Whatever season you come, don't expect non-stop tourist attractions. Instead, slow down and stroll through the neighbourhoods, soaking up the different cultures that make their mark on Toronto. Kensington Market is a good place to start: this bustling, bohemian neighbourhood is where successive waves of new Canadians have forged their way and given colour to the cityscape. The Annex, Chinatown, Greektown, Cabbagetown, the Beach and Yorkville are other characterful districts that are worth a ramble. For inconspicuous consumption, veer away from the mainstream towards Toronto's quirkier streets – West Queen West, the Danforth, College Street – where individuality comes across in unique shops and places to eat.
Ottawa has a strong government presence, including embassies, high commissions and consulates representing countries from around the world. The nation’s capital is also home to a world-class research and development infrastructure, a high concentration of technology companies, and the head offices of many organizations. With a population of 1.3 million, Ottawa is the fourth largest city in Canada. It offers all of the advantages of the big city, while remaining safe, clean, and easy to navigate.
Discover the real meaning of joie de vivre in Quebec City. High-spirited and stylish, much like the people who live there, Quebec City radiates with a unique charm and sophistication. Combined with its distinctly European flair, this city is the perfect place to shop, dine and explore some of Canada's top attractions.
Montreal is a city with streets named after saints and with church buildings around almost every corner, but things are not what they seem.“Even if it seems like Jesus’ presence is here, it’s not. It’s a religious presence here. His work is not known. His sacrifice is not known. Nobody can explain why Jesus died on the cross. Ninety-five percent have no clue,” says church planter Francois Verschelden, a Montreal native.
Day 1: Toronto
Welcome to cosmopolitan Toronto, Ontario’s capital and Canada’s largest city. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your tour director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2: Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls
Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Board the Maid of the Mist for a thrilling ride to view the thundering falls. Sightseeing also includes the beautiful Floral Clock. See Toronto’s major landmarks on today’s city tour, including the banking district, City Hall, the CN Tower, the University of Toronto, and ultra-modern SkyDome stadium.In the evening, enjoy an optional outing to the top of the CN Tower for a delicious dinner and spectacular views.
NOTE: The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
Day 3: Toronto–Kingston–Ottawa
Leave Ontario’s capital and stop in Kingston, a city with an exciting history dating back more than 300 years. Proceed along the St. Lawrence River, with splendid vistas of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. At Ivy Lea, board your boat for a cruise that takes a scenic route through the many islands of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Next, head to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital.
Day 4: Ottawa
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this lovely city on the banks of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. See the Canadian Mint, the embassy district, stately Parliament Hill, and Rideau Falls—named for the curtain-like appearance they give. Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables, a tribute to Canadian heritage and history. Suggestions for this afternoon include a visit to the magnificent Canadian Museum of Civilization or the array of restaurants and shops at lively Byward Market.
Due to seasonal hours, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables will be closed and unavailable on April 25, August 29, September 5, 12, 19 and 26 and October 3 and 10 departures.
Day 5: Ottawa–Québec City Area
Drive into the French-Canadian province of Québec, where there is a sudden change in language and tradition. Follow the King’s Highway, tracing this historical route along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Late-afternoon arrive in historic Québec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6: Québec City Area
This morning, join your fellow traveling companions on a unique optional excursion to the Érablière le Chemin du Roy Sugar Shack. Visitors to the sugar cabin will enjoy a typical Québec breakfast, along with a guided visit and presentation to explain the process of maple extraction. Afterward, return to Québec City for a guided tour of Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the turrets of Château Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the center of New France; today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle with grand vistas from its bastions, and ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River.The afternoon and evening are free—your tour director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Day 7: Québec City Area–Montréal / Departure
Arrive in sophisticated Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities, late morning. Major attractions on this afternoon’s tour include the once-walled Old Montréal, Notre Dame Basilica, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, and modern Montréal. After then, you will get ready to head home.
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