Canada, stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities including massive, multicultural Toronto; predominantly French-speaking Montréal and Québec City; Vancouver and Halifax on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively; and Ottawa, the capital. It’s also crossed by the Rocky Mountains and home to vast swaths of protected wilderness.
CANADA FACTS & FIGURES
- Occupying the northern half of North America, Canada is the second-largest country in the world (after Russia.)
- From east to west, the country encompasses six time zones.
- Canada shares a 5,525-mile boundary with the U.S.
- The Atlantic Ocean hugs the coastline to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west.
- The country is made up of 10 provinces and three territories.
- When it comes to geography - diversity is the word. Fertile plains, vast mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, wilderness forests and Arctic tundra to the far north.
- Canada has a population of about 32.5 million.
- The official currency is the Canadian dollar.
- In random order, the major cities are Victoria, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax.
- The country enjoys four distinct seasons and six time zones.
- English and French are the two official languages. English is the mother tongue of 59 per cent of the population.
- Canada has 11 national holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day (Monday preceding May 25), Canada Day (July 1 or July 2 if July 1 is a Sunday, Labour Day (first Monday of September), Thanksgiving (second Monday of October), Remembrance Day (November 11), Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 26)and new to 2008, February 18 is Family Day.
- The maple leaf is the national symbol.
Highlights: Daily Breakfast, Toronto City Tour, Niagara Falls Tour with Hornblower Cruise, VIA Rail to Ottawa and Montreal, Ottawa City Tour, Montreal City Tour
Day 01: Toronto
On arrival, transfer from Toronto Airport to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. Overnight in Toronto.
Day 02: Toronto
After breakfast, proceed on full day tour to Niagara Falls. Travel through the towns of Hamilton, St. Catherine’s and the wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Included is a thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower Cruise. Other highlights include a meal and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge passing through the historic community of Niagara-on- the-Lake. Overnight in Toronto.
Day 03: Toronto/Ottawa
After breakfast, discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline on a Hop on Hop off city tour. Experience the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city, highlights include Eaton Center, City Halls, Casa Loma, Yorkville and the University of Toronto. Pass by the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower and drive along the Harbour front for a complete impression of this city. Afternoon checkout of hotel and proceed to Union Station (own arrangements) to board VIA Rail to Ottawa. Pass through quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the historic city of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region. On arrival proceed to hotel (own arrangements). Rest of the day is at leisure, to explore the charm of Canada’s Capital City. Overnight in Ottawa.
Day 04: Ottawa/Montreal
After breakfast proceed on a Step on Step off tour of Ottawa. See parliament buildings, embassies, universities, museums, Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Civilization, the residence of the Prime Minister and the National Arts Centre. Drive through scenic gardens, parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa's picturesque waterways. Afternoon checkout and proceed to station (own arrangements) to board Via Rail to Montreal. On arrival proceed to hotel (own arrangements). Rest of the day is at leisure, to explore Montreal’s vibrant and dynamic culture. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 05: Montreal
After breakfast, proceed on sightseeing tour of Montreal. Highlights of this fully-narrated tour includes: A photo stop at the beautiful Notre Dame (entrance not included), the residential and financial districts, historic Old Montreal, an outside view of the Olympic Complex, St. Joseph Oratory (photo stop), a view of the campus of McGill University and a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 06: Montreal
After breakfast, morning is at leisure. Afternoon checkout and transfer to Montreal Airport to connect flight to onward destination.