Ultimate Coast to Coast on the Pan Canadian Train

Fairmont Great Canadian Railway Adventure

20

days

starting from US $12,174per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Join us in celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary on this very special Pan Canadian train adventure from Vancouver to Quebec City. You’ll experience trans-continental train travel onboard VIA Rail, plus the luxury and history of Canada’s iconic Fairmont Hotels. You’ll stop along the way to explore each destination, with a choice of excellent guided tours.

Fairmont Great Canadian Railway Adventure  – Map VIA Rail train travelling across Canada Vancouver sightseeing VIA Rail train in the Canadian Rockies Manitoba countryside Toronto Niagara Falls Canada's capital, Ottawa A French style castle in the Quebec countryside Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
2 nights Vancouver
1 night VIA Rail
2 nights Jasper
1 night VIA Rail
2 nights Winnipeg
2 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Toronto
2 nights Ottawa
2 nights Montreal
3 nights Quebec City

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Pan Canadian Train journey begins – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a friendly driver and travel to your hotel in ease. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, dine al fresco, take a trip out to Stanley Park, or try one of the many tours on foot or bicycle. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Discover Vancouver
Today you have the choice to enjoy a small group sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s main highlights, or alternatively, take in a grand cycling tour of Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure. Stroll the beaches of English Bay, whilst admiring misty gulf islands and snowcapped mountains in the distance, or discover a secret garden in Chinatown. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Vancouver to Jasper
Spend the day in Vancouver at your leisure before boarding the train to Jasper for the first portion of your Pan Canadian rail journey. Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” train in the evening, and settle into your cozy private cabin for your overnight journey. You will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the train.

Day 4 – Arrival in Jasper
When you wake up, snowcapped mountain peaks roll by right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose - you never know when you might spot one. Arrive in the tiny and welcoming town of Jasper, filled with adorable cafes and gift shops run by smiling locals who will be happy to tell you about life in the mountains. Get an ice cream cone and walk around in the fresh alpine air, then retire to your Jasper hotel.

Day 5 – Maligne Lake Tour and Cruise
This morning the natural beauty of the Rockies is right outside your window as you take a guided tour through one of Jasper National Park’s most spectacular areas. Marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. Learn how Medicine Lake is “mysteriously” disappearing before boarding a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake, bound for serene Spirit Island.

Day 6 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Journey east to Winnipeg
This afternoon you are transferred to the train station. A cozy cabin with a large picture window awaits you on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Your Pan Canadian train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies. Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Day 7 – Arrival in Winnipeg
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window seat. Arriving in Winnipeg, you will have the rest of the day to explore this diverse multicultural city. Known as the “Cultural Cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more.

Day 8 – Experience unique culture in Winnipeg
Enjoy exploring The Forks — Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. Then visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a sight to see from both the outside and the inside. Complete your day with a fun and mysterious “hermetic code” tour of the Manitoba Legislative building, with one of Winnipeg’s most treasured tour guides.

Day 9 – Explore Winnipeg and re-board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
Continue to explore the city of Winnipeg on an escorted bus tour of the city highlights. Or you can choose to visit Assiniboine Park Zoo and discover the ultimate Canadian experience with the “Journey to Churchill”. For those who want to get active, take a bike ride through scenic Assiniboine Park, see a herd of bison at Fort Whtye Alive and practice your bird calls at Oak Hammock Marsh. This evening settle back into your comfortable cabin as the Pan Canadian train takes you east once again.

Day 10 – Onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Journey east to Toronto
Pass through southern Ontario through the great lakes region. While onboard, enjoy fine meals featuring regional specialties and Canadian cuisine. Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Day 11 – Arrival in Toronto and city exploration
Arrive in Toronto this morning and spend a day enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods for which Toronto is famous. A city tour ensures you won’t miss any of the main city attractions. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 12 – Witness the power of Niagara Falls
First thing this morning, join a guide to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face, the thundering sound gets louder and louder and you’re thankful for your poncho. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 13 – Onboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Toronto to Ottawa
In the afternoon your train journey along the shores of Lake Ontario will begin. Relax in the comfortable VIA rail train as you travel through thick forests, across rushing rivers, past grain towers and old barns. There is no better place to get the feel of Canadian culture than the historic capital city, Ottawa. Take a stroll around the parliament buildings overlooking the Ottawa River before settling in for a comfortable sleep in your Ottawa hotel.

Day 14 – Explore Ottawa
The federal capital of Canada has plenty to discover. 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. Choose between a hop on, hop off tour of Ottawa or a historical walking tour to make the most of your time and discover what the city has to offer.

Day 15 – Onboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Ottawa to Montreal
The Corridor train carries you into the next province of Canada – Quebec! Train travel is the most scenic route you can take in Canada. Enjoy the views of the open farmland of rural Quebec and the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 16 – Discover Montreal
Today you may choose to travel through the depths of Montreal’s history on a guided bus tour. Step back in time at the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica, explore the old Bonsecours Market, and savor the anecdotes of your guide as you gaze across the city from Mont Royal Park.

For those feeling a bit more active, choose the Old Montreal walking tour. Accompanied by a dynamic professional guide, this walking tour includes abundant information about the history, architecture and secrets of Old Montreal. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 17 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Montreal to Quebec City
Travel a short distance by train through Quebec’s picturesque countryside as your coast to coast Canadian train vacation heads towards Quebec City. Step into Quebec City’s colorful history as you visit authentic French Canadian Quebecois shops, and discover the pride that the residents feel for their city. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 18 – Quebec City Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. You can choose to discover the Old City from a comfortable seat by bus, or stretch your legs on a privately guided walking tour. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and admire the beautiful scenery of the St. Lawrence River.

Day 19 - Quebec Countryside tour
Today you travel back in time to rural Quebec as you ride along the Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. You will visit the world famous Shrine in Sainte-Anne de- Beaupré, stop at the Montmorency Falls and be treated to a short visit on the Island of Orléans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 20 – Across Canada train journey ends
Much too soon your pan Canadian train vacation comes to an end as you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind.

What we love about this trip

The ultimate Canadian experience celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary

Historic and luxurious Fairmont Hotels in each destination

Unique, small group excursions

4 nights aboard VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian Train

Scenic wonders: The Canadian Rockies, Niagara Falls, and French Canadian Quebec

Canada’s best window seat on VIA Rail

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sleep in a private cabin on the train - Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hotel Inclusions:
• 15 nights accommodation in Deluxe Fairmont Hotels

Train Inclusions:
• 4 nights on the Canadian train, in a private cabin from Jasper to Winnipeg to Toronto, including 3 dinners, 2 lunches, and 3 breakfasts
• Business class daytime journeys on the Corridor train, between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City
VIA Rail commemorative bundle, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary*

* VIA Rail Commemorative Bundle Includes:
Passport holder, luggage tag, Fairmont gift card, Human Rights Museum pass, CN Tower pass, ½ bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, maple chocolate box, Pier 21 Canadien Museum admission.
Note: Items will be delivered both at the beginning of your trip and all along your journey onboard the train.

Tour Inclusions:
Choice of sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Vancouver & North Shore sightseeing tour by bus or a guided bicycle tour
• Nature tour along Maligne Valley, and a cruise on stunning Maligne Lake
• Hermetic Code Tour in Winnipeg
• Choice of tour in Winnipeg - Assiniboine Park Zoo Admission or 3 hour Winnipeg City Tour
• Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour of Toronto
• A full day of sightseeing in Niagara Falls
• Boat ride on the Hornblower Voyage to the Falls
• Choice of sightseeing tour in Ottawa - Historical Walking Tour or Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
• Choice of sightseeing tour in Montreal - walking tour or bus tour
• Choice of sightseeing tour in Quebec City - walking tour, or Old Quebec bus tour
• Quebec countryside tour

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• All train station transfers
• Personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
(Eastbound Departures)

• The Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake runs from approximately early June 1 to early October (weather dependent). A nature walk or wildlife tour will be substituted when the lake cruise is unavailable.
• The Hermetic Code tour in Winnipeg will not be available on the October 11th departure
• The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls is available from early May to late October (weather dependent). In the off-season tour will be substituted with the Journey Behind the Falls.
• The Hop-on Hop-off Tour in Ottawa is not available for October departure dates, a historical walking tour will be offered as an alternative.
• The Montreal Walking Tour is available on the May 31st to September 27th departures. A Montreal bus tour will be offered as an alternative.
• The Hermetic Code Tour is not available on Westbound departures.

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Tax

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whale watching and wildlife tours
Whale watching and wildlife tours
Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade to Prestige service onboard the trains and receive gourmet meals and first class service
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Ask us about the alternative of guided walking, biking, foodie, or brewery tours in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, or Quebec City
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Add a visit to the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there
• Explore the Charlevoix region from Quebec City

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Fairmont Hotel Waterfront - Exterior of hotelFairmont Hotel Waterfront - The Hotel LobbyFairmont Hotel Waterfront - Outdoor PoolFairmont Hotel Waterfront - Fairmont Patio

Fairmont Hotel Waterfront

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This luxury hotel is located in Vancouver's inner harbour, minutes from Canada Place, the cruise ship terminals and gastown. Sit back and relax in your room as you watch floatplanes take off and land right in front of you with the beautiful north shore mountains as your backdrop. Plus you have the luxurious common amenities that come with staying at any Fairmont hotel.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - The LodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Elk on grounds of lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view of the lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is it's own Canadian wilderness resort. The property is made up of many buildings with different room types throughout the resort. Relax by the lake, or enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful Stanley Thompson Golf Course, or enjoy a game of ice hockey on the lodge's pond. Be sure to keep your eyes open for Elk as they walk past your building!

Fairmont Royal York - Classic exterior of the hotelFairmont Royal York - The comfortable Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - The health club with a spa and indoor poolFairmont Royal York - Downtown Toronto setting of the hotel

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This hotel is one of the classic historic Fairmont properties, close to dining and shopping and only a few minutes away from Union Station. The hotel offers several luxurious facilities for guests, including a bar, a health club, a restaurant and a shop.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel - Exterior of hotelFairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel - Fairmont RoomFairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel - Suite

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This deluxe historic Montreal hotel is located right above the VIA rail station, so you don't even have to go outside to get to one or the other. It is also connected to Montréal's subterranean network of malls. There are over 32 kilometers of interconnected buildings. Enjoy all of the amenities that Fairmont hotels have to offer.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont on hillFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont RoomFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Indoor PoolFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Hotel exterior

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This deluxe landmark chateau-style hotel is located within the walled city of Old Quebec. To enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River, upgrade to a deluxe view room. The hotel offers 3 restaurants, 2 lounges, a pool with whirlpool, fitness room, steam bath, spa, and shops.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Vancouver
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11


2017 Dates starting in Quebec City
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4,11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24


The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date and may vary from your personalized itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Fairmont Hotels
from US $12,174to US $13,148per 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.

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