See the natural beauty of Canada as you make your way from its Eastern to Western coasts, spending time in Halifax, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Jasper and Vancouver en route! Enjoy the laidback, rustic feel of Halifax as you learn about its historical past and visit local fisherman's villages along the coast and the iconic Peggy's Cove on a guided tour. Explore the architectural beauty in old Montreal on a guided walking tour, and take a day tour to Quebec City - North America's oldest city with UNESCO world heritage status. Learn about the Aboriginal tribes in Ottawa, the nation's capital. Explore Toronto, one of the world's most multi-cultural cities, with its great cafes and shopping. Enjoy a guided evening tour to the impressive Niagara Falls, one of North America's top visited sites, as you have dinner overlooking the falls, and visit a winery in the renowned Niagara escarpment. Depart Toronto on the famous "Canadian" train to Vancouver. Enjoy a private cabin, gourmet meals, and panoramic car as you journey across the Canadian Shield, through the boreal forests, traversing the Prairies to the grand Rocky Mountains. Stay at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau in Jasper, where you can avail of any number of adventurous activities or do some sightseeing. Re-board the train across the mountains and into Vancouver, the last stop on this epic journey. Enjoy a panoramic flight over the city and harbour in a seaplane, and a city tour of this Pacific Ocean jewel.
On board the "Ocean" and "Canadian" overnight trains, you will enjoy panoramic views in the specially designed viewing cars, sample great regional cuisine, and have a private sleeping cabin. Modify or customize this tour as you wish. Travel in comfort with the support of our local staff!
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
Meet your driver and guide at the hotel and board your transportation, setting out on a private half-day tour where you'll be introduced to the delights of Halifax as you travel from the commercial downtown area, through the residential districts before leaving town via the Northwest Arm. Travel along the Lighthouse Route, to take in the picture-perfect scenery of the South Shore. You will arrive approximately 45 minutes later at Peggy’s Cove, which has been an artists’ and explorers’ paradise for well over 150 years. This village is located right on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, standing on solid rock above the crashing surf. The coastline is famous for pirates, shipwrecks, rumrunning and sunsets. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the moody cove and village, featuring the weatherworn fishing shacks (complete with colourful buoys and lobster traps) still used by local fishermen, and awe-inspiring rock formations that have been carved out by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. You will also view the famous sculpture created by local resident William deGarthe, a beautiful granite carving which depicts the life and people of the area. Afterwards have time to wander the rocks, before rejoining your transportation.
Located in downtown Halifax, the Marriott Harbourfront hotel overlooks the harbour and connects to Casino Nova Scotia via an indoor skyway. The hotel is 1 block from the shops and restaurants of Historic Properties and offers spacious rooms with harbor or city views. Guestrooms feature luxury Revive Collection bedding with down comforters, turndown service, and both high-speed and wireless Internet access. The hotel has a 5,000-square-foot spa with personal trainers, and yoga and Pilates classes. Enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, soak in the spa tub, or head for the Scottish pub.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
The Halifax - Montréal train makes a journey crossing the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and along the St. Lawrence River before arriving into Montreal. As the train departs from Halifax just after noon, you'll have the rest of the day to take in the sights along the way such as Truoro - known as the “hub of Nova Scotia” and the main industrial, commercial and shopping centre of the region. Built around the Salmon River, which empties itself into the Minas Basin, the Bay of Fundy gives visitors a glimpse of its famous tidal bore. Further along, you'll pass by Amherst. The “gateway to Nova Scotia,” Amherst is located on the Chignecto Isthmus, an area first settled by the Acadians in 1672 and founded by explorers from the British Isles in 1764. Known for its beautiful Victorian mansions built during that era, this pretty town is equally visited for the spectacular wall murals found throughout its Victorian business district. Late afternoon/early evening sees you passing through Moncton. Due to its geographic location in the heart of the Maritimes and its pool of qualified and bilingual workers, Moncton is now the rising star in New Brunswick. Its site on the Petitcodiac River was a small Acadian outpost before the Acadian Expulsion of 1755. Then, colonists of American origin settled here and founded the city, which prospered in the mid-19th century as a ship-building centre and later as the terminus for the Intercolonial Railway. Enjoy a peaceful night sleep before arriving into Montreal the following morning. If you are in Sleeper touring class, you can wander to the Park car to partake in informal presentations and learn about such things as lobster traps, ghost ships and Acadian traditions (from Mid June – Mid October only).
