Canada Coast to Coast
This epic journey of discovery starts on the Atlantic coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia and ends some 6500kms later on the Pacific coast in Vancouver, British Columbia. Along the way you’ll experience rail travel at its best as you travel on iconic rail services like The Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer; see Canada’s wide and varied landscapes as you cross mountains, plains and lake lands. You’ll enjoy vibrant cities and sleepy alpine towns that are the essence of this great nation, vast national parks and wonders of nature.
Canada Coast to Coast
Day 1 : UK - Halifax
Arrive at Halifax International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to perhaps sample some of the local delicacies at one of the many portside restaurants and eateries. Overnight in Halifax for 2 nights.
Day 2 : Halifax
A full day is yours to independently explore Halifax’s proud maritime heritage. The city is a centre for East Coast arts and culture, boasting galleries and local artists that capture the essence of Canadian Maritimes life. You may decide to visit the restored Historic Properties, the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, the Public Gardens or perhaps arrange a day cruise around the harbour for an oceanside perspective of the city.
Day 3 : Via Rail (The Ocean) - Halifax to Québec City
Transferring independently to the Halifax rail station, board VIA Rail’s The Ocean and depart early afternoon on your rail passage to Sainte-Foy. Enjoy lunch. Wind across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before passing by the rolling hills of the Baie des Chaleurs. The evening offers long shadows over the landscape to accompany your delicious on-board dinner and the rock and sway of the train ensures a restful sleep on your overnight journey. Overnight on-board VIA Rail.
Day 4 : Québec City
The sun rises as you follow the shores of the might St. Lawrence River and you’ll enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving at Québec City’s railway station at Sainte Foy. After making your way to your hotel and checking in, the rest of the day is yours to discover this historic city, the only walled city in north America. We suggest visiting some of the most popular destinations and attractions such as the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale or the Basilica. Overnight in Québec City.
Day 5 : Via Rail (The Corridor) - Québec City to Montréal
Departing on VIA Rail’s Corridor service to Montréal, follow the shoreline of Canada’s busiest waterway along the St. Lawrence River to arrive in the bustling metropolis of Montréal. As the second-largest French-speaking urban centre after Paris, the city is renowned for its love music, art and hospitality. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafes, or once the sun sets, sample the fine cuisine at one of hundreds of restaurants and perhaps take in a session at a lively jazz club. Overnight in Montréal for 2 nights.
Day 6 : Montréal
Today, you will be going on a 3.5-hours sightseeing tour of Montréal. You will see numerous highlights, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the financial and residential districts, historic Old Montréal, the charming Latin Quarter and much more. You will visit the Olympic Complex, travel through the campus of McGill University and savour the panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mont Royal.
Day 7 : Via Rail (The Corridor) - Montréal To Toronto
Depart Montréal this morning, travelling through the small townships and communities of Québec and Ontario en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take the rest of the evening to either enjoy the amenities of your hotel, or search out one of the city’s hundreds of restaurants and nightspots. Overnight in Toronto for 3 nights.
Day 8 : Toronto
A free day to experience the sights and sounds of Canada’s largest and most diverse city. Vibrant, exciting, multi-cultural and full of contrasts; Toronto is a melting pot, exciting and full of fun. With more restaurants and cafés per head than anywhere else in Canada, an exciting theatre and night scene and superb shopping, there’s plenty to keep you going after you’ve explored the sights. There’s iconic architecture, fascinating attractions, a thriving performing arts and nightlight scene, museums, galleries and diverse neighbourhoods to check out too. No trip to Toronto would be complete without visiting the CN Tower for incredible views over the city.
Day 9 : Niagara Falls
Today enjoy a breath-taking full-day tour through the Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls. You’ll get up close to the thundering cascade of water as it drops over the edge on your included Hornblower Cruise (or Journey Behind the Falls if weather conditions prevent the boat sailing – normally before mid-May). Enjoy an included lunch overlooking Niagara Falls before free time in picture post card Niagara-on-the- Lake, runner up in the prettiest town in the world competition.
Day 10 : Via Rail - Canadian Train
Make you way to Toronto’s Union Station to board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for your train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies (train departs at 09.45) Onboard the Canadian Train for 3 nights: Sleeper Plus Class - Private Bedroom. Lunch & dinner included.
Day 11 : Via Rail - Canadian Train
Today is spent crossing the scenic lake lands of Northern Ontario. All meals included.
Day 12 : Via Rail - Canadian Train
Continue west through the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada with its golden wheat fields starching as far as the eye can see. All meals included.
Day 13 : Jasper
You’ll arrive in Jasper this morning and leave the train after breakfast. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies is at the heart of the Jasper National Park, which was established in 1907 and is the largest national park in the Rockies. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 14 : Lake Louise
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Time allows for an included Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and Athabasca Falls. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 15 : Banff
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday. The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. Overnight Banff for 2 nights.
Day 16 : Banff
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. This stunning alpine resort town is filled with boutique shops and restaurants and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride included), and Tunnel Mountain Drive - which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley and the Cave and Basin where Banff ‘s history began. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore this charming resort.
Day 17 : Rocky Mountaineer Banff - Kamloops
You’ll travel in SilverLeaf Service aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey of a lifetime. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 18 : Vancouver
Re-join Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Thompson River, pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning affect. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch on board. Overnight in Vancouver for 2 nights.
Day 19 : Vancouver
This morning see the sights of Vancouver on an included city tour. You’ll see the chic shopping boulevard of Robson Street, visit 1,000 Acre Stanley Park, famous for its Totem Poles, see Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches, the funky artists hotspot of Granville Island, Chinatown and historic Gastown. The rest of the day is at leisure shopping.
Day 20-21 : Depart Vancouver - UK
Make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.