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The best overnight Eastern Canada train tour

Explore Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax! Spend just over a week traveling between Quebec and the Maritimes on an overnight train, exploring each destination with an insider guide.

Travel onboard VIA Rail's Corridor and Ocean trains

Journey through the rolling Quebec countryside

Explore Nova Scotia's coastline and villages

Enjoy unique tours in Montreal, Quebec City and Nova Scotia with local guides

The best accommodation selections

Suggested length

8 days / 7 nights


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When to go

May - October 2021 June 2022

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  • Arrive in Montreal
  • 1

    Arrive in Montreal

    Arrive in Montreal — rich in culture and beautiful architecture. Join Montrealers on one of the Old City's lively terraces, or stroll around Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft. 

  • 2

    Explore Montreal

    Explore diverse Montreal with your choice of activity. Discover museums, galleries, eateries, and historic hidden gems. 

    • Private Food Tour in Old Montreal
    • Walking Tour of Old Montreal
    • Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
  • Explore Montreal
  • VIA Rail – Montreal to Quebec City
  • 3

    VIA Rail – Montreal to Quebec City

    Travel through some of French Canada’s most picturesque countryside as you head towards Quebec City. Step off the train and into a little bit of Europe — right here in Canada! 

  • 4

    Discover Quebec City

    Travel back in time as you explore Old Quebec's 17th-century fortifications and winding cobblestone streets.

    • Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec
    • Quebec City Sightseeing Bus Tour
    • Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour
  • Discover Quebec City
  • VIA Rail - Depart Quebec City
  • 5

    VIA Rail - Depart Quebec City

    Spend a full day discovering Quebec City and the surrounding countryside. Late this evening, board The Ocean train and begin your journey east to Halifax.

    • Day at Leisure, with Traditional Québecois Dinner
    • Montmorency Falls Bike Tour
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    VIA Rail – Arrive in Halifax

    After traveling through rural New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, your journey onboard The Ocean train ends as you arrive in Halifax. Enjoy the welcoming Celtic atmosphere of the Canadian Maritimes’ largest city.    

  • VIA Rail – Arrive in Halifax
  • Discover the Charm of the Maritimes
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    Discover the Charm of the Maritimes

    Head out and discover the charm of Nova Scotia. Rich in Celtic heritage and bursting with historical significance, this seafaring region offers some of Canada's most picturesque coastlines, with fishing villages perched above the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Private Peggy's Cove and Halifax Sightseeing
    • Lunenburg and South Shore Tour
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    Depart Halifax

    Bid farewell to the Canadian Maritimes as your trip ends with departure from Halifax.

  • Depart Halifax
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This trip is available on multiple dates. Please download the full itinerary or get in touch with us to explore what suits you best.

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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Visit the Charlevoix region

Visit the Charlevoix region

Just a short drive from Quebec City is the Charlevoix region - a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. See rivers, mountains, and fjords, and rolling countryside dotted with charming French Canadian towns. The region boasts an array of exciting experiences: farm-to-table cuisine, art galleries, whale watching, hiking, biking, and more. We can arrange a day tour or a multi-day excursion depending on your timeframe.


These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

Insider's tip

Quebec is an extraordinary place. Deep-rooted culture and history, mixed with the love of good food make it the perfect destination. While most people visit Montreal and Quebec City, this province has so much more to offer! From small charming towns with quirky histories to popping fall colours and breath-taking natural beauty and biodiversity, mixed with a pride of place unique to the region, this is a province worth exploring in much more depth.

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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weather depends on the season. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures averaging -5°C (23°F). Summers are warm and humid, with temperatures averaging 25°C (77°F).
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