Canadian railway - Canadian train

Highlights of Eastern Canada

8

days

starting from US $2,990per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(20 reviews)

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Sample Itinerary

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

Day 1 – Arrive in Montreal
A friendly driver greets you at Montreal’s airport before taking you to your stylish hotel. Admire the view from Mount Royal or enjoy a meal in the fresh air on one of the terraces of St. Denis Street. Become intoxicated by Montreal’s unique blend of French-Canadian culture and an eclectic artsy vibe.

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 2 – Exploring Montreal
Bienvenue à Montréal! The city of Montreal features classic European charm with a Canadian twist. Spend today exploring the sights, including the gorgeous architecture and ornate interior of the Notre Dame Basilica. You’ll love the fascinating blend of old and new here in Montreal, from the stone buildings to the modern skyscrapers.

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.
Note: Small group tour runs on Mon and Wed start days of this trip. For Saturdays, ask for alternate sightseeing options by vehicle.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Montreal Highlights by Bike
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a delicious picnic topped off with a pastry or ice-cream.
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 3 – Travel from Montreal to Quebec City
Gaze out the window at the beautiful scenery as you travel from Montreal to historic Quebec City by train. One of the oldest communities in the country, Quebec City will make you feel like you have travelled across the pond to Europe with its cobblestone streets and massive stone walls. Your guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel.

Day 4 – In Quebec City – Experience French Canadian Culture
A full day in Quebec City gives you a chance to discover the historic city walls, cobble stone streets, and century old buildings that give Quebec City its old-world air. There is nowhere else like this in North America.

Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area to its fullest.

• Option 1: Quebec Bus Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. From your comfortable seat, marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and enjoy a delightful sightseeing bus tour to experience 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! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues, and you will sample about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues named Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (Traditional Quebecois Cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (Crepes) and
Le Moine Échanson (Organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 5 – Journey into the heart of Quebec’s Countryside
You have 3 options from which to choose today to help you enjoy Quebec.

• Option 1: Private Countryside Tour
Travel back in time to charming rural Quebec with a sightseeing guide today. Discover 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, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, where the picturesque village of Sainte-Pétronille, with its 19th century rural atmosphere, waits to be rediscovered again.
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 & 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

After a full day of exploring, you board VIA Rail’s Ocean Train this evening and settle into your cozy private cabin. You’re rocked to sleep as you leave French Canada behind and travel to Halifax. Overnight on board in your private cabin.

Day 6 – Arriving in Halifax
Wake up in your train car and look out the window – you will be greeted with views of the vast blue Atlantic Ocean, rolling green hills and the simple clapboard houses of quaint Maritime villages. Admire the view from the panoramic dome car as you make your way to the historic city of Halifax.

Day 7 – Touring Nova Scotia
The gorgeous province of Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and a fascinating history that is intrinsically linked to the sea. Discover the nearby fishing villages and rugged coastlines. Savour some of the local seafood to commemorate the last night of your Canadian train journey.

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: 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

Day 8 – Leaving Halifax
Wave goodbye to the wild East coast of Canada and catch your flight from the Halifax airport. Your Canadian journey will leave you with memories that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.

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What Clients Say

The organization and planning for our trip was very good

The organization and planning for our trip was very good

Star Rating 5

Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The accommodations were very good. The timing and scheduling was just right for us and our schedule. The walking food tour and the walking history tour of Old Quebec City were especially fun and interesting. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the tours... read more

What's Included

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

Montreal guided tour - Montreal guided tour
Montreal guided tour
Old Quebec City tour - Old Quebec City tour
Old Quebec City tour
Quebec countryside tour - Quebec countryside tour
Quebec countryside tour
One of Nova Scotia local tours - One of Nova Scotia local tours
One of Nova Scotia local tours
Train Experiences:
• Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train from Montreal to Quebec City*
• Sleeper Plus Class onboard
VIA Rail's Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax

* Economy for Comfort guests, Business Class for Boutique and Deluxe guests

Accommodations:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night in a private cabin onboard VIA Rail

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Montreal Highlights by Bike
2. Private Walking Food Tour
3. Small Group Sightseeing Tour*
*
Small group tour runs on Mon and Wed start days of this trip. For Saturday starts, ask for alternate sightseeing options by vehicle.

