Eastern Canada Winterfest

Eastern Canada Winterfest

8

days

starting from US $2,090per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Embark on a truly unique Eastern Canada winter wonderland experience. Journey by train across the snowy Quebec and Ontario countryside, to visit Canada’s charming nation’s capital, eclectic Montreal, and historic Quebec City. Cultural tours, winter activities, and great food are highlights of this vacation.

Eastern Canada Winterfest – Map Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa. Winter culinary tour Winterfest ice sculptures Complimentary service onboard VIA Rail Snowshoeing at Mount Royal Park in Montreal Quebec in the wintertime Inside the Ice Hotel Bonhomme
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Ottawa
2 nights Ottawa
2 nights Montreal
3 nights Quebec City
Depart Quebec City

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Ottawa
Welcome to the capital of Canada! Ottawa is a hub for culture and history and has a definite hidden flair! With a thriving restaurant scene, and plenty of stunning historic buildings, there is plenty to do and explore. Ottawa is especially exciting in the winter season when the Winterlude Festival takes over the city.

A private transfer takes you directly from the airport to the door of your hotel. Every connection is taken care of when you travel with Fresh Tracks Canada.

Insider tip: To make sure you don’t miss out on any special Winterlude events have your Vacation Advisor schedule your trip around the festival.

Day 2 – Explore Ottawa
You have 3 options to choose from today for exploring Ottawa.

· Option 1: Private Tour by Vehicle with a Local Guide
With a third generation Ottawan as your guide, enjoy an immersive tour full of anecdotes only a local would know. This tour visits the top sights in Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, and then onto Rockcliffe via the Ceremonial Route. See official government residences, Rideau Hall, an experimental farm with arboretum and ornamental gardens. This tour is fully customizable to your interests - from photography to food, your guide will show you the best in Ottawa.
Activity rating: Easy

· Option 2: Private Walking Tour of Ottawa
Visit the historical highlights of Ottawa’s downtown core. Stretch your legs and learn all about the French, Irish and English history of Ottawa. This guided tour takes in all the top spots including Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the Byward Market.
Activity rating: Moderate

· Option 3: Food Tour of the Byward Market
The best way to explore a city is through it’s culinary scene! Discover little known spots in the city’s most historic district and meet quirky local business owners. Of course, you get to sample tasty offerings along the way so bring an appetite! You may want to revisit some of your favourite new spots for dinner.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – Explore Ottawa and Board VIA Rail to Montreal
Spend the morning in Ottawa at your leisure. Skate along the Rideau Canal while indulging in a hot chocolate (you can’t get more Canadian than that!) or head to Byward Market for souvenirs. Alternatively, spend the morning exploring Ottawa’s museums - the National Gallery of Canada is home to a permanent Canadian collection and often features exhibitions by Canadian artists.

Insider tip: Add skating on the Rideau Canal to your bucket list! Since this activity is weather dependent, have your Vacation Advisor plan your trip between the end of January and March to ensure you have the best chance of the canal being fully frozen.

This afternoon, a private transfer takes you to the train station where you board the train to Montreal. Enjoy the snowy vistas glide by the train window as you nestle into your comfortable seat. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 4 – Discover Montreal
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal to the fullest.

· Option 1: Private City Tour by Vehicle
See the best of Montreal from the comfort and convenience of a warm vehicle. Journey through Old Town and the historic heart of the city, then into the modern downtown. Venture past the Old Port, Bonsecours Market, and head up to Mont Royal Park. Visit the best scenic spots to take the perfect photo. This tour captures it all!
Activity rating: Easy

· Option 2: Walking Tour
Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montreal on a privately guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city of Montreal. Over the Christmas period, your guide can highlight some of the special holiday touches - learn about traditional New France Christmas customs, and see some of the wonderful light displays.
Activity rating: Moderate.

· Option 3: Food Tour
Enjoy a variety of delicious offerings on this tour which compliment your exploration of the Old Town. This food tour slightly differs from the norm in that it is not about famous chefs and on trend restaurants, rather it is a lens into the Montreal’s varied food traditions. Hear historical anecdotes and spot unique street murals and architecture along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Staying in such a food centric city, we wanted to give you a chance to sample some of the best cuisine. We’ve selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest, regional products.

Day 5 – Explore Montreal and Board VIA Rail to Quebec City
Explore Montreal at your leisure this morning. Visit the art galleries in the Old Town, or enjoy a coffee in a steamy café and watch the world go by - the atmosphere of Montreal is something to soak in.

Later this morning, make your way to the train station to start your journey to Quebec. The light sparkles off the snow as you pass by some of the prettiest countryside in French Canada. This 3-hour journey takes you along the St. Lawrence River, past charming Cap-de-la-Madeline and Trois-Rivieres.

Arrive in Quebec after a relaxing train journey. A private transfer takes you to your hotel.

Day 6 – Discover Quebec City
Quebec City is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site - with its unique city walls, it is an architectural wonder of Canada.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you explore Quebec.

· Option 1: Private Tour by Vehicle
Relax in the comfort of a vehicle with a private local tour guide. We take pride in finding the best local guides so you have the most memorable experiences with a real sense of place. Witness history first hand, visiting the Chateau Frontenac, the Latin Quarter, the Ramparts and the Plains of Abraham.
Activity rating: Easy

· Option 2: Walking Tour of Quebec City
Stretch your legs on this walking tour of Quebec City - covering the must see locations in Old Quebec. Following a leisurely downhill route, pass the Citadel, the Chateau Frontenac, the Quebec Fortifications and Place Royale.
Activity rating: Moderate

· Option 3: The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
Ready your taste buds! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try classic French Canadian food at venues like Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (Traditional Quebecois Cuisine), Creperie le Billig (Crepes) and Le Moine Échanson (Organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 7 – Explore Quebec City and the Ice Hotel
Quebec City is truly a winter wonderland. With Christmas Markets decorated with enchanting snow covered lights in the holiday season, to the world’s biggest winter carnival, Quebec City is a world class destination throughout the entire winter season.

