Eastern Canada Train Tour of the Capital Cities | Ottawa | Montreal | Quebec
See the best of Eastern Canada by rail and visit its biggest cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal & Quebec City.
Witness the major attractions and experience the different lifestyles of Ontario and Quebec.
This 7-day Eastern Canada rail vacation departs from Toronto and includes time in vibrant Montreal and the national's capital city of Ottawa before ending in the historic heart of French Canada, Quebec City.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Toronto to Ottawa | VIA Rail Business Class Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before boarding the train. Complimentary newspapers and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Once on your way, the train follows the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, to Trenton Junction, where the St. Lawrence River flows from the lake. From Trenton Junction to Ottawa, the landscape is dotted with small villages, surrounded by maple forests and rich pasture land. The journey is approximately four hours. Ottawa was named as the capital of Canada in 1867 with the signing of Confederation by the then Canadian Provinces, establishing an independent Canada. The VIA Rail station in Ottawa is a short taxi ride (not included) to downtown Ottawa hotels.(lunch is included today)
Day 2 Ottawa | Free Day Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government, it is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering everything from worldclass sporting events and shopping adventures, to museum and family activities. Ottawa has it all. Situated on the Ottawa River about 200 km (125 miles) west of Montreal, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Among the many historic sites in Ottawa are the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Hall, RCMP Museum and Stables, National Aviation Museum, Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery, Byward Market, Rideau Canal, Dow’s Lake, Experimental Farm and the Museum of Nature. Today is a free day to explore on your own.
Day 3 Ottawa to Montreal | VIA Rail Business Class Your rail journey to Montreal this morning is under four hours, and takes you into rural Ontario, with maple forests and pasturelands, crossing into Quebec at Coteau where the rail line joins the Toronto-Montreal line. Cross the Ottawa River to Dorval Station where a short stop is made before proceeding to Central Station in downtown Montreal. Central Station is located underneath the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel lobby. (breakfast is included today)
Day 4 Montreal | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of these excursions Option 1. Montreal Half Day Sightseeing Tour Enjoy a fully guided driving tour to all the "must see" areas of Montréal such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city's picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica, taking in the 360 degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise along the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Option 2 Walking Tour of Old Montreal Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal Option 3 Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour The city’s best food tour takes you to at least 6 of your local guide’s favourite eateries and watering holes. From artisanal charcuteries to thirst quenching craft beers, discover the surrounding areas of JeanTalon, our largest food market on our walking tour!
Day 5 Montreal to Quebec | VIA Rail Business Class Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Quebec City. For the first hour, you will note the rugged Monteregian Hills that seem to loom up from nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago. There are seven of these hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal, ending with Monte Rouge near the tiny village of Boloeil. Many of the trees you view are maple trees, producing the great Canadian staple, maple syrup. Your rail journey is just over two hours to Quebec, the oldest walled city in North America and heart of the French Canadian culture of Canada. In Quebec, arrive at Gare du Palais, located near the harbour in old town, Quebec. Steeped in history, Quebec is the most charming city in Canada, almost 400 years old and most of the original architecture and buildings have been lovingly preserved. (lunch is included today).
Day 6 Quebec | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of these excursions Option 1. Rendezvous with History Quebec City Tour This is your chance to visit history first hand. The Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, world famous Château Frontenac, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and a glimpse of modern Quebec City are the perfect introduction to the city. Option 2 A Fabulous Country Tour Travel back in time to rural Quebec along the Chemin du Roy to SainteAnne-de-Beaupré, pass through the many traditional villages of rural Québec. In Sainte-Annede- Beaupré, you will be given time to visit the world famous Shrine and a stop at the Montmorency Falls. Just as you think your day is over, you will be treated to a short visit on the Island of Orléans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, where the picturesque village of Sainte-Pétronille, with its 19th century rural atmosphere, waits to be rediscovered again. Option 3 Foodie Walking Tour of Quebec City Throughout the years, the food of Quebec has been influenced by Amerindian, British and French cuisines. The Food Tours offer the opportunity to discover these different culinary and cultural traditions. Treat yourself to a behind the scene experience of Quebec City, discovering its gastronomy and culinary history by taking part in five exclusive tasting presentations.
Day 7 Quebec City | Departure Upon check-out of your hotel your package ends.
- Business Class rail travel Toronto to Ottawa (lunch included)
- Business Class rail travel Ottawa to Montreal (breakfast included)
- 2 nights accommodation in Ottawa
- 2 nights accommodation in Montreal
- 2 nights accommodation in Quebec City
Montreal | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions
- Montreal Half Day Sightseeing Tour
- Walking Tour of Old Montreal
- Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour (operates Thu - Mon)
- Business rail travel Montreal to Quebec City (lunch included)
Quebec City | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions
- Rendezvous with History Quebec City Tour
- A Fabulous Country Tour
- Foodie Walking Tour of Quebec City
- Meals as per itinerary
Hotel & Rail Information | Superior Grade
- Ottawa - Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Fairmont Room
- Montreal - Le Saint-Sulpice | Superior Suite
- Quebec City - Hotel Manoir Victoria | Standard Room
Hotel & Rail Information | Deluxe Grade
- Ottawa - Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Fairmont View Room
- Montreal - Fairmont Queen Elizabeth | Fairmont View Room
- Quebec City - Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac | Fairmont Room
DATES & PRICING
Departs from Toronto: Daily Except Saturday & Sunday(Tour Code:TR63)
03 May - 13 Jun, 2021
14 Jun - 30 Jun, 2021
01 Jul - 05 Sep, 2021
06 Sep - 18 Oct, 2021
03 May - 12 Jun, 2021
13 Jun - 30 Jun, 2021
01 Jul - 12 Sep, 2021
13 Sep - 13 Oct, 2021
14 Oct - 18 Oct, 2021
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"My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Eastern Canada. "
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Eastern Canada. We travelled from Toronto (visiting Niagara Falls) to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. We could not have been more pleased with the trip that was planned by Canada by Design. The travel agents are professional and helped us plan a wonderful trip. Their selection of hotels was ideal. The train travelling from Province to Province was such a great way to travel. Thank you to all of the agents made this a very memorable trip.
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Eastern Canada Train Tour of the Capital Cities | Ottawa | Montreal | Quebec
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