Canada Coast to Coast Escorted Experience
Experience the dramatic changes in Canada’s landscape as you travel from Vancouver in the West to Halifax in the East aboard the country’s premier trains.
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An adventure of epic proportions, this cross-country rail expedition covers thousands of miles and seven of Canada’s provinces over 16 days. The tour begins in Vancouver, with several days to explore the most popular sites of this oceanside gem, including a day trip to Vancouver Island and the capital city of Victoria. From Vancouver, taste your way through the Okanagan Valley’s wine country before arriving in the Canadian Rockies. After exploring the beauty of Jasper and its national park, we board VIA Rail’s Canadian for a memorable overnight journey through the ever-changing landscape to Toronto. The city is vibrant and filled with culture, and as we disembark the Canadian, we have a chance to experience some of its highlights, including Niagara Falls. VIA Rail’s Corridor Service train takes us out of Toronto and to the next exciting destination on our itinerary, Quebec City. Filled with history and French ambiance, this city’s charm is undeniable. Our journey concludes with the overnight trip from Quebec to Nova Scotia aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean. Our arrival in the Maritime region of Canada brings coastal sightseeing, lighthouses and a wonderful culture that cannot be found anywhere else. A trip of a lifetime, an expedition to remember: This coast-to-coast rail tour offers all the best of Canada.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on VIA Rail Canada (4 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- 13 meals, including 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
- Guided city tours of Vancouver, Toronto and Québec
- Visit to Butchart Gardens and free time in Victoria
- Excursion to Maligne Lake & Canyon
- Excursion to Niagara Falls including a ride on the Hornblower
- Guided Excursion along the Nova Scotian coast
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Days 1-2 - Vancouver
Meet your group and Tour manager in Vancouver at the Blue Horizon Hotel, ideally located on Robson Street, where we spend the next two nights. The city of Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live in the world, thanks to its fantastic atmosphere and incredible setting between the breathtaking Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
On Day 2 we take a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. We visit the old Gastown quarter - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and home to the famous Gastown Steam Clock. We experience the scents and sights of Chinatown, and drive to leafy Stanley Park, where Vancouver's world famous totem poles are situated. We finish at Granville Island, which boasts an amazing, mouth-watering food market and many craft studios.
Day 3 - Vancouver Island and the Butchart Gardens
We pay a visit to the marvelous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island today. An explosion of colorful flowers and manicured hedgerows, these extensive gardens were designed by horticulture expert Jennie Butchart in the early twentieth century. Later we enjoy free time in Victoria itself.
Day 4 - To Hope and Kelowna
Today we depart on the first leg of our trans-Canadian adventure, traveling by coach to the Okanagan Valley in Canada's wine region. Traveling in the daylight affords a perfect opportunity to take in Canada's spectacular landscapes, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the incredible wildlife that calls this part of the world home. We pause en-route in picturesque Hope, where you have time for lunch, before we continue toward Kelowna, a city surrounded by resplendent orchards, pine forests and mountain peaks, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. Our route takes us across the magnificent Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass that stands at 4,081 feet above sea level, before we continue to a local winery. After indulging in a tasting of locally produced wines, we transfer to our hotel in Kelowna, where we overnight.
Days 5-6 - To Jasper
After breakfast this morning we journey north to the picturesque town of Clearwater, where we enjoy lunch. Our journey continues this afternoon as we enter Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and soaring snow-capped peaks pass by our window as we journey towards the town of Jasper, where we stay for two nights.
On Day 6 you have a morning at leisure, giving you a chance to explore this charming town. This afternoon, we enjoy a scenic excursion around Jasper National Park, discovering the beautiful Maligne Canyon, a 164 foot deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls and rock formations. We also see the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region. (Day 5 – B, L)
Days 7-9 - Across the plains
After a morning at leisure, we begin our unforgettable journey on The Canadian, bound for Toronto. We settle into our berths as we begin our spectacular journey through the mountains. If you'd prefer to travel in added comfort and style, we have upgrades available Sleeper Plus Class cabins (speak with a rail specialist for details). These cabins come highly recommended, and feature private WC facilities and a greater amount of space.
