Canada Coast to Coast By Train

21

days

per person from $ 7,543

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (3 reviews)

Discover Vancouver's hidden gems on a sightseeing tour, bike ride or a walk around Stanley Park. Then wind your way through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer. Spend time in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper enjoying our guided excursions. Then board the Canadian train for an epic 3 night journey across the country. Stop at Metropolitan Toronto for a taste of the city. Visit Niagara Falls, an awe inspiring natural wonder. Continue on the Canadian railway to historic French Canada. And spend time exploring the culture and history of Montreal and Quebec City. Try a brand new rail experience along the St. Lawrence River to the heart of Charlevoix. Here you'll marvel at Quebec's mountains, lakes and rivers. A final overnight train journey brings you to beautiful Nova Scotia with lots to explore.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

Experience the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Toronto, the alpine charms of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise in the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the delights of Quebec’s Charlevoix region, and the picturesque coastal city of Halifax - on this ultimate version of our trans Canadian railway tours. Pause to wander the charming lanes of Old Montréal, sample Quebecois culture and cuisine as you stumble upon the hidden cafes. Discover a part of Canada that is both wonderfully Canadian and distinctly European.

What we love about this trip

• The ultimate trans-Canada train trip
• Unique, small group excursions
• 2 days on Rocky Mountaineer
• 4 nights aboard VIA Rail
• Luxury Charlevoix touring train in Quebec
• Scenic wonders: Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and the Atlantic Coast
• Choice of great hotels

 

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 - Across Canada train vacation begins – arrive Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. Depending on your time of arrival, you can relax and dine al fresco, take a trip out to Stanley Park, or try one of the many tours on foot or bicycle. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - In Vancouver
Today you have the choice to enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus of Vancouver’s main highlights with a small group and guide, or take in a grand cycling tour of Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Spend the remainder of your day at your leisure. You can stroll the beaches of English Bay, whilst admiring misty gulf islands and snow capped mountains in the distance, or discover a secret garden in Chinatown. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 - On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
A lonesome wail sounds from the Canadian Rockies railroad whistle, and the smell of your breakfast wafts from the galley, as the Rocky Mountaineer train leaves Vancouver on the first leg of its journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Over lunch you’ll climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and take a trip through the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs on an outdoor viewing platform.

In late afternoon, the train arrives in Kamloops where you observe the lifestyle of locals in a small Rockies town. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 4 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Banff
The second day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, anticipation builds over breakfast for your first sighting of the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the Canadian Rockies, and the railroad, keep your eyes peeled for elk, bald eagles and bears.

Finally you enter the famous Spiral Tunnels - ascending slowly, round and round through the darkness, until, blinking, you emerge to find yourself high in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by mighty peaks topped with snow. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 - The famous Canadian Rockies - Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Canadian air! Today enjoy a change of pace on your Rockies train trip. Explore the sleepy mountain town of Banff on an intimate guided tour and drink in the views of the surrounding national parks from the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

The lofty peak is reached by a gondola swinging beneath the cable far above the valley floor and surrounded by jagged Canadian Rockies peaks, with the Bow River glistening in the distance. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6 – Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Lake Louise
On a transfer, meander your way from Banff to Lake Louise this morning. Finally, you’ll see perhaps the most famous view of your entire Canadian Rockies train trip and in all of the Rockies - the turquoise water of Lake Louise, surrounded by glaciers tumbling down from the high peaks. This is a place to relax, stretch your legs on a stroll or a hike - or go for a paddle in a canoe. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7 - The Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise to Jasper
Today’s tour will travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO world heritage site. Your chance for discovery is enhanced by your small group tour, led by an expert guide. Spectacular glaciers, cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes and alpine meadows dot the route as you stop to admire. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where you venture aboard the Ice Explorer onto the 6 kilometer long Athabasca Glacier. A picnic lunch is included. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8 - Maligne Lake tour and cruise / Canadian Train Journey East – onboard the Canadian Train
This morning the natural beauty of the Rockies is right outside your window as you take a guided tour through one of the National Park’s most spectacular areas. Marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. Learn how Medicine Lake is “mysteriously” disappearing before boarding a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake, bound for serene Spirit Island.

This afternoon you are transferred to the train station where a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed awaits you on Via Rail’s - the Canadian train. Your across Canada train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies.

