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A Journey on VIA Rail’s Ocean: The Window to Canada

The Canadian Maritimes are known for their enchanting seaside towns and unspoiled nature, and there’s no better way to take in the scenery and see the best of the province than on a train vacation.


The Canadian Maritimes are known for enchanting seaside towns and unspoiled nature, and there’s no better way to take in the scenery and see the best of the province than on a train vacation. VIA Rail’s Ocean is dubbed the “Window to Canada” for good reason–the views are spectacular throughout the journey and showcases the types of landscapes that make Canadian nature famous worldwide.

The Ocean, connecting Montreal and Halifax on a 1,346 kilometer journey, is comprised of five train cars. Step onboard for a one day/one night trip across Atlantic Canada. Settle into your Sleeper Plus cabin for two or cabin for two with shower for a comfortable night’s rest. Maritime history lessons, interesting presentations on the local culture and wine tastings can comprise the day’s onboard activities. Dine on fresh meals and sip Canadian wines while the landscape unfolds around you. And don’t forget to visit the Park Car for 360-degree views from the upper observation deck – an excellent spot to snap photos of the changing vistas.

The Ocean is the cornerstone of several vacations across eastern Canada with many popular highlights along the train’s route. From the French-influenced province of Quebec to the wild beauty of Nova Scotia, the splendor of the Maritimes awaits.

VIA Rail’s Ocean provides an experience like no other to see Canada’s wilderness and some of its most renowned towns. Get the most out of your trip with a train journey through the Maritimes

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