Canada rail - Canadian pacific railway

Canada Coast to Coast by Train

21

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Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Vancouver is a vibrant and exciting city with a welcoming vibe. Today you arrive in Vancouver and have some time to enjoy it before you start your train trip, so take a walk in Stanley Park, dine al fresco at a restaurant, check out some of the quirky shops and art galleries or contact us to arrange a tour of your interest.

Day 2 – In Vancouver
Today it’s your choice - you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Vancouver and get a great glimpse of the city with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

• Option 1: The North Shore Tour
Find out why Vancouver is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities. Uniquely gifted with the juxtaposition of mountains and ocean, this tour allows you to venture into the local mountains and temperate rainforest. Take an exhilarating walk over the treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, enjoy the Grouse Mountain Gondola and view Vancouver from a unique perspective atop Grouse Mountain.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Bicycle Tour of Vancouver
You’re not one to travel along with the tourist crowd, and prefer to slip into life like a local. This tour delvers exactly that – the bike is a Vancouverites preferred mode of transport! With an extensive cycle lane network this tour travels along well maintained bike paths. The tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture. Visit the seawall and Stanley Park, eat lunch at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Downtown Foodie Walking Tour
With a passionate foodie and storyteller-guide, visit 5 of downtown Vancouver’s award-winning multicultural restaurants and food shops. Whilst admiring the Vancouver’s beautiful architecture and scenery, you’ll sample gourmet food paired with optional local wines and cocktails.
Activity rating: Moderate


Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver to Kamloops
The smell of freshly roasted coffee and the crisp morning air rejuvenates you as the Rocky Mountaineer train pulls out of Vancouver. The train whistle sounds and your amazing Canadian journey begins.

On the first leg of your trip, you will travel through the interior of British Columbia and marvel at the steep walls of Fraser Canyon and the thundering water of Hell’s Gate. Relax in the laidback and luxurious atmosphere of the train and watch the views go by. The train will arrive in the small and welcoming town of Kamloops where you will stay overnight.

Day 4 – Kamloops to Banff
On your second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, the scenery gets even more spectacular as you approach the Rocky Mountains. You’ll be glued to the window gazing at the enormous snowcapped peaks and looking out for elk, deer, bald eagles, moose and bears.

Travel through the amazing Spiral Tunnels, where you’ll plunge into the momentary darkness of passageways blasted through the mountains. Arrive in the charming mountain resort town of Banff and stay overnight.

Day 5 – Banff – The Canadian Rockies
Welcome to Banff - a small and friendly town surrounded by a stunning backdrop of towering mountain peaks. Breathe in the fresh alpine air and walk down Banff Avenue to see the many lovely local shops, galleries and restaurant.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
On a guided bus tour, admire the views of Norquay, Cascade, Rundle and Tunnel Mountains and marvel at the strange wind-shaped hoodoo rock formations. Stop at “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive and admire the stunning view of the valley.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Helicopter Tour
Get away from the crowds and soar above the peaks of the Canadian Rockies on a guided helicopter tour. Pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless, as you view a landscape inaccessible to the average tourist.
Activity rating: Easy

No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a comfortable gondola. Once at the top, you have a panoramic view of the gargantuan mountains and the expanse of the Bow Valley.

Day 6 – Banff to Lake Louise
Meet your guide for a scenic transfer from Banff to Lake Louise. The tranquil turquoise water of Lake Louise and the craggy glacier-clad mountains that surround it will be one of the most jaw-dropping views you will see on your travels in Canada. Relax on the shores of the lake or go for a paddle in a canoe - a quintessential Canadian wilderness experience.

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
This evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room.

Day 7 – Icefields Parkway
Take a tour through one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world – the Icefields Parkway – a truly remarkable rugged mountain landscape. Travel along the spine of the Rockies to Jasper.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group, your expert guide will show you cascading waterfalls, huge glaciers, alpine meadows and icy lakes. Stop at the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier and board a special vehicle to explore this enormous sheet of ice and then step out onto the Glacier Skywalk. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by these stunning landscapes and stay overnight in Jasper.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Day 8 – Jasper Tour / Canadian Train Journey East
Spend the morning in the untouched beauty of Jasper National Park, from the crystal clear glacial lakes to the rugged mountain peaks.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to the fullest:

• Option 1: Maligne Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise
Take in the stunning beauty of the Rockies on a guided tour through one of the most spectacular areas in the National Park. The Maligne River has carved the spectacular canyon over millions of years and it continues to thunder through in a series of cascading waterfalls. Take an informative cruise on Maligne Lake, visit scenic Spirit Island and learn how Medicine Lake is mysteriously disappearing.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk through Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper area.
Activity rating: Easy

Transfer to the train station and get settled in the cozy cabin that awaits you on The Canadian Train. Say goodbye to the Rockies and glide across the Canadian prairies.

Day 9 and 10 – Canadian Train Journey East
As you leave the mountains, the scenery begins to flatten out as you enter the vast plains of the prairies. Fields of golden canola stretch all the way to the horizon and the big skies are a panoramic theatre for the rolling white clouds. The prairie landscapes are beautifully empty, punctuated with the odd red barn, oil rig or grain silo. Gaze out at the part of Canada that author W.O. Mitchell described as “the least common denominator of nature, the skeleton requirements simply, of land and sky.”

Day 11 – Arrive in Toronto
Discover Toronto’s many unique and colourful neighbourhoods. Included in your trip is a hop on / off pass for the next two days, to let you explore the city with ease.

We also recommend choosing from the following
evening add-on activities:

• Option 1: Evening Dinner Cruise
Get out to enjoy a cool evening breeze, as you watch the sun set on Toronto’s harbour, and take in the sights and sounds of the city’s waterfront and breathtaking skyline. A delicious buffet dinner is included.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Twilight Toronto Island Tour by Bike
Just a short ferry across Toronto harbour is the hidden gem of the Toronto Islands. By evening, the daytime crowds have retreated to the city, meaning you experience what few others do, the beauty of the islands after dusk by bicycle!
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 12 – Discover Toronto or Niagara Falls
You have the day to explore Toronto or surrounding area.

Choose from the following
3 options to explore today:

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Join a VIP small group tour to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: First Nations Culture and Nature Walk
Learn about Canada’s First Nation’s culture on this day tour. Walk towards the shores of Lake Ontario along the River Humber in this idyllic greenspace in the west of Toronto. Discover what life was like for the first inhabitants of the area, smell sacred healing plants, taste delights that are natural and plentiful to the area, and learn the knowledge of indigenous teachings.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Choice of Toronto Food Tour
Take your pick of culinary adventures in Toronto. From a unique pizza tour to a Chinatown exploration. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown+Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood with a long Irish immigrant history. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way including ‘the best dark chocolate in the world’.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 13 – Toronto to Montreal
Enter French Canada and arrive in the vibrant city of Montreal by train. There will be plenty of stunning views along the way of the blue expanse of Lake Ontario, the lovely farmland of rural Quebec and the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Travelling can be tiring, and we want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel. Sample the best food that Montreal has to offer; created with a certain ‘French flair’, showcasing the finest, freshest regional products. Relax – you’re in good hands with Fresh Tracks Canada.

Day 14 – Montreal Sightseeing
Bienvenue à Montréal! See all of the exciting art, culture and history of Montreal on a guided tour.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal to its fullest:
• Option 1: Small Group Montreal Tour
Get a full overview of Montreal on a special small group tour, including dedicated driver and plus expert tour guide. This 6-hour tour gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights along the way, without being rushed.
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. You’ll also have the chance to indulge in a delicious picnic at a farmer’s market.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Walking Food Tour
Explore culinary masterpieces and hidden gems of Montreal. Try some tasty morsels, and learn the story of the culinary roots and the communities formed in Montreal.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 15 – Montreal to Quebec City
Take the short train journey from Montreal to Quebec City, through the Quebec countryside. In Quebec City, you will fall in love with the charming historic town centre with unique shops, cobblestone streets and French-inspired architecture.

