Eastern Canada Winterfest

Eastern Canada Winterfest

8

days

starting from US $2,090per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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 tours, winter activities, and great food are highlights of this vacation, as well as .

Eastern Canada Winterfest – Map Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa. Winter culinary tour Winterfest ice sculptures Complimentary service onboard VIA Rail Snowshoeing at Mount Royal Park in Montreal Quebec in the wintertime Inside the Ice Hotel Bonhomme
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Trip Outline

Arrive Ottawa 2 nights Ottawa 2 nights Montreal 3 nights Quebec City Depart Quebec City

Itinerary

Day 1 – Your Canadian Adventure Begins in Ottawa!
Welcome to the capital of Canada! Ottawa is a hub for culture and history and has a definite hidden flair! Home to seven national museums that recount the tales of the Canada’s colourful past, a thriving restaurant scene, and plenty of stunning historic buildings to explore. Ottawa has an abundance of attractions no matter the time of year!

Enjoy a private transfer directly from the airport to the door of your hotel. Relax! You’re traveling the Fresh Tracks Canada way - every connection is taken care of from the beginning to the end of your vacation.

Day 2 – Explore Ottawa
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Ottawa.

• Option 1: Private Tour by Vehicle with a Local Guide
Meet your charming local guide (we’re keeping his name secret, we’re so smitten with him), a third generation Ottawan and secret beer connoisseur! His knowledge of the nation’s capital appears bottomless, as he narrates your tour with anecdotes that only a local would know. This tour showcases must see locations in Ottawa including Parliament Hill and its environs, and then onto Rockcliffe via the Ceremonial Route. You will see official government residences, Rideau Hall, the enclave of Rockcliffe Park and an experimental farm with arboretum and ornamental gardens. Should you wish to personalize your experience to your tastes, then you absolutely can! Are you a foodie? Your guide will take you to eat an Ottawan delicacy known as a ‘Beaver Tail’ (don’t worry, it’s a sweet treat). Avid photographer? Your guide knows the best scenic spots.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Walking Tour of Ottawa
A tour that focuses on the historical highlights of Ottawa located in the downtown core. Stretch your legs and learn all about how the French, Irish and English influenced everything about this town, right down to its layout. This guided tour takes in all the hotspots including Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the Byward Market.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Food Tour of the Byward Market
There’s nothing quite like exploring a city on a culinary adventure! Explore little known spots in the city’s most historic district and meet quirky local business owners - from chefs, to producers, to food artisans - the chocolate at Stubbe Chocolate is world class! Of course, you get to sample tasty offerings along the way so bring an appetite! Be sure to ask your guide for their local restaurant recommendations, you never know what gem they might uncover for the evening.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – Explore Ottawa and Board VIA Rail to Montreal
Now you have oriented yourself to the city you have more time at leisure to enjoy Ottawa. Head to the Rideau Canal for a skating adventure and indulge in a hot chocolate (you can’t get more Canadian than that!) or head to Byward Market for souvenirs. Alternatively, you may wish to explore Ottawa’s museums - the National Gallery of Canada comes highly recommended and is home to a permanent Canadian collection and often features exhibitions by Canadian artists.

Insider tip: If skating on the Rideau Canal is on your bucket list, make sure to plan your trip between the end of January and March to ensure you have the best chance of arriving when the canal is fully frozen. Since this activity is weather dependent, make sure to ask your Travel Advisor for more advice.

This afternoon, enjoy a transfer to the train station and board your train to Montreal. There’s nothing quite like train travel in the snow - enjoy the vistas rush by your window as you nestle into your comfortable seat. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 4 – Explore Montreal
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal to the fullest.

• Option 1: Private City Tour by Vehicle
This tour ensures you see as much as possible of Montreal from the comfort and convenience of a vehicle. Journey through the Old Town and historic heart of the city and then onto downtown with its hustle, bustle and towering skyscrapers. Venture past the Old Port, Bonsecours Market, and head up to Mont Royal Park, a unique oasis in the middle of the city. You will hit all the scenic spots to take the perfect photo. This tour captures it all!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Explore Mont Royal Park
An authentic and unique Canadian outdoor experience, this tour explores Mont Royal Park. Try your hand at snowshoeing, skating (why not, you had all that practice on the canal in Ottawa!) or tube sliding. Hear stories of how Montreal became the dynamic and diverse city that it is today from the vantage of this small oasis in the centre of a busy metropolis.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Food Tour
Enjoy a variety of delicious offerings on this tour which compliment your exploration of the Old Town. This food tour slightly differs from the norm in that it is not about famous chefs and on trend restaurants, rather it is a lens into the Montreal’s varied food traditions. Influenced by, among others, indigenous culture and Expo 67. Hear historical anecdotes and spot unique street murals and architecture along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

Feature Dinner in Montreal
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.

