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French Quebec & New England

Boasting rivers, forests, lakes and mountain ranges, this holiday offers exceptional scenery as well as an insight into the quirky town of Salem, famed for its witch trials.

From£4,099

  • Canada

    United States of America

  • 12 nights
  • May

    Jun

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 44660

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • New England charm, Canadian cities and US national parks.
  • Walk in the stunning White Mountains National Forest.
  • Discover quaint Stowe and trails surrounding the town.
  • Combine rugged coast and inland on Mount Desert Island.
  • North American leader for support and information.
  • Observe stunning fall colours in September to appreciate the autumnal changes.
  • Explore the extensive hiking trails of Baxter State Park.

The French speaking Canadian province of Québec, American national parks and New England are best explored on foot, so we’ve made it easy to tick off a few bucket-list items. Experience diverse natural landscapes, dazzling fall colours, Montréal’s narrow lanes, plus the walled city of Québec.

We spend the night in Montréal before heading to Québec City, both guided by a local. The walled city of Québec is unique, separated into Upper and Lower Towns and connected by a funicular. The French influence is evident throughout the city, and we soak up the atmosphere while strolling along the cobblestone streets lined with bistros and boutiques. 

We head away from the cosmopolitan city sights and cross the border into the US in search of natural wilderness of rich reds and vibrant orange. Our first stop is Maine where we discover two contrasting parks; Baxter State Park which offers scenic trails in rugged wilderness, and Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, the second largest island on the eastern seaboard of the US, where land, sea and mountains meet. 

Our journey continues to New Hampshire, home of the White Mountains National Forest, where we walk a section of the world-renowned Appalachian Trail. Next is the quaint alpine village of Stowe in northern Vermont. Our walks here will take us up Mount Hunger (top end of the grade), traversing through leafy woodland of burning reds and bright oranges. The highlight of this trail is the wide-open summit allowing us to see the neighbouring peaks of Stowe Pinnacle and Hogback.  

We travel back to Montréal to discover the city with a local guide. We can wander through the streets of Old Montréal and learn about Québec’s rich heritage. We also visit iconic sights such as Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall and Bonsecours Market, before our early evening flight back to the UK.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Montréal (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Five dinners and eight lunches
  • Transfers between centres
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Montréal, Canada

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Montréal, Canada where our adventure begins. It is only a short transfer to our hotel located in the heart of downtown Montréal where we have dinner.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Quebec, Canada

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    77m

Les Cascades trail

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    230m

Les Falaises trail

This morning we will depart Montreal (for now) and continue our journey through Quebec province to the wonderful, French influenced, riverside city of Quebec, (journey time around 3 hours). Fear not, we will have time to explore Montreal upon our return.  As we approach Quebec we will head directly to Mauricie National Park, its landscape encompasses forest, rivers and lakes enclosed by the beautiful Laurentian Mountains. Here we will follow the Les Cascades trail and then continue to walk a section of the Les Falaises trail. Both pleasant and scenic walks as we trace the flow of the waterfall, cascading down the rocks, ending at a “natural cold tub”

Tonight, dinner is at your own expense and there are plenty of dining options throughout the city to suit all tastes and budgets. 



Day 3

Quebec, Canada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

With a local certified guide we enjoy a 2-3 hours tour exploring including both the Upper (Haute-Ville) and Lower (Basse-Ville) parts of the old city on foot. On our travels we will discover not only the city highlights, but also the interesting fusion between French European culture with North American hospitality, soaking up the atmosphere while strolling along cobblestone streets lined with bistros and boutiques. In Upper Town we will see the Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Québec, the Citadel of Quebec (La Citadelle de Québec), Chateau Frontenac hotel, plus the Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin) boardwalk which offers sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains. And in Lower Town we visit the fortified colonial core; Vieux-Quebec, Vieux-Port (the old port district) and the Royal Palace.


