Across Canada by Train

13 Nights / 14 Days

Overview

Your 14-day tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver. This spectacular coastal city is home to beautiful landmarks like Gastown, the Sunken Gardens, and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will have time to discover all these exciting sights on a guided tour before boarding VIA Rail’s Canadian to continue to your next destination, Toronto.

Before arriving, enjoy your four-night rail journey aboard the Canadian as you get to know your fellow travelers, read a good book or take in the beautiful passing scenery. When you finally arrive in Toronto on Day 6, spend the day doing some shopping, dining at an ethnic restaurant or taking in a show!

From Toronto take a short journey to the spectacular Niagara Falls. Take a boat ride to witness firsthand the magical falls that make this magnificent landmark so famous. You will then travel by rail from Toronto to Montreal. Have time at leisure to explore legendary attractions like Old Montreal and the Olympic complex. After, journey to the French city of Quebec. You will have ample time to visit the historical and modern highlights of this beautiful city on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. The perfect way to witness the absolute beauty that encompasses the city.

Continue on your rail journey from Quebec City to Halifax aboard the Ocean. While in Halifax you can visit charming you can visit Lunenburg, a scenic port town with the largest fish fleet in Nova Scotia.

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.

 

Call 1-604-990-9299 or 800-913-9207, Email for more information and reservations.

Features

  • 4 nights aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Plus from Vancouver to Toronto with access to the dome cars, lounges, and meals onboard
  • VIA Rail’s Corridor Service from Toronto to Montreal and Montreal to Quebec City
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean in the Sleeper Plus with access to the domed viewing car, services of an on-board learning coordinator and some meal service
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
  • Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
  • Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour
  • Full day sightseeing excursion from Toronto to Niagara Falls with lunch and a ride on the Hornblower
  • Montreal City Tour
  • Quebec City Tour
  • Private transfer between Quebec City and Ste. Foy
  • Sightseeing excursion from Halifax to Lunenberg & Mahone Bay (Tour begins July 1 and ends Sept 30)
  • Transfer from hotel to VIA Rail station

Prices

  • Prices depend on travel dates, number of travelers, train service, hotels and extras.
  • See all prices below
  • Call 1-604-990-9299 or 800-913-9207, Email for more information and reservations
                           Across Canada by Train – 2017 Prices
Start DatesVIA Rail Berth / Moderate Hotel
VIA Rail Cabin / Superior Hotel
VIA Rail Cabin / Deluxe Hotel
VIA Rail Prestige Cabin / Deluxe Hotel
Apr 6 – 27$3,199$3,898$4,165$6,215
May 4 – 25$3,500$4,201$4,564$6,215
Jun 8 – 29$3,903$4,210$4,772$6,423
Jul 6 – Aug 31$3,903$4,898$5,369$6,367
Sep 7 – 28$4,190$4,798$5,469$6,633
Oct 5 – 12$4,090$4,798$5,145$6,519

Rates are per person, in USD, before taxes based on Double occupancy

2017 Schedule

Starts in Vancouver
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18 25
June 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12

Itinerary

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 Vancouver.

Day 2 – Vancouver Sightseeing / VIA Rail to Toronto
Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to some of the city’s 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 onboard accommodations and prepare for your journey east to Toronto. Overnight train.

Day 3 – En Route 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 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 principal industry. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Arrival in Toronto
The Canadian pulls into Toronto’s Union Station at 9:30 am. Collect your bags, check into your hotel, and begin your day of sightseeing. 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 unique shops, sampling delicious ethnic cuisine, and enjoying some local entertainment. Overnight Toronto. (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 The Hornblower 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 Toronto. (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 Corridor Service. Your accommodations while in Montreal are conveniently located just above the rail station. Get acquainted with the city on your own this evening. Overnight Montreal.

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 journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Quebec City.

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 Quebec City.

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 Sainte-Foy for your overnight journey aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean bound for Halifax. Settle into your 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. Afterward, 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 (Learning Coordinator is seasonal). At 2:07 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 this evening.

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 Halifax. (B, L)

Day 13 – Excursion to Lunenburg
Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime’s most engaging attractions, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.

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. 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 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 (not included) for your return trip home.

 

Levels of Service

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Georgian Court Hotel, Chelsea Hotel, Delta Montreal, Delta Quebec, and Cambridge Suites Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Superior Accommodations 
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Marriott Chateau Champlain Montreal, Hotel Manoir Victoria Quebec City, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Royal York, Hotel Le Germain Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and The Prince George Hotel Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Prestige Class
Hotels are the same as Deluxe Accommodations. VIA Rail accommodations are in Prestige Sleeper Class. The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travellers on the Canadian, one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Upgrades to Prestige Class on the “Canadian” are available through Vacations By Rail.  Ask your rail specialist for details. 

Sleeper Plus class aboard the Ocean is seasonal.

 

 

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