Day 16 - Explore Quebec City
Spend a full day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and discover the many quirky local shops and galleries.

Today you have
3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and the surrounding area:

• Option 1: Quebec 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 2: 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.
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 17 – Quebec Countryside Tour & VIA Rail’s Ocean Train – Overnight Train

You have 3 options from which to choose today to help you enjoy Quebec.

• Option 1: Private Countryside Tour
Discover the countryside around Quebec City with a private 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 its fine foods. Enjoy sampling some of the fare along the way.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Bicycle Tour to Montmorency Falls
Discover Maizrets Park, Beauport Bay and enjoy incredible views of the St Lawrence River. This 25kms loop tour also includes a cable car ride to the top of Montmorency 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 and 4-Course Traditional Quebecois Dinner
Some might say the best way to enjoy a new city is to simply follow your nose and see where your adventure takes you. Perhaps your nose will lead you to J.A Moisan, North America’s oldest grocer. Pick up some treats from the deli and head to a nearby greenspace for an impromptu picnic. This evening, dine in the historic Maison Jacquet built in 1675. Several prominent figures from Canadian History are said to have dwelled here – feel their influence and sense their presence 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 an overnight journey. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your across Atlantic Canada. 

Day 18 – Arrive in Halifax
Admire the stunning views out the panoramic dome car as you approach the city of Halifax. You’ll love the friendly Celtic vibe of the largest city in the Maritimes, with its vibrant history and harbor filled with boats. Stay overnight in Halifax.

Day 19 – Explore Halifax
Soak up the culture and atmosphere of Halifax and enjoy a tour to learn more about the city and the surrounding areas.

You have
3 options from which to choose to enjoy the Halifax to the fullest.

• Option 1: Private Halifax Tour
Relax and tour in your own private vehicle with a personal guide! Pass through this vibrant city viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the streets. Visit Fairview Lawn cemetery where Titanic victims are buried, and hear stories of the victims who rest in Halifax perched on a hill high above the city. Pass by Province House National Historic Site, the 1802 Old Town Clock, 1750 St. Paul’s Anglican Church and the Historic Properties.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Historic Halifax Photo Tour
This tour is catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you simply travel with your camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the very best photos with texture and depth. This enriching tour showcases old maps, photographs and paintings to tell the story of this historic (and sometimes bizarre) area. The tour guides endeavor to take you off the beaten path to great vantage points while incorporating special events and local festivals to make the most of your snapshots and experience Halifax like a local! Highly recommended!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Halifax Tasting Tour
There is nothing like a food tour to engage the senses! Visit historic landmarks and stroll along the waterfront, checkout all the sights, and taste the best local food Halifax has to offer. From fresh market offerings to local dishes this tour gives you an authentic taste of the downtown core. Visit approximately six eateries, get a behind the scenes look at local kitchens and meet working locals of Halifax. This is a tour for travelers who like to be off the beaten path and see what many tourists miss.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 20 – Explore Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has rugged coastlines with unique fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean.

Choose from the following
3 options to help you explore the area around Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove Tour
Enjoy a privately guided tour to see the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove. Visit this iconic lighthouse and bask in its Maritime glow as you watch fishermen sail in and 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! Indulge in this Nova Scotia wine experience and enjoy aromatic whites, cool climate reds and award winning sparkling. Also included is a cheese tasting along the way.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove
Get to stunning Peggy’s Cove before all the crowds to take brag worthy photos! This tour is catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you simply travel with your camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the very best photos with texture and depth. This enriching tour showcases old maps, photographs and paintings to tell the story of this charming area.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 21 – The End of Your Journey
Your Canadian train vacation has come to an end, but the thrill of seeing this amazing country from coast to coast will linger with you for a lifetime.

