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Maple Leaf Magic Classic Canada West Coast to East Coast

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Maple Leaf Magic Classic Canada West Coast to East Coast

12 days / 11 nights
Begins Thursdays and Saturdays
May to October 2018

This is one of our ROCKIES BY DAYLIGHT tours. View the Rockies at their best—in daylight from the train. Check out our other Rockies By Daylight tours here.

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VIA Rail’s classic train the Canadian, from Vancouver to Toronto — from beautiful British Columbia, to the Majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, arriving into the Atlantic Maritimes aboard VIA Rail’s train, the Ocean.

  • Experience and explore Vancouver, Jasper, Toronto and Halifax
  • Premiere option includes Fairmont hotel’s Hotel Vancouver, Jasper Park Lodge, and Royal York
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

Day 1 — Vancouver

Thursday / Saturday

Arrive into Vancouver and continue with private transfer to your hotel today. Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s beautiful west coast city alive with numerous points of interest and wide selection of dining and shopping. Visit Gastown, Granville Island, North Vancouver and more whilst taking in the laid back atmosphere of this grand city surrounded by ocean and mountains. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 — Vancouver / VIA Rail

Friday / Sunday

A morning tour of Vancouver brings you around to some of the sights this city has to offer. Visit Chinatown, Harbor centre, Stanley Park just to name a few. Evening private transfer sees you arriving into Pacific Central Station where you begin your train adventure tonight aboard VIA Rail’s flagship train the Canadian. Overnight aboard VIA Rail.

Day 3 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Saturday / Monday

Wake up this morning to rising landscapes as you proceed towards the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Watch for Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Late afternoon arrival into Jasper with complimentary bellman transfer service to hotel. Breakfast and lunch aboard VIA Rail. Overnight Jasper.

Day 4 — Jasper

Sunday / Tuesday

Discover the beauty of Jasper National Park with a half day sightseeing tour, including a boat cruise on Maligne Lake (summer season only). Watch for wildlife as your guide takes you to the surrounding areas and points of interest while speaking of the geology and history of Jasper. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Monday / Wednesday

Today is yours to explore the town of Jasper. Surrounded by mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why generations of people have made the pilgrimage to this natural wonder. Visit the museum, or take a tour on the Jasper Tramway today. Early evening has you transferring back to the rail station with complimentary bellman transfer service. Depart Jasper this evening and watch the changing landscape as you leave the Rockies behind and travel east towards the open prairie. VIA’s professional chefs provide deliciously prepared gourmet dining, and friends new and old complete this picture perfect evening. Dinner included aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 6 — VIA Rail

Tuesday / Thursday

Rise this morning to open prairies, rolling fields, and a variety of towns and villages en-route to Toronto. Rail travel is a great way to see Canada up close and personal. Exceptional meal service, dome seating for 360 degree views, large private picture windows in your cabin, and attendants at the ready to assist when needed. You are free to walk the length of the train, or sit in the lounge and share stories with others. Your private cabin provides a quiet retreat where you can rest & relax. Evening stopover in Winnipeg provides you an opportunity to step off the train and visit the kiosks brimming with handcrafted local delights including souvenirs, clothing, and local homemade cuisine. Continental breakfast, brunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 7 — VIA Rail

Wednesday / Friday

Leave behind the wide open spaces and begin your passage into Ontario’s rugged Canadian Shield region. Boreal forest, ragged mountain ranges, and wildlife are abundant in this ancient timeless land that has not changed for millennia. Pass through small towns, over an assortment of bridges, and past numerous lakes and rivers as you continue to wind your way east into the heart of Canada. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 8 — VIA Rail / Toronto

Thursday / Saturday

Arrive into Toronto this morning after a full hot breakfast in the dining car. Transfer to your hotel and spend the day exploring one of Canada’s largest cities. Restaurants and shopping are just steps away. Visit the local sites to see why so many travellers make Toronto a must visit on their itinerary. Breakfast served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight Toronto.

Day 9 — Toronto / VIA Rail / Montreal / VIA Rail

Friday / Sunday

Mid-morning departure on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service to Montreal. Pass through cities and suburbs as you wind your way around Lake Ontario moving northeast. This evening continue your journey aboard VIA Rail’s train the Ocean, in Sleeper Plus Class accommodations where your private cabin has been prepared for your arrival. Dinner is served in the dining car where you can enjoy local eastern cuisine as you pass into the night and onwards toward the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Dinner served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 10 — VIA Rail / Halifax

Saturday / Monday

Arise this morning in your Renaissance car cabin to see the sights of New Brunswick’s enchanting villages, historic seaports and Sugarloaf Mountain. The landscape is dotted with rustic churches, heritage homes, and Maritime landscapes of rugged rock and sparsely treed fields. As you pass through Amherst watch for an assortment of birds such as Canada geese, march hawks, black ducks and blue-winged teal. All making their home in the Tantramar Marsh which covers over 50,000 acres and is a recognized Wildlife Service Sanctuary. Early evening arrival into Halifax with private transfer to your accommodations. Breakfast & lunch served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight Halifax.

Day 11 — Halifax

Sunday / Tuesday

Join a kilted guide in “New Scotland” for an informative tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. The South Shore is filled with fishing and boat building. Hear the story of the Pirates of Oak Bay. Visit Lunenburg Academy and see the extraordinary architecture, shopping outlets and more. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Lunenburg or entrance to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Drive along the shores of Mahone Bay and view historic sites including churches and picturesque seaside villages all while learning about the history of the region. Overnight Halifax.

Day 12 — Halifax

Monday / Wednesday

Your tour concludes today with private transfer service to airport. We hope you have enjoyed your journey with us across our great nation.

Need more time in Vancouver or Halifax? Our professional Tour Consultants can make add on reservations to complete your holiday.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in hotels.
  • 5 nights in VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class accommodations.
  • Transportation and transfers, as described.
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
  • 13 Meals: 1 continental breakfast; 4 breakfasts; 1 brunch; 3 lunches; 4 dinners.
  • Not included — any items not listed such as but not limited to Goods & Service Tax and/or Harmonized Sales Tax; meals (other than listed); baggage handling; gratuities; travel insurance; personal expenses; custom tour add-ons.

2018 Canadian dollar prices — per guest, double occupancy in hotels • Senior = 60 years and better.

2018 Season
May – October
MAY $4799 $4399
JUN – OCT $6099 $5099
MAY $7399
JUN – OCT $8199
Pricing for accommodation and rail travel varies considerably throughout the year, please call for further details.

Prestige Class

VIA Rail has unveiled their new exciting class of service, Prestige Class, offering stylish cabins and modern décor and available on this JSRT tour.

Prestige Class cabin

During the daytime, your Prestige Class accommodation provides a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable seating on leather-clad furniture, private fully stocked refrigerator, and unprecedented views of the passing varied landscapes. Prestige Class travellers also enjoy 24hr personalized concierge service.

By night, continue your odyssey from the comfort of your Murphy bed for two, facing the large window and ensuring the best views of the night skies.

Enjoy private washroom & shower facilities, priority baggage handling and priority reservations in the dining car. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by skilled chefs and include regional specialties, a selection of Canadian wines.

Your peace of mind is at the heart of this high-end design.

John Steel Rail Tours

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