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Big One - Canada Road Trip Itinerary

Overview

Experience it all. This is our premiere adventure road trip combining all our favourite places, each unique and awesome in its own way. The great outdoors, national parks, cultural centres, epic cities and quaint towns. You'll trek across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI.

Explore the Gaspesie, Algonquin Park, Bay of Fundy the Cabot Trail and PEI. Wander the streets of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax and Charlottetown and lots lots lots lots more.
 

BIG ONE: The entire canoe ride.

Trip Pass: $2500 + HST CAD
Accommodations: $996 + HST CAD
Local Fees: $125 + HST CAD


Total Price including all taxes and fees is: $4091 CAD

ALMOST BIG ONE: Join in Quebec City (21 Days, 20 Nights)
Trip Pass: $2124 + HST CAD
Accommodations: $783 + HST CAD
Local Fees: $105 + HST CAD

Total Price including all taxes and fees is: $3404 CAD

HST is our sales tax (13%). It is similar to VATs.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars. CAD is the Canadian currency.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Trip Itinerary Details

We'll meet in Toronto and head out early to venture to the scenic and rugged Algonquin Park. Algonquin is filled with maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes.

 

We'll stop for lunch along the drive, and take in a few other nifty spots. After setting up our campsite, or checking into lodgings, you can learn to flip a canoe, go for a paddle, or take off on some of the many hiking trails.

 

Returning to home-base, your driver-guide will help get you all set up for the evening with open campfire cooking and a bonfire. We will have a few awesome days to explore.

Algonquin Park, Ontario

  • Scenic hikes, trails and lakes for a swim

  • Canoe majestic lakes in Algonquin Park

  • Algonquin Park Visitors Centre & Exploration

  • Evening bonfires and stargazing

Sleep: Rustic cabins or campgrounds in Algonquin park.

Next we'll take a short drive to Ottawa, the capital, where friendly Gatineau, Quebec, is just a short jaunt across the bridge. For activity buffs, there are loads of great parks and hikes to check out.

 

You'll have the opportunity to raft the mighty Ottawa River – one of the best adventure rivers in the world (highly recommended!). Depending on the trip, this will be on the way to Ottawa or an optional day trip from the city.

 

Once in Ottawa, if you are into history, city sights, or museums, there is plenty to keep you busy,  including Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.  

Ottawa, Ontario

  • Rafting the Ottawa River

  • Explore Parliament Hill, Hog Back Falls, Rideau Canal and more

  • Relax in the Nordik Spa's saunas and hot tubs

Next stop Quebec City, where you can explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the old fortified city. You can check out the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and many more historical sites, or enjoy day trips to the majestic Montmorency Falls, Canyon Sainte-Anne and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

 

For eats, you'll discover amazing poutine alongside other Quebec specialities, after which you can head out to an arcade game-styled bar or boîte de chanson for some local live music.

** If you join us on the ALMOST BIG ONE trip, you will meet us in Quebec City the day before we depart for Tadoussac. On most trips we do Via Ferrata on the way to Tadoussac – reach out to us if this is a priority.

Quebec City

  • Via Ferrata and climb up close to the massive Canyon Sainte-Anne (a little bit about it here)

  • Explore huge waterfalls including Montmorency Falls

  • Eat a generous portion of poutine and be entertained at  a boîte de chanson

Sleep: HI-Quebec Auberge Internationale de Québec or Auberge de la Paix Quebec

From Quebec City we'll head north along the St Lawrence river, making a few stops along the way, including Charlevoix so that you can try their famous and ridiculously delicious cheese. We'll then take short ferry, and arrive at our destination, Tadoussac, where we will stay for a few days.

You'll have a chance to explore huge sand dunes, go whale-watching by boat or kayak, and enjoy strolls along the quaint village streets.

 

The local auberge jeunesse is a Quebec hippie style hostel, offering live music and bonfires throughout the evening and until very late.

Tadoussac, Quebec

  • Whale watching

  • Hike the sand banks and dunes

  • Explore the town and visit the interpretive centre, or hike in Mont Adela-Lessard

Sleep: Auberge Jeunesse Tadoussac

We'll then enter the Maritimes!

 

Here you'll witness the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world. You can explore the national park, go wildlife viewing, and stargaze into a sky free of light pollution.

