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Canada Coast to Coast by Train

22

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starting from US $10,330per person

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Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Vancouver is a vibrant and exciting city with a welcoming vibe. From the start, w
e ensure your vacation is off to the best start – walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? Enjoy a great meal in the best setting while making memories in one of our favorite restaurants!

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Discover 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: A Grand Vancouver Tour by Bicycle
You’re not one to travel along with the tourist crowd and prefer to slip into life like a local. This tour delivers 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 Vancouver’s beautiful architecture and scenery, you’ll sample gourmet food paired with optional local wines and cocktails.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 – Board the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver to Kamloops
The smell of freshly roasted coffee 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.

This evening, your train arrives in the small and welcoming town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – 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 where you will enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 – Explore Banff
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:

• Option 1: Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village + Standish Chairlift + Hosted Trail Walk
Starting at the base (1,660m) take the Scenic Alpine Shuttle or Sightseeing Gondola (depending on the day of the week) up to the village at 2,164m, all while taking in the views of the valley. From the Village, ride the Standish Chairlift to over 2,400m and experience 360-degrees of breathtaking views. Once at the top, surrounded by the iconic peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, join a hosted trail walk. With your knowledgeable guide, visit the Standish Viewing Deck, then take the Rock Isle Road back to Sunshine Village, stopping by Rock Isle Lake viewpoint to take in the beautiful vistas.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Lake Minnewanka Cruise
See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective while touring beautiful Lake Minnewanka on a panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Beginning from the western end of the largest lake in Banff, the Lake Minnewanka Cruise sets sail under towering peaks. Take in breathtaking mountains and emerald-green water as you keep a watchful eye on forested slopes and rocky shorelines for wildlife and waterfalls.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a small group tour by bus to discover Banff’s unique heritage and stunning backdrop in the Canadian Rockies. Discover the secrets of this majestic mountain town by taking in the sights, snapping photos and enjoying short walks to view points on the many stops with your guide.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

Day 6 – Discover Banff and The Canadian Rockies

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today in Banff:

• Option 1: Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes & Waterfalls
Meet Boo the grizzly bear in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s 20-acre habitat. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you take the gondola to the top of the mountain to enjoy a tasty lunch with a view. Additional stops include the gorgeous Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
On this small group tour by vehicle, experience some of the best mountain scenery, lakes, glaciers and forests in the valley best known for spotting moose, black and grizzly bears and other wildlife. Enjoy the short walks and breathtaking views as you get up close to nature. A picnic/patio lunch is included.
Activity Rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Privately Guided 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

Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 – Banff to Lake Louise
Enjoy a scenic transfer from Banff to Lake Louise with time for stops along the way. 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, savor a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room.

Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 – 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 before continuing on to 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

Insider tip: This can be one of the fullest days of your Canadian adventure. If you prefer a more relaxed pace or unique activities ask your Vacation Advisor about alternative transportation options.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 9 – Explore Jasper
Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

You have 3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

• Option 1: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Explore winding mountain roads and beautiful scenery on a thrilling sidecar motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers). Visit your choice of Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake or Mount Edith Cavell. Enjoy the sights as you cruise along past rivers, mountains and beautiful forests.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. 
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km) – more challenging hikes are available on request.

• Option 3: Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
Visit the beautiful natural wonder of Maligne Lake with your friendly local tour guide. Walk along Maligne Canyon, where the raging river has eroded the rock for thousands of years. Visit Medicine Lake and the tranquil blue-green waters of Maligne Lake, where you will take a boat cruise to scenic Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Eastbound
This morning you are transferred to the train station to begin your journey east aboard the Canadian Train. A cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed awaits you on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Your across Canada train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies.

Insider tip: The Canadian Sleeper train offers many styles of onboard accommodations. Speak to your Vacation Advisor to find out if a Cabin for 1 or 2 is better for your journey, or consider upgrading to Prestige Class for an unforgettable all-inclusive service.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 11 and 12 – 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 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.”

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 13 – Arrive in Toronto
As the Canadian Train travels across Canada, it speeds up and slows down with the rhythm of the little towns it visits and the freight trains it passes. Today your train pulls into the heart of Toronto. Spend the evening enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries of Toronto.

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 14 – Discover Toronto or Niagara Falls
You have the full day to explore Toronto or the surrounding area of Niagara Falls today.

Choose from the following
3 options to explore today:

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
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.
With a dedicated driver plus guide, you’ll enjoy a premium sightseeing experience.
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 Humber River 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: St. Lawrence Market Food Tour
Visit the iconic St. Lawrence Market, voted the best food market in the world by National Geographic, and discover the long history of the market and Old Toronto. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is full of exciting activities to discover. Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding more time for a twilight bike ride to the scenic Toronto Islands, an evening dinner cruise, or tickets to a hit show.

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 15 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – 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
As an introduction to French Canada, we have selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products.

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 16 – 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: Private Montreal Sightseeing Tour
Discover the best of Montreal on a private tour by vehicle. This 3-hour tour gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights along the way without being rushed.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Private Walking Food Tour
Taste your way through Old Montréal and discover specialty shops and boutiques. As you follow the narrow and winding streets, indulge in culinary delights whilst learning about the city’s unique history.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Montreal Highlights by Bicycle
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in the major sights and neighborhoods to 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

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 17 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Montreal to Quebec City
Take the three to four hour 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.

Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 18 – Explore Quebec City Board – VIA Rail’s Ocean Train to Halifax
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.
Your train leaves late this evening, but you’ll have access to your hotel room until departure.

Today you have
3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec City:

• 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.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: 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

• Option 3: 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

This evening you will be transferred to the train station where you will board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your way across Atlantic Canada.