Days 9 and 10 – Canadian Train Journey East – onboard the Canadian
The scenery changes once as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and golds of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight. In the distance you spot a lone red barn surrounded by a decrepit wooden fence which strikes you as uniquely beautiful. Who knew such flat land could be so stunning?

Day 11 - Arrive in Toronto and tour the city
Spend a day enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods that Toronto is famous for. A two hour city tour ensures you won’t miss any of the main city attractions. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 12 - Witness the power of Niagara Falls
First thing this morning, join a guide to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face, the thundering sound gets louder and louder and you’re thankful for your poncho. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 13 - A new Canadian Culture Awaits on your Across Canada Train Trip – Montreal
The Corridor train carries you into the next province of Canada – Quebec! Train travel is the most scenic route you can take in Canada. Enjoy the views along the shore of Lake Ontario, the open farmland of rural Quebec and the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 14 - Montreal Sightseeing
Today you travel through the depths of Montreal’s history on a guided tour. Step back in time at the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica, explore the old Bonsecours Market, and savor the anecdotes of your guide as you gaze across the city from Mont Royal Park. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 15 – Montreal to Quebec City
Travel a short distance by train through Quebec’s picturesque countryside as your across Canada train vacation heads towards Quebec City. Step into Quebec City’s colorful history as you visit authentic Quebecois shops, and discover the pride that the residents feel for their city.

Day 16 - Quebec Countryside Tour
Today you travel back in time to rural Quebec as you ride along the Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. You will visit the world famous Shrine in Sainte-Anne de- Beaupré, stop at the Montmorency Falls and be treated to a short visit on the Island of Orléans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 17 - VIA Rail’s Ocean Train - Overnight on train
Spend a full day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and enjoy a delightful sightseeing tour to experience this unique city. This evening you will be transferred to Charny where you will board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your across Atlantic Canada.

Day 18 – Arrive in Halifax
This morning, relax in the panoramic dome car and count the sails out on the water. Late this afternoon you will glide into Halifax and transfer to your hotel. Explore the welcoming Celtic atmosphere of the Canadian Maritimes’ largest city. Overnight in Halifax.

Days 19 and 20 - Explore Halifax and Nova Scotia
After a day to immerse yourself in the thriving culture of Halifax, you will enjoy a small group tour to explore the coastal gems of Nova Scotia. Depending on the day of the week, you will visit Peggy’s Cove, the small towns and vistas of the South Shore, or witness the reversing tides of the Bay of Fundy from Hall’s Harbor. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 21 - Across Canada Train Vacation Ends
Much too soon your across Canada train vacation comes to an end as you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Overnight and day tours on five trains - Overnight and day tours on five trains
Overnight and day tours on five trains
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Cruise on the legendary Maid of the Mist - Cruise on the legendary Maid of the Mist
Cruise on the legendary Maid of the Mist
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska - Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area - Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours - Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts - Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 16 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver and Banff (RedLeaf, SilverLeaf, or GoldLeaf)
• 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on the Rocky Mountaineer train
• Rocky Mountaineer Fuel Surcharge
• 3 nights onboard Via Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin from Jasper to Toronto including 3 dinners, 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts
• Daytime journeys on the Corridor train, between Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City (Economy class for Comfort guests, Business class with delicious meal and wine included for Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Plus guests)
• One night on the Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin (touring class with complimentary meals begin on the June 4 departure of this trip)
• Choice of Vancouver & North Shore sightseeing tour by bus, Vancouver sightseeing tour bike, or Walking Food Tour (private tour for Deluxe Plus Guests)
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise (private transfer for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier (full day private Icefields Parkway tour, with 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Nature tour along Maligne Valley, and a cruise on stunning Maligne Lake (Maligne Lake cruise starts running in early June) (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Choice of Toronto City Tour or Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• A full day of sightseeing in Niagara Falls, including a ride on the Maid of the Mist (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Montreal sightseeing tour (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Sightseeing tour of Quebec City (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Sightseeing tour of Quebec’s charming countryside (private full day tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Halifax city tour - included for May 14 - September 24 trips (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Nova Scotia sightseeing tour (Peggy’s Cove, the South Shore, or Bay of Fundy)
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• All train station transfers
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade onboard the trains and receive gourmet meals and first class service
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us about the alternative of guided walking or bike tours in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, or Quebec City
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Add a half day train ride to visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Le Meridien Versailles-Montreal - Exterior of hotelLe Meridien Versailles-Montreal - Deluxe RoomLe Meridien Versailles-Montreal - Lobby of hotel

