross-Country Journeys : For those looking to extend their adventure beyond the Rockies, VIA Rail’s "The Canadian" offers an epic journey from Vancouver to Toronto. This route provides a comprehensive cross-country experience, including the train across the Canadian Rockies, as well as the diverse landscapes of Canada, from prairies to forests to urban centres. It's a great option if you have more time and want to see more of what Canada has to offer.

Time of Year

The time of year you choose for your train trip in the Canadian Rockies can significantly influence your experience, as the scenery and available activities change with the seasons.

  • Spring (April to June) : Spring brings a burst of colour to the Rockies with blooming wildflowers and rushing waterfalls fed by melting snow. Wildlife is also very active during this time, making it a great season for animal sightings.
  • Summer (July to September) : Summer offers the most comfortable weather and the longest days, perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing. The lakes are at their most vibrant turquoise, and the mountains are lush and green.
  • Fall (October to November) : Fall is a spectacular time to visit for the autumn foliage, with its rich reds, oranges, and yellows. The cooler temperatures and fewer tourists also make for a more tranquil experience.
  • Winter (December to March) : Winter transforms the Rockies into a snowy playground. While Rocky Mountaineer does not operate in winter, VIA Rail’s Canadian is affectionately known as the Snow Train, and offers a stunning train ride in the Canadian Rockies, especially as it travels between Vancouver and Edmonton. Tours at this time offer unique activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The snow-covered peaks and frozen lakes provide a serene and magical backdrop.

Practical Tips for Planning Your Train Trip

Planning a Canadian Rockies train trip requires thorough preparation to ensure you make the most of this extraordinary experience. From booking your tour to packing your bags, here are some essential tips to help you get ready for your adventure.

Booking in Advance

One of the most crucial steps in planning your Canadian Rockies train trip is booking your tickets well in advance. Popular routes and services, especially those during peak seasons, tend to sell out quickly.

  • Peak Seasons: Summer (June to September) and the holiday season (December) are the busiest times. To secure your preferred dates and service level, it’s advisable to book several months ahead.
  • Special Offers: Keep an eye out for early bird specials or promotional discounts that can save you money.

Booking early not only guarantees your spot but also gives you more flexibility in choosing the best travel dates and accommodations.

Combine with Other Destinations

Maximize your trip by combining your train journey with stays in nearby cities and attractions.

  • Vancouver: Start or end your trip in Vancouver, a vibrant city known for its scenic waterfront, diverse culinary scene, and cultural attractions like Stanley Park and Granville Island.
  • Calgary: If your route includes Calgary, take some time to explore this dynamic city, famous for its western heritage and the Calgary Stampede.
  • Banff: Extend your time in Banff during your train vacation to experience everything this mountain town has to offer. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Banff offers stunning natural beauty, hot springs, and outdoor activities.

Activities and Excursions

Enhance your train trip with various activities and excursions available in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Hiking: The Rockies are a hiker’s paradise with trails ranging from easy walks to challenging climbs. Popular hikes include Johnston Canyon and the Plain of Six Glaciers.
  • Wildlife Tours: Join guided tours to see the region’s wildlife up close. Expert guides can take you to the best spots for viewing bears, elk, moose, and more.
  • City Sightseeing: In cities like Vancouver and Calgary, take advantage of sightseeing tours to explore local landmarks, museums, and cultural sites.

What to Pack

When packing for a train trip through the Canadian Rockies, consider both comfort on the train and the area’s varying weather conditions.

  • Clothing: Layered clothing is essential due to the fluctuating temperatures. Include a waterproof jacket, warm sweaters, and comfortable pants.
  • Footwear: Bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes for excursions and casual footwear for onboard.
  • Essentials: Don’t forget your camera for capturing stunning landscapes, binoculars for wildlife spotting, and a good book or travel journal.
  • Health and Comfort: Pack any necessary medications, travel-sized toiletries, and personal comfort items like a neck pillow or blanket.

Tailoring your packing list to the unique demands of train travel and the outdoor adventures in the Rockies ensures you’re well-prepared for a comfortable and enjoyable journey. By following these practical tips, you can effectively plan and prepare for a Canadian Rockies train trip and make the most of your spectacular rail journey through one of the world's most beautiful regions.

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Where are the Canadian Rockies located?

The Canadian Rockies cover parts of northern British Columbia and Alberta. The Canadian Rocky Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of seven parks. Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks. Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks.

When is the best time to visit the Canadian Rockies?

