Eastern Canada Holidays

The eastern provinces of Canada – Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – offer chic cities, an abundance of sights, natural wonders, incredible landscapes, and an entirely different experience depending on the season..

Where better to begin explorations of this region than the understated city of Toronto which enjoys a stunning location on the banks of Lake Ontario. Canada's largest city is an astonishing mosaic of cultures and lifestyles which brims with fantastic shopping, an eclectic nightlife and attractions such as the iconic CN Tower. The mighty Niagara Falls is just two hours drive away and one of those places which you must experience. Ontario is also home to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, a showcase of national sites, monuments, museums and the arts along with Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal – where you can experience the world's largest skating rink in winter and an amazing recreational waterway in the spring and summer.

Ontario's countryside will suit those seeking adventure or relaxation. From Huntsville, which is the gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park, where there's canoeing, hiking and wildlife viewing to be found; the fishing village of Tobermory which sits on the edge of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay; to Mantoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world.

Small and intimate Québec City has a lovely French style and its old town (Vieux-Québec), the only walled city in North America, has narrow streets clustered between the ramparts of Haute Ville and the Old Port. In complete contrast, the city of Montréal is big and buzzing; it's also the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Its Underground City is home to over 2,000 shops and if eating out is your thing, there are plenty of superb restaurants.

Just 45 minutes from Montréal are the lovely Laurentian Mountains with beautiful lakes and picturesque villages. Other places to explore in Québec Province include the Charlevoix region, the Maurice region where the scenery is stunning and activities such as hiking, whale watching, canoeing and snowmobiling (winter) are also available.

The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are perfect for those seeking something a little different. New Brunswick is home to Canada's oldest city, St John, which lies along the Bay of Fundy, while further up river, you will find the "City of Stately Elms" - historic Fredericton.

Nova Scotia - or New Scotland - is so named, due to the many Scots who emigrated here. Shaped like a lobster, no point in the province is more than 35 miles from the sea and its hauntingly lonely beaches are one of its finest attractions. Other popular places to visit include Halifax, Dartmouth, the village of Peggy's Cove and Cape Breton Island.

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, linked by an impressive eight mile bridge to the mainland of New Brunswick. Don't miss elegant Charlottetown, or Cavendish the setting of the book Anne of Green Gables.

The remote region of Newfoundland with its craggy coastline, mountains and lakes is home to less than four people per square mile, a fifth of whom live in the capital St John's on the east coast.

    Why visit Eastern Canada?
  • Atmospheric cities
  • Spectacular landscapes
  • Majestic Niagara Falls
  • Touring options
  • Historical attractions
  • Fascinating culture
  • Remote Atlantic region


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Essential facts about Eastern Canada
Local Time

GMT -5 hours (Ontario & Quebec); GMT -4 hours (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island); GMT -3.5 hours (Newfoundland)

Currency

Canadian dollar

Travel information

The flying time from the UK to Toronto or Ottawa is around 8 hours; Montreal is about 71/2 hours, while Halifax is approximately 7 hours. There are no non-stop flights to Quebec City so flying time with a stopover is approximately 91/2 hours from the UK

Best time to go

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. However, in Newfoundland, you may still see icebergs! 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.