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Eastern Canada

EASTERN CANADA

Eastern Canada

French-speaking Canadians, cobblestone streets, historic buildings, polar bears, beluga whales, dazzling Northern Lights and national and provincial parks are all part of the mix that makes the Eastern Provinces, from Manitoba to Nova Scotia, so rich in heritage, culture and diversity.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN EASTERN CANADA



Toronto
Toronto

Toronto is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with fun and enlightening things happening around every corner. Around half of all Toronto ‘locals’ were born somewhere else. Start wandering the neighbourhoods and you’ll find ethnic enclaves with the delicious food and fascinating culture that goes with them, and uniquely Canadian experiences too.

Niagara Falls
Niagra Falls

You can’t miss this iconic visitor experience. Niagara Falls is spectacular by day or night and just a two hour drive south of Toronto, right on the border of the USA. The best time to see the falls in all their glory is mid-May to mid-September, however it does get crowded in the peak July/August months.

Montreal
Montréal

Old Montréal is European in character and the primary language spoken here is French. Cobblestone streets, a café culture and historic 17th and 18th century architecture all contribute to the quaint charm that is unique amongst cities in North America. So put on your walking shoes and head out to discover this beautiful city.

Quebec
Québec

If you’re a first-time visitor to Québec, it may be worth writing on your hand: ‘I am in Canada’. The cobbled streets, 17th century houses, the walled clifftop location above the St. Lawrence River and conversations taking place in French all around you - you may start to wonder which continent you’re on. With typically Gallic flair, the predominantly Francophone locals have created a yearround carnival atmosphere, with street performers, festivals and exhibitions.

 
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is home to stunning natural beauty, an exciting and diverse culture, a rich heritage and warm, friendly people. From whale watching and sea kayaking to hiking through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia has a lot to offer. Take a drive along one of the world’s most scenic drives – Cabot Trail or wander round the streets of historic Lunenburg.

Halifax
Halifax

In Nova Scotia, Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with beautiful tree-lined streets, international restaurants and galleries. Spend your morning visiting some of Halifax’s highlights and the city’s vibrant waterfront is a great place to start. Lively Historic Properties is three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses - now home to a diverse collection of speciality boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is one of eastern Canada's maritime provinces. This large island is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland, and is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown, the capital, is home to Victorian government buildings and the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery.

Polar Bears
Polar Bears, Churchill

Churchill is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. Prime viewing times are in October and November, when the bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory – the pack ice that forms every winter over Hudson Bay. One of the best ways to see the polar bears is in one of the unique local tundra vehicles, designed to move smoothly over snow and ice.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN EASTERN CANADA




CN Tower CN TOWER, TORONTO

Push your boundaries with the CN Tower EdgeWalk. Stroll the edge of the tower’s main pod 365 metres above street level while taking in unparalleled views from the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk.

St Lawrence Market ST LAWRENCE MARKET, TORONTO
 

Grab a peameal bacon sandwich at the 200 year old market, ranked best among food markets anywhere.

Notre Dame Basilica Montreal NOTRE-DAME BASILICA OF MONTREAL
 

Head down to the Old Port and take in the view from the top of the Clock Tower. Built in 1922 to commemorate the courage of the men of the Merchant Fleet who were lost during World War I.

Old Quebec OLD QUEBEC
 
Here you’ll find quaint old stone buildings and narrow, winding streets clustered around the city’s harbour. This historic neighbourhood (and a UNESCO World Heritage-site) houses some of the city’s most notable attractions including the Notre-Dame Basilica..
Dufferin Terrace DUFFERIN TERRACE
 

Overlooking Old Québec from its perch just below the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, this is the perfect place for spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. If you’re game in the winter months have a go on the ice slide.

Bay of Fundy BAY OF FUNDY, NOVA SCOTIA

Discover the dramatic coastal beauty of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world and enjoy freshly caught seafood at one of the quaint fishing villages.
Peggys Cove PEGGY'S COVE LIGHTHOUSE, NOVA SCOTIA

This iconic lighthouse stands upon granite boulders along the Atlantic coast, making it a perfect opportunity to stop for pictures and explore this working fishing village.
Lunenburg LUNENBURG

The colourful and architecturally significant Old Town of Lunenburg, established in 1753 is the best surviving example of a British planned colonial settlement in North America. It’s one of five UNESCO designated sites on Nova Scotia.
Maritime Museum Halifax MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC, HALIFAX

Experience the life of a sailor, learn of the province’s rich ship-building heritage and uncover the meaning behind colourful ship flags.



EASTERN CANADA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Eastern Canada.
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Hotel Chateau Bellevue
HOTEL CHATEAU BELLEVUE, QUEBEC
★★★
This boutique hotel occupies four stately heritage houses and is in Vieux-Québec, a short walk from the artsy Quartier Petit Champlain, Citadelle of Québec and Battlefields Park. Head to nearby Dufferin terrace for perfect views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Québec.
Four Points Halifax
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HALIFAX
★★★
Located the heart of downtown Halifax, Four Points is steps away from the Historic Waterfront, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Historic Properties. Don't forget to sample a local craft ale with Four Points Best Brews at the Niche Lounge.
Chelsea Hotel
CHELSEA HOTEL, TORONTO
★★★half star

A leisurely stroll has you at the Eaton Centre to check out the shops then back to relax in the indoor pool. This is also the place to stay if travelling with kids as they will enjoy the ‘corkscrew’ waterslide in the Family Fun Zone.
Novotel Montreal
NOVOTEL MONTREAL CENTRE
★★★★

Located in the heart of Montréal just a short walk from St-Catherine Street where you’ll find numerous shops, cafés and restaurants. Start your day with a Viennese pastry from L’O Restaurant before taking a short stroll to explore Old Montréal.





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