23 days in Montreal, Ottawa & New York City Itinerary

23 days in Montreal, Ottawa & New York City Itinerary

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23 days in Montreal, Ottawa & New York City Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Montreal, Canada
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Ottawa, Canada
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h
3
New York City, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7
nights
Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde and Calvaire D'Huberdeau will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at St-Zotique Beach and Old Port of Montreal. Get out of town with these interesting Montreal side-trips: Centre du Ski Mont Garceau (in Saint Donat), Mont Tremblant (Tremblant Resort & Ski de Fond Mont-Tremblant) and Station Touristique Val Saint-Come (in Saint-Come). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, fly down the slopes at Ski Mont Gabriel, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Montreal is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in February, things will get cooler in Montreal: highs are around -4°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Ottawa.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mont Blanc-Faustin, Ski Mont Gabriel, Marche de l'Ouest, St-Zotique Beach, Station Touristique Val Saint-Come
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Old Port of Montreal ©
Old Port of Montreal
Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde ©
Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal ©

6
nights
Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Popular historic sites such as Parliament Hill and Buildings and Notre Dame Basilica are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at ChocoMotive and Applecrate Galleries. Get out of town with these interesting Ottawa side-trips: Omega Park (in Montebello), Sainte Marie Ski Area (in Lac-Sainte-Marie) and Municipal Beach (in Lac-des-Plages). There's still lots to do: trek along Rideau Canal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vorlage Ski Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Ste Euphemie, and make a trip to Carbide Willson Ruins.

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Getting from Montreal to Ottawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Ottawa are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Montebello, Gatineau Park, Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre, Municipal Beach, J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre ©

8
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kids will enjoy Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Brooklyn Heights Promenade will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Staatsburgh State Historic Site / Mills Mansion (in Staatsburg), Hyde Park (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, & more) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Met Cloisters, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

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Getting from Ottawa to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Ottawa in March, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site / Mills Mansion, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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