Ultimate Coast to Coast on the Pan Canadian Train

Atlantic to the Arctic - Canadian Wilderness Adventure

23

days

starting from US $10,636per person

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Your Pan Canadian wilderness journey begins
Welcome to Canada! Your wilderness journey begins on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, a place of extraordinary scenery, remarkable coastlines, and rich history and culture. After picking up a rental car at the Sydney Airport, travel around the Bras D’Or Lake region to the town of Baddeck, which will be your base for the next three days.

Day 2 – Whale Watching and Cabot Trail Exploration
Spend the day exploring the unique coastlines and sweeping highlands of the Cabot Trail region. This afternoon, stop in the town of Cheticamp on the western shore to join a whale watching tour. On this breathtaking adventure watch for whales, seals, eagles, seabirds, and wildlife along the scenic coastline.

Day 3 – Discover Cape Breton
Today you are free to explore Cape Breton at your leisure - with such a variety of activities to choose from, you can tailor the day to your interests. Visit the Fleur-de-lis Trail Region on the east coast of Cape Breton and absorb the history of the Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site. For those seeking adventure, spend the day on the water with a kayaking tour in the St. Ann’s Harbour area. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to end your day at a traditional Ceilidh celebration and take part in the thriving Gaelic culture of Cape Breton.

Day 4 – Cape Breton to Halifax
Travel south to Halifax today. Stop along the way for scenic photos, roadside fruit stands and quaint artisanal shops. Later in the day arrive in Halifax, the largest port in Canada’s Maritime provinces. Stroll the cobble stoned streets to discover the history of this town - learn about the legacy of the 1917 Halifax explosion, trace the landing of survivors from the Titanic, or simply indulge in a beer at a local pub.

Day 5 – VIA Rail’s Ocean Train - Halifax to Montreal
This afternoon you begin your Pan Canadian rail journey onboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train. Your train journey covers hundreds of kilometers while you sleep. Crossing the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the overnight journey travels along the St. Lawrence River into Quebec. Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Day 6 – Montreal to Hôtel Sacacomie
Wake up and enjoy the views of the charming French Canadian countryside as your train rolls into Montreal. With the freedom of a rental car, enjoy an easy 90-minute drive to Sacacomie Lodge, a gateway to Canadian wilderness. Nestled in the heart of the forest and bordering the Mastigouche wildlife reserve, the lodge overlooks the extensive shores of Sacacomie Lake. The log built structure blends perfectly with the enchanting site where nature reigns supreme. Overnight at Hôtel Sacacomie.

Day 7 and 8 – Hôtel Sacacomie
Spend the day in St. Alexis-des-Monts enjoying a variety of complimentary on-site
recreational activities and equipment, such as canoes, pedal boats and kayaks. You’ll also join an experienced trapper on a guided excursion to observe beaver and bear habitats. After an afternoon of outdoor exploration, relax in the beautiful spa at the Hôtel Sacacomie.

Day 9 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Montreal to Toronto
Enjoy your drive back to Montreal today before boarding your train to Toronto. The Corridor Train carries you into the next province of Canada – Ontario! Enjoy the views along the open farmland of rural Quebec and the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 10 – Toronto to Algonquin Park
Pick up your rental car in Toronto and begin your journey north to iconic Algonquin Park - known for its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The best way to explore the park is by canoe or on foot. Enjoy your stay in the park with a private waterside log cabin – inspired by Canadian country-style. Overnight in Algonquin Park.

Day 11 and 12 – Explore Algonquin Park
Explore Algonquin park using your personal canoe docked to your waterfront cabin. Chipmunks greet you at the cabin door, and loons, ducks and beavers swim gently through the calm lake waters. Enjoy hiking, moose spotting, and bike trails, or just relax and sit back on your cabin deck for an Algonquin sunset.

Day 13 – Algonquin Park to Toronto & board VIA Rail – The Canadian Train
Enjoy your drive back to Toronto and return your rental car before continuing your Pan Canadian journey this evening. Climb aboard the Canadian train and settle into your private cabin in anticipation of the upcoming ride. Overnight onboard the train.

