Canada: Canadian Contrasts - Escorted Tour

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Canada

Explore Canada coast to coast and experience the ultimate highlights of this spectacular country. This 14 night escorted tour is a combination of the Eastern Journey and Western Journey conveniently linked with a cross country flight from Toronto to Calgary. From the cobbled colonial towns of Quebec to the unspoiled frontiers of British Columbia’s Pacific coast, this extensive escorted tour will guide you through diverse cities, beautiful National Parks, rolling ranch land and geological wonders that will leave you awestruck. 

Maximum Group Size: 50

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels | Departure dates

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Tour highlights

  • See the best of Canada on this two week tour that spans East to West
  • Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and enjoy a city tour followed by a visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls
  • Discover the picturesque cities of Quebec and Montreal
  • Optional whale watching excursion from Quebec (payable locally)
  • Internal flight from Toronto to Calgary
  • Explore the incredible scenery of Banff National Park
  • Spend some time in the mountain village of Whistler
  • End your trip in Vancouver where you'll have free time to shop, sight-see or head to nearby Vancouver Island



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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Toronto

Arrive into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and after checking in with your tour director we recommend heading out to see the dynamic streets of Toronto. Experience the colorful neighborhoods, attractions or sample the cuisine in one of the many local restaurants.

Day 2: Toronto and Niagara Falls

This morning meet your fellow travelers at breakfast before setting out to discover more of Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. There will be plenty of time to see the provincial parliament buildings, waterfront, impressive CN Tower and lively Chinatown. Afterwards you'll leave the city skyline behind and head for the Niagara Peninsula, passing through outlying communities and towns along the shores of Lake Ontario en route to the spectacular Niagara Falls. Admire the geological wonder in your own time or take the voyage to the falls boat cruise which passes all three waterfalls - the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls & Horseshoe Falls (approx. $30 per person - payable locally). 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Toronto to Ottawa

Today we drive east towards the national capital city of Ottawa. Winding through rolling farmland and following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway you'll arrive in Ottawa where you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour. The city offers many great sights including the the government buildings on Parliament Hill, Byward Market, City Hall and the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Ottawa to Quebec City

The French-speaking province of Quebec is your next stop on this tour. Travelling along the scenic Ottawa River and skirting the magnificent Laurentians you'll arrive in the cultural heartland of Quebec City. Bask in the charm as you stroll through the old city and take in over 400 years of history in the birthplace of French North America. The ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park are highlights of the tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Quebec City

A day at your leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. An optional full day excursion will see you board a regular boat and search for the worlds largest mammals on an exciting whale watching experience. Journey along the beautiful St. Lawrence River which is home to number of different species of whale. The day ends with a trip to the spectacular Montmorency Falls that surpass the world-famous Niagara falls in height. Spend the evening strolling around the city, the Château Frontenac.(Whale watching Tour & Montmorency Falls - approx. $126 per person - payable locally)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Quebec City to Montreal

Today you depart Quebec City and follow the St.Lawrence River en route to Montreal. The dynamic city of Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada, boasting a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montreal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Montreal to Toronto

Stopping off in Rockport you'll have the opportunity to cruise the 1000 islands on an optional excursion. Discover this well kept jewel of the St. Lawrence River with several rugged islands and chic communities (approx. $26 per person - payable locally). After loop back to Toronto, where you'll have time to explore the colourful neighbourhoods and diverse city streets. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Toronto to Calgary

Today you'll catch a cross country flight to Calgary, the gateway to the Rockies. Your afternoon is at your leisure to explore the downtown area. Sample the best street food, shop in the many unique boutiques or stroll the pathways of the Bow and Elbow Rivers that border much of the area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Calgary to Banff National Park / Canmore

You'll have an early start this morning to tour the sights of Calgary, admiring the modern and historic landmarks such as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains. You'll get to experience the majesty of the mountains on your journey through Banff National Park where a tour showcases the impressive peaks, glaciers and pure lakes of the Banff region.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Canmore / Banff National Park

An entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and discover the numerous boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue. An optional full-day tour to the Columbia Icefield starts with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies. From the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Louise you'll enter a rugged wilderness and travel up the world famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefields an Ice Explorer vehicle awaits to take you onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier surrounded by vast and beautiful mountain landscape. (Columbia Icefield & Ice Explorer ride - approx. $176 per person - payable locally) 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Canmore to Kamloops

Following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s you'll travel along the famed Trans-Canada Highway. Crossing into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park you are treated to a dazzling display of vast ice-fields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. After passing the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges you'll arrive in the rugged town of Kamloops.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Kamloops to Whistler

Setting off on a drive through the ranch lands you can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes as you head for the coastal mountains surrounding Whistler. Upon arrival in this world-renowned resort you can take an optional float plane tour offering an eagles eye flight over the volcanic peaks, sparkling glaciers, Alpine lakes and rolling meadows. Choose between the shorter Spectacular Glacier flight (approx. $188 per person- payable locally) or extended Ultimate Glacier flight (approx. $234 per person- payable locally). Alternatively relax and discover the many restaurants, shops and bars Whistler village has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Whistler to Vancouver

Today you drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway The afternoon is set aside for you take some time and discover more of this coastal gem. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Vancouver

An entire day at leisure to further explore the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Shop down Robson street, relax in Stanley park or simply stroll the markets of Granville Island. An optional full-day tour to Victoria will allow you to admire the charming provincial capital with proud maritime heritage. There will be plenty of time to visit the Butchart Gardens showcasing one of the world's greatest floral displays before taking the ferry back to Vancouver. (prices may vary depending on passenger numbers -  Up to $269 (approx.)- payable locally) 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Vancouver to UK

Bid Canada farewell before some last minute shopping for souvenirs to remember your amazing trip. Transfer independently to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. 

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Internal Toronto/Calgary flight with Westjet Airlines on day 8
  • Transfers between your hotel and the airport in Toronto and Calgary on day 8
  • Transportation by modern tour coach with experienced tour driver and tour director throughout
  • 14 nights accommodation in three star hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • City/town tours in Banff, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver
  • Niagara Falls excursion

Your holiday excludes:

  • Airport transfers in Toronto and Vancouver (day 1 and day 15)
  • All excursions marked optional
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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Hotels

★★★ Courtyard by Marriott, Toronto (2 nights)

★★★ Capital Hill Hotel & Suites or Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown, Ottawa (1 night)

★★★ Hotel Ambassadeur or Travelodge Quebec, Quebec City (2 nights)

★★★ Hotel Faubourg Montreal, Hotel Chrome or Lelux Hotel, Montreal (1 night)

★★★ Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Airport, Toronto (1 night)

★★★ Sandman Hotel, Calgary (1 night)

★★★ Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre or Quality Resort Canmore, Canmore (2 nights)

★★★ Ramada Kamloops, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★ Whistler Village Inn & Suites, Pinnacle Hotel or The Listel Hotel, Whistler (1 night)

★★★ Sandman Hotel or Century Plaza, Vancouver (2 nights)

Please note that if any of the above are not available, they will be changed to hotels of a similar standard and location. If you'd like to extend your stay, please call us to add a pre- or post-departure hotel in Toronto or Vancouver.

Departure dates

  • 16 May
  • 13 June
  • 04 July
  • 18 July
  • 01 August
  • 22 August
  • 29 August
  • 05 September
  • 12 September

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Please note that this tour is not exclusive to Inghams and there may be guests from other tour operators. Tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of our terms and conditions.

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information
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