Quebec City Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Sightseeing Walking Tour
2. Walking Food Tour
3. Sightseeing Tour by Bus
Plus
Choose 1 of 3 Quebec City activities on day 2:
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 activities:
1. Private Halifax Sightseeing Tour
2. Historic Halifax Photo Tour
3. Annapolis Valley Wine Tasting Tour

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

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Personalized drop off at your departure airport
• All train station transfers

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities on most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service - you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator after you book.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Small Group tour in Montreal is available from the May 23 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday departures.
• Privately Guided Countryside Tour is available from the April 28 departure date.


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

Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
• Business Class upgrade for Panorama Lounge access at the train station, priority boarding, bar service and meals, including alcoholic drinks served on board the train
• Add on a car rental and drive to the Saguenay Fjord for some stunning views and whale watching experience
• Spend a few days driving through and exploring the charming Eastern Townships of Quebec
• Add some extra time to visit the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal, including Mont Tremblant
• Drive around Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Canada
• Spend some extra time in Quebec City

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.

Hotel Bonaparte - Classic boutique style hotel roomHotel Bonaparte - Charming interior of the hotel

Hotel Bonaparte

An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

The Auberge Bonaparte is offers historic charm in Old Montreal, with a rooftop terrace as well as an award-winning French restaurant. Enjoy a full complimentary breakfast during your stay.

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 Le Chateau Frontenac - Enjoy gorgeous views of St. Lawrence RiverFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont RoomFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Indoor PoolFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Hotel exterior

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

One of the most iconic buildings in Old Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence River. Guests will feel pampered as they enjoy three restaurants, two lounges, a fitness room, a spa, shops and a whirlpool.

 

Trip Start Dates

2018 Dates starting in Montreal
Mon, Wed, Sat
Apr 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
July   2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
August 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24

2019 Dates starting in Montreal
Mon, Wed, Sat
April 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
May 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
June 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
July 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
August 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
September 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23

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

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
from US $2,990to US $3,229per 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.

Boutique Level Hotels
from US $3,290to US $3,553per person

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

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $3,995to US $4,314per 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

Traveling on board a VIA Rail train

Gilding through the gorgeous Quebec countryside

Visiting the historic and cultural sights of Quebec City, Montreal and Nova Scotia

Seeing the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Eastern & Atlantic Canada

Staying in a great selection of luxurious hotels

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:

  • 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.
Is it safe to drive in Canada?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your 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.

Tour Eastern Canada’s most spectacular cities on this 8-day railway adventure. It all begins in Montreal, a bilingual metropolis filled with ornate architecture, enthralling museums and some of the country’s finest restaurants. Travel to Quebec City and soak up the historic sights while getting a taste of Francophone culture before heading to lively Halifax. And during this trip, you’ll be treated to stunning countryside views as you relax inside your comfortable train cabin.

Trip Outline

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

Highlights of Eastern Canada – Map Evening view of the hotel Frontenac in Quebec City Sailboats in Quebec port and views of the city Kayaker waves to a passing train along the St. Lawrence river VIA Rail 'Ocean' train travelling through the counrtyside Sailboat passing a lighthouse in Nova Scotia Tall ship in the Canadian Maritimes
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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…

     
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The organization and planning for our trip was very good

Star Rating 5
October 22, 2017

Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The accommodations were very good. The timing and scheduling was just right for us and our schedule. The walking food tour and the walking history tour of Old Quebec City were especially fun and... read more interesting. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the tours lots of fun. I was very pleased with knowledge and help we received from the Fresh Tracks staff. The organization and planning for our trip was very good.

The trip was educational and entertaining

Star Rating 5
October 5, 2017

The trip was educational and entertaining. The level of physical exertion was totally within our capacity. We were an older demographic. The train experience was delightful and enjoyable.

It was nice to have all transfers and other arrangements in place

Star Rating 5
September 17, 2017

The bicycle tours were fun. The private history tours were special too, as I have never had a private tour like that before. It was nice to have all transfers and other arrangements in place too. There were no problems. Melanie... read more at Fresh Tracks was excellent. She was very pleasant to talk with on the telephone, she called me back just when she said she would, and she helped me make the necessary choices. She was very responsive and helpful both by telephone and by email. 

