Oh Canada - the land of Maple Syrup, Ice Hockey and Quebecois, offering a bounty of incredible experiences. Often mistaken as Americans, Canadians are some of the friendliest people and are proud of their heritage and culture. Let's explore what makes Canada Canada, by car - the best way to do so! Our Canadian adventure takes us to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Collect your car in Quebec City, from one of our suppliers located in the city centre or at the airport. Did you know that the city of Old Quebec is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list? Quebec City has large French influences, so be sure to practice your French in one of the quaint laneways or cafes. Visit the Rue Du Tresor art gallery, an open air gallery situated in a narrow alleyway of Quebec. If you are lucky, you might get to meet one of the artists personally. The Fortification of Quebec is a 4.6km wall which surrounds the city. Take a breathtaking guided tour along the walls of North America's only walled city.
Montreal (pronounced MOR-RE-ALL in French) is the second largest French speaking city outside of Paris and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The drive from Quebec City is just shy of 4 hours and is filled with spectacular views and scenery. If you have a love for wildlife, flora and fauna, then you must see the Biodome De Montreal located just outside the Olympic Park. Here you can explore the five different ecosystems of the Americas. Before the night ends why not catch the local Montreal Canadiens hockey team nicknamed the 'Habs' down at the Bell Centre. The Old Town once again offers history like none-other and is perfect to explore by foot. Art connoisseurs can enjoy one of the fine art museums dotted throughout the city.
Leave Montreal behind and drive west to the Province of Ontario and the nation's capital, Ottawa. Situated on the Ottawa River, the city is focussed around Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and renowned museums such as the National Gallery of Canada. The hill is home to the Parliament of Canada and offers a unique insight into Canadian democracy. An Escape Bicycle Tour gives a different perspective of Ottawa, seeing the city on wheels!
Move on to the next stage of your road trip towards the city of Toronto, located four hours south-east from Ottawa. For stunning views of the city, climb the glassed floored CN Tower, which soars 550m above the Toronto skyline. The Royal Ontario Museum houses an international collection of art from a variety of periods from all over the world and Cassa Loma is an extraordinary building, reminiscent of a medieval castle and is a step back in time in European elegance and splendour.
For the final destination on this Canadian self-drive adventure, head down south towards the US border and Niagara Falls. To the amusement of the fiercely patriotic Canadians, the Canadian side of the falls are the most spectacular and visually appealing. Take an Open Jet Boat tour to get the adrenaline pumping or enjoy a more leisurely ride on the famous Maid of the Mist from the US side of the falls. At night the falls are lit up in spectacular colour and make for a stunning photograph opportunity.
Canada is more than hulking mountain ranges, large lakes, French influences and a winter paradise. It is truly a year round destination and is one that has to be explored from the comfort and convenience of your own hire car. Book your Canada car hire with Auto Europe today by using our easy to use online booking engine or call 1300 656 601.