Vancouver to Quebec Trans Canada Adventure
Take a cross-country Canadian excursion to visit the nation's biggest cities and best spots in nature.
Getting a look at Canada’s most magnificent cities and enchanting destinations has never been easier than with this comprehensive tour. Over the course of 20 days, this rail experience puts the excitement of cities such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City alongside the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and the sheer majesty of Niagara Falls. You will have the opportunity to tour through these exciting destinations both on your own and with the help of guides. The journey itself is just as incredible as the varied cities you visit, as you will transfer between locales using VIA Rail’s network of trains. Quicker trips will be accomplished aboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Service, and all overnight journeys will take place along the storied rails of VIA Rail’s Canadian. As you travel across the provinces, the colorful vistas change before your eyes; from big cities to small towns, from mountains to plains and from wide-open expanses to lush forests, your eyes will be delighted by every turn. Complete with opportunities to explore the country's culture and cuisine, comfortable Sleeper Plus accommodations aboard the Canadian and luxury Fairmont hotel accommodations, this rail tour makes traveling through Canada the experience of a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class between Vancouver and Jasper and Jasper and Winnipeg (2 nights) and in Prestige Class between Winnipeg and Toronto (2 nights)
- Hotel accommodations for 15 nights
- Meals on board the trains
- Vancouver Sightseeing, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Jasper nature tour with Maligne Lake cruise
- Canadian Museum of Human Rights admission
- Winnipeg Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
- Niagara Falls Tour
- Ottawa Hop-on Hop-off tour
- Montreal Sightseeing
- Quebec City Sightseeing
- Private transfers between Vancouver airport, hotel and VIA Rail Station
- Private airport transfer in Quebec City
Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Canada! Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Spend of the rest of the day enjoying the unique beauty that only Vancouver can offer. Marvel over the contrast of the city buildings, deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mountains; explore the unique districts and historical sites or simply meander through one of the beautiful parks in the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2– Vancouver City & North Shore Tour
Today set off on a tour that offers a fascinating look at Vancouver. Points of interest include Canada Place, Robson Street, Chinatown and historic Gastown. You will stop in Stanley Park en route to the Capilano Suspension Bridge located in the North Shore rainforest. The tour caps off with a visit to Granville Island, where you will have time to explore the shops, public market, eateries and galleries along the water. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 3 – VIA Rail to Jasper
Spend the morning at leisure in Vancouver. Perhaps check out one of the many varied restaurants throughout of the city for a breakfast or brunch to remember. Later today, your private transfer will take you to Vancouver’s train station, where VIA Rail’s Canadian awaits. Once you are settled in, take a look at the passing scenery from your picture window, chat with other passengers or relax in your private cabin. Overnight train.
Day 4 – Arrival in Jasper
Take your morning aboard the train to enjoy the views of the mountain terrain you’re traversing. You can do so from the comfort of your onboard accommodations or from one of the Lounge or Observation cars. The train is scheduled to arrive in Jasper this morning. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Jasper National Park along Lac Beauvert, and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 – Jasper Sightseeing
Embark on a tour of one of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park. Your first stop is at Maligne Canyon, where 10,000 years of erosion have created a deep gorge. You will take a short walk to marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. From here continue to Medicine Lake and then to Maligne Lake for an interpretive boat cruise bound for the world-renowned Spirit Island. Overnight Jasper.
Day 6 – VIA Rail to Winnipeg
Spend the morning soaking in the fresh air and mountainous sights of Jasper National Park, then you will transfer to the train station to re-board VIA Rail’s Canadian. You will again enjoy the beautiful sightseeing opportunities and comfortable onboard accommodations of Sleeper Plus Class. Overnight train.
Day 7 – Arrival in Winnipeg
Gorgeous views abound as the train moves out of the mountains and into the lush forests of Manitoba. Take them all in as you enjoy the train’s amenities. Do not forget, you have access to the lounges on board the train, as well as to the Skyline Car - your exclusive entertainment center with an observation dome offering 360-degree views. Be sure to bring your camera as you explore the train to take advantage of the unique vantage point made available from the exclusive lounge cars.
The train will arrive in Winnipeg this evening, at which time you will transfer to your hotel. Overnight Winnipeg.
Day 8 – Winnipeg Sightseeing
Ride in style on a trolley for a guided tour of Manitoba’s capital. You will see the best sights and learn why Winnipeg was once called the “wickedest city in Canada.” Discover how a local team became history’s first Olympic hockey champions. This afternoon, visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Overnight Winnipeg.
Day 9 – Winnipeg/VIA Rail to Toronto
Enjoy another day of leisure in Winnipeg. Perhaps visit Old Market Square to peruse the unique shops and boutiques, or visit The Forks National Historic Site to learn more about the vast history of the Winnipeg region. You will have time to check out the exciting food scene and sample various local and ethnic offerings in the area. This evening, you will return to Winnipeg’s Union Station where the Canadian once again awaits. This time, you will enjoy all of the perks of Prestige Class travel, such as a larger private cabin, a personal concierge and access to the Park Car on the train. Settle into your cabin for the first of two overnights aboard this iconic train. Overnight train.
