Heritage Trail Self-Drive
Holiday Ref: 16387
Explore the provinces of Ontario and Quebec on our most popular self drive tour of Eastern Canada. Visit Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa. Take a leisurely drive along Lake Ontario from Toronto to the Thousand Islands resort region before heading north from Ottawa through the Algonquin Park and on to Niagara Falls.
Price based on 2rd May 2019 departure – other dates available daily May – October 2019 call for details.
Arrive Pearson International Airport, Toronto, and collect your hire car and make your way to your hotel where you will pick up your road book at the front desk as you check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure for shopping at the Eaton Centre or perhaps sampling the fine cuisine and nightlife of Toronto. Overnight in Toronto.
Enjoy the entire day in and around Toronto. Some suggestions: the CN Tower and spectacular SkyDome, Ontario Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre or the Royal Ontario Museum. Overnight in Toronto.
CN TOWER ADMISSION ( at additional cost)
Standing 553.33 metres tall, this symbol of Toronto and Canada not only offers sweeping panoramic views but also a world of entertainment. From there, the glass faced elevators, now with glass floor panels, will whisk you to the LookOut Observatioin level in a mere 58 seconds. Dare to walk the Glass Floor, sample the exquisite cuisine at 360 Restaurant the revolving restaurant or relax in Horizon's Restaurant. The views of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the distant U.S. are unforgettable. Visual displays provide information about the CN Tower history. Back on the ground, browse through the Gift Shop for authentic Canadiana merchandise and authentic CN Tower souvenirs. General Admission ticket provides elevation to the LookOut and Glass Floor levels along with access to base attractions. This excursion is a Signature Experience with Destination Canada.
Drive east today, directly to Kingston, and tour Fort Henry. An alternative route to Kingston passes through the quaint heritage towns of Prince Edward County. Overnight in Kingston.
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 of the Thousand Islands. This wonderfully lush island landscape is dotted with luxurious cottages and vast estates. The cruise will take you past Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire’s Row. Overnight in Montreal.
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. Overnight in Montreal.
En route to Quebec City, we suggest a 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. Overnight in Quebec City.
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. Overnight in Quebec City.
ACTIVITY QUEBEC CITY TOUR #1 (at additional cost )
The tour provides a comprehensive orientation of historic and modern Quebec City. You will see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and other points of interest within Quebec City. This tour is in English and French.
Visit more local attractions, perhaps the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument or Dufferin Terrace. Drive one of several routes to Ottawa, the nation's capital. Overnight in Ottawa.
Use the entire day to see this historic city of pageantry and the arts. We suggest a visit to the Parliament Buildings, museums or National Gallery, perhaps a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint or a Rideau Canal designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Overnight in Ottawa.
ACTIVITY: DISCOVER THE CAPITAL TOUR 1 (STEP ON/STEP OFF) ( at additional cost )
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ottawa - Canada’s national capital. You will explore the Parliament Buildings, embassies, universities and museums. You will see the Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the residence of the Prime Minister and the National Arts Centre. You will drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa's picturesque waterways.
Enjoy a scenic drive today 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. Stunning vacation homes are set at waters edge around lake after lake. Canoeing, sailing, walking, exploring quaint country towns and villages, boat cruises around the region as well as some of the finest fishing in the country all contribute to create the ideal cottage country region. Overnight near Huntsville.
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. Overnight near Huntsville.
Drive south and bypass Toronto en route to Niagara Falls, the "honeymoon capital of the world". We suggest a stop in Midland at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons – a historic, recreated village demonstrating everyday life, crafts and arts of a colonial village. 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. Overnight in Niagara Falls.
ACTIVITY MAID OF THE MIST (at additional cost)
Put on your rainjacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The Maid of the Mist will take you to the American Falls before sailing past massive rock formations to the magnificent sight of the thundering Horseshoe Falls. As the Maid of the Mist battles the waters, take advantage of the unsurpassed photo opportunities. Length of operating season is weather dependent
Drive to Toronto through Ontario's fruit growing region. En route, visit historic Niagara-on-the-Lake and stop at the Welland Canal. Return to Pearson International Airport for your flight back to the UK