Your journey begins with the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Next Niagara Falls and the capital city of Ottawa are on your programme. Historic Quebec City is the last urban stronghold before water and greenery take the leading roles. A dash of paradise on earth for nature lovers. The Bioshere World reserve of Charlevoix, the Gaspé peninsula national park and its famous Rocher Percé (pierced rock), the King’s Road, the Chic Choc massif with Mont Jacques Cartier and for most of the time the loyal St Lawrence which accompanies you during most of your trip. The vibrant Montreal rounds off your list, and how !
Day 1 - Toronto
Hello Toronto! Make sure to visit the CN mast, Rogers Center and the port or go shopping in the Eaton Center complex. Fancy some more action? Why not visit the Toronto Distillery District by segway, go-cart on the islands, browse Kensington Market or Chinatown or again, hop aboard the Toronto Diner & Dance Cruise. The sky is the limit!
Day 2 - Toronto > Niagara Falls > Toronto (260 km)
Niagara Falls is onjust about any traveller’s bucket list. And deservedly so. The inherent beauty of the natural setting and the power these world-famous falls generate are nothing short of spectacular. The onlything to do is to experience it for yourself. Aboard the ship you sail past impressive rock formations to the foot of Niagara where you can hear the roar of the mighty Horseshoe Falls and feel the engines’ full throttle tremble at your feet. A foggy spray perfects your baptism. The gentle microclimate of the Niagara Peninsula has given rise to various orchards and vineyards along the way. The charm of the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake may get under your skin.
Day 3 - Toronto > Kingston (265 km)
Cruising along the banks of Lake Ontario you reach Rockport, where a boat trip through the beautiful area of Milles-Îles has been planned for you. Kingston’s Old Fort Henry is wort a visit be-it just to enjoy the history, the sun, the breeze and the views of the islands from Battery Café.
Day 4 - Kingston > Ottawa (197 km)
Follow the road along the banks of the St. Lawrence rover and then turn inland to Ottawa located on the banks of the Ottawa River. Canada’s capital offers an impressive abundance of fascinating things to see and do. Amongst the top two activities are a walk or boat ride along the locks of the Rideau Canal and a visit to the impressive parliament buildings. More British than Britain!
Day 5 - Ottawa > Trois-Rivières (315 km)
Today’s itinerary runs north of Montreal. En-route you will reach the banks of the St. Laurent river just before you arrive at Lake St. Pierre. The charming French-speaking village of Trois-Rivière is ideal for a stroll through its historic neighborhoods, a drink or meal on a terrace in the waterfront or an afternoon at one of the river sandy beaches.
Day 6 - Trois-Rivières > Québec (129 km)
King’s Highway or Road is an old-time favourite. You will definitely be charmed by the quaint villages and breath-taking views it offers. It is adventure from start to finish. The preservation of its picturesque and tranquil character is mainly thanks to the presence of a major freeway just north of it, which relieves the area of all heavy and furious transport. A taste of the former Nouvelle-France!
Day 7 - Quebec
Quebec City is Canada's most ancient city. Absolute highlights include the Abraham battlefields, the citadel, the Upper and Lower town, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Assembly National and Parliament. Strolling through the pedestrian Old Town district gives a familiar European feel. Add the quaint street lights and you feel you have ended up in a fairy-tale setting.
Day 8 - Quebec > Charlevoix (140 km)
Today the scenery changes from urban to greenery as you exchange the historic city of Quebec for the natural Charlevoix region, famous for its idyllic topography of rolling hills and mountains. This World Biosphere Reserve has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nature buffs, this is right down your alley !
Day 9 - Charlevoix > Rimouski (260 km + ferry 1h05)
Today you travel through what is known as the spiritual heart of Quebec. On board the ferry (not included) you cross the St. Laurent River to Riviere-du-Loup. Along the rugged south bank of the mighty river, its abundance of little islands and sandy beaches you reach Rimouski.