We travel along the Athabasca River Valley to reach Saskatoon on Day 8, and continue to Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train travels overnight to the Canadian Shield and we spend Day 9 on board, admiring the landscape whilst keeping an eye out for moose and other wildlife. (Day 7 - D, Day 8 – B, L, D, Day 9 – B, L, D)
Day 10 - Toronto
This afternoon, we arrive in the enthralling city of Toronto, which sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario and is overlooked by the giant CN Tower. Leaving The Canadian, we check in to our hotel for the next two nights, with the rest of your day free to explore at leisure. (B)
Day 11 - Niagara Falls
Today our excursion takes us by coach to the truly incredible Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Get up close and personal with the American Falls, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and breathtaking Great Gorge – and the thundering roar, awesome power and amazing mist that come along with these natural wonders on Voyage to the Falls with a ride on the Hornblower. We continue to Niagara-on- the-Lake, a delightful town, where we have free time to explore. We return to Toronto this evening.
Day 12 - To Québec
Departing on the Corridor Service mid-morning, we arrive in Montreal late afternoon. We then change trains for the journey to Québec, where we spend the night at the beautiful and historic Manoir Victoria, located in the heart of this French-speaking city.
Day 13 - Québec
Our day begins with a guided tour of Québec, including the Citadel and the 'Plains of Abraham', the site of the battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War. This afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Québec has a wealth of historic and cultural sites you may wish to visit including the Basilica- Cathedral of Notre Dame, or rue Saint- Jean, Saint-Louis and Saint-Paul, all lined with restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. This evening we board The Ocean for the overnight journey to Nova Scotia. We travel comfortably in Sleeper Plus Class.
Days 14-15 - The Ocean to Nova Scotia
During the night, The Ocean travels along the St Lawrence River to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax, the provincial capital. Here we stay for two nights at the ideally located Westin Nova Scotian.
On Day 15 we explore the province's maritime treasures on a sightseeing tour. Peggy's Cove is a charming, working fishing village with a famous and distinctive lighthouse. Picturesque Lunenburg was founded in 1753, and its quaint waterfront and colorful wooden buildings have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. (Day 14 – B, L)
Day 16 - Halifax and homeward
You have free time today to explore the city of Halifax, including its most famous feature, the star-shaped fortress of the Citadel. Alternatively, visit the Titanic Cemetery, where many who perished in the 1912 disaster are buried. Pier 21, Canada's equivalent to New York's Ellis Island, is also an excellent option. You are free to transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations include Blue Horizon, Vancouver; Best Western Wine Country Hotel, Kelowna; Jasper Inn, Jasper; Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; Chateau Laurier, Québec City; and Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax
Sleeper Plus Class curtained berths with shared bathroom facilities. To enhance your experience, we also offer upgrades to Sleeper Plus Cabins. These twin or single berth cabins consist of armchairs during the day and upper and lower berths at night, with a private restroom. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
This overnight train offers stunning views of Eastern Canada as it makes the journey from Quebec City to Halifax. While aboard the Ocean, enjoy such amenities as fine cuisine in the Dining Car, free Wi-Fi, wine tastings and beautiful views from the domed sightseeing car. Travel aboard the Ocean will be in Cabin for two accommodations. These are private bedrooms and include two folding chairs or a sofa by day that convert to upper and lower berths at nights. An en suite bathroom is included.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Dates & Prices
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|10th May 2020||$5,045||Book Now|
|24th May 2020||$5,295||Book Now|
|6th September 2020||$5,615||Book Now|
|20th September 2020||$5,665||Book Now|
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: Departs 10th May 2020 ($5,045), 24th May 2020 ($5,295), 6th September 2020 ($5,615), 20th September 2020 ($5,665)
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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Rates are in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy