There are so many VIA Rail routes in Canada you can take with round-trip tickets under $200 if you’re planning on traveling this summer but would rather explore our country than take an international trip!
You can still give the impression of being on vacation, even if you go a short distance from home or to a neighboring province.
This summer, VIA Rail is resuming service across the country for many rail routes, including the Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver and the Ocean from Montreal to Halifax.
The Adventure Courses (Jasper-Prince Rupert, Sudbury-Rivière Blanche, Montreal-Senneterre and Montreal-Jonquière) are also starting to operate again!
While cross-country routes like The Canadian and The Ocean will cost you quite a bit of money – Vancouver to Toronto can cost around $400 one way – there are shorter routes that offer round-trip fares. for less than $200.
Here are seven routes you can take with VIA Rail this summer with round-trip fares under $200 that can still make you feel like you’re on vacation!
Toronto to Montreal
Fare: $115.26 round trip, economy class
Dates: July 11 to July 14
Things to do: When you arrive in Montreal from Toronto, you can experience “a striking union of European charm and North American attitude.”
In the city you can take long walks, go for bike rides, picnic in the park and see street art.
There are also museums, restaurants, music and food festivals, and botanical gardens waiting to be explored.
Prince Rupert to Prince George
Price: $184.80 return, economy class
Dates: August 7 to August 11
Things to do: Prince George offers “unparalleled access to outdoor recreation” with the Fraser and Nechako rivers, an extensive network of trails and more than 100 parks and green spaces that total an area about five times larger than Stanley Park in Vancouver.
There are also waterfalls, galleries, museums and wineries!
Moncton to Halifax
Price: $142.60 return, economy class
Dates: July 25 to July 31
Things to do: When traveling to Halifax from Moncton, you can immerse yourself in all the city has to offer, including public art, Victorian gardens, community trails and local restaurants.
You can also stroll the new observation deck at Peggy’s Cove and visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a former military fort on a hill in the middle of town.
Ottawa to Montreal
Price: $88.14 return, economy class
Dates: August 15 to August 19
Things to do: After a short drive from Ottawa to Montreal, you can spend your days taking long walks where you can see street art, visit museums, dine at local restaurants and have a picnic in one of the city’s many parks.
Prince George in Jasper
Price: $157.50 return, economy class
Dates: June 30 to July 3
Things to do: Once you are in Jasper, you can experience the charm of a small town as you are surrounded by towering mountains, beautifully clear lakes and wildlife.
You can dine at restaurants, hike, shop at local stores, go horseback riding, and take the Jasper SkyTram up Whistlers Mountain for breathtaking vistas.
Toronto to Ottawa
Fare: $115.26 round trip, economy class
Dates: August 25 to August 29
Things to do: When traveling to Ottawa from Toronto, you can actually visit two provinces in one destination since the metropolitan area extends all the way to Gatineau, Quebec.
You can boat the city’s waterways, cycle over 800 kilometers of urban and rural trails, hike the trails surrounding downtown, visit Parliament Hill and explore seven of the nine national museums of Canada which are located in the city.
Plus, there are dozens of craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries!
Montreal to Jonquiere
Price: $151.77 return, economy class
Dates: July 22 to July 24
Things to do: Jonquière, located in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean tourist region, is not that far from Montreal, but it can still feel like a vacation.
You can visit the Saguenay Fjords National Park which is known for its glacial creeks where you can swim, kayak and hike. Parc national des Monts-Valin is located at the top of the highest mountains in the region and offers viewpoints overlooking the region.
There are also art galleries, local shops, spas and museums!
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.