Explore the best that Eastern Canada has to offer in our two-week self-drive holiday. Mix the great outdoors with some world class cities as you wind your way through a stunning backdrop of mountains, lakes and forests – be sure to pack your camera, this is one spectacular ride!
Scale the CN tower, explore the many multicultural neighbourhoods and dine alfresco (in the summer months) in Toronto, a fascinating city with lots to offer. Heading along the shores of Lake Ontario you will then come to the iconic Niagara Fall where you can get up close with the falls or even venture behind them.
Heading towards historic Ottawa you will stop en-route at the Algonquin National Park, your first chance to enjoy the great outdoors that Canada is famous for with hiking, canoeing and wildlife aplenty. Next up is Mont Tremblant, a year-round resort packed full to the brim with outdoor activity options. Quebec City follows, with artisan shops, landscaped parks and numerous monuments. Pass through the rural landscape and tiny villages as you press on for Montreal, where you will find a great mix of French and English cultures and hundreds of places of interest, including the Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal, the French Quarter and a fantastic observation point on top of Mont Royal. As you head back towards Toronto you will pass through the city of Kingston, known for its 19th Century limestone architecture and many canals.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. Land in Toronto same day – a transfer will take you to your hotel to check-in, leaving you the afternoon free to explore.
We’ve included a ticket to the CN Tower as it’s a must for any visitor to the city! The rest of the day is at your leisure – head to the waterfront where you’ll find an array of water based activities on offer, along with great restaurants, art installations and unique crafts to buy. Downtown you’ll find a diverse mix of neighbourhoods each bringing their own cuisine and atmosphere.
Collect your car this morning and head off to the Niagara Falls; travel along the shores of Lake Ontario and through orchards and vineyards to get there. A pass is included permitting you to enjoy the areas most popular attractions without all of the queuing.
*Travel approx. 130kms
Travel north past Toronto into the Canadian wilderness – your destination is the Algonquin National Park, however en-route you will travel through historic sites and the scenic Muskokas Lake Region, which is famed for its 1600 fresh water lakes.
*Travel approx. 375kms
Enjoy all that the park has to offer, including hiking, canoeing and observing the regions wildlife. Stopping at the Visitors Centre and the Logging Museum is recommended.
After breakfast enjoy the last of the park before heading for the nations capital, Ottawa.
*Travel approx. 422kms
Steeped in history and blending both French and English culture, Ottawa sits proudly around the gothic Parliament buildings that are at the heart of downtown. There is plenty to keep you busy for the day, be that following a historical or cultural theme, or you could head towards the Sparks Street Mall and Byward Market, an area populated with cafes, craft shops and farmers markets.
Tremblant is a European styled, year-round resort with so much on offer to travellers – activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, horse-riding, rafting and helicopter tours! Making a stop in Parc Omega (a drive through wildlife park) en-route will afford you the chance to spot some endemic wildlife, or partake in a black-bear tour!
*Travel approx. 153kms
Take in the stunning scenery as you head towards Quebec City, making a lunch stop in historic Trois Rivieres.
*Travel approx. 368kms
Experience the charm of this city with a walking tour of the Old City. Featuring cobblestone streets, 17th Century architecture and a fortified city wall, this city is complemented with cafes, landscape parks and some wonderful museums. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you desire.
A travel day through rural landscapes; snake along the St Lawrence River heading from the city out into the suburbs and past forests and small villages.
*Travel approx. 252kms
In Montreal you will find an intriguing mix of both French and British cultures. You’ll be faced with exciting dining and shopping options, plus some magnificent architecture in the shape of the Notre Dame Basilica. Wander through the French Quarter, take in the views from Mont Royal and see the Olympic site and the McGill University.
Head south towards the city of Kingston, making a couple of stops along the way including one at a re-constructed village from the 1860s and another at Gananoque, where you will get the chance to join a river cruise. Kingston itself is famous for its 19th century limestone architecture, and is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St Lawrence River.
*Travel approx. 288kms
Your final journey today will take you back to Toronto. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way – one point of interest is the Fort Henry National Historic Site, a living museum of military life.
Drop your car back at the rental depot on arrival in the city.
*Travel approx. 265kms
Your exploration of the East coast comes to a close today – transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK. You will fly overnight and land back early the following morning.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
Weather can be variable at all times of the year in Southern and Eastern Canada. The South (including Toronto, Ottowa and Quebec & Montreal) is the most densely populated part of the country and this combined with its southerly latitude makes for the warmest part of the country. The Great Lakes tend not to freeze over until Mid-December. Winter brings the snow and the weather can be pretty severe. Summers are quite warm with considerable amounts of sunshine. High season falls in the summer months here, with lots of tourists visiting and room rates at a premium. Crowds drop and temperatures are cooler during May, September and October which can make for a pleasant time to visit, although be aware some activity opening hours may be restricted. Ski resorts peak again during the winter months.