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Heritage Trail

14 days Self Drive Tours
  • Toronto
  • Kingston
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Ottawa
  • Huntsville
  • Niagara Falls

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If you can’t pick between modern city and authentic outback, the East coast’s heritage trail eradicates the need. Its iconic cities are perfectly spaced out for road trips, with the gaps between bursting at the seams with genuine Canadian culture and al fresco adventures. Two nights in each of its most famous cities, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, as well as stays in Kingston, Huntsville, and Niagara, gives you the freedom to explore both urban sights and outlying attractions. Toronto keeps you close with city views from the CN Tower and shopping at Eaton Centre. Montreal highlights like the old Olympics venue compete against your island hopping cruise along the 1000 Islands waterways. Quebec City’s old walls and citadel hold you close before freeing you to visit Montmorency Falls (less flocked to, yet 30 m taller than Niagara’s). And Ottawa pitches capital experiences like touring the Rideau Canal with aboriginal ones like seeing the tipi of Turtle Island. In the backwoods between the cities, heritage sights and natural beauty hold firm: in the quaint towns and museum-rich spoils of Prince Edward County, in the wild walks of Algonquin Provincial Park, in the recreation packed natural playground of Muskoka, and in Niagara, where you’ll cruise to the basin of its most famous falls.

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Toronto

Fly to Toronto from the UK and on arrival, collect your hire car. Upon check-in, you'll be handed your road book at reception which you can familiarise yourself with at leisure. On day 2, perhaps enjoy some shopping at the Eaton Centre or head to the observation decks at the top of the CN Tower* for some stunning panoramic views — especially at sunset. Other sights include the new Ripley's Aquarium*, SkyDome*, Ontario Place*, the Hockey Hall of Fame* and the Royal Ontario Museum*. It’s lively at night in the city centre so join in the fun! Accommodation stay — 2 nights in Toronto.

Day 3: Toronto – Kingston

Drive east today, directly to Kingston, and tour Fort Henry. An alternative route to Kingston passes through the quaint heritage towns of Prince Edward County. Accommodation stay — 1 night in Kingston.

Day 4: Kingston – Montreal

En route to Montreal today, you’ll be entering the beautiful Thousand Islands region, where forested islands lie amid tranquil lakes. Take to the water and step aboard a cruiser to explore the magnificient scenery of the Thousand Islands. This wonderfully lush island landscape is dotted with luxurious cottages and vast estates. The cruise will take you past Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire's Row. Accommodation stay — 2 nights in Montreal.

Day 5: Montreal

Visit Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal, the Olympic site, the Biodome, Mount Royal Park, the casino or the underground city. Montreal is renowned for its active and cosmopolitan nightlife.

Day 6: Montreal – Quebec City

En route to Quebec City, we suggest a stop at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada's national shrine to the Virgin Mary. Of interest in Trois-Rivières is the Museum of Quebec Folk Arts and Traditions. Accommodation stay — 2 nights in Quebec City.

Day 7: Quebec City

Quebec City is Canada's oldest city and exhibits a strong French heritage. The Fortifications, a historic national park; Place Royale; and the Basilica are some of the suggestions. Outside the city are the dramatic shrine at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls and the Ile d'Orleans.

Day 8: Quebec City – Ottawa

Visit more local attractions, perhaps the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument or Dufferin Terrace. Drive one of several routes to Ottawa, the nation's capital. Accommodation stay — 2 nights in Ottawa.

Day 9: Quebec City – Ottawa

Use the entire day to see this historic city of pageantry and the arts. We suggest a visit to the Parliament Buildings, museums or National Gallery, perhaps a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint or a Rideau Canal designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Ottawa – Huntsville

Enjoy a scenic drive today to Algonquin Provincial Park and the beautiful Muskoka region. This northern Lakeland is the destination for a 'summer living' escape for Torontonians and Americans from the eastern seaboard of the USA. Stunning vacation homes are set at waters edge around lake after lake. Canoeing, sailing, walking, exploring quaint country towns and villages, boat cruises around the region as well as some of the finest fishing in the country all contribute to create the ideal cottage country region. Accommodation stay — 2 nights near Huntsville.

Day 11: Huntsville

The Huntsville area offers tennis, golf, boat cruises, horseback riding and hiking trails. A short drive away is Lion's Lookout Park or Muskoka Pioneer Village.

Day 12: Huntsville – Niagara Falls

Drive south and bypass Toronto en route to Niagara Falls, the 'honeymoon capital of the world'. We suggest a stop in Midland at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons — a historic, recreated village demonstrating everyday life, crafts and arts of a colonial village. Approaching the southern reaches of Ontario, you pass through the hills of the Niagara Escarpment, featuring a variety of walking and cycling trails. The road continues through the lush orchards and vineyards of the Niagara growing region, boasting many world class winery chateaus that make for a decadent day of tasting and touring. Accommodation stay — 1 night in Niagara Falls.

Days 13–14: Niagara Falls – Toronto – UK

Drive to Toronto through Ontario's fruit growing region. En route, visit historic Niagara-on-the-Lake and stop at the Welland Canal. Return to Pearson International Airport for your flight home.

Meals: This tour is based on a Room only basis.

*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions suggested on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally.

Please note: This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

Eastern Time Zone: GMT -5 hours
Western Time Zone: GMT -8 hours

Tour inclusions

  • Accommodation listed above
  • Day 4, Rockport -1-hour 1000 Islands Cruise
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights provincial maps with city guides, hotel vouchers and customised day-to-day routing maps

Tour exclusions

  • All flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel insurance
  • Car hire and insurance unless this has been booked by the sales consultant
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Room only.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.