The Ocean Train
The Ocean takes us from Quebec, across New Brunswick to Nova
Scotia and our destination, Halifax - the provincial capital.
Following the winding route of the old Intercolonial Railway, the
first passenger train ran from Halifax to Lévis in 1836 and the
train became known as the Ocean in 1904, making it the
longest-running service in Canada.
The 836 mile (1,346km) overnight journey takes approximately 20
hours to complete and takes passengers through three provinces and
two time zones. As you sleep, the train heads south through a
landscape of forests and lakes, across New Brunswick and into Nova
Scotia to arrive in Halifax by the afternoon. The dense forests
will have given way to sandy beaches and rugged shorelines,
assuring us that we have covered much ground during the night.
We travel in Sleeper Plus Class, the best accommodation on
board. Your private cabin is comfortable but compact and furnished
with a washbasin, WC and mirror. During the day, you can recline in
a relaxing armchair and at night these are converted into upper and
lower berth beds. The on-board crew services all cabins and
passengers enjoy complimentary toiletries, towels and bottles of
water. Passengers can also enjoy a complimentary Wi-Fi service. The
Ocean's Sleeper Plus Class passengers have exclusive use of the
Park Car at the rear of the train, which plays host to a 'maritime
learning experience', with presentations about Eastern Canada. The
Park Car's observation dome offers spectacular 360-degree views of
the passing scenery, whilst the Bullet Lounge offers views from its
comfy armchairs and huge wrap-around windows as well as
complimentary fruit and non-alcoholic beverages. The Park Car's
Mural Lounge features a curved 1950s-style bar.
Full-course meals are included and are served in the Dining Car,
with priority seating for Sleeper Plus customers. The dining car
has a maritime ambience. The menu features a selection of regional
specialities and alcoholic beverages are available for reasonable