Win­doW to Canada

With the Rock­ies as a back­drop, no train jour­ney is more ma­jes­tic than one aboard the Cana­dian, thanks to its new Pres­tige Class.

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the vast ex­panse of Canada be­tween Van­cou­ver and toronto is a mes­meris­ing land­scape of moun­tain peaks, glassy lakes, open prairies and pic­turesque towns. it’s the sort of scenery that seems to de­fine Canada as we know it, ra­di­at­ing nat­u­ral splen­dour in a kalei­do­scope of colours.

this is the scenery Via Rail’s the Cana­dian glides through on its four-night, 4466-kilo­me­tre jour­ney from the West Coast to on­tario (and vice versa), ef­fort­lessly tak­ing trav­ellers into the heart of this rugged na­tion. as the flag­ship train of Via and the only ser­vice to cross the con­ti­nent, the Cana­dian num­bers among the world’s most leg­endary and pop­u­lar long­haul jour­neys, and has even been im­mor­talised on the coun­try’s $10 note.

a pres­tige on­board ex­pe­ri­ence For much of its his­tory, the Cana­dian of­fered fives­tar views, but not five-star ser­vice. Within the last year this has changed with the in­tro­duc­tion of Pres­tige Class, off­set­ting the time­less scenery with the com­fort and el­e­gance of pri­vate cab­ins. the six new sleeper cab­ins pro­vide 50 per cent more space than the pre-ex­ist­ing two-per­son cabin in Sleeper Plus class with a 60 per cent larger win­dow. the stun­ning land­scapes, trans­form­ing with the sea­son, are a per­fect com­ple­ment to the at­ten­tive ser­vice, in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated Concierge for the dis­cern­ing trav­ellers of Pres­tige Class.

din­ing is trans­formed into an oc­ca­sion, with white linen and china, in a set­ting il­lu­mi­nated by panoramic win­dows in the din­ing Car. del­i­ca­cies cre­ated by the on­board chef bring a taste of lo­cal favourites to the ta­ble, such as lake-fresh fish and re­gional spe­cial­ties.

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