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Canadian History and Culture by Rail

10

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Ontario and Quebec are featured in this relaxing and enlightening journey. This tour offers a fascinating blend of artistic and culturally rich cities to explore, as well as time spent in the spectacular countryside of Quebec and Ontario. You will visit several of the best cities in Eastern Canada, including Montreal, Toronto, Niagara on the Lake, Ottawa and Quebec City. Enjoy wine tastings, museums and galleries and then take time to reflect in comfort on the train as you watch small villages, lakes, forests and rolling farmland pass by.

Trip at a glance

10 Days / 9 Nights

Arrive in Toronto 2 nights in Niagara-on-the-Lake 1 night in Toronto 2 nights in Ottawa 2 nights in Montreal 2 nights in Quebec City Depart Quebec City

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    Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Niagara on the Lake – Your Canadian Railway Vacation Begins
    Arrive in the bustling metropolis of Toronto and get ready to enjoy your exciting Canadian adventure. Travel directly to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, located on the shores of Lake Ontario and surrounded by flowers and rolling vineyards. Get settled in your warm, welcoming accommodation and then head out to explore the town.

    Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    You have travelled a long way today, and we want to make sure your vacation is off to the best start! Take delight in cuisine inspired by locally sourced products from the fertile Niagara region. Sip and savor award winning wines expertly paired with your meal. Relax, as you start to make great memories from the very beginning of your holiday.

    Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Day 2 – Niagara Falls or Niagara Wine Tasting
    What inspires you more today – a chance to sip some of the region’s finest wines or a glimpse at the world-famous Niagara Falls?

    Today you have
    2 options from which to choose for exploring the Niagara region:

    • Option 1: Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour
    On a small bus, venture to picture postcard Niagara Falls. Visit all the highlights of the area – the Upper Rapids, Niagara Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Table Rock.
    Also included is a thrilling ride into the mist of Niagara Falls on a boat tour. This tour also includes a buffet lunch.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Niagara Wine Tour
    Travel the lush rolling green wine country in the Niagara Peninsula on this delightful wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries and enjoy a wine tasting as well as a tour of each winery. This tour also includes lunch at a charming eatery on the Niagara Parkway.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Day 3 – Onward to Toronto
    As you travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning, the funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. Spend the day at your leisure and discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline. From a visit to the bustling St. Lawrence Market to the many vibrant neighborhoods this city has to offer there is no shortage of things to see.

    Feature Dinner in Toronto
    This evening, go up the CN Tower and enjoy an unforgettable three course dinner combined with an outstanding revolving view of Toronto more than 350 metres (1,150 ft) below. Don’t forget to plan some extra time before your meal to enjoy the glass floor outdoor terrace.

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 4 – VIA Rail’s Corridor to Ottawa
    Wake up in the exciting atmosphere of Toronto and enjoy exploring on your own in this vibrant metropolis. Today your train journey along the shores of Lake Ontario begins. Relax in the comfortable VIA Rail train as you travel through thick forests, across rushing rivers, through quaint villages and past grain towers and old barns.

    Overnight in Ottawa.

    Day 5 – In Ottawa – Canada’s Capital City
    The federal capital of Canada has plenty to explore. Check out the priceless masterpieces at the National Art Gallery and the fascinating historical displays at the Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum.

    You have
    3 options to choose from in Ottawa today:

    • Option 1: Private Sightseeing
    With an expert local guide, you’ll see the highlights of Ottawa on a tour catered to your interests. Whether you’d like to visit museums, gardens, see the parliament buildings, or visit eateries, our guide has got you covered.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Historical Walking Tour
    Why not take a leisurely stroll around Ottawa on this guided walking tour. Visit Parliament Hilll, The National War Memorial, Sparks Street, The Byward Market and other major city highlights.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Ottawa Bike Tour
    Experience Ottawa in a slightly different way – hit all the highlights and enjoy fabulous vistas of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River, cycling over the Portage Bridge and incredible views of Quebec’s Gatineau Hills.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Ottawa.

    Day 6 – Train to Montreal
    Say goodbye to historic and cultured Ottawa and relax in your comfortable seat as the train takes you across the border into Quebec. Watch huge expanses of rolling farmland dotted with small villages roll past your window while you enjoy the atmosphere on the train – sip a coffee, chat with friends or catch up on your reading.

    Arrive in the thriving city of Montreal, a bilingual metropolis rich in art and culture. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, watch the street performers or go shopping.

    Feature Dinner in Montreal
    We have selected one of our favorite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products. Enjoy this charming little nook, situated in the Old City.

    Overnight in Montreal.

