3. September 2012 07:59
Our family had previously traveled through the western part of Canada, and our impression was that the country’s culture was very similar to that within the United States. Our road trip through the eastern portion of Canada this summer, however, completely shattered that misconception. (What were we thinking?!) From the skyscrapers of Toronto, the multi-cultural vibe of Montreal, the old fortress walls of Quebec City, the quaint towns, the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and the French language spoken all around once we crossed the Quebec border, there was no mistaking the fact that we were in a country that was distinct from the U.S. and very proud of its unique history and culture.
We also experienced staying in our first hostels as a family—in Montreal, Ottawa, and in Cape Vincent (NY). Basic and clean, each had a different personality, but all three provided an affordable option for families traveling on a budget (or craving an extra bit of an adventure).
Click on the blue titles below to see our photo-stories about each part of our journey.