10 Days of Summer in Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls and Quebec City

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Rollo Reese

  • Canada

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Road Trip Travel

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

  • Quebec

  • Outdoor

  • Architecture

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Traveling to Canada from the US in the summer is an underrated choice, offering slightly cooler temperatures and a refreshing atmosphere without breaking the budget. Central Canada is a region worth exploring and in this travel guide, I'll provide you with an itinerary for a multi-city trip across four cities: Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and a bonus day trip to Niagara Falls. Whether you have ten days to spare or just a weekend, this guide offers flexibility and options to suit your travel preferences. You can also visit just one of these cities for a 3-day or 4-day weekend. Let's get rolling!

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Things to do in Canada

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Montreal (3 Days)

I love Montreal you really feel transformed into a European City, but with a side of the Canadian hospitality. This means you get the essence of french culture and culinary flavors that you can pair with your maple syrup and smoked meats. The eating is good here! Yes they do speak french in this city. But don’t worry they speak plenty of English too (it’s Canada after all). You will be fine nothing wrong with saying bonjour (hello), s’il vuos plaît (please) or merci beaucoup (thank you very much) out of respect. Here’s list of things to do in three days:

Mount Royal Park: Take a stroll outside the city and enjoy the breathtaking view of Montreal's skyline from this iconic park.

Notre Dame Basilica: Admire the stunning architecture of this French-inspired basilica and appreciate the opportunity to have visited more than one Notre Dame.

Montreal Fine Arts Museum: Explore the extensive collection of both old and modern art, and don't forget to take a tour of the outdoor art displays.

Old Town Montreal (Vieux-Montreal): Wander through the cobblestone streets and experience the European ambiance of this historic neighborhood.

Atwater Market or St. Jean Market: Visit these unique and gourmet European-style markets to sample fresh fruit and enjoy local food stalls.

Saint Joseph's Oratory: Discover this beautiful Catholic shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph. If you're up for it, climb the stairs for a workout with rewarding views.

Rue Sainte Catherine: Explore the heart of downtown Montreal, where you'll find a wide variety of shops and dining options.

Fairmount Bagel: Stop by this renowned bagel shop in the Mile End area to try one of Canada's best bagels.

Underground City: Escape the elements and explore this network of interconnected buildings filled with shops and eateries, offering a unique urban experience.

Rue Saint Paul: Experience the European charm of Old Montreal by walking along this picturesque street filled with shops, cafes and historical sites.

Crescent Street: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively street, known for its diverse dining options and bustling nightlife.

Mile End: Discover Montreal's hipster and artsy neighborhood, known for its creative expression and culinary scene.

Make sure to end your Montreal experience with a river cruise at night for a memorable view of the city. Don't forget to visit Reuben Deli & Steakhouse to indulge in delicious smoked meats.

Quebec City (1-2 days)

Located just a few hours away from Montreal, this previously fortified wall city is rich in history or should I say French in history. You only need one to day day max to see the Upper and Lower Quebec attractions. Some of the fortified walls are still up! The city overlooking the St. Lawrence river makes for great relaxation and reflection time. The heart of the city feel like you are going back in time to cobblestone streets. The french settlement influence is everywhere… They speak French here also! Yes your English is fine, again this is Canada after all. Make sure to get a croissant and it will taste so good that you will want to try saying a few french greetings for the remainder of your trip. Let’s get rolling.

Fairmont Le Château Frontena the castle-like hotel, which serves as a focal point in the city center and offers stunning views.

Funicular: Take a ride on the funicular (or climb the stairs) to experience the transition from Upper to Lower Quebec City.

Terrasse Dufferin: Enjoy panoramic views of the city, the St. Lawrence River and street performances from this beautiful terrace.

Notre Dame Basilica: Visit the Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City, which is equally impressive as its counterparts in Montreal and Paris.

Fountain de Tourney: Take a break near this charming fountain, located in front of the parliament building and enjoy the relaxing ambiance.

Plains of Abraham: Relax at this historic site, which was once a battlefield and now offers a peaceful park like setting with significant historical value.

Rue Petite Champlain: Explore the main street of Lower Quebec, filled with shops, restaurants, and a lively atmosphere.

La Fresque des Québécois: Admire the captivating mural that seamlessly blends into the surroundings, showcasing the artistic vibe of Lower Quebec City.

Take a Ferry on the River: Experience the illuminated beauty of Quebec City at night by taking a ferry ride along the river.

La Buche (restaurant): Indulge in Quebec-style cuisine at this unique restaurant, known for its mouthwatering dishes.

Toronto (4 days, including a Niagara Falls day trip)

Toronto, often referred to as the New York City of Canada, is a vibrant and diverse city that offers a taste of Canadian culture. Explore the neighborhoods, indulge in local foods and enjoy the city's numerous attractions. Here's is how to roll into Toronto:

CN Tower: Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Canada's largest city from the CN Tower's observation deck.

Toronto Islands: Take a ferry ride to the Toronto Islands and relax in the park while enjoying stunning views of the city skyline.

Nathan Phillips Square: Capture a photo in front of the colorful Toronto sign in this bustling square, best visited in the morning.

Ripley's Aquarium: Discover the wonders of marine life at this popular attraction located near the CN Tower.

Markets: Explore St. Lawrence Market and Kensington Market, where you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and sample local produce.

Demetres: Treat yourself to a dessert extravaganza at this renowned Toronto dessert place, offering a wide array of sweet creations.

Tim Hortons: Visit the iconic Canadian coffee chain and try their famous "Timbits" to complete your Canadian experience.

Toronto Neighborhoods: Take a leisurely walk through the diverse neighborhoods of Toronto, such as Yorkville and the Distillery District, to experience the city's unique vibe.

Yonge-Dundas Square: Check if any festivals or live performances are happening in this area, which resembles a smaller version of Times Square.

Waterfront Trail: Rent a bike or go for a stroll along the waterfront, enjoying the scenic harbor views.

Black & Blue Steak House: Get a dinner down town at this amazing steak house my wife and I still talk about the last minute steak dinner we had here.

Don't forget to reserve a day for a memorable day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto, experiencing the splendor of the falls from the Canadian side.

Central Canada offers a diverse range of experiences, from the European charm of Quebec City and Montreal to the bustling metropolis of Toronto. By following this travel guide, you can make the most of your multi-destination trip, exploring these vibrant cities, indulging in local cuisines and creating lasting memories. Enjoy your journey through Central Canada!

Day trip

Don't forget to reserve a day for a memorable day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto, experiencing the splendor of the falls from the Canadian side.

Places to eat & drink in Canada

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Black & Blue Steak House: Get a dinner down town at this amazing steak house my wife and I still talk about the last minute steak dinner we had here.

Demetres: Treat yourself to a dessert extravaganza at this renowned Toronto dessert place, offering a wide array of sweet creations.

Tim Hortons: Visit the iconic Canadian coffee chain and try their famous "Timbits" to complete your Canadian experience.

La Buche (restaurant): Indulge in Quebec-style cuisine at this unique restaurant, known for its mouthwatering dishes.

Atwater Market or St. Jean Market: Visit these unique and gourmet European-style markets to sample fresh fruit and enjoy local food stalls.

Need to Know

Looking for more Canada travel inspo? Check out Fora Travel Advisor Ashurina David's guide, A Weekend Getaway to Toronto, Canada.

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