Eastern Canada


Exploring the eastern provinces of Canada offers a more cultural alternative to the wildernesses of the west and from Ontario and Quebec to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, you'll discover some of the country's most iconic landmarks as well as plenty of places to taste the local fare. This is the spiritual home of maple syrup, peameal bacon and smoked brisket and if you're planning on a diet then you may want to reconsider. Aside from the grub, the east of Canada is well-known for its waterside cities with Toronto and Montreal perfect if you fancy testing your beginner's French or checking out the ice hockey scene.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Atlantic Maritimes

    The Maritimes Situated right in the corner of south east Canada, the Maritimes comprise of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island which are all revered for their stunning Atlantic coastlines as well as their deep-rooted maritime heritage. If you're considering eastern Canada tours which tend towards the quieter side of life then this is is the place to be and with whale-watching, hiking trails and as many secluded coves as you could wish for, the Maritimes are without doubt a blessed alternative to city sightseeing.

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  • Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls The thundering white water images of Horseshoe form the largest part of the complete Niagara Falls and if you're travelling through Ontario it would be rude not to pay them a visit. As you'd expect, the locals are fiercely proud of their contribution to one of the world's greatest natural spectacles and a visit to the observation decks at Queen Victoria Park will leave you in no doubt as to the power and majesty of these incredible waterfalls.

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  • Toronto skyline

    Toronto Home of the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays and the Argonauts, it will come as no surprise that no trip to Toronto is complete without finding out more about the city's love of all things sport. The Hockey Hall of Fame is probably a good place to start however, if you fancy really getting under the local skin then a live game is the only way forward. Aside from the sport, eastern Canada holidays taking in Toronto will find a vast array of options available with the Royal Ontario museum, the CN Tower and the marinas and beaches of Lake Ontario making up the lion's share of sightseeing itineraries.

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  • Montreal skyline

    Montreal This is where your decision to bring that old French phrasebook will be rewarded as Montreal is Canada's cultural capital with more than a passing interest in the classical European grandeur on the other side of the Atlantic. Named after Mount Royal, which is also one of the city's best-loved green spaces, Montreal is a blend of parks, gardens and exceptional architecture and is well known for its music, museums and avant-garde artistic flair. Top tip: For a culinary adventure pay a visit to O'Noir where you can experience Dinner in the Dark - when you eat a mystery dinner without your sight, you will savour the smell and taste the food like never before.

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Insider Tip: Explore local markets
Pancakes with maple syrup

Anyone that's been to the eastern provinces of Canada will undoubtedly wax lyrical about the food and if you get the chance to visit a local market you'll be treated to some of the most delicious smells and tastes that you ever knew existed. A must try for meat-eaters has to be caribou stew that's a staple of the northern territories and perfect for keeping cosy on a chilly afternoon. Of course, as Quebec is responsible for producing a vast supply of maple syrup you have to try at least a little drizzle over ice cream and if you fancy going all out then stick the whole lot on a stack of berry pancakes and to heck with the consequences.


Tours that visit Eastern Canada

  • NEW ENGLAND & CANADIAN MARITIMES

    13 days | USA / Canada | Hotels

    Jul-Sep from

    ACTIVE

    Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the more intrepid traveller.

    Highlights: Acadia National Park | Prince Edward Island

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  • NORTHEASTERN EXPLORER

    13 days | USA / Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from

    DISCOVERY

    Explore cosmopolitan cities, small country towns and picturesque landscapes, and discover the New World for yourself. Colonial New England and French Canadian culture offer a perfect mix of yesterday and today.

    Highlights: Boston | Toronto | Montreal | Niagara Falls

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