Eastern Canada by Rail

Canada’s flag carrying transport service, operating over 460 trains per week over a 7,700 mile network linking more than 450 locations in Canada.


For many of VIA Rail’s routes two classes of travel are usually available - economy and business. Economy passengers receive free WiFi, and can purchase a selection of light meals, snacks and beverages. Some routes include seat assignment. Upgrading to business class is highly recommended and includes access to business lounges, priority early boarding, a selection of complimentary newspapers, pre-meal drinks before enjoying a choice of main entrées, wine with your meal and coffee with liqueur (offered on evening trains).

On VIA Rail sleeping cars, passengers enjoy a reserved seating area for daytime travel, which is made into sleeping berths by an attendant in the evening. A shower room and toilet facilities are located in each car in tarns-continental cars only. Three types of
accommodation are offered:-
Berth Class/Section (Upper/Lower) offers deep-cushioned seats, with an optional table by day, that convert to upper and lower beds with privacy curtain at night. Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Complimentary shower kits, including soap, shampoo, shower cap, towel and washcloth are provided.
Cabin for one is a small private room with a sink and air-conditioning. Access to shared showers with complimentary shower kits. The room accommodates one adult in a single bed and two can sit together at least part of the time during the day if desired. Two people travelling together in roomettes are usually located adjacent to each other.
Cabin for two is a private room for two people with toilet facilities and air-conditioning. The room contains comfortable armchairs in the daytime, which convert to upper and lower beds at night. There is a small cupboard (holds one large and one small suitcase), reading lamp and a sink with razor outlet. Shower rooms are nearby.

VIA Rail routes
Offering 19 routes from coast-to-coast, VIA Rail is a wonderful way to explore Canada’s vast and diverse landscape.

  • VIA Rail could be your picture window to the spectacular mountain scenery of Alberta and northern British Columbia.
  • Board “The Canadian”, VIA’s flagship train, which travels across the Northern Ontario lakelands, the wide open prairies and the Canadian Rockies from Toronto to Vancouver.
  • Make your way across Manitoba’s frozen tundra to Churchill for an unparalleled polar bear experience.
  • Take in beautiful riverside scenery as you journey along the St Lawrence River and uncover the splendour of the Maritimes.
  • Travel along the central Canadian Corridor with downtown to downtown links between some of Eastern Canada’s main cities from Québec City to Windsor.

Duration: 10 nights rail & coach tour

Price from: £1499pp

Day 1 Fly to Toronto: On arrival make your way to your centrally situated hotel.

Day 2 Toronto: Where better to begin your independent sightseeing than at the city’s most iconic sight, the CN Tower. Other attractions include St Lawrence Market, the huge Eaton Centre shopping mall, the vibrant Distillery District and the Entertainment District, which is Toronto’s answer to New York’s Broadway.

Day 3 Toronto/Montréal: Make your way to the station where you will catch a VIA Rail train to Montréal in the neighbouring province of Québec. The journey takes around five hours and on arrival you will make your own way to your hotel.

Day 4 Montréal: A day to explore and sightsee as you choose. Discover major museums and art galleries in the Centre-Ville (downtown) area, wonderful shopping in Rue Ste- Catherine, Mont Royal for far-reaching views and Old Montréal which has the delightful feel of a Parisian-style quarter.

Day 5 Montréal/Québec City: Make your way back to the station for the VIA Rail train which will take you to Québec City in just over three hours. On arrival, make your own way to your hotel.

Day 6 Québec City: At leisure to explore the only walled city in North America. The Lower Town is known for its picturesque, narrow streets and historic buildings, while the Upper Town contains the defensive Citadel and some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Chateau Frontenac.

Day 7 Québec City/The Ocean Train: Continue your sightseeing before you make your way to the Québec Sainte-Foy train station for the overnight journey aboard The Ocean which takes you across the Maritimes.

Day 8 The Ocean Train/Halifax: Wake to views of the Atlantic Ocean and quaint coastal villages. Enjoy the ever changing scenery from your cabin or from the panoramic dome car. Arrive in Halifax this evening and make your way to your hotel.

Days 9-10 Halifax: Two days to take in the sights of Nova Scotia’s capital city, which has been shaped by its seafaring history. Take time to explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, which was built in 1856; follow the boardwalk around the downtown waterfront where you’ll find bright shops, artist’s studios and restaurants; visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; and, if time allows, head out to the delightful Peggy’s Cove on the Atlantic coast.

Day 11 Halifax: Make your own way to the airport where your tour concludes with your onward journey.

Departures: On selected dates.

Accommodation: 4* Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; 4* Le Meridien Versailles, Montréal; 4* Hotel PUR, Québec City; 3*PLUS Cambridge Suites, Halifax. On The Ocean train, accommodation is in a cabin for two which has a sofa by day, upper and lower bed by night and an en suite toilet.

Meals: Room only. Selected meals are included on The Ocean train.

Tour price: The price shown includes international flights to Toronto and from Halifax, 9 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night in a cabin for two aboard The Ocean Train and train travel with VIA Rail between Toronto and Montréal and Montréal and Québec City.

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