Snapshot of Eastern Cities
Enjoy the cosmopolitan buzz of Toronto, marvel at the spectacular Niagara Falls, visit the capital city of Ottawa and the beautiful Canadian French speaking cities and surrounding areas of Montreal and Quebec
Toronto’s famous Royal York Hotel and its huge beautiful railway station with its art deco interior contrasts with the modern adjoining CN Tower and Skydome Stadium and other modern downtown buildings which help to form the financial centre of Canada. Further contrasts in building exist with the ‘New’ and ‘Old’ City Halls, Ontario Legislative Building (the pink palace), Royal Ontario Museum, various Theatres and the futuristic-looking Roy Thomson Concert Hall. Shoppers love the modern Eaton Court Shopping Centre. The revitalised harbour front includes Queens Quay, Exhibition Park and a famous contemporary Art Centre called The Power Plant (noticeable by its tall stack originally used for heating warehouses). While in the area visit Niagara Falls and the Wineries in the Niagara Region including the historic old town, Niagara on the Lake, the prettiest little town in Canada.
Ottawa is the capital of Canadian Government – home to over 10 museums including the Museum of Civilisation, War & Aviation museums, and several parks and even beaches. Itineraries can incorporate the unique 5 night cruise along the Ottawa River and the St Lawrence.
Montreal. Approaching Montreal by train or road you can view the huge locks of The St Lawrence Seaway giving ships access to the Great Lakes. The city’s name is derived from its beautiful Parc Mont – Royal Park. Old government buildings contrast with new including the Place Des Arts Complex, the Musee D’art Contemporain and the famous Basilica Notre Dame De Montreal. The city’s unique huge underground city was built to combat harsh winter weather and includes 1600 shops and 200 restaurants. The city port area became derelict after the ‘Seaway ‘was opened but has now been tastefully restored including attractive cafes and boutique hotels.
Quebec City. The famous Chateau Frontenac Hotel dominates the city’s skyline. The Terrasse Dufferin, a boardwalk running from the hotel to the Citadel (Fort) offers marvellous views of the St Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains. The historic Parc Des Champs De Bataille includes the Plains of Abraham where General Wolfe defeated the French in 1759. The Bass Ville (lower town) includes the old port around Rue Du Petit Champlain; former homes of Irish dock workers have been beautifully restored into shops and cafes.
Various Itineraries are possible
Tailor-made Itineraries (by train or car) or escorted tours can be offered to include all these cities, and surrounding areas, which are no more than a few hours apart. Your holiday can be further extended to include Nova Scotia (see separate section) by travelling onward by car, train or plane from Quebec City.