Much like Amtrak in the United States, VIA Rail combined the major train companies in Canada when they were in financial trouble in the 1970s. The Canadian, which traverses most of the Canadian continent, still uses the original rail cars from back in the 1950s, with a few updates.
The Toronto-Vancouver line stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper. Depending on the ticket or package, travelers can hop off in different towns for side excursions. If you're looking to travel on a budget, you can pick up an economy-class ticket and travel straight through. Spendier riders might look into the eight-night package, which includes sightseeing in Jasper, a trolley tour in Vancouver, and a visit to Victoria's Butchart Gardens.
No matter what sort of ticket you get, the scenery alone is worth the trip. Canada's landscape is breathtaking. You'll pass mountains, prairies, the Great Lakes and beautiful wilderness.