High Tides & Scenic Trains

Experience the beauty of coastal Canada as you embark on this 10-day adventure that will take you from the excitement of Montreal, to the natural beauty of Moncton, to the historic wonder of St. John.

Tour Description

Your journey begins in Montreal, where you’ll be escorted around Canada’s cultural capital with a guided sightseeing tour to more than 200 legendary destinations. Highlights of the tour include sights like the Notre Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, and Mount Royal. After your time discovering Montreal, you’ll board VIA Rail's iconic Ocean to begin your rail adventure to Moncton.

Moncton is a mixture of urban sophistication and coastal comfort. You will have time to explore the town on your own before embarking on an exciting lobster cruise where you will have the chance to catch, learn to cook and dine on the region’s abundant and delicious lobster. The following day, you’ll take your own rental car on a drive to the iconic Bay of Fundy, home to a variety of stunning rock formations and dazzling waterfalls.

Following your stay in Moncton, you’ll drive to the historic town of Saint John, a city rich in history as it is home to the country's oldest farmer's market and museum. The first day in Saint John is yours to explore the deep history of the city. After your time in Saint John, you will venture on to St. Andrews, a truly classic coastal town, home to classic sights like the St. Andrew Biological Station, the Huntsman Aquarium and a special trip to the home of Sir William Van Home, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. After your two day stay, you will drive back to Moncton where you will venture on your overnight trip to Montreal, where your coastal Canadian adventure comes to an end!

Features & Inclusions

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean from Montreal to Moncton and return
  • Select meals onboard the train
  • 7 day car rental with GPS, LDW, and unlimited kilometers
  • Montreal city sightseeing tour
  • Shediac Bay Lobster cruise (Seasonal)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Montreal!
Your adventure begins in Canada’s Cultural Capital, Montreal! Brimming with style and sophistication, Montreal is an exciting playground of gourmet restaurants, haute couture, and endless entertainment options. Spend the day browsing the fashionable shops and sampling culinary treats before retreating to your luxurious overnight accommodations. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing Tour
On day two you’ll embark on an exciting sightseeing tour, which takes you to more than 200 points of interest throughout Montreal. Highlights include the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, Olympic Park, and Mount Royal, where you will have picture-perfect views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Montreal at your own pace. You may choose to explore Old Port, one of the largest redeveloped ports in the world, or the Bonsecours Market where you will enjoy some shopping served up with a bit of Canadian history.

In the evening, transfer to the train station for your evening departure aboard VIA Rail's Ocean for your overnight journey to Moncton. Settle into your first class accommodations and bid adieu to Montreal as the Ocean travels along the St. Lawrence River east to the Bay of Fundy. Make a point of visiting the Ocean's domed viewing car as the sun sets over the St. Lawrence River. Overnight aboard the train.

Day 3 - Moncton
After breakfast in the Ocean’s dining car, enjoy the passing scenery from the domed viewing car and learn about the area from onboard Learning Coordinators . The Ocean arrives in Moncton in the afternoon, where you’ll pick up your rental car and begin to explore the town at your leisure. Moncton offers a unique combination of urban sophistication and coastal serenity. You may wish to visit Magnetic Hill, where you can put your car in neutral and travel uphill! In the evening, you’re invited to visit the town of Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World, for a Shediac Bay lobster cruise. Your excursion includes catching the lobsters, learning how to prepare them from the crew, and ends with a delicious lobster dinner on the water. Overnight in Moncton.

