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Algonquin Provincial Park

Best of the East

from £1886 excluding flights

  • 11 nights
  • May-Oct

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Explore beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park by foot or canoe

Québec City skyline

Explore historic Québec City on a guided walking tour

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Cruise under the spray of the mighty Niagara Falls

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Take in the view over Lake Ontario from the CN Tower

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

Explore the diverse eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this two-week self-drive holiday. From the thundering waterfalls of Niagara to the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park, the cosmopolitan city of Toronto to the old-world charm of Quebec, via the 1000 Islands of St Lawrence River, this well-paced itinerary offers a wealth of contrasts, all uniquely Canadian.

The neighbouring provinces of Ontario and Quebec are the ideal setting for a self-drive holiday, with countless highlights showcasing Canada’s diverse culture, history, scenery and wildlife.

This comprehensive holiday package includes various excursions to maximise your experience, including a cruise of the 1000 Islands, a walking tour of Quebec City and admission to the CN Tower, Upper Canada Village and the Canadian Museum of History. No holiday to this region would be complete without a visit to the awesome Niagara Falls, and your package includes a memorable trip on the Hornblower cruise, a real highlight as you travel to the base of the 167-foot falls.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Toronto - Niagara Falls (130 km)

Head out of the city and drive along the shores of Lake Ontario, and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake – the first capital of Upper Canada and one of the best-preserved 19th Century towns in North America. Continue along the Niagara Parkway heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. Here you will experience the amazing thundering of the falls while riding on the Hornblower Cruise (included), which takes you to the very edge of the 167-foot wall of water. Included in your itinerary is a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, this pass offers your admision to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times.

Head out of the city and drive along the shores of Lake Ontario, and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake – the first capital of Upper Canada and one of the best-preserved 19th Century towns in North America. Continue along the Niagara Parkway heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. Here you will experience the amazing thundering of the falls while riding on the Hornblower Cruise (included), which takes you to the very edge of the 167-foot wall of water. Included in your itinerary is a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, this pass offers your admision to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times.

Niagara Falls

Day 2 Niagara Falls - Algonquin Provincial Park (375 km)

Today’s drive takes you north, past Toronto and into Ontario’s “cottage country” bound for Algonquin Provincial Park. Take a detour en-route to in order to see such highlights such as Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, a historic site depicting a 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and Ontario’s first European community (not included) or the Muskokas Lake region which makes for a very scenic drive. Famed for its 1,600 fresh water lakes and striking granite outcroppings, Muskoka has been a celebrated vacation retreat since the 19th century. Finish your day in Algonquin Park – and enjoy the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Today’s drive takes you north, past Toronto and into Ontario’s “cottage country” bound for Algonquin Provincial Park. Take a detour en-route to in order to see such highlights such as Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, a historic site depicting a 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and Ontario’s first European community (not included) or the Muskokas Lake region which makes for a very scenic drive. Famed for its 1,600 fresh water lakes and striking granite outcroppings, Muskoka has been a celebrated vacation retreat since the 19th century. Finish your day in Algonquin Park – and enjoy the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Day 3 Algonquin Provincial Park

Explore this vast park at your leisure. There are numerous hiking trails, and complimentary canoes available from your lodge. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you make your way through the forests and countless lakes, and immerse yourself in nature at its best. A visit to the Algonquin logging museum and the visitor centre are also highly recommended.

Explore this vast park at your leisure. There are numerous hiking trails, and complimentary canoes available from your lodge. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you make your way through the forests and countless lakes, and immerse yourself in nature at its best. A visit to the Algonquin logging museum and the visitor centre are also highly recommended.

Algonquin Provincial Park
Canoes in Algonquin Provincial Park
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Day 4 Algonquin Provincial Park - Ottawa (422 km)

Today you'll exchange the wilderness of Algonquin for Canada's charming capital city, Ottawa.

Today you'll exchange the wilderness of Algonquin for Canada's charming capital city, Ottawa.

Day 5 Ottawa

Ottawa's Parliament Buildings sit in the heart of Ottawa, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa Rivers. These house the National Assembly and serve as the symbol of the capital, and are the focal point of a city that has become a fascinating blend of English and French, historic and modern, ceremonial and casual. Many of the city’s attractions are within sight of Parliament Hill, including the fascinating Canadian Museum of History (admission included). You may also wish to visit Confederation Square, the National Arts Centre, Sparks Street Mall and the By Ward Market, a popular huddle of cafés, craft shops, farmers’ market stalls and bars.

Ottawa's Parliament Buildings sit in the heart of Ottawa, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa Rivers. These house the National Assembly and serve as the symbol of the capital, and are the focal point of a city that has become a fascinating blend of English and French, historic and modern, ceremonial and casual. Many of the city’s attractions are within sight of Parliament Hill, including the fascinating Canadian Museum of History (admission included). You may also wish to visit Confederation Square, the National Arts Centre, Sparks Street Mall and the By Ward Market, a popular huddle of cafés, craft shops, farmers’ market stalls and bars.

Ottawa and the Rideau Canal

Day 6 Ottawa - Mont Tremblant (153 km)

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European-style all season resort village. Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour. This popular resort has much to offer the weary traveller, including a number of spas if you care to indulge.

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European-style all season resort village. Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour. This popular resort has much to offer the weary traveller, including a number of spas if you care to indulge.

Day 7 Mont Tremblant - Quebec City (368 km)

Enjoy the pleasant scenery as you travel from Mont Tremblant to historic Trois Rivieres for a lunch stop and drive along the Chemin du Roy road to Quebec City.

Enjoy the pleasant scenery as you travel from Mont Tremblant to historic Trois Rivieres for a lunch stop and drive along the Chemin du Roy road to Quebec City.

Day 8 Québec City

Experience the old world charm of Vieux Quebec with a guided tour of the old city on foot (included). With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is complimented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Chateau Frontenac. Visit one or more of the great local museums (not included) or simply enjoy the city sights at your own pace.

Experience the old world charm of Vieux Quebec with a guided tour of the old city on foot (included). With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is complimented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Chateau Frontenac. Visit one or more of the great local museums (not included) or simply enjoy the city sights at your own pace.

Quebec City's Old Town
Petit Champlain, Québec City
Bistro in Québec Old Town

Day 9 Quebec City - Montreal (252 km)

Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Montreal. In Drummondville you may wish to visit the village Quebecois d’Antan, a faithful reconstruction of a French colonial village.

Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Montreal. In Drummondville you may wish to visit the village Quebecois d’Antan, a faithful reconstruction of a French colonial village.

Day 10 Montreal

Discover hundreds of places of interest in Montreal including the Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of religious architecture in located in Old Montreal. Explore the French Quarter or enjoy panoramic views from the observation point on top of Mt. Royal, from which the city takes its name. Montreal offers a fascinating mix of French and English cultures, and some of the finest shopping and dining in North America. You may wish to join a walking or biking tour of the city or a sightseeing cruise (not included).

Discover hundreds of places of interest in Montreal including the Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of religious architecture in located in Old Montreal. Explore the French Quarter or enjoy panoramic views from the observation point on top of Mt. Royal, from which the city takes its name. Montreal offers a fascinating mix of French and English cultures, and some of the finest shopping and dining in North America. You may wish to join a walking or biking tour of the city or a sightseeing cruise (not included).

Old Montreal
Restaurant in Old Montreal
St Paul Street, Old Montreal

Day 11 Montreal - Kingston (288 km)

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy a visit to Upper Canada Village (included), an 1860s reconstructed village. Meet friendly characters from the past as you wander through over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Before reaching Kingston, stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the 1000 islands (included). Affectionately known as ‘limestone’, Kingston is a city noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Once the capital of Canada (1841 to 1843), Kingston is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal. Visit the Kingston Mills Lock station, which is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal system, where visitors can view the four locks raising boats fourteen metres.

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy a visit to Upper Canada Village (included), an 1860s reconstructed village. Meet friendly characters from the past as you wander through over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Before reaching Kingston, stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the 1000 islands (included). Affectionately known as ‘limestone’, Kingston is a city noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Once the capital of Canada (1841 to 1843), Kingston is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal. Visit the Kingston Mills Lock station, which is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal system, where visitors can view the four locks raising boats fourteen metres.

Day 12 Kingston - Toronto (265 km)

As you head back to the city today you may wish to stop en route to witness the renowned Guard at the Fort Henry National Historic Site, where a precision trained unit of Canadian students perform daily 19th century infantry drills (admission not included). Or perhaps pause for a coffee break in Peterborough and view the world's highest lift locks. Your journey ends in Toronto.

As you head back to the city today you may wish to stop en route to witness the renowned Guard at the Fort Henry National Historic Site, where a precision trained unit of Canadian students perform daily 19th century infantry drills (admission not included). Or perhaps pause for a coffee break in Peterborough and view the world's highest lift locks. Your journey ends in Toronto.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1886 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental with GPS throughout
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Admission to Canadian Museum of History
  • Quebec city walking tour (2 hours)
  • Admission to Upper Canada Village
  • Cruise of 1000 Islands (1 hour)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
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  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £1,886 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, with rental of an intermediate vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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One of our specialists
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8 Canada provinces visited

11 Species of whale seen

7 Continents set foot in

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