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Travel across eight Canadian provinces on four exciting trains to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure!

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2023 Tour code: TC-ACTE-23

About the tour

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

Before arriving, enjoy your four-night rail journey aboard the Canadian as you get to know fellow travelers, read a good book or take in the beautiful passing scenery. While in Toronto, enjoy a day trip 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 to the French city of Quebec. You will have ample time to visit the historical 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. While in Halifax you can visit charming 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 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.

Itinerary is also available from Halifax to Vancouver based on your travel preference

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're close to many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Opt to add admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling multisensory journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology. Or, choose to explore the Capilano Suspension bridge and park. Overnight Vancouver.

There is so much to see and do in this iconic city. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights and sightseeing experiences in Vancouver. Some highlights include a city or food tours, a day trip out to Victoria, or whale watching.

Day 2 - VIA Rail to Toronto

Spend the first half of your day at leisure taking in all this waterfront city has to offer. Or, opt to add a food tour on Granville Island to taste various artisan treats before returning to the hotel to collect your luggage. Transfer on your own to the train station 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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 3 - Across Alberta

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Eastbound through the Prairies

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Across the Canadian Shield

A highlight of today's scenic trip includes Longlac, which, located at the northern tip of Long Lake, played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. Spend time in the Park Car enjoying its three salons and observation deck as well as the Skyline Car with an observation dome offering 360-degree views of the ever-changing landscape. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Toronto

The Canadian is scheduled to arrive in Toronto's Union Station this afternoon. After you disembark, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel and then the day is yours to be spent exploring this exciting city on your own. Stop by the iconic markets, such as St. Lawrence Market for a famous peameal bacon sandwich or Kensington Market for its street food and vibrant murals and shop fronts. You may also opt to visit Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum or Art Gallery of Toronto, or take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront as you gaze at the city's skyscrapers alongside the CN Tower. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
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 an included 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.

If you have already seen the falls and aren't up for the road trip, you can stay in the city and choose from the following selection of tours.
Toronto Helicopter Tour
Kensington Market International Food Tour
Private Sightseeing Tour of Toronto

Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal

Spend the morning at your leisure before traveling to Montreal on VIA Rail's Corridor Service. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel, then spend some time getting acquainted with the city on your own. 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.

Alternatively you can opt into the following excursions:
Beyond the market walking food tour (this makes for a later arrival into quebec city)
Old Montreal Walking Tour - East Side
Private Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
Guided Cruise of Montreal

After your excursion head back to your hotel to collect your luggage before making your own way to the train station before boarding your VIA Rail train for the journey to Quebec City. Overnight Quebec City.

Please note some supplemental tours may not operate daily at all outside of peak season (May-October)

Day 10 - Quebec City Sightseeing

Get acquainted with the city during today's comprehensive sightseeing tour via motorcoach, 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. Aternatively, opt to immerse yourself into Old Quebec with a walking tour or upgrade to a private city tour. 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 add an additional sightseeing excursion. You can choose from a guided cruise, bike, or pedicab food tour. 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.

Please note optional tours may not operate outside of peak season (May-October)

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 birdwatching. Admire the passing scenery as you continue the last leg of your journey.

Upon arrival in Halifax, drop your bags at your hotel and venture out for dinner this evening. Argyle Street, located in the heart of downtown Halifax, will have an array of options to choose from. You may also opt for a meal by the water along the boardwalk. Enjoy the fresh Nova Scotian seafood the local cuisine has to offer and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight Halifax.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 - Excursion to Lunenburg

Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime's most engaging attraction, Lunenburg. 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 and the area has a history of fishing and boat-building. Enjoy the colorful architecture on your tour as you learn why Old Town Lunenberg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, opt to explore Halifax's emerging food scene on an Eat Halifax food tour, sip your way through Nova Scotia on a wine and lunch tour, or explore the picturesque village of Peggy's cove. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Halifax on your own. Overnight Halifax.

*Lunenburg Tour operates on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The tour is available June 1 through October 15.

Day 14 - Halifax

Your rail journey across Canada 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.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown, 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, Hotel Le Germain Toronto, Marriott Chateau Champlain Montreal, Hotel Manoir Victoria Quebec City, and The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. 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, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and Westin Nova Scotian. 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 same as deluxe accommodations with upgraded room types. VIA Rail accommodations are in Prestige Sleeper Class. The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travelers 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 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.

Please note

3 night stays are required in Montreal during the Grand Prix. Additional nights may be required should you travel during this time. Please ask your rail specialist for details.

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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BETTY JEAN LITTLEFIELD

3 stars

Submitted 05 Sep 2022

The trip was good until we left Quebec City. The train ride from there was horrible! Short staffed and not enough room for people to go to. Sleeper rooms were tiny and crowded!

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Maurine

4 stars

Submitted 31 Aug 2022

The Via Rail trip from Vancouver to Quebec City was excellent. It was pleasant & comfortable with good meals and we enjoyed it very much. We were less happy with the second leg of our trip from Quebec City to Halifax as the train was small & cramped, the food was quite awful and we could not wait to leave the train.

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BECKY

5 stars

Submitted 07 Oct 2019

It was a wonderful trip and the employees are great! They make sure you have great meals, lean rooms and fun times. Don�t hesitate booking a trip!

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MARGARET

5 stars

Submitted 30 Aug 2019

Very well organised, we knew where we had to be and at what time. The vouchers had all the necessary information needed, for example, when 24 hours were required to confirm tours etc. The hotels we stayed in were all of a high standard and in good locations to be able to get around the city.

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JODI

5 stars

Submitted 16 Aug 2019

Vacations by Rail did a great job organizing everything and making our trip both fun and hassle-free. There were no glitches or unpleasant surprises! The train was terrific and we had no problems using the vouchers for all of the various activities, hotels, and transportation. Documents provided were clear and accurate. Great job, great trip!

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William

4 stars

Submitted 20 Jun 2019

Staff, especially those on the first leg of the Canadian, were outstanding. The people were great. A couple of long delays detracted from the trip and kept us from seeing what I think would have been great views if we had gone through these locations at the intended times. Food and the dining staff were consistently excellent. Our fellow travelers on the Canadian were a great group, adding to the trip. Accommodations on the Ocean seemed older and more cramped. This was a fun way to see a country and stop at some of its largest cities. This being our first extended train trip, it was a good experience and it met our expectations.

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