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Eastern Canada in the Fall
Eastern Canada in the Fall OverviewTake the train through Canada’s great wilderness to Northern Quebec and Ontario, see the Fall colours along the St. Lawrence River and enjoy the remoteness of James Bay. This is a tour for those who like something completely different and well away from the usual tourist beat.
Day 1 – Flight to Montreal
Our adventure begins with a flight from London to Montreal.
Day 2 – By Train to Quebec City
We take a leisurely VIA-Rail train journey along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City where there is time to explore the historic quarter on its cliff-top position overlooking the river.
Day 3 – Along the St. Lawrence to La Malbaie
The riverside rail line beyond Quebec City was closed to passengers for many years and so today’s full day journey is something rather special. We have a coach transfer to Montmorency Falls station just outside the city from where the train departs for La Malbaie and return. Overnight once more in Quebec City.
Day 4 – Return to Montreal
The afternoon train back to Montreal takes just three hours and we will arrive in this cosmopolitan city in time for a leisurely evening.
Day 5 – Explore Montreal
Montreal is a charming city – very French in atmosphere – and we have a free day here. A good public transport system, including a metro modelled on the Paris style, makes getting around easy and there is an excellent value day ticket for these services. The hill behind the city (Mont Royal) is now a large public park from which there are superb views of the city and river beyond. This is easily accessed by public transport.
Day 6 – The “Abitibi” Train to Senneterre
We now head north through remote forest and lake scenery to Senneterre. The Fall colours should be at their best. The train is a lifeline to the local communities and many of the passengers will be taking supplies home for the winter following their half yearly shopping trip to Montreal.
Day 7 – By Coach to Cochrane
A private coach will take us on the next leg of our journey to Cochrane in Northern Ontario. Although a small town, Cochrane has some importance as the main distribution centre for the region. Our hotel here is attached to the railway station.
Day 8 – North to Moosonee
We continue north on the “Polar Bear Express” to Moosonee. This is not a tourist route except for a few short weeks in the high summer and the railway is an essential part of life as Moosonee is 150 miles north of the nearest main road. The town is situated on James Bay (part of Hudson Bay) and has a population of just 1360, mostly First Nation Cree. We have three hours here before the return to Cochrane. There is catering on the train in both directions.
Day 9 – Polar Bears
This morning we visit the Polar Bear sanctuary which is close to our hotel followed by an afternoon coach transfer to Timmins Airport for domestic flights to Sault Ste Marie via Toronto Island.
Day 10 – The Agawa Canyon
Sault Ste Marie is on the “neck” of land between Lakes Superior and Huron and a tourist train operates from here along the former Algoma Central Railway to Agawa Canyon. This line is famed for its glorious Fall colours and the canyon itself is spectacular with sheer walls a mere 50ft apart. The full day excursion departs at 0800 and returns to Sault Ste Marie at 1800 and there is catering available on the train.
Day 11 – Fly to Toronto
We fly from Sault Ste Marie to Toronto, our next destination, where we stay at the fabulous Royal York Hotel for 2 nights.
Day 12 – Niagara Falls
A two hour train journey brings us to the breathtaking Niagara Falls and there is ample time for sightseeing before our return, also by rail. Options at Niagara Falls include a “Maid of the Mist” boat trip to the foot of the falls or perhaps a walk behind the falls on a specially constructed walkway. Or you can, of course, simply stand at Table Rock alongside the falls and be amazed!
Day 13 – At Leisure
Free day to explore Toronto. If life in the city is not to your taste, why not take the ferry to the nearby islands out on the lake? From here there are stunning views of the city skyline. We take a transfer to the airport for an evening flight to London.
Day 14 – Home Again
We arrive in London this morning.
- Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
- All rail journeys as specified
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a room only basis
- Visit to the Polar Bear Sanctuary
- Airport and other transfers specified
- Coach travel where indicated in the itinerary
- Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour