There are a lot of reasons to visit Canada. If you live in the US, it’s a quick trip over the border, it has tons of natural beauty, history, and tons of great food, too. Last year, I took an amazing road trip through Canada. While five days isn’t nearly enough time to cover everything there is to see, it’s a great start.
Day One – Niagara Falls
On the first day of the road trip, I drove from Detroit across the Canadian border and headed straight for Niagara Falls. I started the day really early and managed to get there by about 10 a.m.
There are a few different ways you can experience the falls from the Canadian side. You can take a helicopter ride over the falls, ride on the Maid of the Mist going almost right under Horseshoe Falls, or head behind the falls. I chose the latter. I got to stand on a platform right behind the waterfall and really hear, see, and feel the power of the water.
Day Two – Toronto
I spent the night in Niagara and got up super early the next morning to spend a day in Toronto. I took a tour of the Rogers Centre, where the Toronto Blue Jays play, and then headed out for some seriously good people watching around the harbor. If I had more time in the city, I would have loved to check out the Royal Ontario Museum, the St. Lawrence Market, and other highlights from this Toronto guide.
Days Three and Four – Montreal
It’s a five-hour drive from Toronto to Montreal, so I set off really early in the morning to make sure I had enough time to explore. I got there around midday, just in time to check out the café scene for lunch.
After checking into my hotel, I went straight to Olympic Stadium. Montreal hosted the Olympics in 1976, and the facilities are still in use today. I always love checking out different international stadiums when I travel, and this one did not disappoint.
On day four of the trip, I went to Old Montreal, where a lot of the city’s older, historical buildings are. I wandered the cobblestone streets feeling a lot like I was in Europe. The Notre Dame Basilica is stunning, and you could easily spend an hour or more staring at the intricacies of both the inside and outside.
My absolute favorite spot in Montreal was the main park, Mont Royal. Inside the park are tons of walking paths, the botanical garden, a small lake, and an incredible chalet.
Day Five – Quebec City
To round off my five-day trip, I drove up to Quebec City on the night of day four. I was pretty tired from all of the driving and exploring I’d packed into the previous four days, but since it was my last day in the country, I wanted to see as much of Quebec City as I could.
I practiced a little bit of my bad French, ate pastries, and wandered the streets of Old Quebec. The Citadelle of Quebec was a really fascinating place with stunning views over the city. I ended my last day of the trip with a little bit of window shopping in Quartier Petit-Champlain, the oldest shopping quarter in North America and one of the most gorgeous cobblestone streets I’ve ever seen.
This road trip really made me want to explore more of Canada. I can’t wait to get back and spend more time in all of these exciting cities.
Feature Image via Flickr by MSVG