Canada's Eastern Rail Classic

Canada’s Eastern Rail Classic



starting from US $2,569per person

Star Rating 5

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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.

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 as you watch the scenery pass by. An overnight Canadian train journey is a highlight of your trip. You are rocked to sleep in a private cabin, awakening to the scent of salt-filled air and the sound of seagulls. You are now on the Atlantic coast of Canada and this is your chance to explore Canada’s east coast.

Canada’s Eastern Rail Classic – Map Montreal, Quebec The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and Quebec City Travelling along the St. Lawrence river and the counrtyside in fall VIA Rail train travels ocean side Nova Scotia Tall ship in Halifax harbour
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Trip Outline

Arrive Montreal 2 nights Montreal 2 nights Quebec City 1 night VIA Rail 2 nights Halifax Depart Halifax


Day 1 – Arrive in Montreal
Meet a friendly driver at Montreal’s airport today as your Canadian travel adventure begins. Once checked into your hotel, join Montrealers on the terraces of St. Denis street to sample the spirit of the city through the enticing array of menus, or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft. The mix of cultures, cuisines, languages and trends is yours to savor.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Travelling can be tiring - to ensure your vacation starts off with a smooth and relaxing start, we have selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products. As an alternative option, upgrade to a dinner cruise on the St. Lawrence River (dinner cruise not available on all departures).

Day 2 – French Canada’s Hub – Tour Montreal
Bienvenue à Montréal! You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal.

• Option 1: Hop on/Hop off Bus Tour
Hit all the big stops along this route - including the Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and Mont Royal Park. Hop on and hop off as much as you like for the full day!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Montreal Highlights by Bicycle
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods and learn about the history of the area. Also have the chance to indulge in a delicious picnic at a farmer’s market.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Walking Food Tour
Explore ‘The Main’ – Canada’s answer to The Lower East Side, where you will find culinary masterpieces. Try some tasty morsels, and learn the story of the culinary roots and the communities formed in Montreal.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – From Metropolis to History – Montreal to Quebec City on VIA Rail’s Corridor
Travel through some of French Canada’s most picturesque countryside as your Canadian vacation heads toward Quebec City. Step off the train and into a little bit of Europe - right here in Canada! Meet a driver at the train station, and check into your hotel.

Day 4 – In Quebec City – Experience French Canadian Culture
Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area:

• Option 1: Quebec Bus Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Military Walking Tour
A favourite of history buffs, this tour allows you to discover Quebec City’s role as a military city and learn how various conflicts and sieges have shaped the 400-year-old capital. Visit the Citadel and its associated museum and from July to the beginning of September you may also see the changing of the guard. Visit the Plains of Abraham where the well-known battle took place between the French and British Armies in 1759.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 5 – Journey into the Heart of Quebec’s Countryside
You have 3 options from which to choose today to help you enjoy Quebec today.

• Option 1: Private Countryside Tour
Discover the countryside around Quebec city with a private driver guide today. Visit Quebec's famous shrine at St. Anne de Beaupre, then gaze in wonder at beautiful Montmorency Falls. Finally, savour a visit on the Isle D'Orléans, known for it’s fine foods.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Bike to Montmorency Falls
Enjoy a 25km loop along the St. Lawrence river to Montmorency Falls. including a cable car ride to the top of the falls – 30 feet higher than Niagara Falls. This option is for those who prefer to be active on vacation.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Quebec City at Leisure & 4-Course Traditional Quebecois Dinner
Today you are free to explore the city on your own. This evening dine in the historic Maison Jacquet built in 1675. Feel the history of the historic home, as you dine on traditional Quebecois cuisine!
Activity rating: Easy

This evening you will be transferred to Ste. Foy where you will board VIA Rail’s Ocean train for your overnight journey. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your across Atlantic Canada. 

Day 6 – Enter the Maritimes – Arrive in Halifax
Wake to views of the Atlantic Ocean, rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear frozen in time. Sit in the panoramic dome car and count the colorful sails out on the water before stepping off the train into the upbeat, Celtic atmosphere of the largest city in the Canadian Maritimes.

