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Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal Itinerary

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I’m back with more travel stories to share and this time it’s from the land of maple, poutine, ice hockey, great outdoors and just mesmerizingly beautiful landscapes. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you some of the things my family and I did when we went on a road trip from Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal and back to Toronto.

Preparing an itinerary for the family was my responsibility and no matter how much I carefully curate our list of things to see and do, we were not able to do everything on the list. First of all, we didn’t follow a strict schedule and we just let ourselves do anything that we feel like doing while on the road. Second, we didn’t stay in the central parts of the city, therefore, were not able to maximize our sightseeing time. And lastly, there were days when it was just plain too cold for us to stay outside for a long period of time. It was so cold that in the middle of fall, it actually snowed.

Nevertheless, we were able to tick off most places on our bucket list, and hey, this is certainly not the last time we’ll be visiting any of these cities, right?

For now, I’ll be sharing with you our original itinerary in case you are planning the same route for your road trip. This itinerary is the result of weeks of research and mostly include the must-see places and attractions for first-time visitors of Toronto, Niagara, Quebec City, and Montreal. If you prepare well enough and are staying in a central location, the itinerary is doable but will definitely be very tiring. You don’t have to see everything on the list nor do you have to spend too much time in each location. Some of these places will only require a max of 30 minutes of your time and some you don’t have to do at all and are just merely a suggestion if you have spare time.

Toronto, Niagara, Quebec City, and Montreal

14-day Itinerary

DAY 1: TORONTO

Toronto Islands and Harbourfront Centre and Harbour Square Park
CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Steam Whistle Brewery, and Toronto Railway Museum
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Nathan Phillips Square, Eaton Centre/Yonge Dundas Square

DAY 2: TORONTO

Royal Ontario Museum
Chinatown
Kensington Market
Graffiti Alley
Distillery District
St Lawrence Market and Flatiron Building
St. James Cathedral

DAY 3: DAY TRIP TO NIAGARA

Drive to Niagara (1.5 to 2 hours)
Hornblower Cruise
Table Rock Centre
Journey Behind the Falls
White Water Walk
Skylon Tower (Observation Deck)
Clifton Hill
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Drive back to Toronto

DAY 4: TORONTO

Casa Loma or Ontario Science Center
Art Gallery of Ontario

DAY 5: TORONTO TO QUEBEC CITY

Leave Toronto by 6:00 AM
Quebec City ETA 3:30 PM (includes rest stops and lunch)

DAY 6: QUEBEC CITY

Old Quebec Walking Tour

Grand Allee
Plaines de Abraham/Battlefields Park
Parliament Hill/Fontaine de Tourny
Fortification Walls/La Citadelle
Terrasse Pierre Dugua-de-Mons
Governor’s Promenade/Dufferin Terrace
Place d’Armes/Musee du Fort
Chateau Frontenac
Take Funicular to Lower Town
Place Royale
Notre Dame des Victoires Church
Quartier Petit Champlain
La Fresque du Petit Champlain

DAY 7: QUEBEC CITY

Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Québec
Observatoire de la Capitale
Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica Cathedral
Musee de l’Amerique
Gare du Palais (train station)
Market Old Port of Quebec
Musee de la Civilization

DAY 8: DAY TRIP OUTSIDE QUEBEC CITY

Parc de la Chute Montmorency/Montmorency Falls
Ile d’Orleans
Canyon Sainte Anne
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine

DAY 9: QUEBEC CITY TO MONTREAL

Drive from Quebec City to Montreal (3 hours)
Possible Stopover: Chemin du Roy/Trois Rivières

DAY 10: MONTREAL

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
Place d’Armes (Old Montreal)
Notre Dame Basilica – Saint Sulpice Seminary
Rue Saint Paul
Notre Dame de Bonsecours
Hotel de Ville (Town Hall)
Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market)
Pointe a Calliere Museum
Place Jacques Cartier
Chateau Ramezay
Vieux Port (Old Port)
La Ronde

DAY 11: MONTREAL

Parc du Mont-Royal
St. Joseph’s Oratory
Jean Talon Market
Dorchester Square
McGill College Esplanade

DAY 12: MONTREAL

Montreal Botanical Garden
Biodome de Montreal
Tower Observatory/Montreal Tower
Olympic Stadium, Athlete’s Village & Olympic Pool
Chinatown

DAY 13: MONTREAL TO TORONTO

Drive from Montreal to Toronto (6 hours)
Possible Stopover: Kingston/Thousand Islands

DAY 14: TORONTO

Toronto Zoo or Free day
Prepare for Departure

Download a printable copy of this itinerary here.

Let me know if you have questions (and even suggestions) about this sample itinerary. If you’ve visited any of these cities before, I would love to hear about your own travel stories. Leave a comment below 🙂

You can also download my FREE Itinerary Planner Printable to help you plan your trip.

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