Eastern Canada self-drive holiday: Toronto, Niagara, Montreal & Quebec

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 17

From: UK - Toronto

To: Toronto - UK

From

£2,900

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

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.

This Canada itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream Canada road trip.

This Canada holiday includes

  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Car hire
  • Personal maps and an itinerary and a Lonely Planet guide to Canada
  • Superior grade 4* accommodation throughout (this can be tailored to suit your preferences)
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

 

Highlights

  • Witness panoramic views of cosmopolitan Toronto from the CN Tower
  • Visit Niagara Falls: Take a boat trip up during summer or walk behind the frozen falls in the winter
  • Enjoy jaw-dropping scenery in the Canadian wilderness
  • Witness nature at its finest in the Algonquin National Park and at Mont Tremblant
  • Take part in an array of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, trekking and canoeing
  • Explore the historic capital of Ottowa
  • Wander round the city of Quebec – old world charm and architecture
  • Look for beluga whales in the St Lawrence Estuary 
  • Experience rural life in countryside villages
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Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Toronto
  • 1 night Niagara Falls
  • 2 nights Algonquin National Park
  • 2 nights Ottawa
  • 1 night Mont Tremblant
  • 3 nights Quebec
  • 2 nights  Montreal
  • 1 night Kingston
  • 1 night Toronto

 

Day 1: Depart UK, Arrive Toronto

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.

Included: International flight, arrival transfer and hotel

Day 2: Free day in Toronto

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, CN Tower entrance

Day 3: Toronto to Niagara Falls

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast, car hire for trip duration, and Niagara Fall Adventure Pass

Day 4: Niagara Falls to Algonquin National Park

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Full day in Algonquin Park

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Algonquin Park to Ottawa

After breakfast enjoy the last of the park before heading for the nations capital, Ottawa.

*Travel approx. 422kms

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 7: Full day in Ottawa

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, Admission to the Canadian Museum of History

Day 8: Ottowa to Mont Tremblant

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 9: Mont Tremblant to Quebec City

Take in the stunning scenery as you head towards Quebec City, making a lunch stop in historic Trois Rivieres.

*Travel approx. 368kms

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 10: Full day in Quebec City

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, walking tour

Day 11: Whale Watching

Enjoy a day trip to the Charlevoix region, where you’ll go whale watching from the small town of Tadoussac. This is a very special experience as during the summer you can see beluga whales in this rugged area of the coast, as well as Minkes and Finbacks. You’ll be on a boat specially designed for whale watching, before returning to Quebec to spend the evening at your leisure. 

Included: Hotel, breakfast, whale watching tour

Day 12: Quebec City to Montreal

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 13: Full day in Montreal

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 14: Montreal to Kingston

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast, Admission to Upper Canada Village and a boat cruise at Gananoque

Day 15: Kingston to Toronto

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

Included: Hotel, breakfast

Day 16: Depart Toronto

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.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, departure transfer, international flight

Day 17: Arrive UK


 

Info

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.

What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Car hire for 12 days
  • Admission to the CN Tower, Toronto
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Admission to the Canadian Museum of History, Ottowa
  • Admission to Upper Canada Village, Kingston
  • Quebec City walking tour
  • 1 hour boat cruise, Gananoque
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel documents on arrival, including maps, directions and a Lonely Planet guide for Canada

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Activities other than those specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Road tolls & parking fees
Accommodation

15 nights in 4* standard accommodation.Hotels in this category include:

  • Hilton Fallsview, Niagara Falls

  • Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

  • Le Westin Montreal

 

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