Explore the provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this self-drive adventure, taking in the highlights of Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa. The circular route travels along Lake Ontario from Toronto to the Thousand Islands resort region continuing east to taste the unique flavour of French Canada. Return to Ontario and see Canada's capital city Ottawa, before the journey travels through Algonquin Park and on to Niagara Falls, the honeymoon capital of North America a fitting end to this journey of discovery in Eastern Canada.
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Travel from the UK to Toronto. Direct services operate daily from London Heathrow throughout the year while regional services from Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh operate up to 15 times a week over the summer. After arriving at Pearson International Airport, collect a rental car and drive to your hotel, with late afternoon and evening to enjoy around the city.
Enjoy the entire day in and around Toronto. Some suggestions are the CN Tower and spectacular SkyDome, Ontario Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum plus of course amazing shopping and the waters of Lake Ontario.
Drive distance - 162 miles / 260 KM
Drive east directly to Kingston and tour Fort Henry. An alternative route to Kingston passes through the quaint heritage towns of Prince Edward County.
Drive distance - 180 miles / 290 KM
En route to Montreal today, you will be entering the beautiful Thousand Islands region, where forested islands lie amid tranquil lakes. Take to the water and step aboard a cruiser to explore the magnificent scenery. The cruise will take you past Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire’s Row.
Visit Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal, the Olympic site, the Biodome, Mt. Royal Park, the casino or the underground city. Montreal is renowned for its active and cosmopolitan nightlife.
Drive distance - 155 miles / 290 KM
En route to Quebec City, stop at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada's national shrine to the Virgin Mary. Of interest in Trois-Rivières is the Museum of Quebec Folk Arts and Traditions.
Quebec City is Canada's oldest city and exhibits a strong French heritage. The Fortifications, a historic national park; Place Royale and the Basilica are some of the suggestions. Outside the city are the dramatic shrine at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls and the Ile d'Orleans.
Drive distance - 286 miles / 460 KM
Visit more local attractions, perhaps the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument or Dufferin Terrace. Drive one of several routes to Ottawa, the nation's capital.
Use the entire day to see this historic city of pageantry and the arts. Suggested is a visit to the Parliament Buildings, museums or National Gallery, perhaps a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint or a trip down the Rideau Canal - designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Drive distance - 286 miles / 460 KM
Depart on a scenic drive to Algonquin Provincial Park and the beautiful Muskoka region. This northern Lakeland is the destination for a ‘summer living’ escape for Torontonians and Americans from the eastern seaboard of the USA. Canoeing, sailing, walking, boat cruises around the region as well as some of the finest fishing in the country all combine to create the ideal cottage country region.
The Huntsville area offers tennis, golf, boat cruises, horseback riding and hiking trails. A short drive away is Lion's Lookout Park or Muskoka Pioneer Village.
Drive distance - 205 miles / 330 KM
Drive south and bypass Toronto en route to Niagara Falls. Approaching the southern reaches of Ontario, you pass through the hills of the Niagara Escarpment, featuring a variety of walking and cycling trails. The road continues through the lush orchards and vineyards of the Niagara growing region, boasting many world class winery chateaus that make for a decadent day of tasting and touring.
Drive distance - 81 miles / 130 KM
Most direct flights back to the UK will depart Toronto Pearson International Airport in the evening, travelling home overnight, so you to get to enjoy your final day in Ontario. Drive through the wonderful fruit growing region and maybe visit historic Niagara-on-the-Lake or stop at the Welland Canal.
‘Modern Boutique Hotel in Central Toronto’
With its inspiring and inviting design, intimate size and relaxing decor, Le Germain Hotel Toronto is a veritable urban oasis; it even has a putting green on the roof! With a wonderful location at the heart of the entertainment district in downtown Toronto, the hotel is in easy reach of shops, bars, restaurants, and museum and art galleries with the waterfront only a few blocks away too. A comforting and relaxing stay awaits where attentive and discreet staff will look after your every need in order to offer you an authentic experience. Rooms are modern, with warm wood and lots of natural light, comfortable beds and lots of amenities. The hotel has a top class restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace and a fitness centre for the more energetic guests.
‘Stay by the waterfront’
Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront is set in the heart of downtown Kingston. Within moments, explore attractions such as The Grand Theatre and Rogers K-Rock Centre. At the hotel, enjoy an indoor rooftop pool and a gym for those who want to keep up with their fitness. AquaTerra restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, celebrating the best of Canadian food and wine.
‘Elegant and Trendy Hotel in Downtown Montreal’
In the heart of Montreal's thriving shopping and business district you will find Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth - a 1960s classic hotel that was transformed into a contemporary lifestyle space, complete with modern technologies and amenities. Following a huge renovation, when the hotel was close for over 12 months, the newly renovated rooms are modern, chic and comfortable while the restaurants, bars and public spaces have all been updated too and the new Moment Spa is now open. A welcome return to the luxury options in this cosmopolitan city, the Fairmont, Queen Elizabeth is a real jewel.
‘Luxury Hotel on the edge of Old and New Quebec’
Welcome to the Hotel Chateau Laurier, an intimate and elegant hotel located in Quebec City at the edge of the modern city, with high fashion shops, bras and street side cafes accessible along Grande-Allee yet overlooking the Plain of Abraham and minutes from Old Quebec. The hotel is a small luxury hotel of under 300 comfortable and intimate rooms. On site the hotel offers an indoor pool and spa as well as a host of modern services and conveniences.
‘Ottawa’s Landmark Hotel’
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a luxurious and historic property in full chateau style located at the heart of Ottawa, overlooking the Canadian Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal. Also within easy walking distance of city centre attractions including the Rideau Centre for shopping and numerous bars, restaurants and nightlife. The hotel is luxurious with elegant rooms full of modern conveniences and public areas well known for the hotels attentive and excellent service. With plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, an indoor pool and fitness centre it really does offer everything you need.
‘Year-round fun for the family’
In Muskoka, central Ontario, Deerhurst Resort invites guests to fun-filled adventures and experiences. In the summer, enjoy boating, trekking, horseback riding and water sports such as canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. When winter arrives, wrap up and head out for some thrilling skiing snowmobiling and sleigh rides. Warm and inviting restaurants await your return, serving locally-inspired dishes and pub favourites.
‘Amazing Views of the Falls – Even from the Spa!’
Sheraton on the Falls is a 669-room resort on Falls Avenue, a prestigious location, high above Niagara Falls. The hotel has spectacular views of the falls from both public areas such as the Fallsview Restaurant and from over half of the rooms through floor to ceiling windows. There are two on-site restaurants, a Starbucks coffee shop and Christienne Spa – the only spa with a view of Niagara Falls. In addition to all of this, the connected Falls Avenue Resort offers more restaurants, shops, a casino and an indoor water park.
Return flights in economy
12 nights accommodation as listed
Meals unless otherwise stated
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