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Honeymoon in Eastern Canada...advice please!!

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Hi, my fiancee and I have booked flights to Eastern Canada in May for our honeymoon. We fly into Montreal on the 8th May and back out of Toronto 2 weeks later. We're looking for advice on how long we will need in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, and any other places worth visiting. We're also looking for boutique style hotels and price isn't really an issue, so if you can recommend anywhere swanky that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    Standing on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this regal Old Quebec hotel features on-site spa facilities.
    www.booking.com/hotel/ca/fairmont-chateau-frontenac.en.html
    My fav VERY romantic HM worthy from peersonal experience.
    Also like the Gault in Montreal. ViaRail between the 2 was a
    nice scenic journey.

    Congrats!

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    There are several really nice boutique hotels in "Old" Montreal (historic district adjacent to downtown). Look into the Saint Sulpice and the Hotel Nelligan or google "old montreal boutique hotels" for other choices.

    In Ottawa there is another of the Fairmont "Chateau" hotels - the Chateau Laurier which is excellently located.

    What activities do you like? Art, museums, history, theatre, dining, outdoor activities or adventure, shopping?

    In Toronto, "Yorkville" area is considered "swanky" and there are several hotels there that reflect that, but the "theatre district" is also popular.

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    Wow, exciting time for you.

    When in Montreal, I loved the Queen("Reine"?) Elizabeth Hotel, and I was just double-checking on TripAdvisor, and people are still raving about the great location.

    Admittedly I don't know what to compare it to, in Montreal, but I can imagine staying there, in Mtl for perhaps 4 nights... and then journeying along the St. Lawrence River toward Quebec City for perhaps 3 nights... and IF YOU CAN SWING IT financially, for a honeymoon, I would sooooooooooooo recommend that awesome hotel mentioned in the first reply here.

    It is so picturesque, and is known as "the most photographed hotel in the world" (GOOGLE that quoted phrase to verify). The views from there are impressive, and the walled-in city of "Old Quebec" is very nearby. Quebec City is wonderful all around... if you ever come off of the big hill that hotel is on, you go 'downtown', and find nearby narrow, cobblestone streets to walk around for a further sense of life as they knew it long ago.

    For a honeymoon, you need not travel at a break-neck pace, so best not to cram too many distractions into your basic plan.

    MY personal favorite tidbit of travel advice in the area is to take the smaller, local highway along the north side of the St. Lawrence between Trois-Rivieres and Quebec City. The BIG, boring highway is always right nearby if you need to make tracks, but the quaint towns and river scenery along that path are worth seeing. My very favorite element about those towns are the elaborate CHURCHES each one seems to have as what is perhaps its community hub. I say that despite my not being religious. I never stopped to go in one of them, but I was still very impressed by how important each seemed to be.

    Don't know where you're from... (which would help to know)... but Montreal represents extremely light immersion into the "french" culture/language, where other areas of Quebec will find you sometimes reliant upon different means of communication if you don't speak french. (clarity: THIS IS NOT going to be a problem at BIG HOTELS or anywhere IN Montreal) (furthermore, you don't need much communication to pump gas in some remote spot)

    Indeed there will be some backtracking enroute from QC to Ottawa, but perhaps that might entail another night or two in Mtl to pick-up something you missed... OR you could avoid MTL on the rebound, via highway #158.

    I prefer Quebec City to Ottawa, and would suggest 2 nights in Ottawa after, perhaps, one night SOMEWHERE between QC and Ottawa, IF you avoid Mtl on the way back.

    On the other hand, it's 'only' 280 miles (< 5 hrs) from QC to Ottawa, and you could use the extra night later on.


    SO, 2 nights in Ottawa... and then drive on to Toronto, making sure to have time for a trip to Niagara Falls, which might be 1 1/2 hours away from central TO.

    Hope something in my messy delivery is of use.

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