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What's Included

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

Overnight and day tours on five trains - Overnight and day tours on five trains
Overnight and day tours on five trains
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Train Experiences:
2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train
Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train between Jasper and Toronto
Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the VIA Rail Ocean Train between Quebec City and Halifax
Daytime journeys on the VIA Rail Corridor train, between Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City

Accommodations:
16 nights of hotel accommodation
3 nights onboard the Canadian train, in a cabin for 1 or 2
One night onboard the Ocean Train, in a cabin for 2

Tour Inclusions:

Vancouver Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 Vancouver activities:
1. Vancouver & North Shore sightseeing tour by bus
2. Guided Vancouver bike tour
3. Vancouver downtown foodie tour

Banff Experiences:
Banff Gondola admission
Plus
Choose 1 of 3 Banff activities:
1. Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings
2. Privately guided Banff National Park photography workshop (additional cost)
3. Helicopter Tour over Banff National Park (additional cost)

Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Lake Louise and Jasper):
Choose 1 of 2 Icefields Parkway activities:
1. Small group sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway. Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk
2. Private Icefields Parkway tour with a spectacular Helicopter flight over the Icefields (additional cost)

Jasper Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 Jasper activities:
1. Nature tour along Maligne Valley & Cruise on stunning Maligne Lake
2. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour in Jasper
3. Private 2.5-hour Nature Walk

Toronto Experiences:
Toronto Hop / On Off 2 Day Pass
Plus
Day 1 - Suggested Toronto evening activities:
1. Twilight Island bike tour (add-on cost)
2. Toronto Harbour Dinner Cruise (add-on cost)
Plus
Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3 Toronto tours:
1. A full day of sightseeing in Niagara Falls, including lunch
2. Culture and Nature Discovery Walk
3. Toronto Foodie Tour

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 Montreal activities:
1. Small Group Sightseeing Tour by vehicle
2. Montreal Guided Bike Tour
3. Guided Food Tour

Quebec City Experiences:
Day 1 - Choose 1 of 3 Quebec City activities:
1. Sightseeing Tour by Bus
2. Private Walking Tour
3. Guided Food Tour
Plus
Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3 Quebec City activities:
1. Privately Guided Countryside Tour (additional cost)
2. Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls
3. Free Day, plus Feature Dinner

Halifax Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 Halifax activities on day 1:
1. Privately Guided City Tour by Car
2. Historic Halifax Photography Tour
3. Guided Food Tour
Plus
Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3 Halifax activities:
1. Privately Guided Peggy’s Cove Tour
2. Peggy’s Cove Sunrise Photo Tour
3. Annapolis Valley Wine Tour

Meal Inclusions:
Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Feature Dinner at Lake Louise
Feature Dinner in Montreal
2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on the Rocky Mountaineer train
3 dinners, 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
Breakfast and lunch onboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train

Transfer Inclusions:
Interpretive sightseeing transfer between Banff and Lake Louise
Personalized and private pick up from your arrival airport
All train station transfers
Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

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

Inclusion notes:
Comfort and Superior hotels are paired with SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe hotels are paired with GoldLeaf service.
Comfort level includes economy class on the Corridor Train. Superior and Deluxe level include Business Class

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Icefields Parkway tour is available from April 25 until October 3 for eastbound departures, coach transfer will be substituted prior to April 25 for eastbound departures.
• Maligne Lake cruise runs from May 30 to October 3 for eastbound departures, weather conditions may cause season delays.
• The privately guided nature walk in Jasper is available from April 25 to October 3 for eastbound departures (westbound departures: April 28 onwards), for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later.
• Montreal small group sightseeing tour is available from May 18 to Oct 24, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays. Your Vacation Advisor can substitute an alternative sightseeing tour by vehicle when this tour is unavailable.

