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Holidays to Eastern Canada take you to some of the country’s most fascinating cities, significant landmarks and dramatic coastlines. It’s a huge region, incorporating the six provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. So it’s remarkably diverse, ranging from vibrant metropolises to snow-sprinkled mountains.

Whether you’re looking for culture, history or fantastic food, Eastern Canada holidays have got it covered. This place is particularly great for city-lovers. You can discover eclectic Toronto, where street art and craft breweries mingle with soaring skyscrapers and idyllic islands. Visit parliamentary buildings and modern galleries in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, or lose yourself in the charming streets of Quebec City and Montreal. Or head to the Maritime Provinces to explore seafront cities like Halifax and Charlottetown.

Prefer the great outdoors? Eastern Canada ticks that box, too. You can marvel at the jaw-dropping scale of Niagara Falls, which straddles the Canadian-US border between Ontario and New York State. Or spend some time in Mont Tremblant – an alpine town in Quebec famous for its thrilling activities, including skiing, golf and watersports. Kayak across the glass-like waters of Fundy National Park, or search for humpback whales off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Whether you’re looking for an escorted tour or a motorhome adventure, our Travel Specialists will help you plan every detail of your holiday to Eastern Canada. You could even extend your trip with some time in New York City, or enjoy a few days in Iceland on your way back to the UK. Tempted? Speak to our team to start planning your tailor-made getaway.

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Ontario

Home to nearly 40% of Canada’s population, Ontario is the country’s most populous province. It’s where you’ll find two major cities, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as the thundering waters of Niagara Falls – a must-see on any holiday to Eastern Canada.

Multicultural Toronto offers all sorts of things to do. You can browse the stalls of St Lawrence Market, cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays at a baseball game, and admire the impressive street art which adorns Graffiti Alley. Make sure you go up the CN Tower for panoramic city views, or take the ferry to the Toronto Islands to admire the skyline from afar. And, when you fancy a daytrip, Niagara Falls is just a 90-minute drive away, around the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, should also be on your hit list. Right on the provincial border between Ontario and Quebec, this charming city has plenty to see. You can tour the striking Canadian government buildings at Parliament Hill, wander along the Rideau Canal, and visit a number of museums and galleries, such as the National Gallery of Canada. In summer, you can look forward to a variety of festivals, too.

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Quebec

Quebec is Canada’s largest province in terms of area. Predominantly French-speaking, this unique province is home to the bustling hubs of Quebec City and Montreal, as well as the ski resort of Mont Tremblant.

In the southwest of Quebec, Montreal is actually built on an island, in the middle of the St Lawrence River. Here, you can see Canada’s largest church, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and admire the Botanical Gardens. Or take a leisurely stroll around the Plateau neighbourhood, where the streets are crammed with bars, cafés and galleries. Elsewhere, Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico. UNESCO-listed Old Quebec is particularly special, with charming streets, delicious food and a grand castle-like hotel called Château Frontenac. 

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Keen skiers, meanwhile, should make tracks for Mont Tremblant. Oozing European charm, this year-round ski resort feels like a little slice of France, from the croissant-filled bakeries to the top-notch restaurants. It’s the biggest ski resort in Eastern Canada, with more than 100 runs to keep skiers and snowboards busy. But there are lots of other activities on offer, too, ranging from golf, hiking and watersports, to relaxing spa days.

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Atlantic Canada

Right on the east coast, Atlantic Canada is made up of the Maritime Provinces – otherwise known as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. A total contrast to Ontario and Quebec, this is coastal Canada at its best.

Nature-lovers will be in their element here. Atlantic Canada is all about rugged cliffs, colourful lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and – in summer – brilliant whale-watching opportunities. You can go on a boat trip past 10,000-year-old icebergs, and search for orca, humpback and minke whales.

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Go hiking and kayaking in Fundy National Park, or embark on a walk in search of the Maritime Provinces’ many lonely lighthouses. Visit Charlottetown to see where the Canadian Confederation was signed, or head to Halifax for cultural sites and freshly-caught seafood. And make sure you take some time to learn about Atlantic Canada’s unique heritage, where English, Irish, Scottish and French history all blend together.

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Best time to go to Eastern Canada

Eastern Canada is often associated with cold weather, so you might be surprised by how pleasant the climate is. Between May and September, you can look forward to warm, sunny days and bright blue skies. In the height of summer, temperatures generally hover between 24°C and 27°C. But some inland cities, like Toronto, can be very humid and get as hot as 35°C – while coastal cities, like Halifax, tend to be a few degrees cooler. If you need convincing further, you might also like to know that May to October is the best season for whale-watching.

