From Niagara Falls to Québec City by Rail

Experience the best of English and French Canada

From the natural wonders of Niagara Falls to the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, this journey showcases the heartland of French and English Canada – and you do it all in comfort and style, on a train.

  • Starting From

    $2,990 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    10 days

    9 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Don’t Just SEE the Power of Nature – FEEL It!


Niagara Falls. Words can’t describe the power of Nature when it is concentrated like this – you have to feel it for yourself. And we get you up close! We also get you away from the crowds, where we prefer to stay - in the nearby wine-growing region and Niagara-On-The-Lake.

Canada’s Main English & French Cities


Toronto and Montreal are big, cosmopolitan cities – one the heart of English-speaking commerce in Canada, the other the heart of French-speaking business. Ottawa, the national capital, has wonderful museums, and Québec City is quaint and the place to learn about the history of the French in Canada.

Traveling by Train


You could drive this route of course – and we’d be happy to arrange that instead – but we think the train is a highlight because it makes the journey so much easier and more relaxing…

YOUR TRIP DAY-BY-DAY

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

Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Arrive in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and be whisked away to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Surrounding you are rolling vineyards and blooming flowers, framing Lake Ontario.

Private Transfer from Toronto Airport YYZ

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer from the Toronto Airport to your hotel in Niagara.

Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake

(2 of 2 activities)

We've included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Overnight at The Prince of Wales Hotel. This property is located in the heart of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, and is a treasured landmark hotel of Victorian elegance. During your stay enjoy the on-site dining options, spa, fitness centre, lounge, indoor pool and hot tub. Each room is a unique and intimate hideaway with luxury furnishings for you to enjoy your stay in comfort.

Day 2 View Map

Discovering Niagara

Whether you decide to witness the splendor of the Niagara Gorge, or the rolling woodlands of wine country, you will end your day full of wonder and discovery.

Deluxe Niagara Winery Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Travel through the lush Niagara Peninsula on a delightful tour of the Niagara Wine Region. Enjoy stops at wineries for tastings and tours before you dine on a delectable lunch at a charming eatery along the parkway. The tour allows free time to explore the captivating 19th-century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls

(2 of 2 options)

Today you will enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Niagara Region. You'll visit the upper rapids, the falls up close, and so much more! Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before you continue onto the historic quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore.

Day 3 View Map

Onward to Toronto

As you travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning, the funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. Spend the day at your leisure and discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline.

Private Transfer to Toronto Hotel

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer from your hotel in Niagara to your Toronto hotel.

CN Tower Dinner

(2 of 2 activities)

Take in the magnificent views of Toronto from one of the best vantage points in the city, the 360 Restaurant located high above in the CN Tower.

Overnight in Toronto

Overnight at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Standing in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York is conveniently situated directly across from Union Station. This landmark hotel is within walking distance of Nathan Phillips Square, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Eaton Centre, and Yonge-Dundas Square. Enjoy the spa and health club, where guests can take advantage of the indoor pool, relax in a steam bath, or enjoy a luxurious massage treatment. Additionally, you will find multiple dining options to suit every occasion.

Day 4 View Map

VIA Rail - Toronto to Ottawa

Settle into your seat for a relaxing train journey in the company of fellow travelers. Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario passing small farms and villages before you reach our nations capital - Ottawa.

Via Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 of 2 activities)

Travel by train from bustling Toronto to Canada's capital city. Settle into your seat for a relaxing train journey as you travel past dense forests, over rivers, and through towns and farmland. 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

(2 of 2 activities)

You will be met by your own private driver and vehicle to make your way in comfort from the Ottawa train station 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 5 View Map

Exploring the Capital - Ottawa

Ottawa is a beautiful Canadian city, with countless attractions and hidden gems. This is the federal capital of Canada so museums abound - the Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the National Art Gallery, all awaiting your visit.

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!

Private Walking Tour of Ottawa

(2 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.

Ottawa Bicycle Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Join a local guide for a leisurely bike ride along the Rideau Canal pathway, continuing to the Locks, a wildlife garden and arboretum, and ending with a short visit to the Parliament area. You will get a great view of Ottawa's downtown core and beyond on this tour, staying 95% on designated safe bike paths.

Day 6 View Map

VIA Rail - Ottawa to Montreal

As the train rocks and sways out of Ottawa, you journey towards the open farmland of eastern Quebec, chat with old friends and new, dip into a book, or do the crossword. This is what train travel in Canada and being on vacation is all about!

Via Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 of 4 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 to Train Station

(2 of 4 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.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 4 activities)

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

Dinner in Montreal

(4 of 4 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.

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 7 View Map

Discover the Culture of Montreal

Rich in culture and beautiful architecture, Montreal makes for a fabulous city to explore. Venture by foot along the cobblestone streets and narrow lane-ways discovering what makes this city fabulous.

Private Food Tour in Old Montreal

(1 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.

Gems of Montreal City Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Immerse yourself as you take an insider’s look at Montreal’s fascinating history, architecture and vibrant culture on this small-group tour today that provides a true local perspective.

Montreal South Bicycle Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Cycle the Downtown and Vieux-Montreal neighbourhoods of Montreal on a sightseeing tour. Your local guide will share history, stories, and anecdotes while stopping at the must-see sights.

Day 8 View Map

VIA Rail - Montreal to Quebec City

Voyage by train along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, where your surroundings fill-up with old stone buildings, cobbled streets, distant mountains, and a wealth of history and culture.

VIA Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 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 to Train Station

(2 of 3 activities)

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

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 9 View Map

Exploring Quebec City

Take the day to explore the rich history of this wonderful French city.

Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec

(1 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.

Rendez-Vous with History Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Get an overview of Quebec City's history on a guided sightseeing tour. Visit places like the Plains of Abraham, the world famous Château Frontenac, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and more.

Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

(3 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.

Day 10 View Map

Depart Quebec City

Say farewell to Canada's scenery, history and culture as you are transferred to Quebec City’s airport, in time for your flight 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.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Lord Elgin hotel front entrance
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

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.


Accommodations:

  • 9 hotel nights'

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train – Toronto / Ottawa / Montreal / Quebec City*

Niagara Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Deluxe Niagara Winery Tour
  2. Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls

Ottawa Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Sightseeing Tour of Ottawa
  2. Private Walking Tour of Ottawa
  3. Ottawa Bicycle Tour

Montreal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Food Tour in Old Montreal
  2. Gems of Montreal City Tour
  3. Montreal South Bicycle Tour

Quebec City Activity Options

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec
  2. Quebec Sightseeing Tour
  3. Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner at Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Dinner at the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Feature Dinner in Montreal

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Transfer from Toronto airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake*
  • Transfer from Niagara-on-the-Lake to downtown Toronto*
  • Private train station transfers in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City
  • Private transfer to Quebec City’s airport, in time for your flight home

Trip Class Notes:

  • Comfort level hotel prices include Economy class on VIA Rail.
  • Boutique and Deluxe level hotel prices include Business Class on VIA Rail
  • Comfort and Boutique level hotel prices include bus transfers between Toronto and Niagara
  • Deluxe level hotel price includes private transfers between Toronto and Niagara

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.
  • Ottawa bicycle tour is available between April 27 and September 26, 2019 departure dates.
  • Small Group tour in Montreal is available from the May 23 to October 19, 2019 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Montreal Highlights by Bike tour is available between March 26 to October 25, 2019 departure dates.

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between April and December.

Starting From

$2,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, December 2018 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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