Day 7 – The Coastal Spirit – Tour Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and sea faring history, not to mention rugged coastlines with fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean.

Choose from the following
3 options to help you explore the area around Halifax to its fullest.

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove Tour
On this privately guided tour, see the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove. The iconic lighthouse basks in the Maritime glow as fishermen sail out to sea.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Afternoon Winery Escape
Wine Country is not only found in California or France, but right outside Halifax in the stunning Annapolis Valley! Enjoy aromatic whites, cool climate reds and prize winning sparkling wines. Additionally, this tour includes is a cheese tasting.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Historic Halifax Photo Tour
This enriching tour tells you the story of Halifax with the help of old maps, photographs and paintings. The tour guides take you off the beaten path to great vantage points for photography. Catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you only travel with a camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the best photos with texture and depth. Highly recommended!
Activity rating: Moderate

This is the last night of your Canadian train vacation - the perfect excuse to treat yourself to fresh seafood - the ultimate regional specialty.

Day 8 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart Halifax
Much too soon, you bid farewell to the Canadian east and the scent of salt water in the air as your Canada travel experience ends, with departure from the Halifax airport.

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife and northern lights train trips, our vacations are not typically "escorted." We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

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

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What Clients Say

Fresh Tracks was so incredible with all the details

Fresh Tracks was so incredible with all the details

Star Rating 5

We liked the fact that wherever we went the transportation was always there waiting for us. We cannot say enough about the wonderful tour guides we had in Halifax and PEI! So amazing and unbelievable! The accommodations were so amazing and comfortable. Thank you! Fresh Tracks was so incredible with... read more

What's Included

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

Montreal guided tour - Montreal guided tour
Montreal guided tour
Old Quebec City tour - Old Quebec City tour
Old Quebec City tour
Quebec countryside tour - Quebec countryside tour
Quebec countryside tour
One of Nova Scotia local tours - One of Nova Scotia local tours
One of Nova Scotia local tours
Accommodations & rail service:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin
• VIA Rail's corridor train from Montreal to Quebec City*

* Comfort level includes Economy class on the Corridor train (upgrade is available). Boutique and Deluxe level include Business class, including gourmet meal and wine service.

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax*

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature Dinner in Montreal (optional upgrade to Dinner Cruise)
• Breakfast and lunch onboard the Ocean train
• Meal service for business class guests on the Corridor Train

• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
• All train station transfers

• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service


Not Included

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



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...

Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Exploring charming coastal towns with a rental car
Exploring charming coastal towns with a rental car
• Upgrade to Business Class for access to the Panorama Lounge at the train station, priority boarding, and meals and bar service, including alcoholic drinks served by an attendant on board the train
• Add some time in Montreal to visit the Laurentian mountains, including Mont Tremblant
• Rent a car and drive up to the stunning Saguenay Fjord for some whale watching and exploring
• Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships of Quebec
• Rent a car in Halifax and drive around Cape Breton Island to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Canada
• Spend some extra time in Quebec City and visit the charming island - Ile d’Orleans for spectacular scenery, local artisans and gourmet local fare

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.

Auberge Bonaparte - Boutique style hotel roomAuberge Bonaparte - Charming interiors

Auberge Bonaparte

An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

The cozy Auberge Bonaparte is a charmingly historic inn, nestled in Old Montreal. Along with an award winning French restaurant, guests can enjoy sunny summer days or moonlit nights on the rooftop terrace. A full complimentary breakfast at the restaurant is included in your stay here (or continental breakfast if guests choose to eat in their room).

Hotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant rooms are perfect for those seeking seductive comfortHotel Place d’Armes - Relax in the elegant setting of Suite 701,  serving modern brasserie cuisineHotel Place d’Armes - Enjoy dining and drinks al fresco on the terraceHotel Place d’Armes - Hotel ExteriorHotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

It takes a special hotel to equal Montreal's unique urban sophistication and charm, and that's exactly what the 4.5 star Hotel Place d'Armes is. Luxury and exceptional service are the rule at this gem nestled among the lovely cobbled streets of Old Montreal. Here, you'll discover three centuries of history, boutiques and art galleries as well as fine dining and vibrant nightlife.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont on hillFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont RoomFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Indoor PoolFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Hotel exterior

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This deluxe landmark chateau-style hotel is located within the walled city of Old Quebec. To enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River, upgrade to a deluxe view room. The hotel offers 3 restaurants, 2 lounges, a pool with whirlpool, fitness room, steam bath, spa, and shops.


Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Montreal
April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
May 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
September 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
October 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.
• Surcharges and date restrictions apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June. Limited availability over the period of June 10,11, & 12. Please ask for a custom quote during this time.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,569to US $2,862per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Boutique Level Hotels
from US $2,795to US $3,235per person

Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $3,175to US $3,886per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others

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Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

Insider Knowledge

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

Local 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.

Our accreditation and consumer protection partners

Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.


Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.


Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

Fresh Tracks Canada Team

Canadian Train Vacations Team

No one can be trusted more...

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

Consumer Protection BC

Consumer Protection BC

  • License Number: 31202
  • The Travel Assurance Fund (TAF) provides a possible source of compensation when consumers do not receive the travel services they purchased through a BC licensed travel agent.


  • Membership Number: Y6176
  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Canadian Train Vacations (Fresh Tracks Canada) in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
BBB Accreditation Business


  • A BBB Accredited Business since 08/02/2008
  • Highest rating: A+
  • BBB has determined that Fresh Tracks (Canada) Inc meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.


  • Fresh Tracks Canada is an IATA Accredited Agent.
  • Full accreditation authorizes travel agents to sell international and/or domestic tickets on behalf of IATA member airlines. It also allows access to IATA's Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), an efficient interface for invoicing and payment between the agent, airlines and transport providers.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Fresh Tracks was so incredible with all the details

Star Rating 5
October 19, 2016

We liked the fact that wherever we went the transportation was always there waiting for us. We cannot say enough about the wonderful tour guides we had in Halifax and PEI! So amazing and unbelievable! The accommodations were so... read more amazing and comfortable. Thank you! Fresh Tracks was so incredible with all the details and also with any questions we had, no matter how insignificant they may have been. This made our adventure in Canada so easy and fun! No improvements necessary from us!

We were very impressed with the advance itinerary

Star Rating 5
October 31, 2016

Our trip was enjoyable and we were very impressed with the advance itinerary detail and day-by-day schedule outline. Fresh Tracks staff were responsive, friendly and helpful.

Fresh Tracks Canada was outstanding

Star Rating 5
June 29, 2016

The vacation was great! Fresh Tracks Canada was outstanding, from hotels to limousine service to guided tours, and we had plenty of time to enjoy the cities on our own. It was truly swanky! Our hotel in Montreal was absolutely... read more stunning! Honestly, luxury all the way! The bus tour was nice and the driver was fun and knowledgable. The basilisk and overlook were beautiful! Quebec was beyond-words-beautiful, romantic, quaint. It was definitely my favorite. Even though French is the predominant language there, everyone in the service industry speaks English as well, so we had no trouble communicating. Everyone greeted us by saying "Bonjour, Hi!" The food was phenomenal and I miss it already. The country tour was absolutely fabulous! I loved the chocolate factory, the bread baker, the copper crafter, the waterfalls, and the Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré shrine (stunningly beautiful). The tour guide was amazing. Halifax was gorgeous. I spent some time walking in the gardens there and visited the citadel, the harbor shops, and took the ferry to Dartmouth. The Peggy's Cove tour was my favorite in Halifax. I was ready for some small town time and would have loved to spend more time there or in a similar location. Throughout the trip the tour guides and drivers were exceptional and are to be commended. The hotels were top of the line. The folks at Fresh Tracks did a great job. I will definitely recommend Fresh Tracks Canada to others and will likely be a return customer.

Thank you so much for all the detailed planning you did for us

Star Rating 5
May 26, 2015

Thank you so much for all the detailed planning you did for us; having everything go according to schedule without a single hitch is a very big PLUS. The transfer services & tour guides were always punctual, friendly, and very... read more attentive. The hotels were clean & comfortable - our favorite was the Bonaparte in Montreal. We found the people of Canada to be extremely helpful & friendly. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf!

Thank you for doing your part in making it a wonderful trip

Star Rating 5
June 30, 2014

We have returned from our wonderful trip to Halifax from Montreal and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it. One of the highlights was the guided tour in Halifax and surrounding areas. Our guide went out of his way to make... read more that day very special for us and our granddaughter - not only showing us the planned itinerary but also adding and responding to some special wishes and interests. He was punctual, very polite, very knowledgeable as well as a safe and confident driver.  He spent a long day taking us to Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove and other places along that beautiful coast, introducing us to a "shack" where we indulged in a lobster feast (even showing our granddaughter how to conquer the beast) and taking time to introduce us to the local architecture and some of its history. Since this tour took all day and he had another evening commitment he offered to return the next day to show us more of Halifax city before our flight back to Montreal.  Thank you for doing your part in making it a wonderful trip.

We have told our friends what a great time we had

Star Rating 5
June 28, 2014

Thank you and your team for putting together an amazing trip... one that we will treasure and remember. The packet was thorough and complete. The food was good everywhere -- hotels, restaurants and train. We have told our friends... read more what a great time we had. Thanks again.

I was amazed that everything was taken care of

Star Rating 5
June 9, 2014

The whole experience was one to remember (except for the rain which you can't control... or can you? You certainly took care of everything else!) I was amazed that everything was taken care of, transfer people met us when they were... read more supposed to, hotels all knew we were coming and at what time even the rental car company was ready and waiting! VIA rail was outstanding and certainly deserved to be the centerpiece of the whole trip (although I still need to learn how to sleep while moving). Too much to see and wonderful people to meet may have contributed to my un-sleepiness. Even the small snag of having to change where we were staying on PEI was taken care of with no issues. Louise did a masterful job of rebooking for an unforeseen problem. It must have been a very trying affair for her on short notice. The Warn B&B in Summerside was perfect. It didn't take us long to realize that Glenn and Sally Lee from Wisconsin were on the same tour. Great travel companions and good people. They have used Fresh Tracks before and continue to do so. Speaks volumes about your abilities and what they can expect. In short, thank you Anjuli and Fresh Tracks for all you did.

Many thanks to you both for making this lovely trip a reality

Star Rating 4
September 11, 2013

Other that the unsatisfactory hotel in Montreal, the tour was wonderful! The dinner at the Bonaparte Restaurant helped us forget the uncomfortable room. Special highlights of the trip included the train to La Malbaie. The food and... read more service were outstanding. The wait staff were knowledgeable and extremely personable, making the trip fun. This trip is a real gem and I hope you encourage others to include this in their tour package. By far the best part of the tour was our time spent in Halifax! The tours of Peggy's Cove and Bay of Fundi were full of local information thanks to our local guide who knew the area well. We did not know that a picnic lunch made from local produce and products was included both days. What fun. Again, the tours included extra sites and plenty of time to explore. I would use this tour company again for any future trips to the area. We do plan on returning to Canada at some point to explore Cape Bretton Island, New Brunswick and other local spots. I even had a moment of 'fame' on this trip as I was filmed by the local TV station in Halifax to introduce the weatherman. Many thanks to you both for making this lovely trip a reality.

