QUOTE(caper @ Feb 1 2010, 05:44 PM)
The train from Toronto to Vancouver stops in Winnipeg for four hours (if arriving on time - otherwise the stop can be shorter). During the stop over is a good opportunuity to see the sites of Winnipeg - I believe tourist tours are available.
Thanks so much for the advice. A Winnipeg short stop is now definitely on the agenda
I would suggest a stop in Jasper however, this will cost you at least two extra days as the train only operates three days a week. An alternative would be to rent a car in Jasper and drive through the mountains to Vancouver (downside being drop charge for car).
Hmm time is really at a bit of a premium, so the car idea appeals, but a 500 mile drive may be nothing to you tough Canadians, but rather daunting to a soft Englishman
From Vancouver to Tofino I would suggest a rental car or depending on your time available perhaps a flight to Vancouver Island and then rent a car.
Nine days is going to be a very short time for such a trip and if you can at all lengthen your time I would recommend doing so.
Finally, in regard to travel in October I would suggest making it as early as possible because day light hours get short in late October and the weather can tend to get a bit risky (snow in the mountains).
Enjoy your trip - it is wonderful to go by train I have done it and also been to Tofino but did not stay overnight.
A float plane ride is now also definitely on the list too, but a quick check on the internet seems to point at flights not going to the Tofino in the autumn (fall). Although I think lengthening the stay is unlikely, I will take your advice about an early October trip, possibly even late September.
Again thank you and thanks to starlagurl and aopaq for their kind suggestions.
Incidentally at the start of the trip I fully intend to have a meal at the top of the CN Tower where I had the most enjoyable meal of my life last time I visited Canada.