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Most travelers with a limited amount of time tend to focus on one area of the country. This is a good idea unless you incorporate some long distance internal flights. Canada stretches more than 5,500 kilometers from east to west, and much of the remote north is all but inaccessible.
Day1: Central Canada: Toronto, Montreal, and Beyond
Toronto being a major point of entry for many travelers to Canada, this is the best place to start a tour of Central Canada. Spend a few nights in Toronto to see the sights, take in a Broadway show, and do a day trip to Niagara Falls. There are several tour operators offering day trips to the falls, which usually include a stop at the lovely little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. From Toronto, you can drive or take a train to Ottawa, Canada's capital, to see Parliament Hill, some national museums, and in winter.
Day2:Newfoundland: Explore the Rock
Begin in St. John's, the provincial capital, to explore Signal Hill National Historic Site and the lovely downtown area. When you leave St. John's, take the scenic drive along Conception Bay and over to the Bonavista Peninsula to the charming town of Trinity. This scenic little seaside village with colorful houses looks out onto oceanfront cliffs. Tour some historic buildings to get a feel for the culture, take a whale-watching tour, or go for a hike.
Day3: Exploring Canada's North: Polar Bears, Arctic Landscapes, and Culture
Early Morning Pick up and the goal is to see wildlife you should consider a trip to Churchill, Manitoba in the late fall to see the polar bear migration. Many different tours leave from Winnipeg, offering multi-day stays that include options to see the bears in a Tundra Buggy and stay in a Tundra Lodge. Most tours involve a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, but it is also possible to take a train to Churchill.
Day4: City Hopping Across Canada
Vancouver is arguably Canada's most beautiful city, while Toronto is a great place to see a show, take a day trip to Niagara Falls, and enjoy the view from the CN Tower. Montreal is an incredibly vibrant city known for its French culture, shopping and fashion, and trendy Old Town. With extra time, you could add on a trip to Ottawa, between Toronto and Montreal, to see the nation's capital and tour some of the best museums in Canada.
Day5: Vancouver and the West Coast
For a day trip from Victoria catch a car ferry to Salt Spring Island for a day of sightseeing, or visiting local farms and artisan studios. With a few days available, drive up Vancouver Island to Tofino for a night or two, where you can stay in a seaside lodge. Spend some time surfing or walking along the beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, enjoy a day hike near the village of Ucluelet, and see the pristine coastal forest all along this remote stretch of the island.
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