Ultimate Coast to Coast on the Pan Canadian Train

Atlantic to the Arctic Wilderness Adventure

23

days

starting from US $10,405per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Accessible only by air and rail, Churchill is located on the shores of Hudson Bay and is home to a myriad of wildlife from polar bears to the elusive arctic fox, and the playful beluga whales who return to the Churchill River following the ice breakup in spring. Grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure, and prepare for wildlife viewing vacations in Canada.

Atlantic to the Arctic Wilderness Adventure  – Map Whale watching tour in Cape Breton Road trip on the Cabot trail Visitors explore the Skyline trail A moose along the Skyline trail The historical Fortress of Louisbourg A tallship sailing to Halifax harbour The Pan Canadian train journey on VIA Rail The Hotel Sacomie in Quebec A bear cub Onboard VIA RAil's Corridor train Driving through Alonquin Park in Ontario Moose sighting in Alonquin Park Gourmet meals onboard VIA RAil train VIA RAil train arrives in Churchill Beluga whale A pod of Beluga whales swim by visitors A Beluga whale up close
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Nova Scotia
3 nights Baddeck
1 night Halifax
1 night VIA Rail
3 nights
St. Alexis-des-Monts
1 night Toronto
3 nights Algonquin Park
2 nights VIA Rail
1 night Winnipeg
2 nights VIA Rail
4 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Depart from Winnipeg

Itinerary

Day 1 – Your Canada Vacation Package Begins – Welcome to Winnipeg
Your vacation begins in Winnipeg, a major hub for rail transport and central Canada's largest city. Spend the day exploring its unique culture and color with a city tour. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Your Canada Vacation Goes North
This morning you board your flight to Churchill. Enjoy a Churchill and Area Tour that will take you to all the cultural and historic highlights of the town. Overnight in Churchill.

Day 3 – Whales and Forts on your Canada Vacation
Only on vacations in Canada can you get this up close and personal with the majestic Beluga; experience this on a three-hour Beluga whale watching tour into the mouth of the Churchill River. Here you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of beluga whales before taking the time to tour the historic Prince of Wales Fort, which is the oldest most northerly stone fort in all of Canada. Spend the afternoon with a local dogsledding expert, touring the kennels before heading out for a ride on a specialized summer sled, through the Northern Boreal forest. Spend the night in the town.

Day 4 – Getting to Know Polar Bears
Today you will enjoy an exciting excursion in a Tundra Buggy - the best way to get out into the wild to see polar bears in their natural habitat! Safe and snug in a cozy buggy with frost-free double pane glass and propane heating resembling a real fireplace, you’ll be ready for a personal encounter with a wild polar bear. Spend the night in Churchill.

Day 5 – Boating with Belugas
This morning will be especially exciting as you board a Zodiac for a surface-level encounter with the belugas. You are sure to have an incredible experience as you take these boats into the beluga estuary with the world’s largest population of the whales. Later this afternoon you will depart Churchill and fly back to Winnipeg. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 6 – Departure
In the morning bid farewell to Winnipeg as your Canada vacation package comes to an end.

Common Questions

What are the best months to see the polar bears?

The peak bear viewing months in Churchill are October and November. As the bears wait for the ice to freeze on the Hudson Bay. But you can see the bears and other wildlife (like beluga whales) throughout the summer.

Where do we sleep at night?

You can choose to stay in a cozy hotel in the town of Churchill or sleep aboard the 'Tundra Buggy Lodge'. It's a converted and comfortable Tundra Buggy from which you can view bears round the clock.

Are the tours suitable for children?

Family friendly tours geared towards kids and adults leave each season. Ask your vacation advisor for more information on these special trips.

How cold will it be?

Temperatures range from 24-35 degrees fahrenheit in October, and about 3-16 degrees in November. In October, the snow is just starting to accumulate.

What if I don't want to buy winter clothing?

No problem - we can arrange for clothing rentals to be waiting for you when you arrive.

What we love about this trip

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary on a limited-time Pan Canadian train experience

Discover scenery and Celtic culture on Cape Breton Island

Explore the sprawling forests and mountains of Quebec

Experience the tranquility of Algonquin park canoeing

Learn about the sub-arctic ecology of Churchill

See wildlife such as humpback and beluga whales, black bears and polar bears, moose, and beaver

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Hotel Inclusions
• 17 nights accommodation in 3.5 star hotels and lodges

Train Inclusions
• 1 night on the Ocean train from Halifax to Montreal in a private cabin, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Business class daytime journeys on the Corridor train, between Montreal and Toronto
2 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin from Toronto to Winnipeg including 1 dinner, 1 lunch, and 2 breakfasts

Tour Inclusions
Whale Watching Cruise in Cape Breton
3 Hour bear and beaver observation at Sacacomie Lodge

Beluga Tour Inclusions
Churchill and Area Tour, including Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Centre admission
Beluga Whale Watching tour with visit to the Historic Prince of Wales Fort
Afternoon dog sled/cart adventure
Half day Zodiac Beluga Watching
Full day adventure onboard the Tundra Buggy
Return airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions
Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
4-day Intermediate Car rentals in Cape Breton, Montreal, and Toronto
All additional train station transfers
Personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

VIA Rail Commemorative Bundle
$350 worth of commemorative items and on-board services from VIA Rail Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
Passport holder, luggage tag, Fairmont gift card, Human Rights Museum pass, CN Tower pass, ½ bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, Nova Scotia Sparkling Wine, card holder, Tim Hortons gift card, maple chocolate box, VIA winter Toque.

Note - Items will be delivered both at the beginning of your trip and all along your journey onboard the train.

Other Inclusions
All meals while at Hotel Sacacomie, from dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure
All meals included at your lodge in Algonquin Park
Documentation package
Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Items of a personal nature
Gratuities for rail, hotel and scheduled tour and transfer staff
• Canadian Sales Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• Extend your stay in Atlantic Canada with a longer self drive around Nova Scotia or PEI
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada expert about upgrading to Prestige service on the Canadian Train
• Add a journey to the spetacular Canadian Rockies
• Continue on to the West Coast, for a grizzly bear viewing adventure

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Cafe and bar

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

Tundra Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winterTundra Inn - Guest loungeTundra Inn - BedroomTundra Inn - Ensuite bathroom

Tundra Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.

Killarney Lodge - Private deck overlooking the Lake of Two RiversKillarney Lodge - Log cabins in the wilderness of Algonquin ParkKillarney Lodge - Communal roomKillarney Lodge - Private Cabin with classic wood panelingKillarney Lodge - Rustic Canadian furnishings

Killarney Lodge

An example of our Lodge accommodations

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.

Hôtel Sacacomie - Hotel exterior with view of Lake SacacomieHôtel Sacacomie - Rustic dining roomHôtel Sacacomie - Cozy log cabin style lobbyHôtel Sacacomie - Comfortable wood paneled double roomHôtel Sacacomie - Relaxing GEOS Spa Sacacomie

Hôtel Sacacomie

An example of our Superior accommodations

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Trip Start Dates
July 3, 24

Price notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing a room

• Single supplement is available
• 2017 departures may include slight itinerary variations

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $14,219to US $15,357per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

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