Canadian History and Culture by Rail
Explore the best of Ontario and Quebec by rail
Enjoy this meandering train journey through eastern Canada. Each day you’ll explore a fascinating new city - from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City.
10 days / 9 nights
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When to go
April – October
Time on train
Explore the Niagara region, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City
Travel onboard VIA Rail's Corridor train
Visit Quebec's charming countryside
Unique selection of small group sightseeing and foodie tours
Daily train departures to accommodate your schedule
Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Arrive in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and be whisked away to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rolling vineyards and blooming flowers surround you — and frame Lake Ontario.
Discover the Niagara Region
Discover the splendor of the Niagara Gorge and the serene woodlands of wine country. Choose an activity that's just right for you.
- Niagara Region Winery Tour
Travel through the lush Niagara Peninsula on a delightful tour of the Niagara wine region. Enjoy stops at wineries for tastings and tours before having lunch at a charming eatery along the parkway. The tour includes free time to explore the 19th-century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls
Enjoy a guided bus tour through the beautiful Niagara Region. Visit the upper rapids, see the falls up close, and so much more. Afterwards, tuck into a buffet lunch before travelling to quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you will have time to explore the town's history.
Onward to Toronto
Get ready to explore Toronto's colourful neighborhoods as you travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning. Spend the day at your leisure and discover what lies behind the city's famous skyline.
VIA Rail – Toronto to Ottawa
Settle into your seat for a relaxing train journey in the company of fellow travelers. Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario, passing small farms and villages before you reach Canada's capital — Ottawa.
Explore the Capital – Ottawa
Ottawa is a beautiful city with countless attractions and hidden gems. The city is the federal capital of Canada, so museums abound — the Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, and the National Art Gallery all await your visit.
- Private Sightseeing Tour of Ottawa
With a local Ottawan as your guide and driver, explore the city's top sights. Enjoy this immersive tour, packed with anecdotes only a local would know. This tour is fully customizable to your interests.
- Private Historical Walking Tour of Ottawa
Stretch your legs on this privately guided walking tour and visit the historical highlights of downtown Ottawa. Hot spots include Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, the Fairmont Château Laurier and the ByWard Market.
- Ottawa Bicycle Tour
Join a local guide for a leisurely bike ride along the Rideau Canal pathway, continuing to the Locks, a wildlife garden and arboretum, and ending with a short visit to the Parliament area. You will get a great view of Ottawa's downtown core and beyond on this tour, staying 95% on designated safe bike paths.
VIA Rail – Ottawa to Montreal
As the train rocks and sways out of Ottawa, you'll journey towards the open farmland of eastern Quebec. Chat with old and new friends, dip into a book, or do a crossword. This is what train travel is all about!
Discover the Culture of Montreal
Rich in culture and beautiful architecture, Montreal is a fabulous city to explore. Venture out and discover its upscale shops, eateries and historic hidden gems.
- Private Food Tour in Old Montreal
During this private tour, sample local delicacies in Old Montreal as you visit restaurants, patisseries and food boutiques with a passionate local foodie.
- Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montreal on a guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montreal.
- Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
Explore Montreal's must-see areas and attractions on this fully guided tour. Visit Mount Royal, Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica and the St. Joseph's Oratory, then enjoy a scenic cruise along the St. Lawrence River (seasonal) or a ride on La Grande Roue.
VIA Rail – Montreal to Quebec City
Travel by train along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, where your surroundings are full of old stone buildings, cobbled streets, distant mountains, and a wealth of history and culture.
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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Said to be the world’s most photographed hotel, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is an iconic landmark that overlooks the St. Lawrence River and Old Québec City. Experience the hotel’s enchanting history on a guided tour, then unwind with a relaxing spa treatment.
Personalize This Itinerary
Here are some of the most popular ways to personalize this journey.
Travel in a private group
Exploring with friends and family is the best way to create lasting memories and reconnect. Organizing once-in-a-lifetime trips for families and small groups of friends is a particular passion for us. Ask us about how our itineraries can be customized to work for your group.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.
This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.
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 customize your trip and 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.
Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.
We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.
On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Boutique, and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.
Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.
Our Boutique Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. These are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.
In Deluxe Level hotels, 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.
Hotel amenities can vary by property, so your Vacation Advisor will discuss what’s most important to you, such as air conditioning, parking, laundry, swimming pool, spa, onsite restaurants, or 24-hour room service.
Accessible hotel rooms vary by hotel, ranging from partially accessible to fully barrier free. Your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor will make sure to find the right room for your needs.
All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need
Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.
All of our overnight train journeys feature a private cabin on board the train. In addition, you'll typically enjoy the train's viewing areas, common lounges, and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.
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.
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Eastern Canada has always been my home. From bustling cities to quaint towns and breathtaking countryside, the east doesn't lack for charm or culture. The European flair of French Canada, the snug Maritime villages, the Victorian heritage of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Ottawa – this is the beating heart of Canada. See it at its loveliest during the chromatic drama that is autumn.
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