London – Toronto
Multi-cultural Toronto is the first stop on your Canadian adventure. From your hotel located in the city’s downtown area you’ll have easy access to the Eaton Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario and the popular Harbour front area with its chic restaurants and waterside bars. You can get fabulous city views from the top of the 533m tall CN Tower, but for a different perspective why not experience the city’s downtown and waterfront by jet helicopter.
On the third day, you will set off to visit one of the great wonders of the world – Niagara Falls. Travelling through the orchard-filled Niagara Peninsula, you will either take a boat ride that goes nearly under the falls, or enjoy a walk behind the falls. There is also time for buffet lunch overlooking Niagara – the perfect opportunity to soak in its splendour.
Stay: Three nights in a quad kitchenette room at Chelsea Hotel – room only
Today you will drive your hire car into the rugged Muskokas district, where you will be staying less than an hour away from Canada’s oldest and largest provincial park – Algonquin Park. The park and surrounding wilderness areas are well catered for outdoor adventure; you can go swimming, sailing, canoeing and hiking, and have the opportunity to observe an array of wildlife.
Stay: Three nights in a quad room at Deerhurst Resort – room only
Next up is Canada’s capital city – Ottawa. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage and cosmopolitan character with a guided walking tour, from the impressive Parliament Buildings to the world-renowned National Gallery and Museum of Civilisation. Ottawa’s diversity can also be seen in the blend of cultures at the bustling ByWard Market which is packed with cafes, craft shops and farmers’ stalls. Enjoy strolls along the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal, which is within walking distance of your boutique hotel in downtown Ottawa.
Stay: Three nights in a quad room at Metcalf Hotel – room only
Now you will set off for the resort of Mont Tremblant, located in the rugged region of the Laurentian Mountains. There are countless activities to be had, from skiing, golfing and hiking to biking and fishing. Take a walk around the Pedestrian Village to browse its world-class facilities, fine restaurants, spas, art galleries and more. You’ll be staying in a luxury log chalet on the outskirts of a pristine lake, just a short drive from the resort.
Stay: Three nights in a three-bed family log cabin at Blueberry Lake Resort – room only
Val Jalbert Historical Village
Get an insight into life in the ‘20s at the Val Jalbert Historical Village. A genuine company town, you’ll find around forty original period buildings, including the convent-school, general store and pulp mill. Enjoy eye-opening guided tours and an array of recreational and sports activities.
Stay: Two nights in a quad room at Val Jalbert Historic Village – half board
Prepare to meet the giants of the sea as your journey takes you to Tadoussac, where you will be staying in a beautiful hotel overlooking the bay and rugged Saguenay Fjord. A whale watching cruise, aboard a Zodiac boat, will take you along the St. Lawrence River to observe whales, seals and an array of seabirds that frequent the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. A truly mesmerising experience.
Stay: Two nights in a quad room at Hotel Tadoussac – room only
Today you will journey to Quebec City, the second oldest existing European settlement in the country. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter, with its cobbled streets, artisan shops, quaint cafes, fortified walls and 17th century buildings, and the Lower Town which features the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Plains of Abraham, the Quebec Parliament and the Old Port of Quebec.
Stay: Two nights in a quad room at Hotel Manoir Victoria – room only
Delve into this lively city on foot or by bike and you’ll discover notable museums like the McCord Museum of Canadian History, one of the largest cathedrals in North America – the Notre Dame Basilica – and over 3,000 shops and services in the downtown core. Your centrally located hotel is just a short stroll from the elegant shops of Sainte-Catherine and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Stay: Two nights in a quad room at Espresso Hotel – bed & breakfast
Montreal – London
Today you will say goodbye to Montreal and head to the airport in time to catch your overnight flight back to London.
What was particularly impressive was the way in which Catherine listened to what we like to do and combined all of this in a destination we would not have considered - a truly terrific effort.- OL, Caribbean, 2014