Eastern Canada and the Maritimes MapEastern Canada and the Maritimes refers to north east Canada including the Great Lakes and Maritimes provinces of the Atlantic coast; one of the largest regions in North America. Here you can find the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as well as the more central Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Farther east Newfoundland and Labrador, are often included in tours of Eastern Canada.

What awaits travellers to these regions is some of the prettiest towns and coastal landscapes in North America. Dominated by the sea, each province is a world of picturesque sandy beaches, spectacular bays and towering cliffs.  All provide a wide window of opportunity for outdoor activity and exploration. Vibrant urban cities including Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City and Canada’s capital city – Ottawa can be found dotted around this vast landscape. Each city provides rich insight into Canada’s European heritage, combined with a modern atmosphere of contemporary restaurants, lively entertainment and a fascinating arts scene.

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Places To Visit In Eastern Canada

Ontario

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Toronto Skyline

No tour of Canada would be complete without a trip to Ontario, which is arguably one of the best travel experiences in North America. Situated right in the political and commercial heart of Canada, Ontario is home to the vibrant cities of Ottawa – the nation’s capital; Toronto and Niagara Falls, as well as great lakes, miles of rivers and stretches of beautiful coastline which make up one-third of its land mass.

The great Niagara Falls is a popular sightseeing spot, while the Thousand Islands – thousands of tree-filled islands dotted around the St. Lawrence River – is an idyllic location for cruising, swimming, scuba diving and fishing. Toronto is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and offers magnificent sights and memorable experiences. Here you can view the famous 553m CN Tower, explore the historic Distillery District and venture into the 400-acre High Park.

Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. It is the home of the Canadian Parliament, national museums, the Rideau Canal and a vibrant cosmopolitan culture.

Quebec

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Quebec Coastline

Covering a vast area of 643,819 square miles, Quebec is 7 times larger than the UK and more than twice the size of Texas. Canada’s largest French speaking province is a place for year-round adventure, where warm summers and fantastic snowy winters make for excellent outdoor recreation.

Quebec’s landscape is breathtaking – an ever changing world of lakes, vast expanses of forest and the mighty St. Lawrence River. This is considered one of the greatest rivers in the world and flows for more than 600 miles through the southern part of Quebec.

Quebec City is another great place to visit during your adventure holiday in Canada. This busy seaport is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, and features wonderfully preserved cobblestone streets and landmark historical sites for you to explore. These include the La Citadelle De Quebec which is the largest British fortress built in North America.

In Montreal you could easily believe you were in a major French city, the culture straddles both that of France and modern Canada with a diverse mix of neighbourhoods, restaurants and attractions. Explore the historic quarter that dates back to the earliest days of New France and sample the excellent cuisine, shopping and old-world atmosphere.  The Quarter des spectacles (entertainment district) is designed to host outdoor shows year round on its large esplanade, while the Plateau Mont-Royal is home to artists, pavement cafes and bars. 

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Whale Watching In Newfoundland

In the far eastern provinces of Eastern Canada are the island of Newfoundland and the mainland coastal region of Labrador. The waters surrounding these provinces are among the most spectacular for sea kayaking, whale watching, catching sight of towering icebergs and gazing upon magnificent ocean bays.

A great spot for wildlife watching is the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to a number of islands inhabited by one of the largest puffin colonies in North America. There is also a rich history to be discovered in Labrador and Newfoundland, as well as fascinating archaeological sites.

 

The Maritime Provinces

Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Canada

Also known as ‘Canada’s ocean playground’, Nova Scotia is a charming and resourceful province rich in cultural heritage, scenic attractions and outdoor adventures. You can take part in fun activities such as white water rafting, fishing in salmon streams and hiking through forest trails and empty coastal paths. Some of the best Nova Scotia tourist sites can be found on the beautiful Cape Breton highlands and the magnificent Bay of Fundy, which is located on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine. This setting is home to one of the most picturesque coastlines and the highest tides in the world.

Prince Edward Island

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Prince Edward Island Coastline

Many Canadian escorted tours will take you to the picturesque maritime province of Prince Edward Island, and the pretty town of Charlottetown. The island’s sienna-coloured sandy beaches and relaxed charm is a highlight for many visitors, as well as the captivating atmospheric blend of a 19th century seaport with 21st century conveniences.

A popular site on Prince Edward Island is the Green Gables – the seaside setting of the popular novel, Anne of Green Gables, written by L.M.Montgomery. There is also the chance to stroll along some of the most beautiful beaches in Atlantic Canada and explore the soaring sandstone cliffs and salt marshes that are protected by the Prince Edward Island National Park.

New Brunswick 

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New Brunswick Skyline

Situated just above Maine, and to the east of Quebec, lies the ‘hidden gem’ of the Canadian Maritimes – New Brunswick. This region is a mix of dramatic landscapes – rugged coastline, mountains and rivers – that supports a diverse range of wildlife and a whole host of outdoor activities. The Bay of Fundy is a nearby spot for spectacular views and whale and shark watching, while Saint John – ‘The Fundy City’ – is a bustling hub of boutiques, restaurants and a lively cultural scene. For lovers of art and architecture, New Brunswick’s capital of Fredericton is the place to go. Here you will find quaint Victorian houses and countless galleries and museums.

Top Locations and Attractions in Eastern Canada and the Maritimes

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The CN Tower

Niagara Falls
Quebec City’s Old town
The CN Tower
Prince Edward Island
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The Bay of Fundy
Algonquin Provincial Park
Niagara On The Lake

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