Totem poles on the Skeena train route
Totem poles on the Skeena train route
Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Festival
Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Festival
Celtic Colours Festival, Nova Scotia
Celtic Colours Festival, Nova Scotia
First Nations culture
First Nations culture
Culinary tour in Montreal
Culinary tour in Montreal
Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton
Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Historic Quebec City
Historic Quebec City

Culture and History Vacations

We know that true culture seekers will not be satisfied with simply taking photos of famous Canadian sights. Rather, real memories come from immersion into local events and cultural experiences. In this collection of trips, we pair intriguing historic and cultural highlights with some of Canada's most enjoyable rail journeys. Try food tours that allow you to sample local fare, then meet the chefs behind the tasty offerings. Spend the day with the best local guides, who enrich their tours with anecdotes and hidden gems. Or discover Canada's rich indigenous culture with a First Nations guide.

Our favorite Culture and History Trips...

Insider Tip: Can't find the right trip for you? Use our Trip Finder to browse through all of our Canadian trip ideas,
or have a Custom Trip Created for you, to meet your timeline and budget.

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Canada's Eastern Rail Classic
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Canada's Eastern Rail Classic

8

days

starting fromUS $2,569per person

This is one of our perennial favorite Canadian rail vacation packages. Imagine experiencing tours of bilingual Montreal, historic Quebec City, and coastal Halifax - all in just over a week. Travel between each destination by train, sitting in comfort... read more

from US $2,569 to US $3,886 per person

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. To get your own custom quote for this trip, please click the button below for more details.

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8 days / 7 nights starting from US $2,569 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Travel aboard VIA Rail
  • Journey through the beautiful Quebec countryside
  • See Eastern & Atlantic Canada's diverse landscapes
  • Choice of sightseeing tours of Montreal, Quebec City & Nova Scotia
  • Great choice of hotels
Canadian History and Culture By Rail
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Canadian History and Culture By Rail

10

days

starting fromUS $3,290per person

Sit back, relax and enjoy this meandering journey through eastern Canada by train. The spectacular countryside of Ontario and Quebec rolls past your train window – lakes, forests, quaint villages and bustling small towns, rolling farmland dotted... read more

from US $3,290 to US $4,946 per person

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Canadian History and Culture By Rail

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10 days / 9 nights starting from US $3,290 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Niagara region, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and rural Quebec
  • Travel onboard VIA Rail
  • Stunning Quebec countryside
  • Daily departures!
Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail
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Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail

5

days

starting fromUS $1,599per person

This is one of our most popular short Canadian train vacations. We combined a great stay in modern and diverse Montreal, with a romantic getaway in historic Quebec City to create this 5-day vacation showcasing French Canada's two largest cities. Explore... read more

from US $1,599 to US $2,695 per person

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Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail

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5 days / 4 nights starting from US $1,599 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train
  • Montreal's ‘joie de vivre’
  • Award winning restaurants
  • Historic & modern Quebec City
  • Fantastic hotels
  • French-Canadian experience
Haida Gwaii and the Canadian Rockies
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Haida Gwaii and the Canadian Rockies

15

days

starting fromUS $7,699per person

 

On this trip, explore the Rocky Mountain treasures of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks, before taking the Skeena train through remote Northern British Columbia. Then, experience the raw, mystical beauty Haida Gwaii Islands. Stunning scenery, First... read more

from US $7,699 to US $8,689 per person

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Haida Gwaii and the Canadian Rockies

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15 days / 14 nights starting from US $7,699 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Two days on the comfortable Skeena Train by VIA Rail
  • Taking a float plane over Hecate Strait
  • Exploring Haida Gwaii and the stunning Rocky Mountains
  • Exploring the totems of remote K’uuna Llnagaay by zodiac
  • Staying at the scenic Emerald Lake Lodge
  • Wildlife of the Pacific North West and Rocky Mountains
Toronto and Montreal Like a Local
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Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

5

days

starting fromUS $1,890per person

Explore Canada's most exciting cities on this short, action packed getaway. You'll tour the colourful and quirky neighbourhoods of Toronto, before traveling on VIA rail to historic French-Canadian Montreal. Gastronomic adventures, brewpubs, urban art,... read more

from US $1,890 to US $2,041 per person

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Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

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5 days / 4 nights starting from US $1,890 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Sampling some of the best wines in Canada
  • Staying in beautiful Old Montreal – ‘The Hub of French Canada’
  • Exploring Toronto from the seat of a bicycle or with your tastebuds
  • Discover Montreal through the eyes of a local with an expert guide
  • Choice of tour options through Eastern Canada

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1Independent Travel

Travel independently rather than on group tours, with arranged guided sightseeing and adventure tours.

