On Canada’s east coast you should make a stop at cosmopolitan Toronto to visit the enormous CN Tower that looms hundreds of metres above the city’s skyscrapers, the Kensington Market, the green Toronto Islands and the beautiful gothic revival architecture of Casa Loma. Afterwards be sure to take a day trip to the American border to see the astoundingly beautiful Niagara Falls. The name is actually given to a collection of 3 waterfalls along the border of America and Canada – the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the American side and the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls in Canada.
Afterwards, a visit to the capital Ottawa is an absolute must. Be sure to stop at Parliament Hill to admire the Peace Tower and the gigantic Gothic Parliament buildings, before exploring the downtown districts around the peaceful Rideau Canal and the cavernous Notre-Dame Cathedral in the Lower Town district. Afterwards head east to our favourite city in Canada: the wonderful Montreal – Canada’s capital of cuisine. The city is a delight to explore and rich in both architecture and design, with a feeling about its streets not too dissimilar to wandering the streets of Europe, with its 18th century facades and idyllic canals, and of course the lyrical sounds of its Frenchspeaking denizens filling the streets side cafes and bars. The Old Port of Montreal is idyllic and especially charming at night, while Rue Saint-Paul is a historic shopping street filled to the brim with charming shops, cafes and art galleries. A more modern attraction in Montreal is the impressive Montreal Biodome which allows visitors to explore and walk through 4 replicas of ecosystems found throughout the Americas, while one of the city’s most striking natural features is the Mount Royal, a mountainous remnant of a now extinct volcano just on the city’s outer limits.
Once you’re ready to leave Montreal, then keep travelling east to the wonderfully romantic city of Québec which mixes its vast wilderness and cosmopolitanism, as well as its European roots and North American location, perfectly. Explore both new and Old Quebec before moving on to sights such as the Citadelle of Quebec – official residence of the Canadian Monarchy (yes, that one) and the Governor General of Canada, and the scenic Edwards Gardens. When you’re ready to explore the natural sights around Québec, then we suggest you start with the extraordinary Montmorency Falls on the Montmorency River about 12 km from the heart of old Quebec City.