Day 1 Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)
Welcome to Toronto, Canada's largest city. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
Day 2 Niagara Falls Excursion
Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario and arrive at Niagara Falls, one of the largest falls in the world. Words cannot describe the grandeur, colours and roar of this mighty cataract. See both the Canadian and American sides of the falls as you cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Back in Toronto this afternoon, experience the sights, sounds and history of the city. Learn more about traditional native arts at the Storyboot Project, a TreadRight Heritage Initiative. This project aims at reviving the traditional arts by creating partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. This evening, why not partake in an optional dinner at the stunning CN Tower, rising more than a third of a mile towards the sky.
Day 3 Toronto – Kingston – Ottawa (2 Nights)
Drive along Lake Ontario to Kingston, a city known for its grand 19th century limestone buildings. Embark on a river cruise through the Thousand Islands National Park area of the St. Lawrence River. Listen to your Local Specialist as they point out beautiful historic mansions on the Canadian and American sides and recount fascinating historical tales. Later, make your way to Ottawa, Canada's beautiful capital city.
Day 4 Ottawa Sightseeing
Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Ottawa. View the city's most famous landmarks and enjoy a visit to the Mountie Stables where you can see the trusty steeds of the Canadian Mounted Police up close. The rest of the day is free.
Day 5 Ottawa – Quebec City (2 Nights)
Entering the French-speaking province of Quebec, you'll notice the change in language and traditions. Arrive in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to 1608, the city has retained its fortified colonial core.
Day 6 Quebec City Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of Old Quebec, the historic heart of French Canada. View the famous turreted Chateau Frontenac, the imposing Citadelle, and the historic Plains of Abraham, known for the great Battle of Quebec. Set out for Cap-de-la-Madeleine located at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and St. Lawrence Rivers. The afternoon and evening are yours to do as you please. Perhaps explore Petit Champlain, the oldest shopping district in Canada complete with enticing bistros and fancy boutiques.
Day 7 Quebec City – Montreal
This morning an Iconic Breakfast is served at Erabliere le Chemin du Roy, a Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack), where you'll learn how maple syrup is harvested and turned into various other maple products. Travel through the French Canadian countryside to Montreal, Canada's liveliest and "most livable" city. An orientation tour with a Local Specialist includes sights of Old Montreal with its Old Port, Place Jacques Cartier, the shopping district and Notre Dame Cathedral. The evening is free.Iconic Breakfast
Day 8 Montreal – Toronto
Today, travel from lively Montreal back to multi-cultural Toronto.
Day 9 Toronto – Calgary (2 Nights)
Transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your flight to Calgary. On arrival in Calgary, you will be transferred to your hotel. Please note, the flight from Toronto to Calgary is not included in the tour price and requires separate purchase. It may be included as part of some international air tickets.
Day 10 Calgary Free Time
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Calgary. Stroll down 8th Avenue SW, take a ride up the Calgary Tower, the highest 360 degree; observation deck in the world, or perhaps explore Heritage Park Historical Village, where costumed interpreters entertain and educate guests about the social, economic and cultural affairs of Western Canada's early development.
Day 11 Calgary – Banff (2 Nights)
Take a short orientation tour of Calgary before starting the spectacular journey from Calgary to Banff. Soon the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view. Few towns in the world boast as beautiful a setting as Banff with the mighty Bow River coursing right through town and the majestic mountains providing a stunning backdrop. A Banff sightseeing tour takes you along Tunnel Mountain Drive where you'll view Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls and other natural attractions like the surreal hoodoos-strange rock pillars twisted by millions of years of wind.
Day 12 Banff Free Time
Today is set aside as a free day for you to explore the area at your leisure. Why not take an exhilarating helicopter flightseeing tour, a ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff gondola or a more in depth exploration of Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness including world-famous Lake Louise and stunning Moraine Lake.
Day 13 Banff – Icefields Parkway – Jasper (2 Nights)
Today, drive along the Icefields Parkway, offering one of the world's most spectacular mountain landscapes as you follow the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of gigantic mountains, jagged snowy peaks, numerous hanging glaciers, waterfalls and stunning glacial lakes. Keep your camera ready as you look for wandering wildlife. Stop at Peyto Lake and marvel at the most beautiful azure-blue glacial waters. See the Columbia Icefield, the largest in the Rockies, covering an area of over 200 square miles (322 kilometres) with depths of over 1,000 feet (304 metres). Ride aboard a giant Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier for a closer inspection of this massive glacier. Other stops along this beautiful highway include Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Athabasca Falls before arriving in Jasper for a brief orientation tour, giving you an overview of this charming mountain town.
Day 14 Jasper National Park Free Time
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the largest National Park of the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of the area will leave you breathless. Optional activities abound-from a gentle float trip on the scenic Athabasca River, to a wilderness hike to view the glacier on Mount Edith Cavell, or a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island. The choice is entirely yours and your Travel Director is on hand to help you plan your day.
Day 15 Jasper – Sun Peaks
Today see more of Jasper National Park and enjoy views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Following the Yellowhead Highway catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Columbia Mountains in the distance before arriving in Sun Peaks for your overnight stay.
Day 16 Sun Peaks – Victoria (2 Nights)
Pass through the Nicola Valley before reaching the coast to board a ferry for the crossing to Victoria. Enjoy picturesque views of the many islands dotting the Strait of Georgia before docking at Swartz Bay. Arrive in the charming city of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. An introductory sightseeing tour of the city takes you along the waterfront district, past the Parliament Buildings and Government Street, through Beacon Hill Park and along the Dallas Road waterfront.
Day 17 Victoria Free Time
This morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at world-famous Butchart Gardens in the Blue Poppy Restaurant with its conservatory atmosphere where light pours in through skylights and large windows face the gardens. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many delights Victoria has to offer. Perhaps take a whale-watching cruise along the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the best views of the whales and fantastic photo opportunities.Iconic Breakfast
Day 18 Victoria – Vancouver
Travel back to Vancouver by ferry. Vancouver is one of the world's most naturally beautiful cities with its picturesque harbour. Explore historic Gastown, the city's oldest neighbourhood, designated a National Historical Site. Stop at Stanley Park, with its famous collection of totem poles and lovely views from Prospect Point.Continental Breakfast
Day 19 Depart Vancouver
Bid farewell to Canada and your newfound friends.