Our trip was as wonderful as we anticipated

Star Rating 5
September 25, 2017

Our trip was as wonderful as we anticipated. We enjoyed the variety of the places we visited and appreciated the kindness of people we met. We were well informed and able to make a few decisions and changes along the way that enhanced... read more our experience. The best parts included: the countryside tour of Quebec with guide; Lunenburg and walking tour; the B&Bs in New Brunswick; Halifax Gallery of Art and Maude Lewis exhibits; Great George Inn in Charlottetown PEI; Acadian Experience in PEI; peaceful rural drives in PEI; Toronto and Niagara Falls. We enjoyed the Fairmont Hotels in all 3 cities. And, we saw the Grand Prix bike race in Quebec City, and Invictus Games excitement in Toronto, both unanticipated.

It was an outstanding trip

Star Rating 5
September 22, 2017

It was an outstanding trip. Everything that was supposed to happen did happen. We liked the balance between planned activity and free time. Everything you selected or recommended was absolutely first rate.

Out trip was fantastic!

Star Rating 5
July 29, 2017

Out trip was fantastic! The customer service at hotels, restaurants & on tours was excellent. People are nicer in Canada.

The overall experience met or exceeded my expectations

Star Rating 5
July 26, 2017

The overall experience met or exceeded my expectations primarily because of how well the documents were in providing the information I needed. The highlights of the trip were the food tours in both Montreal and Quebec City. The... read more overnight train trip was also a highlight since I had never had a sleeper car before. I was so impressed with the kindness and friendliness of the local people in all 3 cities and the staff at the hotels and on VIA Rail.

We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Canada

Star Rating 5
July 22, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Canada. We enjoyed Quebec City the most. It was a very unique and interesting city.

We loved the fact that we did not have to worry about getting transportation to anyplace

Star Rating 5
June 20, 2017

The trip was very interesting, lots of new experiences, unlike any other vacation we have taken. We loved the fact that we did not have to worry about getting transportation to anyplace.

Fresh Tracks were excellent

Star Rating 5
May 8, 2017

Fresh Tracks were excellent. I was very pleased with the detail planning. I was also very impressed with the final documents in an all exclusive pouch, worry free itinerary and arrangements.

Each place was unique and interesting

Star Rating 5
May 4, 2017

We enjoyed all of the cities we visited. Each place was unique and interesting. We enjoyed all of the tours and especially appreciated all of the transfer arrangements from one place to another. Thank you to Fresh Tracks, all of... read more the staff that assisted us with our travel plans were terrific.

You did an excellent job for us

Star Rating 5
June 3, 2016

Jennie and I want to thank you for a wonderful trip. The hotels, the meals, the extra gifts, the train and the rental cars were all excellent. Jennie said it has been her best vacation. You did an excellent job for us including... read more the one question on the Ile D'Orleans about payment for the room which was sorted out straight away. We love the Frontenac and had the best room we have ever had there in four or five trips. We thought the other hotels were excellent also. So very good choices on your part. The weather was perfect for us. It was a very good trip. Since you did such a good job and since we love Quebec we would like to consider going at the time of winter carnival for a week. We have never seen Quebec in the winter. Thanks again for doing a great job for us.

It made the trip so much more relaxed - as we knew all of our travel and accommodations had been taken care of

Star Rating 5
June 24, 2015

The trip was great, the printed itinerary was extraordinarily helpful in ensuring we got to the right place at the right time. The wedding anniversary event at the Bonaparte was very nice and the meal and service were terrific. Thanks! Thanks... read more again for putting all of this together. It made the trip so much more relaxed - as we knew all of our travel and accommodations had been taken care of. I'm not sure we will be taking the Western Rockies next year - I may have had all the railway sleeping car I need for a while - but, if so, we will most certainly call upon your services and recommend you to friends and associates who are considering rail travel expeditions in Canada.

Thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail

Star Rating 5
September 15, 2014

You did a wonderful job with the arrangements. All the connections came off like clockwork and we were exceptionally well treated every step of the way, beginning with the Fairmont management sending over a bottle of champagne... read more (to accompany Patsy's two delicious bottles of ice wine - no, we didn't try to drink it all the first night!) and the motel management at Kamloops putting a big bar of chocolate on the bed so we'd find it when we checked in there.  Thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail. We thank you, once again, for all you did to make the trip a memorable one for us.

