Across Canada By Train - Eastbound
Travel across seven Canadian provinces on four exciting trains to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure! Your 14-day tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver.
Travel across seven Canadian provinces on four exciting trains to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure! Your 14-day tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver. This spectacular costal city is home to exciting landmarks like Gastown, the Sunken Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will have time to discover all these exciting sights on a guided tour before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian to continue on to your next destination, Toronto.
Before arriving, enjoy your three-night rail journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies. You will even have a chance to witness the gorgeous Jasper at a stop to a wildlife sanctuary. Continue on for a day excursion to the industrial town of Saksatoon and a fun evening exploring the downtown area of Winnipeg. Finally, arrive in Toronto, an exciting city full of plenty of fun things to do and see. Do some shopping, dine at an ethnic restaurant or take in as show!
From Toronto take a short journey to the spectacular Niagara Falls. Take a boat ride to witness firsthand the magical falls that make this spectacular 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 to the French city of Quebec. You will have ample time to visit the historic and modern highlights of this beautiful city on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. The perfect way to witness the absolute beauty that encompasses the city.
Continue on your rail journey from Quebec City to Halifax aboard the Ocean and continue on to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax. While in Halifax you will have the choice to either Peggy's Cove or Lunenberg. Both beautiful locations, Lunenberg has the largest fish fleet in Nova Scotia, and Peggy's Cove has one of the most awe-inspiring sceneries on the Nova Scotia coastline.
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.
Scenic Highlights and Inclusions
- Guaranteed Departures
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 4 nights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus from Vancouver to Toronto with access to the dome cars, lounges, and meals onboard
- VIA Rail's Corridor Service from Toronto to Montreal and Montreal to Quebec City
- 1 night aboard VIA Rail's Ocean in the Sleeper Plus with access to the domed viewing car, services of an on-board learning coordinator and some meal service
- Transfer from hotel to VIA Rail station
- Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
- Full day sightseeing excursion from Toronto to Niagara Falls with lunch and a ride on the Maid of the Mist
- Montreal City Tour
- Quebec City -City & Greater Quebec Tour
- Private transfer between Quebec City and Charny
- Sightseeing excursion from Halifax to Peggy's Cove OR Lunenberg & Mahone Bay (depending on day of week) Tour begins June 1 and ends Oct 15.
- Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour*
- Hotel Taxes and GST as applicable
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's sightseeing tour takes you to some of the city's most popular landmarks including Stanley Park, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Sunken Gardens, Chinatown, and BC Place. Spend the remainder of the day exploring on your own, taking time to enjoy Vancouver's delightful neighborhoods. Transfer to the train station this evening (included) for your 8:30 pm 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
Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Dining Car as you head toward Jasper. Upon arrival around 4:00 pm today, disembark the train to stretch your legs in this wildlife sanctuary. Jasper is said to be one of the most-photographed locations in the world. Find out why as you explore the area with your camera in hand. The Canadian continues eastward at 5:30 pm. Enjoy dinner, visit with your fellow passengers and settle in for the evening as your train brings you closer to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - East to Toronto
The Canadian pulls into Saskatoon at 8:45 am. This town, named after purple berries along the Saskatchewan River, is a leader in Canada's high-technology and mining industries. If you're so inclined, hop off the train to catch a breath of fresh air and snap a photo. The train continues its journey 25 minutes later. Spend the day enjoying your exclusive access to the Skyline Car with its 360-degree observation dome and the Park Car offering incredible panoramic views.
As you enjoy the passing scenery, keep an eye out for Watrous, famous for its mineral hot springs, and Melville, named after a former President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company. As you finish dinner this evening, the train travels through Portage La Prairie, once a resting area for fur traders and other voyagers by canoe, to Winnipeg, where you will have the opportunity to explore the downtown area during a three-hour stop beginning at 8:30 pm. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Toronto
In the early hours of the morning, the train crosses the Manitoba-Ontario border. Spend the day 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 Skyline Car. This afternoon the train makes a short stop in Hornepayne, which originated as a railway town but today claims wood as its major industry. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Toronto
The Canadian pulls into Toronto's Union Station at 9:30 am. Collect your bags, check into your hotel, and begin your day of 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. (B)
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 Maid of the Mist 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. (L)
Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal
Spend the morning at your leisure, enjoying Toronto as you like it. Depart on a mid-day 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. (L)
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 Business Class journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Quebec City. (D)
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 Charny for a 10:00 pm departure aboard VIA Rail's Ocean for your overnight journey to 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. Afterwards, 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. At 12:30 pm, 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 around 4:00 pm this afternoon.