After we can escape the city to enjoy the tranquil beauty of Montmorency Falls with your driver-guide.  Tonight, we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4

Millinocket, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

Leaving Canada today, we cross over the border into the United States, with the first stop being the state of Maine where we explore Baxter State Park. This is a long drive day of around 5 ½ hours (stops not included), however we will stop frequently at various points of interest. Tomorrow we have a full day to walk along trails inside Baxter State Park, keeping a close eye for wildlife.

Day 5

Millinocket, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    20m

Daicey Pond Loop

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    30m

Kidney Pond Loop

On today’s exploration of Baxter State Park, we will walk two loop trails circling both Daicey and Kidney Ponds where we are treated to picturesque views of Mount Katahdin looming in the background.

Day 6

Bar Harbor, USA

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We travel to our next location in Maine and the second largest island on the eastern seaboard of the US, Mount Desert Island. We spend our time walking in Acadia National Park, where land, sea and mountains all meet. This afternoon we walk along the Ocean Path trail, which traces the ocean’s shoreline and ends on a sandy beach.

Day 7

Bar Harbor, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Today we walk the Cadillac South and North Ridge Trail, this walk leads us through a pleasant forest track which ascends slowly, revealing pink granite formations. The higher we climb the more picturesque the views become and before long we are rewarded with wonderful views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands. The final push to the top of Cadillac is in complete wilderness before reaching the summit at 465m. There are various options here, but we are likely to walk up the South Ridge trail, which has a longer but less steep ascent and back down the North Ridge. There are options for those who don’t wish to continue to the North Ridge and who want to cut this walk short.

Day 8

Lincoln, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    305m

Next up is the state of New Hampshire as we head towards Lincoln (5-6-hour drive), our base for the next couple of days to explore Franconia Notch State Park. The first of our walks is the Lonesome Lake Loop Trail, located on the famous Appalachian Trail. This scenic trail takes us partly up Cannon Mountain (1.6-mile climb) to Lonesome Lake. On the way we are rewarded with superb views of the Franconia Ridge. If you are brave enough, then you can consider an invigorating bathe in Lonesome Lake or maybe just a dip of the toe!

Day 9

Lincoln, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    6-7 hours

  • Distance

    8.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1087m

Franconia Ridge Trail Loop (Mt Lafayette)

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    371m

Mount Pemigewasset Trail

Today we have the opportunity to walk the Franconia Ridge Loop. This is one of our more challenging walks and is above the advertised grade, with steep rocky terrain and an exposed ridgeline for a mile to contend with. The panoramic views and waterfalls along the way are worth the effort. This walk takes us to the summit of Mt Lafayette, stopping at a rustic mountain hut en route to refuel before the final climb to the summit. Our local guide will take those that feel they are capable of walking this particular route.

Another option is the Mount Pemigewasset trail. Mount Pemigewasset stands at 777m, we will be walking to the summit and back down again. The ascent can be steep, but perfectly manageable. You will be rewarded with incredible views from the flat, wide, open summit.

Another option is to visit and walk the Flume Gorge. A 2-mile self-guided nature walk through a spectacular natural chasm. Along the walk you will discover covered bridges, amazing waterfalls, a scenic pool, and incredible mountain views. There will be an additional cost of $16 to do this walk.

Day 10

Stowe, USA

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    2.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420m

To Stowe Pinnacle Overlook

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Pinnacle Meadow trail

Next stop is the quaint alpine village of Stowe in northern Vermont (2-hour drive). On arrival we will walk part of the Mount Hunger Trail; a scenic walk with some steep sections. We are most likely to walk as far as Stowe Pinnacle Overlook, although we could go further if the group are feeling strong. If we do continue to the summit the final section involves some  scrambling on rocks. Whichever we choose we will be rewarded with views over Mansfield Mt, Camel's Hump, Waterbury reservoir, and the Presidential range!  

Day 11

Stowe, USA

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    275m

Wiessner Woods

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    275m

Sterling Pond trail

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    2.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    365m

Extension to Spruce Peak via Sterling Pond

For our final day in Stowe we have various trails to consider. 

