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Canada lovers can argue whether the second largest country in the world is more beautiful in the east or in the west. It’s a good thing you don’t have to choose, because this trip takes you right across the land of contrasts, where the influences of the various European immigrants are still unmistakable today in architecture, culture and mentality.

With “Bonjour” you are welcomed by the province of Quebec with the metropolises Quebec City and Montreal. If the cars here were not twice the size of a duck, you would swear you had landed in the middle of a French city. Even signs and stores “speak” French here – but don’t worry: of course all Canadians will speak fluent English with you.

Although Ottawa is separated from Quebec by an invisible line, you will feel as if you have just crossed the English Channel as you continue your journey. The architecture in the government district could be right in the middle of London, and the mentality of the people suggests that they prefer tea to red wine here. There is plenty of water, as you will see with your own eyes when visiting the majestic Niagara Falls.

Then there’s the third, Jack London’s wild Canada, where influences from many nations mingled in gold rush days. You walk in the footsteps of gold prospectors and experience the fascinating nature between the glaciers of the Rocky Mountains, thousands of lakes, endless forests and national parks.

  • Boat trips to Thousand Islands& Niagara Falls
  • Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec
  • Snowcoach ride to the Athabasca Glacier

Program

1. Day: Arrival – Toronto

You fly with Lufthansa from Dresden and Leipzig (connecting flights) to Toronto. After passing customs and immigration control, you will be transferred to your hotel.

2. Day: Toronto – Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls (ca. 150 km)

Take a tour of Toronto and get to know Canada’s economic and cultural center. The largest city in the country is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario and has a modern feel. In downtown Toronto alone, there are over 100 skyscrapers with a height of at least 100 meters. You will get to know the most important sights, including Yonge Street. This street is today as in former times the artery of Toronto. Also the City Hall, an avant-garde skyscraper located in the center and the CN Tower (fak., Cost approx. 37 CAD), with 553 meters height one of the tallest free standing buildings in the world and landmark of the city, you can explore.

Afterwards you go on a trip to one of the most famous destinations in Eastern Canada – the legendary Niagara Falls. Already from a distance you can see the rising water and hear the roar of the falling water masses. After an orientation drive through the town of Niagara Falls, a boat tour on the “Hornblower” will take you up close to the thundering waterfalls – an impressive and refreshing experience! The word Niagara comes from the Native American word for “thundering water”. See for yourself. If you like, you can also get an overview of the impressive natural wonder from the air. There is a possibility of a helicopter tour (optional)., Cost ca. 130 CAD).

Overnight stay in Niagara Falls.

3. Day: Niagara Falls – Thousand Islands – Ottawa (ca. 530 km)

After breakfast we continue towards Ottawa. On the way there you will reach the beautiful area of the Thousand Islands. At the confluence of the St. Lawrence Stream into Lake Ontario 1.864 islands of various sizes. During a boat trip, you will get to know this group of islands from the ship. Since 2002 the area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The biggest attraction is Boldt Castle on Heart Island, built at the beginning of the 20th century. The castle was built in the style of a medieval Rhine castle in the middle of the 19th century.

In the afternoon you reach Ottawa and experience during a city tour the rather contemplative character with extensive parks and green spaces. You will get to know the highlights of the Canadian capital, including the Supreme Court, the Rideau Canal and numerous parks, as well as other important sights.

You will also visit the government quarter, which was built in the style of the London government buildings. This includes a visit to the Parliament Buildings (Please note that the visit inside the Government Buildings is subject to change, as they may be closed). The government may close the city to the public at short notice.). Situated between the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River is the imposing neo-Gothic Parliament Building with its 92-meter Peace Tower. The Parliament Library, with its supporting pillars and domed roof, is more reminiscent of a Gothic church building, and the Centennial Flame burns on the forecourt of Parliament. It was lit on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 1966 and it runs on natural gas.

4. Day: Ottawa – Quebec City (ca. 440 km)

Today you will travel to Quebec City, the oldest city in the country. Here you will be amazed, because nowhere else is in the “New World” such a magnificent piece of the “Old World preserved. No one can resist the enchanting charm of French-influenced Quebec. During a city tour you will get to know.a. you pass the monumental Grandhotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the museum Musee du Fort and the building of the National Assembly Assemblee Nationale. You will pass through pretty streets with wrought iron grilles and lanterns, Battlefields Park and even see a city wall – the only one on the continent.

The narrow streets with rows of historic houses, playful balconies, numerous street artists and a cogwheel railroad that transports visitors from the lower to the upper town, make you feel almost like you are in France. Thus, the endearing flair of Quebec will remain in your pleasant memory long after the visit is over.

5. Day: Île d’Orleans – Montreal (approx. 250 km)

You will take a cruise on the beautiful island of Île d’Orleans and visit the impressive Chute Montmorency. The waterfall is the mouth of the Montmorency River, which falls over an 83-meter-high cliff into the Saint Lawrence River. The waterfall is about 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls and the highest in the province of Quebec.

After arriving in Montreal, you will take a tour of the most important sights of the largest French-speaking city in North America. A charming mixture of English influences, French lifestyle and Canadian nonchalance characterizes the atmosphere of Canada’s second largest city. They come u.a. to Mont Royal, which gave the city its name. At various vantage points, the whole of Montreal lies at your feet. You will drive past the Parc Olympique, the venue of the 1976 Summer Olympics, and visit the Basilica “Notre Dame” in the beautiful Old Town.

