Traveling Canada by train is one of the best travel experiences, but if you have limited time would you still want to ride the rails and see the sights? If you’re not sure what to do, the best way is to enjoy one of the many excursion trains that allow you to enjoy what was once the most important mode of transportation in Canada.
Here are the 5 best excursion trains you can find in Canada:
1. Southern Prairie Railway, Ogema, Saskatchewan
In southern Saskatchewan, you can travel back in time with one of the best excursions offered by the Southern Prairie Railway starting from the tiny town of Ogema. This train features a vintage Pullman passenger car from 1922 and a redesigned General Electric 44-ton engine. Running along an old CPR branch to the Horizon and Pangman, Saskatchewan towns, it takes you to the Deep South Pioneer Museum which appears to be a village along with a tour of a grain elevator, once a common sight in the prairies, but now a diminishing icon.
2. Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Summerland, B.C.
In the Okanagan Valley, you’ll find the town of Summerland, B.C. From here you can ride a 16-kilometer stretch of railway track function from the time when trains transported the harvest of nearby orchards and carried passengers to Lake Okanagan. Using a restored steam engine from 21912, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway is a great attraction.
3. Orford Express, Orford, Quebec
This train is much more than just a train. It’s a running restaurant on wheels. Here you will find the famous first-rate cuisine of Quebecer. The train features three dining cars with an accommodation capacity of more than 200 guests. This train crosses the beautiful countryside that links Sherbrooke, Magog, and Eastman of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Better to board the morning train to have the “brunch”. In the afternoon, you can relish the “Petit Plaisir Gourmand” or for a more romantic dinner, opt for the “Souper à la Brunante” excursion.
4. White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, Carcross, Yukon
This train was introduced during the Klondike Gold Rush, which runs on an incredible 1,000 meters over a distance of just 32 kilometers to connect Skagway, Alaska with Carcross, Yukon. You can marvel at the mountain scenery as a vintage steam locomotive pulls passenger cars along switchbacks clinging to rocky cliffs, through tunnels, and across gorges spanned by towering wooden frame. Here you’ll witness a majestic international historic civil engineering landmark.
5. Agawa Canyon tour train, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
You can take a day-long rail adventure that will carry you through the wilderness of the Canadian Shield. This train is well equipped, comfortable and modern including many touches to offer a memorable experience. There are also monitors displaying an engineer’s eye view from a camera mounted on the front of the train. At mile 114, the train stops at the Agawa Canyon where you can come out and enjoy a picnic lunch or hike a nature trail. This train is widely traveled during the autumn months.