The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer is a traveler favourite and a top choice when planning a train trip though Canada. From capturing the jaw-dropping beauty of the scenery stretching from British Columbia to Alberta, the train line offers five to six different routes that traverse through the Canadian Rockies; the most popular being the First Passage to the West route, a two day journey from Banff to Vancouver via Kamloops and Fraser Canyon.
The Canadian (Toronto-Vancouver) Route
To explore Canada from coast to coast, take this four-day, cross-country journey offered by VIARail. Cutting across picturesque scenery, passengers have the opportunity to enjoy a long and winding 4,500 km ride that encompasses the Canadian cities of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, complete with stops along the way. Cutting across picturesque scenery, passengers will also have the opportunity to witness the Rockies on the West Coast. It runs several days a week and offers tempting discounts during winter.
The Yukon and White Pass Railroad
The Yukon and White Pass railroad, built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, is a narrow gauge train connecting Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon, to the Alaskan port of Skagway. Its scenic journey coasts through Lake Bennett and Carcross, offering travellers an opportunity to dive deep into the history of the place and learn how it became known as ‘the railway built of gold’. It also traverses the White Pass Summit, the international border between United States and Canada. Due to challenging geographical conditions, it runs only between early May and late September.
The Winnipeg- Churchill Train
The Winnipeg-Churchill train, formerly known as the Hudson Bay, snakes from Winnipeg to Churchill, and is a two-day journey of awe and splendour in the Tundra. Enjoy polar bear spotting while soaking in the picturesque subarctic views, take in the scenic shoreline of Hudson Bay and meet the Beluga whales in the Churchill River . If you are lucky, you might even catch the dance of the northern lights in Churchill.
The Ontario Polar Bear Express
If you’re looking to travel off the beaten path, this is a line to try. On the Ontario Polar Bear Express, passengers have the opportunity to discover remote communities of the North and sample some local food and art during their journey. Riding from Cochrane to Moosonee in Northern Ontario, this trip is unique in that its service is a true ode to the traditional train journeys. Spend the night on the Moose Factory Island to experience the postcard perfect Canadian wilderness.
The Prairie Dog Central Railway
Travel back to simpler times on this steam rail train. The volunteer-run Prairie Dog Central operates from the Inkster Junction Station in Winnipeg. In this four-hour journey you will experience the Great Train Robbery first-hand, explore some vintage Canadian artifacts and sample some local produce from remote vendors. It runs every weekend from May to September. If you go in October, you can even board the Halloween Express.
Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Plunge into the heart of the Canadian wilderness and experience the unparalleled beauty of the Agawa Canyon Park with stunning views from Talus Trail and Bellevue Valley Trestle . On your journey, you will see some unique granite rock formations and mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. The breathtaking views from the Hubert Lake and Bridal Veil Falls will definitely quench your wanderlust. This train operates seasonally from June to October.