Eastern Canada Train Trips

See the highlights of Ontario and Quebec by train: the buzzing food and culture scene of Montreal; the world-class museums of Toronto; and the cobbled streets and murals of Quebec City. There's no doubt you'll leave Eastern Canada with plenty of photos to share and stories to tell.

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Canada’s East Coast Train Experiences  

Whether you are looking for a quick week-long getaway to see the region's highlights, or a longer excursion into Canada's history and culture, we have the ideal Eastern Canada train trip itinerary for you.

VIA Rail  

VIA Rail is Canada’s main passenger train and connects Vancouver to Halifax with four major train routes. Stops you can explore include Vancouver, Jasper, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax. The trains run year-round, but there are special presentations and activities during the summer, including live music, wine tastings and history talks. Depending on the route, they offer overnight sleeper train experiences. 

VIA Rail train cars stopping at railway station

Sleeper Train  

There are two train routes in Canada which allow you to sleep on the train, both through VIA Rail. Travel between Vancouver and Toronto on The Canadian with stops in Jasper or Winnipeg. Or travel the East Coast of Canada on the Ocean train. Both sleeper train routes are available all year long. Some sleeper trains in Canada are equipped with special panoramic viewing cars to provide you with the best view of the scenery day or night. 

VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class cabin with a window and two bunk beds

The Canadian Train  

Hopping a ride on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train is the ultimate way to discover how big and beautiful Canada is. The Canadian was the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Rail line when it first began service in 1955. Now, connecting Toronto to Vancouver, the Canadian carries you from the forests of Ontario, through the sweeping fields of the Prairies and past the dramatic snow-capped Rocky Mountains. 

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The Ocean Train  

Onboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train you'll travel from the French speaking province of Quebec, through the blissful backdrop of lighthouses and seascapes in the Canadian maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia before reaching your final destination of Halifax. As you relax onboard, you'll see tiny communities along your route, representing French Canadian, Acadian, Celtic and English heritage.

VIA Rail train traveling along the coast in the Canadian maritimes.

Eastern Canada Highlights 

There are so many great Canadian experiences you can pack into one trip when you explore Eastern Canada. From the humbling power of Niagara Falls, to the endless hiking trails and scenic viewpoints along the St. Lawrence River, you'll want to squeeze plenty of side trips into your train vacation. 

  • Niagara Falls: Take a boat tour that will bring you so close to the enormous, thundering falls that you'll feel the cool, misty spray on your face! 
  • CN Tower: Admire the twinkling lights of the city from the viewing platform in this iconic building in the Toronto skyline or have dinner with a view at the revolving restaurant. 
  • St. Lawrence River: see the gorgeous historic architecture of Quebec City and Montreal and Canada’s gorgeous trees while on a boat cruise on this impressive waterway.  

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