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20212022
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2021 Tour code: CCG21

About the tour

Discover the best of Canada on this epic journey from Vancouver to Halifax. Travelling on iconic trains across North America, the view outside our window changes every day; from the towering Rockies and the central plains, to the great lakes and finally the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Vancouver

We depart the UK on our flight from London Heathrow to Vancouver, where we transfer to our hotel on arrival. The city of Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live in the world, thanks to its fantastic atmosphere and incredible setting between coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Vancouver
Day 2 - Vancouver

On Day 2 we take a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. We visit the old Gastown quarter - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and home to the famous Gastown Steam Clock. We experience the scents and sights of Chinatown, then drive to leafy Stanley Park. We finish at Granville Island, which boasts a mouth-watering food market and many craft studios.

Day 3- Butchart Gardens

We visit the marvellous Butchart Gardens of Vancouver Island, designed by horticulture expert Jennie Butchart in the early 20th century. This afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour of Vancouver, before some free time in Victoria. Later we take a ferry ride from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.

Day 4 - Sun Peaks

On Day 4 we depart by coach on the first leg of our trans-Canadian adventure, to the Okanagan Valley in Canada's wine region. Our route takes us across the magnificent Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass that stands 4,081 feet above sea level, before we stop for lunch in Hope and then continue to Sun Peaks.

Day 5 - Clearwater and Jasper

We journey past Clearwater this morning, a stunning river valley in British Columbia. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers, and soaring snowcapped peaks pass by our window as we journey towards our hotel in Jasper where we stay for 2 nights.

Day 6 - Jasper National Park

On Day 6, we enjoy a scenic excursion around Jasper National Park, discovering the beautiful Maligne Canyon, a 164-foot deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls, and rock formations. We also see the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region.

Day 7 - On board The Canadian

On Day 7, we board The Canadian in the afternoon, bound for Toronto. We settle into our berths as we begin our spectacular journey spread over 3 nights through diverse topography. Our train takes us seamlessly through the Canadian wilderness and glides into the heart of the Rockies, with fantastic views from our Sleeper Plus Class curtained berths.

Day 8 - The Canadian

Our journey continues on board the Canadian

Day 9 - The Canadian

Our journey continues on board the Canadian.

Day 10 - Toronto

We arrive in Toronto which sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Day 11 - Niagara Falls

On Day 11 we travel by coach to the incredible Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. We enjoy a boat tour to the base of the falls before continuing to Table Rock, a national park on the edge of Canada's Blue Ridge Mountains. Later we head to Niagara Whirlpool and then transfer to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, known for its wineries.

Day 12 - Québec

We transfer to Toronto Station, where we board our train The Corridor. We arrive in Montreal late afternoon and change trains for Québec.

Day 13 - Québec

Day 13 begins with a guided tour of Québec, including the Citadel and the 'Plains of Abraham' - the site of the battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War. Later, we transfer by coach to a local sugar shack where maple syrup is produced, and enjoy a brief tour, followed by a delicious 3 course lunch. The rest of your afternoon is free. This evening we board The Ocean for our overnight rail journey to Nova Scotia, travelling in private Sleeper Plus cabins.

Day 14 - Nova Scotia and Halifax

During the night, The Ocean travels alongside the St Lawrence River to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax where we stay for 2 nights.

Day 15 - Lunenburg

On Day 15 we explore the province's maritime treasures of a sightseeing tour, visiting Peggy's Cove, a charming fishing village with a famous lighthouse. We continue to UNESCO listed Lunenburg, famous for its quaint waterfront and colourful buildings.

Day 16 - At leisure

You have free time on Day 16 to explore. 

Day 17 - London

This evening, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London Heathrow, arriving on Day 17.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Hotels may vary depending on departure dates.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Hotels

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

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Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge, Jasper

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Chateau Laurier

Chateau Laurier, Quebec City

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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec

Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Trains

The Canadian Train
Corridor Train
The Ocean Train

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Upgrades

Upgrade to Prestige Class on The Canadian
Upgrade to a Sleeper Plus cabin on The Canadian train
Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 11 reviews

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Mrs A Moehead

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2018

Fantastic experience Kay our tour manager was very professional and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers. The accommodation was superior and the overnight stays and tours excellent

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Mr O Farley

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

This was a good holiday with a complicated itinerary and all was well handled and worked smoothly.

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Mrs M Miller

4 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2018

The whole holiday was absolutely amazing and we enjoyed it thoroughly. The only drawback was the train journey from Jasper to Toronto taking nearly 4 complete days and 3 nights with only short stops along the way(slightly longer than we had read mainly due to lengthy delays to allow freight to pass). Perhaps a longer break (Winnipeg?) or even an additional overnight stop would be suitable. Several of our party (36) felt the same way.

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Mrs C York

5 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2018

Well organised. Brilliant tour manager and rail staff. Very good hotels. Generally a fantastic trip

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Mr P Horner

4 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2018

Unfortunately missed out on Toronto as too much of a delay on train so didn't see enough. Vancouver Island, Butchart gardens excellent but little time for Victoria.

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Mrs S Butler

3 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2017

I have already written to Great Rail on this subject

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