From the New York area head north to the wilds of New England, for the first of many nights under the stars. Vermont's picture-perfect scenery will leave you awestruck as you gaze upon rolling green landscapes as far as the eye can see. Long and winding country roads and hiking trails will leave you eager to get out and stretch your legs.
Quebec City has a distinctly European flavour. Visit the dramatic Chateau Frontenac and explore the streets of North America's only surviving walled city; the historic old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you have plenty of memory on your camera as Quebec is one seriously photogenic city! The compact size of this city makes exploring it in a couple of days easily doable, so take your time to really discover this picturesque city.
A true cultural mix is next on the agenda in Montreal, the second largest city in Canada. Feel the charm of this 'European style' city, which has a vibrant summer festival season. With bundles of eateries, trendy bars, live music and comedy venues, there seriously is something for everyone here. You should totally try the local dish, poutine - which consists of cheesy curds on thin French fries and topped with thick gravy. Trust us, it's delicious! For the adventure seekers, take the opportunity to rip it up across the Lachine Rapids by high-powered jet boat. There is plenty to enjoy in this great city, so make the most of your free day to explore the city at your own pace.
The native Hurons called this spot 'Toronto' or 'meeting place' and it still is today, with over 70 nationalities mingling to vibrant effect. Take some time to explore Kensington Market, a huge area where you can find interesting souvenirs for the folks back home or pick up some tasty treats for the road. For a different perspective on this animated and multicultural city, head up to the top of the 457 metre high CN Tower, for some great (if a little dizzying) views. Rent a bike to explore the city, or catch a ferry to the car-free Toronto Islands. At night, head to the Distillery District, a five hectare area devoted to Toronto's finest eateries and drinking establishments. If there's a ball game on, get the group together and get down to the Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays.
It's hard to put into words just how awesome Niagara Falls is, from the immense sound of the falls crashing to the volume of water that falls every second. As one of North America's greatest attractions, it's only right that you experience it down on the water aboard an included catamaran cruise, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. Now that's what you call a front row seat!
Cross the placid waters of Lake Huron by Georgian Bay ferry, before rolling along forested ??Moose Alley', keeping an eye out for our four-legged friends. With some of the cleanest waters of the Great Lakes and stunning sandy beaches on the lakeshore, you'd better have your swimmers at the ready for a dip in one of America's Great Lakes! Finish the day off with a spectacular sunset and falling asleep under a blanket of stars. Perfection!
From one Great Lake to another, you head to Lake Superior... and it really is! This is the largest freshwater lake on the planet in terms of area, it's so big it has its own ecosystem! Jump in a Canadian canoe for an included wilderness trip for a true adventure: the perfect way to admire the incredible beauty of the area.
Welcome to 'The Peg', a city that rises above the Canadian Prairies and at the geographical centre of Canada and North America. Known for friendly locals and rich history. Listen out for one of 100 languages spoken here in this cultural melting pot. There's lots to learn and explore here. Visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery, crammed with everything from contemporary Canadian photography to more than 10,000 Inuit sculptures, tapestries and paintings.
The Canadian Prairies are your chance to see a sparsely populated landscape of endless skies and big open spaces, dotted with hay bales and woven with old country roads. This land is so flat that people describe this region as ??a place where you can watch your dog run away for days'. Shop in small town general stores while the local residents spin a yarn; a sure sign that you're well and truly off the beaten track. See another side to Canadian life with a unique overnight experience in a trailer park. Kick back, relax or party by the pool?? this is definitely an experience like no other!
Journey from the flat lands of the prairies, to the snow-capped peaks and valleys of Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park. Hang out in this friendly town or stretch your legs on the park's pine-clad hiking trails, it's the best way to explore this immense wilderness. The scenery around here really is epic. As you explore, keep an eye out for the bear, moose and deer that frequent the paths. End the day with an included trip to the local hot springs?? and relax!
You'd be hard pushed to find a more stunning scene than the turquoise blue waters of Lake Louise. You'll find some of the best hiking trails in Canada in the area and it would be rude not to lace up your hiking boots and go explore. We suggest taking a hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers and stop for a brew in the trail tea house, whilst admiring the incredible views. If you're dying to get out and see Lake Louise up close and personal, grab yourself a canoe and head out onto the water.
Next up, you reach Yoho National Park. 'Yoho' comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder and as soon as you start hiking through this national park, you'll soon see how it got its name. The scenery will continue to impress as you walk to Takakkaw Falls, cascading from the mountains to the valley below. But the world class vistas don't stop there, next up is the beautiful Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop. Visit the Natural Rock Bridge before heading deeper to explore the park and its varied wildlife. If you're up for some adrenaline pumping adventure, negotiate the rapids of the aptly-named Kicking Horse River, 100% fed by glaciers, there's no escaping the cold splash of the white waters.
You're being well and truly spoilt as the awesome scenery keeps on coming! The endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests that line the Icefields Parkway make it one of the world's ultimate drives and will have you raring to get stuck into the great outdoors again. You can even choose to walk on an active glacier. Now that's bound to make you feel on top of the world! Jasper National Park is a sprawling wilderness which has great biking trails through the most spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies – make sure to keep watch for wildlife roaming the park, from Grizzlies and wolves to caribou.
Don't let the fact Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is seriously stunning and no Canadian road trip would be complete without a visit. So grab your camera and walking boots, then head out on the trails to experience the incredible vistas with high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old-growth forests. Make the most of the silence and peace before you hike to the thundering Helmcken Falls, a 141 metre waterfall on the Murtle River, just one of dozens of stunning waterfalls in the park.
It's time to leave the wilderness behind and head for Vancouver, a city that prides itself on its outdoor spaces. Your tour ends on arrival in the city, but if you're not quite ready to face urban life, head to Stanley Park where you'll find miles of amazing walking trails through majestic trees as well as the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you're staying longer in the city, spend the evening in the Gastown district for historic charm and trendy bars and restaurants.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.