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Eastern Canada


Eastern Canada consists of

beautiful nature and impressive cities!

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East Canada

A trip to Eastern Canada has it all. Canada is the second largest country in the world, and packed with tons of amazing sights and experiences. From the provinces of Ontario to Nova Scotia, experience the wonderful combination of city and nature. Visit the famous CN tower in Canada’s largest city, get close to the cascading waterfalls of Niagara Falls, and take an idyllic canoe trip in the beautiful surroundings of Algonquin Park. Drive on through the rugged landscape of Canada’s capital, Ottawa, which houses plenty of interesting museums and historical experiences, and then continue to the French-inspired Montréal, where you can get a wealth of cultural experiences. Continue to Quebec and visit the Old Town, and then head towards Nova Scotia and Canada’s beautiful coastal scenery. See the stunning cliffs, quaint fishing villages, lighthouses, and enjoy some delicious New England Clam Chowder in Halifax, where the trip ends.

Price

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • From £1.060
  • From £1.941
  • From £1.469

We do not recommend going on this trip in winter.
The price is for: 2 adults and 2 children in the same room including flights, accommodation and car rental.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - 4: TORONTO

The journey to Eastern Canada begins with three nights in Toronto, which is Canada’s largest city. The city has a lot of different neighborhoods, so visiting Toronto is almost like visiting a lot of small cities at once. Visit Greektown, Little Italy, or Chinatown for a popular bubble tea milkshake.

You of course can’t miss downtown, which is characterized by skyscrapers and the city’s landmark CN Tower, which is the perfect spot to begin your journey. Standing 553 meters high, a trip to the top of the tower will provide you with the best views of Toronto and the surrounding area, including Niagara Falls. If you are up for an exceptionally unique experience, you will have the opportunity to step out and walk on the ledge that circles the tower’s main pod.

Then walk down to the city’s waterfront at Lake Ontario, and take a ferry trip out to the Toronto Islands.
Here you will find a relaxing, green patch of the world which is free from cars and noise pollution. Grab a picnic lunch and sit at one of the many picnic tables, reflecting on the simple beauty surrounding you. Rent a bike and explore the islands further, or head back to the city and visit one of Toronto’s famous markets. St. Lawrence Market, for example, is the perfect place to find loads of various foods and other unique products. Here you can indulge in fresh dairy, meat, and produce as well as other great products, including the famous Canadian maple syrup.

For some shopping with a bit of a different vibe, visit the Distillery District. In this formerly abandoned Victorian industrial area, you will now find nearly a hundred shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars. This is the perfect spot to pick up a new outfit, as well as begin your night out on the town. With a charming mix of quaint streets and trendy atmosphere, this popular area of Toronto is something that you likely don’t want to miss.

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DAY 4 – 5: NIAGARA FALLS

(128 km/80 miles – 1-hour-and-20-minute drive)
Today you drive the short distance to Niagara Falls, where you will stay one night. Niagara Falls is Canada’s largest tourist attraction, and you will experience it from its most beautiful side. The Falls were created as a result of the last Ice Age many centuries ago, and is an incredible testament to the great power that you can find in nature. Massive amounts of water are swept over the Falls every second, creating a stunning site unlike any other.

Experience this sight yourself on the Hornblower Niagara Falls Boat Tour. This tour takes you up close to both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls, and you will feel the thundering intensity of the water flowing, while you are sprayed with the heavy mist and splash of the Falls. Out here you can catch views of rainbows in front of the waterfall daily. Then grab a view of this world-famous waterfall from a bit of a different angle.

The Journey Behind the Falls takes you in an elevator and 38 meters below the ground, where you can walk through the tunnel behind the curtain of water and come extremely close to the roaring water.

Next, view the Falls from above, 235 meters in the air at the Skylon Tower. Step onto the observation deck for views of the Falls, as well as Buffalo and Toronto. Enjoy a nice dinner at one of the two restaurants at the top, or take the kids to the movie theater or Family Fun Centre. At the Niagara SkyWheel you can also get great views of the Falls from gondola rides that take you up to 50 meters high. The SkyWheel is part of a larger entertainment complex, which has mini-golf, a bowling alley, haunted house, restaurants, and a theater.

For an evening of entertainment, watch the Oh Canada Eh? dinner show, Canada’s longest running musical and dinner show.

