I recently went to Canada with Fairmont Hotels and Via Rail Canada (the Amtrak of Canada) on a luxury Canadian cross-country trip to celebrate Canada’s 150th year as part of the confederacy with Fairmont & Via Rail.
We started the trip in Quebec City and stayed at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. It was my first time ever in Quebec City and it was the cutest city ever. It was snowing when we arrived and the whole city was covered in it. I had just come home from my trip to Israel so I went from desert to snow real quick, ha! We spent two nights and one full day at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and it was so nice- it literally looked like a castle. We wandered the streets of Old Quebec City and enjoyed our time at the hotel. Our next stop by train on Via Rail Canada was to Montreal.
We stopped in Montreal only for a few hours and it was raining unfortunately. We decided to venture out to Old Montreal and walked around in the rain. The streets of Old Montreal reminded me of Paris, it had a European vibe. Although it was raining it was still really charming. I’d love to go back and spend more time there.
Our next stop was Ottawa. We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for one night, and had half a day to explore Ottawa the next day. We decided to visit a Nordic Spa, called Nordik Spa-Nature. It was my first Nordic Spa experience and it was really beautiful because it was outdoors and was all surrounded by snow. There are a bunch of pools at different temperatures, and there was an indoor salt pool to float in which was cool. I left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Next up: Toronto. From Ottawa to Toronto we had a surprise performance on the train from Sarah McLachlan! She played all of her hits and it was awesome to see her so up close and personal…she is Canadian after all! Her songs definitely brought back some nostalgia.
Last stop of the Canada tour was Toronto for one night. We stayed at the Fairmont Royal York, which is right in the heart of town. I had one full day to explore Toronto, and went to Ripley’s Aquarium, Casa Loma and Tim Hortons for a donut (lol!). It was my first Tim Hortons experience, and its basically the Canadian “Dunkin Donuts”. I’ve heard people talk about it so wanted to try it and the donut was whatever- didn’t really understand the hype, ha.
The trip was quick, but it was a lot of fun. Canada is a beautiful country and definitely going to be back for another visit soon! Thank you again to Fairmont Hotels for an amazing experience.