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

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20212022
14 days From $4,169 per person

2021 Tour code: TC-ACTE-21

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 Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this coastal city at your leisure. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - VIA Rail to Toronto

Spend the day taking in all coastal Vancouver has to offer, before transferring 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.

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 spend the rest of the day exploring this exciting city on your own. 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 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.

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. 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 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 head downtown. Here you'll find art galleries, shopping, museums, historic sites, sidewalk cafes, spirited pubs, lively entertainment, and more! Overnight Halifax.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
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.

*Lunenburg and Mahone Bay 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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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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Robert H, Wilmette, IL

5 stars

Submitted 30 Dec 2018

The VIA Rail Prestige service from Vancouver to Toronto was excellent.

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Linda L, Edgemont, AR

5 stars

Submitted 26 Dec 2018

We loved the experience and had great service for the most part. We had a great adventure on the Rail Canada train trip. The scenery is amazing and the staff on the train from Vancouver to Toronto were terrific. The food was really good.

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