     
2Better Rates and Availability

You'll get better rates and availability because of our relationships with our suppliers (hotels, tour operators, etc.). Even when popular locations are booking up fast.

     
3Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
4Insider Knowledge

Plan your trip with help from our insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which train to take, and lots more...

     
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Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
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  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
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This is the perfect time to turn your dream Canadian vacation into a reality. Book one of our select trips now and receive up to $1,300 per couple in hand-picked experiences or free nights.

Some of the bonus experiences you'll enjoy:

  • Free extra nights, so you can explore a little more.
  • Sampling the local flavors of a region, with free dining at some of our favorite restaurants.
  • Discovering Canada through the eyes of our most entertaining and knowledgeable local guides, on free sightseeing tours.

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2017 is a special year in Canada, as the country celebrates its 150th Anniversary! All across the provinces, special celebrations and events are taking place – making it the perfect time to visit Canada.

For a limited time, you can also take advantage of our 150th Anniversary Offer. Make a booking before midnight on May 31 and receive up to $450 in added value on your vacation. This booking bonus includes a free gift card to use in Canada, or a gift card plus free hotel night depending on your trip.

Here are some ways you can enjoy your booking bonus:

The team at Fresh Tracks is standing by to personalize your perfect Canadian experience! But hurry – space for 2017 travel is filling up very quickly. This offer is only available until midnight on May 31, 2017. Contact us to book your trip now!

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Whether you're wanting to explore the culture of French-Canadian Quebec, sample food and wine in the Niagara region, or the breath crisp mountain air in the Canadian Rockies, we've got the perfect short getaway packages to give you a taste of Canada's highlights and hidden gems.

And for a limited time, you can also take advantage of our Free Dining Experience Special Offer. Make a booking before midnight on May 31 and receive a free dinner at one of Canada's top restaurants.

Here are some ways you can enjoy your free culinary experience:

The team at Fresh Tracks is standing by to personalize your perfect Canadian getaway! But hurry – space for 2017 travel is filling up very quickly. This offer is only available until midnight on May 31, 2017. Contact us to book your trip now!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5698

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Welcome to the Canadian Train Vacations, proud partner of VIA Rail Canada and exclusive provider of the official Pan Canadian 150th Anniversary vacations.

In 2017, Canada turns 150 years old and all across the country Canadians are celebrating with special events. Join in the festivities - book one of our featured VIA Rail adventures for an Ultimate Canadian Experience…Coast to Coast, and receive a very special commemorative bundle of goodies unique to your route.

Depending on your route, your bundle may include items such as...

  • Commemorative leather bag tag, passport holder, and keepsake box
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling wine onboard
  • Admission to the Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg
  • Gift cards to spoil yourself along the way

Canada's Best Window

No other mode of transportation allows you to experience the country so intimately as onboard VIA Rail. As you settle into your seat, you'll soon relax to the rhythm of the tracks as the scenery glides by. By booking one of our exciting Pan Canadian trips below, you'll combine the joy of train travel with some of Canada's most iconic experiences:

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5698

There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in the Canadian Rockies. And with our Winter Early Bird Trip Prices, now is the perfect time to book your trip. These prices will only last a short time, so start planning your vacation now to lock in these savings and your ideal travel dates.

Imagine the experience the romance of a train ride through snow covered mountains, as you make your way to Jasper and Banff National Parks. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at frozen landscapes on sightseeing tours, or feel the thrill of guided adventures such as dogsledding.

Fresh Tracks Canada's vacation advisors are standing by to help you personalize your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while these special prices last!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5698

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