Canada seems like most travelers distant and strange country. Many would like to pass on to US, heard a lot about Latin America, but here in Canada… What’s on the other side of the world? What to do, what to see? Our travel expert knows all the answers to these questions — and made for you a detailed guide. In two weeks you closely acquainted with this country and we’re sure you will love her.
Montreal → Quebec → Ottawa → Toronto → Vancouver → Banff national Park
Days 1-4. Montreal
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. Here at vintage home, large cozy parks and interesting modern buildings.
We have selected for you 4 choices of hotels with different prices and class
- Hotel Ambrose
- Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel
- Le Meridien Versailles
- Le Mount Stephen
The first thing is to go for a walk into the Old town. Here preserved buildings of the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. In this part of town is full of shops, restaurants, several cathedrals and art galleries. A pleasant place for a stroll will also be the Old port of the city and its promenade.
If you are interested in history, check out the Museum of archaeology and history Pointe-à-Callière. There are various displays and exhibitions relating to the history of the city. The Museum including exhibits of archeological excavations. The Museum is open every day except Monday, from 10:00 to 17:00 and the ticket will cost 22$A$.
Notre Dame Basilica
Walking in the center of the city, be sure to visit the Basilica of Notre Dame. The Gothic Church is a symbol of the city with stunning colorful interior.
In the evening there is a unique light show: the arches of the walls Shine with stunning color patterns with music. To visit the show, check the schedule in advance. Ticket price — A 26,50$.
Address: 110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
Next door to the Old town square and the Park of Saint-Louis. They are surrounded by charming houses with colorful roofs. Particularly notable building on a street corner Square and Saint Louis Avenue Henri-Julien.
In a Park with a fountain to relax from walking and feed the local squirrels.
Mont Royal — a large Park near the centre of the city. Great city views from the lookout Kondiaronk Belvédère. To get there, the easiest option is to climb the stairs leading to the Park. The ladder starts from the intersection of Avenue des Pins and Chemin le Serpentin.
Great place for a walk in the Park will also be the scenic lake castor, surrounded by trees and meadows. Here you can rent a boat for$ 25 for four (30 minutes).
Another attraction of the Park is the Cross on Mont-Royal this iconic religious monument of Montreal.
Parc Jean-Drapeau and the Biosphere
On the island of Sainte-hélène is another Park of Montreal — Jean-Drapeau. The main attraction of the Park is a unique space Biosphere with exhibitions devoted to the environment, protection of nature, the planet and the future. Here you will be able to be a scientist in today’s interactive laboratory. A ticket to the Biosphere will cost you 15$ A$. Mode of operation: from 10:00 to 17:00.
Address: 160 Chemin du Tour de l’isle, Montréal
Botanical garden of Montreal
Do not pass by the Botanical garden of Montreal. Here you can stroll among the flowering shrubs, the Chinese and Japanese villages, aquatic garden and the Orchid garden.
Ticket price: 20,50$A$.
Address: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal
Days 4-5. QC
In the morning on the fourth day of the trip go to Quebec. Take the train at Central station and go to the station Gare du Palais. Will spend about 3.5 hours.
We invite you to go on a flight at 06:25 or 08:56 am. In this case, the ticket price will be 30 A$ 38 and A$, respectively.
Quebec city is a pretty town with French roots. Here you can slowly wander among the old stone houses, looking at the Windows of shops with interesting goods.
Overnight at hotel Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
Old Quebec is a charming quarter with French architecture, fragrant cafes and the atmosphere of holiday and magic. Head to Place Royale, and from there to the street Notre-Dame. Here you will find a fresco of Quebec and the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Victoire.
And then just walk around the city, turning on your favorite streets. This is the best way to see the most interesting buildings to find the shop with unique goods and feel the atmosphere of the city.
Citadelle of Quebec and plains of Abraham
Go to the Citadelle de Quebec to see the city from the height of its walls. In the fortress there is a Museum, and along the East wall is a quiet and charming Promenade De Tutor. The fortress is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and the ticket will cost 16$A$.
Near the Fort lies the plains of Abraham is a large Park that often hosts events and concerts. Here you can relax, have a picnic in a meadow or walking along the shady alleys.
Days 5-6. Ottawa
On the fifth day I suggest you to go to Ottawa. Go early: the journey time by train is about 6 hours. Ticket price — from 49 A$ 77 A$.
Alternative and faster way to get to Ottawa (about an hour) is the plane. Optimal flight can pick up on OneTwoTrip.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. It offers modern architecture, picturesque parks and a bit of historical buildings.
Center Of Ottawa
The first thing to go in downtown center city with glass buildings, shops and business centres. After strolling on it, your way to the main attractions — Parliament hill.
Parliament hill is a complex in neo-Gothic style, the seat of the Parliament of Canada. The building of the Parliament is to examine from all sides, and the square nearby offers a great view of downtown.
