From the tower to the track, Eastern Canada

In Canada, Far, Inspiration, Our Journeys, Road Trips, The Americas, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

The inspiration behind four cities, oh and a couple of towns…

It was time for us to visit Canada, we had embarked upon various road trips in the USA from our home in the UK, but decided that we wanted to experience a trip across the border into Mountie country.
 
Was it going to be so different?

We had got pretty close on our New England road trip in 2001.
 
So near yet so far….

Gary - Back in 2001 - so near, yet so far.

So, to try and see as much as we could in our 2 week annual leave, we chose to fly into Toronto and out of Montréal. Touring through Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa & Québec City en route.

The locations almost appear to be in a straightish line, but we opted to go for a loop.

So, if further inspiration were needed for us to embark on this trip, then here are just a few of our reasons why;

Destinations

Our chosen locations for the road trip were

  • Toronto (3 nights)
  • Niagara Falls (1 night)
  • Kingston (1 night)
  • Ottawa (3 nights)
  • Québec City (3 nights)
  • Montréal (3 nights)
The Toronto skyline from the Water, Canada

Scenery

  • Niagara Falls must go to the top of the list, watching the impressive force of millions of gallons of water pouring over the Horseshoe Falls.
  • We hoped to be able to drive through some of Canada’s rugged countryside.
  • Tour along the St Lawrence Seaway & the Thousand Islands up to Québec City.
The Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada

Capital City of Ottawa

Visit Canada’s parliamentary hub of ‘Parliament Hill’.

Stroll along the Rideau Canal & its locks, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2007.

Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada

Find the Maman sculpture, a sister to the one outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

The Maman sculpture, Ottawa, Canada

Discover what the Byward Market had to offer.

Architecture

Visit the observation deck of the CN Tower, which held the record of the world’s tallest tower for 34 years.

The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Discover the fortified ramparts of Québec City and the historical streets and lanes that weave around the lower district of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quebec historic district, Canada

Adventures

  • I know it’s a bit clichéd but we are going to have to don the blue ponchos and jump aboard The Maid of the Mist.
Preparing to board the Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls, Canada

A bit of home grown history

– Whilst in Québec City we wanted to visit the battlefields of Abraham’s Plains, where Major General James Wolfe (born in Kent, UK) defeated the French & unfortunately died.

He is buried in St Alfege Church in Greenwich (UK), in his family’s vault. This just happens to be the church my parents got married in and also my town of birth (a convoluted link, but a link nonetheless).

The Wolfe memorial, Québec City, Canada

Weather

No guarantee of the weather, just hoped it wouldn’t get too cold leading into Autumn.

Sporting icons

We planned to visit the site of the 1976 Montréal Olympic Park, not UK’s finest medal haul, we came 13th.

The Big O, Montréal Olympic park, Montréal, Canada

Montréal F1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Île Notre-Dame. Well it wouldn’t be the same if one of our road trips didn’t include a motorsport reference.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal, Canada

Food

Poutine, not too sure what this was going to be like, but a combination of French fries, cheese curd and gravy, certainly makes a good pub snack.

Drink

Ice wine, no it isn’t just wine kept in a freezer, ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.
Further research is obviously required, I’ll take one for the team and take on this challenge.

I likes a nice ice cold Molson too, appears to have become less popular in the UK now.

Other thoughts

  • It’s Gary’s birthday while we are in Toronto, we’ll have to find him a Brewhouse.
  • What we were particularly looking forward to, was finding out more about the Canadian/French connection. We love visiting France so it was going to be interesting to see how strong the French influence was.
  • We had also heard about Montréal’s underground shopping network, perhaps this also needs to be checked out further.

Points to note

  • To keep the cost down we picked our hire vehicle up from Toronto town, when we were leaving and then dropping it off at Montréal town when we arrived there. This sounds logical and straightforward……mmmm.

Inspired?

To try a road trip around eastern Canada?

Why not plan your stopovers on Booking.com?

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The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

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Been on a similar road trip? What inspired you? and how did it pan out in the end? We’re interested to hear your stories.

About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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From the tower to the track, Eastern Canada was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Janis