Visiting Ontario and Québec will give you the opportunity to see some of Canada's most renowned cites, such as Toronto, Ottawa (the capital), Québec City and Montréal. Along with First Nations culture, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and iconic tourist spots, an itinerary covering these two vast regions combines into a memorable experience.
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This huge province stretches from the Great Lakes on the USA border to the frozen shores of Hudson Bay.
Villages such as Niagara-on-the-Lake and Goderich can be combined with the wineries and birdlife of Pelee Island, the art scene of Prince Edward County and Manitoulin Island's, First Nations population who hold pow-wows of traditional dancing and singing throughout the summer months.
Killarney and Algonquin Provincial Parks offer wildlife viewing, canoeing and fishing. The remote north and west is a land of forest and tundra, with a vibrant Cree culture and important settler history including the Hudson Bay Company’s first outpost at Moosonee.
Polar Bear Provincial Park covers thousands of square miles and visiting these remote areas by plane, train and boat opens up the possibility of wildlife viewing on both land and sea.
As the largest French-speaking region outside France and Canada's largest province, Québec offers a Gallic charm all of its own. This manifests itself in its culinary heritage of restaurants and pavement cafés.
Québec City is North America's only walled city and Montréal is a buzzing metropolis, but away from the urban centres, Québec Province spreads out across the vast tracts of tundra on the shores of Hudson Bay to the pastoral Eastern Townships.
The Laurentian Mountains are the playground of the Québecois throughout the year, while the St. Lawrence River is where the European settlers gained a foothold.
On the south shore the Gaspé Peninsula's mountains are draped in dense forests that grow down to the water's edge. The north shore is home to a thriving arts scene, the charming villages of Charlevoix and the Saguenay Fjord.
In the far north, expedition cruising departs from Kuujjuaq into the Arctic Circle to see polar bears, narwhal and Inuit culture while the Gulf of St. Lawrence is the seasonal home to blue, fin, humpback and beluga whales.
Our Ontario & Québec highlights
Go whale-watching in the Gulf of St Lawrence
Some of the best whale-watching in Canada can be enjoyed in the St Lawrence River, just three hours drive from Quebec City. Blue whales and humpacks are regular visitors, but if you are lucky, a real treat will be to see belugas. These arctic whales, famous for their unique white colour, are an amazing sight.
Spot moose in La Gaspésie
The Gaspé Peninsula is still largely undiscovered by tourism. The chance encounter with a blue whale or the more reliable sighting of a moose make this a great wilderness destination.
Hike through Le Parc National des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie
When visiting Charlevoix, be sure to spend a leisurely afternoon hiking through Le Parc National des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, a region dominated by towering cliffs and serene lakes.
Attend the Festival of New France in Québec
The Festival of New France takes place in August each year and fills the streets of Old Quebec with costumed participants, traditional foods and colourful markets.
Some of our favourite places in Ontario & Québec
One of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls never fails to impress. You can get even closer to the falls from either a boat or helicopter trip.
Ottawa is steeped in tradition which manifests itself in the magnificent Parliament buildings, the Governor-General’s residence and the many parks and gardens.
Great places to stay in Ontario & Québec
Omni Mont Royal
The Omni Mont Royal offers peace and quiet while still being in the heart of Montréal's principal shopping district.
Auberge Saint Antoine
Situated in the heart of Québec City's old port, Auberge Saint Antoine offers great comfort, style and service and one of the finest restaurants in Canada.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Ottawa's most famous hotel. Located in the heart of the city it offers well-appointed rooms with views of the city or of Parliament Hill.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers a wide range of rooms and suites to choose from, and possibly the finest restaurant in the city.
Hotel Le Nelligan
This charming property is situated in Rue St Paul, right in the heart of old Montréal, and wonderfully reflects the atmosphere of the area. An historic building renovated with a contemporary twist, the Nelligan is a delightful boutique hotel.
La Pinsonniere is a top class, modern and elegant hotel in the heart of the Charlevoix region of Québec, a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve.