Twin Cities of The Ocean Rail Journey

Twin Cities of The Ocean Rail Journey

  • 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

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.


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

  • Spacious reclining seat with table tray in a friendly atmosphere
  • Blankets and pillows available for purchase on-board
  • Access to service coach where a selection of light meals, snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase
  • Sleeper Plus Class

  • Choose from either a cosy 'Cabin for two' or 'Cabin for two with shower'
  • Private in-cabin toilet/washroom with hairdryer
  • Private shower (in select cabins)
  • Day time cabin configuration: Large sofa
  • Night time cabin configuration: Upper and lower beds
  • Individual heating and air conditioning system
  • Large window with blind
  • Room service
  • Towels, pillows, sheets and blankets provided
  • Inside dining car to enjoy fresh meals, regional specialties and Canadian wines
  • Access to scenic dome in Park car to enjoy the view
  • Pricing

    Starting at 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2018

    Important Info

    Note: 'From' prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in the season dates indicated and are subject to availability. Call us today for an instant price based on your specific travel dates and travel party requirements.

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