 

Meanwhile you'll eat your fill of seafood fresh out of the water. You’ll also get to experience Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Sea Coves, the official Scenic Trail Drive and more. We have a few great days for exploration.

Bay of Fundy

Sleep: Two of - Cabins in Fundy National Park, Not Your Average Hostel and UNB Fredericton.

We'll then drive further east across New Brunswick and head south towards our destination, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Halifax itself is fantastic, with colourful gingerbread-style houses, seaside lighthouses and picturesque rocky shorelines.

 

You'll experience clean breezes, beautiful views and people that love nothing more than signing a tune and enjoying a drink. Additional excursions to Peggy’s Cove and a few other spots and beyond are also on the docket.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Explore Peggy’s Cove and further along the South Shore. On some trips we will explore further to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg

  • Enjoy power hour or a murder mug at the Split Crow, or listen to tunes at the Triangle till the wee hours

From Halifax we'll venture north to the scenic Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Coastal views from Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay and beyond are breathtaking.

 

There is so much to do and see here - mostly outside whether a swim in the ocean or a nice hike with an incredible view. We will definitely be out and exploring.

Along the way, we'll stop in quaint Acadian villages and seaside towns. The national park is filled with incredible hiking opportunities. Some of the ones we love include Franey, Middlehad and Skyline trails.

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Sleep: Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel

Gorgeous, charming and relaxed, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the next stop on our big road trip.

 

Charlottetown has a beautiful waterfront and some fine local pubs, where you'll have an opportunity to try their local specialty – blueberry beer or some local oysters.  

 

PEI is the home of the potato, and some hostels will provide you with some for free. If the timing is right, you'll be able to pick up “new” potatoes at a local stand and chow down.

There are also some great provincial parks and beaches to visit on optional day trips. In fact, it has Canada's best beaches.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

  • Sand dune hiking at Greenwich, swimming at the singing sands in Basin Head, as well as North Cape and East Cape beaches

  • Eat the best and freshest oysters in Malpeque

  • Stuff your face with potatoes and seafood in PEI

Sleep: Charlottetown Backpackers Inn

Unless you're from Quebec, Gaspesie is a little-known treasure, not least for its spectacular Gaspesie national park. The drive we'll take along the St Lawrence and through the national parks is truly epic, with hidden coves and quaint towns dotted throughout. You'll experience beautiful nature, epic canyoneering, wonderful hiking opportunities and delicious local cuisine.

 

The Sea Shack is renowned for cool rooms, cabins, yurts and a beachside tiki bar which usually has a stellar band jamming. Bonfires, star gazing and some great music and festivities, will be the usual way to round off the day.

After Gaspesie, we normally pop by Riviere du Loup for an evening - so that we have time explore the incredible Parc Bic!

Gaspesie, Sainte Anne des Monts, Quebec & Riviere du Loup w/ Parc Bic Quebec

  • Paddleboarding, kayaking or fishing

  • Hiking in Gaspesie national parks

  • Canyoning in Gaspesie

  • Scenic drives throughout Gaspesie

Sleep: Sea Shack Cabins or Yurts (learn more)

Montreal may be indescribable, but we can at least promise quality food, great nightlife and good times on our arrival.

 

You can check out Rue St Denis, the Latin Quarter and the Village. From the Basilique Notre Dame to the Basque restaurants of Old Montreal, you'll get to enjoy all that the city has to offer in its own distinct Quebecois way.

 

You can get by with English in most spots, but knowing a few sentences in French will be appreciated!

Montreal, Quebec

  • Explore the Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Mount Royal

  • Visit La Fontaine Park and the Biosphere

Sleep: HI Montreal, M Montreal, or SameSun Montreal

We'll arrive back in Toronto after a decent drive from Montreal. There is a lot packed into "The Six", and it's well worth a few days in itself.

 

So make sure you have enough energy left for an afternoon's mooching around Kensington Market or Ossington Avenue, or a bike ride around the Toronto Islands, or at least a walk along West Queen West and a lunch in Trinity Bellwoods.

 

It really doesn't have to end here.

Toronto, Ontario

There are tons of things to get up to. We will gladly share some tips, and you can check out our blog for updates. (one article is here to check-out)

Sleep: Do your own thing.

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