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River Boat Cruising with a Difference

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Many people enjoy the freedom of river and/or canal cruising and the choices to do this are various and different. But for something that is of the beaten track (well for us in the U.K.) would be to consider cruising the Rideau Canal in Canada.

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Being over 200 kms long with 49 locks, this canal is the oldest continuously in use canal in North America and is also a World heritage Site. Following the war between Britain and the USA in 1812, the canal was built to ensure that the interior of Canada had access to open water and ultimately the sea without threat from Canada’s neighbour. It was opened in 1832 and is an amazing feat of engineering with sometimes up to 8 locks to overcome the height differences between lakes.

 

John By supervised the work and made the most of the rivers and lakes that cover this amazing region. If you were in a hurry you could probably cruise from Ottawa to Kingston on Lake Ontario in 3 days but was is the rush. Why not take your time and explore the lakes and enjoy the locks – particularly as they are manned. And if you do not want to sail the whole way, that is OK as well. Cruise in your own boat or join a larger cruiser that sales the waterway and has a capacity of 45 guests.

A wonderful way to slow down a holiday to a fascinating part of Canada which would truly add to your experiences whilst here and a great way of getting back to nature.

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Help Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 – by Canoe

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Lake Superior

Naturally Superior Adventures are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by recreating the fur trade experience on Lake Superior. The route starts in Sinclair Cove in Lake Superior Provincial Park and finishes on Old Fort William in Thunder Bay.

The canoeing will be in 6 stages varying from 5 to 10 days starting on July 02 and ending August 19. You can elect to join for the whole journey or for just one or two stages. This is canoeing just as the fur trade voyageurs did two centuries ago in the very stable and seaworthy canoes – 12 metres long which carry 12 to 14 paddlers. The size of the crew allows for a mixture of experienced and novice paddlers. You are guided by well experienced trip leaders who have an intimate knowledge of the coastline, including the best campsites, and are talented wilderness chefs!

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

For full details please get in touch. We have the details of each stage, the equipment included and how to join at different points. A true adventure based in some of the most pristine areas of Canada.

We look forward to hearing from you, please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

Ontario in Winter

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Ontario has much to offer on a winter break in Canada as well as the more popular summer and with the opportunity for a little skiing as well, this is an idea with wide appeal.  

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Ontario In Winter

Day 1: Toronto
Day 2: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Day 4: Blue Mountain Resort
Day 7: Huntsville
Day 9: Ottawa
Day 11: Toronto
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Here is one suggestion for a memorable self drive winter itinerary through this beautiful Province …

Day 1: Toronto
Fly into Toronto and spend the night in the city. Shop at the world’s largest underground shopping centre ‘The Path’; full of shops, restaurants and entertainment this is great place to explore when it’s chilly outside. Take a trip up the CN tower for superb city views.
One night Toronto

Day 2: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Collect a hire car and drive to the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The area is famous for the production of Ice Wine and each January the village hosts its own Ice Wine Festival where you can tempt your taste buds with this delicious regional speciality. The magnificent Niagara Falls are a short drive away; during the winter the falls often have the illusion of being partially frozen as the mist wraps around them – a magical sight.
Two nights Niagara on the Lake

Day 4: Blue Mountain Resort
Drive to Blue Mountain Resort on the edge of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. There is plenty of family fun to be enjoyed as you learn to ski on the gentle slopes, ice skate, stroll along the cobbled streets of the village nestled at the foot of the slopes, or simply relax in the Spa.
Three nights Blue Mountain

Day 7: Huntsville
Next stop is Huntsville, your base for experiencing wintery adventures in Algonquin Provincial Park. In this winter wonderland dogsledding, back country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling are amongst the activities on offer
Two nights Huntsville

Day 9: Ottawa
Continue to Ottawa, with its charming blend of English and French culture. The Winterlude Festival held annually in February is a great family event. Skate on the Rideau Canal, watch spectacular firework displays and marvel at the magnificent ice sculptures.
Two nights Ottawa

Day 11: Toronto
Return home today for your overnight flight home from Ottawa.

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A winter holiday in Canada is far more than a skiing holiday.  In this itinerary, there are so many opportunities to take part in winter activities besides skiing.
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Ontario in Summer

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Known for the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and stunning Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada has far more to offer as this itinerary demonstrates:

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Ontario in Summer

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Day 4: Kingston
Day 6: Ottawa
Day 8: Huntsville
Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Day 14: Depart Toronto
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This is just one idea for a 2 week self drive holiday around the beautiful Province of Ontario in Canada. This can be adapted to suit your exact requirements and links well to its neighbour Quebec province. Ontario also has a good rail network and some of this holiday can be achieved by rail. Call us for more ideas

