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Discover the Canadian Maple Leaf Trail with Belfast Telegraph Travel

Canada is the second largest country in the world. From mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled worldwide. However Canada's charm is not just the outstanding outdoors; Canada has cosmopolitan cities that are friendly and multicultural.

A holiday which takes in the “Maple Leaf Trail” takes in the bright lights of Toronto, the historical cities of Montreal and Quebec, and also the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is one of the two Canadian cities that everyone seems to know (the other one being Vancouver), and is also the leading tourist destination in Canada. It can easily compete with the big US-cities when it comes to arts and entertainment, with many events and festivals taking place in the city throughout the year. It is a diverse and international city with great cultures, people and food. Some highlights are the St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery Historic District and Toronto Island, from which you can take in the fantastic view of the Toronto skyline.

Visit the CN tower, which used to be the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The top floor restaurant turns 360 degrees in just over an hour, and offers an amazing view over the different neighbourhoods, the green spaces and the Harbour front. Plus, the food is delicious!

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, one of the seven wonders, is only one and a half hours from Toronto. Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls; American, Bridal and Horseshoe. Located on the US-Canadian border, extending into the province of Ontario and New York State, they converge and rise over a 52 metre cliff, cascading into the rushing river below and creating the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.  The Niagara Falls are appreciated both for their beauty and also as a source of hydroelectric power.

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Thousand Island Cruise

The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. This boat journey offers the chance to see the picturesque riverside with its many summer homes and abundant wildlife, while relaxing on board the cruise vessel.

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Montreal, Quebec

Montreal has its own charm or, as the Quebecers say, “Joie de vivre”. The second biggest city in Canada is often rumoured to be half European, because of its European inspired architecture, food and fashion. After Paris, it is the largest primarily French-speaking city in the world and when you walk down the streets of “Old Montreal” you can easily imagine being in France. The city is home to some of the best restaurants in Canada and even other Canadians admit that the best “Poutine” can be found in this part of the country. Be sure to visit the ‘Basilique Notre Dame”- a beautiful church and leading visitor attraction.

 

Quebec City, Quebec

The fortified “Old Town” of Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the oldest and most picturesque spots in Canada, with narrow cobblestone streets and European influenced architecture. The famous Château Frontenac the world's most photographed hotel, is a great spot for afternoon tea and offers an amazing view over the city.

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View of the Dufferin Terrace and Hotel Chateau Frontenac on a nice Spring blue sky day in Quebec City, Canada.

A taste of Canada

Canada has many tempting treats to tickle the taste-buds.  Poutine is a dish originating in Quebec, made with French fries topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.  Formerly regarded as a ‘downmarket’ dish, it has now become universally popular, even converting sworn foodies.  

You might want to try some poutine along with a refreshing Molson beer, Canada’s favourite.  That other Canadian classic, maple syrup, makes the perfect topping for pancakes and waffles, with or without crispy bacon – calorific, but delicious!

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What’s the weather like?

Warm in the summer with daily average temperatures of 16C - 22C.  The month of September is characterised by falling daily high temperatures, decreasing from 24°C to 19°C over the course of the month. The climate is cold and snowy from mid-December to mid-March.

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Niagara Falls scenic aerial view in autumn

Ready to plan your holiday?

When you book with Belfast Telegraph Travel, our travel partners deliver you an expert service and take pride in ensuring that your holiday is one to remember. With a complete itinerary, experienced guides and amazing excursions, we take the hassle out planning your break and offer piece of mind and affordable luxury. Find out more about our Maple Leaf Trail holidays in Canada by visiting www.belfasttelegraphtravel.co.uk

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