Enjoy an overnight journey by train with VIA Rail on The Ocean- one of the finest train services in the world. There are 3 options to choose from:
- Economy class - Comfortable seats with room to move, stretch and relax. Pillows and blankets provided during the night. Meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
- Sleeper class - In stainless steels cars, enjoy cosy accommodations in a berth, a cabin for one, two, three or four people. Special in-room touches, including shower kit, bottled water and ear plugs are provided. Full-course and light meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
- Sleeper Touring class (available from mid-June to mid-October). Cosy accommodations in a cabin for two or a cabin for two with shower. Delicious meals highlighting regional specialties. Exclusive access to the Park car, with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
This afternoon, set out on a private walking tour with your own professional guide and learn about the history and architecture of the city, including many colourful anecdotes that reveal the secrets of Old Montreal, from yesterday to today. The tour will take you from Place d'Armes to Place Jacques-Cartier, including the Royal Bank, Notre-Dame Basilica, Cours Le Royer, St. Jacques, Notre-Dame and St. Paul Streets, City Hall, the Champ de Mars and the old Bonsecours Market.
There are many optional activities to choose from in Montreal. Spend time wandering through the historical part of town, taking in all of the sights and smells along the way as you weave your way through the cobblestoned streets. Alternatively, head to St. Catherine's street, which has a dizzying array of shops to choose from and where you can see where the locals source their great sense of style. If you feel like a longer excursion, consider a day trip to Quebec - the oldest city in North America and a UNESCO designated city with a side trip to the impressive Montmorency falls. If you feel like staying within the city limits, consider a tour taking in the Olympic Tower, Biodrome, Botanical Gardens and Insectariums, a guided walking or a biking tour through the city, or a themed tour such as the Bourgeoisie area of Westmount or the lesser known parks and gardens of the city. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these options are of interest.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel is a renowned local landmark, celebrated internationally for its world-class accommodations. This historic hotel has helped define the city’s distinct elegance and charm for over 50 years. It offers 1,037 rooms, of which 100 are suites, and is conveniently located above the train station and within walking distance of sports and cultural attractions. There is a skilfully integrated Health Club featuring state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor pool, as well as three distinctive venues to experience Montréal's gastronomy at its best: Les Voyageurs lounge, Le Montréalais bistro- restaurant and the award-winning Beaver Club, recognized as one of the best tables in Canada.
Enjoy a full day (12 hrs) shared tour to take in the sites of Quebec city and Montmorency falls. Your expert guide will bring you through all the historical treasures of Quebec such as: Place Royale, Notre Dame Basilica, Plains of Abraham, Parliament Building, Montmorency Falls, Ile D'Orleans, and Place D'Armes. Place Royale was the birthplace of French civilization in North America. The architecture of its homes and its narrow streets attract visitors worldwide. Enjoy some time at leisure to shop and have lunch (not included) in the oldest quarter in North America. There will be some more free time in the Petit Champlain district before going to the "escalier Casse-Cou" - translated as "break neck staircase" not nearly as dangerous as its name implies. On board the funicular elevator that descends a cliff linking Upper and Lower Old Quebec will give you a magnificent view of the river and its surroundings. From Quebec city, the tour continues to Montmorency Falls - impressive 83 m. high waterfalls that are 1.5 times that of Niagara Falls. There will be time to take in the grand sight before returning to Montreal.
Enjoy the train ride from Montreal to Ottawa. Train duration is approximately 2hr.
See Canada’s Capital city with your professional guide on this 3 hour private walking tour. See such sights as Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, The Supreme Court, Sparks Street, Major's Hill Park, The Chateau Laurier, The Bank of Canada, The Rideau Canal, The Prime Minister's Offices, The ByWard Market and other areas of interest within Ottawa's downtown core.
Fairmont Château Laurier (4*) is a reflection of the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa. It stands as a testament to this dynamic and thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the hotel is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. The Rideau Canal offers miles of bicycle and inline skating paths and the world's longest skating rink just outside the door. The nearby Gatineau Hills offer great hiking, biking and canoeing, and in the winter, cross-country ski trails and excellent downhill thrills. With Winterlude, the Tulip Festival and countless other festivals, Ottawa is a flurry of activity year round. Once the wealth of sights has been taken in, drop by the Health Club or satisfy your appetite at one of the superb restaurants.
