Sites to See by Taking the Train Across Canada

There is just one way to see all of this great country in a single trip: take the train. Slow and magical, a train journey across Canada is the best way to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial — yes, that’s a word.

The best part? We’re going to help you do it. Keep reading to see the beautiful highlights of a VIA Rail trip across Canada — and how you could win one.

The Fraser River


Wind your way along the stunning banks of the Fraser River. British Columbia’s longest river has been providing salmon and clean water to local inhabitants for thousands of years. Oh, and it’s gorgeous, too.

The Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are a must-see, once-in-a-lifetime experience. And there is no experience more romantic than seeing them by train.

The Prairies

If you’re doing the cross-Canada, your midway point will be marked by golden, endless fields. Canada is full of unique landscapes, and the Prairies are among the most notable. Lose track of time and relax into the serenity of their golden glow.

The True North

So few of us ever see Canada’s true north. Travel the 1160 kilometres from Jasper to Prince Rupert for a small glimpse of the north’s beautiful forests and rugged landscape.


Framed by mountains and stunningly gorgeous, Jasper will take your breath away. Get off the train for a stroll around town or sit still, and watch as the train winds along rivers and lakes.

Packing your bags yet? Don’t forget to enter — and your trip could be free! Just purchase any Swingline® or Quartet® product before July 1, 2017 and enter for a chance to win a $1500 VIA Rail travel voucher.

Cities Across the Country Celebrate Canada Day

Canada’s 146th birthday is upon us and it is time to celebrate like it’s 1867! Cities across the country have big plans for commemorating the Constitution Act, from skateboarding competitions to pancake breakfasts, concerts to extravagant fireworks displays.

Here’s a look at where you can find some of Canada’s best parties this weekend:


The country’s capital is known for throwing the biggest birthday bash around, with live performances by famous musicians held at Parliament Hill. The Governor General and the Prime Minister are sure to attend. And of course, the night is topped off with fireworks over the Ottawa River. More info.



Granville Island hosts one of the most popular Canada Day celebrations, with a pancake breakfast, live jazz music and a South Asian cultural show. The city also celebrates with bike races, a parade and fireworks. More info.


You won’t want to miss celebrations in Halifax and Dartmouth, beginning with a pancake breakfast, followed by the parade downtown. The most anticipated part of the day is the free concert at Alderney Landing. And the party continues on until midnight with fireworks and live music. More info.


If you’re in Toronto this Canada Day, you can celebrate the country’s birthday with live music and dance performances. And don’t miss the stunning fireworks at Mel Lastman Square. More info.