Your day-by-day itinerary

Skyline of toronto

Days 1-3

Canada’s Big Smoke

Toronto is known to be the most multiculturally diverse city in the world, and it’s the perfect place to start you Canada adventure! The city offers a lively harbour front, bustling streets and plenty of international charm. In addition to the buzz that comes from Toronto, the city also has a calm side where you can look for tranquillity on the water.

Man looking out at Toronto Skyline

We’ve arranged a boat tour for you, with a flexible ticket along Lake Ontario where you’ll have plenty of fantastic views of the city skyline. You can get off at Centre Island for a walk or to hire a bike and cycle around. When you hit solid ground again, you can walk to the iconic CN tower or take a trip to St Lawrence Market and try some delicious local food.

Niagara Falls with boat and and a rainbow

Days 3-4

Thundering Waters of Niagara Falls

You’ll spend 2 days at the famous Niagara Falls, staying in a cosy 130-year-old B&B. You’ll take a boat across the falls on the well-known ‘Hornblower’, formerly known as Maid of the Mist, sailing since 1846. Once you’ve hopped on the boat and been handed your blue poncho the boat will sail calmly towards the waterfall. You’ll have a view of the impressive and powerful waterfalls whilst hearing how and why these falls are so special. The closer you get, the less dry you are, and the sound of the thundering water gets louder and louder.

Family wearing blue ponchos on boat with Niagara in the background

If you want to see the raging waterfalls in addition to the Hornblower Tour from a different perspective, then we recommend a walk behind the falls or walk to Table Rock Centre for a beautiful view over the Horseshoe Falls. Oh, and a top tip – after dinner, take a look at the waterfalls again in the evening – at night they become illuminated in many colours, and if you’re lucky you might even find a firework display there!

Canoe with 3 people on lake and moose coming out of the water

Days 4-6

Wildlife and Wilderness of Algonquin

Spend the next 3 days staying in a small, local style bed and breakfast, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of the Canadian wilderness. Algonquin National Park leaves you spoiled for choice, with over 20 well-signposted trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. One moderate trail, known as the ‘Mizzy Lake’ is a beautiful path that leads through forests, lakes and gives you an excellent chance to see some diverse wildlife.

View of Algonquin Park from above a rock

If you want to challenge yourself, you can take the ‘Booth’s Rock’ trial which follows an abandoned railway for breath-taking views of the sweeping lakes and forests. You can also explore the park the ‘Canadian way’, by joining a local guide on a 3-hour canoe tour, where you’ll explore the most scenic and stunning lakes in the park. Or if you’re feeling independent, you can rent canoes and explore the lakes your own way.

Parliament building with autumn leaves in Ottawa

Days 6-7

Elegant Ottawa

Today you will arrive in Canada’s dynamic Capital, Ottawa. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to discover the city. Get yourself to Parliament Hill and wander around the Peace Tower, or take a stop at the ByWard market, a perfect place for a bite to eat and browse the mini stalls featuring local arts and crafts. You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, where you can spend your evening, some even overlooking the canal.

Bus turning into a boat and going through water

After breakfast the next day, you’ll board an amphibus (a bus that transforms into a boat) that’ll drive you by land and over water through the picturesque capital. The 1-hour journey takes you along a scenic, entertaining and educational journey, where you’ll learn about the unique history and see over 50 different significant sites that the city has to offer.

Chateau Frontenac in Quebec city,

Days 7-9

French Flavours of Quebec

The next few days will be spent exploring Quebec City, where French culture thrives. The day of your arrival is yours to explore, you can visit some of Quebec’s top sights, including the famous Museum of Civilisation and the Le Chateau Frontenac. After a night in your modern hotel located a 10 minute drive from Old Quebec, you’ll spend the afternoon dedicated to the history and cuisine of the city.

Period guide tour of Quebec

You’ll be joined with a guide discovering picturesque Old Quebec; immerse yourself into the city’s fascinating history along with your guide. You’ll stop at 4 different tasting places, that include ciders, ice cream and smoothie samples. On the third day, you’ll still have plenty of time this morning to explore, take a stroll to the historic harbour on the S. Lawrence river and hop on the ferry to enjoy the view of the city.

Killer whale fin with Zodiac Boat in background

Days 9-11

Whales of the Atlantic Coast

In Tadoussac, you’ll stay in the centre of the village, just a 5-minute walk from the beach and ferry terminal. The first day is free for you to explore, you can visit the marine centre that gives you excellent information on local sea creatures. There are also four different hiking paths that take you around the village, giving you the best chance of spying for whales at the shore.

Bay of tadoussac, blue sea and green trees

The next day you’ll wake bright and early and head out into sea by Zodiac, a large rubber boat, in search of the whales living in the area. St Lawrence river is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, due to its rich waters, high production of phytoplankton and the fact that 13 species of whale can be found here! After the 2-hour trip is up, you’ll head back to shore. You can enjoy a coffee at the local café, and if you still have energy in the afternoon, make a trip to the Sand Dunes of Tadoussac, which is an ideal place for a walk on the beach along the fjord. You’ll spend another night at the hotel, before heading to your next destination.

Lighthouse with overview of the sea

Days 11-12

Lighthouse on St. Lawrence

Today you’ll make your way to Riviere-Du-Loup for a special night away in a lighthouse. You’ll hop on a ferry to reach your destination, in the meantime, your guide will tell you all about the flora and fauna of St. Lawrence River and the islands. With a little luck, you may even see a beluga whale swimming in the sea. Once you arrive at the lighthouse, snacks and drinks will be waiting for you. You’ll then have the day to explore around the island. There are plenty of hiking trails for you to venture on, and some of them give you views of the seals sunbathing below.

Group of sales relaxing on a rock in sea

You’ll discover secluded coves and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere that emanates from the island. On your return to your cosy accommodation, you’ll be served a typical regional dish from the menu. The next morning, you still have plenty of time this morning to explore the island, keep your eyes open for the white belugas that swim off the coast. This afternoon your ferry will arrive at 2 pm, to take you back to your car for the next part of your Canadian adventure.

Montreal skyline of skyscrapers and autumn leaves

Days 12-14

Magnifique Montreal

Today you will arrive in one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world, Montreal. You’ll spend your first day exploring the city, you can take a trip to Mount Royal, located in the heart of the city, it’s a mountain that gives you breath-taking views of the skyscrapers in the city or adventure down the cobbled streets of Old Montreal. Your second day will include a guided bike tour. You’ll pass neighbourhoods, must-see attractions and the cities secret places, discovering the 400 plus years of history, architecture and urban vitality of the city. You’ll also stop at Montreal’s most famous bagel bakery, so you can see for yourself what all the hype is about. You’ll spend 2 nights in your cosy hotel.

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