- 14 Days
- 14 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,369
FIRST CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Venture into a whirlwind adventure starting with the urban energy of Toronto, before travelling to world-famous Niagara Falls. Kitchener and the 30,000 Island region, the world's largest freshwater archipelago are a great showcase for rural Ontario. The nation’s capital, Ottawa, calls next, before you enter Québec via the Laurentian Mountains to discover the delightful cultural attractions of Québec City and Montréal. On your way back to Toronto, the magnificent Thousand Islands region is another memorable stop on this trip.
This 14-day trip combines amazing nature with some of Canada’s most diverse and exciting cities.
Arriving in Toronto, you should have time to explore one of the world’s most cultured cities. Shop the upscale stores of Yorkville, or the trendy boutiques of Leslieville; both easily reached by public transit.
The next day, take time to check out some of the many multicultural neighbourhoods, including Little Italy, Chinatown, Little India and Greektown. Travel to the top of the CN Tower for astonishing views, or take in the Hockey Hall of Fame or Ripley’s Aquarium.
From Toronto you’ll head south to the Niagara Region, famous for growing fruits and some of the world’s best wines. Niagara-on-the-Lake is an historic village with charm to spare and fun, boutique stores. Grab a tasty gelato and stroll the main street. Take a drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway to reach Niagara Falls.
Admire the view of the falls or take in the Hornblower Cruise trip to the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls before heading to Waterloo Region. More than half a million visitors head to the region’s Oktoberfest parties and events in the fall. You’ll also find the delightful St. Jacob’s Market and the Grand River Valley, home to more than 50 km’s of hiking, jogging and cycling trails.
Travelling north to the shores of Georgian Bay, you’ll venture into the heart of Central Ontario and the rural town of Midland - your gateway to the picturesque 30,000 islands. Visit the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay Islands National Park or the Huronia Museum and Indian Village.
From Midland you’ll head east, where you can check out the wilderness wonders of Algonquin Provincial Park, the most popular park in Ontario. Pembroke, your final destination of the day, is a multicultural mosaic of settlers from around the world.
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Quebec-Ontario border. Once you’re in Ottawa, explore the Byward Market or take a cruise on either the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today your adventure carries a delightfully French flavour when you head north into the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. Visiting St. Jovite and MontTremblant Park, you’ll uncover the scenic beauty that attracts travellers from around the world.
Leave the car behind today and enjoy all the resort has to offer. Stroll through the pedestrian village or take a gondola to the top of the ski hill for tremendous mountain views. There’s also great golf.
From here it’s on to the wonders of Quebec City, the cradle of the North America’s French heritage. Try a lovely French meal at one of the many restaurants. One of the best parts of the city is the romantic Quartier Petit Champlain, with narrow, cobblestone streets and engaging boutique shops.
From Quebec City it’s on to Montreal. Try the giant waterfront Ferris Wheel, called Le Grande Roue, or rent a bike and head west to the lovely Atwater Market for great food. Check out the history of Montreal and relics from the 17th century at the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History in the old city.
From Montreal it’s on to the pretty town of Gananoque on the St. Lawrence River. Don’t miss a chance to cruise the Thousand Islands, where you’ll admire stunning castles and deep blue water dotted with forested islands.
- 14 Days
- 14 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,369
Itinerary View Trip Map
Arrival in Toronto
Arrive at Pearson International Airport, Toronto, and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The Roadbook you received has all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. The Remainder of your day is at leisure, perhaps shopping at the Eaton Centre or sampling the fine cuisine and nightlife of Toronto.
Be ready to explore the many facets of this world-class destination. Toronto boasts a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighborhoods. From Chinatown to Little Italy, Greektown on the Danforth to Little Portugal, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of cultural variety within one city. Among the highlights that might interest you are the CN Tower and spectacular Rogers Centre, Ontario Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre, or the Royal Ontario Museum.
Toronto to Niagara Falls (128 km / 80 miles)
Today’s route leads south, skirting the Niagara Escarpment and traversing the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. You will discover the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake which proudly displays its 19-century heritage. Take some time to browse through the quaint shops and boutiques before continuing along the scenic Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls.
Overnight Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls to Kitchener (140 km / 87 miles)
This charming rural region is not only home to the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College, but welcomes over 600,000 visitors to its unique brand of Oktoberfest each year. Founded in 1784, Kitchener is the gateway to the Grand River Valley - world renowned for its natural beauty, and local watershed conservation areas, the valley offers over 30 miles of community trails for hiking, jogging, cycling, or birdwatching.
