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Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

Ontario's falls, forests and lakes self-drive tour

14 days from £4,130pp

Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
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Tour highlights

  • Explore the bustling city of Toronto, taking in panoramic views from the CN Tower.

  • Get up close to Niagara Falls by boat and visit the Niagara wine region.

  • Venture into the lakes and waterways of Algonquin Provincial Park by canoe to spot wildlife.

  • Travel the less-trodden path to Killarney Provincial Park and Bruce Peninsula on the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.

  • Take a guided tour to experience the history and culture of Wikwemikong and Anishaabe First Nations.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Toronto. On arrival in Toronto, make your own way to your downtown hotel. The journey typically takes 30 minutes to an hour. Once you’ve checked into your hotel, the remainder of the day is free to relax. We recommend a walk along the water to see the Toronto islands and the CN Tower. If you have time, we also recommend a journey to the top of the tower to catch the 360-degree views of Toronto as the city lights turn on.

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure, independently exploring Canada's largest city. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of shops, restaurants and world-renowned art galleries, theatres and sports events. Toronto is also home to National Geographic's "World's Best Food Market", St Lawrence Market, so we recommend stopping by for a bite to eat. If you’d prefer to see the natural side of the city, we recommend taking a bike and cycling across the islands to see the Toronto skyline. We've included tickets to the CN Tower to see the city from above today.

  • This morning, you will make your own way to the downtown car hire depot to collect your hire car. Your package includes an additional driver and all necessary insurance. Your journey will take approximately two hours, following along the shores of Lake Ontario to the Niagara region. As you approach Niagara-on-the-Lake, the surroundings will transition from urban landscapes to wide stretches of farmland and vineyards. Settle into your hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake and explore the small town this evening.

  • Today, make the short, 30-minute drive to the mighty Niagara Falls this morning. We've included a Niagara Adventure Pass for admission to many of the region’s attractions, and tickets for the Hornblower cruise, which takes you right up to the foot of the falls. This afternoon, return to Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore its flower-adorned streets under your own steam. Here, you can slow your pace by venturing to some of the area's wineries to taste local Canadian red and white wine and the more regionally distinctive ice wine.

  • Leaving Niagara Falls, you will drive north for about three hours to "cottage country" and the Muskoka region, known for its berry farming, cute cottage towns, forests and many lakes. On arrival, we have included a visit to a cranberry winery to learn more about this unique Ontarian delicacy, followed by a tasting. After the tasting, continue your journey into Algonquin Provincial Park to your lakeside lodge. All meals are included during your stay here, along with access to the water equipment.

  • Algonquin Provincial Park is set within lush woods that turn to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows in October, and is peppered with lakes, ponds and rivers. You have a private three-hour guided tour by electric canoe onto the calm waters of the lakes to try and catch the wildlife along the shore, including moose, birds, wolves and deer. You have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure, sampling one of the hiking trails or learning more about the artists who frequented the region.

  • Depart Algonquin Provincial Park and drive around the edge of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron to Killarney Provincial Park. The journey takes about four hours and the area becomes less and less explored the further north you go. On arrival, settle into your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. You might like to take a canoe out or take one of the shorter hiking trails before dinner.

  • Killarney Provincial Park is a prime example of untouched beauty. Much of this stunning park is backcountry, making for an incredible outdoor experience, and you have the full day at leisure to take it all in. You may like to take a workshop to learn to canoe or perhaps walk one of the park's day trails. At night, make sure to look up! The night sky is stunning in this area.

  • Continue your drive west around the park on a scenic journey toward Manitoulin Island. The journey takes about two and a half hours, so you can enjoy a leisurely morning in Killarney before moving on. You will pass through forests and smaller islands before reaching Manitoulin, the largest freshwater lake island in the world. The island is also home to the Wikwemikong First Nation tribe and so has a lot of indigenous influence.

  • Today we've included a four-hour canoe tour with a local First Nations guide. Your guide paddles you along the ancient journeys of the Anishaabe people, taking in the view of Lake Huron and learning about the history and culture of the region. The rest of the day is free to explore Manitoulin Island. The Cup and Saucer Trail is a beautiful scenic walk, and for further First Nations culture, we recommend visiting the Ojibwe Cultural Museum.

  • Make your way to the southeastern tip of the island where you will take the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry or "Big Canoe" over to Tobermory on the mainland (note that this payment is made locally). This ferry crosses Georgian Bay, passing small islands and incredible beauty. From Tobermory, you continue down the west side of Georgian Bay to the small community of Owen Sound. The rest of the day is free to explore the town.

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring Owen Sound and Tobermory. The latter is the gateway to Fathom Five National Marine Park. This area is known for over 15 visible shipwrecks, which can be seen by taking a glass-bottomed boat cruise. We recommend taking a hike to visit beautiful Inglis Falls. For those interested in the region's culture, the Grey Roots Museum displays a fantastic exhibit full of historical artefacts from the county.

  • Your final drive takes you south to Lake Ontario and Toronto. The drive is about two hours, so you might like to detour to the town of Wasaga to visit the longest freshwater beach in the world. Drop off your car at the airport before taking your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Toronto
 
Niagara-on-the-Lake
 
Niagara Falls
 
Algonquin Provincial Park
 
Killarney Provincial Park
 
Manitoulin Island
 
Tobermory
 

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