The central heartlands of Ontario and Quebec have provided Canadians with a bountiful landscape of magnificent forests set amongst a chain of thousands of rivers and lakes for ‘cottaging’ and outdoor recreation for decades. Embark on a circular, innovative routing that features scenic roads through spectacular northern arboreal, pastoral and mountain terrains. A visit to a wildlife refuge lets you get close to animals being rehabilitated for release to the wild, and the resort village of Tremblant is a holiday oasis set on the slopes of Canada’s eastern mountain range. Experience the charm and culture of small communities and wildlife rich protected parks for a taste of vacationing, Canadian-style.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 11 nights accommodation
• 12 days Intermediate car hire with Fully Inclusive insurance
• Admission to Refuge Pageau wildlife preserve
• Algonquin Provincial park, Toronto & Montreal
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential information and day-by-day routing maps
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Day 1 Toronto
Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to perhaps try one of the many eateries that showcase delicacies from around the world.
Day 2 Toronto
The cultures of the world meet in Canada’s largest metropolis, home to world class shopping, dining and arts venues. Take the day and explore the downtown area by foot, or perhaps independently book a hop-on city tour and see how the financial core, historic neighbourhoods and multicultural communities have combined to create one of them most dynamic cities in North American.
Day 3 Toronto – Huntsville/Algonquin Provincial Park
Travel north through charming rural villages to the pine and granite landscape of Muskoka cottage country where we suggest a visit to the Muskoka Pioneer Village. Today’s destination is Huntsville, just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario’s coveted ‘cottage country’. The area is known for a gracious lifestyle, endless summer days spent on a multitude of freshwater lakes and rivers of spectacular natural beauty. The vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park is particularly famous for its network of hiking trails and waterways, often the subject of Canada’s most accomplished landscape artists.
Day 4 Huntsville to North Bay
Travelling up the main corridor to northern Ontario, you pass through small towns and communities that have grown up around the highway and offer a taste of laid back, local lifestyle. Arriving in North Bay, unwind with an afternoon at leisure to perhaps visit the newly expanded and developed town beach on Lake Nipissing, or visit one of the restaurants serving up hardy, local fare.
Day 5 North Bay – Ville-Marie
Continuing on northward, today you cross over the provincial border into Quebec. This area of the province is renowned for its expansive waterways that create a network of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams. Arrive in historic Ville-Marie set on the waters of Lake Timiskaming and perhaps explore Centennial Park and its marina – often the location of farmers’ markets and local artisan vendors.
Day 6 Ville-Marie – Rouyn Noranda
A short journey today leaves plenty of time for independent exploration of the local area. Nearby Aiguebelle National Park offers trails through unforgettable natural landscapes and attractions, including the Suspension Bridge over La Haie Lake.
Day 7 Rouyn Noranda – Val-D’Or
Travelling eastward into the heart of Quebec, you arrive in one of the country’s most productive gold and precious metal mining areas. Visit the Pageau Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area and treatment centre that nurses injured and abandoned young wolves, moose and other indigenous animals back to health to be released into the wild. The remainder of the day is free to explore this ‘City of Gold’ - the town and its working mines have become an attraction for visitors to see the precious metal go from extraction to glittering ingots.
Day 8 Val-D’Or – Mount Laurier
The journey into the Laurentian foothills and mountains begins, passing through protected forests dotted with rock-hewn lakes and flowing rivers. This is some of the most pristine forest Canada, offering an opportunity to see many types of animals and stunning landscapes long the way. Arriving in Mont-Laurier, take some time to enjoy the local parks and small art galleries that celebrate Quebecois culture.
Day 9 Mount-Laurier – Tremblant
A short drive today ends in the outdoor adventure hub of Tremblant. Much more than just skiing in the winter, this activity-oriented community offers a wide selection of hiking, biking, zip lining and other excursions. For the more casual traveller, relax at one of the street side patios or restaurant and drink in the warm, inviting atmosphere.
Day 10 Tremblant – Montreal
Travelling southward toward the St. Lawrence River, arrive in the bustling modern art and music metropolis of Montreal. The day is at leisure for exploring Montreal, boasting a vibrant combination of the founding cultures of Canada. Stroll through the Old Port, visit the Notre Dame Basilica, the 1976 Olympic Games at Olympic Park or perhaps relax in Mount Royal Park. Enjoy the joie de vivre in one of Canada’s most exciting cities.
Day 11 Montreal – Toronto
The route returns across the provincial border, providing a final night to spend a summer evening enjoying the sights and sounds of Toronto.
Day 12 Toronto
Today your Canadian experience comes to an end as you check out of your hotel and proceed to Pearson International Airport to return your car before your flight home.Want to alter anything?
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