• Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Great Parks of the East

Take a journey through the incredible parks of Ontario and Québec on this 14 night self drive tour soaking up the breath taking scenery, fascinating culture and unforgettable wildlife.

Begin in cool and cosmopolitan city of Toronto, where you can explore its vibrant neighbourhoods and soak up its endless entertainment before heading out on an epic adventure, beginning with Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. Explore the park's incredible vistas, lakes and abundant wildlife, with moose, white-tailed deer, beaver and black bear all to be spotted. Enjoy a brief stay in Canada's capital city, Ottawa discovering the history behind some of its most famous sights before returning to the fantastic nature and tranquillity of the Quebec province. Explore the rolling green landscape dotted with picturesque lakes, towering mountains and quaint villages with friendly French-speaking locals. Take some time out from the countryside in Montréal and Québec City - famous for their captivating history and 'joie de vivre'. End your journey by travelling back through Ontario's countryside, along the Thousand Island region before reaching the natural thundering splendour of Niagara Falls - the perfect end to this awe-inspiring holiday.

Duration
15 days
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Take in the iconic sights and world-class entertainment in Toronto and Ottawa
  • Spot bears, moose, deer and beaver in stunning Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario

Collect your hire car and make your way to your downtown hotel on your arrival into Toronto. Spend the remainder of your day exploring this buzzing city - take a trip up to the top of the CN Tower for panoramic views, wander amongst the boutique shops and cafés in the city's historical Distillery District or even take the ferry over to Toronto Islands to watch the evening sunset over the city skyline. Enjoy dinner in a gourmet waterfront restaurant or take in a hit show or musical before spending overnight in your downtown hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chelsea Hotel or similar

Begin your adventure today as you hit the road to really explore the Ontario Province. Take a scenic drive north from Toronto, through Huron country before making a stop at Penetanguishene, where you can discover its fascinating First Nations history and culture. Continue on to Georgian Bay's breath taking '3000 Islands' and take in its incredible white sand beaches or even paddleboard out on its clear turquoise waters. Stay overnight in friendly Midland, situated on a picturesque harbour, the town is famous for its bright murals, as well as its boutiques and restaurants.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Quality Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Midland or similar

Leave Midland behind and head north-east to the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario with its vast expanse of stunning forested landscapes ready to be explored. Overnight in the region's main town, Huntsville and spend the remainder of the day enjoying its horseback riding trails, boat cruises and friendly bars and restaurants.

The following morning, visit Canada's oldest Provincial Park, Algonquin and take in its spectacular scenery on a guided hike, by boat on the many lakes or even canoe its rivers to spot moose, white-tailed deer, beavers and even black bears.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Deerhurst Resort or Hidden Valley Resort or similar

Head out on the road again today as you continue through Ontario following the winding Ottawa River before crossing the border in to Quebec's Gatineau Park. Hire a bike and take some time to enjoy its trails, many of which have fantastic views over the river and Canada's capital Ottawa in the distance. Spend the remainder of the day and overnight in Canada's capital Ottawa where you can visit any of its world-class museums, or even take a tour of Parliament Hill and make sure to head to Byward Market and try a Beavertail.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre or Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliamant Hill or similar

Take some extra time to enjoy Ottawa, perhaps with a leisurely cruise on Ottawa River for incredible views of the city's iconic buildings or hire a bike and ride along the scenic Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the short drive from Ottawa into the Laurentian Mountains in Québec and marvel at the rounded mountaintops and rolling hills before arriving in Tremblant for your overnight stop.

Head out and spend the following day getting to grips with this premier mountain resort, with hiking and bike trails to be enjoyed - as well as fantastic shops, spas, bars and restaurants. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Suites Tremblant - Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant or Fairmont Tremblant or similar

Enjoy a scenic drive on the Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first year-round carriageway and take some time to visit the quaint French-Canadian villages on your way to Trois-Rivieres. As Québec’s second-oldest city, Trois-Rivieres' streets are characterised by 18th-century style structures and galleries - perfect for wandering amongst. Continue your drive and overnight in Québec City.

After a restful night, spend a full day exploring Canada's oldest and one of its most beautiful cities - Québec City. Take a fascinating walking tour of the old fortifications surrounding the city - designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO or journey slightly outside the city to the scenic Montmorency Falls which are taller than Niagara Falls and surrounded by a fantastic park. Spend the evening enjoying a leisurely dinner and strolling the romantic cobble streets before returning to your hotel.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec or Hotel Le Concorde or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec or similar

Hit the road again today and begin with a picturesque drive through the fertile plains and rolling hills of the Mauricie / Bois-Francs and Lanaudiere regions, bound for the leafy forests and the totally unspoilt scenery of the Québec hinterlands - don't forget to stop for amazing photo opportunities. Overnight in the charming town of St.Michel-des-Saints.

Spend the following day discovering the beautiful surrounding scenery Reservoir Taureau and Baie du Milieu and take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities at your disposal from canoeing or kayaking to mountain biking or sailing. Alternatively, head for the hills along the hiking trails with panoramic views. Spend the night again in nearby St. Michel-des-Saints.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Auberge du Lac Taureau - Hotellerie Champetreor Lac à l'Eau Claire - Hotellerie Champetre or similar

Continue your adventure through the Québec countryside today and traverse the Lanaudiere region with its abundant glittering lakes. Take a rest stop in Berthierville and enjoy a picnic lunch with locally produced breads and cheeses before taking some time to visit the Gilles Villeneuve Museum, dedicated to the famous Formula 1 driver. Continue your drive before arriving in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montréal where you will overnight. Spend the remainder of the day getting to know the city with a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, shopping in the famous underground city or a stroll through Mont Royal Park with its spectacular city views.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Marriott Chateau Champlain or Delta Hotels by Marriott Montréal or similar

Hop back in the car this morning and cross the border back into Ontario to enjoy the tranquillity and unique beauty as you journey along the endless glittering shorelines of the Thousand Islands region. Take some stops to enjoy the rich history with visits to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Old Fort Henry or take a leisurely cruise to see the crystal clear turquoise waters up close. Arrive in Kingston where you will overnight and spend the evening soaking up the city's nightlife with world-class farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries and theatres to be enjoyed.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton Kingstonor Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront or similar

Enjoy a further drive along the shore of Lake Ontario this morning, skirting Ontario's capital, Toronto before reaching the charming 19th-century village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend some time wandering the farm markets and wineries or even take a horse and carriage ride through the Old Town before heading back on the road, along the picturesque Niagara Parkway before reaching the stunning natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Be awed by the majestic thundering waters whether its up close on the included Hornblower Voyage To The Falls tour or up high on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour. Spend overnight in Niagara Falls for a chance for extra unsurpassed photo opportunities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsviewor Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton or similar

Take a last chance to enjoy the incredible wonder of Niagara Falls, perhaps with breakfast overlooking the falls in one of the world-class fallsview restaurants, before soaking up the stunning scenery of the Niagara region on your way back to Toronto International Airport where you will drop off your car and board your return flight home.

Included

  • Accommodation for 14 nights (room only basis)
  • Days 10 & 11: Auberge du Lac Taureau - use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, montain bikes (1 hour) or sailboats (1 hour), access to beach, indoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Day 14: Niagara Falls - Hornblower Voyage To The Falls Cruise
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook with attractions, daily itineraries, provincial maps, city guides, hotel vouchers and day to day mapping

Not included

  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Car rental, taxes and insurance