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 Peggy's Cove or Lunenburg
Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime's most engaging attractions. Depending on the day of the week, you will either visit Lunenburg and Mahone Bay or Peggy's Cove.
On the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay excursion, 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.
The alternate excursion takes you to Peggy's Cove. This quaint village stands on granite rock high above the Atlantic Ocean and offers stunning views of the Nova Scotia coastline. It's no wonder artists and explorers have flocked to the area for more than 150 years! You'll enjoy a walking tour of the cove and village, including the famous DeGarthe Sculpture, a granite carving depicting the life and people of the area. 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.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Georgian Court, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Montreal Midtown, Manoir Victoria, and Delta 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 (Sleeper Plus class aboard the Ocean is seasonal*).
Hotels include Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto, Marriott Chateau Champlain Montreal, Hotel Manoir Victoria Quebec City, and Cambridge Suites 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 (Sleeper Plus class aboard the Ocean is seasonal*).
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars (Sleeper Plus class aboard the Ocean is seasonal*).
Dates & Prices
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|1st May 2014||$3,489||Book Now|
|8th May 2014||$3,489||Book Now|
|15th May 2014||$3,489||Book Now|
|22nd May 2014||$3,489||Book Now|
|29th May 2014||$3,489||Book Now|
|5th June 2014||$3,525||Book Now|
|12th June 2014||$3,825||Book Now|
|19th June 2014||$3,825||Book Now|
|26th June 2014||$3,825||Book Now|
|3rd July 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|10th July 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|17th July 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|24th July 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|31st July 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|7th August 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|14th August 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|21st August 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|28th August 2014||$4,365||Book Now|
|4th September 2014||$4,489||Book Now|
|11th September 2014||$4,489||Book Now|
|18th September 2014||$4,489||Book Now|
|25th September 2014||$4,489||Book Now|
|2nd October 2014||$4,266||Book Now|
|9th October 2014||$4,266||Book Now|
|16th October 2014||$3,591||Book Now|
|1st May 2014||$3,989||Book Now|
|8th May 2014||$3,989||Book Now|
|15th May 2014||$3,989||Book Now|
|22nd May 2014||$3,989||Book Now|
|29th May 2014||$3,989||Book Now|
|5th June 2014||$4,099||Book Now|
|12th June 2014||$4,389||Book Now|
|19th June 2014||$4,389||Book Now|
|26th June 2014||$4,389||Book Now|
|3rd July 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|10th July 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|17th July 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|24th July 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|31st July 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|7th August 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|14th August 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|21st August 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|28th August 2014||$5,185||Book Now|
|4th September 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|11th September 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|18th September 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|25th September 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|2nd October 2014||$4,897||Book Now|
|9th October 2014||$4,897||Book Now|
|16th October 2014||$4,214||Book Now|
|1st May 2014||$4,344||Book Now|
|8th May 2014||$4,344||Book Now|
|15th May 2014||$4,344||Book Now|
|22nd May 2014||$4,344||Book Now|
|29th May 2014||$4,344||Book Now|
|5th June 2014||$4,399||Book Now|
|12th June 2014||$4,699||Book Now|
|19th June 2014||$4,699||Book Now|
|26th June 2014||$4,699||Book Now|
|3rd July 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|10th July 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|17th July 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|24th July 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|31st July 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|7th August 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|14th August 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|21st August 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|28th August 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|4th September 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|11th September 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|18th September 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|25th September 2014||$5,599||Book Now|
|2nd October 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|9th October 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
|16th October 2014||$5,285||Book Now|
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Lunenberg and Mahone Bay Tour is
available on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Both tours are available June 1
through October 15. 3 night stays are required in Montreal during Grand
Prix, June 5 - 9, 2014; Please ask your rail specialist for details.