The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls is available from early May to late October (weather dependent). In the off-season tour will be substituted with the Journey Behind the Falls.
The Glacier Skywalk is available from early May to late October


Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & 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...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade onboard the trains and receive additional gourmet meals and first class service
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us about the alternative tour options to suite your interests
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

Hotel Place d’Armes - Exterior of Place D’ArmesHotel Place d’Armes - Suite 701 serving modern brasserie cuisineHotel Place d’Armes - Dining and drinks al fresco on the terraceHotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant roomsHotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

This hotel exemplifies the culture, charm and sophistication of Montreal, offering luxury and exceptional service. It boasts art galleries and boutiques and has a fascinating history that goes back three centuries.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow ValleyFairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial CastleFairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

Moraine Lake Lodge - The unique atmosphere at the Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Complimentary canoe rentalsMoraine Lake Lodge - The lodge has a log cabin look and feelMoraine Lake Lodge - Fine dining and complimentary market-fresh breakfastMoraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy an authentic mountain lodge experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Enjoy the ultimate in wilderness luxury at a unique and intimate lodge within a stunning setting. Feast on gourmet cuisine, savor the view on your patio while sipping a glass of wine and settle into your comfortable bed. Surrounded by exquisitely beautiful wilderness, you can relax in style while listening to the mountain songbirds and the wind through the pine trees.

 

Trip Start Dates

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Wednesday
April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3

2018 Halifax Start Dates
Every Thursday & Sunday
Apr 19, 22, 26, 29
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27

2019 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Sunday
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22
Note: 2019 Eastbound departures include 1 additional night in Jasper making this a 22 day trip.

2019 Halifax Start Dates
Every Thursday & Sunday
April 21, 25, 28
May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26
Note: For Westbound departures be sure to speak to your Vacation Advisor about train times in Halifax

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $9,595to US $11,869per 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.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $10,770to US $13,274per person

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

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $12,470to US $15,650per 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.

What you'll love about
this trip

This is the ultimate trans Canada trip, offering a glimpse at the best the country has to offer from coast to coast

Small group excursions mean that you get a more personalized experience

Enjoy two days on the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxurious train with amazing views

Stay for four nights aboard VIA Rail trains

Admire some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of Canada, including Niagara Falls, Lake Louise and the Atlantic Coast

Stay in top notch hotels offering comfort and great service

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

This trip features a sleeper train 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 local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. 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 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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

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 request your free trip plan to 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.

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.

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:

  • Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three 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.
  • 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.
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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife 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.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). 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).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Travel from sea to shining sea on this amazing adventure across Canada. You will start your journey in Vancouver and the trip will take you through the stunning snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Ride the rails through prairies and dense forests and alongside rivers and lakes. End your journey on the east coast in colorful and lively Halifax, after having experienced the fascinating diversity of this enormous country.

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Banff 1 night Lake Louise 1 night Jasper 3 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Toronto 2 nights Montreal 2 nights Quebec City 1 night VIA Rail 3 nights Halifax Depart Halifax

Canada Coast to Coast by Train – Map Visitors biking around Stanley Park in Vancouver The Rocky Mountaineer winds through mountains as passengers enjoy the views from the front car Cascade mountain in Banff with town below Front car of the 'Canadian' train from VIA Rail as it passes over a bridge Sunset cruise with view of Toronto's CN tower The Hornblower boat tour at Niagara Falls, Ontario A large castle set amongst the French Canadian countryside The Chateau Frontenac overlooks historic Quebec city A lighthouse sits on the edge of a cliff in Quebec A kayaker passes by a clourful fishing town in Nova Scotia
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Fresh Tracks Canada Vs. Others

Fresh Tracks Canada Local Travel Agency Doing it Yourself
Independent Travel

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

     
Better Rates and Availability

You'll get better rates and availability because of our relationships with our suppliers (hotels, tour operators, etc.). Even when popular locations are booking up fast.

     
Personalized itineraries

Have everything pre-arranged and booked around you. (Hotels, transportation, tours, free-time, etc.)

     
Insider Knowledge

Get suggestions based on your interests from over 20 years of local knowledge. Our Insiders live and travel Canada so you'll know when to come, where to stay, which transportation to take, and lots more…

     
Local Support

Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
No-one can be trusted more

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.

     

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Your team was very personal and professional

Star Rating 5
October 20, 2017

Your team was very personal and professional. They are great with attention to detail. We couldn't be happier. We enjoyed all the cities, the beauty of the countryside and the people we interacted with. The people on our trip were... read more fun and interesting. The two food tours we took in Montreal and Quebec City were outstanding. The tour guides were versed in both food and history.

