An Eastern Canada tour to savor
We are touring Canada looking for tips for an Eastern Canada tour for connoisseurs. Eastern Canada is a region that is very diverse. There are the biggest here Cities of the country. There are also villages here. Time seems to stand still in them. One can get lost in the forests of Ontario and Quebec. Instead, you feel like you are at the sea at the Great Lakes. Thousands of islands are also waiting to be discovered. The St. Lawrence River runs like a lifeline through the country from the Atlantic to Lake Ontario. In the Atlantic provinces the ocean is with its beaches never far away. There he determines people's lives. The Sea and its inhabitants are always close here. If you want to see more of Canada, there are tips for that 20 best places in Canada.
Discover Eastern Canada on a round trip
We like to and often travel to Eastern Canada. We discovered many places. Follow us on an Eastern Canada tour for connoisseurs and give you an insight into the beauties that this region of Canada has to offer. The country can be easily explored on a road trip or by camper. Panoramic routes, Villages where time seems to stand still, and the largest cities in the country are well worth a visit.
We start our Eastern Canada round trip for connoisseurs in Toronto in Ontario. There we discovered a lot that is worth a trip. You can spend a vacation in Toronto alone. The largest city in Canada offers a variety of attractions. But it is also an experience because of its residents. These come from all over the world. There is hardly a city in the world where as many languages are spoken as in Toronto.
It takes about an hour and a half to reach Niagara Falls. In clear weather you can even see them from the CN Tower. The mass of water plunging over the Niagara Slope 60 meters at this point is a spectacle best seen from the Canadian side. A visit to Niagara Falls is a must on an Eastern Canada round trip for connoisseurs.
Niagara Wine Region - A Must See on an Eastern Canada Round Trip for Connoisseurs
On the way back, make a detour to the wine region and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The wine region is a must-see on an Eastern Canada round trip for connoisseurs. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a place on the shores of Lake Ontario. There you can feel the past. Worth a visit in the off-season. Then the place is quieter, and the tourists of the summer are not there.
From Niagara our journey goes to the northern regions of Ontario to Georgian Bay. There a flight over the 30000 islands shows the archipelago landscape at the eastern end of Lake Huron in a particularly beautiful way. From there we continue north and finally reach the Muskoka Region and the Killarney Provincial Park. Its remoteness shows another Canada. Here nature is hardly touched by human hands. There is a deep silence over the land.
Muskoka in Ontario
We continue our Eastern Canada round trip for connoisseurs via Sudbury and Manitoulin Island. At Tobermory we reach the Bruce Peninsula with its underwater national park. From there the journey continues to Penetanguishene and Midland in Ontario.
Penetanguishene in Midland
In addition to the port of Penetanguishene, the Indian Museum in Midland is worth seeing. It shows the life of the Hurons of yore. We continue our journey through Algonquin Park to Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
Ottawa has world-class museums. You can spend days in it. However, the city itself is manageable. It has sights that can be easily explored on foot. We are always drawn to Ottawa. Interesting events and festivals take place here over the course of the year. These include the Winterlude at the end of January, the Tulip Festival in spring or Canada Day on July 1st. Canada celebrates its national holiday on this day. Nowhere is this celebrated like in Ottawa.
The next destination of our Eastern Canada tour is Canada's second largest city: Montreal. In the old town you will find cobblestone streets, over which horse-drawn carriages take tourists. A few steps away are the skyscrapers in the English part of the city. Montreal is a city with two faces. The French part and the English part. The city on the St. Lorenz Strom is definitely worth a visit.
Montreal for foodies
In Montreal, it is worth visiting the neighborhoods away from the city center and the main attractions. We were on a culinary tour through the city and got an insight into local life. From Montreal we continue our Eastern Canada tour eastwards and follow the Kings Highway along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, the capital of the province.
The city, with its center, is the most reminiscent of all the cities of Canada, the origin of its builders from Europe. In many places you can feel the savoir vivre of the French. To this day, this is the charm of Quebec City.
The old town of Quebec
In the lower city of Quebec City, one feels transported to one of the port cities of Brittany, from which the settlers once set out. She moved across the Atlantic looking for a life in a land that promised her freedom. The street cafés in the Petit Champlain district below the Cap Diamant are definitely reminiscent of their role models in France.
From Quebec there are several ways to travel further to the Atlantic provinces. On the north bank of the St. Lawrence River you can drive east and take the ferry at either Tadoussac or Baie Comeau to the south side of the river. Or you drive over the bridge near Quebec to the south bank of the St. Lorenz and follow it first to the east and then to the south to New Brunswick. There the drive along the Atlantic coast is worthwhile, where there are always views of the sea like here at the Dune de Bouctouche.
The coast of New Brunswick
New Brunswick alone is worth several trips. The coastal landscapes along the Atlantic differ from the landscape on the west coast of the province. This is determined by the tidal differences in the Bay of Fundy. They are the largest in the world. This bay empties twice a day. This makes for a natural spectacle, as the coast looks different after every hour. This can be seen most impressively at the Hopewell Rocks.
However, there are still many places that make a visit to New Brunswick interesting. It is also worthwhile to study the cuisine of the Atlantic provinces. Nowhere in Canada is there so many lobsters, clams or oysters on the menu as here. These are served in fine restaurants as well as casually served on paper plates as in this photo. Anyway, they are always fresh!
Prince Edward Island
From New Brunswick we finally drive over the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. This island boasts very fertile soil, which is also excellent for growing potatoes. Small pretty villages line the island's coastline, and the capital, Charlottetown, has something small-town-like about it. What we like about Prince Edward Island is the tranquility that this island exudes, as well as its coastal regions with the many long sandy beaches, the lonely bays and the lighthouses that defy even the strongest storms.
Nova Scotia is a must on an Eastern Canada tour
We continue our tour of Eastern Canada by ferry and cross over to Pictou in Nova Scotia. After a visit to the Hector, the replica of a ship that the early Scots used to arrive on this coast, we continue to Cape Breton Island. This island has one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Eastern Canada on the Ceilidh Trail and the Cabot Trail. If you also take your time, you can Cape Breton Island go on great hikes, watch whales, discover secluded bays, explore historic villages and much more.
Peggy's Cove is part of an Eastern Canada tour
We turn our back on Cape Breton Island and continue to the south coast of Nova Scotia. Not far behind Halifax we finally find one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the country: in Peggy's Cove he sits on a rocky base over the deep blue sea and shows the way to the sailors.
Eastern Canada round trip with Newfoundland
Nova Scotia, with its rough, Atlantic facing south side, the lovely and fertile Annapolis valley and the north coast on the Bay of Fundy, offers many different regions worth exploring - stuff for many trips to this province alone. We make our way back to Halifax on our trip to Eastern Canada and continue on our way Newfoundland, an island that has its very own character and incredibly hospitable people. But the nature of Newfoundland is also worth a visit. We were enthusiastic about whale watching off St. John's. We have only been to this island once, but we are already drawn to it again. The most beautiful photo we brought home from our first Newfoundland trip is from Trinity, a small town on the island's coast that millions of lupins turn into a flower wonderland in July.
Conclusion: Eastern Canada is worth more than a round trip
In twenty pictures we can hardly show all the beauties that Eastern Canada has to offer. Not at all one should plan a Eastern Canada round trip, which summarizes all these places in a journey together. They are too interesting for that. There is also so much more to discover in between. Eastern Canada fascinates us so much that we have been returning there again and again for years looking for other places worth exploring. The next trip is already in planning.
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