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French Flair and Coastal Charm: Halifax to Montreal by Rail

The scenic Ocean journey takes less than 24 hours but transports you nearly 1350 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the St. Lawrence River

Enjoy French charm and East Coast hospitality on a getaway that links Halifax and Montreal by train. You’ll explore coastal Halifax before boarding VIA Rail’s ‘Ocean’ train for a scenic journey to energetic Montreal. 

See the top sites in Halifax, including an excursion to famous Peggy’s Cove. In Montreal, join a guided bicycle tour of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and must-see attractions. Excellent food and lively culture abound in both cities. The connecting train journey, one of the oldest in North America, is an excellent experience in itself with delicious meals and cozy cabins.

8 Days from $2475/person CAD
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Day 1: Halifax
Welcome to Halifax, a charming coastal town with a rich maritime history. Upon arrival at the airport, make your way to the hotel in downtown Halifax. Take some time to relax and explore the city on your own.

Accommodation: Sutton Place Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Halifax
Get ready for a full day of adventure as you explore the best of Halifax and Peggy’s Cove.
Your guide will pick you up directly from your hotel and take you on a scenic drive to Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village located about an hour from Halifax. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to take a picture with the most photographed lighthouse in Canada – the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.

Afterward, head back to Halifax to visit historic Citadel Hill and learn about the military history of the hill. See the interpreters dressed in traditional uniforms from the 1800s. You’ll also head out on a narrated driving tour of downtown Halifax, passing by some of the city’s most notable points of interest including the Titanic cemetery (Fairview Lawn Cemetery), City Gardens, Pier 21, Halifax Farmers Market, and Point Pleasant Park.

Accommodation: Sutton Place Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Halifax

Enjoy a free day to explore the city on your own. Take a short walk to Murphy’s The Cable Wharf and try the Lobster Roll – a Halifax tradition.

Accommodation: Sutton Place Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Halifax – Montreal on VIA Rail the “Ocean”
Transfer on your own to the Halifax train station for your noon departure on the “Ocean”.
Experience the scenic beauty of the Canadian coast as you travel from Halifax to Montreal. You’ll have your own private bedroom for two and meals are included in the dining car. (Includes Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast)

Day 5: Montreal
Upon arrival at Montreal Central Station, make your way to your downtown Montreal hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Discover the city’s rich culture and history, excellent shopping, lively nightlife, and renowned restaurants.

Accommodation: SENS HØTEL (or similar)

Day 6: Montreal
Take a guided bicycle tour of Montreal’s principal sites and diverse neighbourhoods. Discover the city’s history, architecture, and urban vitality by visiting its must-see attractions and some of its hidden gems. You’ll cover about 10km on the tour and can keep the bike for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: SENS HØTEL (or similar)

Day 7: Montreal
Enjoy a full day exploring the city on your own. Discover Montreal’s vibrant arts and culture scene, visit its numerous museums and galleries, or simply stroll through its charming neighbourhoods.

Accommodation: SENS HØTEL (or similar)

Day 8: Montreal (Departure)
Enjoy some last free time and make your way to Montreal airport. Depart with memories of your coastal and urban adventure.



  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (room only)
  • 1 night Sleeper Plus Cabin for 2 aboard VIA Rail the “Ocean” including lunch, dinner & breakfast.
  • SeeSight Tours Best of Halifax & Peggy’s Cove Tour
  • Montreal Plus Guided Bike Tour (3 hours)
  • Applicable taxes

Not Included

  • Transfers between airport and hotel on arrival and departure
  • Transfer between hotel and train stations in Halifax or Montreal
  • Gratuities to drivers/guides
  • Meals unless noted in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and insurance
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Primary Location

Halifax & Montreal


June 1 - October 11, 2023

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  • Pre / post accommodation extension in Halifax or Montreal
  • Rail or flight connections to Halifax or Montreal
  • Montreal 90 min cruise

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