Great Parks of the East
Duration: 14 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £1999pp
Toronto 1 night
Midland 1 night
Huntsville 2 nights
Ottawa 1 night
Tremblant 2 nights
Québec City 2 nights
St Michel-des-Saints 2 nights
Montréal 1 night
Kingston 1 night
Niagara Falls 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Toronto. On arrival collect your car and make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Toronto/Midland: Head out of the city and enjoy the scenic drive to Huron country with a detour through Penetanguishene, an old native village. We suggest you visit Georgian Bay’s “30,000 Islands” and take a tour of the Jesuit mission at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. Continue to Midland for your overnight stay (99 miles).
Day 3 Midland/Huntsville: Leaving Midland, the road leads north east to century-old Algonquin Provincial Park and the beautiful Muskoka region. Overnight near Huntsville (85 miles).
Day 4 Huntsville: The Huntsville area offers all manner of outdoor activities, such as golf, boat cruises, horseback riding and hiking trails, so you’ll have lots of options for enjoying the great outdoors. A short drive away are Lion’s Lookout Park or Muskoka Pioneer Village.
Day 5 Huntsville/Ottawa: Journey into Quebec province and to Gatineau Park, which has miles of bicycle paths and fascinating views from lookouts over the river. Continue to the nation’s capital, Ottawa (217 miles).
Day 6 Ottawa/Tremblant: Take the time to admire the Parliament Buildings or maybe take a boat cruise on the Ottawa River. From Ottawa, it’s just a short drive into the Laurentian Mountains for Tremblant (95 miles).
Day 7 Tremblant: A full day to make the most of the Laurentians. We recommend taking an excursion to the village of St Jovite and Mont-Tremblant Park, which is Quebec’s oldest provincial park.
Day 8 Tremblant/Quebec City: Head off for a scenic drive on the Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first year-round carriageway, which takes you past numerous historical French-Canadian villages. Trois-Rivieres is Quebec’s second oldest city and many of its streets are characterised by 18th century style structures and galleries. In Bastican, you can view the stone presbytery that is an architectural gem and perhaps see historical craft demonstrations. Continue to Quebec City (228 miles).
Day 9 Quebec City: Full day in Quebec City, Canada’s oldest city. Highlights include the Fortifications, a national historic park; Place Royale and Old Quebec, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; or the Montmorency Falls.
Day 10 Quebec City/St Michel-des-Saints: Soak up the views as you drive the fertile plains and rolling hills of the Mauricie/Bois-Francs and Lanaudiere regions, bound for the forests and unspoiled scenery of the Quebec hinterlands (174 miles).
Day 11 St Michel-des-Saints: Stunning scenery surrounds you at Reservoir Taureau and Baie du Milieu, with numerous outdoor activities at your disposal, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking or sailing. Alternatively, head for the hills along the hiking trails.
Day 12 St Michel-des-Saints/Montreal: Traverse the Lanaudiere region and its numerous lakes. Stop in Berthierville and visit the Gilles Villeneuve Museum, then continue to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Montreal. Top sights and attractions include Notre-Dame Basilica, the Olympic site, the Biodome, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mt Royal Park, Casino and the underground city (103 miles).
Day 13 Montreal/Kingston: Cross the border into Ontario and explore the tranquillity of the Thousand Islands region. Visit Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Old Fort Henry or take a leisurely cruise through the Thousand Islands (178 miles).
Day 14 Kingston/Niagara Falls: Drive along Lake Ontario, skirting Ontario's capital, Toronto, to reach Niagara Falls and make a stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a charming 19th century village. Once in Niagara Falls, put on your rain jacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage To The Falls tour will take you to the American Falls before sailing past massive rock formations to the magnificent sight of the thundering Horseshoe Falls. Overnight in Niagara Falls (242 miles).
Day 15 Niagara Falls/Toronto: Drive back to Toronto airport where you’ll return your car, and your tour concludes with your onward journey.
Departures: On selected dates between 01 May-21 Oct 21.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown includes international flights, 15 days group B car hire, 14 nights accommodation in 3* hotels, use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, mountain bikes (1 hour) or sailboats (1 hour) at Auberge du Lac on day 11, Hornblower Niagara Cruises – Voyage to the Falls on day 14 and personalised Canada roadbook.
The tour is also available with 4* hotels throughout.