Day 4 - Bay of Fundy
On day four, a driving excursion takes you to the Bay of Fundy. On your way to the Fundy National Park, you may wish to stop at the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad Museum to see an extensive collection of railway artifacts including an operating 1912 steam engine. Continue along the breathtaking Atlantic coastline to the Bay of Fundy, a unique ecosystem known for its high tides—some of the largest in the world! Have your camera ready for wildlife sightings as the area attracts 34 species of shorebirds and there are 15 species of whales that visit the Bay each year. During low tide, explore the ocean bottom or follow the Caribou Plain trail and boardwalk to the upland forest and bogs. Keep an eye and ear out for some of the Park's stunning waterfalls! Hike up the shore at Hopewell Cape for striking views of the Flowerpot Rocks - stunning rock formations created by tidal erosion. Because of the Bay's amazing tidal range, the base of the Rocks are covered in water twice a day, dramatically changing the view of the Rocks and surrounding scenery with each tide level. Spend the day uncovering the natural history of the area, millions of years in the making, before enjoying the leisurely drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Moncton.

Day 5 - Drive to Saint John, "The Loyalist City"
Day five’s scenic coastal drive takes you to Saint John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Not only is it Canada's oldest incorporated city, but it's home to the country's oldest museum and farmer's market. Spend the day getting acquainted with the city and its many attractions at your own pace. Browse the shops and restaurants in the bustling downtown. Unearth 350 million years of natural history at the New Brunswick Museum where you can see a life-size Right whale, learn about the area's lumber and shipbuilding heritage, and view historic artifacts. Walk through the Irving Nature Park, a scenic coastal path on the Bay of Fundy that provided the opportunity to see harbor seals and porpoises. Overnight in Saint John.

Day 6 - Explore St. John
Day six is all yours to explore the beauty and wonder of St. John. Visit the historic city market, which was opened in 1876 and is full of delicious treats and unique vendors. Indulge in a local brewery or winery tasting tour. Or spend the day visiting the many historic sites including the Carleton Martello Tower, dating back to the War of 1812 and now a national historic site, and the Loyalist House, constructed in 1811 and the oldest building in the city. Overnight in Saint John.

Day 7 - Drive to St. Andrews
On day seven, make the scenic drive to St. Andrews, the epitome of a classic coastal town. Spend the day exploring this beautiful town on your own. In addition to delicious fresh seafood restaurants and great local shopping, the city is home to numerous historic sites and interesting attractions including the Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden, where you can see more than 50,000 different plants, the St. Andrews Biological Station, the Huntsman Aquarium, and the Ross Memorial Museum. You may also choose to go on a dolphin and whale watching tour, or a guided fishing trip as the area attracts several species of marine life. Overnight in St. Andrews.

Day 8 - St. Andrews at Your Leisure
Day eight is yours to discover more of St. Andrews many attractions. You may wish to visit Minister's Island, a 5-minute ride from downtown St. Andrews and famous as the summer home of Sir William Van Horne, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Or head to Sheriff Andrews House, a museum showcasing life in 1820's St. Andrews complete with costumed guides, authentic furniture, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations. History buffs will love St. Andrews Blockhouse, a coastal defense structure from the War of 1812. Overnight in St. Andrews.

Day 9 - Return to Moncton / VIA Rail's Ocean to Montreal
Enjoy a leisurely drive along the beautiful coast back to Moncton, where you'll return your rental car and make your way to the train station for your late afternoon train to Montreal. Situate yourself in your private accommodations and prepare for your overnight journey aboard the Ocean. As with your trip to Moncton days earlier, you will have access to the private domed viewing car, where you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery and discuss your journey with your fellow travelers. Overnight aboard train.

Day 10 - Arrive in Montreal
Your train arrives in Montreal just after 9:00 am on day ten, when the tour must come to an end. You may wish to spend some time at a sidewalk café or shopping in some of the city's shops before transferring to the airport for your return flight home. Or, elect to extend your stay in Montreal for additional sightseeing.

Accommodation Options

Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Le Germain Montreal, Delta Beausejour, Delta Brunswick, and Rossmount Inn

Train Accommodations
Via Rail's Ocean Sleeper Accomodations

Dates & Prices

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Prices are land-only. Prices are are correct at the time of this web page going live; however, are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Shediac Bay Lobster cruise is only for departures June 29 - August 29.
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