Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park
Toronto, Canada
Niagara Falls
Thousand Islands National Park
Ottawa, Canada

Ontario's Great Lakes

14 day Self Drive - from £1559

With flights from £2045

Discover Ontario’s Great Lakes on this two week round trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Lake Huron and the beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park.


  • Explore vibrant Toronto, Canada’s largest city
  • Visit the mighty Niagara Falls
  • Cruise the 1000 Islands in Kingston
  • Go in search of wildlife in Algonquin Park
  • Visit the largest freshwater island in the world
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Toronto

Arrive today in Toronto. Once you are settled in at your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the city.

Hotel: Chelsea Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Toronto

Wake this morning to the sounds of a bustling metropolis. Today is free for you to experience the sights of Canada’s largest and most diverse city. You might want to visit the Eaton Centre for some shopping, Toronto’s Chinatown, the impressive CN Tower and the Old and New City Halls – the choice is yours.

Hotel: Chelsea Hotel or similar

Day 3 - Niagara Falls

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour to the Niagara Peninsula: Canada’s fruit belt and major wine-producing region, home of the spectacular Niagara Falls – one of the great wonders of the world. Your tour includes: Hornblower Cruises or Journey Behind the Falls, lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, free time in Niagara Falls and a winery tour including a wine tasting. Lunch overlooking the falls is also included for you today.

Hotel: Chelsea Hotel or similar
Meals: Lunch

Day 4 - Kingston (162 miles)

Collect your rental car this morning and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Kingston. We recommend you stop in the city of Peterborough en route, which boasts the world’s highest lift locks, literally lifting pleasure crafts 20 metres straight up. Visit the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre and view the hydraulic lift lock, slides and films about the Trent-Severn Waterway. You will also see a working model and experience the sights and sounds of lift lock construction at the turn-of-the-century. It’s also worth taking the time to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site near Kingston. A living museum of military life, Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1834 to repel an American invasion that never came. The fort, once the largest military establishment in Upper Canada, now offers visitors a glimpse of a soldier’s life of those days, through guided tours, soldier’s parades and drills.

Hotel: Delta Kingston Waterfront

Day 5 - Ottawa (125 miles)

Begin the day with a short drive to Gananoque for a cruise through the Thousand Islands. Continue to the nation’s capital, Ottawa. With unique history, geography and lifestyle, the city offers a wide variety of urban attractions. Many of Canada’s best museums and cultural facilities, as well as the Parliament Buildings and other historical structures and major institutions, are in the Capital Area.

Hotel: Delta Ottawa City Centre

Day 6 - Ottawa

Situated on the Ottawa River, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Included today is the Hop on Hop off City Tour. Your ticket allows you to tour the nation’s capital at your own pace or stay on board for a two hour fully narrated tour.

Hotel: Delta Ottawa City Centre

Day 7 - Huntsville (210 miles)

Time to travel again, heading west into Algonquin Provincial Park. Take your time and enjoy the scenery, visit the interpretation centre and most importantly keep a keen eye out for the abundance of wildlife that inhabit this beautiful Provincial Park. Arrive this afternoon in Huntsville where you will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Deerhurst Resort

Day 8 - Huntsville

Warm weather activities and amenities are yours to enjoy today. Rent a canoe and spend some time by one of the lakes in the area, or perhaps golf is more to your taste – there are dozens of courses in the area. Whatever you choose, this is a great spot for some rest and relaxation.

Hotel: Deerhurst Resort

Day 9 - Manitoulin Island (228 miles)

Leaving Deerhurst Resort this morning, you head towards Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron – the largest freshwater island in the world.

Hotel: Manitoulin Hotel

Day 10 - Manitoulin Island

Today is free for you to explore Manitoulin Island. Manitoulin communities have beautiful public beaches, often accompanied by parks and playgrounds. You will find endless hiking trails meander through the Manitoulin landscape and the island has a great many quiet roads, ideal for an exploratory ‘drive in the country’ or cycling adventure. If you have time, it is worth taking the 1.5-hour walking tour with the Great Spirit Circle Trail that specializes in Authentic Aboriginal Experiences.

Hotel: Manitoulin Hotel

Day 11 - Bruce Peninsula (69 miles + ferry)

Today you are leaving Manitoulin Island and heading south east to Tobermory by ferry – a true paradise for naturalists, photographers, divers, hikers, kayakers, leisure-seekers, golfers and art lovers. Tobermory offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, rest and relaxation, sweet clean air, clean waters and scenery that is breath-taking.

Hotel: Tobermory Princess Hotel

Day 12 - Tobermory

The day is free to explore the Tobermory area. Hike the majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment along the world famous Bruce Trail or the inland trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park, enjoy diving or snorkelling in the Fathom Five National Marine Park – many shipwrecks make the park a popular scuba diving destination, allowing you to see the shipwrecks without having to get wet

Hotel: Tobermory Princess Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Toronto (186 miles)

Today it is time to head back towards Lake Ontario. Take a journey along the shores of Lake Huron to Toronto where you will spend your final night.

Hotel: Chelsea Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Farewell from Toronto

Check-out from your hotel and return your rental vehicle in downtown Toronto or Toronto Airport where your Great Lakes adventure comes to an end.

14 day Self Drive - from £1559

With flights from £2045


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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2022 onwards.


Enjoy independent touring at its very best. You can book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 13 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern, air conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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