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Highlights of French Canada and Nova Scotia

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Picture-perfect vistas and enchanting historical cities beckon on this rail journey through French Canada and the Maritimes region.

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

Mobility Rating 3

2025 Tour code: QMO25

About the tour

Eastern Canada's provinces draw the eye and capture the soul with their bountiful allures. Some of its best elements lie ahead as you explore the land and the sea - French Canada's cities and the dramatic coastlines of Maritime Nova Scotia. Spend time sightseeing and tasting your way through Montreal and Quebec City before venturing to the scenic Eastern Seaboard on a classic overnight rail journey. With quintessential Nova Scotian destinations, such as Halifax, Peggy's Cove, and historic Lunenburg, and experiences like a locally caught lobster dinner, you, too, will experience the endless delights of the East.

Unforgettable Experiences

Montreal Sightseeing
Montreal Sightseeing
Join a guide in discovering the impressive buildings and historical sites of Old Montreal, including the ornate Notre-Dame Basilica, instantly recognizable for its dual towers.
Montreal Culinary Tour
Montreal Culinary Tour
Taste the flavors unique to French Canada while walking between culinary hotspots alongside a local gastronome.
Quebec City Sightseeing
Quebec City Sightseeing
From the Plains of Abraham to the striking National Assembly building, see Quebec City’s most notable attractions while on a city sightseeing tour.
A Traditional Sugar Shack Visit
A Traditional Sugar Shack Visit
Since French Canada is known for its maple syrup production, no vacation is complete without visiting a local sugar shack, where collection and processing presentations join with memorable tasting opportunities.
Montmorency Falls
Montmorency Falls
Find yourself in awe of the power of nature on a visit to Montmorency Falls, which plunges into the pool below from a height of 272 feet.
Huron-Wendat Nation Urban Reserve
Huron-Wendat Nation Urban Reserve
Learn the way of life of the Huron-Wendat people while visiting Wendake, a reserve located just outside Quebec City.
Nova Scotia's Most Scenic Locales
Nova Scotia's Most Scenic Locales
While visiting Peggy’s Cove, UNESCO World Heritage Lunenburg, and Mahone Bay, see some of the places that make Nova Scotia such an incredibly scenic province.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Montreal

A bright and vibrant city and the second-largest in Canada, Montreal is the beginning point for your tour of French Canada. Make your way to our centrally located hotel on arrival, and meet your group of fellow travelers and Tour Manager. Spend some time getting settled in or sightseeing locally before meeting the group at a local French restaurant this evening for a proper welcome to your rail vacation.

Day 2 - Discovering Montreal

Some of Montreal's best attractions lie ahead this morning as the group sets out on a guided city sightseeing tour. Admire the sites of Old Montreal, including the grand Notre-Dame Basilica, built nearly 200 years ago. Afterward, we are in for a treat as we continue exploring Old Montreal through its culinary offerings. Discover the flavors of French Canada one stop at a time while walking between shops and eateries with a guide. The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring this vibrant city at your own pace.

Overnight Montreal.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Montreal at Leisure/To Quebec City by Rail

Enjoy a leisurely morning to recharge for the adventures ahead or wander through Montreal independently, sightseeing or searching for a delicious French bakery. We check out of our hotel later this morning and transfer together to Montreal's railway station to board VIA Rail's Corridor Service. This train ventures along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor and takes us to atmospheric Quebec City in about three hours. After checking in at our hotel, the afternoon is yours to get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Overnight Quebec City.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 4 - Discovering Quebec City

Quebec City is beloved for its history and packs a heavy dose of old-European ambiance that will enchant you as we set out for a group sightseeing tour this morning. Listen to your guide's stories of the city and little-known facts as you explore attractions like the Plains of Abraham and the Latin Quarter and pass by the impressive National Assembly Building, a towering building inspired by Paris' Louvre Palace.

If you have worked up an appetite during our explorations, our next stop at a local sugar shack will surely help. Learn about the history and production of maple syrup in Canada and taste some authentic products. Our visit also includes a delicious lunch with the sounds of Quebecois music playing. You are welcome to spend the remainder of your day in Quebec City at leisure. Whether you want to continue exploring the city's culinary side or spend your hours wandering through the narrow cobbled streets of Old Quebec, there is no shortage of ways to spend your time.

Overnight Quebec City.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Montmorency Falls/VIA Rail’s Ocean

Relish a slow start to the day with plenty of time to sleep in, have breakfast, or continue sightseeing. This afternoon, join the group in visiting Montmorency Falls, a breathtaking natural spectacle nearly 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls. You have some free time here to admire the thundering water and its lush surroundings from the walking trails or while riding the zip line if you are feeling adventurous. We then continue our day at the Wendake, an urban reserve of the Huron-Wendat Nation. Our guided tour here introduces elements of First Nations culture and heritage, and we learn the tribe's traditions as we visit the longhouse and other important sites throughout the community. Learn about the food the Huron-Wendat eat and how they preserve it for the winter, amongst many other things. Our visit here concludes with a dinner filled with indigenous ingredients and dishes at a local restaurant.

But our day does not end here; instead, the evening brings the beginning of a new adventure. We are taken to Quebec's rail station to join VIA Rail's Ocean on its overnight route toward Maritime Canada.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 6 - Crossing Eastern Canada

Over the night, the Ocean follows its eastbound course through Quebec and enters New Brunswick. Wake up surrounded by the scenery of Canada's eastern provinces as the train approaches Moncton, New Brunswick, and continues toward Nova Scotia. The Ocean has picture windows lining its cars, so beautiful views over the changing landscape are always available. Spend time reading, relaxing, or chatting with fellow travelers in the dining or lounge cars. We arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, early this evening, with the remainder of the evening for you to begin dipping your toes into its offerings.

Overnight Halifax.

Day 7 - Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg

Quintessential Maritime scenery lies ahead on this morning's excursion to two of Nova Scotia's most famous locales: Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. We first head to Peggy's Cove with time to photograph the iconic lighthouse and see the quaint fishing village, and then we move onto historic Lunenburg, where you are welcome to explore independently. This postcard-perfect village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its preserved British Colonial architecture, and has deep connections to the sea. We also enjoy a picture stop at Mahone Bay before returning for an afternoon of leisure in Halifax. Join the group at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner featuring fresh Nova Scotia lobster this evening.

Overnight Halifax.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 8 - Tour Conclusion

Your journey through French Canada and Nova Scotia concludes this morning with a group transfer to Halifax Stanfield International Airport for flights departing after 12:00 p.m.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Hotels

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

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Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal

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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec

Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

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Trains

VIA Rail's Corridor Services
VIA Rail's Ocean

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