Eastern Canada Winter Adventure

Celebrate Winter in Eastern Canada

Each year from November to March, eastern Canadians embrace winter with festivities and outdoor adventure. Join in the fun, as you explore three historic cities blanketed in snow and ice.

  • Starting From

    $2,470 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City
Quebec City’s Ice hotel

Unique Winter Experiences

Spend a day at Quebec City’s Ice hotel - an architectural wonder made entirely of ice and snow. Or join locals on their way to work, as they skate along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

Winter Carnivals

If you time it right, you can partake in festivities of two winter events – Carnival De Quebec or Winterlude in Ottawa. See night parades, snow sculptures, sample traditional Canadian cuisine, and much more.

Food, History, and Culture

In Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa, join a local guide to learn more about Canada’s history, culture, and culinary scene.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 1 View Map

Your Canadian Adventure Begins in Ottawa

Welcome to the capital of Canada! Don’t let the assumption that this is a bureaucratic government town fool you – Ottawa is a hub for culture and history and has a definite hidden flair. The capital city is home to seven national museums that recount the tales of Canada’s colourful past, a thriving restaurant scene, and plenty of stunning historic buildings to explore. Ottawa has an abundance of attractions no matter the time of year!

Private Transfer from Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

You will be met by your own private driver and vehicle to make your way in comfort from Ottawa Airport to your downtown hotel.

Overnight in Ottawa

Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The prestigious Fairmont Chateau Laurier is situated just across the water from Parliament Hill and overlooks both the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal. Find yourself within walking distance of some of Ottawa’s most well-known attractions including ByWard market, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, National Gallery of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint. Dubbed “Ottawa’s Castle”, the luxury hotel features a health club complete with art-deco swimming pool, an elegant restaurant and lounge, and on-site gift shops.

Day 2 View Map

Explore Ottawa

Ottawa is a hub for culture and history, as well as various creative and entertaining things to do in the city for visitors and residents of all ages. Ottawa has an abundance of attractions no matter the time of year.

Private Sightseeing Tour of Ottawa

(1 of 3 options)

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 around Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the Ceremonial Route, government residences, and Rideau Hall. This tour is fully customizable to your interests - from photography to food, your guide will show you the best in Ottawa!

Food Tour of the Byward Market

(2 of 3 options)

There’s nothing quite like exploring a city on a culinary adventure! Explore little known spots in the city’s most historic district and meet the chefs, producers and food artisans while experiencing the Market the way the locals do. Of course, you get to sample tasty offerings along the way so bring an appetite.

Private Walking Tour of Ottawa

(3 of 3 options)

Stretch your legs on this privately guided walking tour where you visit the historical highlights of Ottawa located in the downtown core. Hot spots include; Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the ByWard Market.

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Explore Ottawa and Board VIA Rail to Montreal

Today offers you more time to enjoy Ottawa at your leisure. Head to the Rideau Canal for a day of skating right on the frozen water (you can’t get more Canadian than that), head to Byward Market for souvenirs and tasty treats, or visit any one of Ottawa’s seven museums.

Insider Tip

The National Gallery of Canada comes highly recommended and is home to a permanent Canadian collection and often features exhibitions by Canadian artists.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(1 of 3 activities)

You will be met by your own private driver and vehicle to make your way in comfort from your Ottawa hotel to the train station.

Via Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(2 of 3 activities)

As the train rocks and sways out of Ottawa, you will start to notice more and more French words floating in the background. Enjoy the scenery as you look out at Quebec's open farmland, chat with old friends and new or dip into a book. This is what train travel in Canada and being on vacation is all about! You will be seated in a spacious business class seat. Enjoy exclusive access to the in-station business class lounge before your trip. Food and cocktail service is included.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 3 activities)

A private driver will pick you up at the train station and take you to your Montreal hotel.

Overnight in Montreal

Overnight at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. Built by the Canadian National Railway, this deluxe Fairmont is considered a social hub in Montreal and has hosted countless famous dignitaries. The Fairmont boasts high-end, contemporary décor and a wide-range of amenities, including an indoor pool and health club, beauty salon, and fine dining restaurant and bar options. The hotel is located right above the VIA Rail and AMTRAK rail stations and is connected to Montreal’s underground shopping area.

Day 4 View Map

Explore Montreal

In Montreal, the winter chill adds to the atmosphere as frost blurs bistro windows and snowflakes sparkle against glittering skyscrapers. This fairytale French Canadian hub comes to life like an idyllic Christmas village each winter.

Dinner in Montreal

(1 of 1 activities)

Staying in such a food centric city, we wanted to give you a chance to sample some of the best cuisine. We've included a dinner tonight at one of our favorite Montreal restaurants.

Privately Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

(1 of 3 options)

Discover Montreal on a private tour tailored to your interests. By vehicle, choose to visit historic Vieux-Montreal, beautiful Mont Royal, the bohemian Plateau neighbourhood, the city centre, and more.

Private Food Tour in Old Montreal

(2 of 3 options)

Discover the cultural and culinary charms of historic Old Montréal, guided by a passionate local foodie. Sample Montreal staples such as smoked meat, pâtés, and much more.

Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

(3 of 3 options)

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 and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montreal.

Day 5 View Map

Explore Montreal and Board VIA Rail to Quebec City

Continue to enjoy Montreal at your leisure this morning. Stroll down the cobblestoned streets of Old Town to explore the art galleries and capture a few more pictures. The unique winter atmosphere of this city is something to appreciate. Later today you will head to Quebec City to discover more of our Canadian history and culture.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(1 of 3 activities)

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel, and take you to the train station.

