Across Canada By Train

Travel across eight Canadian provinces on three exciting train routes to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure!

Tour Description

Your 14-day vacation begins in Vancouver. This spectacular coastal city is home to beautiful landmarks like Gastown, the Sunken Gardens, and Queen Elizabeth Park. You have a day at leisure before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian for the four-night rail journey to Toronto.

Meet your fellow travelers, read a good book, or take in the beautiful passing scenery from the comfort of the train. Upon arrival in Toronto you will have the opportunity to spend the day doing some shopping, dining at an ethnic restaurant or taking in a show!

From Toronto take a short journey to spectacular Niagara Falls. Take a boat ride to witness firsthand the magical falls that make this magnificent landmark so famous. You will then travel by rail from Toronto to Montreal. Have time at leisure to explore legendary attractions like Old Montreal and the Olympic complex. After, journey by rail to the French city of Quebec. Here, visit the historical and modern highlights of this beautiful city on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. 

Next, board VIA Rail's Ocean for the overnight journey to Halifax. Upon arrival, you can visit Lunenburg, a scenic port town with the largest fish fleet in Nova Scotia.

Pamper yourself with first-class accommodations, delicious meals, and access to exclusive lounge cars to view Canada's ever-changing scenery. Stay in luxurious, centrally-located hotels and enjoy sightseeing tours to get you acquainted with each unique city on your route. And, of course, enjoy ample time at your leisure to see each city your way.

Features & Inclusions

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rail travel on VIA Rail Canada (5 nights on train)
  • Meals on board the trains
  • Vancouver Hop-on Hop-off tour
  • Toronto Hop-on Hop-off tour
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour including a ride on the Hornblower
  • Montreal city tour
  • Quebec city tour
  • Excursion to Lunenburg & Mahone Bay
  • Select transfers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this coastal city at your leisure. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing / VIA Rail to Toronto
Today, spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Transfer to the train station (included) for your departure on VIA Rail's Canadian bound for Toronto. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your journey east to Toronto. Overnight train.

Day 3 - En Route to Toronto
Today you travel through the province of Alberta, passing through the Canadian Rockies and the cosmopolitan city of Edmonton. Relax in the Skyline Car and enjoys views of the passing scenery. Enjoy your meals in the Dining Car and after dinner, perhaps take some time to visit with the other passengers before settling in for the evening. Overnight train.

Day 4 - East to Toronto
As you continue to make your way east towards Toronto, today's travels lead you through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These western provinces, commonly known as "The Prairies," are the world’s top two most attractive mining investment destinations. Spend the day enjoying the views of Canada's ever-changing landscape from the lounges onboard the train, or the comfort of your Sleeper Plus accommodations. Points of interest on today's journey include Watrous, famous for its mineral hot springs; Melville, named after a former President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company; Portage La Prairie, once a resting area for fur traders and other voyagers by canoe; and Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba and home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Overnight train.

Day 5 - VIA Rail to Toronto
Your last full day on the Canadian. You will leave Manitoba behind and make your way into Ontario, Canada's most populous province. The diverse landscape of Ontario includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland in the south and the grassy lowlands of the north, and is home to more than 250,000 lakes containing about one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Spend your time relaxing with a good book, listening to music, or chatting with fellow travelers. Enjoy entertainment in the Park Car or check out the passing scenery from the Panorama Car. Overnight train.

Day 6 - Arrival in Toronto
The Canadian is scheduled to arrive in Toronto's Union Station today. Collect your bags, check into your hotel, and spend the rest of the day sightseeing. Enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off city tour that takes you to some of Toronto's most popular landmarks. Spend the day getting acquainted with the city and browsing the unique shops, sampling delicious ethnic cuisine, and enjoying some local entertainment. Overnight Toronto.

