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VIA Rail's Ocean

Come along for a journey through Eastern Canada's incredible scenery while riding aboard VIA Rail's Ocean. This train offers an unforgettable overnight travel experience, complete with onboard nuances that recall memories of yesteryear and fantastic views of the Maritime region.

The Ocean departs from Montreal three times a week, year-round, in pursuit of the East Coast. Urban scenes vanish into the backdrop as the train proceeds through the communities that line the St. Lawrence River and past Monteregian Hills, unique land formations found in the St. Lawrence River Valley. The train continues through the Matapédia Valley and past the Matapédia River before the Chaleur Bay comes into view. With the gorgeous bay's passing comes a change in direction; the route begins its southerly descent through New Brunswick before entering Nova Scotia. Splendid scenes of coastal lighthouses and fishing communities surround the tracks. After approximately 21 hours of travel, the trip concludes as the Ocean pulls into the station in Halifax. Guests who select this journey are treated to views of 28 diverse towns and cities as the route proceeds from Canada's interior to the coastline. For convenience, travelers can also select to begin their journey in Halifax and follow the course to Montreal.

Though not operated by the same line for the entirety of its career, the Ocean is one of the longest-running, continually operational passenger trains in North America. The line began in 1904 when it was operated by the Intercolonial Railway of Canada and called the Ocean Limited. Many rail lines hosted this Montreal-Halifax line from its opening until 1978, when VIA Rail Canada absorbed it. Today, the Ocean continues to change and evolve to meet long-distance travelers' needs and exemplify the excellence for which VIA Rail is known.

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St Joseph Oratory Montreal
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4.7 stars(35 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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Iconic View of Morants Curve
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Peggys Cove
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3.9 stars(14 reviews)
2023JulSep
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$3,395 pp
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Hopewell Rocks Bay Of Fundy
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Bay Of Fundy
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Baddeck
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2023JunJulAugSepOct
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Peggys Cove
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2023MayJunJulAugSep
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Our customers love our Ocean tours
Quebec to the Maritimes
2/Oct
Faimon Roberts II
5 stars
“Great trip.
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Quebec to the Maritimes featuring VIA's Ocean
1/Oct
KURT STEIN
5 stars
“Great vacation - worth the money - beautiful sites.
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Quebec City, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island
27/Oct
SCOTT GODEFROY
4 stars
“With the exception of one lodging accommodations, they were all very good. The solution to the poor accommodations was handled promptly and with great care by Eric, and I greatly appreciate his help. The main concern I had with regard to the train portion of the trip was the size of the sleeping berth. As I am 6’-5”, I was not prepared for the close quarters. For two people and carry on bags, it was very tight and uncomfortable. However, the train personnel were very accommodating and cheerful and did much to make our trip pleasurable. It was helpful having a dining car and lounge area available as well. We did have several delays (2-3 hours) during the train trip which made for a long ride but delays I am sure are expected. Overall, the trip was enjoyable for both my wife and me. If I do consider another rail vacation, like the cross Canadian trip, I will have to take a close look at the sleeping accommodations and other amenities.
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Canada Coast to Coast
22/Oct
MARYANN KINGMAN ROULIER
4 stars
“Rail across Canada was a fabulous trip! The only issue was the way in which our reservation was forgotten. However, disaster was pulled from the flames and, though accommodations were not always as we hoped, the trip was wonderful.
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High Tides and Scenic Trains
16/Sep
SUSAN WALFORD
4 stars
“Lovely scenery but the schedule needs refining because the train is always running late - I believe it’s only temporary due to ongoing rail upgrades and maintenance but it makes the schedule too tight for things to proceed smoothly.
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Across Canada by Train
31/Aug
Maurine
4 stars
“The Via Rail trip from Vancouver to Quebec City was excellent. It was pleasant & comfortable with good meals and we enjoyed it very much. We were less happy with the second leg of our trip from Quebec City to Halifax as the train was small & cramped, the food was quite awful and we could not wait to leave the train.
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