We may explore some of the trails in Wiessner Woods, a charming fairy-tale forest. 

Or another option is to walk the Sterling Pond trail with the option to reach Spruce Peak. This trail is a short 1.1 miles each way, with a 300m gain in elevation. It's steep in sections and encounters some interesting characteristics along the way such as large boulders and heavy tree roots sprawling across the trail. Sterling Pond trail is a tranquil place nestled among mountains and surrounded by pine trees and dramatic rock formations. 


Day 12

Explore Montreal / In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We travel back to Montreal city in Canada (2.5 hours’ drive). As we are back in the city we began in, it makes sense that we explore with a local guide. Points of interest include Old Montreal, taking in the 18th -century old buildings, cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica, Vieux-Port (Old Port), and one of the many open-air markets. In the evening we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight home.

Day 13

Arrival UK

Arrive UK.

From (GBP)£4,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st May 2021 - 2nd Jun 2021 (12 Nights)

25th Jun 2021 - 7th Jul 2021 (12 Nights)

24th Sep 2021 - 6th Oct 2021 (12 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Montréal (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Le St-Martin Hotel

Located right in the heart of the city and rising 16 storeys high, the Le St-Martin Hotel provides a combination of warmth, sophistication and modern urban style. Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, an elegant restaurant, and an extensive bar area. Rooms are equipped with either a king sized bed or two queen sized beds, a walk in shower, TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone, bathrobe and slippers, coffee maker, tea and a kettle are available on request.  

Hotel Pur Quebec

Situated in the heart of the Saint Roch District which celebrates the eclectic and colourful side of Quebec City, and only a 15 minute walk from Old Quebec. The Hotel Pur Quebec has an urban, modern design and facilities include an indoor heated pool, a dry sauna, fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Rooms are equipped with either a king sized bed or two queen sized beds, TV, telephone, hairdryer, radio, kettle and coffee machine.

Baxter Park Inn

Independently owned and run, the Baxter Park Inn is located in the centre of Millinocket, and gives easy access to Baxter State Park. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, a relaxation / exercise room, sauna, and guest laundry facilities. Rooms are equipped with either a king sized bed or two queen sized beds, coffee making facilities, hair dryer, TV, an iron, mini-fridge, a microwave and complimentary WI-FI internet.

Harborside Hotel & Marina

Nestled on picturesque Frenchman's Bay, the stunning Harborside Hotel & Marina enjoys the prime location in Bar Harbour. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor heated pool with 180 degrees harbour views, a spa, tennis courts, fitness centre and Splash Pool Bar, complimentary guest laundry services, and complimentary WIFI internet. Rooms are beautifully furnished and equipped with a hair dryer, coffee maker, TV and work desk.  

Holiday Inn Express, Lincoln

This hotel is comfortable, clean and functional, and rooms have recently been renovated. The Holiday Inn Express hotel has an indoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, fitness centre, coin operated laundry and  a 24hr coffee service. Rooms are equipped with a safe, ironing and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and a TV.  

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Located both in the centre of the village and surrounded by a natural wilderness, the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa spans over 50 acres and is home to a world-renowned spa and Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant. Surrounded by over 30 shops, restaurants and attractions, there are endless amenities to keep you busy. Rooms are equipped with either a king sized bed or two queen sized beds, fridge, TV, coffee making facilities, and a bathrobe.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5-6 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m, with one or two options above this, but there are less demanding alternatives to these . Remember we are here to see the stunning colours of a New England Fall. It is the trees that provide the colour which makes the holiday so spectacular. We often walk on forest paths which can be rough underfoot so care may be required on occasions.

Walks & Excursions

This holiday is graded 4 (a couple of walks are at the top end of grade 4 due to the terrain – some paths can be slippery with leaves and there may be uneven tree roots).

