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Canada Coast to Coast

(Tour code: CCG5)The best of Canada by rail in 17 days

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.

17 days from£4,395per person
What’s Included
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Tour Highlights
  • Vancouver
  • The Canadian rail journey
  • The Rockies
  • Jasper National Park
  • Toronto and Niagara Falls
  • The Corridor rail journey and The Ocean rail journey
  • Quebec
  • Nova Scotia
  • Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg
  • Halifax
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    4 Nights on The Canadian
    1 Night on The Ocean
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    10 nights' hotel accommodation
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
Additional Information 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.

Days 1-2

Fly to Vancouver

We depart from London Heathrow for Vancouver on our scheduled Air Canada flights, 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, before visiting Granville Island, which boasts an amazing, mouthwatering food market and many craft studios.

  • In-flight Meal
  • Day 2 - Tour of Vancouver
The Canadian
Day 3

At leisure before boarding The Canadian

Today you are free to explore the diverse city of Vancouver at your leisure. In the evening we meet up to board The Canadian for our departure and the first leg of our trans-Canada adventure. We settle into our Sleeper Plus Class carriages as we leave the city behind and travel into the mountains.

  • Free Day
The Rockies
Days 4-5

The Rockies and Jasper

You may wake up to a magnificent sunrise over the Rockies on Day 4 as we enter Jasper National Park, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1984. Dense pine forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and soaring snow-capped peaks all pass by our window as we journey towards our destination, the town of Jasper, where we stay at the Sawridge Inn for two nights (on some tours the Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites will be used as an alternative). We spend Day 5 at leisure, giving you chance to explore this charming town.

  • Free Day
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, lunch
Jasper National Park
Days 6-8

Across the plains

On Day 6 we enjoy a scenic excursion around Jasper National Park, discovering the beautiful Maligne Canyon, a 164 foot (50m) 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, before we rejoin The Canadian in the late afternoon, bound for Toronto. This evening we travel along the Athabasca River Valley to reach Saskatoon early on Day 7 and continue to Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities, arriving late in the evening. The train travels overnight to the Canadian Shield and we spend Day 8 on board, admiring the rugged landscape whilst keeping an eye out for bears and moose.

  • Day 6 - Dinner
  • Days 7-8 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Tour of Jasper National Park
  • The Canadian
Niagara Falls
Days 9-10

Toronto and Niagara Falls

After breakfast on Day 9 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 the Fairmont Royal York Hotel for a two-night stay. Our guided tour this morning takes in highlights including the CN Tower. If you are feeling adventurous, there is time to ascend to the Outdoor Observation Deck (ticket not included). Your afternoon is free to explore. On Day 10 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 Hornblower Niagara Cruise (payable locally) for a cruise to the foot of the thundering Falls. We continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a delightful town, where we have free time to explore. We return to Toronto this evening.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 10 - Niagara Falls
Day 11

To Québec

Departing on VIA Rail's Corridor service mid-morning, we arrive in Montreal late afternoon. We then change trains for the journey to Québec, where we spend the next two nights at the beautiful and historic Manoir Victoria Hotel, located in the heart of this French-speaking city.

Quebec bridge
Day 12


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.

  • Tour of Québec
The Ocean
Day 13

At leisure in Québec

Today you are free to continue exploring Québec at your leisure. This evening we board The Ocean for the overnight journey to Nova Scotia. We travel comfortably in Sleeper Plus Class - except on our May departure when we travel in Sleeper Class.

  • Free Day
Peggy's Cove
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 south across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax, the provincial capital. Our hotel in Halifax for two nights is the ideally located Westin Nova Scotian. On Day 15 we explore the province's maritime treasures. Peggy's Cove is a charming, working fishing village with a famous and much-photographed lighthouse. Picturesque Lunenburg was founded in 1753, and its quaint waterfront and colourful wooden buildings have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

  • Day 14 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 15 - Tour of Nova Scotia
Days 16-17


The first British town in Canada, founded in 1749, Halifax is set beside the world's second largest natural harbour. You have a free day on Day 16 to explore the city, 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 home. We return to London Heathrow early on Day 17.

  • Free Day
  • Day 16 - Dinner

Please note

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

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