After exploring Parliament hill, go on the waterfront. Going to the right, you reach the picturesque embankment of the Rideau canal and walk past the castle Laurier and varied sculptures.
Cross the channel and go to the National gallery of Canada — about it you will be greeted by a huge statue of a Spider, Maman. At the gallery holds collections of photographs and works of canadian artists. The ticket will cost 16$ A$. The mode of operation from 10:00 to 20:00.
In Ottawa, we have selected for you 3 different hotels, with different prices and class
- Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown
- Hotels by Marriott Delta Ottawa City Centre
- Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Upper Canada Village
On the sixth day we take you on a journey into Canada’s past, going to Upper Canada Village — a village on the shore of lake St. Lawrence, where it recreates the atmosphere of 1860.
Here you can walk between the buildings, echoing the architecture of the time, and try a variety of themed rides: riding in the carriage with horses or an old train, look into the bakery and flour factory, milk the cows, take a walk with the calf or to go to a traditional pub.
Ticket price: 22 A$ (for one day).
How to get there: unfortunately, the village is not serviced by public transport. We suggest you rent a car, and then rent it at the airport in Toronto. By car drive along Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 E. travel Time will be around 1 hour.
Official website: Upper Canada Village
Days 6-8. Niagara falls and Toronto
In the evening of the sixth day from Upper Canada Village go to Toronto. By car drive along route ON-401 W. take the Road about 4 hours.
On the seventh day, we suggest you go to Niagara falls, and the next day to explore Toronto.
It’s best to stay in Toronto in one of the following accommodation options:
- DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown
- The Novotel Toronto Centre
- The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
- Fairmont Royal York Hotel
- Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Niagara falls is called the complex of waterfalls on the Niagara river, which connects lake Erie and Ontario. The complex consists of three waterfalls: the Canadian falls — Horseshoe (Canadian Horseshoe Falls), American falls (American Falls) and Bridal Veil falls (Bridal Veil Falls).
A must when visiting the falls — a trip to him on the ship.
The cost of such entertainment — 28.95 C$.
How to get there: by car follow the road Queen Elizabeth Way/QEW. The trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Toronto — capital of province of Ontario and the largest city of Canada. It is located on the coast of Ontario is the smallest lake of the Great lakes system.
The CN Tower
The main symbol of Toronto and a popular observation deck with huge panoramic Windows, glass elevators and floors. Here you can participate in extreme attraction — take a walk on the edge of the tower, the so-called EdgeWalk.
While working observation deck: 8:30 to 23:00
The ticket costs 38 C$
Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Official website: CN Tower
A group of small Islands on lake Ontario, on whose territory there are parks and beaches. It offers a canonical view of downtown Toronto. To reach the Islands is by ferry.
The main city Park, located in a hilly area. The main symbol of the Park is made up of seasonal flowers, a huge maple leaf.
Address: 1873 Bloor Street W, Toronto
Trendy area with restaurants, shops and galleries housed in Victorian buildings in place of old industrial district. Near the Distillery market is the St. Lawrence — another place where you can go for a delicious meal.
The address of the district: Distillery District, Toronto
Market address : 93 Front Street E, Toronto
Street young (Yonge Street), stretching from lake Ontario through the city, according to some is considered the longest street in the world. In the beginning of the street is a remarkable building, the hockey Hall of fame, just to the North is a huge business and shopping center Eton. The Eaton Centre is a beautiful building of the old hall Victorian era, and not far from it you will find a quarter of a modern building with two towers of the new town hall. Along the streets the young are numerous restaurants and shops.
North hall is a small Park Queen, on whose territory is located the magnificent building of the Parliament of Ontario. Very near the Park is unusual in terms of architecture, the Royal Museum, part of which resembles a crystal. A little way to the North of the Park is the original Casa Loma castle, designed in neo-Gothic style.
Days 8-10. Vancouver
The evening of the eighth day of travel go to the airport Toronto (there you can lease a previously leased car). You are waiting for a flight to Vancouver. Optimal flight can pick up on OneTwoTrip.
Vancouver is the capital of the province of British Columbia and the third largest city in the country. It is located on the Gulf coast in the picturesque Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Northwest) in Western Canada. From all sides, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and the ocean. Here you will see large parks, beaches, and skyscrapers and fancy objects of modern architecture adjacent to attractive historic buildings.
We have selected for you 4 choices of hotels with different prices and class
- Hyatt Regency Vancouver
- Georgian Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection
- Hampton Inn & Suites, by Hilton — Vancouver Downtown
- Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
Stanley Park and the bridge of lions gate
Stanley Park is the main Park of the city, occupying a Peninsula and surrounded on all sides by the waters of the Bay. Here you can walk along the many paths inside the Park and on the coast, relax on beaches and enjoy the surrounding scenery at the observation deck. In the Park there is the Aquarium.
And from the Park overlook the magnificent hanging bridge road to lions gate, thrown across the Bay.