Our programme explores the resorts and countryside at an unrushed pace, with the walking of generally less than 5 hours each day. We climb as much as 600 metres on a few days (though many involve considerably less and one will involve more), over moderate terrain which is not too steep or rough underfoot. On several days, walking and sightseeing programmes are combined to give a varied day out. We use many local trails, tracks leading us to lakes and waterfalls, through woods and to some magnificent viewpoints. Please note that this region of the United States is largely tree-covered (which is why it is so beautiful in the fall), and on our walks, we explore the varied nature of this particular landscape.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in United States of America

United States of America use US Dollar. 

Currency in Canada

The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Banks and ATM machines are widely available and most hotels accept credit cards in Canada.

Holiday Currency

The currency in America is the US Dollar. You spend a short time in Montreal on your departure day so you may want to bring a few Canadian Dollars to buy food or souvenirs.

Tipping

Tipping is a part of life and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our American colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of $3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America. 

It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Tipping

Tipping is widespread, and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions.  Should you wish to tip our Canadian colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of C$3 per day for each of our drivers.  In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America. 

It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London Heathrow to Montreal with British Airways. Arrival transfer by road is approximately 20-30 minutes. 

 Transport within the United States will mainly be by 12 seater minibus.  Smaller vehicles may be used in conjunction with the walking programme.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for United States of America

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

The VWP (Visa Waiver Programme) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. 

All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised e-passport symbol on the front cover.

You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:

- you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’

- you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction

- you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria

- you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011 

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. 

Those travelling under the VWP arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).

If you’re arriving by land, you don’t need to complete an ESTA before you arrive at the border. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). 

The VWP is intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. If a US immigration officer thinks you’re trying to ‘reset’ the clock by making a short trip out of the US and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. If you travel from the US to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean you can usually re-enter using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend outside of the country is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit. Make sure you’re clear about the length of time the immigration officer has authorised you to remain in the US if you re-enter under the same ESTA.

When you arrive in the USA you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends. Further details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration rules are available from the Customs and Border Protection website. 

The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.

Passport Information for Canada

British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods. If you have a different type of British nationality or intend to travel for a longer period, check entry requirements with the Canadian High Commission. When you arrive you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay. 

Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program, citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to obtain an online authorization before flying to Canada, unless otherwise exempted. |THE ETA IS ONLY CURRENTLY REQUIRED IF YOU ARE FLYING INTO CANADA| - IF YOU ARE ARRIVING OVERLAND THEN IT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. 
The application process is quick and easy at a low cost of only $7 Canadian dollars and will be valid for up to five years. The earlier travellers get their eTA, the sooner they will benefit from knowing whether they have been pre-screened to enter Canada. eTA is a convenient authorisation that is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport, which means travellers will need to travel with the same passport they used when they applied for and obtained their eTA.
To find out |more information and to apply|, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html
Please ensure that you have completed the eTA form online if you are arriving by air. 

Meals

All breakfasts, eight lunches and five dinners are  included during the holiday; please see the itinerary schedule for details. Remaining dinners and lunches are not included, but there are always plenty of dinning options to suit all budgets. On nights where dinner is not included the leader will make a reservation at a local restaurant for those that still prefer to eat together. Nobody is under obligation to join the group if they prefer not to.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in United States of America

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Electricity in Canada

Electricity in Canada is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United States of America

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to the US.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Zika virus also exists in the US; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. You should also take precautions against Tick bites, particularly in Eastern USA.

Health Advice for Canada

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Canada.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You might like to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Diphtheria.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Canada

  • Capital

    Ottawa

  • Currency

    Canadian Dollar

  • Language

    English; French

  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00, UTC -04:00, UTC -06:00, UTC -07:00, UTC -03:00, UTC -02:30

  • Flight duration

    8hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -11°C

    Avg. Rain: 77mm

  • February

    -9°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • March

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • April

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 77mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • September

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • October

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • November

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 87mm

  • December

    -8°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

United States of America

  • Capital

    Washington D.C.

  • Currency

    United States Dollar

  • Language

    English; Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00 to -10:00

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 68mm

  • February

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • April

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • September

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • October

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • November

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • December

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

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