This itinerary blends the cultural diversity of Toronto with the British influence evident in Ottawa’s iconic architecture, the French allure of Montreal, and the history and culture of the Wendat-Huron First Nations. From the power and beauty of Niagara Falls to the walled city of Old Quebec, this itinerary showcases that Eastern Canada is more than just the birthplace of Canadian maple syrup.

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Discover an enchanted night walk that celebrates the Huron-Wendat Nation and their way of life at Onwha Lumina

Indulge in Canada’s love for maple syrup with an educational tasting experience

Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the spectacular Niagara Falls

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Authentic Eastern Canada by Rail

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Day 1

Toronto

On arrival, transfer to your downtown hotel and enjoy the sights of Canada's largest city.
 
This bold and dynamic city is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods such as Old town which includes the historic St. Lawrence Market, as well as the original 10 blocks of York (as Toronto was formally known).
 
Another great area to explore is the Distillery Historic District. Formerly a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings, the area has been carefully restored, and is now a fusion of old and new. Widely regarded as Canada's premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination, it’s brimming with one-of-a-kind stores, galleries, studios, restaurants, theatres and more. 
 
Just offshore from downtown are the 15 small islands known as the Toronto Islands. Just a short ferry ride from the city, and all connected by boardwalks and walking trails, these scenic and nature-dense islands are a shining example of the city of Toronto’s values in spending time outdoors and appreciating all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Day 2

toronto

Indulge yourself with an unforgettable gastronomic experience, featuring foods from 8 countries spread over 5 continents on a guided culinary tour in the famous Kensington Market neighbourhood today. What better way to experience the beauty of Toronto’s ethnic mosaic than to eat it?
 
Later, visit one of Toronto’s newest attractions. Little Canada is a celebration of all things Canada. It’s a unique journey of discovery through the sights and sounds of this great country in miniature scale. A unique Toronto attraction that will unleash your sense of wonder, discovery, and curiosity. (L)

Day 3

Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto

Join a full-day tour to the Niagara Peninsula: Canada’s fruit belt and major wine-producing region and home to one of the great wonders of the world - the spectacular Niagara Falls.
 
Today's tour will include a delicious lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, a Hornblower Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls (season dependent) and ample free time to take pictures and admire the thundering waters.
 
You will then take a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. You will see the Floral Clock, Queenston Heights and the historic town of Niagara on the Lake, voted “Canada’s Prettiest Town”. (L)

Day 4

Toronto - Ottawa

Boarding VIA Rail at Union Station, today's journey will follow the shores of Lake Ontario - one of the five Great Lakes of North America - to Trenton Junction. From Trenton Junction to Ottawa, the landscape is dotted with small villages, surrounded by maple forests and rich pastureland.
 
Ottawa was named as the capital of Canada in 1867 with the signing of Confederation by the then Canadian Provinces, establishing an independent Canada.
 
Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government; it is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering world-class sporting events, shopping, outdoor adventures, museums and family activities. Situated on the Ottawa River about 200 km west of Montreal, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. (L)

Day 5

Ottawa

Canada's capital is best explored on foot. Join your guide for a leisurely walk around Ottawa's most famous monuments and locations that explain the city's colourful history, its larger than life political characters and graceful architecture. During the tour you will discover the grounds of Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, Major's Hill Park, The ByWard Market and other areas visitor's often miss in Ottawa's downtown core. The perfect opportunity to get to know Ottawa's past, present and future with an entertaining and educational experience.
 
Ottawa is also home to the Rideau Canal, one of the oldest continuously operated canals in North America. With 24 hand operated lock stations, the Rideau Canal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The dedicated multi-use pathways that run along both sides of the Rideau Canal are fantastic for exploring on foot or by bike, and in the winter, the canal transforms into the world's largest skating rink. This afternoon, enjoy a Rideau Canal Cruise onboard a 100% electric passenger vessel.

Day 6

Ottawa - Montreal

Today’s rail journey is under four hours, and takes you into rural Ontario, travelling through maple forests and pasturelands before crossing into Quebec province, and onwards to Montreal.
 
Quebec is Canada's largest French speaking region and offers a unique experience to visitors. The province offers mountains & valleys, fjords and rivers, fishing villages and historic cities – something for everyone. It's also worth noting that almost 99% of all energy produced in Quebec is renewable, and almost entirely hydroelectric.
 
Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. Set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mount Royal, the three-peaked hill located at its heart.
 
Montreal is blessed with incredible architecture, and offers one of the most dynamic food scenes in North America. From poutine to Arctic Char, there are many food and drink combinations you will not be able to find anywhere else in the world.
 
An unmissable highlight is the immersive and luminous light show at the Notre-Dame Basilica. (L)

Day 7

Montreal

This morning, join a guided tour to explore bustling downtown Montreal from above and beneath. Known to locals as the Underground City, Montreal is home to an underground pedestrian network of almost 33kms, one of the largest in the world. Your guide will showcase some of the highlights of the network, as well as some of the city’s above ground features, including Quartier International, Place Ville-Marie, Victoria Square, Place d’Armes and will conclude in Old Montreal.
 
This afternoon, experience first-hand Canada’s love of maple syrup. Learn about the traditional methods of collecting and transferring sap before treating yourself to a tasting. Enjoy delicious, melt-in-your-mouth maple in an array of forms, from syrup to butter to caramel. Be sure to purchase a delicious souvenir to take home!

Day 8

Montreal - Quebec City

Farewell Montréal this morning as you board VIA Rail's Corridor service once again for the train journey to Quebec City. 
 
Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes that extend to Quebec City.
 
For the first hour, you will note the rugged Monteregian Hills that seem to loom up from nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago. There are seven of these hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal, ending with Monte Rouge near the tiny village of Boloeil.
 
Many of the trees you view are maple trees, producing the great Canadian staple, maple syrup.
 
Arrive in Quebec City, the oldest walled city in North America and heart of the French-Canadian culture of Canada. Steeped in history, Quebec is the most charming city in Canada, almost four hundred years old and most of the original architecture and buildings have been lovingly preserved. (L)

Day 9

Quebec City

Quebec City is the heart of French Canada. Nowhere else in North America is the appearance and atmosphere of an old-world city so complete. Quebec City looks and feels very European; perhaps that is why the entire old section of the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
 
Embark on a guided walking tour of Old Quebec and learn about its colourful past beginning in 1608 and continuing into the present day. Tours are designed to give visitors a general sense of the history of the fortress and hub that is Quebec City, as well as an understanding of the lives of the people that have inhabited it throughout the centuries.
 
This evening, discover an enchanted night walk that celebrates the Huron-Wendat Nation and their way of life. As night falls, you will be transported along a 1.2-kilometre pathway infused with the magic of light, sound and video projections. This immersive multimedia experience will invite you into a collective adventure rich with emotion, that bridges the founding myth to a vision of a bright and promising future. Under the starry sky, immerse yourself in ancestral rhythm and song. Step inside the Great Circle to feel your connection with all living things.

Day 10

Quebec City

Your eastern Canada rail journey comes to an end today with a private transfer to the airport. Or ask our team about extending your trip with an overnight journey on the Ocean Train to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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