Day 7 - Niagara Falls Excursion
Today embark on a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel along the Niagara Parkway, winding along the Niagara Gorge through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Don a rain slicker and enjoy the famous The Hornblower tour, an exciting boat ride that takes you to Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time for photographs at the Falls before heading back to Toronto. Overnight Toronto.

Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal
Spend the morning at your leisure, enjoying Toronto as you like it. Depart on an evening train to Montreal in VIA Rail's Corridor Service. Your accommodations while in Montreal are conveniently located just above the rail station. Get acquainted with the city on your own this evening. Overnight Montreal.

Day 9 - Montreal to Quebec City
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Montreal that takes you past more than 200 points of interest. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, and a panoramic view from the top of Mount Royal. The afternoon is yours to explore Montreal on your own. This evening board your VIA Rail train for your journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 10 - Quebec City Sightseeing
Get acquainted with the city during today's comprehensive sightseeing tour, which shows you both historic and modern Quebec City. Highlights of your trip include the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, and the Basilica, among other landmarks. This afternoon you may wish to visit Parliament Hill including the Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny, Montmorency Falls Park, or Wendake. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 11 - Quebec City to Halifax
Make the most of your full day in Quebec City! Spend the day exploring the city on your own, visiting the unique shops or sipping coffee and people-watching at one the city's many sidewalk cafes. You may elect to revisit some of the sights from yesterday's tour or visit a new attraction like Île d' Orleans or the Beaupre Coast. Tonight transfer to the rail station in Sainte-Foy for your overnight journey aboard VIA Rail's Ocean bound for Halifax. Settle into your accommodations and bid adieu to Quebec as the train leaves the St. Lawrence River behind and speeds toward the Maritimes. Overnight train.

Day 12 - VIA Rail En Route to Halifax
Awake this morning and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car. Afterward, visit the Park Car for panoramic views of the passing scenery from the observation dome as well as entertaining and informative presentations about the Maritimes region from the onboard Learning Coordinator (Learning Coordinator is seasonal). This afternoon, the Ocean pulls into Moncton, an outdoor lover's paradise, for a 15-minute stop. Stretch your legs and get a glimpse of the town. Because Moncton is well-situated to both the ocean and woodlands, it is ideal for visitors interested in kayaking, hiking, and bird-watching. Admire the passing scenery as you continue the last leg of your journey. You'll arrive in Halifax this evening.

Transfer to your hotel, located in the Historic Properties harbor area. Drop off your bags and head to downtown Halifax. Here you'll find art galleries, shopping, museums, historic sites, sidewalk cafes, spirited pubs, lively entertainment, and more! Overnight Halifax. (B, L)

Day 13 - Excursion to Lunenburg
Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime's most engaging attractions, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.

You'll discover Nova Scotia's South Shore including the charming towns of Shad Bay and West Dover. The Lunenburg coastline is the setting for pirate and rum-running stories in the region's folklore. The area does, however, have a history of fishing and boat-building. In fact, Lunenburg has Nova Scotia's largest fishing fleet. Your tour continues with a drive to Mahone Bay, known for its churches along the shore. There is ample time to explore the area on your own before heading back to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover Halifax on your own. Overnight Halifax.

Day 14 - Halifax
Your tour ends this morning. You may wish to extend your stay to explore more of Nova Scotia, or transfer to the airport (not included) for your return trip home.

Accommodation Options

Moderate Accommodations 
Hotels include the Georgian Court Hotel, Chelsea Hotel, Delta Montreal, Delta Quebec, and Cambridge Suites Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Marriott Chateau Champlain Montreal, Hotel Manoir Victoria Quebec City, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Royal York, Hotel Le Germain Montreal (Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel for May and June departures), Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and The Prince George Hotel Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Prestige Class
Hotels are the same as Deluxe Accommodations. VIA Rail accommodations are in Prestige Sleeper Class. The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travellers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Hotels & Accommodations are subject to change based on availability. Pricing is based on currency exchange of 10/1/2017. Excursion to Lunenburg & Mahone Bay begins June 1 and ends October 15.
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