Thank you very much for the way every part of our trip was organized

Star Rating 5
July 16, 2015

We enjoyed our trip enormously, thank you very much for the way every part of our trip was organized. Hotels, transfers, tours were all wonderful. I particular loved the hotels in Montreal and Quebec. I have told friends about... read more how we were more than satisfied with Fresh Tracks Canada.

The itinerary you devised was spot-on for our needs

Star Rating 5
June 4, 2015

We had a fantastic time and greatly appreciate the assistance you provided. The itinerary you devised was spot-on for our needs. I also need to thank you again for facilitating all the changes we had to make when we changed from... read more February to April. The locations of the hotels you booked for us in the various cities was absolutely perfect and they were very comfortable and generally the rooms were on the large side, which was great. We have mentioned Fresh Tracks to a number of friends and we frequently mentioned your company whilst we were travelling and we're happy to recommend your services to anyone who intends visiting Canada. You never know, we may be in contact in the future to do something a bit different in Canada! Once again thanks for all your help!

It was our trip of a lifetime

Star Rating 5
May 13, 2014

The trip across Canada was amazing. It was our trip of a lifetime. Everything was so well planned by you and your company. There were a few things that went wrong but those things were the airlines fault. Also I wanted to mention... read more another incident that I caused which had me in a panic. We boarded a Sundog Tour bus in Jasper to the Icefield Parkway tour to Banff. We stopped at Lake Louise, The Fairmont Chateau. We looked through the Chateau and the shops and looked at Lake Louise, then we went on the Banff. When I reached in for my wallet to give the tour guide, Grauden Pike a tip, I did not have my wallet. I had left it in the restroom at the Chateau. Grauden said that he was going back by the Chateau the next day and he would look for it. I called the Chateau and they referred me to the housekeeping lost and found, which they said no one had turned a wallet in. I feared the worst, thinking about all the money, credit cards and drivers license that were all gone. Grauden Pike called the next day and he had asked the front desk at the Chateau and someone had turned it in to the front desk and they had put it in the safe. I instructed them to give it to Grauden because he said there was another tour guide coming back into Banff and he would leave it at the bus station in Banff. We went to the bus station in Banff and picked up the wallet and everything was in the wallet. Not anything was missing. So many wonderful, honest people were looking out for a stranger. I can't thank them enough. I wish you could contact Sundog Tours on my behalf and tell them how Grauden Pike helped a stranger out. He deserves some recognition for going beyond the call of duty to help a customer out.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travellers

Star Rating 5
September 5, 2011

We had the best time travelling across your glorious country with VIA Rail and have to thank you all for creating our itinerary. The pace was leisurely and we made the most of each and every day. Met some lovely people on the way... read more and have heaps of happy memories to recount to family and friends. You guys are just amazing and so helpful, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travelers coming your way. Thanks again.

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2019? By booking early, you'll secure your ideal travel dates, the best hotel accommodations, space on Canada's spectacular touring trains, plus unique experiences.

And if you book now, you'll also receive a 2018 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,200 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 the best availability, prices, and add-ons for 2019. Our friendly vacation advisors are standing by to help you plan your perfect Canadian vacation – so call or email today.

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Book a qualifying train vacation on select dates in September and October, and you'll receive up to $300 per couple in free travel credits. You can use the credits for extra nights, spectacular experiences, and unique guided sightseeing tours - to help make your personalized trip to Canada just that much more special.

So what can $300 in travel credits get you? Here are a few ideas:

These are just a few ideas – but many more options are available. Call the Fresh Tracks Canada team to personalize your perfect Canadian vacation. But hurry – space for 2018 travel is almost gone. This offer is only available until midnight on July 31. Contact us to book your trip now!

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in Canada. Imagine… the romance of a train ride through a snowy landscape. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at the scenery as you enjoy guided winter activities.

With our Early Bird Winter Special Offer, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. Book before June 29, and you'll receive limited-time Early Bird Prices, plus a FREE night, to extend your trip.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while this special offer lasts!

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

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