Canadian Contrasts – East-to-West Canada Tour

A Canada Holiday with a True Spirit of Adventure!

From the cobbled colonial towns of Quebec to the unspoiled frontiers of British Columbia’s Pacific Coast, our east-to-west Canada tour provides the trip of a lifetime.

You’ll journey through snow-fringed mountains, rolling ranchland, and dramatic fjords to experience special, quintessential Canadian moments.

Become a cultural explorer in vibrant cities and see history and life on the far frontier. You’ll find wilderness adventures at the foot of Niagara Falls and on the back of glacial ice fields. Unique excursions, unrivalled attractions, and unforgettable memories all beckon.

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15 Days from $4699/person CAD
Guided
Off The Beaten Path
Premium
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

East to West, Canada

Departures

2023 Departures: May 13, 27, June 10, July 1, 15, 29, August 19, 26, & September 2, 9

Included:

  • 14-nights accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts
  • Transportation by modern tour coach with an experienced tour driver
  • Services of a professional Tour Director throughout
  • Toronto and Niagara Falls sightseeing tour
  • Ottawa sightseeing tour
  • Quebec sightseeing tour
  • Montreal sightseeing tour
  • Toronto to Calgary flight (Day 8) on Westjet Airlines
  • Transfers between hotel and airport in Toronto and Calgary
  • Calgary sightseeing tour
  • Banff sightseeing tour
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST
  • Canadian government air transportation tax

Not Included:

  • Airfare unless specified in the tour itinerary
  • Laundry, optional excursions, and other items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Meet and Greet airport transfer service
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change
  • We are pleased to offer an air-inclusive package, including a flight from Toronto to Calgary on Day 12 with Westjet Airlines. The current schedule (subject to change) indicates the flights will depart Toronto between 09:00 and 16:00 and will arrive in Calgary between 11:00 and 16:00. Full first and last names are required at the time of booking.
  • Bed configuration can vary and may consist of two double beds, one double, queen or king bed
  • Due to the daily distances that must be traveled on these programs, children under the age of 14 do not generally enjoy motorcoach tours. For the enjoyment of all passengers, reservations are not accepted for children under the age of 10
  • Smoking is not permitted on touring or sightseeing motor coaches in Canada. Smoking may also be restricted in certain hotels and restaurants
  • Gratuities have been included for accommodation, porterage, and specified meals and functions. In restaurants, bars, taxis, and hair salons, a gratuity of approximately 15% of the bill (before tax) are customary. In the case of tour directors and bus drivers, tips are a
  • reflection of your level of satisfaction with the services provided. The amount is left to your discretion
  • We regret that we cannot devote the level of special attention to a guest with a particular disability may require. Persons needing assistance with personal needs must be accompanied by an able companion. Wheelchair room cannot be guaranteed

Optional Extras:

  • Niagara Falls – Voyage to the Falls
  • Quebec – Tadoussac Whalewatching Tour on the St.Lawrence River and visit to Montmorency Falls
  • Rockport – Thousand Islands Cruise
  • Banff – Columbia Icefields Excursion including Ice Explorer ride
  • Whistler Floatplane Sightseeing Tours – Spectacular Glacier Tour
  • Whistler Floatplane Sightseeing Tours – Ultimate Glacier Tour
  • Vancouver – Victoria Excursion including coach/ferry transfers and visit to Butchart Gardens
  • Optional activities may be booked on-site with our tour director. Prices will be competitive with locally available sightseeing tours. Passengers must pay the tour director directly. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted
  • Pre and post accommodation
  • Meet and Greet airport transfer service

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Toronto

Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. After checking in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city.

Discover the delights of Toronto’s colourful neighbourhoods, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower, experience the lively theatre district and indulge in one of the numerous restaurants. Overnight in Toronto. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Courtyard By Marriott, Toronto, or similar.

Day 2: Toronto/Niagara Falls Excursion

An east-to-west Canada holiday isn’t complete without a Toronto tour and a Niagara Falls trip. Today, we do both!

This morning we meet our fellow travellers at breakfast before setting out to discover the many identities of Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. After seeing the provincial parliament buildings, the waterfront, the imposing CN Tower, and lively Chinatown, we leave the city and head for the Niagara Peninsula.

We pass through outlying communities and towns along the shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls. Time is allocated to admire the falls and take part in some of Niagara Falls’s numerous activities. Overnight in Toronto. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Courtyard By Marriott, Toronto, or similar.

Day 3: Toronto to Ottawa

We leave the Toronto skyline behind and drive east toward Ottawa. Our route then winds through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway.

Upon arrival in the national capital, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ottawa. Defined by the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) and the government buildings on Parliament Hill, the city offers many great sights including the public gardens, the Byward Market, and City Hall. Overnight in Ottawa. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Parliament Hill, Ottawa, or similar.

Day 4: Ottawa to Quebec City

This morning, we travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Quebec. We skirt the magnificent Laurentians and follow the Chemin du Roy past Quebecois villages and historic shrines.

Today’s journey ends in Quebec’s cultural heartland, Quebec City. We enjoy a tour of Quebec, venturing within the walls of the old city and taking in the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel, and Battlefields Park. Overnight in the region of Quebec City. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Hôtel Ambassadeur, Quebec City, or similar.

Day 5: Quebec City

This day of your Canada tour is at your leisure, so you can further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site.

You can enjoy an optional full-day excursion to Tadoussac including 3 hours of whale-watching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Step aboard a regular boat and go in search of the world’s largest mammals.

You will also visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls which are 30 metres higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls. Overnight in the region of Quebec City. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Hôtel Ambassadeur, Quebec City, or similar.

Day 6: Quebec City to Montreal

Departing from Quebec City, we drive along the St. Lawrence River, following in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival, we embark on a tour of Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world.

The dynamic city of Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area, we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montreal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal, and the bustling shopping streets. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Hotel Faubourg, Montreal, or similar.

Day 7: Montreal to Toronto

Today’s journey takes us back to Toronto. En route, we stop in Rockport. Here, you have the option of enjoying an entertaining and relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1000 group of islands. Overnight in Toronto. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, Toronto, or similar.

Day 8: Toronto to Calgary (Flight)

A transfer brings us to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for a flight over the prairie grainfields of central Canada to Calgary. Upon arrival in Calgary, we make our way to our downtown hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Calgary. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel, Calgary, or similar.

Day 9: Calgary to Banff National Park/Canmore

We set out early this morning on a sightseeing tour of Calgary. We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary, and the skyscrapers of the commercial district.

Leaving Calgary behind, we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. We embark on a tour of Banff, amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers, and emerald-green lakes. We also see the landmark Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, and Tunnel Mountain. Overnight in Canmore. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Coast Canmore Hotel, Canmore, or similar.

Day 10: Canmore/Banff National Park

The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue.

An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield. The tour starts with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies. From the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Louise, we enter a rugged wilderness as we travel up the world-famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield, we board an Ice Explorer that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. We return late in the afternoon. Overnight in Canmore. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Coast Canmore Hotel, Canmore, or similar.

Day 11: Canmore to Kamloops

Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid-1800s.

Our Canadian holiday continues its tour of the national parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park.

From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests, and glacier-fed streams. One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park.

We continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Ramada Kamloops, Kamloops, or similar.

Day 12: Kamloops to Whistler

We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranchlands and head for the coastal mountains.

An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes, and meadows.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Whistler. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Whistler Village Inn & Suites, Whistler, or similar.

Day 13: Whistler to Vancouver

We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks.

We then leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown, and much more.

The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem. Overnight in Vancouver. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, Vancouver, or similar.

Day 14: Vancouver

The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver. You might want to do some shopping down on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island.

If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain. You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of its maritime heritage. See the beautiful 19th-century landmarks and enjoy its lively atmosphere. Before taking the ferry back to Vancouver, you will visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays, set in a reclaimed stone quarry. Overnight in Vancouver. Meals: B.

Accommodation at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, Vancouver, or similar.

Day 15: Vancouver Departure

The time has come for some last-minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. Meals: B


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