Canada’s east coast offers visitors warm hospitality and incredible beauty. In this region you can witness the incredible power of Mother Nature, enjoy picturesque countryside and visit charming, elegant cities with historic architecture. As the federal government is providing free entry into national parks in 2017, this is the last chance to explore the natural attractions of Canada at no cost!
The eastern region of Canada includes the six provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec), that are incredibly diverse. Originally settled as part of New France, French-speaking Quebec is culturally distinct from the rest of Canada. Atlantic Provinces are known for history, natural beauty and a huge fishing and shipping industry. Ontario is Canada’s most populous province, famous for cosmopolitan cities, as well as Niagara Falls.
If you're looking for an authentic outdoor vacation, explore the spectacular archipelago that straddles the Canada–US border in the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy a memorable cruise through this unspoiled region of endless shorelines and hear true tales of pirates, bootleggers and dignitaries.
St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario offer private boaters endless shorelines leading to coves, back channels, and vibrant waterfront downtowns. Soak in genuine heritage at maritime museums, fairy-tale-like castles, lighthouses and more. Visit zoos and aquariums focused on local forest and marine life. Come in the spring and smell the sweet aroma of maple sugar shacks. Apple orchards, scattered throughout the region, make autumn a peak season for savouring cider.
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How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to Eastern Canada:
- Summer! Non-stop from Milan to Toronto, Canada for only €351 >>
- SUMMER: Non-stop from Ireland to Toronto from only €258 >>
- Early summer! Denmark or Sweden to Canada for only €302 >>
- Brussels to Canada from only €298 >>
- Scandinavia to US and Canada from just €243! Stopover in Iceland from €278 >>
- EU cities to New York, Toronto or Chicago from only €221! Stopover in Iceland possible from €254! >>
- Dublin to Montreal, Canada for only €271 >>
- Many European cities to New York, Washington or Montreal from only €103/£165 >>
- Hong Kong to Toronto, Canada for just $447 >>
Where to stay:
In Toronto we recommend staying at 3* Best Western Plus Executive Inn with good reviews. Guests staying at this hotel can start the day with a free breakfast or take advantage of in-room microwaves and refrigerators. The hotel also features modern fitness facilities, an indoor swimming pool and free wireless internet access. Area attractions, including the Toronto Zoo and the University of Toronto-Scarborough Campus are only moments from the Best Western Executive Inn.
In Montreal we encourage you to stay at 3*Le Simone Bed & Breakfast with good price and very good reviews! This property is housed in a 19th century Victorian-style building. It features a continental breakfast, free WiFi access and a terrace with BBQ facilities. Each of the rooms comes with a flat-screen TV and cable channels. The apartment offers a full kitchen for the preparation of meals. Towels and linens are included. Toiletries stock the bathroom.
What to do:
Visit Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. It is home to Parliament Hill, many national museums, and the best Canada Day celebrations. Enjoy a view of Quebec across the river and take a stroll through bustling Byward Market.
Sample French cuisine in Ile d’Orleans. Savour regional specialties at a local sugar shack, nestled in the Quebec countryside, and learn about maple syrup making. Try pouring molten syrup on clean white snow to create the soft maple candy (maple taffy).
Experience the incredibly diverse Bay of Fundy with its outstanding national parks, UNESCO sites, and museums. There are breathtaking hiking trails, boat tours and tidal rafting expeditions on the tidal rivers. Jump in a kayak and paddle around the towering sandstone pillars, cliffs and islands.
In the Bay of Fundy you can spot whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and plenty of sea birds such as puffins and gannets. Whale watching excursions sail from various ports during the summer months. The bay provides the perfect feeding ground for Minke, Humpback, Finback and North Atlantic right whales.
In the region of 1000 Islands you can take advantage of paddling, fishing and diving. Stroll through village downtowns, play golf or take in a drive-in movie at night.
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