The Niagara Falls, of course. But your Best of the East tour will also include some equally famous, and involving destinations.
Like the buzzing city of Toronto with its waterfront and vibrant downtown area. Like the natural wonders of Lake Ontario and Algonquin Pak. Like the capital city of Ottawa, the Laurentians, the French-inspired Quebec City and Montreal.
Wherever you look in Toronto you’re presented with a spectacle. The harbour front, for example, with its chic restaurants and waterside bars. The Toronto Islands, the soaring CN Tower – one of the world’s largest free-standing structures – the Skydome and Ontario Place. Then there’s the downtown area, featuring the world class Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Science Centre.
Stay: Two nights in the Ritz Carlton with city view.
Niagara on the Lake
The world famous Maid of the Mist takes you into the thunderous clouds of the Niagara Falls, to the edge of the 167 foot high wall of crashing water. You can also see the falls from above, from the Skylon Tower, or visit Casino Niagara and the Butterfly Conservatory before touring the well-preserved 19th century town of Niagara on the Lake.
Stay: One night in the Pillar and Post Inn.
Head for Algonquin Park, but take some time out to visit Marie Among the Hurons – a historic depiction of a 17th century fortress – and the wonderful Muskokas Lake region with its dramatic granite outcrops and choice of over 1600 freshwater lakes. Hike through the wilderness of Algonquin Park, observing the wildlife and canoeing along its tranquil waterways.
Stay: Two nights in a one bed cabin, half board.
Immerse yourself in the culture of Ottawa, from the impressive Parliament Buildings overlooking the mighty Ottawa River to the National War Museum in Confederation Square. Then there are must-see places like the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Sparks Street Mall and the By Ward Market crammed with cafés, craft shops, farmers’ stalls, restaurants and clubs. The Ottawa Locks in the Rideau Canal are also easily accessible.
Stay: Two nights in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Set off for the European-style resort of Mont Tremblant, reckoned to be the jewel of the Laurentians Range. But on the way take the opportunity to see more wildlife in Montebello’s Omega Park and black bears in the nearby Kenauk Reserve. At the resort you can experience kayaking, horse riding, rafting, helicopter tours, hiking, ATV rides and spa days.
Stay: Two nights in the Quintessence Hotel.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore the cobbled streets, artisan shops, museums, quaint cafés, 17th century buildings and the fortified city walls of the old city of Quebec and you’ll understand why it is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Plains of Abraham and the atmospheric Chateau Frontenac.
Stay: Two nights in Auberge St Antoine.
Even the route into Montreal is picturesque if you follow the St Lawrence River through forests, rich farmland and tiny villages. And Montreal itself will not disappoint. This cosmopolitan city presents you with the majestic Notre Dame Basilica surrounded by the old city, quiet residential and financial districts, the French Quarter and McGill University. Not to mention some of the finest shopping in North America. Take walking or biking tours, and climb to the observation point on Mount Royal for unrivalled views.
Stay: Two nights in Hotel le Germain.
Travel to the airport for your return flight home.