Los Angeles Times

Cross-country rail tour

- — Rosemary McClure

Ride the rails from Montreal to Vancouver on a 10-day trans-Canada trip that celebrates the nation’s 150th anniversar­y — a yearlong nationwide party marking the date when the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick agreed to form the Canadian Confederat­ion. Kick off your celebratio­n in Montreal with a guided tour and a two-day stop to explore the city; then travel aboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Service to Toronto. Participan­ts will get an introducti­on to the city, followed by a full-day excursion to nearby Niagara Falls. The tour group then boards VIA Rail’s signature train, the Canadian, for the four-night trip across five provinces to Vancouver, viewing prairies, lakes and the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. The train travels through Jasper National Park, a Rocky Mountain highlight. In Vancouver, participan­ts will have a day to explore the city’s attraction­s on a hop-on, hop-off tour.

Dates: Tours available May 2 through April 27

Price: From $2,195 per person, double occupancy. Includes rail transporta­tion, hotel accommodat­ions for five nights and sleeper car for four nights, all meals on the train, city tours and some transfers. Internatio­nal airfare not included.

Info: Vacations by Rail/VIA Rail, (877) 929-7245, www.lat.ms/trans canada

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