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Canadian Contrasts

From coast to coast, experience urban thrills and natural wonder

  • from 14 days

  • self-drive

  • All year

  • approx. 8-11 hours

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  2. North America
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  4. Canadian Contrasts

Canadian Contrasts Trip

From east to west, drive across the boundless lands of mighty Canada with the window down and a breeze on your shoulder. Begin your road trip in Toronto before driving north to Quebec, a province where European architecture meets the 24/7 epicentre of entertainment that is Montreal. Next, drive west towards the Rocky Mountains and enter Banff National Park, a nature escape where glacier lakes mirror the skyline, and bighorn sheep cross rivers in packs. End your trip west side in Vancouver, a city which is constantly voted one of the best in the world.

  1. Toronto

  2. Ottowa

  3. Quebec City

  4. Montreal

  5. Toronto

  6. Calgary

  7. Canmore

  8. Kamloops

  9. Whistler

  10. Vancouver

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View of the Toronto skyline in eastern Canada.

1. Toronto

Start your tour in Toronto, a multicultural metropolis that has world-class cuisine, a distillery district, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Why not start your day riding an elevator that climbs 550 metres in less than a minute at the CN Tower? Next, tour the Distillery District and treat yourself to a craft beer after shopping at one of 40 boutiques. Take a boat ride to Toronto Island and get lost in a maze, or perhaps gaze from Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at a rising city skyline, just be sure to bring your camera.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2. Ottawa

Next up is Ottawa, a city with great outdoor activities. Bike along the embankment of the Rideau Canal, hopping off to check out Bytown Museum. In winter, pick up a pair of skates and skate the Ottawa River with local Ottowanians. Parliament Hill is a chance to catch the Changing of the Guard, a royal, British touch. The ByWard Market caps off any day—we recommend poutine followed by waffles dripping in maple syrup.

Discover the majestic Frontenac castle during your Quebec Tour.

3. Quebec City

Drive north towards a province where the sky seems endless and steamboats chug along the Saint Lawrence River. With its rampart walls and laneways of taverns and bistros, Quebec City has rich flavor and a European touch. Admire the full length panels of French shuttered windows and murals that adorn houses as you walk from Old Town to Hotel Château Frontenac—the country’s most photographed building.

View at Montreal from the Mount Royal, Qubec, Canada.

4. Montreal

It’s time to live 24/7 in enthralling Montreal. Take a tour of Notre-Dame de Montreal and pause on entry in admiration at the sight of this gothic objet d'art that towers the size of fifteen double -decker buses. At Mile End, enjoy a creamy bagel with coffee at a one-hundred-year-old store. In the evening, wherever you choose to go, expect the world-class theatre, art, and music to pour out the doorways of countless venues across the city.

Torono cityscape from the Toronto Islands.

5. Toronto

Return to Toronto and catch up on what you’ve missed out on in a multicultural hotpot worthy of your return. Head over to Dundas West and feast on everything from dum pukht to a British roast in a neighborhood with a hip vibe and excellent live music. When it comes to boutique stores and craft beers, downtown’s Distillery District delivers with over 40 stores and more than enough tasting breweries.

Sunrise at Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada.

6. Calgary

If you're looking for one of the best national parks in the world, then look no further than Banff. In Calgary, a city where the Rocky Mountains dominate your horizon, you’ll hike across foothills and prairies unparalleled for their beauty. In winter, hitting the slopes is a must, but if summer, then take a canoe across the turquoise waters of Lake Louise and feel divine. The beef here is world-class—don’t forget to grab a burger and beer at a local pub.

Canmore Spring Creek Mountain Village at the sunset, Alberta, Canada.

7. Canmore

In Canmore a bike, fish, or boat excursion is part of local living. Set against the Rocky Mountains, you’ll love the hiking trails that lead to the summit of Ha Ling Peak in under three hours. In the Bow Valley, why not enjoy some renowned tapas such as salmon gravalax with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc?

Thomson River near Kamloops with mountain range and railway bridge in distance, British Columbia, Canada.

8. Kamloops

Drive west through rolling grasslands to Kamloops, a city that has quite the back garden. Slot canyons, spires of hoodoo rock, and sagebrush make for an excellent camping experience after you’ve spent a day horse riding through forested trails. Ice fishing is a popular activity in winter, while rock climbing at Prickly Pear Canyon thrills in any season. Welcome to some of the best of BC outdoors that Canada has to offer.

View from the lift in Whistler, Canada

9. Whistler

A year-round destination, Whistler provides championship golfing, hiking trails, spa retreats, and boutique shopping—and that’s when you’re away from the slopes of Blackcomb Peak. When not in season, skiing slopes become mountain tracks for bikers. A zipline or bungee jump will make you feel alive. Feast on fresh oysters and scallops with a glass of Chardonnay after a day of action.

View at the Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada

10. Vancouver

Say farewell to Canada in Vancouver, one of the world’s most liveable cities. Bike ride the Seawall of Stanley Park, checking out a waterfall and the totem poles of Brockton Point. Chinatown provides plenty of good eats in noodle houses and hip vibes at cocktail lounges. In a place where you can be on the beach or atop Grouse Mountain in a day, move at your own pace through a city that bulges with great outdoor activities.

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