Eastern Canada enthrals every visitor that ventures to explore her. It is here that you’ll find Ottawa – Canada’s capital – Montréal and Toronto, two of Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities and Niagara Falls, probably the country’s most famous attraction. There are also secrets waiting to be discovered. Delve into the rugged coast of Newfoundland or the quaint villages of Québec and find them for yourself.
When to go
Eastern Canada covers a vast region stretching from the Great Lakes through to the Arctic Circle and bordering the Atlantic, temperatures vary dramatically. Toronto, Montréal, Québec and Ottawa have hot summers starting around May/June through to mid-September, autumn brings an amazing display of colours and is one of the best times to visit starting mid-September though to October.
Winter can be harsh with snow beginning to fall in November and temperatures dipping below freezing for long periods until as late as April.
Spring is short with temperatures warming up in April with a mix of cool and very warm temperatures until June when summer time begins.
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT -5 hours.
FLIGHT INFORMATION: Direct flights operate to all key cities with Air Canada and British Airways.
FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx 7-8 hours to Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Montréal. Approx 9 hours and 30 mins to Québec.
10 Must Do in Eastern Canada
If you’re visiting Niagara Falls (and we strongly suggest you do), make sure you take a trip on the famous Hornblower’s Voyage to The Falls (seasonal).
Taking a self-drive along Cape Breton will leave you in no doubt as to the majesty of Eastern Canada.
3WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE
For winter sports, Tremblant has some of the very best Canada has to offer and it is easily accessed from Québec City.
You’re not necessarily going to spend the day catching rays but the Newfoundland coast has some stunning bays that can be exclusively yours.
Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park is a great way to appreciate the beauty and stillness of your surroundings and the chance to see moose, beaver and bear.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest events of its kind – and one of the most highly regarded (September, annually). With parades, parties and even snow baths, the Québec Winter Carnival is outstanding fun for locals and visitors alike.
BEST FOR KIDS
Head to Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux near Québec City and enjoy water sports, tree-top walks and more.
Inspired by its French heritage, Montréal has some of the finest restaurants in North America.
Splash out – and chill out – in the Ice Hotel near Québec City.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Eastern Canada has a rich Scottish heritage, especially in Nova Scotia. Visit Pictou – “the birthplace of New Scotland” – and talk to the people that call this wonderful area home.