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...

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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

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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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Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
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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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