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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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16 days From $4,695 per person
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2023 Tour code: GR-CCGA-23

About the tour

An adventure of epic proportions, this cross-country rail expedition covers thousands of miles and seven of Canada's provinces over 15 days. The tour begins in Vancouver, where you will explore the most popular sites of this oceanside gem. 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver, and transfer to your hotel to meet your group and Tour Manager. This hotel is ideally located, which puts us near fantastic shopping opportunities, award-winning restaurants and the best attractions in downtown Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing

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. We take all this in and more today on our guided sightseeing tour through the city. We visit Gastown - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and the famous Gastown Steam Clock. We experience the vibrant surroundings of Chinatown and drive to leafy Stanley Park, where Vancouver's famous totem poles are situated. We finish at Granville Island with time to explore the amazing food market and peruse the craft studios. Following the tour, the remainder of your day is at leisure to continue your explorations or to experience the eclectic food scene in the city. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 3 - Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens

Our explorations begin early in the morning as we make our way by coach to Tsawwassen for the ferry to Swartz Bay, on Vancouver Island. On arrival, we transfer to the marvellous Butchart Gardens, designed by horticulture expert Jennie Butchart in the early 20th century. A designated national historic site of Canada, the gardens stretch over 55 acres and feature a Japanese style garden, a rose garden and beautiful sunken garden. With free time to wander the landscaped paths at your own pace, this is a haven of cultivated nature set amid the wild landscapes of Victoria. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 4 - Kamloops

We leave Vancouver by coach, beginning the first leg of our trans-Canadian adventure. Our route takes us across the magnificent and mountainous Coquihalla Pass before we stop for lunch and continuing to Kamloops for the night. Overnight Kamloops.

Day 5 - Clearwater

We journey past Clearwater this morning, a stunning river valley in British Columbia. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and soaring, snow-capped peaks pass by our window as we travel towards our hotel in Jasper, home for the next two nights. Overnight Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Jasper National Park

We set out for a scenic excursion to Jasper National Park. Among the attractions we see during our time here are the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, as well as many more stunning lakes, mountains, waterfalls and hot springs. The most impressive natural features of the park though, have to be Maligne Canyon, a 164-feet deep gorge of sheer limestone walls featuring a number of interesting karst rock formations, and Maligne Lake - the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region. This part of the world is also naturally home to plenty of rare wildlife, including grey wolves, hoary marmot, caribou and moose. Overnight Jasper.

Day 7 - The Canadian

After a free morning, we board The Canadian, bound for Toronto. Settling into our berths, we begin our spectacular journey through the diverse, beautiful and rugged backdrops of central Canada. From the comfort of the glass-roofed panoramic observation car, sit back and watch the world go by as we travel eastwards, crossing the prairies and arriving in the province of Saskatchewan. Overnight train

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 8 - The Canadian Shield

Today is our first full day on the train and is spent crossing the Canadian Shield - a wild land of glacial lakes, ancient trees and isolated communities. Keep a watchful eye on the passing scenery for a possible glimpse of the captivating local wildlife, including bear, moose, eagles and elk. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Through the Rockies

Our journey continues through the scenic lakelands of northern Ontario as we complete the final leg of our cross-country trip towards Toronto. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Toronto

Arriving in Toronto, our base for two nights, enjoy a free evening to begin exploring your new surroundings and settle in. Overnight Toronto. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 - Niagara Falls

We take a guided coach excursion to Niagara Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. We enjoy a boat tour to the base of the falls, getting the full effect of the tumultuous waters as the three separate sections, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls, converge into one. Continuing to Table Rock, a national park on the edge of Canada's Blue Ridge Mountains, we also see the Niagara Whirlpool, a naturally occurring phenomenon caused by the powerful force of the rapids, transferring to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake afterwards, a quaint area known for its wineries. Overnight Toronto.

Day 12 - Québec City

Departing Toronto via the Corridor Service this morning, we arrive in Montreal late this afternoon. In Montreal, we change trains one last time for the final stretch of the day's travels, this time to Quebec City. We enjoy access to the restaurants, boutiques and points of interest throughout this French-speaking city, thanks to its convenient location. The food scene in Quebec is continually evolving and has a dynamic range of offerings. Perhaps seek out one of the local restaurants to try for yourself. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 13 - Discovering Québec

We enjoy a guided tour that includes the Citadel and the 'Plains of Abraham' - the site of a brutal battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War. Later, we transfer by coach to a local sugar shack where maple syrup is produced, enjoying a brief tour that teaches us about the history and importance of maple syrup in Canada, how it's made and a tasting. This is followed by a delicious three course lunch inspired by the sticky sweet treat. The rest of your afternoon is free. Take an atmospheric walk around the Old Town, which dates back to the 17th century and is home to a rich collection of historic landmarks and museums, before we board The Ocean for our overnight rail journey to Nova Scotia. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 14 - Halifax

During the night, The Ocean travels alongside the St Lawrence River to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia itself, arriving at Halifax, where we stay for two nights. Overnight Halifax. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 - Nova Scotia

We explore Nova Scotia's maritime treasures on a sightseeing tour today. One of the crowning jewels of this tour is Peggy's Cove, a charming fishing village with a famous and distinctive lighthouse. We also visit picturesque Lunenburg during our explorations. This town was founded in 1753 and has since earned UNESCO World Heritage status, as it is the best example of a colonial British settlement in all of North America. The charm of this city is undeniable, from its quaint waterfront and colorful wooden buildings to its narrow, winding streets and historic homes. Returning to Halifax, you have the evening at leisure to relax or dine in one of the local eateries. Overnight Halifax.

Day 16 - Halifax and Homeward

Your day is at leisure to sightsee your way through Halifax independently and to return home as you please. Perhaps explore the star-shaped Citadel or 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. The tour comes to a close as you transfer to the airport on your own for your return flight.

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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.

Hotels

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

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Chateau Jasper, Jasper

Chateau Jasper, Jasper

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Forest Park Hotel

Forest Park Hotel , Jasper

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Chateau Laurier

Chateau Laurier, Quebec City

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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec

Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

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Delta Hotels Quebec

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Coast Sundance Lodge, Sun Peaks

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Trains

VIA Rail's Canadian
VIA Rail's Corridor Services
VIA Rail's Ocean

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