The provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia are two of the most scenic coastal areas of Canada and can be easily combined using VIA Rail’s “Ocean Train”. You can explore Canada’s most historic cities, and travelling by rail, truly relax and enjoy all the East Coast has to offer.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
Sue Garner - Travelled to Atlantic Canada
"The excursions were also perfect"
I would like to thank whoever put together the itinerary, chose the hotels and wrote the information for us to use en route. Everything was excellent! Each hotel was very good quality, but very different from the others. We saw such a variety of things. Our information led us to places we would never have found without it. The excursions were also perfect (canoeing, whale watching, sea kayaking), each of them very small businesses but with very friendly staff. Everything was very remote, which is what we expected, but we were so glad that we found it and were able to enjoy the essence of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Overall, we couldn't fault anything and we would be very keen to use your services again in the future.
Itinerary (8 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Today you can explore both old and new Montreal. Old Montreal, with its cobblestone streets...
Today you can explore both old and new Montreal. Old Montreal, with its cobblestone streets and quaint shops, is best explored on foot. A walking tour includes lots of information on history and architecture, and many anecdotes revealing the secrets of Old Montreal. You can visit Place d’Armes, Place Jacques Cartier, Notre Dame Basicia, the Champ de Mars and the Old Bonsecours Market.
You can also enjoy some shopping and some of Montreal’s fine cafes and restaurants.
Today you will take the VIA Rail train from Montreal to Quebec City; with several...
Today you will take the VIA Rail train from Montreal to Quebec City; with several trains available, you can choose a time to catch the train to give you some free time in both cities. An earlier arrival in Quebec City will give you more time to explore the old city or even to take an organised sightseeing tour.
2 nights in Quebec City.
Today take a full day tour to Baie St Catherine to enjoy a whale-watching excursion....
Today take a full day tour to Baie St Catherine to enjoy a whale-watching excursion. Your scenic transfer will take you through the Charlevoix region before you board your 3-hour whale watching cruise in the Saguenay Fjord.
You will return to the city later that evening for another night at your chosen hotel.
Quebec City to VIA Rail
You have a free full day to explore the city’s “old world” charm. Enjoy sidewalk cafes, outdoor...
to VIA Rail
You have a free full day to explore the city’s “old world” charm. Enjoy sidewalk cafes, outdoor displays by Quebec artists, and the unique French Canadian culture before taking the overnight Ocean train to Halifax from Sainte Foy station; a shuttle service to the station takes about 30 minutes from downtown with the Ocean train departing around 10-11pm.
Overnight onboard VIA Rail.
VIA rail to Halifax
Your rail journey to Halifax continues on board. VIA Rail’s ‘Ocean’ is the finest way...
Your rail journey to Halifax continues on board. VIA Rail’s ‘Ocean’ is the finest way to appreciate the splendid scenery of Canada’s Maritime provinces as you pass through the rural communities of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
A late afternoon arrival in to Halifax gives you time to transfer to your chosen hotel before you start exploring the gateway to Atlantic Canada.
3 nights in Halifax.
Today can be spent exploring the boardwalks and attractions of Halifax, making sure to visit...
Today can be spent exploring the boardwalks and attractions of Halifax, making sure to visit the Citadel National Historic Site, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Pier 21. You could also take a city sightseeing tour that includes the Titanic graveyard.
Of course, also make sure you enjoy some of the region’s seafood, in particular lobster which is plentiful and available in many guises for lunch or dinner!
Today we would suggest you take either a whale-watching excursion or take a trip to...
Today we would suggest you take either a whale-watching excursion or take a trip to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia’s most famous and most photographed lighthouse. This lovely fishing village is perfect for a stroll to the lighthouse, rocks and small, quaint gift shops.
Today you will either be taking your return flight to the UK or enjoying more...
Today you will either be taking your return flight to the UK or enjoying more of Atlantic Canada, but with an evening departure, you still have time for last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading to the airport for your homeward flight.