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Canada VIA Rail > Ontario & Western

Train travel in Ontario and Western Canada

VIA Rail Canada Canadian, near Jasper, Alberta

Rail is the green, easy, low-cost alternative for travel to hundreds of Canadian destinations in Ontario and Western Canada and beyond. Photo: "The Canadian" Toronto-Vancouver train at Jasper, Alberta, Canada. © Timothy Stevens | VIA Rail Canada

Crossing prairie grasslands, boreal forests and Rocky Mountain promontories, VIA Rail Canada's routes reach north to Hudson's Bay and stretch west to the Pacific.

Toronto-Winnipeg-Saskatoon-Edmonton-Jasper-Vancouver

Two weekly trips in both directions provide the ultimate rail getaway, acossing the Canadian heartland from Ontario to British Columbia and the Pacific. Scenic highlights include the western prairies and the Canadian Rockies. Services and amenities: Economy and Sleeper Plus Class travel: dining car (Sleeper Plus Class only), Skyline dome car (cafÈ/bar service), domed Park Car (bar and panoramic lounge; Sleeper Plus Class only), in-room AC power outlets, children's activities, carry-on and checked baggage, sports equipment and pet transport. In-station Panorama Lounges for Sleeper Plus Class travellers in Toronto and Vancouver.

Jasper-Prince George-Prince Rupert

Formerly The Skeena. Three weekly trips in both directions traverse the isolated Rockies and rugged Pacific Coast of northern British Columbia. Overnight layover at Prince George (requires separate hotel booking). Scenic highlights include Jasper National Park. Services and amenities: Economy and Touring Class travel: food and bar services, Skyline dome car (cafÈ/bar service; Touring Class only, Jun-Sept), children's activities, carry-on and checked baggage, sports equipment and pet transport (June to mid September only). Ferry connections at Prince Rupert for Alaska, Queen Charlotte Islands and other Pacific Coast points.

Winnipeg-The Pas-Thompson-Churchill

Formerly The Hudson Bay. Two weekly trips in both directions transport travelers on a two-night 1000 mi (1700 km) northern odyssey between Manitoba's capital and the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Scenic highlights include southern prairies and sub-arctic tundra. Services and amenities: Economy and Sleeper Class travel: food and bar services, dining car, in-room AC power outlets (Sleeper Class only), carry-on and checked baggage, sports equipment and pet transport.

The Pas-Cranberry Portage-Pukatawagan

Two weekly trips in both directions between "The Gateway to the North" and the remote community of Pukatawagan, a Cree Nation reserve. Services and amenities: Trains operated by Keewatin Railway Company, a First Nations-owned rail line.

Sudbury-Chapleau-White River

Formerly Lake Superior. Three weekly trips in both directions link Nothern Ontario's largest city with the birthplace of Winnie the Pooh. Scenic highlights along the way include First Nations reserves, ghost towns, and the world's largest game preserve. Services and amenities: Economy Class travel: carry-on and checked baggage, sports equipment and pet transport. There is no food and beverage service on this train.

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