Manitoulin Island, Ontario

14 night self drive itinerary

Great Parks of the East

Combine stunning nature with city sights

Take a journey through the incredible parks of Ontario and Québec on this 14 night self drive tour soaking up the breath taking scenery, fascinating culture and unforgettable wildlife.

Begin in cool and cosmopolitan city of Toronto, where you can explore its vibrant neighbourhoods and soak up its endless entertainment before heading out on an epic adventure, beginning with Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. Explore the park's incredible vistas, lakes and abundant wildlife, with moose, white-tailed deer, beaver and black bear all to be spotted. Enjoy a brief stay in Canada's capital city, Ottawa discovering the history behind some of its most famous sights before returning to the fantastic nature and tranquillity of the Quebec province. Explore the rolling green landscape dotted with picturesque lakes, towering mountains and quaint villages with friendly French-speaking locals. Take some time out from the countryside in Montréal and Québec City - famous for their captivating history and 'joie de vivre'. End your journey by travelling back through Ontario's countryside, along the Thousand Island region before reaching the natural thundering splendour of Niagara Falls - the perfect end to this awe-inspiring holiday.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Take in the iconic sights and world-class entertainment in Toronto and Ottawa
  • Spot bears, moose, deer and beaver in stunning Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario
  • Soak up the fascinating French culture in Montréal and Québec City
  • Discover the quaint villages, friendly culture and picturesque scenery in the Lanaudiere region of Québec
  • Cruise the turquoise waters of Ontario's Thousand Island region before visiting Niagara Falls

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
15 days
Guide Price
£1,969 per person
Price based on
Based on 01 July 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Air Transat, meal basis as per itinerary.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Included
  • Accommodation for 14 nights (room only basis)
  • Days 10 & 11: Auberge du Lac Taureau - use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, montain bikes (1 hour) or sailboats (1 hour), access to beach, indoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Day 14: Niagara Falls - Hornblower Voyage To The Falls Cruise
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook with attractions, daily itineraries, provincial maps, city guides, hotel vouchers and day to day mapping
Not included
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Car rental, taxes and insurance

Itinerary Breakdown

Collect your hire car and make your way to your downtown hotel on your arrival into Toronto. Spend the remainder of your day exploring this buzzing city - take a trip up to the top of the CN Tower for panoramic views, wander amongst the boutique shops and cafés in the city's historical Distillery District or even take the ferry over to Toronto Islands to watch the evening sunset over the city skyline. Enjoy dinner in a gourmet waterfront restaurant or take in a hit show or musical before spending overnight in your downtown hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Chelsea Hotel or similar

Begin your adventure today as you hit the road to really explore the Ontario Province. Take a scenic drive north from Toronto, through Huron country before making a stop at Penetanguishene, where you can discover its fascinating First Nations history and culture. Continue on to Georgian Bay's breath taking '3000 Islands' and take in its incredible white sand beaches or even paddleboard out on its clear turquoise waters. Stay overnight in friendly Midland, situated on a picturesque harbour, the town is famous for its bright murals, as well as its boutiques and restaurants.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Quality Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Midland or similar

Leave Midland behind and head north-east to the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario with its vast expanse of stunning forested landscapes ready to be explored. Overnight in the region's main town, Huntsville and spend the remainder of the day enjoying its horseback riding trails, boat cruises and friendly bars and restaurants.

The following morning, visit Canada's oldest Provincial Park, Algonquin and take in its spectacular scenery on a guided hike, by boat on the many lakes or even canoe its rivers to spot moose, white-tailed deer, beavers and even black bears.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Deerhurst Resort or Hidden Valley Resort or similar

Head out on the road again today as you continue through Ontario following the winding Ottawa River before crossing the border in to Quebec's Gatineau Park. Hire a bike and take some time to enjoy its trails, many of which have fantastic views over the river and Canada's capital Ottawa in the distance. Spend the remainder of the day and overnight in Canada's capital Ottawa where you can visit any of its world-class museums, or even take a tour of Parliament Hill and make sure to head to Byward Market and try a Beavertail.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre or Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliamant Hill or similar

Take some extra time to enjoy Ottawa, perhaps with a leisurely cruise on Ottawa River for incredible views of the city's iconic buildings or hire a bike and ride along the scenic Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the short drive from Ottawa into the Laurentian Mountains in Québec and marvel at the rounded mountaintops and rolling hills before arriving in Tremblant for your overnight stop.

Head out and spend the following day getting to grips with this premier mountain resort, with hiking and bike trails to be enjoyed - as well as fantastic shops, spas, bars and restaurants. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Les Suites Tremblant - Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant or Fairmont Tremblant or similar

Enjoy a scenic drive on the Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first year-round carriageway and take some time to visit the quaint French-Canadian villages on your way to Trois-Rivieres. As Québec’s second-oldest city, Trois-Rivieres' streets are characterised by 18th-century style structures and galleries - perfect for wandering amongst. Continue your drive and overnight in Québec City.

After a restful night, spend a full day exploring Canada's oldest and one of its most beautiful cities - Québec City. Take a fascinating walking tour of the old fortifications surrounding the city - designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO or journey slightly outside the city to the scenic Montmorency Falls which are taller than Niagara Falls and surrounded by a fantastic park. Spend the evening enjoying a leisurely dinner and strolling the romantic cobble streets before returning to your hotel.