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But Eastern Canada is very different between November and February. At this time of year, you can usually expect rain, snow and temperatures as low as -15°C. So, unless you’re planning to go skiing in Mont Tremblant, the winter season is best avoided.

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Ontario

Ontario

Home to nearly 40% of Canada’s population, Ontario is the country’s most populous province. It’s where you’ll find two major cities, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as the thundering waters of Niagara Falls – a must-see on any holiday to Eastern Canada.

Multicultural Toronto offers all sorts of things to do. You can browse the stalls of St Lawrence Market, cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays at a baseball game, and admire the impressive street art which adorns Graffiti Alley. Make sure you go up the CN Tower for panoramic city views, or take the ferry to the Toronto Islands to admire the skyline from afar. And, when you fancy a daytrip, Niagara Falls is just a 90-minute drive away, around the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, should also be on your hit list. Right on the provincial border between Ontario and Quebec, this charming city has plenty to see. You can tour the striking Canadian government buildings at Parliament Hill, wander along the Rideau Canal, and visit a number of museums and galleries, such as the National Gallery of Canada. In summer, you can look forward to a variety of festivals, too.

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Quebec

Quebec

Quebec is Canada’s largest province in terms of area. Predominantly French-speaking, this unique province is home to the bustling hubs of Quebec City and Montreal, as well as the ski resort of Mont Tremblant.

In the southwest of Quebec, Montreal is actually built on an island, in the middle of the St Lawrence River. Here, you can see Canada’s largest church, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and admire the Botanical Gardens. Or take a leisurely stroll around the Plateau neighbourhood, where the streets are crammed with bars, cafés and galleries. Elsewhere, Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico. UNESCO-listed Old Quebec is particularly special, with charming streets, delicious food and a grand castle-like hotel called Château Frontenac. 

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Keen skiers, meanwhile, should make tracks for Mont Tremblant. Oozing European charm, this year-round ski resort feels like a little slice of France, from the croissant-filled bakeries to the top-notch restaurants. It’s the biggest ski resort in Eastern Canada, with more than 100 runs to keep skiers and snowboards busy. But there are lots of other activities on offer, too, ranging from golf, hiking and watersports, to relaxing spa days.

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Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada

Right on the east coast, Atlantic Canada is made up of the Maritime Provinces – otherwise known as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. A total contrast to Ontario and Quebec, this is coastal Canada at its best.

Nature-lovers will be in their element here. Atlantic Canada is all about rugged cliffs, colourful lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and – in summer – brilliant whale-watching opportunities. You can go on a boat trip past 10,000-year-old icebergs, and search for orca, humpback and minke whales.

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Go hiking and kayaking in Fundy National Park, or embark on a walk in search of the Maritime Provinces’ many lonely lighthouses. Visit Charlottetown to see where the Canadian Confederation was signed, or head to Halifax for cultural sites and freshly-caught seafood. And make sure you take some time to learn about Atlantic Canada’s unique heritage, where English, Irish, Scottish and French history all blend together.

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Best time to go

Best time to go to Eastern Canada

Eastern Canada is often associated with cold weather, so you might be surprised by how pleasant the climate is. Between May and September, you can look forward to warm, sunny days and bright blue skies. In the height of summer, temperatures generally hover between 24°C and 27°C. But some inland cities, like Toronto, can be very humid and get as hot as 35°C – while coastal cities, like Halifax, tend to be a few degrees cooler. If you need convincing further, you might also like to know that May to October is the best season for whale-watching.

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But Eastern Canada is very different between November and February. At this time of year, you can usually expect rain, snow and temperatures as low as -15°C. So, unless you’re planning to go skiing in Mont Tremblant, the winter season is best avoided.

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Niagara Falls

Marvel at one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. We’d recommend taking a boat trip to get right up close to the thundering waters.

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Toronto

Explore the city’s oh-so-cool Distillery District, admire the views from atop the CN Tower, and kayak around the scenic Toronto Islands.

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Quebec City

Immerse yourself in charming Quebec City, where European-style streets are lined with cute cafés, grand architecture and UNESCO-listed sites.

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Ottawa

Discover the cultural delights of Canada’s capital city, including the impressive Parliament buildings and the National Gallery of Canada.

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Halifax

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coast, visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration, and see the forts of Citadel Hill.
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