Days 14 – VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian Train - Journey West
The overnight train between Toronto and Winnipeg is an incredible rail journey. Leave the picturesque lakelands of Northern Ontario behind, as you travel west to Winnipeg. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Days 15 – Arrive in Winnipeg
After arriving in Winnipeg early this morning, you will have the rest of the day to explore this diverse multicultural city. Known as the “Cultural Cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Enjoy exploring The Forks — Winnipeg’s market gathering place. Included in your package is admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a sight to see from both the outside and the inside. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Days 16 – VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian - Winnipeg to Churchill
Midday, you board VIA Rail’s train to Churchill and depart Winnipeg. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way north. The diverse scenery is breathtaking. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 17 - VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian - Continue to Churchill
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 18 - Explore Churchill independently
Your train arrives in sub-arctic Churchill early this morning. The isolated town of Churchill sits on the western shore of the Hudson Bay. Take the day to explore the town, and meet its colourful local residents.

Day 19 - Explore Churchill’s culture
Meet your tour guide and group today on a Churchill Area Tour that will take you to all the cultural and historic highlights of the town. You will also have a chance to visit Churchill’s Eskimo Museum and the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre. Overnight in Churchill.

Day 20 - Boating with Beluga whales
Only on vacations in Canada can you get this up close and personal with the majestic Beluga. Have your cameras ready on a three-hour Beluga whale watching tour into the mouth of the Churchill River. Here you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of beluga whales before taking the time to tour the historic Prince of Wales Fort, which is the oldest most northerly stone fort in all of Canada. Spend the afternoon with a local dogsledding expert, touring the kennels before heading out for a ride on a specialized summer sled, through the Northern Boreal forest. Spend the night in the town.

Day 21 - Getting to Know Polar Bears
Today you will enjoy an exciting excursion in a Tundra Buggy - the best way to get out into the wild to see polar bears in their natural habitat! Safe and snug in a cozy buggy with frost-free double pane glass and propane heating resembling a real fireplace, you’ll be ready for a personal encounter with a wild polar bear. Spend the night in Churchill.

Day 22 - Zodiac with Belugas
This morning will be especially exciting as you board a Zodiac for a surface-level encounter with the belugas. You are sure to have an incredible experience as you take these boats into the beluga estuary with the world’s largest population of the whales. Later this afternoon you will depart Churchill and fly back to Winnipeg. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 23 - Departure
In the morning bid farewell to Winnipeg as your Pan Canadian wilderness journey comes to an end.

What's Included

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

Hotel Inclusions
• 17 nights accommodation in 3.5 star hotels and lodges

Train Inclusions
• 1 night on the Ocean train from Halifax to Montreal in a private cabin, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Business class daytime journeys on the Corridor train, between Montreal and Toronto
2 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin from Toronto to Winnipeg including 1 dinner, 1 lunch, and 2 breakfasts

Tour Inclusions
Whale Watching Cruise in Cape Breton
3 Hour bear and beaver observation at Sacacomie Lodge

Beluga Tour Inclusions
Churchill and Area Tour, including Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Centre admission
Beluga Whale Watching tour with visit to the Historic Prince of Wales Fort
Afternoon dog sled/cart adventure
Half day Zodiac Beluga Watching
Full day adventure onboard the Tundra Buggy
Return airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions
Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
4-day Intermediate Car rentals in Cape Breton, Montreal, and Toronto
All additional train station transfers
Personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

VIA Rail Commemorative Bundle
$350 worth of commemorative items and on-board services from VIA Rail Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
Passport holder, luggage tag, Fairmont gift card, Human Rights Museum pass, CN Tower pass, ½ bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, Nova Scotia Sparkling Wine, card holder, Tim Hortons gift card, maple chocolate box, VIA winter Toque.

Note - Items will be delivered both at the beginning of your trip and all along your journey onboard the train.

