Canada on the road in Winter, itinerary and Christmas

Canada on the road in winter

Canada on the road in Winter is a feeling almost beyond description, it has to be enjoyed personally.

Canada on the road in winter

It’s hard to convey feelings and impressions enjoyed travelling through report and photos.

Canada on the road in winter

The long distances, the boundless white, freedom, the snowstorms and the incredible warm sunny days in Winter at those latitudes.

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Canada on the road in winter

Canada on the road in Winter: freedom!

This is Canada and, even if it’s hard, I try to convey it and inspire you travelling there.

Canada on the road in winter

I did it through the posts at the moment on the socials, during our long on the road which touched the United States and the New England before,

Canada on the road in winter usa

and Canada then – I recommend you to see it in part by snowmobile speeding fast.

Canada on the road in winter usa

Meanwhile I leave here our itinerary: we enter Canada from the USA East Coast, after have visited the Acadia National Park,

Canada on the road in winter usa

and went through the Quoddy Head State Park, and the Campobello Island (Canadian territory) – I’ve already told you about it.

Canada on the road in winter usa

At the beginning the view is very alike the Maine coast one.

Canada on the road in winter usa

Crawfish are everywhere.

Canada on the road in winter usa

We go towards Rivière du Loup, Quebec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Thousand Island Park, Toronto, the Niagara Falls and go back to the United States towards New York.

Canada on the road in winter itinerary

In Woodstock First Nation, on the Saint John River banks, under an abundant snowfall, we scrounge a bit if Wi-Fi at the gas pump, after have filled up.

Canada on the road in winter

Just the time to post two photos.

Canada on the road in winter

The weather forecasts expect abundant snow for the next three days.

Canada on the road in winter

The following day the situation is covered sky with light clears.

Canada on the road in winter

Valeria wanted the sun…and also today Valeria beats the weather!

Canada on the road in winter

We spend the day in Canada on the road in Winter like we love.

Canada on the road in winter

We need good weather to move and to take some beautiful photos and…any snowflake falls. When snow is required…it falls!

Canada on the road in winter

Some useful tips as regards the car rental: we did it in New York

Canada on the road in winter animals

We have no problems to cross the borderline with Canada.

Canada on the road in winter

All the rented cars in the winter season have any necessary equipment.

Canada on the road in winter

Canada on the road in Winter is snowmobile, too

We are thinking we have to delay our snowmobile idea for tomorrow, instead…

Canada on the road in winter covered bridge

over the night it falls almost over one meter snow and we wake up on the New Year’s Eve with a completely snow-covered landscape!

Canada on the road in winter covered bridge

Valeria has struck again with her luck!

Canada on the road in winter covered bridge

On December 31st we spend the day doing one among the activities we like most by far. A full day by snowmobile!

Canada on the road in winter covered bridge

We are in Rivière du Loup.

Canada on the road in inverno neve motoslitta

Speeding by snowmobile for over 10 hours without stopping (we have also returned them back late) on the snow-covered tracks in Canada,

Canada on the road in winter

among uncontaminated forests, lakes, detours non shown on the map and endless straight stretches doing evolutions on when you familiarize yourself with the mean is incredible!

Canada on the road in winter

Cold, wind on the face, maps to understand, the dark enveloping everything very early and this endless sense of freedom that is the thing that most we remember about our on the road in Canada in Winter – I’ll never be tired of repeating it.

Canada on the road in winter

Meet no one for hours, arriving in front of wonderful chalets from where inviting smells of food go out, look for a moment around and decide to not enter for not wasting time.

canada on the road in winter snow

The sense of peace that these endless spaces give is beyond description. You must try!

canada on the road in winter snow

The snowmobile can be for all, it’s really easier than what it seems!

canada on the road in winter snow animals

We arrive to the hotel very tired and exhausted, but with the certainty to have spent a really funny day, where time doesn’t exist and they will everlasting in your memory! Then, with encounters of this kind…

canada on the road in winter snow animals national parks

January 1st in Quebec City

Our Canada on the road in Winter goes on and it reaches Quebec City.

canada on the road in winter quebec city

We are here on New Year’s Day.

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat

Good morning and Happy New Year from a very sunny Canada on the road in Winter in Quebec City!

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat

It’s an incredible day: clear and very limpid!

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat

Quebec City in the morning of New Year’s Day it’s like that: clear sky and shining sun, but don’t make you deceive, cold is always cold.

canada on the road in winter quebec city

Really cold!

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat new year’s day

We reach Levis to admire the city beyond the frozen river and we take the ferryboat to reach dontown.

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat new year’s day

It has a ridiculous amount and allows very beautiful shoots at the hotel, which is maybe the most photographed in the world, while ice is creaking under our keel.

canada on the road in winter quebec city sled

Then these sleds make big and little ones amuse!