VIA Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(2 of 3 activities)

Travel by train to the city the French and English battled over so fiercely. Enjoy the scenery as you pass through charming towns and farmland. Step off the train into Quebec City, where your surroundings are filled with old stone buildings, cobbled streets, Quebec’s distant mountains, and a wealth of history and culture. You will be seated in a spacious business class seat. Enjoy exclusive access to the in-station business class lounge before your trip. Food and beverage service is included.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 3 activities)

A private driver will pick you up at the train station, and take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Quebec City

Overnight at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Dubbed the “heart of old Quebec”, this prestigious accommodation overlooks the St. Lawrence River and the city beyond. Experience the hotel's enchanting history with the finest modern luxury. During your stay, enjoy a full range of amenities including multiple restaurant and bar options, a business center, indoor pool, and a state-of-the-art health club and spa.

Day 6 View Map

Explore Quebec City

Spend a full day discovering the beauty of a wintery Quebec City, with its French-Canadian culture. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between the French and the English, and discover the many warm and cozy local shops and galleries.

Insider Tip

Enhance your winter experience in Quebec during the holiday season with a visit to the German Christmas Market. Explore the market with a local guide to get all the insider secrets and tips! (Available seasonally.)

Private Sightseeing Tour of Old Quebec by Vehicle

(1 of 3 options)

Relax in the comfort and convenience of a vehicle with your local private tour guide. At Fresh Tracks Canada, we pride ourselves on finding the best local guides so you have the most memorable and informative experience. Witness history first hand and hit all the top spots including the Chateau Frontenac, the Latin Quarter, Ramparts, and the Plains of Abraham.

Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

(2 of 3 options)

On a guided walking tour, taste the local specialties of Old Quebec. Taste beer, wine, chocolate, cheeses, pastries, crepes, maple products and savory tidbits from a variety of vendors, including Old Quebec's renowned restaurants.

Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec

(3 of 3 options)

Explore the cobblestone streets of fortified Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will take you through 400 years of history, and give suggestions on what to do next in Quebec City.

Day 7 View Map

Explore Quebec City and Surrounding Area

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.

Return Shuttle Transfer from Quebec City to Ice Hotel

(1 of 1 activities)

Travel by bus from downtown Quebec City to the amazing Ice Hotel, located at Valcartier Village. When you are done exploring the amazing facility, a return transfer takes you back downtown.

Ice Hotel Visit with Cocktail

(1 of 2 options)

Enjoy exploring the famous Hotel de Glace located at Valcartier Village tasting some maple taffy and taking in the beautiful carvings throughout. To top off your self-guided visit, you will get to enjoy a handmade cocktail in the Ice Bar in the hotel complete in glasses made of ice!

Quebec Dog Sledding Adventure (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

On this true winter experience learn how to handle a dog sled and mush on your own. Located only 30 minutes from Quebec City, discover the winter paradise of the Jacques-Cartier Valley. Spend time meeting the dog pack before enjoying 1.5 hours on the trails. Stay warm and cozy with roundtrip transportation right from your hotel.

Day 8 View Map

Depart Quebec

Today marks the last day of your magical winter experience in beautiful Quebec. With fond memories made, enjoy a leisurely morning as you get ready to make your way home.

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Today your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to an end. A private vehicle and driver will take you from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight.


Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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Lord Elgin hotel front entrance
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To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


  • 7 hotel nights

Train Experiences:

  • Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Quebec City / Montreal / Ottawa

Ottawa Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Privately Guided Tour of Ottawa by Vehicle
  2. Food Tour of the Byward Market
  3. Privately Guided Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Montreal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Privately Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal by Vehicle
  2. Old Montreal Private Walking Food Tour
  3. Privately Guided Old Montreal Walking Tour

Quebec Activity Options:

Day 1: Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Sightseeing Tour of Old Quebec by Vehicle
  2. Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour
  3. Privately Guided Walking Tour of Old Quebec

Day 2:
Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Ice Hotel Visit with Cocktail
  2. Quebec Dog Sledding Adventure (additional cost of $110 USD pp additional cost for DOUBLE sledder OR $230 USD pp additional cost for SINGLE sledder)

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 private transfers

Other Inclusions:

  • Gratuities on private tours and transfers (unless otherwise mentioned)
  • Documentation package
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Any trip falling over Dec 15, 2018–Jan 1, 2019 may have limited tour options as some activities may not run every day over the Christmas period.
  • Choose to substitute your tour in Quebec for the German Christmas Market tour for trips leaving in Nov 23–Dec 18, 2018 *ask your Vacation Advisor for more details if interested
  • Ice Hotel Visits only available on Dec 27, 2018–March 17, 2019 departures
  • Skating on the Rideau Canal is likely to be available on Jan 10–Feb 17, 2019 departures based on historical opening trends.
  • Quebec City Carnival runs from February 8–17, 2019 (weekends in Quebec City are the best)
  • Winterlude event in Ottawa runs every weekend between February 1–18, 2019
  • The Quebec Dog Sledding Adventure (optional upgrade) has a max sled weight of 350lbs with 2 people per sled


  • Hotel de Glace / Ice Hotel Package: The hotel is operational from Jan 3 to March 29th as the temperatures must reach certain freezing levels in order to operate.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, and scheduled tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation or Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes


This trip is available for departures between January and March.

Starting From

$2,470 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, January 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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