The Canadian

The Canadian

  • Region: North America
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  • Type: Deluxe Trains
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  • Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas

Journeys on The Canadian

Introduction / History

The Canadian is VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train. Linking Toronto and Vancouver, the Canadian is one of the world’s most legendary and popular longhaul journeys. Whether for its breathtaking landscapes, its attentive and courteous service or its outstanding dining, this train has inspired decades of fond memories. The Canadian hurtles for three days and nights across the second-largest country in the world, between Toronto and Vancouver. It is not only an instant geography lesson, it is a journey into history. You will cross the immense boreal forest reflected in the lakes of northern Ontario, then move onward through the western Prairies and the breathtaking Rockies.

 

The Canadian cars now benefit from an all-new design. Carpets, colours, materials: it’s all been brought together to update the historic cachet of these magnificent cars. An elegant ambience and cosy cabins make travelling on board the Canadian more than ever a one-of-a-kind experience.

Accommodation

The Canadian offers several accommodation options:

ECONOMY CLASS
Economy class has spacious cars allow you to travel the longest distances in total comfort. It offers the following:  
  • Spacious seats and space to stretch and relax
  • Electrical outlets on all the seats
  • Blanket and pillow set including polar fleece cover, neck pillow, eyeshades and earplugs, available for purchase.
  • Light meals, hot drinks, refreshments and alcoholic drinks are offered at affordable prices
  • Access to the Skyline car, which offers snacks and beverages.
 

SLEEPER PLUS CLASS

The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by the chef and impeccable service.

Enjoy all the essential conveniences of economy class plus a few extras: 
  • Shower in the car
  • Exclusive access to the departure lounge
  • Priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver
  • Delicious meals including regional specialties which are freshly prepared
 

Sleeper Class Berths have access to the following accommodation options:

 

BERTH
A berth is suitable for one person.
  • Public washroom facilities in same car
  • Access to shower facilities
  • Daytime: one wide couch-style seat facing another seat (other berth's seat)
  • Night-time: folds out into bed at night, with heavy curtains for privacy
  • Use of a ladder at night to reach the bed
  • Other amenities: pillows, sheets and blankets, table available from on-board personnel

 

CABIN FOR ONE
A cabin for one is designed for one person.
  • Room size: 6 ft. 5 in. x 3 ft. 7½ in. (196 cm x 110 cm)
  • Private toilet (the bed covers toilet at night)
  • Sink over toilet and full mirror
  • Access to shower at the end of the car
  • Daytime: sofa chair
  • Night-time: lower bed pulls out from wall and upper bed pulls down from wall
  • Baggage space is a small area
  • Window with blind
  • Other amenities: fan, shoe closet, air-conditioning, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, 110 VAC outlet
 
There are two types of cabins for one: 
  • Upper: requires the passenger to step up into the sleeping compartment, from the main floor of the car
  • Lower: on the same level as the rest of the sleeping car
     

CABIN FOR TWO
A cabin for two is designed for two people.  

  • Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11? in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
  • Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
  • Daytime: two folding chairs
  • Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for bodycare articles
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied.
     
CABIN FOR THREE
A cabin for three is designed for three people.  
  • Room size: 9 ft. 6 in. x 7 ft. 3 in. (287 cm x 218 cm)
  • Daytime: one sofa and two chairs during the day
  • Night-time: three beds (one upper and two lower)
  • Private washroom with Mirror over sink
  • Access to shower at the end of the car (except in Park car)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Baggage space is a small area (approx. one suitcase, one overnight bag)
  • Large window with blind
  • Other amenities: small coat closet, shoe closet, fan, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets, 110 VAC outlet, table available from on-board personnel
     
CABIN FOR FOUR
A cabin for four is designed for four people. It consists of two combined cabins for two.
  • Room size: 14 ft. 6 in. X 5 ft. (440 cm x 150 cm)
  • Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for two pieces of carry-on baggage
  • Daytime: four folding chairs
  • Night-time: two upper and two lower beds replace chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for bodycare articles
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied

SUITE
Enjoy a dream voyage in the intimacy of a private suite! Besides all the privileges available to Sleeper class passengers: shower access, shower kit (towel, shampoo, hair conditioner and soap), checked baggage, priority boarding, etc., a few additional pampering services like fresh flowers, chocolates on the pillow, top-quality sparkling wine and breakfast in bed ( upon request) are also provided.
 
Suites are available year-round on specific legs of the Toronto-Vancouver (the Canadian) route in Sleeper Plus class. A suite is designed for two people. It consists of two combined cabins for two.  
  • Room size: 14 ft. 6 in. X 5 ft. (440 cm x 150 cm)
  • Private washroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for two pieces of carry-on baggage
  • Two chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for bodycare articles
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied

All Sleeper Class guests have exclusive access to the Dining Car and the Park Car. They, along with economy class guests, also have access to the Skyline Car. 

Dining / Lounge

The Skyline Car has a coffee shop, a lounge and a vista dome. The Park car has an observation and lounge section. The Dining Car has seats in groups of 4 where dinner is served to Sleeper Class guests only.

 

Guests in the sleeper class have all meals included and served in the dining car (not including alcoholic drinks). For dinner, there are three seatings, served with china, silver and linen and featuring local wines. Coffee, tea, fruit and cookies are offered for free in the Park and Skyline cars to sleeper class guests while Economy class guests can purchase their food in the Skyline Car. Complete meals, snack bar, hot drinks, refreshments and alcoholic drinks are available at affordable prices.

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