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Expert Advice, News, Tour Resources & More - Destination Spotlight - Canada

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Discover Eastern Canada by Rail

Eastern Canada is filled with stunning natural beauty, historic cities, charming coastal towns and amazing culture and cuisine. A rail vacation to this part of Canada offers a bit of everything, from thriving cities to maritime history and shoreline views.


Eastern Canada is filled with stunning natural beauty, historic cities, charming coastal towns, amazing culture and cuisine and delightful train journeys. A rail vacation to this part of Canada offers a bit of everything, from thriving cities to maritime history and shoreline views.

Connect Ontario and Quebec with short train rides onboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Service, the most efficient way to travel between popular cities like Toronto; Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, with its grand Parliament; the cultural city of Montreal; and Quebec City, steeped in French culture and old world charm.

Explore more of French Canada aboard the Train de Charlevoix, and embark on a scenic journey to Richelieu, where spectacular panoramas and exciting coastal excursions highlight your time in Quebec City and La Malbaie.

For the most classic of rail journeys, step aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean train, the oldest continuously operating “named” passenger train in North America, for the overnight trip between French Canada and the Maritime provinces. Though the train carries history, the Renaissance cars are modern and comfortable. Enjoy delicious three-course meals with a view in the restaurant car, then make your way to the famous Park car, a 1954 dome observation car where you can lounge and watch the lush trees and rugged coast go by.

From Quebec to the Maritimes, combine fascinating architecture and historic sites with the relaxed vibe of Atlantic seaside towns, sunny beaches, hidden coves, and miles and miles of shoreline dotted with picturesque lighthouses.

For an in-depth exploration of the region, consider a rail/drive vacation to Quebec City, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Stroll the cobblestone streets and visit famous sights of Quebec before making the overnight journey to Nova Scotia. Popular excursions include Peggy’s Cove or Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Travel to Cape Breton for superb hiking or a drive along the breathtaking Cabot Trail. Visit Prince Edward Island and enjoy delicious seafood, fabulous beaches and stately Victorian homes.

For the perfect mix of beauty, adventure, and European influence you don’t need to cross an ocean to find, discover Eastern Canada by rail. 

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