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Canadian History and Culture by Rail

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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.

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

Suggested length

10 days / 9 nights


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When to go

April - October 2021

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Below is a day by day overview of this trip. Complete details are available for download.
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  • Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake
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    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. 

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    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
    • Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls
  • Discover the Niagara Region
  • Onward to Toronto
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    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. 

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    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. 

  • VIA Rail – Toronto to Ottawa
  • Explore the Capital – Ottawa
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    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
    • Private Historical Walking Tour of Ottawa
    • Ottawa Bicycle Tour
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    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!

  • VIA Rail – Ottawa to Montreal
  • Discover the Culture of Montreal
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    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
    • Walking Tour of Old Montreal
    • Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
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    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. 

  • VIA Rail – Montreal to Quebec City
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodation

3 to 3.5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Economy Class
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Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Business Class
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Deluxe Level

Hotel Accommodation

5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Business Class
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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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Insider's tip

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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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Train journey onboard the daylight Corridor train
Choice of unique guided activities
Airport and train station transfers with a private driver
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Electronic travel documentation package
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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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