Canada Rail Vacation Ideas

Canada Rail Vacation Inspiration

Large enough to fit the state of Texas inside of it 15 times, Canada is enormous – so it's no surprise that we have an endless source of rail vacation inspiration. Home to spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife, unforgettable experiences and unique activities, it can be tricky to plan a rail vacation that fits everything in and flows together seamlessly. Luckily, that's our specialty.

Having traveled to all coasts and corners of this incredible country, our team of Travel Designers know all the best places to go by rail in Canada. So if you find yourself wondering what to do in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec or the Yukon, you’ll find the answer in our recommended Canada road trips below. Don’t see what you want? Get in touch! We can create any dream itinerary from scratch.

Where is Canada?

Located in the northernmost part of North America and above the United States, Canada has the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north. It can take approximately 24 hours to drive through the United States from Texas to Canada, or you can fly for an average four to five hours with a number of airlines. You will need a valid passport to enter Canada.


How big is Canada?

The world's second-largest country after Russia, Canada covers a whopping 3.8 million square miles (or 9.9 million square kilometres). It has the world's longest coastline at 151,473 miles long, and holds more than 50% of the world's natural lakes. With a population of 38 million people (that's less than the state of California), there is far more wilderness to explore than there are people to encounter.


What is Canada known for?

As you can imagine after reading the above two answers, Canada is best known for its stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. Famous for its mountains, lakes, coastlines and national parks, it’s home to Grizzly and Polar bears, Orca and Humpback whales, moose, elk and more.


What are the average monthly temperatures in Canada?

Canada has a mainly cooler climate, with short, warm summers and long, frigid winters. While the temperatures can vary greatly depending on the province, you'll find regions on the West Coast (Vancouver) the most mild and areas like Winnipeg or Toronto more extreme. The graph below will give you an idea of what to expect, but keep in mind it isn't all-encompassing.

Month Low High
January -10°F - 34°F 8°F - 45°F
February -5°F - 36°F 14°F - 46°F
March 10°F - 37°F 29°F - 50°F
April 28°F - 43°F 50°F - 55°F
May 40°F - 43°F 63°F - 66°F
June 51°F - 54°F 68°F - 74°F
July 56°F - 57°F 72°F - 79°F
August 53°F - 57°F 72°F - 77°F
September 43°F - 52°F 65°F - 66°F
October 32°F - 45°F 52°F - 57°F
November 15°F - 37°F 31°F - 48°F
December -3°F - 34°F 14°F - 43°F




What month is best to visit Canada?

Summer (June - August) is the best time to visit Canada, when the days are long, nature is in full bloom and activities are less impacted by the weather. Of course, should you visit during the months of January to March, you have the opportunity to experience a true winter wonderland.