The $10 note, like the S5 note, was unveiled on 7 November 2013. The central vignette on the back of the note depicts the Canadian, the VIA Rail passenger train that runs from Toronto to Vancouver. Based on a photograph taken in Jasper National Park, the image symbolizes one of Canada’s greatest achievements as a young nation: uniting the country by rail. The view of the mountains in the skyline behind the Canadian was created from a composite of photographs of the Rockies. Printed beneath the locomotive is a map showing VIA’s passenger rail routes.

A smaller and colourized version of the portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald featured on the front of the note appears in the large window, together with a multi-coloured metallic image of the Library of Parliament.

The $10 note was officially unveiled at the Pacific Central Station in Vancouver on the 128th anniversary of the driving of the last spike that completed the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia. Present at the ceremony were Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem and VIA Rail President and CEO Marc Laliberté, as well as locomotive 6403, which is depicted on the bill.