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Canada is a vast, multicultural and beautiful country with something for everyone and we make it our job to keep up on everything there is to know about travel and leisure in our country. Here are a few ideas to get your stories started.

Lords of the Wilderness Bear Viewing Tour

Lords of the Wilderness – A Multi-dimensional Wildlife Experience

Imagine watching Grizzly Bears of the lush west coast of British Columbia gorging on salmon, followed by a journey north to Churchill, Manitoba to view polar bears prowling the Tundra in anticipation of their hunting season. These two amazing wildlife tours not only bring guests up close and personal to see these bear species in their natural habitat, but also to experience the unique contrast of environments.

Travelers are thrilled when they learn that they can see so much of Canada including the west coast and the Artic and experience these at a fly-in mountain lodge or by train.

A Trip for the Whole Family

A Trip for the Whole Family – Boomers to Kids

With the first wave of baby boomers well entrenched in Grandparenthood, multi-generational travel is a growing niche. Grandparents are able to travel with their families and experience a holiday that everyone will cherish for years to come.

Booking that important holiday can be complicated and finding something for everyone to enjoy can be daunting. We have become adept at guiding the Grandparent generation with advice and ideas, and crafting each day to entertain the whole gang.

Lemassif's Charlevoix Train

A New Mouthwatering Touring Train in Quebec

New in Quebec is Eastern Canada's luxurious Le Massif's Charlevoix touring train. Guests can now sit back, nestled between mountains and coastline, and delight in exquisite regional cuisine, on a round-trip daytime rail journey.

Hand crafted by one of Quebec's premier chefs, the menu onboard spotlights the savoir-faire of the region's passionate, inventive growers and producers. Guests experience the mountainous regions and gastronomy of French Canada, without having to add multiple nights to their trip.

Via Rail Skeena Train

The Lesser Known Trains of Canada

With rail travel in Canada known around the world, Fresh Tracks Canada gives travelers access to some of the lesser known cousins of the famous Rocky Mountaineer, Royal Canadian and The Ocean. Some of the best guest stories are from these journeys to the far reaches of Canada.

Take for instance, VIA's Skeena train - mighty rivers, misty totem poles, and grizzly bears are but a few highlights as you wind through the maze of Northern British Columbia mountain ranges. Travelers pass though remote First Nations settlements such as Kitwanga, Kwinitska, and Gitsegukla and have easy access to quality wildlife viewing. Guests are even able to enjoy a half-day excursion to see Grizzlies in their wild habitat.

Mountains and Fjords of Quebec

Not Your Typical Island Getaway

Between the Labrador Peninsula and the Gaspe coastline of Quebec, sits a most enchanting destination for eco-loving visitors. Misty boreal forests are a haven for wildlife, clear blue rivers plunge through gorges to soar off cliff sides, and white rocky beaches are timelessly lapped by the mighty Saint Lawrence.

Equally as alluring is the Islands history, from its original aboriginal inhabitants, to the turmoil of colonial clashes – there are stories aplenty here. And finally, who can resist a ship wreck? An estimated 400 vessels have wrecked on the treacherous reefs here, some on display for curious visitors.

Family Adventures

Thrilling Family Adventures

For working parents with busy kids, the prospect of planning a vacation to a country as immense as Canada can be daunting. Keeping kids engaged and off their iPhones is a new challenge, and the pressure is on for parents to nail the perfect adventure - with little time to dedicate to planning.

Our most popular family trip is the Rockies and West Coast Family Adventure. In two weeks, a family winds their way through the peaks of the Canadian Rockies and lush mountain ranges of BC, to finally spend some time exploring the rainforests of Tofino on Vancouver Island. Days filled with horseback riding, zip-lining, canoeing, hiking, and sea kayaking give parents the satisfaction of happy, tired children at the end of each day.

Rustic Mountain Lodges

Rustic Mountain Lodges and Boutique Hotels and Inns

New this year for Fresh Tracks is a 'Mountain Lodge' and 'Boutique' option in all of its rail tours. Many people choose to stay in the iconic railway properties in the Canadian Rockies such as Fairmont's Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise but others are looking for secluded alpine lodges or a boutique property away from the main resorts.

In addition to rustic Rockies lodges, guests can also enjoy stays at some of Quebec's most unique and luxurious boutique hotels, as well as some of Atlantic Canada's most treasured historic Inns.

Cruise Sailing Adventures

Rail and Cruise in a More Eco-friendly Fashion

Combining a train journey with an Alaskan cruise is a popular choice for visitors to Canada. Typically the giants of the cruise world are carrying the train loving guests up the Inside Passage off the Pacific coast – the perfect complement to a relaxing luxury wilderness train journey.

But with the pressure on travelers to reduce their environmental footprint, a new type of rail and cruise combo is set to satisfy a more ecology-minded niche market. Companies such as Blue Water Adventures and Maple Leaf Adventures offer yacht cruises to the magical Queen Charlotte Islands, Great Bear Rainforest, and Alaska's Inside Passage.

These sailing adventures are intimate, hands-on, and world-class in service. Sailing such small craft, crew can easily hug the shoreline and delve into misty fjords in search of grizzlies, marine mammals, and glaciers. Experts onboard are readily available to the small groups of guests, to interpret the stunning natural environment.

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 5771

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 August 31, 2017 and you'll receive the following free experiences:

  • Select Eastern Canada train vacations: Choice of free Quebec river cruise or hotel upgrade
  • Select Western Canada rail 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 5771

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 5771

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 August 31st 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 5771

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

Seeing the polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba is an incredible experience. In October and November the great predators of the north prowl, play, and linger - waiting for ice to form over the Hudson Bay.

Space is already filling up fast on 2018 Polar Bear Viewing Safaris. Now is the perfect time to book, with our 2017 Price Freeze offer. By reserving your seat on select Tundra Buggy tours by September 10, you can lock-in next year's trip at this year's price.

Contact us now to discuss the different tours, and how they best suit your travel style and interests. Then book early to secure your ideal dates - the team at Fresh Tracks is standing by!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

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