Eastern Explorer Holidays
Travel Canada’s original wilderness highways and discover New World settlements, frontier trails and the modern excitement of lively, multi-cultural cities. You’ll be awed by the natural wonder of surging rivers, the expansive rocky domain of the Canadian Shield, and the breath-taking power of Niagara Falls. Get ready for your call to the wild while whalewatching in Quebec (optional) and walking Ontario’s northern trails. Feel history come alive on the King’s highway and in North America’s only fortified city and be romanced by canal-lined cities, cobbled streets and the honeymoon capital of the world. Experience the best of the new world.
Arrive at Pearson International Airport, Toronto. Individual transfer to your centrally-located hotel. After checking in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Toronto.
We get better acquainted with our travelling companions at breakfast before exploring Toronto on a morning city tour. Experience the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city as you explore the downtown area and residential areas. Highlights include the Eaton Centre, old and new City Halls, Casa Loma, Yorkville and the University of Toronto. You will pass by the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower and drive along the harbourfront for a complete impression of this city. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Overnight in Toronto. Continental breakfast included.
Passengers must check in with the tour director at the Chelsea Hotel at 07:00. The coach departs the hotel for Montreal at 08:00. Departing early, we enjoy a pleasant drive east. Following the north shore of Lake Ontario, we pass endless miles of rolling farmland. Our first destination is the beautiful Thousand Islands resort region, where we embark upon a relaxing cruise. After taking in the sights and sounds of this river playground, we re-board our tour coach for the drive to Montreal. Overnight in Montreal. Continental breakfast included.
This morning, we will tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. The dynamic city of Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montreal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. Afternoon is at leisure. This evening, perhaps embark on an optional dining excursion and experience ‘Montreal by Night’ – a scenic trip out on the town to one of the city’s traditional restaurants. Overnight in Montreal. Continental breakfast included.
This morning, we prepare to depart from Montreal’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and follow the route of Canada’s first carriageway, the Chemin du Roy deep into French Canada. Winding our way through typical French-Canadian villages and towns, we experience true immersion in French culture. Upon arrival in Quebec City, we tour within the walls of the old city and view Lower Town, the Citadel, Battlefields Park and the ornate city gates. Overnight in Quebec City. Continental breakfast included.
The day is at your leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. You can enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including a 3-hour whalewatching tour on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Step aboard a regular boat and go in search of the world’s largest mammals. You will also visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls that are 30 metres higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques. Overnight in Quebec City. Full breakfast included.
Following the shore of the St. Lawrence, this morning we travel west past Montreal, across the Ontario border, and on to Ottawa — the nation’s capital. We stop for lunch along the way at the Sucrerie de la Montagne — an authentic sugar shack and pioneer-style restaurant. Upon arrival to Ottawa we take a tour of Ottawa. We view the Parliament Buildings, residences of the Prime Minister and the Governor General, the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site), and much more. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ottawa. Full breakfast and lunch included.
This morning, we enjoy the Turtle Island aboriginal experience breakfast on Victoria Island. The afternoon is free for independent exploration of Ottawa’s many museums and fine galleries, shopping at the Sparks Street Mall or perhaps a boat cruise on one of the city’s many waterways. Overnight in Ottawa. Breakfast included.
Our journey west from Ottawa features sparkling lakes, rushing streams, deep forests and characteristic northern towns. The trip will be highlighted by a visit to Algonquin Provincial Park where we will take a walk along the scenic trails. This immense wildlife and forest preserve is a favourite destination for camping expeditions during the summer months, and your walk will give you the opportunity to experience a little of it for yourself. Soon, we enter the Muskoka resort region, our destination for the night. Overnight in Midland. Continental breakfast included.
This morning, upon arrival to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, we have breakfast. This fascinating three-acre historic site is a detailed reconstruction of the first inland European community in Canada. Next, we are driving south past Toronto and then through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula with a final destination of Niagara Falls. A thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage to the Falls brings us to the foot of the thundering waterfalls for an unforgettable experience. We will take a ride to the top of the Skylon Tower providing a spectacular view of the falls and the surrounding district of Niagara. Afterwards, you can enjoy an optional Niagara Helicopter Tour that gives you a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding region or visit the IMAX theatre for a spectacular movie about the falls projected on a floor-to-ceiling dome. The evening is free for exploring North America’s “honeymoon capital”. Overnight in Niagara Falls. Full breakfast included.
We leave Niagara Falls this morning. Our drive follows the scenic Niagara Parkway through the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival. Here we see a small but thriving community, proud to display a carefully-preserved nineteenth-century atmosphere. This afternoon completes the tour with a short drive back to Toronto. The evening features our special "Farewell to Canada" dinner at the CN Tower. Overnight in Toronto. Full breakfast and dinner included
The time has come for some last-minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Transfer independently to Toronto Airport in time to check in for your return flight.