Great Lakes Treasures

Self-Drive Holiday

 

Holiday Overview

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Filled with dramatic northern scenery and fascinating Native culture, this adventurous journey reveals the unique character and diverse sites and attractions of Ontario.

Highlights include an unforgettable stay at an aboriginal-operated wilderness retreat on the remote Manitoulin Island. A geographic wonder boasting over 100 lakes, this unique island offers a broad range of water-based activities, from boating and fishing to scuba diving, as well as spectacular scenery and culture.

What’s Included

Featured Experience

Experience the great lakes of Ontario

 

Explore Canada’s Great Lakes of Superior and Huron, world famous for their gentle beauty, unmatched serenity and sheer size. A highlight will be a visit to the unique Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world, where you will be able to partake in a range of outdoor activities, from hiking across the island’s multitude of trails to kayaking on the crystal-clear waters. With its relaxed pace and invigorating fresh air, you’ll be bound to come away with a new lease of life.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Toronto

Arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Transfer independently to your downtown hotel and check in. The rest of the day is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city.

Day 2: Toronto

With the city at your feet, you can explore the many facets of this world-class destination. Toronto boasts a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighbourhoods.

Day 3: Toronto to Huntsville

Travel north through charming rural villages to the pine and granite landscape of Muskoka cottage country, where we suggest a visit to the Muskoka Pioneer Village. Today’s destination is Huntsville, just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario’s coveted ‘cottage country’.

Day 4: Huntsville

The parks that surround the area all offer exciting day trails to explore ancient forests and lakes. Arrowhead Provincial Park is a smaller park with trails and a swimming beach, perfect for a day excursion. You may alternatively enjoy a visit to the outdoor Group of 7 natural art gallery, celebrating the works of early 20th century artists that created a world famous Canadian Impressionism style. Overnight in Huntsville.

Day 5: Huntsville to Killarney

This morning you bid farewell to the province’s first provincial park and travel further into Ontario’s hinterlands. Continue onto Killarney on the edge of Manitoulin Island, the largest island on fresh water.

Day 6: Killarney

The world-famous ‘Group of Seven’ painters made this area their artistic inspiration – and you’ll discover why as you further explore this striking landscape of pre- Cambrian granite and sparkling lakes.

Day 7: Killarney to Timmins

Continue north to Timmins today, passing through the Sudbury area. Located in Northeastern Ontario, the Timmins area is rich in minerals, especially gold, and boasts over 500 lakes and rivers.

Day 8: Timmins

Today you can explore this “City with a Heart of Gold,” which features local art galleries, golf, and an extensive trail system that winds through the city and surrounding Boreal forest.

Day 9: Timmins to Wawa

As you leave Timmins, you will head west to Wawa through very remote areas of the province. The impressive scenery along the way includes long stretches of Boreal forest, dramatic cliffs, and lakes right by the side of the road.

Day 10: Wawa to Sault Ste Marie

Today you will continue south on the Trans-Canada highway and along the scenic, rocky coast of Lake Superior.

Day 11: Sault Ste Marie

The day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of this northern Ontario city. The area is well known as an eco-tourism and naturalist destination hub, close to parks and preserves.

Day 12: Sault Ste Marie Marie to Manitoulin Island

Today you get a second chance to visit the provincial parks or nature reserve as you retrace your route back along the top of Lake Huron to Killarney where you venture on to Manitoulin Island itself.

Day 13: Manitoulin Island

A geographic wonder, Manitoulin Island contains over 100 lakes, including Lake Manitou which itself contains several more lakes. With all this fresh water, it’s no surprise that Manitoulin offers so many boating, fishing and scuba diving adventure activities. If you prefer dry land, don’t miss a visit to Assininack Museum, Little Current-Howland Museum, or the well maintained Mississagi Lighthouse Museum. Overnight on Manitoulin Island.

Day 14: Manitoulin Island to Tobermory

Today you travel to the south shore of Manitoulin Island and board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from South Baymouth to Tobermory on a leisurely 2-hour cruise in the deep waters of Lake Huron. After debarking at the ferry docks, you enter Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Day 15: Tobermory to Niagara

Drive south along the Bruce Peninsula en route to Niagara Falls, the “honeymoon capital of the world.” Approaching the southern reaches of Ontario, you pass through the hills of the Niagara Escarpment, featuring a variety of walking and cycling trails.

Day 16: Niagara Falls to Toronto

Check out of your hotel this morning and return to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for your flight home.

What’s Included:

This 16 day trip to Canada starts at £2,831 per person (based on two people sharing) and includes…

  • International flights from the UK based on economy class
  • Seat selection
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • Intermediate car hire with fully inclusive insurance
  • Admission to Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Bay of the Beaver Canoe Tour on Manitoulin Island
  • Niagara City Cruise by Hornblower
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information
  • Duration: 15 nights/16 days
  • Departure Point: London Gatwick
  • Airline: Air Transat
  • Hotel Rating: 3-4*

Price based on departures 7th May 2023 (please note prices & availability are subject to change).

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