Day Train Trips in Canada

Day Train Trips in Canada
Stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic and northward to the Arctic, Canada teems with wildlife, majestic vistas, and opportunities for adventure in the great outdoors. Sights are flung far and wide, and the country's many train services provide an ideal way to commune with nature under relaxing conditions. Day trips by train treat tourists to food, comfort and a front-row seat to see the gems of Canada's wilds.

Rocky Mountaineer Train to Whistler

The Rocky Mountaineer train service offers day trips to the town of Whistler every day from May until October. Passengers receive breakfast on the train to Whistler, which leaves North Vancouver Station at 8:15 a.m.. The train follows the coastline as far as Howe Sound before trekking past mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and more to reach Whistler. Return trains depart daily at 2:30 p.m. and include High Tea or a late lunch.

Rocky Mountaineer
101 - 369 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6A 4C4
Canada
(877) 460-3200
www.rockymountaineer.com

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

The Alberta Prairie Railway tops the list of Canada's family-friendly day trips. Real steam or diesel-powered trains leave Stettler, Alberta, situated just three hours from Calgary, for five to six hours of family adventure amid the rolling countryside of Alberta. Train themes include murder mysteries, family dinner theater and teddy bear specials, and the train may even be attacked by old-time bandits. All excursions include a buffet meal off the train.

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
P.O. BOX 1600
Stettler, AB T0C 2L0
Canada
(403) 742-2811
www.absteamtrain.com

Train Touristique Orford Express

The seasonally-operated Train Touristique Orford Express travels through scenic lake and mountain landscapes along its trip through the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Passengers may choose to dine on the train or enjoy lounge seating with panoramic views. Meals are served on board Wednesday to Sunday from May 8 to October 31. A stop at Merry Point on Lake Memphremagog lets passengers to stretch their legs and drink in the view. Train/hotel packages are available for longer trips.

Orford Express
1175, King Ouest
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 1S6
Canada
(866) 575-8081
www.orfordexpress.com

One-Day Rail Adventure into the Heart of the Canadian Wilderness

This 114-mile journey carries train travelers through the dense woods and regal scenery of the Canadian Shield in Ontario. The train passes by imposing granite rock formations and pristine lakes and rivers, providing ample opportunities to spot Ontario's abundant wildlife. The climax of the trip is a 500-foot coast to the bottom of the awesome Agawa Canyon, where passengers disembark for two hours to enjoy graveled trails, waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Algoma Country's blazing autumn colors mean that fall is peak season.

Algoma Central Railway
P.O. Box 130
129 Bay Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6Y2
Canada
(800) 242-9287
www.agawacanyontourtrain.com

Article Written By Skyler Springsteen

Skyler Springsteen began writing for websites such as eHow and Trails Travel while living in Peru in 2009. She is a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she studied journalism and Spanish. She recently began a Master of Philosophy program in historical studies at the University of Cambridge.

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