You made it easy and painless

Star Rating 4
July 25, 2014

Molly and I had a wonderful time but more important than that, it was EXACTLY what we needed. You expertly saw to the details that left me looking capable and in control. You suggested amazing and fun options that would or could... read more and did appeal to the both of us. You made it easy and painless, leaving us to live in the moment and enjoy each and every one of those moments. Then, to take it a step further, you showed us great kindness by treating us to a beautiful dinner. Molly thoroughly enjoyed being an adult and ordering a cheese plate for dessert, while I had my very first soufflé and fell instantly and deeply in love. A beautiful space, delicious food, friendly staff and an unexpected showing of generosity. Again, thank you. There were only a couple hiccups, Molly LOVED having people with signs waiting for us at every step, even though the names changed with every place. And we did not get to see the Bay of Fundy. That has long been a wish of mine. An item on my bucket list, let's say. Six weeks or so prior when we received the e-mailed itinerary I read through it and all was correct. One month prior when the hard copies arrived, I failed to notice that a different tour was listed for Halifax. I didn't notice the discrepancy until right before we were to be picked up. Instead of the tides of Fundy, the tour was "Once Upon a Tide" with no Bay of Fundy and instead 2 plus hours of hiking and 3 hours of kayaking. I was horrified, intimidated and afraid of making a fool of myself by not being able to keep up with the 21-yr-old guide and the other 8 tour mates all of which were easily 30 years younger than me. Decades-old insecurities cropped up and I just had to try and laugh it off by telling everyone that I was the Senior Citizen of the Group and that my job was to make everyone else look good. But I didn't need to worry quite so much. Gillian (or perhaps Jillian) our tour-guide was a sweetheart, I huffed and slipped my way through the rocky beach part of the hike, did fine on the rest though occasionally pretending to be slower due to my need to take pictures, and if I can be so bold, Molly and I kicked butt kayaking! The tour turned out to be a real highlight that we both loved, but possibly Molly's favorite of the whole trip. Such gorgeous sights plus we needed to step up the activity level after spending so much (enjoyable) time on the train from Quebec City. So thank you Fresh Tracks Canada for an unexpected pleasure! How did you know? As for the Bay of Fundy, I will have a do-over someday. Surprising to me, but Halifax was Molly's favorite of the three cities and we would both like to return someday, and visit more of the Maritime Provinces as well. I got to revisit Quebec and see things I could not 20+ years ago, Molly was delighted with the Frenchness of it all, we got to pretend we understood what people were saying to us, my favorite of the hotels was the Bonaparte, the food tour was both filling and fulfilling, we saw museums, art, whales and fireworks (boomlights in our family), we rode paddle boats, big boats, kayaks, trains, horse-drawn carriages, cable cars, funiculars, subways, buses, taxis and limos, did ghost tours, got henna tattoos, ate ate and ate yet again, had high tea, picnicked, shopped shopped and shopped some more, took a million pictures (me), sketched a few pictures (Molly), talked and shared with strangers and didn't feel strange at all while doing it. We joined a local festival, tried new food (both gourmet and junk) and drink, discovered new music, enjoyed being pampered and spoiled, did NOT check e-mail or phone messages, did NOT watch news or think of work or bills. Molly's favorites included things from a young teen perspective: the smallness of everything on the train (though I was the only one brave enough to take a moving shower), the Chateau's big white fluffy robes, ordering in room service not once but twice at the Lord Nelson, sleeping in the airport, the irony behind my 'temporary' tattoo being the symbol for 'eternity', being mistaken as a real live Canadian, etc, etc. All those words, all I had to say was it was lovely!

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Star Rating 4
July 20, 2014

The trip you helped us plan was delightful. Thank you so much for the meticulous planning of our itinerary. Each step had been thought through with appropriate support. It was almost magical to see each day reveal itself exactly... read more as described in the itinerary, even to the amount of driving time between stops. We loved Quebec in every way, including the wonderful Hotel 71. The train ride was great fun, then we discovered each day another facet of Atlantic Canada. You were right in predicting that we would love the people in that part of your beautiful country. They were friendly and helpful and seemed personally pleased to know that we were enjoying our holiday. Driving around Nova Scotia and Prince Edward's Island was easy (thanks for the maps, by the way) and we got to see spectacular coastal areas as well as charming country villages. We had great accommodations everywhere, with the possible exception of the Auberge Doucet in Cheticamp. This inn was not of the same quality as the others where we stayed, but it was not horrible, and we would not have wanted to miss this part of Cape Breton. You can tell that we had a great time, ate lots of delicious seafood, practiced our French, and learned so much. If there is one thing I would suggest for improvement it would be to ensure each accommodation has the ability to assist with luggage. Only Hotel 71 and The Great George had elevators, and in nearly every other place we had to struggle our bags up several flights of stairs to reach our rooms. For two seniors one of whom is a bit infirm, this was work. The very kind limousine driver in Halifax who delivered us from the train station insisted on helping there. Just a suggestion... So again, many, many thanks. We will surely brag about our trip to anyone who will listen, and we'll recommend your services to all.

