Twin Cities of The Ocean Rail Journey

Twin Cities of The Ocean Rail Journey

Soak in the Celtic heritage of Nova Scotia before travelling to Montreal by rail, to see a very different side to eastern Canada.

A scenic journey aboard Via Rail's Ocean train whisks you between these two beautiful cities on Canada's eastern coast. Discover Celtic heritage and maritime traditions in Halifax, enjoy a night on board the train and then soak in Montreal's Canadian-French take on cafe culture. We have even included a tour to Mont Tremblant in the package.

Tour highlights

    • Scenic views and an overnight journey on board The Ocean train
    • Historic Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • French speaking Canada in grand Montreal
    • Explore the great outdoors with a tour to Mont Tremblant


Day 1

UK to Halifax

WestJet fly direct from Glasgow to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia on Canada’s eastern coast. This compact and walkable city has great restaurants and bars, perfect for a leisurely first evening on your holiday.

Days 2-3


Take a day to explore this historic city. Walk up to the Halifax Citadel, a fortification that was first built in 1749 and is today restored to the Victoria era. Wander along the Grand Parade and visit St. Paul’s Church, the oldest Protestant church in Canada, before heading down to the picturesque waterfront, perhaps joining a whale watching tour.

Day 4

Halifax to Montreal

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way to the Via Rail station to embark on your rail journey. The Ocean train whisks travelers across the province of Nova Scotia, into New Brunswick and onward to Quebec and the city of Montreal. The overnight journey takes about 21 hours and arrives into Montreal at 9.15am. We recommend booking a sleeper cabin, or you can upgrade to Sleeper Plus to enjoy access to the Panoramic Car and complimentary meals in the dining car.

Day 5


Upon arrival into Montreal drop your bags at your hotel ahead of check in, and start to explore this refined city. In the heart of French-speaking Canada you will find a Parisian elegance to Montreal, contrasting with Halifax’s British heritage.

Day 6


Collect some souvenirs of your time in Canada and enjoy Montreal’s unique shopping at the same time. Visit the Underground City, the largest underground complex in the world at nearly 5 square miles, or search out arts and crafts in one of the city’s many independent boutiques.

Day 7

Mont Tremblant & The Laurentians

Depart Montreal by coach at 8am and head north, out of the city, toward the stunning Laurentians. The most famous destination in this region is Mont Tremblant but there are so many other gems to discover. Pass thousands of glistening lakes and scenic villages before boarding a cruise on the Lac des Sables (summer only). Visit the village of Saint Sauveur before heading back to Montreal.

Day 8


Spend today truly getting under the skin of the city on an intriguing walking tour. With your informative guide find out about the famous landmarks of the city as well as some of the lesser-known streets and neighbourhoods on this 3 hour tour.

Day 9

Montreal to UK

Enjoy a final morning at your leisure before heading to the airport for your flight home.

Train Cabins

Economy Class

  • Reclining seat with table tray
  • Light meals, snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase
  • Access to the Skyline Car with its domed glass ceiling

Sleeper Plus Class

  • Armchair seat
  • Cabins with one, two, three or four births
  • Suites available
  • Access to shared shower facilities in the carriage
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages included in the dining car
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, fruit & cookies in the Park and Skyline Cars
  • Alcoholic drinks for sale
  • Priority boarding
  • Books & games available for children
  • Turndown service
  • Access to the domed Skyline Car, Park Car and the departure salons at stations

Prestige Sleeper Class

  • Leather L-shaped couch
  • Spacious cabin with a Murphy bed for two
  • Private washroom with shower
  • Flat screen TV with video selection
  • In-room mini bar
  • All meals included in the dining car
  • All alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks included along with snacks
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, fruit & cookies in the Park and Skyline Cars
  • Priority boarding
  • Books & games available for children
  • Turndown service
  • Access to the domed Skyline Car, Park Car and the departure salons at stations


Starting at 1st January 2017 - 31st December 2017

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