Trans Canada Train Trips With VIA Rail

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do in my home country, is to take a VIA Rail Train Across Canada. I can’t think of a better way to see our home and native land, than taking the Train Across Canada. In late September of 2019, we made this dream become a reality.

We chose to start our planned rail journey departing from Halifax, traveling westbound to Vancouver.

Our Journey Across Canada By Train

VIA Rail The Ocean Locomotive

We began our journey by flying from Vancouver, British Columbia, which is our home Province to St. John’s Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada. After touring the beautiful Province of Newfoundland/Labrador, we hopped a short flight to the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

VIA Rail Halifax Station

This is where our Cross Canada rail journey began.

Halifax To Montreal Aboard VIA Rail Canada – The Ocean

Halifax VIA Rail Station

Boarding our train to depart at 12:45 in the afternoon, we selected a Private Sleeper Plus Class Cabin for our overnight journey to Montreal.

VIA Rail The Ocean Sleeper Plus Cabin

A comfortable sleeper cabin equipped with private bath and shower. By day, you have 2 lounge chairs to sit comfortably in and at night, they fold down to make room for to single bunk beds.

VIA Rail The Ocean Sleeper Cabin

The private comes equipped with individual amenity bags for your trip. Inside, you’ll find a large bath towel, soap and shampoo. Hand towels are also included in this room for your convenience.

VIA Rail The Ocean Sleeper Plus Cabin Restroom

Perfect for our 21 hour trip!

Train Across Canada East To West

VIA Rail Canada The Ocean Route Map

The views during the daytime were excellent. This is the time of year where the beautiful changing Fall colors occur, and which is also VIA Rail Canada’s busiest time of year!

VIA Rail The Ocean

We were able to enjoy all the trains amenities on board, while sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the view of the countryside, farms and small towns along the way.

VIA Rail Ocean Dome Car

Sleeper Plus guests enjoy complimentary coffee/tea and snacks throughout the day and evening in the Dome car and Park car located at the rear of the train.

VIA Rail The Ocean Dome Viewing Car

The Dome cars are excellent, with great picture and viewing opportunities! As well at certain times of the day, passengers can enjoy craft beer and wine sampling from local brewers. A nice added touch and treat! 🙂

VIA Rail The Ocean Wine Tasting
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Canada's Rivers

On your journey, you will constantly pass by some amazing scenery and photo opportunities. Vistas you will most certainly miss not traveling by rail.

Quebec Farm Land
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VIA Rail Train Travel In Canada

Fabulous Inclusive Dining For Sleeper Plus Passengers

VIA Rail Canada Napkin

One of the highlights of the trip was experiencing the amazing meals prepared by their chefs on board. On The Ocean, we were served lunch, dinner and then a full breakfast the next morning in the dining car.

VIA Rail The Ocean Dining Car

All meals were superb and beautifully presented. Dining car staff were outstanding, making sure you had everything you needed throughout the meals.