Eastern Canada vs Western Canada

Eastern Canada vs Western Canada

As the world’s second largest country and home to more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined, Canada is a fascinating place to visit.
From breathtaking landscapes and famous national parks to majestic mountain scenery and incredible wildlife encounters, Canada is as captivating as it is expansive. Stay in elegant hotels, visit unique cities and immerse yourself in some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes.

But which part of Canada should you visit on your next holiday? Head west for the spectacular scenery of the famed Rocky Mountains, breathtaking coastline and wildlife encounters. Uncover the French culture and architectural charm of Eastern Canada in Montréal, Québec, with no visit complete without taking in the thundering Niagara Falls or cruising the Canadian Maritimes.

Here’s a closer look at some of the must visit destinations as we compare the delights of both Eastern and Western Canada.

Eastern Canada

Eastern Canada is bursting with charm, from the cosmopolitan buzz of Toronto and the beauty of Québec to the thunder of Niagara Falls. Revel in its magical mix of culture, rich history and friendly locals for a journey you will talk about for years to come.


Montréal is a city of French influences. Discover the fabulous French culture, architecture and colonial history as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal).

Visit the exquisite Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montréal, with its imposing Gothic Revival architecture and take a guided tour through the city. Be sure to check out the Montréal underground where many locals spend their time during the frosty winter.
Take a look inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

Québec City

Oozing with European charm and steeped in history, Québec City is one of the oldest settlements in North America, with its Renaissance-era ramparts, you’ll find an unexpected treat at every turn. 

Stroll along the 17th century cobblestone streets of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage-site, walk the fortress walls and stay at Château Frontenac, one of the world’s most photographed hotels.
Stay at the most photographed hotel in the world - Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City


Ottawa, the capital of Canada is located in Ontario where most locals speak both English and French. Discover the proud heritage, famous landmarks and world-class museums. Tour Parliament Hill, visit ByWard Market, one of Canada’s oldest markets and cruise along the Rideau Canal. Stroll through St. Lawrence Market, going strong since 1803.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada


The bustling cosmopolitan city of Toronto is home to iconic sights, fabulous food, amazing art, beautiful beaches and a thriving live music scene. Be treated to stunning views of the city and Lake Ontario from Toronto’s CN Tower standing 553 metres tall.
Visit the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

Niagara Falls

Experience the thundering roar of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s greatest waterfalls during a Maid of the Mist cruise. Situated on the border of Canada’s Ontario Province and the United States, it is often regarded that the Canadian side offers the best viewing, with the Horseshoe Falls only truly seen from this side. 
View the spectacular Niagara Falls, Canada

Western Canada

Western Canada offers a vast kaleidoscope of natural wonders spliced with cultures that are as inviting as they are intriguing. From the great Rocky Mountains to glacial lakes that shimmer in magical shades of blue, from picture-perfect alpine resorts to charming harbour cities, this corner of Canada is an expansive wonderland that’s as varied as it is magnificent.

Banff National Park

Canada’s first national park, established in 1885 is home to emerald lakes, striking mountain scenery and unspoiled wilderness.

Experience unique wildlife viewings of black and grizzly bears, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and cougars, hike along the 1,600 kilometres of well-maintained trails, ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and explore the picturesque town of Banff, lined with fine dining restaurants, bars, shops and museums.
Brown Bear Banff National Park, Canada

Lake Louise

Situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Banff National Park, Lake Louise is renowned for its spectacular turquoise coloured lakes, breathtaking mountain backdrop, amazing skiing and hiking trails as well as the spectacular Fairmont Château Lake Louise.

During the summer months, go canoeing, fishing and river rafting whilst in winter enjoy snowmobiling, horse drawn sleigh rides and ice skating across Lake Louise itself.
Stay at the opulent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, covering 11,000 square kilometres. Admire the breathtaking views of Jasper as you ascend 2,500 metres to the peak by SkyTram, Canada’s highest and longest, guided aerial tramway.

Raft down the Athabasca River, cruise Maligne Lake to Spirit Island or hit the open ride of Jasper National Park on a Harley Davidson™ Sidecar Tour, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
Admire Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Canada


Victoria, the capital of British Columbia is the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and known as the “City of Gardens”. Explore the diverse history and beautiful architecture, visit the breathtaking Butchart Gardens for colourful blooms all year round and stay at the magnificent Fairmont Empress, overlooking the beautiful harbour front.

Take flight for a bird's-eye-view of the city and a literal ‘overview’ of all that Vancouver Island has to offer.
Beautiful Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada


Vancouver, one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan, coastal cities is home to a wealth of attractions. Stroll through Stanley Park, Vancouver’s first and largest urban park, covering 400-hectares.

Explore Downtown Vancouver, grab dinner and drinks in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and watch the city lights come to life from the lookout at the Harbour Centre, rising 167-metres above the city.
Visit beautiful Vancouver, Canada


Experience the beauty of Whistler all year round at this alpine village, regarded as one of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, zip line over Whistler Valley and soar above the spectacular mountain ranges on a Heli Flightseeing tour for awe-inspiring views.

For a unique cultural experience, visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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Eastern and Western Canada Luxury Tours