South-East from Stanley Park is a district of skyscrapers downtown. One of the skyscrapers — Harbor Center is the main viewing platform of the city. On the waterfront near harbour Centre is worth a look also at the building of Canada place, the roof of which resembles a sail. In addition, downtown is the place to look in Vancouver public library — the building resembles a Roman Colosseum.
While working observation deck: 9:00 to 21:00
The ticket is 18.25 C$
Address: 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Official website: Vancouver Lookout
The hours of the library are from 10: 00 to 21:00 (mon – Thu), from 10:00 to 18:00 (Fri – sat), from 11:00 to 18:00 (sun)
Entrance is free
Address: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The Gastown District
The old area of Vancouver that begins right behind the Harbor Center. Here is preserved wonderful examples of Victorian architecture. Walk Water Street which is lined with the most remarkable buildings of Gastown, including the building of the hotel “Europe” – shaped iron. On the same street, the Steam clock, which works due to the steam mechanism.
Also on the territory of Gastown is Vancouver’s Chinatown, where you can see classical Chinese garden sun Yat-sen.
Park address: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Center “Science world”
Science Museum of Vancouver, the exhibition, which will be the most interesting for children. However, the unusual shape of the building deserves to looked at her and adults. The Museum is located on the shore of a small Bay. From him on the opposite side of the stadium BC place, which also has an unusual appearance.
Address: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Until the early 20th century in the area located to the South across the Strait from downtown, there were factories, plants and sawmills. Today there is a huge market with numerous restaurants, shops and workshops. Market Granville island is a popular place with the locals.
Market address:1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Official website: Granville Island
The Queen Elizabeth Park and the Botanical vandusen
The Queen Elizabeth Park — a large and beautiful landscaped Park with arboretum, rose garden and sculptures. The entrance to the grounds is free.
The Park is open from 6:00 to 22:00
Park address: 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street, Vancouver
Near the Park is another beautiful green area — the Botanical vandusen. The entrance to the garden is 8 C$.
Time of the Botanical garden from 9: 00 to 17:00 (depends on season)
Address: 5251 Oak Street and West 37th Avenue, Vancouver
The beaches of English Bay and Kitsilano
In Vancouver there are many well-equipped beaches, although the water in the ocean even in the hottest months is too cold, the locals often spend time here. Besides the beaches in Stanley Park, you can highlight the excellent beaches of English Bay and Kitsilano. The first is located West of downtown, and the second near Granville island.
Capilano suspension bridge
On the other side of the Bay from Stanley Park is another great Park — Capilano (access to it can be a bridge to lions gate). The main attraction of the Park is a 140-metre suspension footbridge. Here you can stroll among the trees at a height of 70 meters.
The ticket to the Park costs 53.95 C$
The operating time of the Park: from 9:00 to 18:00
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Official website: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Mountain Grouse Mountain
Capilano Park (if coming from downtown) is a mountain Grouse mountain, which refers to the eponymous Park. On top of the mountain accessed by cable car. It offers magnificent views of Vancouver and the surrounding area.
Park ticket costs 50 C$
Park and cable car are open from 9:00 to 22:00
Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Official site: Grouse Mountain
Days 10-13. Banff national Park
On the tenth day of the trip, go enjoy the magical and majestic nature of Canada in Banff national Park. For this rent a car.
To travel from Vancouver suggest at noon, to the evening to get to the Park. Move along the routes of the BC-5 N and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E. the Road will take about 8 hours and 20 minutes, depending on the selected location.
We suggest you choose one of the following accommodation options where you will spend the next few days. They are all in the Park or in the immediate vicinity.
- Buffalo Mountain Lodge
- Banff Aspen Lodge
- Moose Hotel and Suites
- Baker Creek Mountain Resort
- Fairmont Château Lake Louise
Wherever you stay, be sure to go to the unique attractions of the Park:
Johnston Canyon is a picturesque Hiking route to the falls on a specially equipped track. Distance from Parking to the end point is about 2.7 kilometers. To leave the car, you can Park at Bow Valley Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9.
The Lake Louise. Explore it and enjoy its gorgeous blue color, walking trail, Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail. From the Northern coast of the lake is also a side trail leads to Lake Agnes Trail leading to a nearby lake Agnes.
Moraine lake — the visiting card of the Park, surrounded by fir forests and mountain peaks.
Peyto lake has a unique blue shade of water. From the Parking area leads easy route at the end which offers breathtaking views.
In the town of Banff, we suggest you take one of the tours for the observation of wild animals. Company Banff Adventures offers to go in search of deer, grizzly bears or wolves rehabilitation Center. See the prices for the tours is on the website of the company.
Day 13. Returning to Vancouver, flights to Montreal and fly home
Return by car to the Vancouver airport, return car and fly to Montreal. Since you originally arrived in this city, most likely, and you fly home from there.