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DAY 5 – 8: ALGONQUIN PARK

(401 km/250 miles – 4-hour drive)
Today you head out to see East Canada’s beautiful nature in Algonquin Park, Ontario’s oldest and largest Provincial Park, which takes its name from the Algonquin Indian tribe that lived there originally. This escape to nature is just a 4-hour drive from the big city bustle of Toronto. Enjoy the tranquil, idyllic lakes, the smell of pine forest, and maybe a glimpse of a bear looming in the trees. There is road going through the middle of the park, which connects the park’s 12 campsites, as well as a Visitor’s Center, Logging Museum and Art Center.

One of the most popular activities in Algonquin park is canoeing. The many big, beautiful lakes and streams are perfect for renting a canoe and paddling your way around in search of wildlife. On a canoe trip in Algonquin you may meet a moose bathing in the water, beavers building dams, or otters playfully splashing around. If you prefer walking, there are over 85 miles of walking and hiking trails of varying difficulty.
One of the many activities that are offered in the park is the evening wolf-howling tour. The experienced guide will mimic a wolf howl, causing the wolves in the park to howl back. You will also learn a lot of interesting information about wolves and wildlife in Algonquin Park in general.

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DAY 8 – 10: OTTAWA

(276 km/171 miles – 3-hours-and-15-minute drive)
Next stop is Ottawa, which has proudly been Canada’s capital since 1857. Ottawa is a French-inspired city, and all signs are written in both French and English. If you spend some time at Parliament Hill, you will learn a lot about Canada’s government and the country’s history from inside the gothic revival-style government buildings that are overlooking the Ottawa river. Here you can visit the extravagant Parliament building, which has guided tours available. While in the Parliament building, try to make it up to the Peace Tower to get a great view of Ottawa and its surroundings. Beside the Parliament building is the Library of Parliament, a grand building with remarkable design details, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Get another look at Parliament Hill from Major Hill’s Park. This great view can be found just around the corner from the Royal Canada Mint. From the Colonel By statue you will get scenic views of the Rideau Canal locks, the Ottawa River, and even across the river to Quebec!

For lunch, head down to the historical ByWard-Market and taste some Canadian specialties – including beavertail, or poutine, which is a Canadian classic comprised of French fries with cheese and sauce. ByWard is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, and his home to food stands with local produce, as well as many cafés, pubs and restaurants.

If you happen to be visiting Ottawa in May, you will get to experience the Tulip Festival. Over a million tulips are on display, thousands of which are sent by the Netherlands to express friendship.

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DAY 10 - 11: MONTRÉAL

(199 km/123 miles – 2-hour drive)

You are now driving into the Province of Quebec, where the first official language is French. Don’t worry, though, as most people speak English.

Second only to Paris as the largest French speaking city in the world, Montréal is a city that shows much evidence of its French and English past. Old Montréal, the city’s Old Town, reflects this best. Wander through the Old Town and visit the popular Place d’Armes, one of the most beautiful public squares in Montréal, reminiscent of European squares. Here you will find the Notre-Dame Basilica, built between 1824 and 1829. Its gothic facade is quite outstanding, and once inside, you will see the many unique traits of the church, including its stained glass, magnificent gold-vaulted ceiling, and impressively large organ.

Take a walk along Saint-Paul Street to get a real sense of the European atmosphere of Montréal.
Along this picturesque street, you will find restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and art galleries. The cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture will take you back in time. You will eventually end up on the beautiful Place Jacques Cartier, where you will find the Montréal Town Hall, which has been modeled after the Tours Town Hall near Paris.

By now you should be catching onto the fact that Canadians are big on markets. Here in Montréal are two more markets beaconing you to come and taste the goodies that they have to offer. Markets are a great way to interact with locals as well as taste local foods, such as the seemingly infinite variety of maple products that Canada has to offer. There are two main markets in Montréal: Jean-Talon and Atwater. Atwater, although smaller, is ideal for a riverside picnic afterwards.

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DAY 11 - 13: QUÉBEC

(255 km/158 miles – 2-hours-and-45-minute drive)

Welcome to Canada’s oldest city; one that is brimming with signs of its European heritage. Its smaller size makes it more walkable than East Canada’s other major cities, and as you walk down the streets you will not feel as though you are in North America, but more like you are in an old European city.

Québec City is the only city in North America north of Mexico which still has a city wall. You can walk on the wall, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River, nearby are some of the city’s many museums. Musée de la civilization, for example, is particularly interesting and contains both permanent collections as well as very interesting temporary exhibitions about Canada’s past and present.

Québec City is divided into the Upper Town (Haute Ville) the Lower Town (Basse Ville), which is connected by Le Funiculaire – steep stairs with a cable car running down the middle.