Enjoy a train ride from Ottawa to Toronto. Train duration is approximately 5hr.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening shared tour to Niagara Falls and a winery. After being picked up from your hotel in a luxurious climate controlled coach, sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to your friendly, knowledgeable Guide who will provide informative and entertaining commentary en route. Enjoy a buffet dinner (included) overlooking the Niagara Falls and a boat ride onboard the "Maid of the Mist" (replaced by "Journey behind the falls" from October to April due to winter conditions). After having had some time at leisure by the Falls, you can enjoy a tour and tasting at a local winery before the journey back to Toronto. (order of events may change due to festivals, weather etc).
Toronto is a city that has grown up around this grand landmark - The Fairmont Royal York Hotel (4*). It is just steps away from the hub of Toronto and a major access port to Canada is Union Station. If you're here to relax and take in the sights, this hotel has everything you need; luxurious surroundings, refined guest rooms and suites, and a knowledgeable Concierge are some of the services and amenities you will find while staying at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Enjoy a private 2 hour tour of Toronto with your own vehicle, driver and Professional Guide taking in all of the highlights including the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower, as well as the Old and New City Halls with opportunity for pictures along the way. Then explore the Distillery district - one of the most historical areas in the city, before being returned either to your hotel or a central point in the city - depending on your plans for the rest of the day. (no entrances included).
Enjoy the four night train ride from Toronto to Vancouver on board "The Canadian" VIA train. The Toronto-Vancouver train, which takes four days to travel between one of Canada's largest cities and the Pacific Coast, lets you see the breadth of the country like never before. Take in boreal forests reflecting on the surface of the Great Lakes, Prairie sunsets painting vast skies in shades of fire and mountain peaks towering above as the train winds through the Rockies. Enjoy the views before nightfall as you pass by small towns such as Washago. Gateway to the Muskokas, this railway junction point at the head of Lake Couchiching is popular with cottagers, fishing enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Early morning sees you passing by Gogoma, typical of the small, relatively isolated settlements along this section of the railway that were created in order to service locomotives and were placed at approximately 240-kilometre intervals.
Enjoy the four night overnight journey by train from Toronto to Vancouver with VIA Rail's "The Canadian". There are 3 options to choose from:
- Economy Class: Comfort Class is economical and offers a comfortable seat in the coach car where you can stretch out your legs on the footrest, lean back into the headrest, and fall asleep in your plush chair with pillow and blanket (provided).
- Sleeper Touring class: Sleeper Berth includes a designated armchair next to a picture window to admire the scenery, with an individual sleeping berth at night with privacy curtain (most cars have a modern bathroom and shower that is shared).
- Sleeper Touring class: Private Cabin is the most luxurious, with your own cabin for one, two, three or four people, or a suite.
In the sleeper touring class you will enjoy delicious meals highlighting regional specialties are included as is exclusive access to the Park car, with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views and Priority boarding.
The Canadiana typically leaves late at night from Toronto, so the first number of places you go by will be in darkness as you snuggle down for the night. Upon waking, you will see the countryside has changed as you pass through areas such as Gogama - a typical example of the small, relatively isolated settlements along this section of the railway that were created in order to service locomotives and were placed at approximately 240-kilometre intervals. As you pass Longlac, you will see the town at the northern end of the lake. This area played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. Armstrong is further along the tracks. This area offers some of the best fly-in fishing and hunting in the region. You'll soon arrive at Sioux Lookout, which is located on the English River/Lac Seul waterways. The community is a magnet for sport fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts in addition to its vocation as a centre for the pulp industry.
Passengers onboard the VIA Canadiana train in Economy class can enjoy socializing with fellow passengers in the café or lounge, or view landscapes from the panoramic dome in the skyline car. While priority is given to those in Sleeper Touring class passengers, you may dine in elegance with china and linen, while attentive staff attends to your every need in the stainless steel dining car. Those in the Sleeper Touring class can take in the 360-degree views in the upper observation deck, or settle into one of two stylish lounges in the stainless steel Park car which his for the exclusive use of guests in this category. At night, guests in the Sleeper Touring class have exclusive use of the sleeper car. Let yourself be rocked to sleep in a berth, a cabin for one, two, three or four people, or a suite. You'll enjoy all essential amenities — including a shower in the car. Cabins for two, three or four people feature superimposed beds.
