VIA: Vancouver to Toronto
The Toronto-Vancouver train, which takes four days to travel between one of Canada's largest cities
and the Pacific Coast, lets you see the breadth of the country like never
before. A train goes up through
rocky mountains, passing the town of Jasper, wide Canadian prairies, forests
reflecting on the surface
of Great Lakes, arriving at a large metropolitan area of Toronto.
(L) The western terminal of the Pacific Central Railways, Vancouver station
(R) A baggage check-in place of the station
(L) This terminal station is used by both Canadian VIA trains and American
(R) A waiting room, Salon Panorama Lounge is for the first-class passengers.
The VIA train for Toronto is ready to start at the Vancouver station.
(L) Train conductor welcomes passengers, providing a step into a vehicle.
(M) A corridor of a train and a compact dressing table in the cabin compartment.
This train steel body was made by a German manufacture.
(R) A final check of cell phone before the departure of the train
(L) A train is leaving downtown Vancouver. (M) A train crossed Fraser River.
A SkyTrain Bridge is in the left side.
(R) VIA train crossing North Thompson River, British Columbia
(L) Main observation lounge at the last train vehicle (M) The skyline coffee
shop (R) Kamloops North station
A dome-car is composed from the lower lever and upper level. Passengers
can have tea, coffee, soft drink and fruits.
A high-up scenic dome-car view: VIA train is running beside a lake in the
(L) Kamloops North station.
This is the junction point of Canadan National ( CNR) and Canadian Pacific
( CPR ) railways
The CNR' passenger services ended in the western Canada in 1978.
(R) All Canadian railway stations are smoke-free.
(L) A dinning room car was full with reserved guests. All meals served
without cost for the first-class passengers.
(M) A breakfast was served after a menu was ordered. (R) A cafe serving
facility in a train
(L) Canada is a wide country. Canada uses six primary time zones. They are Newfoundland Time Zone,
Atlantic Time Zone, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone,
and the Pacific Time Zone.
(M) Senior Canadians were enjoying a friendly conversation at the rear
(R) A small village in that the VIA train had a brief stop.
The train stopped for about half an hour. Passengers may leave train and
breath deeply a fresh air.
(L) A train slowed down while passing a railway-side fall.
(R) A train stopped at a small town, with the snowy Canadian Rockiy mountains
on the back.
A single VIA railway track line goes in the mountainous wooded area and
along the river stream.
(L) A dinning room car at a lunch time (R) A new observation car
Mount Robson, British Columbia, one of the most prominent mountains in
North America, with a high of 4,663 m.
Mount Robson viewed from a dome car.
(L) The interior of the economy-class vehicle (M) A woman was singing with
a guitar in a lobby-car. (R) A locomotive of VIA train at Jasper
(L) This map shows how the VIA train traveled through the Rocky mountain
(R) A train staff cleaned the body with a high pressure hose.
A train arrived at Jasper station and unloaded passengers' baggage to a
A VIA train ticket and baggage tag
(L) The place of baggage pick-up at Jasper VIA station (R) Jasper railway
The VIA Rail Canada pass through the Yellowhead Pass, which is a mountain
pass across Continental Divide
of the Canadian Rockies. It is located on the border between Alberta and
British Columbia, and lies within
Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park. It was constructed
circa 1910-1913, and the trains
of their successor, the Canadian National Railway, run this route, in contrast with that Canadian Pacific Railway
still used the Spiral-Tunnel route. At present, all VIA passenger trains run through the Yellowhead route.
(L) The locomotive of the founder, Canadian National Railway is climbing
in the Yellowhead pass. It is 1,131 m high above sea level.
(R) The VIA train skirt the Moose Lake for a while, before arrive at Jaspar.
Railway Trip by VIA Train
Smoking policy: This Vancouver-Toronto route offers a smoke-free environment.
Those who wish to
smoke will be able to do so during regular station stops at Capreol, Hornepayne, Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg,
Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Kamloops.
This picture shows the railway truck of Canadian Pacific Railway and a
An ultra-long freight train from Vancouver is now going to pass through the Spiral Tunnels in Rocky Mountains.
When British Columbia joined Confederation in 1871, it was on the condition
that Prime Minister, J A.
Macdonald would build a railway to link the province to the rest of the
country. Building a railway across
such a large continent was a major undertaking, and one of the most serious obstacles was the Rocky
Mountains. Several passes were considered for the route and despite its
rugged terrain, Kicking Horse
Pass was chosen because of its proximity to the US border and its shorter
distance to the Pacific Coast.
A freight train from Vancouver is now passing Rocky Mountains.
Spiral Tunnels at Canadian Rockies
A transcontinental train is leaving Vancouver Station, Canada.
A dome car view at the Vancouver terminal rail track
Canada's VIA train and the Vancouver's SkyTrain
The first class dome car of Canada's VIA train
A Canada's VIA train is leaving the Vancouver terminal station for Toronto.
A VIA train bound for Toronto is crossing Fraser River.
A rear view from a dome car of VIA train, which is crossing Fraser River.
A VIA train runs quietly in the early morning to the east.
A morning glow and a transcontinental train in the Kamloops Lake
VIA train goes up North Thompson River for Jasper
VIA transcontinental train is going up North Thompson River in the Rockies.
A VIA train is passing through Mount Robson Provinvial Park.
Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies
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