Beginning in Toronto, the route quickly travels into the vibrant forests of St. Lawrence valley to activity-rich resorts, historic cities of limestone and colonial architecture and wide canals dotted with fallen, multi-coloured leaves. A cruise of the 1000 Islands maximizes views of the fall colours as they reflect in the tranquil waters and vistas from the mountaintops of Quebec bathe the horizon in hues of every shade.
 

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Fall Colours of Ontario and Quebec

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Day 1

TORONTO

Arrive in Toronto and explore Canada's largest city. Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s north western shore.  This bold and dynamic city is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods such as old town which includes original 10 blocks of York as Toronto was formally known, St Lawrence market located in Old town and is one of the oldest markets in Canada.

Day 2

TORONTO

Enjoy a second day to explore Toronto. Wander the neighbourhoods and urban parks showing off their fall colours. Another great area to explore is the Distillery Historic District which is full of art galleries, cafes and Victoria architecture. Downtown Toronto is a metropolis of skyscrapers and the iconic CN Tower whilst keeping many green spaces like Queen’s park for locals to enjoy, just offshore from downtown are the 15 small islands known as Toronto Islands which are perfect outdoor recreation.

Day 3

TORONTO - KEENE

Today head northeast of Toronto to the ‘cottage country’ belt that surrounds the city. In less than 2 hours of driving, the landscape transforms from an ultra-modern metropolis to idyllic cottage communities set along the waterfront of inviting, clear lakes. Spend the next two days in a private cottage, enjoying all the amenities of a sprawling lakeside resort. Overnight at Elmhirst's Resort.

Day 4

KEENE

Wake to the sounds of the water lapping along the shoreline as the sounds of the forest welcome you to a day of activity and adventure. All of the facilities of the resort are at your disposal – from canoes and kayaks, to barbeques, fire pits and sports equipment, or perhaps a visit to the onsite working farm. Take some time to hike the local trails as the trees begin to shed their summer greens for resplendent oranges and reds of fall. 

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Day 5

KEENE - KINGSTON

Heading southward, travel into the lush forests of the St. Lawrence basin and its dozens of rivers and waterways that converge into the massive St. Lawrence River.  Embark on a spectacular cruise* of the 1000 Islands region – a river interspaced with countless small islands, creating a magical landscape surrounded by the changing leaves of the forests.  Arrive in historic Kingston – one of the oldest cities in Canada

Day 6

KINGSTON - OTTAWA

The road turns north into the hinterlands of Ontario.  The lush landscapes of the river basin give way to the rugged rock outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, surrounded by ancient forests transitioning to their autumn plumage.  Arrive at the nation’s capital of Ottawa – the Neo-Gothic Parliament buildings surrounded by wide open parklands and bisected by the mighty Rideau Canal.

Day 7

OTTAWA - MONT TREMBLANT

Take some time to further explore the public buildings and museums of Ottawa before departing, crossing the provincial border into Quebec.  Ascend the Laurentian Mountains into the resort village of Tremblant, known as one of the best activity-oriented areas in country.

Day 8

MONT TREMBLANT

Mont Tremblant is awash in colour this time of year.  Enjoy a full day in Tremblant, perhaps with a hike on any of the local trails throughout the area.  You may wish to take a side trip to the village of St. Jovite for a taste of the colonial history of Quebec that still resonates to this day.  Within Tremblant village, local shops and restaurant provide everything from local wines and beers to unique artwork and boutique products.

Day 9

MONT TREMBLANT - QUEBEC CITY

Enjoy the scenic drive on the 'King's Highway' passing through numerous historical villages before arriving in Quebec City. Returning to the shores of the St. Lawrence, follow the river’s path on a scenic drive on the "King's Highway", passing numerous historical French-Canadian villages.  Arriving at the walls that circle Quebec City, you will enter a magnificent UNESCO Heritage Site dominated by cobblestone streets, historic buildings and a lively Quebecois community.

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Day 10

QUEBEC CITY

Enjoy a full day exploring Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by cobblestone streets, historic buildings and a lively Quebecois community. 

Day 11

QUEBEC CITY - SHERBROOKE

The road leads to the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and down into the heartland of Quebec.  Small villages and communities showcase the pastoral beauty of the province.  This region itself is an outdoor enthusiast and artist’s dream, thriving on its closeness to nature and picture perfect landscapes.

Day 12

SHERBROOKE - MONTREAL

A short drive through the outlying communities and suburbs of Montreal provides ample time to check in and discover the many delights of the city.  Widely known for its love of fine dining, inspired by cultures and cuisines from around the world, today is the perfect opportunity to embark on leisure a culinary exploration throughout Old and ‘modern’ Montreal.


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Day 13

MONTREAL

Your adventure ends upon check out of your hotel and return your rental car. 

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