 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec or Hotel Le Concorde or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec or similar

Hit the road again today and begin with a picturesque drive through the fertile plains and rolling hills of the Mauricie / Bois-Francs and Lanaudiere regions, bound for the leafy forests and the totally unspoilt scenery of the Québec hinterlands - don't forget to stop for amazing photo opportunities. Overnight in the charming town of St.Michel-des-Saints.

Spend the following day discovering the beautiful surrounding scenery Reservoir Taureau and Baie du Milieu and take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities at your disposal from canoeing or kayaking to mountain biking or sailing. Alternatively, head for the hills along the hiking trails with panoramic views. Spend the night again in nearby St. Michel-des-Saints.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Auberge du Lac Taureau - Hotellerie Champetreor Lac à l'Eau Claire - Hotellerie Champetre or similar

Continue your adventure through the Québec countryside today and traverse the Lanaudiere region with its abundant glittering lakes. Take a rest stop in Berthierville and enjoy a picnic lunch with locally produced breads and cheeses before taking some time to visit the Gilles Villeneuve Museum, dedicated to the famous Formula 1 driver. Continue your drive before arriving in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montréal where you will overnight. Spend the remainder of the day getting to know the city with a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, shopping in the famous underground city or a stroll through Mont Royal Park with its spectacular city views.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Marriott Chateau Champlain or Delta Hotels by Marriott Montréal or similar

Hop back in the car this morning and cross the border back into Ontario to enjoy the tranquillity and unique beauty as you journey along the endless glittering shorelines of the Thousand Islands region. Take some stops to enjoy the rich history with visits to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Old Fort Henry or take a leisurely cruise to see the crystal clear turquoise waters up close. Arrive in Kingston where you will overnight and spend the evening soaking up the city's nightlife with world-class farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries and theatres to be enjoyed.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton Kingstonor Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront or similar

Enjoy a further drive along the shore of Lake Ontario this morning, skirting Ontario's capital, Toronto before reaching the charming 19th-century village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend some time wandering the farm markets and wineries or even take a horse and carriage ride through the Old Town before heading back on the road, along the picturesque Niagara Parkway before reaching the stunning natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Be awed by the majestic thundering waters whether its up close on the included Hornblower Voyage To The Falls tour or up high on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour. Spend overnight in Niagara Falls for a chance for extra unsurpassed photo opportunities.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsviewor Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton or similar

Take a last chance to enjoy the incredible wonder of Niagara Falls, perhaps with breakfast overlooking the falls in one of the world-class fallsview restaurants, before soaking up the stunning scenery of the Niagara region on your way back to Toronto International Airport where you will drop off your car and board your return flight home.

  • Toronto

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take in the panoramic views of the city from the top of the CN Tower
    • Explore the historic Distillery District on an authentic Brewery Tour
    • Hop on the Ferry with a picnic to Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario
    • Sample some of Toronto's diverse cuisine at St Lawrence Market
    • See the latest hit Broadway Show, musical or play in the city's Theatre District
  • Ontario

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Head out on the road to explore Ontario's stunning countryside
    • Cruise the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay Islands National Park - the world's largest freshwater archipelago
    • Discover the charming cottage resorts and abundant forests and lakes in the Muskoka region
    • Spot moose, black bears and beavers in Algonquin Provincial Park
    • Visit the unique and diverse ecosystems of Gatineau Park near Ottawa
  • Ottawa

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore the lively Byward Market area on a gourmet Foodie Tour
    • Visit any of the capital's world-class museums and galleries
    • Take in the panoramic city views from the top of Parliament Hill's Peace Tower
    • Hire a bike and ride along the Rideau Canal - a UNESCO world heritage site
    • Cruise along the Ottawa River on a fun boat tour
  • Quebec

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover the rounded mountaintops and rolling green hills of the Laurentian Mountains
    • Visit the picturesque, year-round mountain resort of Tremblant
    • Journey through the beautiful Trois-Rivieres landscape along the majestic St. Lawrence River
    • Explore the quaint french villages in the Lanaudiere region
    • Spot incredible wildlife in the Quebec hinterlands from moose to caribou and black bear
  • Quebec City

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover the romantic old cobble streets and incredible architecture that makes the city famous
    • Soak up the city's old world charm on a historic walking tour
    • The only walled city north of Mexico - take a guided tour to learn the history of the fortifications
    • Take a whale watching excursion for a chance to spot blue, humpback and beluga whales
    • Be awed by stunning Montmorency Falls - 30m higher than Niagara Falls
  • Montreal

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore the shops, restaurants and galleries in the famous Underground City
    • Visit the incredible Notre Dame Basicilica
    • Get fantastic pictures of the city skyline from Mont Royal Park
    • Take a bike tour through the old city and Montreal's harbour
    • Discover the fascinating ecosystems housed in the Montreal Biodome in Olympic Park
  • Niagara Falls

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit the charming Victorian village of Niagara-on-the-Lake on the shores of Lake Ontario
    • Journey past rolling green farmlands and picturesque vineyards on the Niagara Parkway
    • Be awe-struck by the mighty thundering waters of Niagara Falls
    • Get up close to the falls on a Hornblower cruise or take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour
    • For the truely daring, take a thrilling zip line across the falls - 220ft high at speeds of 40mph!