Origins of Canada
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|19 Sep 2018||02 Oct 2018||Available||AUD $6,865|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Ottawa, Canada's capital in southern Ontario. A beautiful city graced with Victorian architecture, the Ottawa River and the garden-lined Rideau Canal, it's the perfect place to begin exploring Canada.
From the lumber ad rail centre of bygone days, Ottawa has blossomed into a modern capital with an array of impressive monuments, galleries and museums to explore. Today we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights include Parliament Hill, the political and cultural heart of the city boasting beautiful gothic parliament buildings atop the hill. We'll also see the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General, the National Arts Centre, one of the largest multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centres in the world, and the Byward Market, known for its gourmet specialties such as Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate, and its colourful street art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]
We make our way west into northern wilderness country this morning. Our journey will feature sparkling lakes, rushing streams, deep forests and characteristic northern towns. We'll also drive through Algonquin Provincial Park, the first of its kind in Ontario, home to moose, bears and common loons. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in the Muskoka resort region and spend the night in Huntsville. [B]
Today we continue our journey west towards the bustling city of Toronto. Along the way we'll stop to visit the National Historic site of 'Saint Marie Among the Hurons', a former French Jesuit settlement dating back to 1639 that was the first European settlement in Ontario. We'll be able to learn about their life and mission at the site that has been recreated based on extensive archaeological and historical research. [B]
Discover the metropolis of Toronto on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the buzzing financial and entertainment districts and the 208-year-old St Lawrence Market, home to 120 artisan vendors selling an abundance of fresh produce and culinary delicacies, as well as antiques on Sundays. We'll also see Queen's Park, Chinatown, Fort York a historic site of military buildings and fortifications, and the famous Rogers Centre stadium. Our tour ends with a visit to the famous CN Tower's observation deck, offering stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]
This morning we make our way through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula to the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we'll discover the small community displaying a carefully preserved 19th century atmosphere. Enjoy some free time to browse the shops and wander through the village. We'll then follow the Niagara Parkway to majestic Niagara Falls and enjoy an incredible boat ride to the very foot of the thundering falls. [B]
We continue to explore the beautiful Niagara Falls area. We'll stop at White Water Walk and wander along the boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater. [B]
Special Experience: The Niagara region has become famous for its wines, and icewines a type of dessert wine produced from grapes frozen while on the vine. This afternoon we'll visit some wineries along the popular wine route for tastings.
Today we venture east past the outskirts of Toronto and along the shores of Lake Ontario to the stunning Thousand Islands resort region of Kingston, also Canada's first capital city. Kingston is also known for its vibrant art, rich history and diverse and evolving food scene. [B]
The famous 'Thousand Islands' designate a string of over 1,500 islands in the Saint Lawrence River straddling Canada's border with the United States. Today we'll enjoy a cruise through this stunning maze of islands and then continue our journey to beautiful Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. [B]
Today we'll explore the city of Montreal on a tour. Highlights include the stunning French colonial area of 'Vieux-Montreal' characterised by its cobblestone streets and lanes, as well as the stunning gothic-revival style Notre Dame Basilica, the lively Latin Quarter area, historic McGill University and the observation point at the top of Mount Royal, where we'll enjoy quintessential panoramic views. The afternoon is free for you to discover the city at leisure. [B]
We continue further east to Quebec City, North America's only walled city.
Special Experience: We'll stop in Trois Rivieres along the way at a sugar shack to enjoy an authentic sugar shack meal. Sugar Shacks hail from Eastern Canada and are small cabins where sap is collected from sugar maple trees to be boiled and form maple syrup. Meals served at sugar shacks are generally dishes complemented by maple syrup, such as bacon, ham, pancakes and waffles, as well as specialties such as sugar pie and 'maple taffy on the snow'.
The afternoon is free for you to explore Quebec City at leisure. [B,L]
Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, stunning Quebec City's Old Town is a photographer's delight! We'll spend the day touring inside the walls of the Old City, exploring the quaint cobblestone streets of the Lower Town and Battlefields Park. We'll then continue along the Beaupre Coast to the village of Sainte-Anne, home to one of Canada's most beautiful cathedrals, and stop to view the lovely Montmorency Falls at the mouth of the Montmorency River. [B]
Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit an apple orchard on Orleans Island. The 'Cidrerie' as it is known in French, produces cider, ice cider and spirits from its 6-hectare orchard that grows 10 different apple varieties. We'll be able to enjoy a special tasting of their apple cider.
We'll spend the day cruising the Saguenay and St Lawrence rivers searching for whales. The confluence of these two waterways is a rich feeding ground for species found here such as beluga, finback, humpback and blue whales. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]