Top 5 places to visit in Eastern Canada

Top 5 must visit Eastern Canada places

From historic cities, rich French culture and beautiful landscapes, Eastern Canada is a stark contrast to its more famous west coast neighbour. Being so different in almost every aspect, experiencing Eastern Canada is an essential part of getting to know the whole of Canada.
Here are the top five places in Eastern Canada you need to add to your holiday itinerary.

1. Quebec City

Quebec City, just like Montreal is steeped in history and tradition. With an attractive and rustic old town comprising a network of pedestrian laneways lined with medieval looking shops, it is a delight to wander. Stroll along the fortified walls surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage site for fantastic views of the old town. Visit Place Royale, a famous town plaza in the historic Lower Town where Quebec City was first founded in 1608 and get your photo taken in front of the magnificent Château Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel. Tour the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel and Parliament buildings, whilst museum lovers can head to the Musée de la Civilisation, one of Québec’s most popular interactive museums. Sample typical French food in rustic restaurants and end the night with a romantic walk along the picturesque St Lawrence River.
Have your photo taken against the magnificent Château Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel

2. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is undoubtedly one of North America’s most spectacular natural sights. Situated on the border of New York and Ontario, Niagara Falls is actually made up of three waterfalls; the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Falls, with the Canadian side regarded as having the best views. Get up close to one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world on a thrilling cruise to the foot of Horseshoe Falls and feel the spray of mist wash over you. For a different perspective, consider taking a spectacular helicopter flight over the falls.
Feel the mist of the Niagara Falls

3. Montreal

Montreal is an eclectic mix of old and new, where you can see, hear and taste the French and European influences everywhere you go. Ancient churches sit side by side with modern glittering skyscrapers while the chic French style of the people is apparent in their cutting edge boutiques, shops and restaurants. Take the time to stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, a Parisian-style district dating back to the 17th century. Here you can find museums, cultural landmarks and historic buildings including the fabulous Notre Dame Cathedral, an intricate and historical basilica built in Gothic style. Admire the breathtaking views of the city from the parklands of Mount Royal, whilst foodies can explore the Jean-Talon Market, home to delicious produce including cheese, oysters, meat, fish and of course, maple syrup.
Walk the streets of Montreal

4. Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city is famous for its stately boulevards, imposing buildings and tulip filled gardens during spring. Positioned on the south bank of the Ottawa River, top attractions include a visit to Parliament Hill, home to the Parliament of Canada, a neo-Gothic building. Enjoy a free guided tour of the House of Commons and the Senate and watch the Changing of the Guard which occurs every morning between late June to late August. Brush up on your history at the Canadian Museum of History and visit the City Hall and National Gallery. Don’t miss the ByWard Market, one of the oldest and largest public markets in Canada. This outdoor market is open 363 days per year and home to everything from fresh produce and tasty quick meals to souvenirs and handmade jewellery and clothing.
Visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada

5. Toronto

Toronto is a modern metropolis with towering buildings dominating the skyline. It is also regarded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world as well as one of the most liveable. Visit CN Tower, the tallest free-standing tower in the Western Hemisphere for spectacular views over the city both day and night. Look through the floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls or through the Glass Floor – if you dare. For history buffs, head to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), home to dinosaur bones and the largest collection of Chinese architectural artefacts outside of China. For a slice of history, head to the Distillery District, now a National Historic Site of Canada and home to brilliantly restored Victorian-era industrial buildings. Browse the galleries, fashion and jewellery boutiques or dine at one of the award-winning restaurants.
Toronto city skyline

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