Enjoy an overnight journey by train with VIA Rail - one of the finest train services in the world. There are 3 options to choose from:
- Comfort Class is economical and offers a comfortable seat in the coach car where you can stretch out your legs on the footrest, lean back into the headrest, and fall asleep in your plush chair with pillow and blanket (provided).
- Sleeper Berth includes a designated armchair next to a picture window to admire the scenery, with an individual sleeping berth at night with privacy curtain (most cars have a modern bathroom and shower that is shared).
- Private Cabin is the most luxurious, with your own day room to enjoy the journey, a table in the dining car (typically with meals provided), and at night comfortable beds are made up in your cabin, complete with en-suite bathroom.
Enjoy a 3.5 hr shared tour (available in the morning and evening) of one of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park traveling through the Maligne Valley in search of osprey, eagle, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer and bear. En route, there will be a stop at Maligne Canyon where 10,000 years of erosion have created a 165-foot deep gorge. Here you get to set off on a short walk in the company of your guide to marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. From the canyon, continue to disappearing Medicine Lake and then to spectacular Maligne Lake. Have your cameras ready as both areas are rich in wildlife and scenery.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is nestled between captivating mountains and enchanting lakes and welcomes you to the Grand Rocky Mountain Lodge Experience. Situated in the magnificent Canadian Rockies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the perfect getaway destination for couples, families, and friends alike, by offering luxury lodging, impeccable service, an abundance of wildlife and an excess of leisure opportunities in a remote wilderness setting. Sample local cuisine from their award-winning dining rooms, tee off on Canada's #1 Golf Resort, spend an afternoon quietly fishing on a tranquil lake, or simply relax after a day of adventure among the soaring peaks and rugged pine forests. Consider making use of their Health Club, heated outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, relax in the steam room, or work out in their newly renovated gym.
There are lots of optional activities to choose from in Jasper; The Jasper Tramway is the highest aerial tramway in the Rockies (1 -3 hrs). The ride up to the top of Whistlers Mountain is breathtaking. Take in the stunning views in the company of a tramway guide who will provide a fully narrated tour during the seven-minute ride to the top. Alternatively, consider a half day scenic train ride from Jasper to Harvey. Helihiking and white water rafting are other options you may consider doing. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you are interested in any of these optional tours.
After having the morning in Jasper, board "The Canadian" once more to continue your train ride to Vancouver. En route, you will pass by the crest of the Yellowhead Pass - the border between Alberta and British Columbia and the division between Mountain and Pacific time zones. The Pass is one of the lowest points in the entire North American Continental Divide and all water systems flow either east or west from the Divide. As the highest peak (3,954 metres) in the Rockies, Mount Robson is easily recognizable and is often referred to as the “Monarch of the Canadian Rockies” or “The Dome.” Late evening will see you passing through places such as Blue River and Clearwater before the town of Kamloops as you continue on your journey towards Vancouver.
Mid morning will see you arrive into Vancouver at the end of your epic coast to coast train journey. Enjoy the many activities and entertainment options in this cosmopolitan city.
Consider taking a cruise along the harbour, a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island, an adventure filled day whale watching, a panoramic flight, or a day trip to Whistler crossing over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and forest canopy walkway. All of these options are available on a private or shared basis. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these interest you.
Enjoy a 20 minute panoramic tour of Vancouver by seaplane departing from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour. Enjoy a complete aerial view of the city, including the spectacular new Olympic venues, just in time for 2010. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. Should no-one else sign up for a tour at the same time, then you will enjoy this on a private basis! If you'd like to have the guarantee of doing this on a private basis, please contact your Sales advisor.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (4*) is nestled between the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia and the tides of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan metropolises. Sumptuously styled and fully equipped rooms are what await you at this spectacular hotel, designed to provide all the elegance and charm of an English castle. Among their commodities you will find first-class accommodations but also, amazing facilities and amenities. Griffins Restaurant is the most popular bistro in the city of Vancouver, with an extensive and plentiful buffet and dramatic décor, highlighted by arched windows which overlook the Vancouver Art Gallery. 900 West Lounge is Vancouver’s hottest address of the moment, with award-winning cocktails and sultry sounds of live jazz music. For your leisure moments, the hotel also provides a lovely indoor pool and the luxurious Absolute Spa, the perfect place to pamper yourself with some well deserved rest and relaxation.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with professional driver.
Sit back and take in all of the spectacular views as the countryside pass you by.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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