    Day 7 – Tour Montreal
    Montreal is a unique and fascinating city. It is the only French-speaking major city in North America and it brings together cultural influences from all over the world.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal:

    • Option 1: Small Group Montreal Sightseeing Tour
    Get a full overview of Montreal on a special small group tour by Sprinter Van, including dedicated driver and plus expert tour guide. This 6-hour tour gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights along the way, without being rushed.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Walking Food Tour
    Taste your way through Old Montreal and discover specialty shops and boutiques. As you follow the narrow and winding streets, indulge in culinary delights whilst learning about the city’s unique history.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Montreal Highlights by Bike
    A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a delicious picnic topped off with a pastry or ice-cream.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    In the afternoon, you can take your time and explore Montreal at your leisure – enjoy the lively ‘joie de vivre’ atmosphere. Relax in a sidewalk cafe on Rue St. Denis to sip gourmet coffee while doing some people watching.

    Overnight in Montreal.

    Day 8 – Montreal to Quebec City
    Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in Canada and it was fought over by the French and English in the early days of Canadian history. Today you will travel on the train from Montreal to Quebec City, a journey that will take you past the pretty town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

    When you arrive in Quebec City you will almost feel like you have made it all the way to Europe, as the cobbled streets and stone buildings have an old-world atmosphere. Admire the mountains on the horizon, peruse lovely local shops and galleries and discover Quebec City’s charms.

    Overnight in Quebec City.

    Day 9 – Quebec City
    Spend a full day discovering Quebec City’s French-Canadian culture. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and discover the many quirky local shops and galleries.

    Today you have
    3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec City to the fullest.

    • Option 1: Private Walking Tour
    On a leisurely walking tour, explore the unique art, architecture, and history of Quebec City’s upper and lower towns. Your guide is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their home town.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Quebec Sightseeing Tour
    Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French-Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: The Food Tour
    So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French-Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Quebec City.

    Day 10 – Departure
    Your Canadian train journey might be coming to an end, but the memories that you have made on your trip will last forever. Say goodbye to the friends you have made on the journey and head to Quebec City Airport to catch your flight home.
Canadian History and Culture by Rail – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

TorontoNiagara-on-the-LakeOttawaMontrealQuebec City

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Travel on the comfortable VIA rail train through the gorgeous Quebec and Ontario countryside

  • Daily departures available for your convenience

  • Stunning Quebec countryside

  • Visit several exciting Eastern Canada destinations including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Niagara Region and rural Quebec

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    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 request your free trip plan to 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.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    9 nights hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train – Toronto / Ottawa / Montreal / Quebec City*

    Niagara Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour
    2. Niagara Wine Tour

    Ottawa Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Sightseeing Tour
    2. Private Historical Walking Tour
    3. Ottawa Bike Tour

    Montreal Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Small Group Montreal Sightseeing Tour
    2. Private Walking Food Tour
    3. Montreal Highlights by Bicycle

    Quebec City Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Walking Tour
    2. Quebec Sightseeing Tour
    3. The Food Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    Feature Dinner at Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Dinner at the CN Tower
    Feature Dinner in Montreal

    Transfer Inclusions:
    Transfer from Toronto airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake*
    • Transfer from Niagara-on-the-Lake to downtown Toronto*
    • Private train station transfers in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City
    Private transfer to Quebec City’s airport, in time for your flight home

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise
    noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    * Note:
    Comfort level hotel prices include Economy class on VIA Rail.
    Boutique and Deluxe level hotel prices include Business Class on VIA Rail
    Comfort and Boutique level hotel prices include bus transfers between Toronto and Niagara
    Deluxe level hotel price includes private transfers between Toronto and Niagara

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.
    • Ottawa bicycle tour is available between April 27 and September 26, 2019 departure dates.
    • Small Group tour in Montreal is available from the May 23 to October 19, 2019 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • Montreal Highlights by Bike tour is available between March 26 to October 25, 2019 departure dates.
    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff

    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Upgrade to Business Class for access to the Panorama Lounge at the train station, priority boarding, and meals and bar service, including alcoholic drinks served by an attendant onboard the train
    • Add some time in Montreal to visit the Laurentian mountains, including Mont Tremblant
    • Rent a car and drive up the stunning Saguenay Fjord to explore the parks or take in some whale watching
    • Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships in Quebec
    • Spend some extra time in Quebec City and visit the charming island - Ile d’Orleans - for spectacular views, local artisans and gourmet local fare
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    Daily departures from Toronto

    *Limited availability and surcharges may apply during the Grand Prix in Montreal (June). Please call your advisor for details.

