Canada Coast to Coast by Train

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20 days / 19 nights

Time on train

7 days / 4 nights

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When to go

April – October

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The most scenic trans-Canada train vacation

Discover Canada from coast to coast on the historic trans-Canadian railway. Experience five incredible rail journeys from coast to coast. Enjoy authentic local experiences along the way.

Canadian Itinerary map from coast to coast starting in Halifax
Highlights of your trip

The ultimate Trans-Canada train experience

Choice of unique small group excursions

Spectacular two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Four nights aboard VIA Rail sleeper train

Scenic wonders of Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and Peggy's Cove

Top experiences and features

Guard watching the setting sun at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Discover Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia

Explore the attractions of Halifax. The historic Citadel was built in 1749 by the British Army.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Airport and train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

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, Superior 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 Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels 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.

We define a boutique hotel as being a smaller, more intimate property with an extra emphasis on service. They usually have some of the best restaurants and lounges in town.

Trip Itinerary

Speak to one of our Canadian Insiders about personalizing this trip. Some of our trips can be done in the reverse direction.
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Arrive in Halifax
Day 01

Arrive in Halifax

Welcome to historic Halifax, the largest port in Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Discover the blend of Acadian, Irish, and British history as you stroll the historic cobblestone streets. 

  • Private Transfer from Halifax Airport
Discover Nova Scotia
Day 02

Discover Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has a rich sea-faring history and rugged coastlines with fishing villages perched above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy exploring today.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Private Peggy's Cove and Halifax Sightseeing

    With a private driver, enjoy the scenery as you travel along Nova Scotia’s unique coastline to Peggy's Cove. Later, explore historic Halifax. 

  • Halifax Waterfront Food Walking Tour
  • Private Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Aspotogan Peninsula Tour
VIA Rail - Depart Halifax
Day 03

VIA Rail - Depart Halifax

Board The Ocean train in Halifax and begin your westward journey to Quebec City. Travel across the rural landscapes of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

  • Transfer to Train Station
  • The Ocean Train, Sleeper Plus Class

    Your private cabin features comfortable seating next to a large picture window. Hot meals are served in the dining car. 

VIA Rail - Arrive in Quebec City
Day 04

VIA Rail - Arrive in Quebec City

Arrive in Quebec City early this morning. This afternoon, discover what lies outside of Quebec City or simply take the day to explore the Old City.   

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Quebec Countryside Tour
  • Guided Visit of the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise
  • Transfer from Sainte-Foy Train Station
Explore Quebec City
Day 05

Explore Quebec City

With a delicious coffee in hand, spend the day exploring Old Quebec's 17th-century fortifications and winding cobblestone streets.  

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Quebec City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Discover Quebec City's history on a guided sightseeing bus tour. See the Plains of Abraham, the Château Frontenac, the Notre-Dame Basilica, and more.

  • Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec

    Explore the cobblestone streets of fortified Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

  • Gourmet Food and Historical Walking Tour
VIA Rail – Quebec City to Montreal
Day 06

VIA Rail – Quebec City to Montreal

Journey a short distance by train through Quebec’s picturesque countryside to Montreal. Montreal is unique as it is the largest French-speaking city in North America.

  • Transfer to Train Station
  • The Corridor Train, Business Class

    Relax in your spacious business class seat as you follow the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to Montreal. Meals and full-bar service are included onboard the train.  

  • Transfer from Train Station
  • Dinner in Montreal

    Try traditional French cuisine at one of our favourite Montreal restaurants.

  • Suggested Evening Activity – Aura Lightshow at Notre-Dame Basilica

    If you have time this evening, discover the artwork of the Notre-Dame Basilica through multimedia installations. A combination of light, orchestral music, and stunning architecture provides an unforgettable experience. 

Explore Montreal
Day 07

Explore Montreal

Enjoy an activity in Montreal today. Montreal is renowned for its European feel with its rich history, architecture and churches.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • 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, St. Joseph's Oratory and more.

  • Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal
  • Private Food Tour in Old Montreal
VIA Rail – Montreal to Toronto
Day 08

VIA Rail – Montreal to Toronto

The Corridor Train carries you into the next province of Canada – Ontario. 

  • Transfer to Train Station
  • The Corridor Train, Business Class

    Travel by train from Montreal to Toronto. Relax in your spacious business class seat as you pass by quaint farms, villages and towns, dense greenery, and beautiful lakes. 

  • Dinner at the CN Tower


Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
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These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
Elk and Avenue Hotel in Banff in the summer with mountains behind

Elk + Avenue Hotel

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Conveniently located in downtown Banff, the Elk and Avenue Hotel combines Banff’s alpine history with a sleek modern design. After a day of exploring, unwind in the hotel’s jacuzzi or dry sauna, then enjoy fresh Canadian cuisine at the on-site restaurant.

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Upgrade to Prestige Class

Upgrade to Prestige Class

Prestige Class is Canada’s version of the Orient Express. Available on VIA Rail’s The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Toronto, this luxury double cabin includes a special concierge service throughout your journey. This is one of our most popular upgrade options.

What Our Customers Say

Excellent overall rating based on 16 reviews

The scenery was beautiful

Rocky Mountaineer was great (people and food). The scenery was beautiful. Everyone remembering our anniversary and personalizing it with cards and small gestures was special. The g... 

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Insider Tips

From the snow capped mountain peaks to the vibrant lakes, dense forest, and alpine meadows you will not find a more diverse landscape with so much to offer! Skiing and hiking are just a couple of my favorite things; there is no other place I would rather call home.

Ashley M


Canadian Insider

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