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Canada’s Maple Leaf Trail - 9 Nights
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Canada’s Maple Leaf Trail - 9 Nights

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Discover wonderful Canadian destinations and witness miracles of nature on this superb tour. Follow the Maple Leaf Trail from the bright lights of Toronto through to thrilling Niagara Falls and the historic cities of Montreal and Quebec. 

The vibrant waterfront city of Toronto lies in the Canadian state of Ontario.  Offering a multitude of cultural, shopping and entertainment options, it is also the gateway to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world.  The Maple Leaf Trail continues through rolling farmland to Kingston and the beautiful Thousand Islands resort region, then onwards to French Canada and the great city of Montreal, finishing in UNESCO-listed Quebec.  Along the way, the St. Lawrence River provides a glimpse of the flora, fauna and lifestyle along its banks.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Canadian Dollar (CAD, C$)
Local Time
Irish and UK time - 7 hours
Passport
Irish and UK citizens are required to carry a valid passport when travelling to Canada. EU Citizens require a tourist visa (ETA) to enter Canada. Clients can complete this online http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp for a fee of $7 Canadian dollars, or 30 euro if processed by Travel Department. 
Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Flight Duration
Approx. 7 hours
Climate
In early summer expect daily average temperatures of 16C - 22C.  The month of September is characterised by falling daily high temperatures, decreasing from 24°C to 19°C over the course of the month.
Food & Drink

Canada has many tempting treats to tickle the tastebuds.  Poutine is a dish originating in Quebec, made with french fries  topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.  Formerly regarded as a ‘downmarket’ dish, it has now become universally popular, even converting sworn foodies.   You might want to try some poutine along with a refreshing Molson beer, Canada’s favourite.  That other Canadian classic, maple syrup, makes the perfect topping for pancakes and waffles, with or without crispy bacon – also calorific, but delicious !

Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: C$3.60
  • Glass of wine: C$6.50
  • A typical beer: C$5.00
  • Soft drink: C$1.80
  • Bottled water: C$1.60
  • Set menu lunch: C$13.50
  • Set menu dinner: C25.00
Packing List
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
The Trade by Fred Stenson

Holiday highlights

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls ; American, Bridal and Horseshoe. Located on the US-Canadian border, extending into the province of Ontario and New York State, they converge and rise over a 52 metre cliff, cascading into the rushing river below and creating the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.  The Niagara Falls are appreciated both for their beauty and also as a source of hydro-electric power.

St. Lawrence Market Toronto 

The market is a great place to take a stroll and witness all the natural produce that Canada has to offer. With more than 50 speciality food stalls including cheesemongers, butchers, bakers and fishmongers , it also hosts cultural events, flea markets, exhibitions and social gatherings.

Thousand Island Cruise

The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. This boat journey offers the chance to see the picturesque riverside with its many summer homes and abundant wildlife, while relaxing on board the cruise vessel. 

The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal 

This museum is a must-see for art lovers. It has over 41,000 works on display in 4 pavilions, representing art from antiquity to modern times, including paintings, sculpture, photography and more.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Canadian Dollar (CAD, C$)
Local Time
Irish and UK time - 7 hours
Passport
Irish and UK citizens are required to carry a valid passport when travelling to Canada. EU Citizens require a tourist visa (ETA) to enter Canada. Clients can complete this online http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp for a fee of $7 Canadian dollars, or 30 euro if processed by Travel Department. 
Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Flight Duration
Approx. 7 hours
Climate
In early summer expect daily average temperatures of 16C - 22C.  The month of September is characterised by falling daily high temperatures, decreasing from 24°C to 19°C over the course of the month.
Food & Drink

Canada has many tempting treats to tickle the tastebuds.  Poutine is a dish originating in Quebec, made with french fries  topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.  Formerly regarded as a ‘downmarket’ dish, it has now become universally popular, even converting sworn foodies.   You might want to try some poutine along with a refreshing Molson beer, Canada’s favourite.  That other Canadian classic, maple syrup, makes the perfect topping for pancakes and waffles, with or without crispy bacon – also calorific, but delicious !

Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: C$3.60
  • Glass of wine: C$6.50
  • A typical beer: C$5.00
  • Soft drink: C$1.80
  • Bottled water: C$1.60
  • Set menu lunch: C$13.50
  • Set menu dinner: C25.00
Packing List
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
The Trade by Fred Stenson

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Canada

Travel to Canada

Upon arrival in Toronto, your local guide will meet the group and assist with transfer to your hotel in Niagara Falls. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Day 2 - Niagara Falls & Toronto

Morning

Niagara Falls

We start today with a boat ride along the Niagara River to the foot of the falls. Afterwards transfer along the scenic Niagara Parkway to the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here we discover a small but thriving community, proud to display a carefully preserved nineteenth century atmosphere. 