Day 5 – Explore Montreal and Board VIA Rail to Quebec City
Continue to enjoy Montreal at your leisure this morning. Stroll down to the Old Town to explore the art galleries and capture a few more pictures, or enjoy a coffee and simply watch the world go by. The unique atmosphere of this city is something to soak in.

Later this morning, enjoy a private transfer to the train station. The snowy vistas are a stunning sight as you pass through some of the prettiest countryside in French Canada. This 3-hour route takes you along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, past charming Cap-de-la-Madeline and historic Trois-Rivieres.

Arrive in Quebec refreshed after a relaxing train journey and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel.

Day 6 – Explore Quebec City
Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique city walls and gates, Quebec City is full of the architectural wonders of Canada.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Quebec City to the fullest.

• Option 1: Private Tour by Vehicle
Relax in the comfort and convenience of a vehicle with a local private tour guide. At Fresh Tracks Canada, we pride ourselves on finding the best local guides so you have the most memorable and informative experience. Witness history first hand and hit all the top spots including Chateau Frontenac, the Latin Quarter, the Ramparts and the Plains of Abraham.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Walking Tour of Quebec City
Stretch your legs on this walking tour of Quebec City - this tour covers all the must-see sights in Old Quebec. The tour follows a leisurely downhill route and takes in the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Quebec Fortifications and Place Royale.
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! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues like Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (Traditional Quebecois Cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (Crepes) and Le Moine Échanson (Organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate 

Day 7 – Explore Quebec City and Surrounding Area
Quebec City is truly a winter wonderland. From the Christmas Markets and the enchanting decorations of the holiday season, to the world’s largest winter carnival, Quebec City is a world class winter destination all season.

Included today is one of the most popular winter activities in Quebec, a visit to the Ice Hotel.


• Visit to the Ice Hotel
Wow! Is the first phrase that comes to mind upon seeing the Ice Hotel. A winter palace built of ice and snow, with uniquely themed rooms, an Ice Cocktail bar and Sugar Shacks where you can make and eat maple taffy, a Quebecois delicacy made by pouring piping hot maple syrup into snow and rolling it up into a tasty morsel. Your photos and memories made at this winter wonderland will be yours to treasure for a long time.

Insider tip: The Quebec Winter Carnival takes place every year from the end of January to mid-February. To make sure you don’t miss out on any special events, have your Vacation Advisor schedule your trip around the Carnival.

Day 8 – Depart Quebec
Sadly, your vacation comes to and end today. With fond memories made, a private driver will take you from your hotel directly to the 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

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

What's Included

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

Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal - Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal
Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal
Business class onboard the train - Business class onboard the train
Business class onboard the train
Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit - Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit
Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit
Winter wonderland of Quebec City - Winter wonderland of Quebec City
Winter wonderland of Quebec City
Accommodations and rail service:
7 nights hotel accommodation
Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Ottawa / Montreal / Quebec City

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

* 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
• Meal service for business class guests on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Transfers:
• Personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
• All train station transfers

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities on private transfers
• 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 and scheduled tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
• 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...

Enjoy the events of Carnaval in Quebec City
Enjoy the events of Carnaval in Quebec City
Spend extra time to take in Winterlude in Ottawa
Spend extra time to take in Winterlude in Ottawa
Add a ski vacation to Mont Tremblant
Add a ski vacation to Mont Tremblant
Spend time in the bustling city of Toronto
Spend time in the bustling city of Toronto
Ski and Winter Package at Mont Tremblant
Add additional time in Ottawa to take part in the Winterlude Festival
Add nights in lively Toronto
Add nights at Le Baluchon Eco Resort, where relaxation, gastronomy and adventure are the order of the day!
Customize your trip to include an unforgettable night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City.
Add additional time in Quebec City to take part in the Quebec Winter Carnival

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

2017-18 Start dates
This trip runs daily from December 8, 2017 to March 9, 2018

Notes:
• Price is per person, based on one or two people sharing a room.
• Triple and child prices are available on request
• Some activities may not run every day over the Christmas period.
• Ice Hotel Visits available from December 25 trip start date onwards
• Rideau Canal skating likely available from Jan 15
th – Feb 20th based on historical opening trends
• Quebec City Carnavale runs from January 21st—February 5th departure dates (weekends in Quebec City are best)
• Winterlude event in Ottawa runs February 3
nd- February 18th departure dates (runs Saturdays and Sundays)

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,090to US $2,591per 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 $2,395to US $2,915per 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 $2,855to US $3,731per 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.

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One-size-fits-all approach.

     

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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.

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