Eastern Canada train tour

Canada Eastern Rail Classic



starting fromUS $2,930per person

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  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

The Best Overnight Eastern Canada Train Tour

Experience 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. Experience an overnight train journey to Canada’s Atlantic coast, awakening to the scent of salt-filled air and the sound of seagulls. Along the way, we’ll pair you up with insider tour guides on your choice of activity, so you don’t miss a thing.

Trip Outline

8 Days / 7 Nights

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

Canada Eastern Rail Classic - Map



Places Visited

MontrealQuebec CityHalifax

Accommodation Style


Your Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Overnight travel aboard the VIA Rail train

  • Journey through the beautiful Quebec countryside

  • Seeing diverse landscapes of Eastern and Atlantic Canada

  • Unique tours in Montreal, Quebec City and Nova Scotia with local guides

  • The best accommodation selections

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    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.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

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

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    This trip features an overnight rail journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

    When not on the train, you'll be staying at various three to five star hotels or lodges along your route. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), 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, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

      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.

      Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C). The interior of British Columbia, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer.

This Trip in Pictures

This journey takes you from Quebec to the Canadian Maritimes by train.

This journey takes you from Quebec to the Canadian Maritimes by train.

Experience vibrant Montreal at the start of your Eastern Canada rail journey.

Experience vibrant Montreal at the start of your Eastern Canada rail journey.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore Old Quebec.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore Old Quebec.

Travel for one night onboard the Via Rail 'Ocean' train to Nova Scotia.

Travel for one night onboard the Via Rail 'Ocean' train to Nova Scotia.

Arrive in the historic maritime city of Halifax.

Arrive in the historic maritime city of Halifax.

Explore Halifax and visit iconic Peggy's Cove.

Explore Halifax and visit iconic Peggy's Cove.

Your journey ends on the east coast.

Your journey ends on the east coast.

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

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
We have selected one of our favorite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products.

Overnight in Montreal.


Day 2 – French Canada’s Hub – Tour Montreal
You have 3 options to choose from today to explore Montreal.

• Option 1:
Private Food Tour
Discover the cultural and culinary charms of historic Old Montréal, guided by a passionate local foodie. As you follow narrow and winding streets, your private guide will feed your hunger for knowledge of the history of Montréal and its many culinary pleasures.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2:
Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Small Group Montreal Tour
Enjoy a fully guided driving tour to all the “must see” areas of Montréal such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city’s picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica, taking in the 360 degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Activity rating: Easy

Suggested Evening Activity: Aura Lightshow at Notre-Dame Basilica
If you have time this evening, we recommend the Aura lightshow at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Discover the artwork of the Basilica through multimedia installations then sit down and a combination of light, orchestral music and stunning architecture provides an unforgettable experience.

Overnight in Montreal.


Day 3 – From Metropolis to History – Montreal to Quebec City on VIA Rail
This morning, enjoy Montreal at leisure before boarding the train to Quebec City early this afternoon. Travel through 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.

Overnight in Quebec City.


Day 4 – In Quebec City – Experience French Canadian Culture
A full day in Quebec City gives you a chance to discover the historic city walls, cobblestone streets, and century old buildings that give this pace its old-world air.

Today you have 3 options to choose from:

• Option 1:
Private Walking Tour
On a leisurely walking tour, explore the unique art, architecture, and history of Quebec City’s upper and lower towns. Your guide is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their home town as you are to explore it.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2:
City Sightseeing 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 3:
The Food Tour
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

Overnight in Quebec City.


Day 5 – Day in Quebec City, then Board the Ocean Train
Go further afield today or continue exploring Quebec City in more depth before boarding the Ocean train tonight.

You have 2 options to choose from:


• Option 1: Quebec City at Leisure & 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

• Option 2:
Bike Tour 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

Insider tip: The historic Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City is recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world. Ask your vacation advisor about arranging an educational tour.


This evening you will be transferred to Ste. Foy where you will board VIA Rail’s vintage 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.

Overnight onboard the train in your private cabin.


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. 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, Halifax. Arriving in Halifax this evening, a driver picks you up at the station to take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Halifax.


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 2 options to explore the area:


• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove and Halifax Tour
With a private driver-guide, sit back and enjoy the scenery as you make your way to Peggy’s Cove along Nova Scotia’s unique coastline. Spend some time exploring the picture postcard village, perched high above the crashing Atlantic surf on granite rock. Later in the day, spend some time exploring historic Halifax on a tour catered to your interests.
Activity Rating: Easy


• Option 2: Private Lunenburg and South Shore Tour
On a privately guided tour, travel south to the town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO (UN) World Heritage Designated Site recognized for its world-class colonial architecture and seafaring history. There, choose to visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic or simply stroll the waterfront and Old Town. Afterwards, make your way to Mahone Bay to savour its colourful Victorian architecture, artisan workshops, gourmet eateries, and tranquil harbour. You’ll wind your way back to Halifax along the Aspotogan Peninsula, providing plenty of opportunity to photograph the quaint fishing villages, beaches, and coastal scenery
Activity Rating: Easy


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

Overnight in Halifax.


Day 8 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart Halifax
Depart from Halifax as a private transfer takes you to the Airport.

Start Dates

2022 Dates starting in Montreal*
Mon, Wed, Sat
Apr 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30
Jun 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
Jul 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Aug 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Sep 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
Oct 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24

2023 Dates starting in Montreal*
Mon, Wed, Sat
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

* Surcharges and date restrictions apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in early June.


Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Train Experience

    Train Experience

    Learn more about the onboard service and look inside the trains you will be traveling on during this trip.

    Read about the VIA Rail train

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail trains take passengers across the vast country of Canada through some of the most amazing scenery in North America. The service includes sleeper cars, gourmet meals, and lounge and viewing areas.

    Read about the overnight train trips

    Sleeping on the train

    Experience a once in a lifetime adventure of an overnight train journey. Sleep on board the train and enjoy chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

  • Accommodations


    In addition to the sleeper train cabin, below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Hotel Bonaparte

    Hotel Bonaparte

    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

    Hotel Place d’Armes

    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 Le Chateau Frontenac

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 6 nights hotel accommodation*
    • 1 night onboard the Ocean Train from Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin

    *An additional day of accommodation has been included in Quebec City prior to boarding the train late in the evening.

    Train Experiences:
    • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Train from Montreal to Quebec City in Business Class
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Ocean Train between Quebec City and Halifax

    Montreal Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    Private Food Tour
    Walking Tour of Old Montreal
    Small Group Sightseeing Tour

    Quebec City Experiences:
    Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Walking Tour
    2. City Sightseeing Tour
    3. The Food Tour

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Traditional Quebecois Dinner
    2. Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls

    Halifax Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Private Halifax and Peggy’s Cove Tour
    2. Private Lunenburg and South Shore Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Montreal
    • One meal onboard the Corridor train between Montreal and Quebec City
    • Breakfast and lunch on board VIA Rail train between Quebec City and Halifax

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Private transfer from your arrival airport
    • Private train station transfers in Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax
    • Private departure transfer to Halifax Airport, in time for your flight home

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.

    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff

    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Upgrade to Business Class for access to the Business Lounge at the train station, priority boarding, and meals and bar service, including alcoholic drinks served by an attendant on board the train
    • 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

  • Customer Reviews  (22)

    I would have never found these hidden gems had I tried to arrange my own trip

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    What I liked is that there were no worries. We had never been to this part of the continent and everything unfolded precisely as the itinerary said it would. I also liked the hotels and their proximity to what we wanted to see. I would have never found these hidden gems, had I tried to arrange my own trip.

    I liked the reliability and efficiency of it all

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    In a single word: Wonderful! I liked the reliability and efficiency of it all and the professionalism of everybody that we came in contact with. Loved the hotels and their locations. I never could have done that and would have ended up in brand-named hotels. My wife put at the top of her list the Bury Your Dead tour in Quebec City. This is a tour based on a mystery novel set in QC that's quite popular in both U.S. and Canada based on tour participants who came from as far away as BC and CA. Though this tour was not on your normal itinerary, you were flexible enough to include it for us. I think I enjoyed seeing a part of Canada that is so different from anyplace in the U.S. I liked the efficiency and reliability of it all.

    The whole trip was organized very nicely

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    The whole trip was organized very nicely, it left us just enough downtime. The tours were amazing and the hotels were very nice.

    We loved Quebec City

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    We loved Quebec City and our Fairmont Hotel. The tour was also great.

    Our trip was well planned, all the information was in order and accurate

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    Our trip was well planned, all the information was in order and accurate. The drivers and tour guides were really well informed and helpful. Our accommodations excellent, and the overnight train was an adventure but not a bad experience. We would have loved one more day in Quebec.

    I liked the freedom we had to wander around and discover things for ourselves

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    I liked the freedom we had to wander around and discover things for ourselves. I liked that the hotels were centrally located so that we could go and explore things on our own time. I enjoyed the tours we signed up for as well. There's so much to do! I want to be back!

    We had a wonderful time!

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    We had a wonderful time! The hotels were great. The tours and tour guides were very interesting and informative; good variety and quite do-able. The arrangements for moving us about from airports, train stations and hotels were spot on. All pickup and drop offs were on time. We loved it!

    The trip was a total success

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    The trip was a total success. We thoroughly enjoyed the various sites and did not incur any logistics problems. It was a great blend of planned tours and free time to explore each of the cities. All our contacts with Fresh Tracks staff were very pleasant and they did a great job of meeting our trip objectives. Also, they provided the packet of materials we needed well ahead of our trip. We give everybody at Fresh Tracks that helped with the planning and made the arrangements high marks for a job well done.

    Thanks for a truly memorable adventure

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    Fresh Tracks did a stellar job organizing the trip. They were very attentive and thorough when providing information and responding to questions. Our hotels were located in great locations that afforded an opportunity to walk to interesting sites and attractions. The Hotel Place D'armes and Delta Barrington had attentive staff and nice accommodations. Our transfers from airport to hotel and hotels to trains were prompt and the drivers were incredibly pleasant. You offered a nice variety of options for experiencing Montreal, Quebec and Halifax. The dinner you arranged at the Restaurant Bonaparte in Montreal was beautifully prepared. Our private guides were outstanding. Thanks for a truly memorable adventure.

    Wonderful to have the details taken care of for us

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    A trouble free way to plan a vacation. Wonderful to have the details taken care of for us. The tours were all excellent - the bike tours and our photo tour were with outstanding companies. The accommodations were excellent. Being met and picked up for each leg of the journey was fabulous. Again, reliable pleasant companies/ individuals. Great communication from Fresh Tracks every step of the way. Fresh Tracks  was a pleasure to deal with - responsive, reliable, accurate, thorough... we were (and are) very impressed.

    Fresh Tracks was so incredible with all the details

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    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 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

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    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.

    Every detail went perfectly, and the service was superb

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    Just wanted you to know we are home safely after a wonderful trip. Fresh Tracks Canada put together a great itinerary for us and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Every detail went perfectly, and the service was superb. We loved what we saw of Canada and hope to return soon. We will of course consider you for putting together any future trip.

    Fresh Tracks Canada was outstanding

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    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 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

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    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 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

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    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 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

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    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 what a great time we had. Thanks again.

    I was amazed that everything was taken care of

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    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 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

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    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 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

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    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 (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

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    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 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

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    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 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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