This exciting experience provides great views while you ride it down, making it well worth a visit. Sitting atop Quebec’s upper town is Château Frontenac, the city’s most visited attraction. Despite its name, it was never a castle; in the late 19th century it was built as part of a series hotels for the Canadian Pacific Railway company, and is now a National Historic Site. You can choose to stay at this hotel, or simply go in to enjoy a meal or a peak around the entrance. Just in front of Château Frontenac is Dufferin Terrace, where you can ride the cable car down to the Lower Town. On the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart building, Observatoire de la Capitale offers an unobstructed view of Québec City. This spectacular view includes 360-degree views of both the lower and upper towns, the St. Lawrence River, and the Laurentians Mountains.

Quartier Petit-Champlain is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Québec City. The small, cobbled streets are lined with shops that sell art, décor, clothing, and specialty gourmet foods. You will also find cultural experiences such as a theater, pubs, and classic French restaurants. A short walk will take you to the Old Port Market, where you can find additional culinary treats and local products which you can enjoy there, or take them home and savor later on. If the weather permits, you can buy some snacks and take them out to the waterfront to enjoy with a view of the marina.

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DAY 13 - 14: EDMUNDSTON

(323 km/200 miles – 3-hours-and-15-minute drive)
Your drive continues North along Le Fleuve Saint-Laurent river, with many opportunities to stop for some beautiful viewpoints along the way. Once you arrive in Edmundston, spend a couple of days relaxing in the small town as you reflect and prepare for the final stretch of your journey.

It is recommended that you begin your stay in Edmundston with a stop by the Visitors’ Centre, which is in the city’s historic train station. In this charming red brick building, you will find maps and information, which will help you get the most out of your stay, as well as a gift shop with local crafts. With most of its attractions within a six-block radius, Edmundston’s historic center is easily walkable. Stroll on over to the New Brunswick Botanical Garden, for a beautiful nature experience.

The space is divided into 11 themed gardens and two arboretums, and as you walk around you will discover a butterfly house, art installations, ponds and streams, as well as a café where you can stop for some lunch.
The garden’s northeastern border is the Madawaska River, so water is as involved as plants are in the garden. Just near the Botanical Garden you will find where the Trans-Canada Trail runs through Edmundston, and if you just walk along the river downtown, then you can say that you’ve walked the Trans-Canada Trail!

If you are traveling with children, or are simply interested in trains and railroad history in Canada, then Edmundston’s Railroad Interpretation Centre is a great place to visit. There is a railroad museum that has a constantly changing display due to the amount of memorabilia that the owner has! The railroad center also has a 93-square meter miniature version of New Brunswick’s railroads. If cars are more your style, then visit Edmundston’s Antique Automobile Museum. This amazing collection of historical cars is available to be viewed by the public, and here you will get to see one of the few remaining Bricklins manufactured in the area, as well as Model T Fords and an antique firetruck.

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DAY 14 - 17: HALIFAX

(700 km/434 miles – 6-hours-and-30-minute drive)

Your final stop is Halifax, the East Coast’s main city. Halifax is in the province of Nova Scotia, which is Latin for New Scotland, and named after the group of people who originally founded the area. Although the drive is a bit lengthy, on the drive to Halifax you will pass many idyllic fishing villages and beautiful bays with lighthouses. When you arrive in Halifax, you will be instantly charmed by the bustling waterfront with ferries that take you across the bay, the lively bars along Argyle Street, and the city’s history as a trading hub. Your last chance to experience the markets of Canada is here, where you can choose to visit the Historic Farmers Market in the downtown area, or the new Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. The older market is charming, and the newer market is more modern and filled with sunshine. The new market is right on the water, and offers a spectacular view through the many windows or from the roof. While in Nova Scotia, don’t forget to taste the many fresh mussels, lobsters and oysters that are caught right there in the Atlantic Ocean. Another food that Halifax is known for is their donairs – a wrap filled with meat, tomato, onion, and special sauce. King of Donair is a popular place to try the tasty food!

Along the Warf, you will find the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Since Halifax was the nearest port to where the Titanic sank, this museum houses many artifacts from the ship. The museum tells the story of the Titanic, and afterwards you can go to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery and see the graves of many of the recovered bodies.

There are many possible day trips to other nearby fishing villages, which are cozy and filled with friendly locals. In Peggy’s Cove, you can see Canada’s most visited fishing village and its famous white and red lighthouse. In Lunenburg, you will see the unique fishermen’s houses, which are characterized by their five-sided dormer window called “The Lunenburg Bump”.

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We do not recommend going on this trip in winter.
The price is for: 2 adults and 2 children in the same room including flights, accommodation and car rental.

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