The best time to visit the Canadian Rockies is the fall, but they are a great destination year-round. Each season offers a different experience, so the ideal time depends on what you'd like to see and do. To see snow-covered peaks and frozen lakes and go skiing or snowshoeing, head to the Rockies between December and February. Spring and summer months bring ideal hiking and wildlife viewing conditions. With warm temperatures and sunshine, June, July, and August are the most popular months to visit. For those who want a quieter experience, travelling to the Rockies in September and October is ideal. Larch trees change from green to yellow during mid to late September. If you would love to witness the mesmerising fall colours, this is the perfect time to go.

How much does a Canadian Rockies train trip cost?

The price of a train trip through the Rockies depends on season, length and inclusions. For example, if you’re considering the Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland itinerary, this train trip through the Canadian Rockies starts from $2,430 USD per person. Pricing includes transfers, hotels, and some meals and activities. Reach out to one of our Canadian Train Vacation Advisors to find the Canadian Rockies tour by train that best suits your preferences and budget.

How tall are the Canadian Rockies?

Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) tall, is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

How can you see the Canadian Rockies?

You can get to the Canadian Rockies by train or vehicle. You can fly to Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary, then make the journey to Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise. There are so many ways to explore the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy sightseeing tours, lake cruises, mountain gondolas, alpine hiking and more.

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Can you drive through the Canadian Rockies?

Yes, you can drive the Trans Canada Highway through the Canadian Rockies. Between Banff and Lake Louise, the Bow Valley Parkway is a more scenic driving route. The Icefields Parkway between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park is beautiful.

Is Whistler in the Canadian Rockies?

Whistler is in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia and is not part of the Canadian Rockies. Whistler is about a two-hour drive from the city of Vancouver.

Which train ride is best through the Canadian Rockies?

If you are looking to enjoy a daylight train ride through the Canadian Rockies, then a Rocky Mountaineer journey is best. If you want to experience sleeping on the train as you travel to the Rockies, then choose VIA Rail’s Canadian train. Our Ultimate Rockies Rail Journey includes both trains.

How long do you need in the Canadian Rockies?

The amount of time you need to fully experience the Canadian Rockies depends on your interests and the specific places you want to visit. A minimum of 4-7 days is recommended to see the highlights of the Canadian Rockies, though you can easily spend two weeks exploring this area.

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Copy My Trip: A luxury train trip through the Canadian Rockies

Melissa Yeager

Jun 14, 2024 • 8 min read

View over the top of Rocky Mountaineer train in the Canadian Rockies.

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies © Melissa Yeager / Lonely Planet © Melissa Yeager/Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Destination Editor Melissa Yeager recently traveled on  Rocky Mountaineer  through the Canadian Rockies, from Vancouver to Jasper then on to Banff. Here, she shares some tips and insights for anyone planning a similar trip.

As an avid hiker and “outsidey not outdoorsy” person, I’ve long wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies especially places in Alberta , like Jasper and Banff . 

If you’ve also held that dream, chances are you’ve also envisioned traveling through it by train and staying in some of the photo-worthy cabins and resorts nestled near mountains and lakes.

Rocky Mountaineer is one of the companies offering train travel through this spectacular landscape, drawing visitors from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Pairs of empty seats in a train carriage with a glass roof allowing the best view of the mountain scecnery

The itinerary I joined,  Journey through the Clouds , began with two days in Vancouver  followed by our first day on the train to the small town of Kamloops. The second day we traveled to Jasper to spend the day before climbing onboard a bus to drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Banff, with stops at glaciers, waterfalls and lakes along the way. 

Here’s a peek at what I experienced to help you decide if it's the right trip for you. 

What’s a day on the train like? 

Overall, the train lives up to its luxury billing, though your experience will vary based on the level of service you select. Rocky Mountaineer breaks those into GoldLeaf (highest level of service) and SilverLeaf (still very nice, just a bit less space and no dining car). SilverLeaf service for this two-day route starts at $1,599 per person while the higher level GoldLeaf starts at $2300 per person. (The price depends on your dates of travel and rises based on extra days, types of hotels and tours you add to your itinerary.)

A waterfall at the side of the train tracks

I enjoyed GoldLeaf service on this trip, so my description is of that experience. If you want to learn what SilverLeaf service is like, read Lonely Planet Editor Alex Howard’s account of his  Rocky Mountaineer trip from Moab to Denver . 

The GoldLeaf cars are remarkable because they are double decker: the upper level is where you can relax in spacious reclining chairs under a glass dome, and the bottom level has the dining car and an outdoor platform where you can stand and take photos or just enjoy the outdoors. There is an elevator for accessibility and two restrooms in the car.

A dining carriage table, with comfortable leather-covered benches

Not long after I boarded, I entered the dining car for a fresh breakfast prepared by a team of chefs in the galley. Typically, half the train passengers enjoy coffee and pastries while the other dines, then swap places.

After breakfast, I returned upstairs to enjoy the scenery punctuated by fun facts from our host. The crew serves beverages (both alcoholic and non) and a nut mix between meals. 

The seats recline and are heated, which I appreciated on the first day when the rainy skies made the car a bit cooler than usual. There are power outlets at each section in case your device runs out of juice.

At lunchtime, the crew welcomes you back to the dining car for a freshly prepared meal and dessert. The ingredients are sourced from the local communities along the route. Some of the items are repeated between the two days, some are not. If you’re having trouble deciding, ask your host for advice. After lunch, it’s upstairs for more scenery, drinks and snacks, or have a read of the on-board newspaper that tells you all about the stops ahead. 

Lonely Planet editor Melissa Yeager reading the newspaper outlining the approaching scenic points. 

By the way, Rocky Mountaineer uses Canadian National and CPKC tracks so, at times, the train will pause to wait for the other trains to pass. However, this may be the one train where you’ll be ok if it takes a bit longer than expected, not just because of the spectacular scenery, but also because the chefs will whip up another meal for you if the arrival time will pass dinnertime. On my trip, that included a plated cannelloni dinner that was served at our seats. 

Should I bring a book or something to entertain myself?

Yes, but don't bring a lot because you may not need it – nearly everything outside the window on this scenic train ride is worth gazing upon. When you approach a notable site, the tour guide announces it, and the train slows to a crawl so everyone can get their photos. You can enjoy the views from the comfort of your own seat or take a walk to the outdoor platform where you can see it all without the glass. My favorite part of the route was from Vancouver to Jasper, as the scenery got progressively more spectacular as we moved into the mountains.

A mountain viewed from within a carriage on a scenic train ride

I brought my Kindle to read but never used it. It was more interesting to listen to a playlist on my iPhone and enjoy the scenery passing by. When we hit a delay, the hosts handed out playing cards. However, it seemed most people on the trip enjoyed viewing the scenery and talking to the other guests. 

An alpine lake surrounded by trees giving an almost perfect reflection of a distant mountain

Where did you stay? What were the hotels like?

On the Rocky Mountaineer, you don’t sleep on the train. Instead, each night includes a reservation at a hotel with porters delivering your luggage to your next stop. You walk into the room and your luggage is already waiting for you. All you need to take on the train is a small daypack of essentials and perhaps a camera, book, and in my case, a small watercolor set, which I did use on the journey.

My first two nights were at the Fairmont Waterfront , which as the name indicates, has impressive views of the waterfront. The cruise terminal is across the street and it’s a very walkable area. I had a wonderful walk back from Stanley Park to the hotel and also was able to duck out to art exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery . 

My third day was my first on the train and it ended up in Kamloops. You’re here for just a short amount of time (dinner and sleep) so the stay at the Delta (Marriott Brand) hotel is comfortable with a location that's walkable to places to eat nearby.

The next (and final) day on the train ended in a cabin at the spectacular Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge . This was my favorite of the properties I stayed at. As our bus pulled up to the entrance, we witnessed a grizzly bear and her albino cub hanging out by the small lake. I had two nights here and wish I had more to enjoy the serenity of the property as well as the heated pool, boathouse and spa.

Wooden cabins with large windows along a pathway

After a bus ride on the Icefields Parkway, my final night was spent at the Rimrock Resort in Banff. The resort has a spectacular view of the mountains and its famed sister property, the Fairmont Banff Springs . The gondola and hot springs (which are more like a heated pool) are a quick walk away. The property prides itself on its culinary offerings, and you can book a tasting at its acclaimed wine cellar through Open Table. 

The Rimrock was recently acquired by the owners of the Fairmont, so while the rooms are comfortable and give you amazing views of Banff, I expect to see the property announce a refresh that will match the ambiance of its natural surroundings in the coming months.

An elk: a large deer-like creature in woodland

Favorite activity from the trip?

There is so much spectacular wildlife to observe – obviously from a safe distance! Thus, I really enjoyed the wildlife bus tour I experienced  in Jasper. You hop in a bus and a tour guide takes you around Jasper pointing out the different wildlife, educating you on each species as well as giving you safety advice. There’s also an opportunity to get out and walk the Maligne Canyon to see the waterfalls – a really incredible way to safely and accessibly see creatures, such as bears and elk, and learn about their seasonal habits. 

What were the handiest things you packed?

Comfortable, stretchy pants, my iPhone and a good playlist! Pro-tip: also put your iPhone charger in your daypack. You’ll take so many photos you may need to recharge at the charging stations at each seat. Also, some of the areas on the track do not have cell service, so set your phone to airplane mode to save your battery.

