Explore Canada VIA Amtrak

Coast to coast, Canada is a land diverse in both culture and natural landscape. The second largest country in the world, Canada boasts not only modern, cosmopolitan cities, but also pristine natural wonders unlike any other. From Toronto to Vancouver, and all the beautiful national parks in between, Canada deserves a top spot on your summer travel list. Even better, thanks to the currently stronger American dollar, getting away to Canada has become more affordable than ever. Explore all that this beautiful nation has to offer with Amtrak Vacations and VIA Rail. You can begin your journey from any of the 500 Amtrak stations in the United States.


Here are 4 of the top Canada packages we’re offering this summer:

1. Ultimate Canada and Rockies Westbound

Find out what truly makes Canada great on this amazing journey through four cities. Tour the splendid sites of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, including the Harbourfront where you’ll see the iconic CN Tower, a structure synonymous with Canada. Then, see Niagara Falls like never before with a ride on the Hornblower and sip local delicious wine during a winery tour in the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake. After that, let VIA Rail take you west towards Jasper and enjoy the breathtaking Canadian landscape along the way. Explore the spectacular natural treasure that is Jasper National Park – filled with conifer-lined turquoise lakes, majestic mountain ranges, and more. Experience breathtaking views of the Rockies during the flight of a lifetime aboard the Jasper Skytram. You’ll then be taken to Banff, where you’ll visit one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia Icefield. End your adventure with a relaxing two-days of sightseeing in lovely Vancouver. Click here for more details >>

Lake Moraine, Banff National Park
Lake Moraine, Banff National Park


2. Canadian Rail Experience 

Discover all of the culture and excitement of two great Canadian cities, Toronto and Vancouver! Start off with fun and traveler-friendly hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Toronto. Experience Dundas Square, the CN Tower, Eaton Centre, and much more in this bustling metropolis. Then board VIA Rail’s Canadian for the cross-country trip west. Take in the pure beauty and majestic sights of the many plains, mountains, lakes, and glaciers as you travel through the Canadian country-side. You’ll arrive in Vancouver, the incredibly diverse and exciting city on Canada’s western shore in beautiful British Columbia. Explore the city with your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour which will take you around to such popular sight as Stanley Park or the Vancouver downtown area. Click here for more details >>

Toronto Skyline
Toronto Skyline


3. Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound

Experience the gorgeous scenery and breathtaking landscapes of Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies on this rail journey from Vancouver to Calgary. See amazing views of Vancouver from hundreds of feet above the ground at the Vancouver Lookout. Stroll down the charming cobblestone streets of Victoria and enjoy afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Get up close and personal with massive glaciers during an interactive ride on the Ice Explorer and experience the spectacular natural treasures of Jasper. Relax in the historical Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and then end your adventure exploring the cosmopolitan Alberta city of Calgary. Click here for more details >>

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia


4. Capital to Capital

This tour features stops in some of most magnificent and historically significant cities in Canada and the US. Begin in the bustling city of Toronto where you’ll take in the energy of Canada’s largest city. Then make your way to the mighty North American landmark, Niagara Falls. Enjoy a meal overlooking the Falls, tour on the ultimate Hornblower that takes you as close as possible to this breathtaking natural wonder. Also enjoy free time to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake and a wine tasting and winery tour. Head back to Toronto and board VIA Rail’s corridor service to Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Scope out over 75 popular Ottawa attractions, including Parliament Hill, the Prime Minister’s Residence, Rideau Hall, ByWard Market, and the National Gallery of Canada. In the evening, transfer to the VIA Rail station and make your way to Montreal. Immerse yourself in this culturally rich city where French-Canadian culture dominates. Explore Old Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Harbour, and much more. Next up, hop aboard the Amtrak Adirondack and enjoy the lovely views as you venture through scenic Upstate New York before arriving in America’s cultural and financial capital, New York City. Take your CityPASS and see some of the Big Apple’s most popular attractions such as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Top of the Rock, and the Guggenheim Museum. Don’t forget to take the ferry out to Liberty Island for an up close and personal look at the Statue of Liberty! The next leg of your trip is to Philadelphia, the very first capital of the United States and home to many historical sites relating to the founding of the America. Your day includes admission to the National Constitution Center, a chance to experience Independence Hall and to see the Liberty Bell to name a few. In the morning, hop aboard Amtrak for your final destination, Washington, D.C. The White House, National Archives, Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court are just some of the sites that await you here in America’s capital. You’ll also get acquainted with this robust city via tours and museum excursions. A vacation of 13 total days with Amtrak and VIA Rail, Capital to Capital is truly the trip of a lifetime! Click here for more details >>

Ottawa, Ontario