Montreal is the largest city in the largely French-speaking province of Quebec and the second biggest in Canada. It is home to a sublime blend of 18th century Europe and sleek, contemporary design. You’ll have a chance to visit one of the most impressive Catholic structures in the world, Basilica of Notre-Dame, with its blue-gold interior and heady Gothic Revival architecture. A short walk from here takes you to Old Montreal and the nearby port, where you will step back in time. For a faster pace of life, take to the city center for a large selection of restaurants and cafés. Alternatively, you could head to Mount Royal for marvelous views of city and its surrounding countryside.
Vancouver and Victoria
Awarded the title of the world's most liveable city eight times since 2002, Vancouver abounds with green spaces, including several National Parks nearby, and a wealth of lakes and rivers. It's also a first-class contemporary city, where glass towers are framed by mountain range backdrops. At the tip of the city you’ll find Stanley Park, an oasis of green predominantly surrounded by the Georgia Straits. It is here you can admire the First Nation Totem poles in all their colorful glory. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, a slice of old time England with its traditional style houses, tidy gardens and profusion of flora. Here you'll be welcomed into a family-owned vineyard, where you'll enjoy a homecooked meal made with local ingredients, washed down with wine made with grapes grown in the area and fermented in French Oak Barrels.
Toronto and Niagara Falls
Canada's largest city stretches along the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto’s attractive, modern skyline is made instantly recognizable by the arrow-like CN Tower, the western world's tallest manmade structure. Visit Casa Loma, a beautifully decorated Edwardian castle set amid sumptuous gardens and containing an 800-foot tunnel. A short walk will take you to the Legislative Assembly buildings, built in the ornate Romanesque Revival style. Time your visit well and you'll get to see Canadian law in action! For one of nature's finest spectacles, circumnavigate the south western section of Lake Ontario on to Niagara Falls. Savor the magnificent views as the mighty river plummets to the base of the falls, then get aboard the Maid of the Mist for a journey to the Horseshoe Falls.
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