Eastern Canada in Depth

  • days: 19
  • from $11,995

Flights Included

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Countries Visited:

  • Canada

Description

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1 country
2 provinces
9 cities

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2 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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There’s so much more to Canada than the thundering waters of Niagara Falls and Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets. Prepare for an immersive and authentic Canadian experience as you taste Niagara-on-the-Lake's famous ice wines, whale watch along the St Lawrence river, drive through diverse wilderness and eat lunch at an authentic sugar shack.

Discover Canada

From Toronto and back again, travel through beautiful wilderness country on your way to visiting some of Eastern Canada's best spots. Explore the charming 19th-century preservation village of Niagara-On-The-Lakes, including a winery tour and tasting, and a boat trip to the foot of the mighty Niagara Falls. En route to Ottawa, learn more about the French Jesuit settlement of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, first established in 1963, and drive through the pristine Algonquin Provincial Park, home to moose and bears. Enjoy a maple syrup-enhanced lunch at an authentic 'sugar shack' (where sap from sugar maples is collected and turned into syrup) and indulge in pancakes, bacon, waffles and sugar pie. 

French Heritage

Step back in time in the cobblestone streets of stunning French colonial 'Vieux Montreal', tour the gothic-revival Notre Dame Basilica and enjoy the atmosphere of the lively Latin Quarter. Learn more about Old Montreal's historic and culinary charms on a walking food tour. Wander the streets of Quebec's heritage-listed Old City, try the famous cider of Orleans Island and spend a day searching for whales on the St Lawerence River in Tadoussac.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Toronto 

Welcome to Canada! Some of the most stunning, untouched landscapes in the world lie ahead of us here. But, first things first - let’s get to the hotel and unwind after our flights with a welcome drink.

Day 2. Toronto - Niagara Falls

After travelling through orchards and vineyards, we’ll have time to explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, including its shops and boutiques.

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Special Experience: Prepare to get up close and personal with the thundering Niagara Falls as we travel up the river to the foot of the falls on a thrilling boat ride.

We'll enjoy a welcome dinner tonight at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 3. Niagara Falls

More sightseeing today, starting with a trip down the White Water Walk - a boardwalk running along one of the world’s wildest stretches of white water. We'll see why these Class 6 rapids (the highest rating) are only ever attempted by experts. [B]

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Special Experience: Experience the flavours of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region with a winery tour and tasting session.

Day 4. Niagara Falls - Huntsville

Today we depart Niagara Falls for charming Huntsville, nestled among thick forest, where we’ll enjoy the evening at leisure. [B]

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Special ExperienceVisit the French Jesuit settlement of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, first established in 1693.

Day 5. Huntsville - Ottawa

Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Algonquin Provincial Park on our way to Ottawa. The highway cuts through the heart of this rich hardwood forest, which is home to moose, deer, beavers, black bears and gray wolves. [B]

Day 6. Ottawa

From the lumber and rail centre of bygone days, Ottawa has blossomed into a modern capital with an array of impressive monuments, galleries and museums to explore, which we’ll enjoy today on a sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights include Parliament Hill, the political and cultural heart of the city boasting beautiful gothic parliament buildings atop the hill; the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General; the National Arts Centre, one of the largest multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centres in the world, and; the Byward Market, known for its gourmet specialties, including Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate, and its colourful street art. [B]

Day 7. Ottawa - Mont Tremblant

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Special ExperienceMeet some of the 200 hardworking huskies of Expedition Wolf, experts in dogsledding, in the beautiful forests of Rivière-Rouge.

We’ll also take a Gondola to the top of Mont Tremblant to take in the breathtaking views of this beautifully picturesque town. [B]

Day 8. Mont Tremblant

Take a break and enjoy a relaxing day at leisure before a sunset cruise on Lake Tremblant this evening. [B]

Day 9. Mont Tremblant - Charlevoix

Today we’re travelling east to enjoy the regional charm and rolling hills of Charlevoix, a popular retreat for those looking to escape Quebec’s hustle and bustle. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Enjoy some traditional Canadian hospitality with a delicious, authentic sugar shack lunch at a sugar shack in Trois Rivieres!

