Just as its name suggests, this escorted tour holiday to Canada is all about the contrasting landscapes this magnificent country has to offer. From its vibrant, cosmopolitan cities to the rugged wilderness of British Columbia and the breathtaking Niagara Falls, this Canadian holiday has it all. You’ll journey through snow-fringed mountains, rolling ranchland and dramatic fjords to experience truly special Canadian moments. Become a cultural explorer in vibrant cities and encounter romance on far frontiers where native tribesmen hunted and cowboys, trappers and prospectors forged new lives.
Begin your holiday exploring the cosmopolitan city of Toronto before one of the undoubted highlights of the trip, an excursion to Niagara Falls. From there continue on through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway to Ottawa and then onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quebec City. Next up, and your last stop in Eastern Canada, is Montreal, a dynamic city with a distinctly European feel to it. You’ll then head back to Toronto from where you will fly to Calgary to begin the Western Canada part of your holiday.
You’ll land in Calgary from where you will set out to discover the beautiful wilderness and stunning scenery of Alberta and British Columbia. Visit the Banff and its stunning national park and take an optional excursion to the Columbia Icefield and Lake Louise. You’ll also travel along the Trans- Canada Highway from Canmore to Kamloops and enjoy some of the most spectacular vistas on earth as you continue on to Whistler. We recommend an optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park giving you a view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. From Whistler travel along the Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver, the last stop on this fantastic holiday to Canada.
Arrival in Toronto
Toronto to Niagara Falls Excursion
Toronto to Ottawa
Ottawa to Quebec City
Quebec City to Montreal
Montreal to Toronto
Toronto to Calgary (flight)
Calgary to Banff National Park / Canmore
Canmore/Banff National Park
Canmore to Kamloops
Kamloops to Whistler
Whistler to Vancouver
End of Tour
Day 1 Arrival in Toronto
Arrive at Toronto and transfer independently to your hotel. After checking in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free to explore. Discover the delights of Toronto’s colourful neighbourhoods, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower, experience the lively theatre district and indulge in one of the numerous restaurants.
Day 2 Toronto to Niagara Falls Excursion
This morning you meet fellow travellers before setting out to discover the many identities of the Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. After a sightseeing tour of the City we head for the Niagara Peninsula passing through outlying communities and towns along the shores of Lake Ontario on route to Niagara Falls.
Day 3 Toronto to Ottawa
Leaving Toronto behind we drive east towards Ottawa through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway. Upon arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Nation’s Capital. Defined by the Rideau Canal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the government buildings on Parliament Hill, the city offers many great sights including the public gardens, the Byward Market and City Hall.
Day 4 Ottawa to Quebec City
This morning we travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Quebec skirting the magnificent Laurentians. On arrival we tour within the walls of the old city and view the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park.
Day 5 Quebec City
A day of leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. Enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including 3-hours of whale-watching on the St. Lawrence River. You will also visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls that are 30 metres higher than Nagara.
Day 6 Quebec City to Montreal
Departing Quebec City we drive along the St.-Lawrence River in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival in Montreal, we tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. The dynamic city of Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity.
Day 7 Montreal to Toronto
Today’s journey takes us back to Toronto. On route will be a stop in Rockport you have an option of enjoying an entertaining and relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1000 group of islands.
Day 8 Toronto to Calgary (flight)
Today we take a flight over the prairie grain fields of central Canada to Calgary. Upon arrival in Calgary, we make our way to our downtown hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 Calgary to Banff National Park / Canmore
We set out early this morning to tour the sights of Calgary taking in modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. We tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes and see landmark Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain.
Day 10 Canmore/Banff National Park
A day of leisure to explore the Banff area and browse the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue. An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield starting with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield we board an Ice Explorer that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. We return to Banff late in the afternoon. You may also take an optional helicopter tour of the world famous Three Sisters mountains.
Day 11 Canmore to Kamloops
Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s. We continue our tour of the Canadian parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. continuing through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops
Day 12 Kamloops to Whistler
Expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you a view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 13 Whistler to Vancouver
We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through dramatic landscapes of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. On arrival in Vancouver we take a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more.
Day 14 Vancouver
The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver. Shop on Robson Street, relax in Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island. If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain. You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage.
Day 15 End of Tour
The time has come to say farewell to Canada. Individual transfer to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.