Thank you again for all your help and for making our trip so special!

Star Rating 5
July 14, 2014

We had a fantastic trip! We loved all 3 cities and all the tours were terrific. Everything went very smoothly, thank you so much! Everyone was extremely friendly and the food was great. We ate at the Auberge Bonaparte and had the... read more 6 course tasting menu which was great. Other highlights for food were Matto & Bistro du Cap in Quebec City and Bicycle Thief and McKelvie's in Halifax. We also went to a lot of galleries and it was fun for me to see what artists are doing in other parts of the world. All of the hotels were great too – very comfortable beds and pillows, clean, lovely atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. We did a lot of walking and Mike did extremely well. We both came home feeling very healthy. Thank you again for all your help and for making our trip so special!

A lovely trip filled with wonderful memories

Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

What a wonderful 40th anniversary trip we had - it was YOUR work and help and knowledge that made it happen. Essentially I just sent the money and showed up on time! ;-) Thank you for your little 'extras' that put a smile on our... read more faces - the hotels acknowledged our 40th with a few special goodies. When reflecting on the trip my husband's favorite part was the food-walking tour in Montreal! A BIG thank you for that gift! He kept asking me (while on the tour) 'Did you know it was going to be like this?' Obviously he had something else in mind and so this was new, fun, and tasty to boot! He had a smile on the entire afternoon, especially after the Montreal Bagel shop stop... he'd heard about them, but hadn't found them until then! On our train ride to Baie Saint Paul we were seated with a delightful French couple who chatted the entire time. The scenery and food were excellent, but our conversation and bonding with this couple just made the morning perfect. On the return trip they discovered we weren't seated at the same table and marched to the attendant to have it changed so that we could sit together again, 'so you won't be lonely'... how much more delightful was the day with their company. We've emailed since actually. And I came home with stories, history, recipes, and ideas on things to buy (which we found and did purchase) that were uniquely Quebec (food items)... the day just seemed to fly by with their company and kindness. A delightful journey filled with great memories. The entire vacation was fabulous. The views, the people, the locations of the hotels in Montreal and Quebec were outstanding. We'd never have thought to stay there ourselves. They were so convenient with such nice accommodations and the areas were well worth exploring. Simply a lovely trip filled with wonderful memories. Thank you for all you did to make it happen so smoothly.

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Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

Just opened (received it 2 days ago) my packet of vouchers and such. What a wonderful packet - so organized, with maps and all sorts of extra and helpful information. Such a fantastic company to do business with. Fresh Tracks travel... read more agents really deliver - knowledgable and helpful and friendly - something that is certainly lacking when planning a trip on your own through the internet! My husband and I are both extremely excited about starting our adventure, knowing that all the details we find tedious have been taken care of with the utmost care. (And have been organized so well that we know exactly what to expect when, when to tip, when to leave the hotel, when to call the tour companies, etc.) Thank you again for all your help and suggestions and timely response to all my inquiries. We are looking forward to every aspect of the trip - high on the list is our tasting-tour in Quebec.

Thanks again for all the arrangements

Star Rating 5
June 27, 2013

We loved Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown and Adventure Tours. The guide and driver were both personable and professional. They kept 50 mainly senior citizens in check and happy. We recommend the outfit highly. The limo company... read more had a great driver pick us up on our final morning in Halifax, so that part went well, too. It's hard to pick a favorite thing that we did, but being in Ottawa on Canada Day was memorable. Theo loved the Bay of Fundy tour and I couldn't get enough of Anne of Green Gables on PEI. We enjoyed the Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal and both lower and upper towns in Quebec City. All hotels were first-rate. Thanks again for all the arrangements.

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