The Great Explorer
|2||Excursion to Niagara Falls|
|3||Toronto → Thousand Islands||257 km|
|5||Thousand Islands → Ottawa||193 km|
|6||Ottawa → Mont Tremblant National Park||154 km|
|7||Mont Tremblant National Park|
|8||Mont Tremblant National Park → Mauricie||260 km|
|9||Mauricie → Haute-Mauricie||204 km|
|11||Haute-Mauricie → Lac St-Jean||164 km|
|12||Lac St-Jean → Saguenay Fjord||135 km|
|14||Saguenay Fjord → Tadoussac||113 km|
|16||Tadoussac → Gaspesie National Park||355 km|
|17||Gaspesie National Park|
|18||Gaspesie National Park → Forillon National Park||175 km|
|19||Forillon National Park → Percé||92 km|
|21||Percé → Baie des Chaleurs||227 km|
|22||Baie des Chaleurs → Bic National Park||198 km|
|23||Bic National Park|
|24||Bic National Park → Bas St-Laurent||147 km|
|25||Bas St-Laurent → Quebec City||200 km|
|27||Quebec City → Montreal||250 km|
- 27 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- Full board at Seigneurie du Triton outfitter
- Full board at Domaine Valga outfitter
- The Baie-Comeau / Matane ferry
- Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
Add a GPS to your Travel Kit for $12 / day
* Max. $120 / rental
Book before June 30th, 2018 and choose 1 of these 2 special offers:
1. FREE whale-watching safari
2. FREE lunch at the sugar shack
* Certain conditions apply (see general terms and conditions)
DAY 1 - Toronto
Welcome to Toronto, the Canadian metropolis also known as the "Queen City".
Don't miss the city's main attractions, such as Bay Street, Yonge Street, the Ontario parliament, Chinatown and shopping at Eaton Centre.
Defining the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is one of the Wonders of the modern world and one of Toronto's main attractions. Its observation deck is one of the highest in the world, at a dizzying 447 metres. Will you dare to walk across its glass floor?
Today you set out for the magnificent Niagara Falls, considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Your visit to the falls is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip; you will never forget their awe-inspiring power and beauty.
Don't miss the famous Hornblower boat tour, which will take you right to the base of the falls.
You head back to Toronto at the end of the day.
Spend the morning exploring the Canadian metropolis.
In the afternoon, you set a course for the beautiful Thousand Islands, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
This famous region, known to the First Nations people as "The Garden of the Great Spirit", offers scenery of a singular beauty.
DAY 4 - Thousand Islands
The best way to explore these 1000 treasures is with a boat tour on the St. Lawrence River.
You have a day off to relax and enjoy the present moment in this magnificent natural setting. After all, you are on holiday!
The adventure continues in our National Capital, Ottawa.
Nestled at the junction of three scenic rivers, Ottawa is considered to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. It is a North American city with a bit of a European feel.
During your day in the Canadian Capital, be sure to visit its most popular attractions, such as Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and ByWard Market.
Your next destination is the legendary Mont-Tremblant National Park.
Mont Tremblant National Park is a vast universe of mountains looming over endless lakes and rivers, offering freedom and escape. The wide range of activities and discoveries are sure to please everybody (hiking, canoeing, kayaking, etc.).
After a full day of adventure, you will be swept away by the undeniable charm of the pedestrian village of Tremblant. In the evening, Tremblant is transformed into a hive of nighttime activity. The mood is festive, the smiles are contagious, and there's a party in the air!
DAY 7 - Mont Tremblant National Park
Today, why not canoe down the meandering Diable River? This excursion lasts half a day and is accessible to all ages and abilities. The departure point is at the Lac Monroe visitors centre in the La Diable Sector. Canoes can be rented directly on-site. Shuttle service is included.
The La Roche and La Corniche hiking trail offers breathtaking views of the the surrounding area. This 8-kilometre loop is also widely accessible.
This morning, you take the route to the La Mauricie National Park.
Covering an area of 536 km², this national park gives off an air of serenity in keeping with its gently undulating terrain and its variegated forests. On this wide plateau with its hills and valleys and network of lakes and rivers, life follows nature's rhythms.
Only the changing seasons mark the passage of time, retouching the landscape with subtle strokes.
This morning you take one of Quebec's most scenic routes into the Haute-Mauricie region.
Your destination is Seigneurie du Triton. This outfitter can only be reached by water, which protects its access and allows it to preserve its unspoiled nature.
You can feel the stress of daily life melting away, to be replaced by the peace and serenity of the great outdoors.
DAY 10 - Haute-Mauricie
FREE on-site activities for families
By day: Hiking and nature interpretation, ride in a canoe or rabaska canoe, visit trout spawning grounds, visit the Triton train station, swimming, pedal boat, sea kayak, mountain biking…
By night: Observe beavers in their natural habitat, campfire with stories and legends, ride on the water by torchlight, slideshow of Quebec wildlife, the occasional musician, take a walk by torchlight...
