Highlights of the Canadian Maritimes with Ocean Train to Montréal (8825) - 2014

12 Day Tour from Halifax to Montréal

Highlights of the Canadian Maritimes with Ocean Train to Montréal
Autumn colors along the Cabot Trail Highway
Autumn colors along the Cabot Trail Highway
Hopewell Rocks in Nova Scotia at high tide
Prince Edward Island
Enjoy the beautiful harbours of Nova Scotia
Travel along the Cabot Trail, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world
The Cabot Trail was first explored by John Cabot just five years after Columbus landed in the New World
The beautiful shores of Halifax
Prince Edward Island

Vacation Overview

Explore Canada’s Atlantic seacoast on this scenic vacation to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Québec. Your trip begins in Halifax with a sightseeing tour and an excursion to one of Canada’s most photographed locations, picturesque Peggy’s Cove. From Baddeck to Cape Breton Island, keep your camera ready as you drive along the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic drives in the world, a landscape that resembles Scottish coastal regions. Spend two nights on Prince Edward Island with a sightseeing tour, time in the provincial capital of Charlottetown, and visits to Prince Edward Island National Park—with its sand dunes, salt marshes, freshwater ponds, and fine beaches—and Green Gables farmhouse, setting for the popular Anne of Green Gables novel. Along the way, stop at Hopewell Rocks and learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet! You’ll also visit some of the areas’ interesting sites, such as the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and Fairlawn Cemetery, final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the Titanic. Finally, board the VIA Rail®’s Ocean train for an overnight journey from Halifax to Montréal, and enjoy one night in Montréal with sightseeing. Picturesque scenery, charming fishing villages, and historical sites—this trip has it all.

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In Halifax and Charlottetown; Citadel Hill, Fairlawn Cemetery, Fisheries Museum, Fisherman’s Life Museum, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Anne of Green Gables Farmhouse, and included lobster cruise with dinner.

Scenic Highlights:
Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Cabot Trail), Northumberland Strait, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island National Park, 8-mile Confederation Bridge, and Hopewell Rocks.


Local Guides for city sightseeing in Halifax and Prince Edward Island; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Montréal, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.

Day 1Halifax

Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2Halifax

The day begins with a visit to one of the most photographed locations in Canada—PEGGY’S COVE. Spend time exploring and allow this picturesque area to enchant you with its beauty, mystery, and charm. Before our return to Halifax, stop in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops, and more. While there, take a self-guided walking tour of the town and visit the FISHERIES MUSEUM. In Halifax, a sightseeing tour with a local expert focuses on the major sights: CITADEL HILL with its early 19th-century star-shaped fort; the tree-shaded walks; beautiful residential neighborhoods; and the harbor area, which shows the port’s military heritage. See Fairlawn Cemetery, final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. The evening is yours to relax or explore further, so why not head to the waterfront, where you can savor some delicious traditional dishes?

Day 3Halifax–Baddeck

Early morning departure for rugged Cape Breton Island, one of the earliest European settlements in North America. Visit a true Nova Scotia FISHERMAN’S LIFE MUSEUM from the early 1900s. From the crackle of wood in the summer kitchen’s cook stove to the smell of the saltwater breeze at Navy Pool by the ocean, you’ll experience the life of a typical coastal village family. Arrive in Baddeck, the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, and visit the ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM. Trace the achievements of the great inventor who spent his last years on Cape Breton.

Day 4Baddeck. Excursion To Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This morning, drive along the famous Cabot Trail, an area first explored by John Cabot just five years after Columbus landed in the New World. Travel through CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK, climb 1,500-foot capes, skirt rugged coastal headlands, and pass through villages where ancient dialects can still be heard. Before leaving the Cabot Trail, stop at the Acadian fishing village of Cheticamp.

Day 5Baddeck–Charlottetown

Head back to the peninsula and continue north to Caribou, where a ferry whisks you across NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT to Prince Edward Island. For the next two nights you are in Charlottetown. A late-afternoon arrival allows you to see more of this colonial town and its restored waterfront.

Day 6Charlottetown

Begin the day with guided sightseeing that includes the coastal route through PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK. View sand dunes, salt marshes, freshwater ponds, and some of the finest beaches in eastern Canada. Visit the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES FARMHOUSE, setting of Lucy Maude Montgomery’s famous novel. (CB)

Day 7Charlottetown–Hopewell Rocks–Moncton

Leave Charlottetown for New Brunswick by way of the 8-mile Confederation Bridge. Along the way, stop at HOPEWELL ROCKS and learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet! Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance. Look for Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, Mother-in-Law, and ET, just to name a few. Tonight, it’s the ultimate lobster experience on an included LOBSTER CRUISE, where you haul in a lobster trap, learn cooking techniques, observe a cracking demonstration, and savor a complete lobster dinner on board your sailing vessel. (CB,D)

Day 8Moncton–Halifax

Today, return to the modern port of Halifax, where the remainder of the day is free. Why not head to the Halifax waterfront, where you can visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and a myriad of traditional pubs that serve up local ales and Gaelic tunes?

Day 9Halifax

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Halifax.

Day 10Halifax–VIA Rail Ocean Train To Montréal

Board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel while sleeping in comfort and awaken in a different region of Canada! Ride across New Brunswick to Québec’s largest city, Montréal. Accommodation on the train is in private sleeper car. (L,D)

Day 11Montréal

Morning arrival and transfer to your hotel for the night. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Montréal and visit Notre Dame Basilica, Chinatown, and much more. The remainder of your time in Montréal is at leisure, a city that combines North American energy with European flair. Discover excellent restaurants, lively nightspots, and great shopping. Visit Old Montréal, or try your luck at the Casino de Montréal. (CB)

Day 12Montréal

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Montréal International Airport.

Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; ferry crossing from Caribou to Prince Edward Island; overnight accommodations and travel aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean train to Montréal.

HALIFAX Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites (F)
BADDECK Inverary on Baddeck Bay-Upper Side (ST)
CHARLOTTETOWN Best Western Charlottetown (MF)
MONCTON Crowne Plaza Moncton Centreville (SF)
VIA RAIL OCEAN TRAIN Sleeper Plus class
MONTRÉAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F) or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa (F)

3 continental breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

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