Across Canada By Train - 14 Day Tour
Travel across seven Canadian provinces on four exciting trains to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure! Your 14-day tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver and continues on to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax.
Pamper yourself with first-class accommodations, delicious meals, and access to exclusive lounge cars to view Canada's ever-changing scenery. Stay in luxurious, centrally-located hotels and enjoy sightseeing tours to get you acquainted with each unique city on your route. And, of course, enjoy ample time at your leisure to see each city your way.
Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this coastal city at your leisure. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver.
Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing / VIA Rail to Toronto
Today's sightseeing tour takes you to some of the cities most popular landmarks including Stanley Park, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Sunken Gardens, Chinatown, and BC Place. Spend the remainder of the day exploring on your own, taking time to enjoy Vancouver's delightful neighborhoods. Transfer to the train station this evening (included) for your 8:30 pm departure on VIA Rail's Canadian bound for Toronto. Settle into your first-class accommodations-a sitting room by day which converts to upper and lower berths at night-and prepare for your journey east to Toronto. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Enroute to Toronto
Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Dining Car as you head toward Jasper. Upon arrival around 4:00 pm today, disembark the train to stretch your legs in this wildlife sanctuary. Jasper is said to be one of the most-photographed locations in the world. Find out why as you explore the area with your camera in hand. The Canadian continues eastward at 5:30 pm. Enjoy dinner, visit with your fellow passengers and settle in for the evening as your train brings you closer to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - East to Toronto
The Canadian pulls into Saskatoon at 8:45 am. This town, named after purple berries along the Saskatchewan River, is a leader in Canada's high-technology and mining industries. If you're so inclined, hop off the train to catch a breath of fresh air and snap a photo. The train continues its journey 25 minutes later. Spend the day enjoying your exclusive access to the Skyline Car with its 360-degree observation dome and the Park Car offering incredible panoramic views.
As you enjoy the passing scenery, keep an eye out for Watrous, famous for its mineral hot springs, and Melville, named after a former President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company. As you finish dinner this evening, the train travels through Portage La Prairie, once a resting area for fur traders and other voyagers by canoe, to Winnipeg, where you will have the opportunity to explore the downtown area during a three-hour stop beginning at 8:30 pm. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Toronto
In the early hours of the morning, the train crosses the Manitoba-Ontario border. Spend the day relaxing with a good book, listening to music, or chatting with fellow travelers. Enjoy entertainment in the Park Car or check out the passing scenery from the Skyline Car. This afternoon the train makes a short stop in Hornepayne, which originated as a railway town but today claims wood as its major industry. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Toronto
The Canadian pulls into Toronto's Union Station at 9:30 am. After collecting your bags, cross the street to your hotel for the next two nights, the Fairmont Royal York. Then, enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off city tour that takes you to some of Toronto's most popular landmarks. Spend the day getting acquainted with the city and browsing the the unique shops, sampling delicious ethnic cuisine, and enjoying some local entertainment. Overnight Fairmont Royal York. (B)
Day 7 - Niagara Falls Excursion
Today embark on a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel along the Niagara Parkway, winding along the Niagara Gorge through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Don a rain slicker and enjoy the famous Maid of the Mist tour, an exciting boat ride that takes you to Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time for photographs at the Falls before heading back to Toronto. Overnight Fairmont Royal York. (L)
Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal
Spend the morning at your leisure, enjoying Toronto as you like it. Depart on a mid-day train to Montreal in VIA Rail's Business Class. Enjoy priority boarding and a delicious meal onboard the train during your 5 ½ hour journey. Your accommodations while in Montreal are conveniently located just above the rail station. Get acquainted with the city on your own this evening. Overnight Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. (L)
Day 9 - Montreal to Quebec City
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Montreal that takes you past more than 200 points of interest. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, and a panoramic view from the top of Mount Royal. The afternoon is yours to explore Montreal on your own. This evening board your VIA Rail train for your Business Class journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. (D)
Day 10 - Quebec City Sightseeing
Get acquainted with the city during today's comprehensive sightseeing tour, which shows you both historic and modern Quebec City. Highlights of your trip include the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, and the Basilica, among other landmarks. This afternoon you may wish to visit Parliament Hill including the Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny, Montmorency Falls Park, or Wendake. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.
Day 11 - Quebec City to Halifax
Make the most of your full day in Quebec City! Spend the day exploring the city on your own, visiting the unique shops or sipping coffee and people-watching at one the city's many sidewalk cafes. You may elect to revisit some of the sights from yesterday's tour or visit a new attraction like Île d' Orleans or the Beaupre Coast. Tonight transfer to the rail station in Charny for a 10:00 pm departure aboard VIA Rail's Ocean for your overnight journey to Halifax. Settle into your first-class accommodations and bid adieu to Quebec as the train leaves the St. Lawrence River behind and speeds toward the Maritimes. Overnight train.
Day 12 - VIA Rail En Route to Halifax
Awake this morning and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car. Afterwards, visit the Park Car for panoramic views of the passing scenery from the observation dome as well as entertaining and informative presentations about the Maritimes region from the onboard Learning Coordinator. At 12:30 pm, the Ocean pulls into Moncton, an outdoor lover's paradise, for a 15-minute stop. Stretch your legs and get a glimpse of the town. Because Moncton is well-situated to both the ocean and woodlands, it is ideal for visitors interested in kayaking, hiking, and bird-watching. Admire the passing scenery as you continue the last leg of your journey. You'll arrive in Halifax around 4:00 pm this afternoon.
Transfer to your hotel, located in the Historic Properties harbor area. Drop off your bags and head to downtown Halifax. Here you'll find art galleries, shopping, museums, historic sites, sidewalk cafes, spirited pubs, lively entertainment, and more! Overnight Delta Halifax. (B, L)
Day 13 - Excursion to Peggy's Cove or Lunenburg
Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime's most engaging attractions. Depending on the day of the week, you will either visit Lunenburg and Mahone Bay or Peggy's Cove.
On the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay excursion, you'll discover Nova Scotia's South Shore including the charming towns of Shad Bay and West Dover. The Lunenburg coastline is the setting for pirate and rum-running stories in the region's folklore. The area does, however, have a history of fishing and boat-building. In fact, Lunenburg has Nova Scotia's largest fishing fleet. Your tour continues with a drive to Mahone Bay, known for its churches along the shore.
The alternate excursion takes you to Peggy's Cove. This quaint village stands on granite rock high above the Atlantic Ocean and offers stunning views of the Nova Scotia coastline. It's no wonder artists and explorers have flocked to the area for more than 150 years! You'll enjoy a walking tour of the cove and village, including the famous DeGarthe Sculpture, a granite carving depicting the life and people of the area. There is ample time to explore the area on your own before heading back to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover Halifax on your own. Overnight Delta Halifax.
Day 14 - Halifax
Your tour ends this morning. You may wish to extend your stay to explore more of Nova Scotia, or transfer to the airport for your return trip home.
Package from Vancouver starts on a Monday or Thursday.
Rates are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy. Travelers 60+ years of age receive a senior discount. Ask about child rates. Sleeper Touring Class from Charny to Halifax is available on VIA Rail’s Ocean for June 9 – September 29 departures. Departures from May 2 – June 6 and October 3 – October 27 travel from Charny to Halifax on VIA Rail’s Ocean in Comfort Class Sleeper, where meals are not included. On Day 13: Peggy’s Cove Tour is available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Lunenberg and Mahone Bay Tour is available on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Both tours are available from June 1 – October 15.
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