This morning you set out for Lac St-Jean, a veritable inland sea.
Lac St-Jean is known for its warm hospitality: this is the ideal place to get to know the Quebec people with their customs and traditions.
This morning you set a course for the spectacular Saguenay Fjord.
This majestic but little-known natural wonder will take your breath away and leave you with unforgettable memories.
You will discover the vastness of time and space in this place where the colossal forces of nature conspired to create a fjord.
DAY 13 - Saguenay Fjord
Make the most of this day surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the Saguenay Fjord, unique in the world.
Hiking enthusiasts won't want to miss the chance to walk the Sentier de la Statue trail in the Baie-Éternité sector of Saguenay Fjord National Park. The view of the fjord from the statue is spectacular.
The region is also home to two of Quebec's most picturesque villages, l'Anse-St-Jean and Ste-Rose-du-Nord.
Today you take one of the most scenic routes in Quebec to reach the region of Tadoussac.
Tadoussac, the oldest village in Canada, is listed as one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world.
Take the time to sample some typical local cuisine at Le Bateau restaurant, conveniently located in the heart of this historic village.
DAY 15 - Tadoussac
Tadoussac is one of the best internationally renowned whale-watching sites in the world. So can hardly leave the area without going on a whale-watching safari!
This exciting adventure includes the services of a naturalist guide who will help you identify several species including the razorback and the beluga.
This morning you will take an unforgettable ferry ride to the south shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
Your destination: Gaspesie National Park.
This park is a veritable sea of mountains right in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. Its varied climates and unusual geomorphology attract a diversity of plant and animal species that are unique to Quebec.
DAY 17 - Gaspesie National Park
Hiking is, without a doubt, the favourite activity within Gaspésie National Park.
The best trail is the one that leads to the summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier, where you will get a taste of the Far North; you may even surprise some caribou grazing at the top! Ask about the shuttle service and the "Vivez le Grand Nord" discovery hike.
For families or the less athletically inclined, the Lac aux Américains trail will lead you to breathtaking picture-postcard views in less than 30 minutes.
Next the adventure leads to Forillon National Park.
The section of Route 132 between Gaspesie Park and Forillon Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada.
The incredible Forillon National Park, where mountain cliffs thrust brutally into the Atlantic Ocean, is a must-see destination!
We recommend a picnic lunch in Cap Bon-Ami, definitely the best place from which to admire the Forillon cliffs.
Don't miss the Grande-Grave interpretive trail which highlights the way of life of the fishermen and their families at the time of colonization.
Spend the morning enjoying the spectacular coastal landscapes of Forillon National Park.
In the afternoon you set a course for the famous Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Enjoy your stay in the charming village of Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.
DAY 20 - Percé
Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park boast of a rich historical and natural heritage, a surprising geological past, and unusual plant and animal life including an impressive world-renowned colony of Northern Gannets.
An extension of the Appalachians into the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this rocky city has Île Bonaventure as a fortress, and the majestic Percé Rock, the tourism emblem of Québec, as a stone vessel.
On the island, the fragrance and colour of the wildflowers and the fresh sea breezes will intoxicate you.
This morning you set out for Chaleur Bay ("Baie des Chaleurs") in the southern part of Gaspesie.
You will want to make a stop on the banks of the lovely Bonaventure River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec.
Baie des Chaleurs has a long-standing reputation for open hospitality and "bon vivants" who enjoy the good things in life. You are sure to find a warm welcome that you will be hard-pressed to forget!
Your route continues through the panoramic Matapedia Valley to Bic National Park.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, Bic National Park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
DAY 23 - Bic National Park
Today we invite you to discover Québec's backcountry in all its splendour.
Welcome to Bas-St-Laurent, a region where coastal levees and hills give way to a land of forests, winding rivers and lakes, all carefully preserved over the years by the local inhabitants.
Today's destination is Notre-Dame du Portage, a charming village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
In Notre-Dame-du-Portage, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Kamouraska region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
Today you head for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.
Once you reach Quebec City, take the time to explore the city and its many historic sites. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
DAY 26 - Quebec City
Take the time to explore the old capital and its many historic sites. From Place Royale and Petit Champlain to Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac, follow the winding alleys that will lead you to hidden places where you will have the impression that you are the first to discover them.
This morning you head for Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.
Like any great city, Montreal has 1001 attractions to offer visitors. Take the opportunity to experience the rhythm of its 5 main neighbourhoods: the Plateau Mont Royal, Old Montreal, Downtown, the Latin Quarter and Mont Royal Park.
DAY 28 - Montreal
Enjoy the last moments of your Canadian vacation, before heading to the Montreal airport for your flight home.
It's time to say "au revoir" to the land of lakes and rivers, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!