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Epic Rail Journey to the Maritimes

Discover the charm of old-fashioned travel on VIA Rail’s famous Ocean train

Amble past rolling farmland, peek out at quaint towns and take in the stunning ocean views as you make your way along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, down to Matapedia Valley, across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia.

This compact train journey takes less than 24 hours but covers nearly 1350 km as it connects Montreal, Québec to Halifax, Nova Scotia along a beautiful coastal route. Set off in comfort and spend the night in a cozy sleeper cabin. View the ever-changing scenery from the large windows and enjoy your meals in the dining car. A perfect one-night journey aboard a classic train.

2 Days from $399/person CAD
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Off The Beaten Path
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Discover Canada by Rail with Landsby:

* Click here for an overview of the inclusions by class of service *

There are so many ways to discover Canada by rail:

  • Coast to Coast  – The Canadian, Corridor and Ocean
    • Vancouver to Toronto – Toronto to Montreal /Quebec City– Montreal/Quebec City to Halifax
  • The Canadian – popular year-round
    • Toronto / Vancouver or Toronto / Jasper (with nights in the Rockies) / Vancouver
  • The Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
    • Toronto to Jasper with VIA Rail / Jasper or Banff to Vancouver with Rocky Mountaineer 
  • The Canadian (western Canada) – popular year-round
    • Vancouver/Jasper with time in and around Vancouver plus time in the Rockies. This type of itinerary typically starts or ends in Calgary with alternate transportation being used between Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper
  • The Ocean         
    • Montreal to Quebec City to Halifax with time in Quebec and Nova Scotia
  • The Skeena (Jasper to Prince Rupert)
    • A great opportunity could be to add a BC Ferries segment to this train
      • Calgary to Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper – train to Prince Rupert – ferry to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island
  • Winnipeg – Churchill
    • Best done June – August for beluga season and then October – November for the polar bear season

Primary Location

Between Montreal and Halifax

Departures

Year Round

Included:

  • Choose between Economy and Sleeper Plus Class.
  • Click the link above for an overview of inclusions per class.

Not Included:

  • Provincial taxes
  • Before and after accommodations. Landsby are experts at curating holidays so if you would like to package your rail journey with stays and experiences in Montreal or Halifax, please let us know.

Pricing Details

• As preferred partners with VIA Rail, Landsby can offer the most access to availability, stopover experience packages, pre and post stays and more.
• Dynamic pricing is not available so please contact us by clicking the button above for more information and to book

Itinerary

Step aboard VIA Rail's Ocean train and journey on the oldest passenger train route in North America. Go to sleep in Quebec and wake up in New Brunswick. In less than 24 hours, you'll travel through three provinces and see countless stunning vistas.

Depart Montreal at dusk and watch the city lights fade away as you make your way past the villages that line the southern banks of the St. Lawrence. Enjoy dinner in the dining car as the scenery darkens around you. After dinner, retire for the night to your sleeper cabin which is set up for sleeping during the night and lounging during the day.

The Ocean covers hundreds of kilometres while you sleep. You’ll wake up to the beautiful landscape of the Maritimes. Enjoy breakfast with a view as the train rolls through the eastern edge of New Brunswick, along the misty-covered Chaleur Bay. Spend the day enjoying the coastal views of Bathurst, Miramichi, Moncton and Sackville before the train crosses provincial boundaries into beautiful Nova Scotia.

Or do the journey in reverse! Start midday in Halifax and relax aboard the train as it heads north through New Brunswick before turning west along the southern edge of the St. Lawrence River and arrives midmorning in bustling Montreal.

While there is no chef aboard the Ocean (as there is on the longer Canadian journey between Toronto and Vancouver), guests are treated to delicious meals made with regional ingredients. Sleeper Plus Class travel means all meals are included.

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