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Comfort Level Hotels
    from US $3,790to US $4,093per person

    Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

    Boutique Level Hotels
    from US $4,290to US $4,633per person

    Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

    Fresh Tracks Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    from US $5,280to US $5,703per person

    On our Deluxe Level vacation, 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. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Hotel Bonaparte - Classic boutique style hotel room

    Hotel Bonaparte

    An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

    The Auberge Bonaparte is offers historic charm in Old Montreal, with a rooftop terrace as well as an award-winning French restaurant. Enjoy a full complimentary breakfast during your stay.

    Hotel Place d’Armes - Exterior of Place D’Armes

    Hotel Place d’Armes

    An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

    This hotel exemplifies the culture, charm and sophistication of Montreal, offering luxury and exceptional service. It boasts art galleries and boutiques and has a fascinating history that goes back three centuries.

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Enjoy gorgeous views of St. Lawrence River

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    One of the most iconic buildings in Old Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence River. Guests will feel pampered as they enjoy three restaurants, two lounges, a fitness room, a spa, shops and a whirlpool.

  • Customer Reviews  (6)

    It was comforting to know they were available, if any problems arose

    Star Rating 5
    September 19, 2017

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    Fresh Tracks Canada listened to us and put together a great package tailored to our specific needs and requests. The trip packet & folder were very helpful and allowed us to concentrate on having fun. We loved the limo services and prearranged tours. It was comforting to know they were available, if any problems arose.

    I only wished that I could have stayed longer in lovely Canada!

    Star Rating 5
    June 20, 2017

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    Fresh Tracks provided outstanding customer service and trip implementation! Our trip was awesome! Flawless down to the smallest detail as planned by Fresh Tracks! I wouldn't change a thing. I only wished that I could have stayed longer in lovely Canada!

    A big thank you for organizing a wonderful trip

    Star Rating 5
    June 16, 2015

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    Thank you for the welcome home and for organizing a trip for us which consistently exceeded our expectations. The extra cost of upgrading to business class for the rail journeys was very worthwhile. The seating, service and the meals were all excellent and the use of the business class lounges at the various stations was a real and unexpected bonus. We were impressed by all the hotels and particularly enjoyed the ambiance and the wonderful, complimentary breakfasts; as Comfort level hotels they certainly surpassed our expectations. The transfers were, without exception, excellent. The drivers were punctual, courteous and knowledgeable and the vehicles luxurious, we felt very special. We enjoyed the various tours which had been arranged for us and did not encounter any difficulties. Once again, a big thank you for organizing a wonderful trip.

    All in all you did a wonderful job

    Star Rating 5
    October 10, 2014

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    We all had a great time. We were so impressed with your pick-ups and deliveries. They were always there and always on time. We only had to call once and that was because the poor guy was at the wrong hotel. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. I have been telling everyone how easy it was. All of the hotels were excellent. We all liked the Niagara one the best. That was such a cute place. The other hotels were equally nice, but not as quaint. All in all you did a wonderful job. You should be proud of yourselves. 

    It was absolutely wonderful

    Star Rating 5
    September 10, 2007

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    You did a superb job of planning and executing our trip. It was absolutely wonderful and everyone we met was most helpful, friendly and more than we expected. And how delighted we were and totally surprised when the attendant on our first train trip upgraded us to First Class because of our 50th Wedding Anniversary! It was GREAT! All of the tours were informative, funny and friendly. We will have lots of good memories and big love for our neighbor to the north. Thank you again for doing such a good job.

    The arrangements were seamless

    Star Rating 5
    April 18, 2006

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    A huge thank you for arranging our holiday! The arrangements were seamless and we had a great time. We are looking forward to using your services again in the future to see more of your beautiful country!

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This Trip in Pictures

View of the lake in Niagara
View of the lake in Niagara
The lovely town of Niagara on the Lake is located in peaceful and verdant Ontario Wine Country.
Downtown Niagara on the Lake
Downtown Niagara on the Lake
Take a wine tasting tour or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll and visit the local shops.
The Hornblower tour of Niagara Falls
The Hornblower tour of Niagara Falls
It's hard to comprehend the magnitude of Niagara Falls until you see it up close.
The 'Corridor' train travels on a bridge over a river
The 'Corridor' train travels on a bridge over a river
The VIA Rail 'Corridor' train will take you through Ontario and Quebec's tranquil forests and lakes.
A quaint and colourful street in the historic French Canada
A quaint and colourful street in the historic French Canada
French Canada has a unique culture all its own, which you will get a taste of on this unforgettable trip.
Le Massif train travels through the Charlevoix mountains
Le Massif train travels through the Charlevoix mountains
An optional train ride reveals the stunning views of the Charlevoix Mountains and the St. Lawrence.

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