The Ocean Train - VIA Rail Montreal to Halifax
The Scenic Splendour - Montreal to Halifax.
The Ocean begins in Montreal and journeys overnight through the rural communities of Quebec's South Shore to New Brunswick - where you could hop off in Moncton and spend a few days exploring the Bay of Fundy - and onwards, arriving at Halifax in the afternoon. This is a wonderful way to experience two distinct regions of Canada. We recommend Sleeper Plus Class (which includes meals) on board the train, which includes overnight accommodation in the sleeping cars (private cabins), the Park Car with lounges and scenic dome seating area.
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The Montreal-Halifax train makes an overnight journey along the St. Lawrence River before crossing the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Montreal - Festivals, sports, music and theatre take place year-round in the largest French-speaking city in North America. An outstanding cultural centre – and the jewel of Québec tourism!
Moncton - An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with its proximity to the ocean and woodlands for kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching.
Halifax - Nova Scotia’s capital is a blend of old-world coastal village and urban centre with art galleries, theatres, and boutiques.Close
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Year round, choose the relaxing ambience and attentive service of budget travel in Economy class, or opt for Sleeper class for more cosy overnight accommodations.
If you upgrade to Sleeper Plus class (available mid-June to mid-October), you’ll also enjoy delicious meals included in the price of your ticket, exclusive access to the Park car and informal presentations and activities on the Maritimes.
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Montreal and Halifax are two contrasting cities that make an excellent pairing for your Canadian holiday, linked by a journey on the Ocean Train. Montreal is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with something for everyone - food, art, culture, nightlife, shopping, history- and makes a lively starting point. After a few days exploring the big city, the Ocean Train will take you on a beautiful coastal journey while you relax in surprising comfort (even the pull-down bunk beds are comfy!) and receive the friendliest of service on your way to Nova Scotia. You arrive in Halifax ready to enjoy a few days exploring Halifax. Though smaller than Montreal, Halifax too has more than its fair share of culture, history and heritage - it's a modern city with the heart and friendliness of a small town! All in all, an all round holiday with a good balance of activity and relaxation. Try it - You won't be disappointed!
Drs. David and Barbara Low
We wanted to highlight a delightful, intelligent, young staff person who made our first-ever Ocean trip as pleasant and happy as possible from Montreal to Halifax--Sarah Matheson. Sarah provided outstanding service and care as well as information and helpful updates during the voyage. We received 5-star treatment--thank you, Sarah!
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