Quebec and Ontario Explorer
Day 1 Montreal
Arrive at any time. Meet and greet in Montreal by your CEO in the evening. Enjoy an optional group dinner and trip presentation.
Day 2 Montreal (1B)
This morning we take a walk through historic old Montreal. In your free time try popular optional activities like climbing Mont Royal or visit museums and galleries. A full day to discover Montreal with its 17th and 18th century streets and architecture, its fine restaurants and boutiques, the Mount-Royal mountain park and the Old Port. You can explore the city by foot or rent a «Bixi» to cycle on one of the many cycling paths throughout the city. To learn about Montreal history and architecture, visit the Pointe-à-Callière Museum or visit the Biodôme where you could explore ecosystems of the Americas: tropical rainforest, Laurentian maple forest, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador coast, sub-Antarctic islands. Try the famous Montreal Smoked-Meet sandwich, sesame bagels (the best on earth!) and a local beer at one of the many micro-breweries.
Day 3 Ottawa (1B,1L)
Traveling west towards the capital, we stop for a typical Quebec cultural experience. In a sugar shack, a traditional meal will be served with the magic ingredient, maple syrup. A visit of the site will help you understand how this special ingredient is made from the sap of maple trees. Continuing to Ottawa, we have the chance to visit different sites such as the Rideau Canal, Ontario's first UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historic Parliament Hill, the seat of Canada's National Government. Also chance to visit Ottawa's ByWard Market offering one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, a thriving nightlife, and Canada's oldest continuously operating farmers' market. Approximate Distance: 200 km Estimated Travel Time: 8hrs (including lunch and an orientation walk)
Day 4-5 Algonquin Region (2B, 2L, 2D)
Trade the city for pristine nature in Algonquin region where we spend two nights in lakeside cottages enjoying the great Canadian outdoors. Enjoy a campfire, hike the many trails and go canoeing. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, beavers, black bears and other wildlife. The quintessential Canadian experience as this is what the locals do to relax in the summer. The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes and rivers. The best way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. Over 2400 lakes and 1200 kilometres of streams and rivers flow within this park, including Canoe Lake and the Petewawa, Nipissing, Madawaska, and Tim rivers. Upon arrival at the cottages, we settle in by the lake for the next 2 nights. Our local guide will teach us how to control our canoe and paddle in teams on Kawawaymog Lake. You will have the chance to learn an authentic way of traveling, historically used by explorers and fur traders in Canada. Relax on the floating sauna at the end of the day and enjoy a great dinner. On day 5, we enjoy a hike in the surrounding forest and trip by canoe with wildlife interpretation, looking for loons, moose and beavers. Algonquin is the perfect place to connect with nature and relax. Our local guide will prepare breakfast and lunch, and a BBQ meal on our return at the cottage. For those not interested in the hiking or canoe excursions - no problem, you can remain at the cottage relaxing, swimming and enjoying the peace of this isolated slice of nature. Day 4 - Approximate Distance: 300 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 6-7 Niagara Falls (2B,1L)
Travel to Niagara Falls where we take a walk to view the illuminated falls this evening. On Day 7 visit the wine region of Niagara-on-the-Lake for a winery visit and tasting. Option to rent bikes, explore on your own or take the boat to get a closer look at one of the great natural wonders of the world. On your last morning in the park, we’ll hike to a forest lookout enjoying the pure fresh air. This afternoon, drive to Niagara Falls and enjoy the stunning views of this natural icon. Optional cruise: you can get into the action by boarding the ‘Maid of the Mist’, a small boat taking you to the heart of the falls. On Day 7, excursion to the colonial town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Discover this quiet village with its Victorian architecture and many wineries. This is where Ice wine is produced – you have to try some, albeit in moderation! We stop for a visit of one of the wineries for a tasting tour then you can walk through the village at your own pace or rent a bike to cycle along the wineries. Return to Niagara Falls at the end of the day. Optional helicopter flight over the falls. Day 6 - Approximate Distance: 420 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)
Day 8 Toronto (1B)
Head to Toronto where we take an orientation walk downtown. Option to visit the CN Tower, take a harbour cruise or explore some of the many culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Approximate Distance: 130 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops and an orientation walk)
Day 9 Toronto (1B)
Depart at any time.