Other Inclusions
All meals while at Hotel Sacacomie, from dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure
All meals included at your lodge in Algonquin Park
Documentation package
Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Items of a personal nature
Gratuities for rail, hotel and scheduled tour and transfer staff
• Canadian Sales Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance

 

 

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

• Extend your stay in Atlantic Canada with a longer self drive around Nova Scotia or PEI
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada expert about upgrading to Prestige service on the Canadian Train
• Add a journey to the spetacular Canadian Rockies
• Continue on to the West Coast, for a grizzly bear viewing adventure

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.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Cafe and bar

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

Tundra Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winterTundra Inn - Guest loungeTundra Inn - BedroomTundra Inn - Ensuite bathroom

Tundra Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.

Killarney Lodge - Private deck overlooking the Lake of Two RiversKillarney Lodge - Log cabins in the wilderness of Algonquin ParkKillarney Lodge - Communal roomKillarney Lodge - Private Cabin with classic wood panelingKillarney Lodge - Rustic Canadian furnishings

Killarney Lodge

An example of our Lodge accommodations

Located in the heart of Algonquin Park, the Killarney Lodge is surrounded by the scenic Lake of Two Rivers. In this wilderness setting sits classic log and pine cabins, each with a personal waterfront and canoe. Enjoy watching the wildlife from your comfortable rustic cabin. Other activities include hiking, biking, canoeing or simply relaxing in the Canadian wilderness.

Hôtel Sacacomie - Hotel exterior with view of Lake SacacomieHôtel Sacacomie - Rustic dining roomHôtel Sacacomie - Cozy log cabin style lobbyHôtel Sacacomie - Comfortable wood paneled double roomHôtel Sacacomie - Relaxing GEOS Spa Sacacomie

Hôtel Sacacomie

An example of our Superior accommodations

Located just an hour and a half from Montreal is the wilderness retreat of Hôtel Sacacomie. Nestled in the dense forest and bordering a wildlife reserve, Hôtel Sacacomie overlooks a serene lake. The log-built style of the lodge blends seamlessly with it's natural surroundings. Spend time enjoying its European influenced delicacies, its GEOS Spa and a large range of outdoor activities.

 

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Prices & Dates

2017 Trip Start Dates
July 3, 24

Price notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing a room

• Single supplement is available
• 2017 departures may include slight itinerary variations

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $14,219to US $15,357per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

What we love about this trip

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary on a limited-time Pan Canadian train experience

Discover scenery and Celtic culture on Cape Breton Island

Explore the sprawling forests and mountains of Quebec

Experience the tranquility of Algonquin park canoeing

Learn about the sub-arctic ecology of Churchill

See wildlife such as humpback and beluga whales, black bears and polar bears, moose, and beaver

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Explore Canada’s iconic Canadian wilderness as you travel by train on a Pan Canadian rail adventure. Travel from beautiful Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast, then stop at quintessential Canadian lodges as you pass through Quebec and Ontario. Your train reaches it’s most northern frontier in Churchill on the shores of the Hudson Bay. Grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure, and prepare for wildlife viewing heaven. With only two special departures space is limited.

Trip Outline

Arrive Nova Scotia 3 nights Baddeck 1 night Halifax 1 night VIA Rail 3 nights St. Alexis-des-Monts 1 night Toronto 3 nights Algonquin Park 2 nights VIA Rail 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights VIA Rail 4 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart from Winnipeg

Atlantic to the Arctic - Canadian Wilderness Adventure  – Map Cape Breton whale watching tour Exploring the Cabot trail Exploring the Skyline trail Mosse spotting along the Skyline trail Fortress of Louisbourg Halifax harbour The VIA Rail Corridor train Hotel Sacomie in Quebec Black bear cub Onboard VIA Rail train to Ontario Road trip through Alonquin Park Wildlife sightings on a canoe trip Dinner service onboard the Pan Canadian journey Pan Canadian train to Churchill, Manitoba Arctic Beluga whale Belugas whale watching Belugas up close on a whale watching tour
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