Montréal-Halifax (The Ocean)


For over a century, the Ocean has offered its passengers one of Canada’s most remarkable rail journeys. Now celebrating its 110th year, the train links Montréal, with its French-influenced roots, and Halifax, the English-influenced capital of Nova Scotia, travelling through regions that are rich with history as well natural beauty, and crucially where the earliest European settlers set the foundations of the Canada of today.

Covering some 1,346 kilometres (848 mi), the Ocean travels past Québec and north along the St Lawrence River Valley. It turns east along the Gulf of St Lawrence, along the Matapédia River to the southern shores of Chaleur Bay and on to the forested northeastern reaches of New Brunswick, through the Tantramar Marshes into Nova Scotia, past the extensive mud flats of Cobequid Bay and on to Halifax on the North Atlantic.


Throughout the journey, passengers travel in real comfort whether sitting in spacious seats or slumbering in luxurious beds, enjoy world-class dining, and immerse themselves in scenery of outstanding beauty from the glass-covered panorama rail car.

Onboard activities fill in time, including wine tasting, cultural workshops and even history lectures, making the Ocean more than just a rail trip. It’s a guide through Canada’s colourful colonial past, and with departures three times weekly from Montréal and Halifax, a trip that’s right for any traveling itinerary.

The mile-by-mile route guide is detailed on pages 264-275 in the newly revised Canada By Train: The Complete VIA Rail Travel Guide.

Be more than a passenger. Know the history. Understand the landscape. Canada By Train: The Complete VIA Rail Travel Guide is the essential companion to a remarkable rail adventure. Buy the guidebook, or download the PDF eBook, NOW!

George Tyson,
“It is both a work of art and a useful, practical guide. I wish this had been available when we were riding the train across Canada. It covers just about everything one would want to know.”
George Tyson, Seattle, Washington