Visit the Ice Hotel today, one of Quebec City’s top winter attractions.


· Visit to the Ice Hotel
A stunning winter palace built of ice and snow. Enjoy the uniquely themed rooms, and Ice Cocktail bar on a tour of the hotel. Experience a classic Canadian Sugar Shack and sample maple taffy, a Quebecois delicacy made by pouring piping hot maple syrup into the snow and rolling it up into a delicious treat.

Insider tip: Every year from the end of January to mid-February Quebec City holds the Quebec Winter Carnival. Make sure you don’t miss out on any special events by having your Vacation Advisor plan your trip around the festival.

Day 8 – Depart Quebec
Sadly, your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to and end today. With fond memories made, a private driver will take you from your hotel directly to the airport.

What we love about this trip

Travelling on VIA Rail through the snowy countryside
Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Local guides who bring Eastern Canada to life
Skating on the Rideau Canal
Food tour of Byward Market
Winter Festivals such as Carnivale and Winterlude

What's Included

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

Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal - Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal
Gourmet feature dinner in Montreal
Business class onboard the train - Business class onboard the train
Business class onboard the train
Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit - Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit
Unforgettable Ice Hotel visit
Winter wonderland of Quebec City - Winter wonderland of Quebec City
Winter wonderland of Quebec City
Accommodations and rail service:
7 nights hotel accommodation
Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Ottawa / Montreal / Quebec City

Hotel Inclusions:
• 7 nights accommodation

Train Inclusions:
• Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Ottawa / Montreal / Quebec City

Ottawa Tour Options:
Choose 1 of the following 3 activities:
• Ottawa Private Vehicle Tour
Ottawa Walking Tour
• Food Tour of Byward Market

Montreal Tour Options:
Choose 1 of the following 2 activities:
• Montreal Private Vehicle Tour
• Old Montreal Walking Tour
• Montreal Food Tour

Quebec City Tour Options:
Choose 1 of the following 3 activities:
• Quebec Private Vehicle Tour
Quebec Walking Tour
• The Quebec City Food Tour
Plus
• Ice Hotel Visit

Meal Inclusions:
Feature Dinner in Montreal
• Meal service and complimentary beverages for business class guests on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
• All train station transfers

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities on private transfers
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service - you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator after you book.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Any trip falling over December 25th or January 1st may have limited tour options.
• Ice Hotel Visits only available on December 29
th – March 20th Departures
• Rideau Canal likely available on Jan 15
th – Feb 20th departures based on historical opening trends. .

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and scheduled tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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...

Enjoy the events of Carnaval in Quebec City
Enjoy the events of Carnaval in Quebec City
Spend extra time to take in Winterlude in Ottawa
Spend extra time to take in Winterlude in Ottawa
Add a ski vacation to Mont Tremblant
Add a ski vacation to Mont Tremblant
Spend time in the bustling city of Toronto
Spend time in the bustling city of Toronto
Ski and Winter Package at Mont Tremblant
Add additional time in Ottawa to take part in the Winterlude Festival
Add nights in lively Toronto
Add nights at Le Baluchon Eco Resort, where relaxation, gastronomy and adventure are the order of the day!
Customize your trip to include an unforgettable night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City.
Add additional time in Quebec City to take part in the Quebec Winter Carnival

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.

Auberge Bonaparte - Boutique style hotel roomAuberge Bonaparte - Charming interiors

Auberge Bonaparte

An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

The cozy Auberge Bonaparte is a charmingly historic inn, nestled in Old Montreal. Along with an award winning French restaurant, guests can enjoy sunny summer days or moonlit nights on the rooftop terrace. A full complimentary breakfast at the restaurant is included in your stay here (or continental breakfast if guests choose to eat in their room).

Hotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant rooms are perfect for those seeking seductive comfortHotel Place d’Armes - Relax in the elegant setting of Suite 701,  serving modern brasserie cuisineHotel Place d’Armes - Enjoy dining and drinks al fresco on the terraceHotel Place d’Armes - Hotel ExteriorHotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

It takes a special hotel to equal Montreal's unique urban sophistication and charm, and that's exactly what the 4.5 star Hotel Place d'Armes is. Luxury and exceptional service are the rule at this gem nestled among the lovely cobbled streets of Old Montreal. Here, you'll discover three centuries of history, boutiques and art galleries as well as fine dining and vibrant nightlife.

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

2017-18 Start dates
Daily departures from December 8, 2017 to March 9, 2018

• Some activities may not run every day over the Christmas period.
• Ice Hotel Visits available from December 30th trip start date onwards
• Rideau Canal skating likely available from Jan 15th – Feb 20th based on historical opening trends
• Quebec City Carnavale runs from January 21st – February 5th departure dates (weekends in Quebec City are best)
• Winterlude event in Ottawa runs February 3rd – February 18th departure dates (runs Saturdays and Sundays)

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,090to US $2,591per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Boutique Level Hotels
from US $2,395to US $2,915per person

Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $2,855to US $3,731per 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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