3 weeks in Canada to discover Ontario and Quebec

Qiou87

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For the past 4 years, my girlfriend and I shared a dream: we wanted to discover Canada, it's awe-inspiring landscapes, its dynamic and modern culture, its wildlife and incredibly nice people. So we saved, and saved, then saved some more, so we'd be able to take the trip we wanted, rent a car instead of being driven around in a bus, stay at hotels we picked based on our own set of criteria instead of just price, and fly comfortably across the ocean.

We planned the whole thing ourselves, landing in Montreal then driving to Kingston, Toronto, Niagara, Ottawa, Quebec, Rivière-du-Loup, Shawinigan/Trois-Rivières, and finally back to Montreal for the flight home. It was everything we hoped it would be, and then some.

Since this is a photographers' forum, I'll let the pictures do the talking. I was travelling with the following kit, for those who care:
- 2 bodies: Olympus OM-D E-M5 (for the zooms) & E-P5 (for the primes)
- 4 lenses: Pana 12-35mm f/2.8X (for 95% of my pictures), Oly 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II (to shoot squirrels and whales), Pana 20mm f/1.7 (evening walks) and Samyang 7,5mm fisheye.

All shots are hosted on Flickr, click the pic to get a 1600px preview.

Let's start with some street shots:
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What stunned me most where the churchs we got the chance to see, especially in Montreal and Ottawa. I live in France and I visited Sicily as well, so I know a nice church or two, but those were really stunning.

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And of course, no trip to Canada would be complete without a few of those landscapes that country's famous for:

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Hope you enjoy those pictures. I'd like to get your feedback on those if you feel like it, please don't hesitate. Some other pics of this trip are on my Flickr (~30 in total) if you've got time to spare.
 

fortwodriver

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Nice shots... When did you do this? As I see you caught a shot of the American "Maid of the Mist".
The Canadian ones (run by Hornblower - same group that handles Ellis Island and Alcatraz) are MUCH nicer and they're timed tickets too!
 

Qiou87

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Beautiful shots :smile:

Next time come visit us in the Rocky Mountains!
Thank you! Canada's way too big to visit in just one trip. Maybe next time I'll head for Alberta and BC instead! ;)

Nice shots... When did you do this? As I see you caught a shot of the American "Maid of the Mist".
The Canadian ones (run by Hornblower - same group that handles Ellis Island and Alcatraz) are MUCH nicer and they're timed tickets too!
Thank you! I arrived in Montreal on July 20th, and left on August 9th.

I shot the "Maid of the Mist" because of the blue ponchos they gave on those US-side boats, the Canadians were giving green ones that day and they didn't look as good for the shot. I actually went on this "into the mist" trip with the Canadian boats, mostly because I was already on the Canadian side and didn't have my passport that day. I also took a few shots from the boat - I was soooo happy for the weather sealing in the E-M5, it got soaked really fast and I kept drying the front filter every 2 shots!
 

gotak

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If you are going to Alberta of course you need to hit the typical spots like Lake Louise. The mountains are wonderful and personally I would love to take another trip. If you happen by Ontario again you can always do Georgian bay and Tobermory.

You kind of missed the two coast. There are some stunning places there as well.

in general I guess you enjoyed your trip. I always found it hard to recommend things for visitors to do around Toronto but I hope you had fun here.
 

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