DAY 5 - Kitchener to Midland (190 km / 118 miles)
Travelling north to the shores of Georgian Bay, you’ll venture into the heart of Central Ontario and the rural town of Midland - your gateway to the picturesque 30,000 islands. Founded by pioneering Jesuits, Midland offers visitors a rich diversity of historical and natural beauty to admire. You can fill your day visiting Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Huronia Museum and Indian Village, Huronia Historical Parks Discovery Harbour, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, and The Martyrs' Shrine.
Midland to Pembroke (345 km / 214 miles)
Venturing further east towards the Ottawa Valley region today, take some time to explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park, renowned for its hiking trails and canoe routes that invite you to discover the diverse beauty of the area’s flora and fauna. Pembroke, your final destination of the day is a multicultural mosaic of English, Scottish, Polish, Irish, German, Indian, French, Greek and Chinese settlers.
Pembroke to Ottawa (147 km / 91 miles)
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Quebec-Ontario border, passing typical rural towns, such as Renfrew and Arnprior. Explore the capital region and the Parliament Buildings or take a cruise on the Ottawa River.
Ottawa to Tremblant (153 km 95 miles)
Today your adventure carries a delightfully French flavor when you head north into the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. Visiting St. Jovite and MontTremblant Park, Quebec's oldest provincial park, you’ll uncover the scenic beauty that attracts travelers from around the world. Relax and take your time to enjoy the luxury resort area of Tremblant which invites you to stroll through its beautiful pedestrian village.
Leave the car behind today and enjoy all the resort has to offer. Tremblant is world-renowned as a four-season destination, and you have a variety of options at your fingertips. You can rent a mountain bike and hit the mountain trails or explore the area on foot whilst keeping a lookout for resident wildlife. If golf is more to your liking, Tremblant has two challenging courses as well as the Tremblant Golf Academy. There is a beach club offering beach sports and a watersport center renting inner tubes, wakeboards, and boats such as canoes, kayaks, and sailboats. It’s a good idea to stop by the activity center first to gather some information.
Tremblant to Québec City (368 km / 229 miles)
A European adventure in Canada? Oui! When you reach your destination today, you’ll be entranced by Quebec City, Canada's oldest city and North America’s cradle of French heritage. Finish your day with a meal in one of the city’s many marvelous restaurants and think about discovering what lies behind its impressive walls that surround it.
Overnight Québec City
The best way to see the numerous historic buildings and experience the city’s unique French culture is to take a leisurely walk through the enchanting, cobbled streets, and narrow laneways. In Quebec Don’t miss a visit to The Fortifications, a historic national park, Place Royale, the Basilica, or the dramatic shrine at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre. If you have time, a little outside the city are wonderfully natural settings of Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans.
Overnight in Quebec City
Québec City to Montréal (256 km / 159 miles)
This morning, follow the St. Lawrence River southwest until you reach the modern interpretation of Quebecois renaissance, the thriving city of Montreal. You can spend the day creating your own urban adventure that might include the Notre-Dame Basilica, Place d'Armes, rue St. Catherine, Old Montreal, the "underground city", Mont-Royal Park, the Biodome de Montreal and Insectarium, Olympic Stadium, botanical gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts, and the Oratoire St. Joseph. Spend the evening exploring this cosmopolitan Centre’s bustling nightlife and gourmet restaurants.
Montréal to Gananoque* (258 km / 160 miles)
Departing from Montréal, you will drive west across the border into rural Ontario until you enter the beautiful Thousand Islands region, where forested islands lie amid tranquil lakes. Take to the water and step aboard a cruise* 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.
Gananoque to Toronto (289 km / 180 miles)
Take a leisurely drive along Lake Ontario and return to Toronto's Pearson International Airport to check in for your return flight, or your hotel if you plan to extend your stay
Daily departures: May 1 - October 19, 2023
- 14 days Intermediate Car Rental with unlimited mileage (Toyota Corolla or similar)
- Customized Self-Drive Roadbook (Digital version)
- 2 nights first-class accommodations in Toronto
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Niagara Falls
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Kitchener
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Midland
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Pembroke
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Ottawa
- 2 nights first-class accommodations in Tremblant
- 2 nights first-class accommodations in Quebec City
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Montreal
- 1 night first-class accommodations in Gananoque (not included for departures during Sep 29 - Oct 15)
- Shared Rockport - 1-hour 1000 Islands cruise (not included for departures Sep 29 - Oct 15)
- Car rental insurance
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Road tolls
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request. Additional terms and conditions apply for car rental - please inquire.
1 May 2023