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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Old Montréal- © Taki Eddine Alimat, Pixelmontreal.com_
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
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Covehead Harbour Lighthouse
Old Quebec City
Departs: August 1st, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Explore Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia with one night on VIA Rail’s The Ocean passenger train. Tour Montreal and Quebec City with time to explore their historic districts. Take a VIA Rail passenger train eastward overnight in first class Sleeper Plus cars and arrive at Prince Edward Island the following day. Enjoy a live performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ and travel along The Cabot Trail, one of North America’s most scenic roadways. Tour Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and explore Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village known for its iconic lighthouses and views of the Atlantic Coast.
Hosted By: John Collins
Retired WBAL Meteorologist
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Day 1 : Fly to Montreal
We begin our tour of Canada with a relaxing flight to Montreal.
Day 2 : Montreal
We kick off our Canadian getaway with a Montreal city tour led by a professional local guide. Enjoy lunch and free time in historic Old Montreal. Next, we get an intimate look at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. The sanctuary’s ornate interior is adorned in dramatic hues of blues, reds, purples, and gold. Later, get to know your fellow traveling companions on a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Quebec City
We travel by motorcoach to Quebec City. At Erabliere le Chemin du Roy, an authentic maple syrup “sugar shack” from the 1920s, learn about maple syrup production, enjoy lunch, live music, and a sweet maple treat. In the afternoon, a local guide joins us on a tour of Quebec City. In Old Town Quebec, strolling through this UNESCO World Heritage Site feels like being transported to Europe, complete with fortified walls, cobblestone paths, and a prominent chateau that overlooks the St. Lawrence River.
Day 4 : Montmorency Waterfall
The morning is free to explore our own pursuits in Quebec City. We gather in the afternoon for a guided tour of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine, dedicated to the grandmother of Jesus. Learn about copper art and browse Albert Gilles’ copper masterpieces at the Copper Art Studio & Museum. Next, we visit Montmorency Waterfall. An aerial tram transports us from the base to the top of the falls. Dinner is near the falls at Manoir Montmorency. Later, we board VIA Rail’s The Ocean passenger train and experience the thrill of rail travel as we continue our journey east. Enjoy top-notch service and private accommodations as first class passengers in Sleeper Plus cars.
Day 5 : VIA Rail
Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the dining car as we roll by beautiful landscapes of New Brunswick. We disembark in Moncton, then travel by motorcoach to Prince Edward Island. Cross the Confederation Bridge, which spans eight miles over the Northumberland Strait and is part of the Trans-Canada Highway. We arrive in Charlottetown tonight and settle into our comfortable accommodations.
Day 6 : Prince Edward Island
Begin the day exploring Charlottetown and scenic Prince Edward Island. Visit Green Gables Heritage Place, the 19th century farm that was the setting to Anne of Green Gables. Later we enjoy a performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ at the Confederation Center of the Arts. Based on L.M. Montgomery’s famous novel, this Canadian classic has the Guinness World Record for longest running annual musical theater production, performing continuously since 1965.
Day 7 : Cape Breton Island
We depart Prince Edward Island by ferry to Nova Scotia. Upon arrival in the city of Baddeck, take a tour through the life of its most famous resident at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. The exhibits showcase Bell’s many accomplishments and inventions including the telephone.
Day 8 : The Cabot Trail
Today we travel along one of North America’s most scenic roadways, The Cabot Trail. On the way we pass through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, whose unspoiled natural beauty sets the stage for dramatic landscapes and incredible coastal vistas. We will make stops as we cruise the trail at the Les trois Pignons Cultural Centre, the Museum & Gallery, and the Gaelic College to experience the island’s Gaelic history. We return to our hotel in Baddeck for our second night.
Day 9 : Halifax
Enjoy an included breakfast at our hotel this morning before we depart Cape Breton Island and return to mainland Nova Scotia. On our way to Halifax we tour the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre, where we will learn about the First Nations people indigenous to Canada’s maritime provinces. Arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, this afternoon and check-in to our hotel for two relaxing nights at the Courtyard Halifax Downtown.
Day 10 : Peggy’s Cove
After a tasty breakfast at our hotel, we embark on a tour of Halifax with a local guide. Major highlights include the Halifax Citadel, a former military fortification with a distinctive star shape. After leisure time along Halifax's Waterfront, we travel to Peggy’s Cove. This quaint fishing community is famous for its iconic lighthouses and views of the Atlantic coast. We visit Peggy’s Point Lighthouse and celebrate our vacation in Eastern Canada with a scrumptious Farewell Lobster Dinner at nearby Sou’Wester restaurant.
Day 11 : Fly Home
We return home with treasured memories of our fantastic tour.
August 1st, 2019 - August 11th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/18/2019
WBAL TV Pickup Locations:
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Washington International Airport
John Collins joined the weather team at WBAL-TV 11 as a meteorologist in 1989 and retired from full-time weathercasting in 2013. He continues to fill in during extended storm coverage at the station and provides vacation relief for the weather team. John also continues to produce and co-host the weekly Sunday Gardener segment on 11 News Sunday Morning.
John began his 50 year broadcast career as an announcer at WOC Radio & TV in Davenport. Iowa while attending college. He joined the U.S. Air Force after graduation and served at Armed Forces Radio and Television stations at Johnston Island in the Pacific and in Berlin, Germany.
After his Air Force tour John returned to WOC for 13 years, working in both TV and radio, most of that time as a weathercaster. John moved on to KIRO TV and Radio in Seattle, Washington in the late 80s before arriving in Baltimore.
John and his wife Marguerite live in the Baltimore suburbs and their three grown children live nearby.
Join John and other WBAL viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.