Afternoon

Toronto

We then complete the last segment of our journey with a transfer to Toronto where, on arrival, we will embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Featuring such highlights as the financial district, Old and New City Halls, Casa Loma, the St. Lawrence Market, the Flat Iron Building, Chinatown and much more.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today will be free to spend at your leisure in Toronto. Your guide will be on hand to suggest activities depending on your tastes.

Day 4 - Thousand Islands & Kingston

Morning

Thousand Islands

This morning we enjoy a pleasant drive east. Following the north shore of Lake Ontario, we pass endless miles of rolling farm land. Our destination is the beautiful Thousand Islands resort region where we embark upon a relaxing cruise. 

Evening

Kingston

After taking in the sights and sounds of this river playground, we board our coach for an overnight stay in Kingston.

Day 5 - Montreal

Full Day

Montreal

Today we continue to Montreal and tour the second-largest French speaking city in the world. On arrival meet with a local guide for some sightseeing. Highlights include the outside views of the Summer Olympic’s complex of 1976, Mount Royal, McGill University and Old Montreal.

Day 6 - At Leisure

At Leisure

You will have today free for relaxation and a spot of independent sightseeing in the area. Your guide will be happy to provide advice and suggestions for the best sights and activities for you to take in today!

Day 7 - Quebec

Morning

Depart for Quebec

Today we drive south and meet up with the mighty St. Lawrence River, which we follow along the scenic Chemin du Roy Highway. We pass numerous historical French-Canadian villages en route to Quebec City, the only walled city in North America. 

Afternoon

Guided Tour

Upon arrival meet with your local guide and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Quebec City. Highlights include the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and other points of interest.

Day 8 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today is at leisure. Why not wander the narrow, cobblestoned streets of the Old City, browse through the shops and boutiques, visit the numerous historical landmarks, and enjoy Quebec’s joie de vivre.

Day 9 - Return Home

Full Day

Return Home

Transfer to Quebec City’s International Airport for your internal flight to Toronto and onward flight to Dublin.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

"We will have great memories of a wonderful trip."

We have returned from a super trip to Canada. The Niagara falls are amazing and you have to witness the falls to understand their beauty and power. We met a lovely group of people and will have great memories of a wonderful trip. Well done to you all. 

Mary and Noel O Connor, Ireland. May 2015
 

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls 4

Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Fallsview has an enviable location overlooking the Falls and boasts breathtaking views. The hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and a wide range of dining and leisure facilities.... read more read more read more

Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Fallsview has an enviable location overlooking the Falls and boasts breathtaking views. The hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and a wide range of dining and leisure facilities.

Hotel address
Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls
6361 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, ON Canada

Niagara Falls
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Chelsea Hotel 4

Centrally located, within walking distance to the city's subway as well as the shopping districts and tourist attractions, Chelsea Hotel Toronto offers comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities, as well as convenient casual dining options.  ... read more read more read more

Centrally located, within walking distance to the city's subway as well as the shopping districts and tourist attractions, Chelsea Hotel Toronto offers comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities, as well as convenient casual dining options.  

Hotel address
Chelsea Hotel
Toronto 33 Gerrard Street West Toronto

Ontario M5G 1Z4
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Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis 3

Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis lies in the heart of the vibrant Latin Quarter, near Old Montreal.  Its location allows guests convenient access to all of the city’s historic, entertainment and cultural attractions, as well as shopping facilities... read more read more read more

Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis lies in the heart of the vibrant Latin Quarter, near Old Montreal.  Its location allows guests convenient access to all of the city’s historic, entertainment and cultural attractions, as well as shopping facilities

Hotel address
Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis
1415, rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal (Québec)
H2L 3Y9
Montreal
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Hotel PUR 4

Hotel Pur is situated in the heart of the revitalised Saint Roch historic district, in an ideal position to explore Quebec’s Old City, with its restaurants, barsand shops.... read more read more read more

Hotel Pur is situated in the heart of the revitalised Saint Roch historic district, in an ideal position to explore Quebec’s Old City, with its restaurants, barsand shops.

Hotel address
Hotel PUR
395 Rue de la Couronne
G1K 7X4
Quebec
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Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Highway 3

The Courtyard by Marriott Kingston hotel is located 5km from the city centre. There are several dining venues and a shopping mall close by. With comfortable, well equipped guest rooms, this hotel is an ideal touring base.  ... read more read more read more

The Courtyard by Marriott Kingston hotel is located 5km from the city centre. There are several dining venues and a shopping mall close by. With comfortable, well equipped guest rooms, this hotel is an ideal touring base.

 

Hotel address
Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Highway
103 Dalton Ave
Kingston

Ontario K7K 0C4
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Ambassador Kingston Hotel 3

Located 4km from Kingston city centre, Ambassador Kingston Hotel is a relaxing base for touring in the region, with features that include an indoor waterpark and onsite restaurant. ... read more read more read more

Located 4km from Kingston city centre, Ambassador Kingston Hotel is a relaxing base for touring in the region, with features that include an indoor waterpark and onsite restaurant. 

Hotel address
Ambassador Kingston Hotel
1550 Princess Street


Kingston
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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