What do you wish you had packed?

A few people on the trip had Octogrips for their phones and I was intensely jealous. They attach to the back of your iPhone so you can stick it to the window. This will let you take photos while eliminating the glare reflecting off the windows. Plus, they’re handy to stick to other surfaces so you don’t drop your phone. 

A woman with a waterfall behind her: Melissa Yeager at Athabasca Falls

Best tip for someone doing the same trip?

Just slow down and enjoy it. This is a great trip for those needing an accessible or multigenerational trip, but I think even those who are unable to sit still will find the train an enjoyable experience.

Pack comfortable pants and plan on wearing layers. With the top deck being nearly all glass, the temperature can be changeable depending on the weather. Bring your sunglasses as well for when it gets bright in the cabin.

Melissa traveled on the Journey through the Clouds route to Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper and Banff on an invitation from Rocky Mountaineer . Lonely Planet contributors do not accept freebies in exchange for positive coverage.

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NYC To Montreal: Why This Train Trip Is Worth Every Penny

Riding the Amtrak Adirondack train from NYC to Montreal is quite the adventure, and it won't cost you a pretty penny.

  • Amtrak offers an affordable and scenic way to travel to Montreal from NYC, providing a unique adventure experience.
  • Enjoy delicious food and beverage options onboard, with wide, reclining seats, ample legroom, and electrical outlets for convenience.
  • Prepare ahead by arriving at Penn Station early, ensuring you have your physical boarding pass, and enjoying the beautiful route through upstate New York.

Before air travel and taxis, trains were the world's mode of transportation, and for good reason! Not only are trains an efficient and affordable means of transport to get from one coast to the other , but it's the ideal way to see the most while also indulging in a unique experience (which often also includes dinner and a cocktail!), and avoiding traffic and airport hassle. It's a win-win!

With nearly 21,000 route miles in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak is a popular rail service that allows adventurers to travel and explore in a new and exciting way, especially to corners of the U.S. like the eternally beautiful and ravishing region of the Northeast. From coastal views to mountain vistas, traveling by Amtrak not only delivers one-of-a-kind scenic journeys that are perfect for summer adventures but also offers travelers the opportunity to see the world through a different lens.

One particularly special Amtrak route is NYC to Montreal, which is taken by the Adirondack train. The route begins in bustling New York City and takes you all the way to the wondrous city of Montreal, which is in the province of Quebec, Canada. Amtrak is also a fantastic way to enjoy the winter, and you can create the ultimate magical winter experience on Amtrak, too .

Although you can choose to fly from NYC to Montreal, many avid travelers purposely choose to travel by Amtrak because, when traveling by train, the experience of the adventure and all the wonderful things that come with it is more about the journey, rather than just the destination.

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This is why travelers are obsessed with taking the amtrak from nyc to montreal, of all the ways to travel, taking a train is the new way to adventure, and worth every penny.

First off, to kick off the fun, travelers begin their Amtrak Adirondack journey at Penn Station before the 12-hour journey to Montreal Central Station (which in itself is an adventure!). Penn Station in itself is a wonder, with it being part of New York culture since it first opened in 1910. Once you've found your way through Penn Station and made it onto your train, you're ready for an epic trip.

Every passenger that is Canada-bound needs to have a physical boarding pass, not just an e-ticket, in addition to their passport.

First things first, once you've found your seat, it's best to prepare for the long and scenic train ride by getting cozy, getting familiar with where the bathrooms are located, and how to order off the menu (yep, there's a food and beverage menu!).

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Of course, you can bring your own prepped snacks and drinks to your liking, but it doesn't hurt to enjoy a bowl of White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with a Blueberry Muffin and S. Pellegrino Sparkling Water, especially with their well-priced menu compared to airline food and beverage offerings.

Sounds quite heavenly while taking in the majestic beauty of upstate New York through the Hudson Valley, where you'll pass by many beautiful towns on New York's Hudson River , like Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinecliff.

Plan ahead and make sure to arrive at Penn Station ahead of time, at least 30 minutes before your train is scheduled to depart, especially if you need help with luggage, bikes, tickets, etc.

Amtrak also offers non-alcoholic beverages in addition to spirits and cocktails, beer and hard seltzer, and wine on its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.

The Magical Route You'll Experience Through New York On Your Way To Canada

You know what to expect, now let's dive into what you'll experience on this epic adventure.

Let's jump back to all the beauty you'll be immersed in when you start your journey on the Amtrak Adirondock train from Penn Station and travel through upstate New York . When traveling in coach, you're looking at an average price of $72 per ticket to ride the train to Montreal , which gets you wide, reclining seats with ample legroom, reading lights, and electric outlets for your convenience. Plus, there are no middle seats, so you won't have to worry about a cramped seating arrangement.