Day 10. Charlevoix

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Special ExperienceTake to the water from Tadoussac for a whale watching cruise on the gorgeous St Lawerence River, which is home to 13 species of cetaceans, from blue whales to humpbacks. [B]

Day 11. Charlevoix - Quebec City

We make our way to Quebec City today, stopping along the way to visit an apple orchard on the charming and agriculturally thriving Orleans Island. We'll also make a stop at the lovely Montmorency Falls before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in Quebec City to relax or explore at your own pace. [B] 

Day 12. Quebec City

We’ll get better acquainted with the city on a guided tour this morning, visiting sights such as Lower Town, Battlefield Park and the beautiful cathedrals of the village of Sainte-Anne. [B]

Day 13. Quebec - Montreal

Today we’ll take a guided tour of Montreal. Highlights include the stunning French colonial area of Old Montreal, characterised by its cobblestone streets and lanes; the stunning gothic-revival style Notre Dame Basilica; the charming Latin Quarter; historic McGill University, and; the observation point at the top of Mount Royal, where we’ll enjoy panoramic views. [B]

Day 14. Montreal

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Special Experience: Go behind the scenes and into the kitchens of some of Old Montreal's reputable restaurants, uncovering its delicious historic and cultural culinary charms on a walking food tour.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful and historic city at your own pace. [B,L]

Day 15. Montreal - Kingston

We follow the mighty St Lawrence River back into agricultural Ontario, passing farms, towns and villages on our way to Canada's first capital, Kingston. [B]

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Special ExperienceEnjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising through the 1000 Island area on the beautiful St Lawerence river.

Day 16. Kingston - Toronto

Today we take a guided tour of Toronto. Highlights include the financial and entertainment districts, Old and New City Halls, Chinatown, Queens Park with the Ontario Legislative buildings and the Flat Iron building. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 17. Depart Toronto

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 18. In transit

Day 19. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Canada. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) 
  • 2 nights in the luxurious 5 star Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
  • 2 nights in the Old Stone Inn
  • 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Origins of Canada

  • Spend time browsing the streets and shops in the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 19th century preservation village.
  • Feel the incredible power of Niagara Falls with a boat tour to the foot of the falls.
  • Walk along the White Water Walk boardwalk at the edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Niagara wine region with winery visits and tastings.
  • Visit the French Jesuit settlement of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, first established in 1693.
  • Encounter northern wilderness country with a drive through Algonquin Provincial Park on the way to Ottawa.
  • Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Ottawa, Canada's capital city.
  • Visit the hard-working huskies of Expedition Wolf.
  • Travel to the top of Mt Tremblant by cable car.
  • Enjoy a lake cruise on Lake Tremblant.
  • Visit a traditional sugar shack in Trois Rivieres and enjoy an authentic sugar shack meal.
  • Cruise the Saguenay and St Lawrence Rivers in Tadoussac searching for beluga, finback, humpback and blue whales.
  • Visit an apple orchard on the charming and agriculturally thriving Orleans Island.
  • Admire the Montmorency Falls at the mouth of the Montmorency River.
  • Step back in time in the cobblestone streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Quebec on a city tour.
  • Explore beautiful Montreal on a city tour, including entrance to the stunning gothic style Notre Dame Basilica.
  • Eat your way through Old Montreal on a walking food tour.
  • Relax on a cruise through the stunning maze of islands in the famous Thousand Islands area, at the border of Canada and the United States.
  • Discover the metropolis of Toronto on a city tour, including admission to the CN tower's famous observation deck.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport, Toronto

The stylish Doubletree Toronto Airport offers guests a convenient location and contemporary comforts. The property features a restaurant and bar, convenience store and Starbucks coffee shop, as well as a heated indoor pool and spa, and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge (on request); safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel, Niagara Falls

Built in 1904 as a flour mill and located in the heart of Niagara Falls' entertainment district, the historic Old Stone Inn is a blend of classic character and elegant, well-thought design. The hotel features a destination restaurant, bar/lounge, inviting lounge area with fireplace and an indoor pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge (on request); safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool

Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn, Huntsville

Situated near Hunstville's beach and just 5 minutes from the centre of town, this hotel is an ideal base for exploring Ontario's Muskoka resort region. The property features an indoor pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre and rooms boast cable TV, desks and a lounge area.

Facilities: wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Courtyard by Marriott, Ottawa

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Courtyard by Marriott is just steps from the famous Byward Market and the city's top entertainment district, making it the perfect base for discovering the Canadian capital. The property features a bistro cafe & bar, as well as a lounge and a home theatre in the lobby, an indoor pool and fitness centre. Guest rooms boast plush bedding, desks and Paul Mitchell toiletries.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Mont Tremblant

Conveniently located in Mont Tremblant’s picturesque and charming ski village, Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers spectacular views and comfortable accommodation with all the modern amenities you would expect.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; coffee machine; microwave; fridge, gym; spa; sauna; pool

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie

The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is a historic hotel operated by Fairmont Hotels in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Situated between the sea and mountains in La Malbaie, Quebec, this luxurious castle hotel was first built in 1899 but then burned down in 1928. This hotel features a 27-hole golf course, on-site dining, free wifi, a gym and a spa, and is right next door to the Charlevoix Casino!