Day 10 – En Route to Toronto
Make use of the train’s amenities as you travel through Ontario today. Begin your day with a scrumptious breakfast in the Dining Car, then perhaps enjoy some time in one of the lounges. Lunch and dinner will also be served onboard, and in between meals, you will be treated to included drinks and snacks. Complimentary cookies, hot tea, coffee and fruit are available in the lounges. Keep your eyes peeled for the dramatic changes in scenery as the Canadian moves through small towns, open rural landscapes and deep forests. What a wonderful day of travel. Overnight train.
Day 11 – Arrival in Toronto
As you awake this morning, the train will be heading toward Toronto. This afternoon you will arrive at Toronto’s Union Station located in the heart of downtown, which makes transferring to your hotel on your own convenient. After you check into your hotel, make use of your Hop-on Hop-off pass and explore the wonderful diversity this city has to offer. Overnight Toronto.
Day 12 – Niagara Falls Sightseeing
This morning, depart on a full day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Highlights of today's excursion include a lunch buffet while overlooking the waterfall, plus a trip on the world-famous sightseeing boat, The Hornblower, which travels to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. Also included is a trip along the beautiful River Road, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Stops are made at the Floral Clock and at the historical community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto. Overnight Toronto.
Day 13 - VIA Rail to Ottawa
Today you will depart Toronto for Ottawa. The 4 ½ hour journey by train gives you enough time to relax and take in the scenery as the train travels eastbound. Upon arrival in this new destination, transfer to your hotel independently, and then you will have ample time to walk around and explore the city’s landmarks. Whether it is historical sites, parks, beautiful government buildings or museums you seek, Ottawa delivers. Overnight Ottawa.
Day 14 –Ottawa Sightseeing
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ottawa, Canada’s national capital. You will explore the Parliament Buildings, embassies, universities and museums. The Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the residence of the Prime Minister and the National Arts Center are among some of the stops included in you Hop-on Hop-off pass. You will also drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa’s picturesque waterways. Overnight Ottawa.
Day 15 – VIA Rail to Montreal
Depart Ottawa today for Montreal. The trip is approximately 2 hours in length - the perfect amount of time for a quick nap, a bit of reading or a light bite to eat. Upon arrival, the day is yours to explore Montreal at leisure. Spend time in Old Montreal, visit the Bonsecours Market, the Old Port and the Montreal Science Centre. You will not want to miss underground Montreal with its fabulous shopping. Overnight Montreal.
Day 16 – Montreal Sightseeing
Embark on your Montreal sightseeing tour to more than 200 points of interest throughout the city. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, McGill University and a breathtaking view from the top of Mount Royal. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Montreal's colorful neighborhoods on your own. Overnight Montreal.
Day 17 – VIA Rail to Quebec City
The final leg of your rail journey brings you to one of the most historic cities in Canada, Quebec City. A leisurely ride on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service takes you to this final destination; upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the remainder of the day getting acquainted with the city on your own. Stroll the cobblestone streets, visit the unique shops and delight in the city’s sidewalk cafes and street entertainers. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 18 – Quebec City Sightseeing
Today embark on a sightseeing tour of Quebec City. You will see both the historic and modern sides of this enchanting city during visits to the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale and the Basilica among many other points of interest. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at your leisure. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 19 – Charlevoix Whale Watching
Get ready for an amazing experience as you travel through the Charlevoix Region and onto Baie-Ste-Catherine for an exciting whale watching cruise. A naturalist guide will teach you about the beluga and finback whale environment, underwater marine life and the majestic Saguenay Fjord. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 20 – Tour Conclusion
Your time on this trans Canada adventure ends today. Upon checking out of your hotel, a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Winnipeg, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
VIA Rail accommodations between Quebec City and Montreal, Montreal and Ottawa, and Ottawa to Toronto are in Business Class. Business Class travelers will receive exclusive access to in-station Business class lounge, priority boarding, complimentary Wi-Fi, spacious seats, and included food and cocktail service.
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin between Winnipeg and Jasper and Jasper and Vancouver. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views. The journey from Toronto to Winnipeg will be in Prestige Sleeper Class. Each Prestige Sleeper 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 include: 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.
Dates & Prices
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*No Whale Watching Excursion from Quebec City for departures October 1 & 8, 2017; April 29 – May 20 and October 7, 2018.
*No Winnipeg Trolley will be offered for departures August 27 – October 8, 2017; April 29 – May 13 and August 26 – October 7, 2018.
*No Nature Tour to Maligne Lake with Cruise will be offered on departures October 1 & 8, 2017; April 29 – May 13 and September 30 – October 7, 2018.
When day tours or attractions are not operational in the off-season, the price will be adjusted.
Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.