The East Coast of Canada is home to almost 17,400 miles of incredibly beautiful coastline, which is just one reason why Canada east coast tours are extremely popular.
Canada is a remarkably large country, the second largest country in the world! From Vancouver on Canada’s west coast to Halifax on the east coast of Canada, one must travel approximately 2,755 miles (or 4,430 kilometers). Most non Canadians view Canada’s largest city, Toronto, as being in eastern Canada, when in fact Toronto Ontario is almost 800 miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast.
Because the St. Lawrence River extends from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Ontario, almost 744 miles inland, many Canada east coast tours will begin in Ontario or Quebec. Touring the east of Canada is like entering an enchanted world that transports you to a mixture of quaint old world charm and new world wonders. Canadian east coast tours offer tourists a mixture of aquatic adventures, urban experiences, cultural diversity, historic sites, scenic tours and hours of fascinating activities.
Although Canada east coast tours can be arranged according to what you want to see and do, here are a few “must see” places that should not be missed. Topping the list are Niagara Falls and Quebec City plus the maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Niagara Falls Canada Tours
The power of the mesmerizing, cascading waterfalls makes Niagara Falls a truly awesome natural wonder. Niagara Falls is situated on the border between the southernmost tip of Ontario and the United States. The Niagara River hurtles down a total drop of 167 feet, forming three separate waterfalls:
- Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side (aka – Canadian Falls)
- American Falls
- Plus the Bridal Veil Falls
A boat trip on one of the ‘Maid of the Mist‘ boats is the best way to experience the wonder, vastness and the power of Mother Nature at work, something you will never see anywhere else. The lookout point at Queenston Heights atop the Brock Monument allows you to take in the entire Niagara Peninsula including wineries, orchards and across Lake Ontario, the Toronto skyline. Niagara Falls tours in winter transports tourists to an enchanting world of ice and glinting sunlight that results from the cool crisp mist. The Ice Bridge also adds to the fairy-like quality of the landscape.
Quebec City Tours
Quebec City is the capital of Quebec and located on the St. Lawrence River. The city and the surrounding areas offer many attractions to the visitor who will be charmed by the combination of wilderness, urban attractions, and myriad gardens all in one place. Ice hotels, historic landmarks, museums, monuments, covered bridges and heritage sites are within easy reach though scattered throughout the 20 tourist regions. This unique Canadian city showcases Canada’s bilingual culture as well as its virgin forests, lakes, wildlife, and natural beauty.
In addition to Quebec City Tours, places worth spending time at include:
- The island of Iles-de-la-Madelaine
- Gaspesie with its unique architecture
- The Greater Tourist Region with its taste of old Europe
- The breathtakingly beautiful artistic hotbed of Charlevoix
- Montreal, the world’s second largest French speaking city
Montreal is often cited as the place worth spending most of your time. Montreal is also well known for its festivals of cinema, jazz, fireworks, and comedy among others.
Nova Scotia Tours
For a real taste of eastern Canada, travelers on Canadian east coast tours should experience the maritime province of Nova Scotia, Canada’s second smallest province (behind PEI).
The warm friendly people, the amazing east coast scenery (especially in the Cape Breton region), the cultural diversity and sense of down-home community are the real treasures of this region of Canada.
Throughout the province of Nova Scotia tourists can enjoy rich historical sites including the UNESCO world heritage site of Lunenburg. All types of outdoor activities and adventure sports are available here. Nova Scotia tours impress the most worldly of travelers who are never be more struck by unspoiled natural beauty that what is offered by the spectacular Nova Scotia landscape.
Prince Edward Island – PEI Tours
Prince Edward Island is the place to visit for unique artistic and cultural heritage of the islanders. This island is the smallest province of Canada and is endowed with beautiful white sandy beaches circled by great scenic beauty. PEI tours offer tourists one of Canada’s most relaxing destinations. PEI is also home to the “Cavendish” house, the location of one of Canada’s greatest stories, “Anne of Green Gables”.
All Inclusive Canada East Coast Tours by Caravan
Caravan Tours offers all-inclusive tours throughout North and Central America including fully escorted Canadian Maritimes Tours that feature three of Canada’s Maritime Provinces: Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick.
These 10-day Canada East Coast tours are affordably priced with departure dates May through October. Late fall tour dates feature fall foliage along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
Read Canadian Maritimes Tour reviews on our Caravan website or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your vacation spot today!
(Editor’s Note – This original post from April 2010 has been updated to reflect current PEI and Nova Scotia vacation details.)