Le Meridien Versailles-Montreal

An example of our Superior accommodations

Step into an art gallery, or at least that is what it feels like, when you enter the Meridien Versailles. The artwork is something the Meridien holds as a unique selling proposition. It's all local art and it is changed every 3 months. When they do change the art, they do a mini gallery opening in the lobby and all the guests are invited. Large bright, and unique are 3 words used to describe this hotel.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe Plus accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

Moraine Lake Lodge - Deck overlooking Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Canoes are complimentary to guestsMoraine Lake Lodge - Moraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy complimentary market-fresh breakfast, and gourmet diningMoraine Lake Lodge - An authentic mountain experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Ask our vacation planners about customizing your trip, to stay in some of our more secluded, intimate, and unique wilderness lodges. First class service, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious accommodations are combined with rustic ambiance in a stunning setting. Step out of your doorway for a morning hike, then relax on your patio sipping wine, gazing at the reflection of snow capped peaks on pristine mountain lakes. Here, the only noise is the whispering of pines and the calls of alpine birds.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

2014 Dates starting in Vancouver
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24


Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the type of hotel accommodations
• RedLeaf, GoldLeaf, and SilverLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Vancouver - Banff portion of the journey.

RedLeaf Train Service &
Comfort Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 7 - May 21, 201410,4097,543
May 28 - Jun 18, 201411,7238,390
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 201412,4189,031
SilverLeaf Train Service &
Superior Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 7 - May 21, 201412,4458,991
May 28 - Jun 18, 201413,99110,013
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 201414,62110,593
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 7 - May 21, 201414,68210,397
May 28 - Jun 18, 201416,76711,615
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 201418,12612,717
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Plus Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 7 - May 21, 201424,42414,791
May 28 - Jun 18, 201426,58015,998
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 201428,45917,377
SilverLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 7 - Sep 24, 2014526526
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 7 - Sep 24, 2014947947
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Superior GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 7 - Sep 24, 2014421421

 

 

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Something everyone should experience in their lifetime

Something everyone should experience in their lifetime

Star Rating 5
September 11, 2013

We want to thank you all at Fresh Tracks for putting together such an incredible holiday for us. Your attention to detail enabled us to have a relaxing well planned trip. We were able to see so much of your beautiful country without... read more the worry of organizing hotels, tickets, transfers etc. The way in which you arranged the hotels close to train stations or transfers waiting where necessary made the trip as stress free as possible. The hotel choices were brilliant, different, but brilliant. Jasper and Banff were exceptional, the staff in those two hotels made our stay very memorable. But then there was the George at PEI... What an experience... the staff there were amazing as was the atmosphere. Lake Louise will never be forgotten! Waking to the view from our window... my goodness! If one believes in heaven then surely it is Lake Louise! The organization and care of the Rocky Mountaineer staff was something everyone should experience in their lifetime - a truly relaxing and rewarding experience. The trip has only made us determined to visit Canada again. We thank you for all you did for us and have spread the word to family and friends about Fresh tracks. Hopefully in the next couple of years we will have the opportunity to visit Canada again until then we have our memories and our newly enriched souls! Many many thanks.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travellers

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travellers

Star Rating 5
September 5, 2011

We had the best time travelling across your glorious country with VIA Rail and have to thank you all for creating our itinerary. The pace was leisurely and we made the most of each and every day. Met some lovely people on the way... read more and have heaps of happy memories to recount to family and friends. You guys are just amazing and so helpful, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travelers coming your way. Thanks again.

What a wonderful vacation

What a wonderful vacation

Star Rating 5
June 13, 2010

What a wonderful vacation! I had a great time. This was my first time to Canada and the coast to coast train trip was FANTASTIC! All of you at Fresh Tracks Canada should be very proud of yourselves – thank you so very much!

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Canada Coast to Coast By Train – Map
Arrive Vancouver
2 nights Vancouver
1 night Kamloops
2 nights Banff
1 nights Lake Louise
1 night Jasper
3 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Toronto
2 nights Montreal
2 nights Quebec City
1 night VIA Rail
3 nights Halifax
Depart Halifax

What Clients Say

Something everyone should experience in their lifetime

Star Rating 5

We want to thank you all at Fresh Tracks for putting together such an incredible holiday for us. Your attention to detail enabled us to have a relaxing well planned trip. We were able to see so much of your beautiful country without the worry of organizing hotels, tickets, transfers etc. The way in...

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