Land Tours With VIA Rail Canada Offered for Summer

VIA Rail Canada is offering suggestions for summer vacation travel. Travelers can explore Canada with one-way or roundtrip transportation on modern and deluxe rail cars in North America and qualify for several discounts, VIA Rail Canada says. 

Vacation packages featuring train travel, hotels and any number of sights and activities are available. Once onboard, passengers will enjoy services aboard the Canadian that includes sleepers to epicurean experiences prepared by award-winning chefs in new Dining Cars.

On some trips, travelers are treated to live music, can enjoy an in-chair massage by a registered massage therapist or other entertainment options, all part of VIA’s summer programming.

In addition to low fares – regular, discounted, Supersaver and Special – there are discounts for seniors aged 60 or older, travelers between the ages of 12 and 25, and for younger children, who travel for half-price or free if they are two or under.

Travelers who plan ahead can  save with various advanced booking promotions. For more information on available discounted fares,  visit:

VIA Rail’s vacation packages include the Montreal Jazz Festival, wine tasting among the wineries of Ontario or a cruise of the Thousand Islands. VIA Rail getaways are vacation packages of four nights or less from numerous departure cities.

Vacation packages include rail transportation, hotel accommodations, taxes, and often additional features such as continental breakfast and/or sightseeing, depending on the length of the trip, VIA Rail says.

VIA Rail’s train packages range from five nights to two weeks, and often combine travel on more than one train and provide more in-depth explorations of particular regions of the country.

Examples offered include:

“Nova Scotia by Train and Coach” is a five-night package that features the Canadian Maritimes, Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail and Halifax as well as a whale watching boat tour and historic sites, starting at $1,399 based on double occupancy.

“Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers,” a seven-night package, showcases the Canadian Rockies,  Lake Louise, Banff, the Columbia Icefield and Canada’s premier “rodeo” capital, Calgary. Accommodations are in Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and travel is on VIA Rail’s the Canadian. Prices start at $1,567 per person based on double occupancy.

Some of Canada’s most famous gardens are the highlight of the 12-night “Glorious Gardens and Canada by Rail,” which features the destinations of Vancouver, Quebec, Toronto and Montreal as well as cross country travel in Sleeper Touring class with a private bedroom, access to the Dome viewing cars and meals. Prices start at $4,409 based on double occupancy.