Eastern Canada Holidays: An Overview

We've been in love with Canada for quite some time now. The country is an adventure playground with a wonderful mixture of cultural cities and wild nature, and while many intrepid travellers and sabbatical go-ers have been drawn in by Western Canada - home of the towering Rocky Mountains, the remote Yukon, world-class ski resort Whistler and the bustling and trendy city of Vancouver - we think it's a shame to miss out on the understated charms of Eastern Canada.

Head into the eastern provinces - New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec - and you can expect a similar harmony of countryside and city as its western counterpart, but with a very different vibe. Ontario is home to two out of three of Eastern Canada's biggest cities - Toronto and Ottawa - as well as the Great Lakes that cross the border into the USA, and the famous Niagara Falls, and is perfect for those who want to balance culture and nature. From Ottawa, it's just a short hop over the Gatineau River and you're in Quebec province, which has its own distinct French-Canadian culture, language and history that almost feels like a different country altogether. Here you'll find trendy Montreal - home of the delicious Montreal-style bagel - and historic Quebec City, as well as a scattering of quaint villages and huge natural parks in a province that stretches from the USA to the Arctic Circle.

Head further east still and you start to enter real off-the-beaten-path territory, which is what Eastern Canada holidays are all about. The Atlantic Provinces are often overlooked in favour of the bright lights and famous sites of the other regions, but they are home to a rich history and culture unlike anywhere else in the world. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island all have an intriguing maritime past which is evident as you travel around each, ideally on a road trip to discover the furthest nooks and crannies. Stop in time-stood-still fishing villages, sample freshly-caught seafood (the lobster in Nova Scotia is out of this world) and take to the seas on a whale watching adventure, then top it off with hikes and myriad other outdoors adventures. While you're here, it seems only fair to pop over to the staggeringly beautiful and untouched landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador, where you can explore the path less trodden on hikes, stargaze on a remote island, and eat your way around foodie heaven St John's.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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