Day 10 - Rimouski > Paspebiac/Bonavanture (345 km)
For the time being you take leave of the by now familiar St-Lawrence river and continue along a new waterway: the salmon-rich Matapédia river. On your way to Paspebiac / Bonaventure you will be treated to panoramic views of the lush valley flanked by forests and mountains peaks.
Day 11 - Paspebias/Bonaventure > Percé (200 km)
A picturesque and winding coastal road leads you along sheltered bays and through traditional fishing villages where the concept of 'stress' seems to be unwordly. On the way you can stop for a fascinating panoramic glance at the graceful St. Lawrence river.
Day 12 - Percé
Time to unveil the secrets of Percé. How about a boat trip to the bird sanctuary of Bonaventure or a cruise around Rocher Percé (at low tide you can even walk there!) Or go kayaking? For those who fancy the sea and all its activities, today is a feast.
Day 13 - Percé > Rivière-du-Loup (615 km)
While fishermen are diligently working on the quayside, you can spot hungry Jan-of-Gents dive for fish in the most spectacular ways. A choice of two routes imposes itself. You can reach Rivière-du-Loup either along the rugged coastline or via the Gaspésie National Park where caribou, elk and deer roam with the Chic Choc mountains as a dramatic backdrop. Thanks to the fact the river here abounds with salmon Matane is renowned for its delicious French-Canadian cuisine.
Day 14 - Rivière-du-Loup > Montreal (435 km)
Far to quickly the last stretch of your selfdrive has come around. But before you leave your footsteps on the urban sites of lively Montreal it may be interesting to pause at the capital of woodcarving, St. Jean-Port-Joli. You will notice that numerous island in the St Lawrence river serve as bird sanctuaries.
Day 15 - Montreal
A narrated boat trip on the St Lawrence River is the ideal way to discover the many faces of Montreal. Twenty five km of history and sights awaits: the old port, Saint Helen's Island, the unspoilt nature of the Boucherville islands and more. Once you put your feet ashore, you may wish to visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Biodome, the 1976 Olympic Games Park or Park Mont Royal. Go out and taste the joy of one of Canada's most fascinating and exciting cities has to offer!
Day 16 - Montreal
Hotels & Meals
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- Please note: A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. All cross-border travellers with the USA must on top be in possession of an international passport and an ESTA. The digital passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the set date of your return flight. The electronic travel authorization must be purchased online by means of a personal credit card via the official link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ (14 USD on 20JAN2015). Your ESTA is valid for max. 2 years. Should your international passport expire within that period, so does your ESTA as it is linked to your passport number. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
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- In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
- Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
- British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)
Methods of Payment
A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.
The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.
In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.
On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.
Average Temperatures (in °C):
- 15 nights’ accommodation in the listed hotels or equivalent
- Your boat ride (1h) to 1000 Islands from Rockport (day 3)
- Your roadbook
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flights and car rental, non-listed meals and beverages, tipping and personal expenses.
The ferry ride (1h05’) on day 9 from Saint-Siméon to Rivière-au-Loup is not included. Rates 10 SEP 2017: 53 CAD per vehicle; 27 CAD/ passenger. Furthermore, your international flights, excursions unless otherwise indicated, beverages, tipping.
Info: Fancy an aventure? Why not change your accommodation of a night in Charlevoix or Rimouski by a night aboard a sailing boat in Anse Saint Jean.
Good to Know
Fancy a night on a sailboat à Anse Saint Jean? Add it in while residing in Charlevoix or Rimouski, at surcharge.
Please note: Black Out Dates:
MONTREAL: due to the F1 Grand Prix held from 08/06 - 10/06/2018 & the Oshaga Festival from 20-23/062018 there is no vacancy in Montreal.
OTTAWA: due to the Ottawa Race Weekend held from 22/05 – 24/05/2018 & Canada day 24/06 – 01/07/2018 there is no vacancy in Ottawa.
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