Amtrak is offering modified Adirondack service from May 20 to September 9, 2024. The ticket rates indicated are for dates after that period.

If you've never considered taking the train, specifically the Amtrak, on an adventure, then why not try something completely new and take a trip where the journey is even more fun than the destination?

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  • The super visa is for visits of 5 years at a time .
  • a letter from your child or grandchild with a promise to financially support you for the duration of your visit in Canada.
  • More information on approved insurance providers outside of Canada will be available in the coming months.
  • be valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry to Canada
  • provide at least $100,000 in emergency coverage.
  • You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada.
  • Cost: CAN $100

Note : If you don't meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). An eTA allows for visits of up to 6 months.

Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with a valid identity document. Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with

  • a valid passport from your country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document Opens in a new tab ) and
  • official proof of lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., such as a green card

Answer: You need a valid identity document

Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for a visitor visa.

When you travel to Canada, bring your

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved, if you received one
  • valid passport that has your visitor visa stuck to one of its pages

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Answer: You should already have a valid visitor visa

We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first study or work permit.

If you leave and return to Canada,  you must travel with:

  • your valid study or work permit
  • If you don’t have a valid visa when you check-in for a flight, it may result in travel delays (or a missed flight).
  • your valid passport

Exception : If you return directly from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

If your visa has expired or was only valid for a single entry to Canada

You need to  apply for a new visa Opens in a new tab .

  • A visa costs CAN$100.
  • It’s valid for up to 10 years.

If your study or work permit will expire soon, you must extend it before you can apply for a new visitor visa.

You need a visitor visa to leave and return to Canada.  Apply for your visa before you leave.

You can apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to  leave and return to Canada  in the near future
  • your existing  visitor visa Opens in a new tab  is expired or was valid for only one entry

Exception : If you return  directly  from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing times  don’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

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You need a  visitor visa  to travel to Canada.

A visitor visa:

  • is a sticker we put in your passport
  • costs CAN$100

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a study permit

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa for you

  • letter of introduction that says your work permit application is approved, if you received one

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We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first work permit.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

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Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a work permit

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA)

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for an eTA.

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Answer: You need an eTA to leave and return to Canada

Your study permit lets you study in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

What you need depends on your travel plans.

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If you re-enter by a Canadian airport (fly back to Canada)

You must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to a valid eTA and
  • your valid study permit
  • costs CAN $7
  • is electronically linked to your passport

If you received your current study permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

If you don’t have an eTA or yours has expired, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA.

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If you re-enter Canada by car, boat, bus or train

  • a valid passport and

Answer: If you fly to a Canadian airport, you need an eTA

  • costs CAN$7

Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you drive or arrive by train, bus or boat

You just need a  valid passport or travel document Opens in a new tab  to get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat.

Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for you

  • valid passport that you used to apply for your work permit

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Your work permit lets you work in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

  • your valid work permit

If you received your current work permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

  • your valid work or study permit

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work or study permit

When you travel to Canada, you must bring your:

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

If you’re driving or arriving by train, bus, or boat.

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If you fly to or transit through a Canadian airport

You just need to travel with your valid U.S. passport if you fly or transit through a Canadian airport.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit
  • valid work or study permit

Answer: Your permit is not an eTA or a visa

When you extend your study permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to your valid eTA  and
  • a valid visitor and

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When you extend your work permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • a valid visitor visa and

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

You can apply for an  eTA  if you travel to Canada  by air only .

  • is only valid when flying to or transiting through a Canadian airport

Most applicants get their eTA approval within minutes (via email). However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa  you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If your travel plans change

You need a  visitor visa  (not an eTA) if you decide to  get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat  instead.

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit and
  • official proof of U.S. lawful permanent resident status

Answer: You need valid proof of lawful permanent resident status of the U.S. to leave and return to Canada

  • valid study permit,
  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit, and

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

  • valid passport or travel document and

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit and
  • valid work permit
  • valid work permit,

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa , you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If you transit through Canada to or from the United States

You  may  be able to  transit through Canada without a visa or eTA if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

You need an official proof of status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., such as one of the following:

  • valid permanent resident card (Form I-551)
  • foreign passport with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (also known as an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication [ADIT] stamp)
  • foreign passport with a temporary I-551 printed notation (“Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”) on a machine-readable immigrant visa upon endorsement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection admission stamp
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status)
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card [Green Card])
  • valid re-entry permit (Form I-327)
  • Form I-94 with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (ADIT stamp) and a passport-style photo

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