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

Hotel PUR, Quebec City

Situated in the heart of Quebec City's hip downtown historic district, St Roch, the stylish and modern Hotel PUR offers guests a comfortable and chic base for discovering the city. The hotel boasts an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, restaurant and coffee shop, and for thrill-seekers, the property even offers rooftop abseiling.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Quebec City

Enjoy one of Canada's most beautiful cities with contemporary sophistication, thoughtful amenities and a prime downtown location. Just a short walk from the heart of Quebec City's Old Town district, the hotel is near the Gare du Palais and an array of famous attractions. The property boasts a fitness facility and an outdoor pool, as well as a restaurant and bar with wall-to-wall windows with panoramic mountain views.

Facilities: wifi; flat-screen TV; outdoor pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Le Meridien Versailles, Montreal

The boutique Le Meridien Versailles is perfectly situated for exploring the historical magnificence, attractions and the dazzling Golden Square Mile, of Montreal. Guest rooms boast cable TV, a desk and Malin & Goetz toiletries. The property features an acclaimed restaurant, bar/lounge and access to a fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Novotel, Montreal

This Montréal hotel features contemporary accommodation and on-site dining in a fantastic location. It’s also close to St-Catherine Street, which features some great shopping and eating options.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; gym

Four Points by Sheraton, Kingston

In proximity to the famous 1,000 Islands, Fort Henry, Grand Theatre and Queen's University, the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston is a charming and character-filled base offering all the modern conveniences. The property features a restaurant, bar, coffee available in the lobby, indoor pool and fitness centre. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Conveniently located in downtown Toronto, the Chelsea Hotel is the perfect place to relax with on-site dining, a fitness centre and 2 swimming pools, a sauna and a hot tub. All rooms at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto have free wifi and an LCD TV with cable channels as standard. Chelsea Hotel Toronto is 10 minutes' walk from the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Toronto’s entertainment district is only 15 minutes' walk away. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym; sauna

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Currency

Currency

Canadian Dollar

The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD; symbol C$).

  • 1 Canadian Dollar = 100 cents.
  • Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
  • Coins are in denominations of C$2 and 1, and 25, 10, 5 cents.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa waiver for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

Important note: If you are travelling via the United States to get to Canada, including if only in transit, you will also need to obtain a visa waiver for the United States. 

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Eastern Canada in Depth

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

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Eastern Canada in Depth Fabulous 4
Canada was fabulous and the tour was enhanced by the flexibility and extras that were the result of suggestions from both our guide Cathy and driver Louis (eg The Big Apple stop for Apple pie and unscheduled stop at Lynde Shores Conservation area). Also we had a really good group. Andrew W - September 2018
Eastern Canada in Depth Interesting tour 5
An excellent well paced tour ably led by our wonderful guide Cathy and very capable and entertaining driver Louis. This tour gave us a good look at the Canadian cities and areas that surround Lake Ontario and other waterways. Highlights were tasting ice wine, Niagara Falls and Quebec City. Marilyn Hovey - September 2018

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Special Experiences

  • Prepare to get up close and personal with the thundering waters of Niagara Falls as we travel up the river to the foot of the falls on a thrilling boat ride.
  • Experience the flavours of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region with a winery tour and tasting session.
  • Visit the French Jesuit settlement of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, first established in 1693. 
  • Meet some of the 200 hardworking huskies of Expedition Wolf, experts in dogsledding, in the beautiful forests of Rivière-Rouge.
  • Enjoy an authentic sugar shack lunch in Trois Rivieres! 
  • Take to the water from Tadoussac for a whale watching cruise on the gorgeous St Lawerence River, home to 13 species of cetaceans, from blue whales to humpbacks. 
  • Go behind the scenes and into the kitchens of some of Old Montreal's reputable restaurants, uncovering its delicious historic and cultural culinary charms on a walking food tour.
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising through the 1000 Island area on the beautiful St Lawerence river. 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 10 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, boat & cable car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

Explore Niagara-On-The-Lake and voyage to the falls by boat • Visit Saint Marie among the Hurons • See the hardworking sledding huskies of Expedition Wolf • Travel up Mt Tremblant by cable car • Enjoy an authentic sugarshack lunch • Go whale watching on the St Lawerence River • Eat your way through Montreal on a walking food tour • Cruise thorough the 1000 islands

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Eastern Canada in Depth

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.