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Fine shops, rivalling those of New York, and fantastic restaurants await. Spend time on Toronto’s waterfront, take a leisurely boat cruise and visit the many sights that this vibrant city has to offer, climb the CN tower and brave the ‘Edge Walk’… Take a day tour to see the magnificent Niagara Falls and include a boat trip on the famous ‘Maid of the Mist.
Three nights Toronto
As an alternative, why not pick up you hire car a day earlier, drive to the Falls, then spend a night in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Day 4: Kingston
Collect a hire car and drive west to historical Kingston. Meander along the waterfront admiring Kingston’s architecture and explore the 1000 islands on a boat tour. Drive, walk or cycle the beautiful 1000 Islands Parkway.
Two nights Kingston

Day 6: Ottawa
Drive northwards to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Watch the familiar sight of the ‘Changing of the Guards Ceremony’ outside the Parliament Buildings and walk or cycle along the banks of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit Byward Market, a centre for fashion, music, art and tourist sights.
Two nights Ottawa

Day 8: Huntsville
Head west to the Muskoka Lakes region, an area full of wonderful lakes and fantastic scenery. Take scenic drives and explore Algonquin Provincial Park, a wilderness park and home to wildlife such as the illusive Moose.
Four nights Huntsville

You may consider adding in a true wilderness adventure here with opportunities for canoeing and hiking – camp or stay in a log cabin in the heart of Algonquin

Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Drive south to Blue Mountain Resort. A ski resort during the winter months, in the summer the resort offers a wide range of activities including mountain biking, hiking and tennis. Or take a short drive down to the resort’s own private beach on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay – relax on the sandy beach or paddle along the peaceful shoreline.
Two nights Blue Mountain Resort

Day 14: Depart Toronto
Drive back to Toronto where you will drop off you hire car in time to check in for your return or onward travel arrangements.
Photographs courtesy of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership

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Niagara on the Lake is a step away from the cosmopolitan life of the town at Niagara Falls.  You’ll need a car to reach it as it is not on the public transport network, but as a base to explore the falls, it is superb.
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‘I was not sure what to expect from Niagara Falls – a magnificent natural feature, or a huge commercialised resort.  Whilst the commercialised resort is there, it does not detract from the beauty and magnificence of the Falls themselves.  We got totally soaked on our boat trip, but it was worth it!’
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Region: Eastern Canada

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Eastern Canada – Ontario, Quebec, Niagara Falls

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada refers to the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and is home to the cosmopolitan and vibrant cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. But move away from the cities to discover a world of stunning lakes, rolling hills and much, much more. No visit to Ontario would be complete without a trip to Niagara Falls, but don’t forget the Muskoko Lakes and Algonquin Park – a perfect mix of city and countryside. Combine with Quebec Province, or visit Quebec on its own – that wonderful French-Canadian drawl immediately warms the heart and draws the visitor in to the totally individual nature of the Quebecois. Consider Quebec also for a Fall Foliage holiday – an excellent alternative to New England.

To see some ideas for a visit to this extraordinary region, click on the links

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The Province Of Quebec

Two Centre City Break: Montreal and Quebec City

Winter In Quebec

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

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A tale of two cities similar in some ways, worlds apart in others – Montreal and Quebec in Canada – linked by a common theme – the lovely Quebecois people, so proud of their Province, language and personality.

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

Day 1: London to Montréal
Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London

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The Province of Québec is a province of many enchanting pieces, rather like a jigsaw puzzle – the central part of the puzzle is the mighty St Lawrence as it wends its way from the North Atlantic through to the Great Lakes. Along its shores lie the great cities of Montréal and Québec – and it is these cities that form the basis of most itinerary ideas. A common tongue is where the similarity ends. A two centre city break combines the modern cosmopolitan Montréal, with the romantic old walled city of Québec. Three nights in each, linked by rail or air.

Day 1: London to Montréal
A choice of airline takes you on a direct daily flight from Heathrow; just a short flight, less than 7 hours. Three night stay in the city on arrival.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore with excursions by bus or boat, plus an excellent transport system to get you around the city. Although this is a cosmopolitan city, there are lots of beautiful historic buildings to visit, including the Notre Dame Basilica and Place Jacques Cartier. Wander up to Sherbrooke Street and browse in the designer boutiques, trend-setting art galleries and museums, including the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in the Museum Quarter. Stroll east and enter Chinatown. Or perhaps take a guided cycle tour of the city – whilst a visit to Atwater Market is a must for gastronomes.
Three nights Montréal

Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
A choice today as you move from Montréal to Québec City. The rail link offers several choices of departure time through the day, and takes approximately 3 hours. Alternatively, return to the airport and take the short internal flight between the cities.

Explore the winding side streets of this UNESCO world heritage site on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, stroll through its oldest neighbourhoods – Petit Champlain, Place-Royale and the Old Port. The City still retains its French heritage, and has a romantic Parisian feel – and its gourmet reputation is well deserved!

A short distance out of town, and linked by local public transport services, the Montmorency Falls are well worth a visit. For a summer visit, hire a bike, and cycle out on the well maintained cycle ways.

