Comprised of the sprawling province of Ontario, which stretches from the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes to Hudson Bay's frozen shores, and the vast predominantly French speaking province of Quebec, Eastern Canada has lots to shout about with fun-filled cities, diverse landscapes, a rich culture, festivals galore and outdoor adventure aplenty.
In the province of Ontario, trendsetting Toronto is the heartbeat of Canadian urban life and enjoys an impressive location beside Lake Ontario. With everything from world-class dining and entertainment to sports, culture fantastic shopping, an eclectic nightlife and top-tier attractions Toronto has lots of appeal.
Just two hours drive from Toronto is the must-see Niagara Falls. Whether you see them from above or from underneath, you have to see them somehow. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, a flawless mix of charm and excitement with a never-ending list of things to see and do.
Ontario isn’t all about urban life, it also has its fill of nature too. Top spots include Algonquin Provincial Park, where there’s canoeing, hiking and wildlife viewing; Kingston for vibrant art, rich history and gateway to the Thousand Islands; and Muskoka for golf, stunning scenery and excellent local brews.
Neighbouring Québec province is where you’ll find big and buzzing Montréal, which is also the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. In complete contrast, small and intimate Québec City is steeped in old world charm and French style; it’s also the only fortified city north of Mexico.
Just 45 minutes from Montréal are the lovely Laurentian Mountains, a four-season destination of beautiful lakes, picturesque villages and exceptional ski slopes. Take time to also explore the pretty Charlevoix region, which sits between a semi-circular range of mountains and the St Lawrence River; or head to the Mauricie region where the scenery is stunning, the history and heritage is absorbing and activities such as hiking, whale watching, canoeing and snowmobiling (winter) can all be enjoyed.
GMT -5 hours
The flying time from the UK to Toronto or Ottawa is around 8 hours; while Montreal is about 71/2 hours. There are no non-stop flights to Quebec City so flying time with a stopover is approximately 91/2 hours from the UK
While it is a year round destination, the summer months of June, July and August are considered the peak tourist season, with warm temperatures ideal for outdoor activities. Autumn is a colourful time to visit as the leaves change colour, while Spring brings mild temperatures and rainfall. Winters can be cold, with heavy snow in February and March.