Insider tip: If you prefer the atmosphere of a private tour but are not up for walking the, sometimes sloped, cobblestoned streets of Quebec City, ask your Vacation Advisor about upgrading to a private city tour by vehicle.

Overnight on board the train in a private cabin
.

Day 19 – Day on the Ocean Train – Arrive in Halifax
Admire the stunning views out the panoramic dome car as you approach the city of Halifax later this afternoon. You’ll love the friendly Celtic vibe of the largest city in the Maritimes, with its vibrant history and harbor filled with boats. Arrive this evening and enjoy a private transfer directly to your hotel.

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 20 – 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 to choose from to explore Halifax:

• Option 1: Private Historical 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. This is a tour for travelers who like to be off the beaten path and see what many tourists miss.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 21 – 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 surrounding Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove and Coast Line Tour
On this privately guided tour by van, take in dozens of coves, beaches and fishing villages in and around St. Margarets Bay. Arrive at the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove, the iconic lighthouse basks in the Maritime glow as fishermen sail out to sea.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Annapolis Valley and Lunch Escape
Wine Country is not only found in California or France, but right outside Halifax in the stunning Annapolis Valley! Enjoy aromatic whites, cool climate reds and prize winning sparkling wines. Additionally, this tour includes a cheese tasting and two course lunch.
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

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 22 – 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.
Enjoy a personalized and private transfer to the airport in time for your flight.

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Everything went smoothly and all of our chauffeurs and tour guides were on time and professional. Vancouver, Kamloops and The Rocky Mountaineer were terrific. So much good food! We loved each stop in the Rockies - especially Canada Day in Banff. The long delays on the VIA Rail were no problem for... read more

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

Train Experiences:
• 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Jasper and Toronto
• Daytime journeys on the Corridor Train, between Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Ocean Train between Quebec City and Halifax

Vancouver Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. The North Shore Tour
2. A Grand Vancouver Tour by Bicycle
3. Downtown Foodie Walking Tour

Banff Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise
3. Banff Sightseeing Tour

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes & Waterfalls
2. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
3. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)

Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Lake Louise and Jasper):
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
2. Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

Jasper Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
2. Privately Guided Nature Walk
3. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

Toronto Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
2. First Nations Culture and Nature Walk
3. St. Lawrence Market Food Tour

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Montreal Sightseeing Tour
2. Private Walking Food Tour
3. Montreal Highlights by Bicycle

Quebec City Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Walking Tour
2. The Food Tour
3. Quebec Sightseeing Tour
Optional Upgrade:
• Private City Tour by Car (additional cost)

Halifax Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Privately Historical Halifax Tour
2. Historic Halifax Photo Tour
3. Halifax Tasting Tour

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Peggy’s Cove and Coast Line Tour
2. Annapolis Valley Winery and Lunch Escape
3. Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Vancouver
• Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
• Feature Dinner in Montreal
• 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
• Meals onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• 2 meals onboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized and private pick up from your arrival airport
• Interpretive sightseeing transfer between Banff and Lake Louise
• 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)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

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

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
• Maligne Lake cruise runs from late May to early October, weather conditions may cause season delays. A walking tour will be offered when the lake cruise 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 Privately Guided Nature Walk in Jasper is available from April 28 onwards for westbound departures, for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later.
Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes & Waterfalls tour is available from June departures onward.
• Sunshine Village is available from June 30th to September 15th departures.

Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and scheduled tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation or/and Travel Medical 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

2019 Vancouver Start Dates
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22


2019 Halifax Start Dates
April 21, 28
May 5, 12,
June 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8

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 $10,330to US $12,950per 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 $11,390to US $13,911per 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 $13,090to US $16,557per 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 3 nights Banff 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Jasper 3 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Toronto 2 nights Montreal 1 night 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

It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

Star Rating 5
July 17, 2018

Everything went smoothly and all of our chauffeurs and tour guides were on time and professional. Vancouver, Kamloops and The Rocky Mountaineer were terrific. So much good food! We loved each stop in the Rockies - especially Canada... read more Day in Banff. The long delays on the VIA Rail were no problem for us. We enjoy train travel and the dome car and prestige class made the experience such a privilege. We loved the vast canola fields. Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City had so much to offer! Halifax and Peggy's Cove capped off a most memorable tour. It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

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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Feel in control with all the details of your trip organized and booked for you.

Do you want to get the most of your Canadian travel experience in 2019? When you book early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, the best hotel accommodations, unique tours, and spectacular train journeys.

Plus, if you book before December 31 you'll receive our 2019 Early Bird Booking Bonus, paired with one free night and one of the following unique Canadian experience:

Add a free night in Vancouver, and enjoy one of the following:

  • A spectacular float plane tour over the Coastal Mountains and city
  • Foodie tour of Vancouver's finest eateries
  • Sightseeing tour including stunning Sea to Sky Gondola

Add a free night in Banff, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Evening Wildlife Safari
  • Banff Gondola experience to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

Add a free night in Toronto, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
  • A scenic bicycle tour to experience twilight on Toronto Islands
  • 9 minute helicopter tour, from downtown Toronto

Add a free night in Montreal, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Scenic St. Lawrence River Cruise
  • A bicycle tour of North or South Montreal
  • Half-Day Wine & Apple Cider Tour (available Wednesdays and Fridays)

Add a free night in Halifax, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Nature and whale watching cruise
  • Halifax foodie tour

Our Early Bird Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 31. The team at Fresh Tracks Canada is standing by to help bring your dream Canadian vacation to life – contact us to book your trip now.

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

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

There are lots of great reasons to visit Canada on a winter vacation this year. Escaping to snowy solitude, seeing breathtaking frozen landscapes, and trying thrilling winter activities are just a few.

And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before December 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
  • See the beautiful ice-formations as you snow shoe through crisp mountain snow.
  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 30th, 2018.

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

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