Discover the best of Canada on this truly epic journey from
Vancouver to Halifax. Travelling on iconic trains across the entire
continent of North America, the view outside your window changes
every day, from the towering Rockies to the central plains, the
great lakes and finally the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia.
Vancouver and Butchart Gardens
The Canadian rail journey
Jasper National Park
'Voyage to the Falls' boat tour at Niagara Falls
The Corridor rail journey and The Ocean rail journey
We depart from London Heathrow for Vancouver, where we transfer
to the welcoming Blue Horizon Hotel, ideally located on Robson
Street, where we spend the next two nights. 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 the
breathtaking Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
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, where Vancouver's world famous totem
poles are situated. We finish at Granville Island, which boasts an
amazing, mouth watering food market and many craft studios.
Day 3 - Vancouver Island and The Butchart Gardens
We pay a visit to the marvellous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver
Island today. An explosion of colourful flowers and manicured
hedgerows, these extensive gardens were designed by horticulture
expert Jennie Butchart in the early twentieth century. Later we
enjoy free time in Victoria itself.
Day 4 - To Hope and Kelowna
Today we depart on the first leg of our trans-Canadian
adventure, traveling by coach to Okanagan Valley in Canada's wine
region. Traveling in the daylight affords a perfect opportunity to
take in Canada's spectacular landscapes, and perhaps catch a
glimpse of the incredible wildlife that calls this part of the
world home. We pause en-route in picturesque Hope, where you have
time for lunch, before we continue toward Kelowna, a city
surrounded by resplendent orchards, pine forests and mountain
peaks, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. Our route takes us
across the magnificent Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass that stands
at 4,081 feet above sea level, before we continue to a local
winery. After indulging in a tasting of locally produced wines, we
transfer to our hotel in Kelowna, where we overnight.
Days 5-6 - To Jasper
After breakfast this morning we journey north to the picturesque
town of Clearwater, where we enjoy lunch. Our journey continues
this afternoon as we enter Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World
Heritage site. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and
soaring snow-capped peaks pass by our window as we journey towards
the town of Jasper, where we stay for two nights.
On Day 6 you have a morning at leisure, giving
you a chance to explore this charming town. This afternoon, 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.
Days 7-9 - Across the plains
After spending your morning at leisure. This afternoon
we begin our unforgettable journey on The Canadian, bound for
Toronto. We settle into our berths as we begin our spectacular
journey through the mountains. If you'd prefer to travel in added
comfort and style, we have upgrades available for a reasonable
supplement to Sleeper Plus Class cabins. These cabins come highly
recommended, and feature private WC facilities and a greater amount
We travel along the Athabasca River Valley to reach Saskatoon on
Day 8, and continue to Winnipeg, a fascinating
city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train travels
overnight to the Canadian Shield and we spend Day
9 on board, admiring the landscape whilst keeping an eye
out for moose and other wildlife.
Day 10 - Toronto
This evening we arrive in the enthralling city of Toronto, which
sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario and is overlooked by the
giant CN Tower. Leaving The Canadian, we check in to our hotel for
the next two nights.
Day 11 - Niagara Falls
Today our excursion takes us by coach to the truly incredible
Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. You have
some free time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters
from the viewing area, or to enjoy a ride on board the ship here
(payable locally) for a cruise to the foot of the thundering Falls
followed by a buffet lunch overlook the tumultuous waters. We
continue to Niagara-on- the-Lake, a delightful town, where we have
free time to explore. We return to Toronto this evening.
Day 12 - To Québec
Departing on The Corridor service mid-morning, we arrive in
Montreal late afternoon. We then change trains for the journey to
Québec, where we spend the night at the Chateau Laurier Hotel,
located in the heart of this French-speaking city.
Day 13 - Québec
Our day 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. This
afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Québec has a wealth of
historic and cultural sites you may wish to visit including the
Basilica- Cathedral of Notre Dame, or rue Saint- Jean, Saint-Louis
and Saint-Paul, all lined with restaurants, boutiques and souvenir
shops. This evening we board The Ocean for the overnight
journey to Nova Scotia. We travel comfortably in Sleeper Plus
Days 14-15 - The Ocean to Nova Scotia
During the night, The Ocean travels along the St Lawrence River
to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into
Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax, the provincial capital. Here we
stay for two nights at the ideally located Westin Nova Scotian.
On Day 15 we explore the province's
maritime treasures on a sightseeing tour. Peggy's Cove is a
charming, working fishing village with a famous and distinctive
lighthouse. Picturesque Lunenburg was founded in 1753, and its
quaint waterfront and colourful wooden buildings have earned it
UNESCO World Heritage status.
Days 16-17 - Halifax and homeward
You have free time today to explore the city of Halifax,
including its most famous feature, the star-shaped fortress of the
Citadel. Alternatively, visit the Titanic Cemetery, where many who
perished in the 1912 disaster are buried. Pier 21, Canada's
equivalent to New York's Ellis Island, is also an excellent option.
We later transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to
London, landing on Day 17.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
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.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
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93% of travellers would recommend this tour
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Mrs A Moehead
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
This was a good holiday with a complicated itinerary and all was well handled and worked smoothly.
Mrs M Miller
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.
Mrs C York
Well organised. Brilliant tour manager and rail staff. Very good hotels. Generally a fantastic trip
Just what we expected and hoped for. Well organised. Excellent tour guide.
A generally very well planned, balanced tour with an excellent tour manager.