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat

Downtown is very beautiful even if maybe it seems not to have its own soul.

canada on the road in winter quebec city ferryboat

The impression you have is that they want to make Europe re-live in every corner, in every venue, in every monument, in every market  and in every decoration.

canada on the road in winter quebec city new year’s day

It’s enough having a look at the architecture to realize it immediately.

canada on the road in winter quebec city new year’s day

This certainly gives a very particular charm to the city, but personally this kind of  “obsession” is not certainly the thing Canada on the road in Winter made me appreciate most.

canada on the road in winter quebec city new year’s day

Montreal

Our Canada on the road goes on towards Montreal. It’s a much bigger city. Here you can skate at the harbour, among the Christmas’ songs and under the city’s skyline.

canada on the road in winter montreal

Walking through the city by night is very nice, but only if you are well covered!

canada on the road in winter montreal

The Christmas atmosphere of this period acts as a frame and we don’t want to go to bed tonight, despite our tiredness.

canada on the road in winter ottawa

Anyway, more I walk more I wonder…why they persist to copy Notre Dame in every city?

canada on the road in winter montreal

Could I maybe leave Montreal and keep going throughout Canada on the road in WInter without posting this photo? It’s very beautiful to see and it leaves gaping from the architectonic/engineering point of view.

canada on the road in winter montreal

Here, too, it’s possible to go up by the elevator to admire the boundless spaces.

canada on the road in winter boundless spaces

Ottawa, the Canadian city which ravished us!

The itinerary of our Canada on the road in Winter in this part of the country is quite obliged, above all if you don’t have months and months in your hands to do all the detours you would.

And yet we travel for over a month…is it possible time is never enough travelling? Ottawa is crossed by the Rideau Canal which becomes a very long ice skating rink – almost 8km – from late in January.

canada on the road in winter ottawa canal skates

Look! What a view!!!

canada on the road in winter ottawa canal skates

Waiting for the canal get completely frozen and we can skating safely, Ottawa municipality places freely a huge skating rink at people disposal where…it’s enough to enter!

canada on the road in winter ottawa

Yes, you’ve got it right! Here people can skate freely and the skating rink is in perfect conditions.

canada on the road in winter ottawa

I always repeat that the low cost can be just round the corner and it’s enough to keep one’s own eyes open.

canada on the road in winter ottawa

Then if you aren’t able to find it by yourselves or if you need a little help, you always can follow my tips. Find them in the Low Cost Travel Guide.

canada on the road in winter ottawa

The skating rink’s ice is fixed every half hour and every 15 minutes the staff makes the skaters reverse the march. You have to know that here hockey and skating lord it as it happens with soccer in Italy.

There’s a theory and a literature about the perfect rotation way of rinks and burning talks can be listened to on TV: discoveries you make during the Canada on the road in Winter.

As regards us…we limited ourselves to spend a very beautiful afternoon skating in this wonderful city. The music in the background and the park that lights up when is getting dark leave you spellbound.

canada on the road in winter ottawa show lights

This Christmas atmosphere is wonderful and it frames our day with its perfumes, smells, sounds, food, sweet things and above all lights. Here people can do things very well!

We even learnt to bring skates! They are taken by blades upside-down! If you go hereabout you have to be prepared, otherwise everyone will look at you and they’ll tease you! At least until somebody won’t explain it to you!

canada on the road in winter ottawa show lights

It’s getting dark and magic arrives to Ottawa. Every evening, from 5.30pm non-stop, the Parliament of Ottawa lights up. It’s simply an amazing show.

The Christmas Light Show starts among lights, music and fairytales.

canada on the road in winter ottawa show lights

Heedless of the really sharp cold, you’ll watch it again at least a second time, and if you are daredevil also a third one. It’s really beautiful and it leaves big and little ones gaping. A Christmas fairytale which is able to move without using words, but only using sounds, music and lights.

canada on the road in winter ottawa

 

Also this show is free, of course, and the huge square opposite turns into the great orchestra of a boundless theater where tourists are thrilled, children play rolling in the white snow and the magic of these sounds and colors envelops everything.

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canada on the road in winter ottawa

The beauty of this moment it’s beyond description. We are very tired, but this evening we feel really well going around so that we don’t want to go to the hotel.

Tonight hotel…only two words. It never happened to find even a computer and a printer in the room! A very cool accommodation just a stone’s throw from downtown which can be reached on foot. I think we’ll go out once again tonight. Just a really quick walk!

canada on the road in winter

It’s the Business Inn chain: as I’ve already told you many times and as I suggest in the Low Cost Travel Guide, the chains dedicated to business trips, at the weekend offer discounted fares and have very fast connections.

Think that this huge room with a view, 60sqm for 3 people, with breakfast, in full downtown Ottawa, on January 2nd …cost 60 € each for 3 people!

Because travelling isn’t free, but it can cost much less than what you usually think. Do you  know what is the Wi-Fi password? review4tripadvisor. How amazing!

canada on the road in winter

Maybe it’s the atmosphere, the accommodation, the night walks, but according to me Ottawa beats all and triumphs: it’s the most beautiful one by far here in this part of Canada!