Consider also a visit to Wendake, and immerse yourself in the traditions and contemporary culture of Québec’s only Huron-Wendat community. Perhaps include a whale watching or include an excursion to the Island of Orléans
Three nights Québec City

Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London
Return to Montréal by rail or air, and connect through on your homeward flight to London – arriving home the following morning.

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Check the schedule, but plan to see the son et lumiere show at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Alternatively, check out the schedules for Cirque du Soleil which has its roots in the little town of Baie-St-Paul, a few miles north east of Quebec City on the St Lawrence.

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Eastern Canada Itinerary

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Combine the beauty of the Ontario and Québec countryside with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Toronto and Montréal.  Go Zip Lining across the 272ft high Montmorency Falls, Jet-boating on the Lachine Rapids, see the Great Blue Whale on a whale-watching cruise from Tadoussac…

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Day 1: Arrive Montréal
Day 3: North Hatley
Day 3: North Hatley
Day 5: Québec City
Day 7: Laurentians
Day 9: Ottawa
Day 10: Huntsville
Day 12: Toronto
Day 14: Niagara on the Lake
Day 15: Niagara Falls
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Combine the beauty of the Ontario and Québec countryside with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Toronto and Montréal.  Go Zip Lining across the 272ft high Montmorency Falls, Jet-boating on the Lachine Rapids, see the Great Blue Whale on a whale-watching cruise from Tadoussac. Enjoy winter sport at its best, with snowmobile trails, dogsledding, snow rafting, snowshoeing and snowboarding – plus skiing in the world-class resorts of Tremblant and Charlevoix. Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City all make superb weekend break destinations and all are linked by a good rail network if you do not want to drive all the time.  For some excellent shopping opportunities, Montreal and Toronto both boast underground walkways – especially good if using this as a Christmas shopping trip and are not keen on the cold.

Day 1: Arrive Montréal
Sightseeing includes St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Biodome, the Botanical Garden, Mont Royale, Notre Dame and the old Waterfront.
Two nights Montréal

Day 3: North Hatley
Drive south towards the border with Vermont, USA. The surrounding countryside with lakes and small villages is reminiscent of New England. Late September and early October offers dazzling displays of red and gold as the maple and the aspen don their autumn colours.
Two nights North Hatley

Day 3: North Hatley
Drive south towards the border with Vermont, USA. The surrounding countryside with lakes and small villages is reminiscent of New England. Late September and early October offers dazzling displays of red and gold as the maple and the aspen don their autumn colours.
Two nights North Hatley

Day 5: Québec City
Drive to Québec City overlooking the St. Lawrence. Old walled Québec has Montmartre-style narrow streets and pavement cafes. Sights include the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and the shrine of St Anne de Beaupre. The majestic Chateau Frontenac reigns supreme on the turreted skyline of Old Québec.
Two nights Québec City

Day 7: Laurentians
Drive the north shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway skirting Montreal. The scenic Laurentian Mountains are stunning in autumn.
Two nights Mont Tremblant

Day 9: Ottawa
Drive to Ottawa – Canada’s capital. See the Byward Market, Parliament Building, and the National Art Gallery. White water rafting is available nearby for the more energetic.
One night Ottawa

Day 10: Huntsville
Drive through the Algonquin Provincial Park. Visit the Muskoka Lakes region for touring, walks, relaxation and boating.
Two nights in a lakeside resort

Day 12: Toronto
Arrive in Toronto – the commercial hub of eastern Canada. Take a harbour cruise, shop in the famous Eaton Centre, or enjoy a revolving lunch or dinner at the top of CN Tower.
Two nights Toronto

Day 14: Niagara on the Lake
Drive to Niagara on the Lake, an attractive small lakeside town that is the centre for the annual theatrical Shaw Festival.
One night Niagara on the Lake

Day 15: Niagara Falls
Drive to the famous Falls takes you through attractive gardens and wineries en route. Enjoy a trip on the Maid of the Mist launch and have lunch up the Skylon Tower for an even better view of the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara River.

Drive on to Toronto Airport and fly home.

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For city enthusiasts, Quebec City is the jewel of this itinerary.  Its fairy-tale skyline, old city walls and associated history make this a must do.  Save your visit for the winter months and pretty Petit Champlain transforms into a twinkly snow covered scene – straight out of the movies.
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We had a fantastic time in Canada. We saw and experienced so much that I hardly know where to start. The hotels were top class (!)  Highlights were Niagara Falls, the wildlife (bears, beavers and whales in the wild, plus the ones at the Biodome in Montreal), Quebec, the botanical gardens at Montreal (absolutely superb!). All the arrangements worked perfectly. Only once did things threaten to go off plan when there was a fire alarm at our hotel in Ottawa and everyone had to evacuate. Fortunately we had packed early and were about to leave anyway, so we made a quick exit down the fire escape with our cases and made it in plenty of time for our train and limo.

 Thank you very much for organising such a wonderful holiday!

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