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Self-Drive Great Lakes Treasures

14 Night from €2,349 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the Canadian Great Lakes, Superior & Huron, on this circular self-drive itinerary through the beautiful province of Ontario. After a few days enjoying Toronto, head into the rolling pine-clad hills and sparkling lakes of Muskoka. You'll then travel onto the dramatic landscapes of Killarney with time to stroll the shores of Georgian Bay. a Highlight will be a visit to to unique Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron - the worlds largest freshwater island - so large that it has over 100 inland lakes itself! Here you can enjoy a range of fun outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and biking. You'll loop back towards Toronto via the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy a Hornblower cruise to Niagara Falls.

Highlights

  • Step back in time to the late 19th- and early 20th- century at Muskoka Pioneer Village
  • Hike the scenic wilderness trails at Algonguin Provincial Park
  • Discover why the “Group of Seven” made Killarney Provincial Park their artistic inspiration
  • Tour Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park for a close encounter with Canadian moose
  • Take a Sault Locks tour to cruise the first original canoe lock and paddle Lake Superior’s beautiful shoreline
  • Visit Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island
  • take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise for a thrilling look at American and Horseshoe Falls

Details

Day 1 & 2

Toronto, ON

Arrive into Toronto, check into your hotel and enjoy relaxing or exploring the city’s many dining and shopping venues where you can buy all the vintage, one-of-a-kind goods, monochrome knitwear, plaid flannel and handmade footwear your budget will allow.

Start out your second day at the impressive Ripley’s Aquarium near the base of the CN Tower, the largest of its kind in the nation with 35,000 square feet of space that includes a viewing tunnel, a moving walkway through the Dangerous Lagoon and some 450 ocean and freshwater creatures, including colourful tropical fish, sharks and rays. Afterward take the glass-fronted elevator to the top of CN Tower, Canada’s tallest structure where you can walk the glass floor and see the landscape below before dining on the exceptional cuisine in the revolving restaurant. If you have time to spare, it’s all yours – wander the diverse, multi-cultural neighbourhoods where it feels as if you’re exploring the world, all in one city.

Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto or Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (or similar)

Day 3

Huntsville, ON (147 miles)

Travel north from the banks of Lake Ontario to Huntsville, passing charming rural villages until reaching Muskoka cottage country, known for its sparkling lakes, rolling hills, and pine and granite landscape. Before checking into your Huntsville hotel, make a stop at Muskoka Pioneer Village, which offers the chance to step into the shoes of those who lived in the Muskoka region between 1880 and 1910. It includes a wide range of buildings that would have been included in a town during this period, like a one-room school house, church, cabins, woodworking shop, blacksmith shop and more along with costumed narrators that engage visitors with hands-on activities like pioneer baking, blacksmithing and candle dipping.

Just outside Huntsville, you can discover the wilderness of Algonguin Provincial Park by taking a hike on its extensive network of trails.

Overnight: Hidden Valley Resort or Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn (or similar)

Day 4 & 5

Killarney, ON (157 miles)

Venture further into the hinderlands of the province to Killarney and its jaw-dropping landscapes that once inspired the legendary Group of Seven artists, renowned for its brilliant blue lakes, dense pine forests and ancient white quartzite cliffs. You’ll spend two nights at Killarney Mountain Lodge, a historic resort on the shores of northern Georgian Bay which makes an ideal base for experiencing Killarney Provincial Park. Spend the evening enjoying the fabulous contemporary Canadian cottage cuisine in the casual dining room that overlooks the bay.

In the morning you’ll discover just why the “Group of Seven” made the area their artistic inspiration by hiking the trails of the park, or head out on one of the many lakes to paddle a kayak or canoe, fish or sail.

Overnight: Killarney Mountain Lodge or Sportsman Inn Resort & Marina (or similar)

Day 6 & 7

Timmins, ON (249 miles)

Your next stop is Timmins, known for its many art galleries, golf and an extensive trail system, while the surrounding area is home to more than 500 lakes and rivers. The “City with a Heart of Gold,” offers small town charms and a rich history. Start your visit by taking one of the many mining tours, or take a tour of the Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park for a close encounter with Canadian moose.

During your full day in the Timmins area, take advantage of the opportunity for outdoor adventuring by going hiking, kayaking, canoeing or biking.

