Review of passenger Railways in Canada

 I have ridden all the passenger/scenic trains in western Canada (Alberta/B.C.) + several trains across Canada. This ranking of railways is based on notes made during these trips.

The following is by order of personal preference the best rail rides in Canada; please note all of the rail rides listed are spectacular trips in their own way there is not one on the list that I would not recommend for seeing the Best of Canada. They are listed with Name of the railway just click on highlighted areas to go directly to the railways web site. Having had a ride on almost everything listed here in the past year's, I feel I have enough info. for comparison. There is a great variety of scenery and service represented here many are very close in order of preference. Selection was based on personal experience with scenic views, service, entertainment, food quality; (but cost not being a factor). As time allows I will list more details about the trips and photos of the rides and equipment.

The following is broken into four lists, the 1st 2 train rides that are a longer duration at least a day or more in one direction, Western Canada and then Centreal and Eastern Canada the 3rd more of a short part day trip or a round trip within a day and last very short or loop steam train rides.

Day + trains rides Western Canada. Note that I consider all of the following in Western Canada to be superior for scenic views. Nothing in the east can compare with the rides though the towering moutain peaks and raging rivers and huge trees found in Western Canada compared to the east.

Day + trains rides Central and Eastern Canada. (Details to come) I consider all of the above listed trains (except Hudsons Bay) to be far superior in scenic views along the route then any of the following.

Round trips in a Day. Most rides are seasonal check schedules for service.

Note be sure to see our review of our one month trip across Canada on Via Rail , or visit this site for a detailed cross country trip on VIA across Canada

The following are very short steam train trips in order of preference;

The following are commuter services that offer quick, cheap, comfortable and very scenic views, well worth a quick trip!

For links to other railways information across Canada, tourist trains, museums, and everything else about rails in Canada visit Rails Canada

Other Rail sites of interest:

Trains Can another detailed list and links of anything to do with Railways in Canada

BC Electric news group

Information from Carcross Yukon on the northern Railways and river boats.

In 1887 the 1st train across Canada from Montreal arrived in Vancouver pulled by engine #374. This historic steam engine has been restored and is now moved to a permanent display site . ???'s 374 info. 374 is now located next to the Roundhouse where you can see it during Community Center hours. A new glass building next to the Roundhouse has been built to house engine 374. It made one last run onto the turntable, turntable was realigned and 374 moved out a bit where 2 cranes lifted it and then the tender onto a new track into the new building.

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