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

Immerse yourself in Canadian culture on a unique rail journey

Don't settle for simply snapping photos of famous Canadian landmarks. We recommend you immerse yourself in local Canadian 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.

Our favorite Culture and History Trips...

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or have a Custom Trip Created for you, to meet your timeline and budget.

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We caught up with some of our travelers and asked them about their Canadian experience.

Fairmont Great Canadian Railway Adventure
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Fairmont Great Canadian Railway Adventure

20

days

starting fromUS $12,174per person

 

Join us in celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary on this very special Pan Canadian train adventure from Vancouver to Quebec City. You'll experience trans-continental train travel onboard VIA Rail, plus the luxury and history of Canada's iconic Fairmont... read more

from US $12,174 to US $13,148 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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Fairmont Great Canadian Railway Adventure

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20 days / 19 nights starting from US $12,174 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • The ultimate Canadian experience celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary
  • Historic and luxurious Fairmont Hotels in each destination
  • Unique, small group excursions
  • 4 nights aboard VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian Train
  • Scenic wonders: The Canadian Rockies, Niagara Falls, and French Canadian Quebec
  • Canada’s best window seat on VIA Rail
Canada's Eastern Rail Classic
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Canada's Eastern Rail Classic

8

days

starting fromUS $2,650per 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 $2,650 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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Canada's Eastern Rail Classic

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8 days / 7 nights starting from US $2,650 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!
Eastern Canada Winterfest
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Eastern Canada Winterfest

8

days

starting fromUS $2,090per person

 

Embark on a unique winter wonderland experience as you journey by train through the snowy Quebec and Ontario countryside. Experience Canada's charming nation's capital Ottawa, the unbridled Joie de vivre of Montreal, and historic Quebec City. Cultural... read more

from US $2,090 to US $3,731 per person

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Eastern Canada Winterfest

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8 days / 7 nights starting from US $2,090 per person

What we love about this trip:

  • Travelling on VIA Rail through the snowy countryside
  • Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Local guides that bring Eastern Canada to life
  • Skating on the Rideau Canal
  • Food tour of Byward Market
  • Winter festivals
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...

     
5Local Support

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

     
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You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations.

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One-size-fits-all approach.

     

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Get your personalized itinerary

Get your custom itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2018.

  • 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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Choose from handpicked experiences that create memories of a life-time.
Experience Canada with seamless transfers. All coordinated and planned to your taste.

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.

This offer has limited space! Hurry and call or email us now, to connect with one of our friendly vacation advisors and claim your special booking bonus.

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

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2018? By booking early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, scenic hotel accommodations, unique small group tours, and Canada's spectacular touring trains.

And if you book now, you'll also receive our 2017 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,100 per couple in free travel credits! Use the credits to enhance your vacation with extra nights, dining experiences, and activities.

Here are just a few ways you can use your travel credits:

But hurry! This offer only lasts for a short while. Take advantage of our best rate guarantee for 2018 trips, and personalize your trip with free add-ons. Our team is standing by to help – so call or email today.

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

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

Summer flowers have bloomed, the bears are awake, and snow is melting from the mountain peaks…but have you booked your 2017 Canadian vacation yet? With space running out in many destinations, we highly recommend booking now and taking advantage of our Canadian Summer Special Offer, worth up to $300 per couple in value.

Book before midnight on June 30, 2017 and you'll receive the following free experiences:

  • Select Eastern Canada vacations: Choice of free Quebec river cruise or hotel upgrade
  • Select Western Canada train vacations: Choice of free sunset dinner cruise in Vancouver or hotel upgrade
  • Select Trans-Canadian rail vacations: Both a free cruise tour experience PLUS hotel upgrade

But hurry! This offer only lasts for a short while and there are few spaces left on many trips. Our team is standing by to help you plan the perfect Canadian summer adventure – so call or email today.

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

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

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 vacation. These prices will only last a short time, so start planning your vacation now to lock in these savings and your ideal travel dates.

Plus, for bookings before June 30th enjoy the following booking bonus:

  • Comfort guests – enjoy a luxurious hotel upgrade in Banff
  • Superior & Deluxe guests – enjoy a free hotel night on us!

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

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.