6. Day: Montreal – Calgary – Banff (ca. 130 km)

Today you leave eastern Canada. You fly from Montreal on to Calgary. During a city tour you will get to know Calgary, the “Stampede City”. Canada’s fifth largest metropolis is located in the south of the province of Alberta and is best known as a winter sports resort. In 1988 Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics.

A beautiful backdrop of snow-capped peaks emerges in the west with the mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains, which you will then head for. Be enchanted by the mighty mountain ranges, shimmering blue rushing rivers and dark green slender conifers that characterize this region.

In the evening you will reach your hotel in Banff.

7. Day: Banff – Banff National Park – Yoho National Park (approx. 200 km)

After an orientation drive through Banff, where you will get to know the beautifully situated town, you will continue to Banff National Park. In Canada’s oldest national park you can enjoy untouched nature and breathtaking landscapes for more than 125 years. It is no wonder that the park, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most important places to visit on any trip to Western Canada.

Drive along the Bow Valley Parkway to the world famous Lake Louise, which is picturesquely embedded in the mountain scenery. The road ends in front of the monumental posh hotel Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which together with the lake is often immortalized in photos. Against the backdrop of the 3.464 m high Victoria Glacier, the most photographed lake of the Canadian West lies before you. With its turquoise water glistening in the sun and its idyllic location, it has become synonymous with the Canadian Rockies.

Another high mountain lake is then on your program. Cross Kicking Horse Pass, the continental divide, and drive into Yoho National Park. Emerald Lake, fed by glacier water, is – as the name suggests – colored in an extraordinary emerald tone and is also a popular photo motif.

You spend the night again in Banff.

8. Day: Banff – Icefields Parkway – Athabasca Glacier – Jasper (ca. 290 km)

Enjoy the drive on one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway. It leads through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and connects the two national parks Banff and Jasper. Along the route are pristine mountain lakes, such as the famous Peyto Lake, sweeping valleys and up to 3.000 meters high peaks.

At the mighty Columbia Icefield, take a tour on the giant, all-wheel-drive glacier vehicles, called snowcoaches, over the shimmering ice masses of the Athabasca Glacier.

Before you reach your overnight destination Jasper, take a short walk to the impressive Athabasca Falls. Although the waterfall is small compared to other Canadian waterfalls, at 23 meters high, it is one of the most powerful falls in the country due to the sheer volume of water carried by the river of the same name.

9. Day: Jasper – Wells Gray Provincial Park – Sun Peaks (ca. 470 km)

Over the Yellowhead Pass you leave the province of Alberta. In Mount Robson Provincial Park you will encounter the with 3.954 m highest peak of the Canadian Rocky Mountains – Mount Robson. The massive mountain makes all other surrounding mountains seem small in its shadow.

Now the province of British Columbia lies before you. Drive south along the Thompson River to Clearwater, the entrance to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Cascading waterfalls, including Dawson Falls, also known as Little Niagara Falls, and Helmcken Falls, high mountains and vast forests will impress you – the beauty of nature here is indescribable!

After your stay we continue to Sun Peaks. The village was built in the European style and is situated at the foot of three mountains, Tod Mount, Sundance Mountain and Mount Morrisey.

10. Day: Sun Peaks – Vancouver (approx. 410 km)

Today you will travel through the lake district, evergreen forests and farmland around Kamloops. On the tracks of the gold rush we continue to Vancouver, one of the most exciting cities in the world, where you will spend the next 3 nights.

11. Day: Vancouver

Vancouver is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The fascinating metropolis is beautifully situated between the mountain ranges of the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

In the morning you will take a city tour. You will see u.a. Stanley Park, the largest city park in Canada. The Indian totem poles standing here remind us of the former inhabitants of the park. A stroll through the Victorian old town district of Gastown with its steam-powered clock and a side trip to Chinatown, the second largest Chinese community in North America, is also not to be missed.

The afternoon is at your leisure. Canada Place at the convention center, whose roof structure is modeled after white sails, is a good starting point for a stroll around the city. But we also recommend a stay on Granville Island, a harbor tour or a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Chinese Garden, a green oasis in the midst of skyscrapers.

12. Day: Free time or optional excursion to Vanvouver Island

Today you can explore Vancouver on your own or you can choose another highlight of your trip through Canada.

The excursion leads to Vancouver Island with its British city Victoria. During the ferry passage across the Strait of Georgia, you may be lucky enough to see whales, sea lions or bald eagles. From the water you have a beautiful view of the Vancouver skyline.

In Victoria, the picturesque capital of British Columbia, you go on a city tour. It is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Under the name Fort Victoria, the city was once the center of the fur trade. The city center with its pedestrian zone, small pubs and stores as well as the parliament buildings and the Fairmont Empress Hotel offer an impressive backdrop. The old town is to a large extent under monument protection and still makes a very British impression, not for nothing is Victoria considered to be the most British city in North America.

Afterwards you will visit the famous Butchart Gardens. A paradise for garden lovers, photographers and romantics awaits you on more than 22 hectares. Winding paths lead through the park, which is lovingly landscaped year-round by 50 gardeners.

In the evening you return to Vancouver.

13. Day: Return flight to Germany

Today it is time to say goodbye: “Bye, bye, Canada”! You fly with Lufthansa from Vancouver to Germany.

14. Day: Arrival in Dresden and Leipzig

After your stopover in Frankfurt/Main or Munich you fly with Lufthansa to Dresden and Leipzig.

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