Travel across Canada by train with these 6 top train journeys

Seeing Canada through a train window is one of the best ways to experience the country. Not only are the views exceptional, but the trains are comfortable, stress-free and relaxing, allowing you to simply sit back and take your time getting to your destination. Train journeys can be multi-day adventures from one end of the country to the other, but they can also be small excursions to nearby destinations. While most people are familiar with VIA Rail, there are a number of train companies that offer their services across the country, including the indigenous and operated Tshiuetin Rail Transportation train line.

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Halifax to Montreal (1 Day/1 Night): This 1 day/1 night train adventure takes you between Halifax and Montreal. Pass through small communities representing French Canadian, Acadian, Celtic and English heritage along your route. You can traverse Canada’s Maritime Provinces in just one day from the comfort of your cozy quarters. Purchase food and drinks on board and enjoy the scenic ride.

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Vancouver to Lake Louise and Banff (6-12 nights): This luxury rail journey takes you through historic parts of the Canadian Pacific Railway that other rail journeys don’t offer. Your custom-designed trains have a panoramic glass roof, giving you unobstructed views of the scenic Rocky Mountains. This is a day train only, meaning you travel the rails during the day and stay in a hotel at night. With multiple itineraries to choose from, you can visit Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Quesnel, Lake Louise and Banff.

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Winnipeg to Churchill (2 Days / 2 Nights): Enjoy the Great White North of Canada through the panoramic dome on this passenger train. It’s one of the few rail lines that will take you that far north across permafrost. Your journey will take you from one end of Manitsoba to the other. Along the way, passengers experience lush prairie landscapes, pristine wilderness, shimmering lakes, boreal forests and vast tundra. Depending on the weather, you can also see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Upon arrival in Churchill, take an optional excursion to get up close and personal with Canadian subarctic animals, including beluga whales (July to August) and polar bears (October to November).

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Train from Charlevoix

Quebec City and Coastal Towns and Villages (Day Trips with Optional Multi-Day Trips): This rail journey offers a unique tourism experience. Travel between Quebec City and a range of coastal towns and villages. Choose a return trip in a day with several hours to explore your destination, or split the trip over two or more days. Experience the charm of small communities against a backdrop of rocky cliffs, sea, pristine forests, purple haze skies and soaring herons in front of your train compartment. Their season lasts approximately from June to October each year.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation is Canada’s first and only indigenously owned railroad. To ensure the long-term economic and social development of their communities, this train line is shared equally between the Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, and the Innu Matimekush – Lac John Nation. This route extends 132 miles and connects Emeril (Labrador) and the city of Schefferville, Quebec. Tshiuetin means “north wind”.

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Agawa Canyon Tour train

Agawa Canyon Tour (1 Day): Your Agawa Canyon Tour begins in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and travels through seemingly endless mixed forests of the Canadian Shield and the shores of northern lakes and rivers. Travel over towering bucks and gaze at the rugged, pristine landscapes that have inspired many great Canadian works of art over the years. Commentary about the region is available via wireless headsets in multiple languages ​​including French, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. Learn about upcoming sights and the rich history of the Ojibway, fur traders, explorers and entrepreneurs who developed this vast wilderness. This train runs annually from August to October.

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