Everyone we met in Canada was friendly

Star Rating 5
June 27, 2013

Our timing for the trip was perfect as we were in Canada for Canada Day and Quebec City Birthday. There were lots of extra events and we ended up cancelling our rental cars as they were unnecessary. Connie lost her engagement ring... read more (she never takes it off) while in Niagara but didn't notice it until we were at the Soho in Toronto. The Bellman and Staff at the Soho could not have been nicer or more understanding! They went above and beyond anything we could have expected in searching the streets, filing police reports and searching the room for us after we left. The Soho room was a 5-star room and the staff were excellent beyond question. Miracle of miracles and luckily for us, the Falls View Marriott housekeeping staff found Connie's ring in the laundry, called Connie and took extra steps to get the ring back to us via FedEx. Getting jewelry from Canada to the US was nearly as difficult as getting our check to you. The USPS/customs officials returned the Express Mail package with the ring with a note that shipping jewelry was forbidden. Thankfully, a member of the house keeping staff had experience with this, sent it by FedEx and we got the ring back the same day we got home from Halifax. This was a great trip and except for the three days that Connie was distraught because she thought she had lost her ring forever. The honesty of the Marriott staff is beyond reproach and we can't thank them enough for what they did for us. Everyone we met in Canada was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make the trip everything we could have wanted. We have lots of photos and fond memories from the trip. The prices in Canada are 50% higher than the US which we were not expecting but the food was excellent across the board with no bad meals or experiences worthy of note. The overnight VIA Rail to Halifax was one and half hours late because of an overheated sleeper car and the Charney Train Station is a country train station with no A/C, few chairs and only one very friendly and helpful woman to check in close to 100 people – she deserves a medal for patience, efficiency and cheerfulness despite the heat and confused passengers, each and every one of them, asking the same questions 5 or 6 times before really believing the route of travel of the train. It was exceedingly hot (90+ degrees that night) with only a slight breeze making for a very long and tedious wait – Mother Nature was not helpful and friendly that night. The overnight train was fun even though the train ended up being two and a half hours late into Halifax as a result of the extreme heat and rail expansion issues. The VIA Rail attendants were excellent and explained the reason for the delays and we still got to Halifax. It was a fun experience that we really enjoyed and I highly recommend Business Travel and upgraded hotel rooms – thank you for recommending them.

We recommend Fresh Tracks Canada for everyone

Star Rating 5
May 17, 2013

My husband and I visited Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax with Fresh Tracks Canada in May of 2013. We had a wonderful experience with Fresh Tracks taking care of all the details. We did have to pay for flight to Montreal from North... read more Carolina but were met at the airport by a limousine that took us to our hotel. The hotels selected by Fresh Tracks were fantastic. We stayed at the Hotel Place d'Armes which is in the heart of Old Montreal. We had a corner room with 4 windows overlooking the Place D'Armes and across from Notre Dame. The hotel had a beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar with spectacular views. Our experience in Montreal was surreal. The tours of the city, planned by Fresh Tracks were great and very educational. After three nights, we were picked up by a limousine and taken to the train station. We had a business class ticket on Via Rail with spacious seating and a delicious 3 course meal was served with complimentary beverages and wine. Very enjoyable. We were again met at the train station in Quebec City by a limousine and taken to our hotel, which was the very good 71 Hotel Cafe. Quebec City was full of history and beautiful sites, good tours, excellent for photographs. We stayed there 2 nights, and free breakfast was provided at every hotel. We again were met by a limousine and taken to the train station for an overnight trip to Halifax. This trip was about 18 hours long but very comfortable with a panorama (Dome) car. This train was old and the shower did not work, but this was not a problem. Our time in Halifax was wonderful and we enjoyed our stay at the excellent Halliburton Hotel. Town Limousine service was perfect. All transportation was arranged by Fresh Tracks, timely, and mostly included gratuities. We recommend Fast Tracks Canada for everyone!

Completely seamless

Star Rating 5
June 20, 2008

Absolutely fantastic holiday, in no small part due to your work. All of the transfers were completely seamless and both trains and accommodation were first class. It would never have been possible for us to organise such a trip... read more alone. Many thanks and I will certainly be reccomending you to all here in Ireland who are thinking of going to Canada on holiday. Best and thanks!

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