It has its own personality and it doesn’t persist to ape French people like too much do – according to me – other cities. Here everyone speaks both English and French and – unlike it happened last days – they don’t answer French when we speak English!

canada on the road in winter

Ottawa has elegant and huge monuments and it’s nice to discover so many hidden corners, independently of cold.

The tour of Parliament is free. Here parking – as in the other cities – costs a fortune, but the Parliament’s parking is free for all on Saturdays and on Sundays. Because the low cost can be always just round the corner. It’s enough to keep one’s own eyes open!

canada on the road in winter

We start again Canada on the road in Winter among boundless expanses.

canada on the road in winter

Thousand Island Park

Thousand Islands Park in Winter, while it’s snowing, with the water of rivers and lakes frozen in some traits, offers breathtaking views!

canada on the road in winter

We reach Ile Aux Coudres, one of the many islands linked to dry land by a completely free ferryboat.

canada on the road in winter

This island gives absolutely nothing and you have to pay attention to the return schedules to the dry land.

canada on the road in winter

More than remaining stuck here, maybe we have to wait a bit longer for the next ferryboat.

canada on the road in winter

Despite this…we liked it really much.

canada on the road in winter

Going through these roads, admiring and taking photographs of their farms, their countryside, their animals, talking to the locals on the ferryboat, astonished by the fact that there are some tourists in this season and that they go and visit right their own island…a slice of daily life in a corner of Canada where the very strict climate runs life.

canada on the road in winter

Toronto

Our Canada on the road in Winter keeps going towards Kingston, in Ontario, to reach Toronto. Do we have enough cold and wind?

canada on the road in winter toronto

We cannot help to send everyone a very heartfelt hello from -25°C this morning.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

The CNTower di Toronto is a stage not to be missed.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

Can we perhaps not going even up here in a so clear day?

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

I very nearly…prefer it even to the Freedom Tower in New York. It’s certainly less spectacular and less historic and it doesn’t have the emotional charge of the uphill in New York…

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

Whether you want or not, who experienced September 11th cannot help to be caught by thousand of emotions, but I almost prefer it – from the panoramically and tourist point of view.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

Very few people if you arrive in the morning at the opening, we didn’t book anything and we are close to New Year’s Day: we have very few people ahead.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

The advantages in comparison with the Freedom Tower are several: it offers the chance to go outdoor up there to take even more beautiful photographs, a glass to walk on and look down (how wonderful!) – many people are afraid of it – and the panoramic glass elevator climbing it.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

You are able to see planes taking off from the airport: so small and so “low there”! We spent endless hours up there admiring all the possible perspectives. Then the pendulum conveying the idea of how this building is swinging is very efficient.

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower

Another place from where – after hours – we just didn’t want to get off!

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower ice skating

But a wonderful winter sunny day with clear sky, a unique view from the lake banks which reflects this intense blue, a deserted skating rink, the mild temperature (for these standards)…

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower ice skating

What could we do?

canada on the road in winter toronto cn tower ice skating

Of course a few hours skating before a long walk among the boats packed for winter! We skate even without jacket. I’ve told you it’s a mild day!

canada on the road in winter toronto

Even some shoots from the several perspectives with the inevitable downtown…

canada on the road in winter toronto downtown

Niagara Falls

From Toronto we reach the Niagara Falls.

canada on the road in winter niagara falls night lighted

We arrive in the evening and…they are lighted up like that. Certainly a remarkable “show-off”, but….it has its own reason! It’s exaggerated, but I have to tell that I liked it in its absurdity!

canada on the road in winter niagara falls night

All the neighborhood area here is dazing. A huge carnival where you are deafened by sounds, lights, colors and really high music everywhere!

canada on the road in winter niagara falls night

There are even the falls coming down reproduced on a skyscraper’s wall!

Everything here gets money everywhere, but the long deserted walk in front of the lighted falls is amazing. It’s not right deserted…it’s really deserted: due to this cold and wind only the three of us were there! And yet it’s enough to get covered properly…we were there and hoped for a bit of more wind so that the fog could raise and we could take even an umpteenth photo!

canada on the road in winter niagara falls

Even this evening we have a reason, in spite of the tiredness, to not going to bed at a normal hour!

canada on the road in winter niagara falls

The following day runs by admiring them from every perspective and in all sorts of ways! Above, under, with sun, without sun, from the Canadian border, from the USA one…billions of photos!

canada on the road in winter

It’s time to leave again.

canada on the road in winter

Left the Niagara Falls, our Canada on the road in Winter keeps going on towards the United States.

canada on the road in winter

Our day ends with a bit of relax in Victor: Best Western is always a right choice, if it’s Plus even better!

canada on the road in winter

Really fast connection everywhere, swimming pool, big room and very quick check-in and check-out, as I like.

canada on the road in winter

With breakfast, of course!

canada on the road in winter

Good night from this corner of USA!

canada on the road in winter

Tomorrow we’ll reach Old Forge. Many surprises and many new experiences are ahead of us, but here…we’ve already crossed the border and we aren’t in Canada anymore. So there’s nothing left to do but…see you next post!

canada on the road in winter

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