Overnight: Senator Hotel Timmins (or similar)

Day 8

Wawa, ON (205 miles)

Head west to Wawa, passing through the most remote areas of the province where awe-inspiring scenery comes into view, including endless forest, striking cliffs and lakes. Once in Wawa, take a stroll along the boardwalk adjacent to Wawa Lake and then slip off your shoes so that you can dip your toes into Lake Superior before relaxing on the white sand beach. If you can tear yourself away from the view, learn about First Nations history at Sandy Beach Eco-Interpretive Park.

Standard Hotel: Bristol Motel, Wawa (or similar)

Day 9 & 10

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (141 miles)

Travel south on the Trans-Canada highway and along the rocky coast of Lake Superior to reach today’s final destination, Sault Ste. Marie where you’ll find an ideal blend of urban amenities, and an abundance of nature, including rugged shores, sandy beaches, untouched forests, peaceful rivers, and two Great Lakes. Take a walk along the waterfront in the City Centre to discover the many historic sites and attractions before relaxing for the evening in your hotel.

Wake up to enjoy a day exploring this northern Ontario City. You might want to take a Sault Locks tour to cruise the first original canoe lock, or visit the many museums and galleries, like the Bush Plane Museum and the Sault Ste. Marie Art Gallery and Museum. With multiple parks and preserves nearby, you’ll have the opportunity for all sorts of activities too. Get out on the Caribbean-like waters at Pancake Bay Provincial Park, paddling the picturesque shoreline of Lake Superior, or hike the Pancake Bay Nature Trail.

Overnight: Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront or Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre Ste Marie (or similar)

Day 11 & 12

Manitoulin Island, ON (204 miles)

On Manitoulin Island, you’ll have yet another chance for outdoor adventure, along with a rich cultural history. The world’s largest freshwater island, it’s home to five First Nation reservations and one of the oldest settlements in North America, dating back nearly 10,000 years. Explore the island’s cultural and geographic history before settling in for the night.

In the morning, you might go “lake-hopping,” as this geographic wonder hosts over 100 lakes, including Lake Manitou which has a number of lakes on its own. This is the ultimate place for activities like fishing, boating and even diving, but it also offers some fantastic hikes. Take the Cup and Saucer Trail where you’ll get a jaw-dropping vista over the escarpment, lakes and wetlands, and then Visit Bridal Veil Falls where you can capture a unique picture from behind the curtain of water. Cap off the day with a sunset canoe paddle.

Overnight: Manitoulin Island Hotel and Conference Centre or Endaa-Aang Cabins (or similar)

Day 13

Tobermory, ON (51 miles)

Travel to the south shore of the island to board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry which will bring you across the deep waters of Lake Huron to the harbour village of Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park, which is actually made up of two parks one of which is under the water. On land, hike one of the many scenic trails and then, if you’re into scuba diving, you can dive down to see the marine park which preserves shipwrecks and natural diving obstacles.

Overnight: Tobermory Princess Hotel (or similar)

Day 14

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (236 miles)

Your grand finale is Niagara Falls, which marks the U.S. and Canada border with more than 750,000 gallons of water per second thundering down the 167-foot waterfall known as the most powerful on the continent. Along the way you’ll pass through the orchards and vineyards of this region known for its winery chateaus, ideal for tasting and touring. The highlight of day, and one of the highlights of a lifetime, however, is your next stop. Don a rain jacket and hop aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruise where you’ll join the Voyage to the Falls tour, visiting American Falls, and then sailing past the massive rock formations to Horseshoe Falls, which many refer to as the most breath-taking of the two. Your hotel this evening is in the charming and picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Overnight: Queen's Landing or Pillar & Post Spa & Conference Centre (or similar)

Day 15

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Ontario and return to the Toronto International Airport for your flight back home.

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size)
  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Day 2, Toronto - Admission to Ripley's Aquarium
  • Days 4 - 5, Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge activities: tennis, hiking, kayaking, boating, fihing, canoeing, sail boating
  • Day 14, Niagara Falls - Hornblower Niagra Cruises - Voyage To The Falls
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and hotel vouchers

What's not included

  • Transfers, unless specified
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Fuel
  • Hotel car parking fees

 

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