Central To Maritimes - Canada Road Trip Itinerary
Discover authentic Ontario & Quebec and get a taste of the Maritimes in the Bay of Fundy, Halifax and around. Get to know these huge and beautiful provinces, from their vibrant cities to their and natural treasures.
Travel to far flung regions of the mighty St. Lawrence, Algonquin Park and Bay of Fundy. Visit hip and historic cities including Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, and Quebec City.
Itinerary at a Glance
Ottawa + Rafting
Bay of Fundy
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We'll meet in Toronto and head out early to venture to the scenic and rugged Algonquin Park – the Gem of Ontario. Algonquin is filled with maple hills, rocky ridges, thousands of pristine lakes and teaming with wildlife like moose and beavers. The “land of lakes and rivers” is magic.
We'll stop for lunch along the drive, and take in a few other nifty spots – from lookouts to waterfalls. After setting up at the lodgings, you can learn to flip a canoe, go for a paddle, go for a swim 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 campfire cooking and a bonfire. We will have a few awesome days to explore the land of lakes and rivers.
Algonquin Park – The Gem of Ontario
Sleep: Rustic cabins or camping in Algonquin park.
Scenic hikes, trails and lakes for a swim
Canoe majestic lakes in Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park Visitors Centre & Exploration
Evening bonfires and stargazing
Next we'll take a short drive to Ottawa, the capital, where friendly Gatineau, Quebec (French Canada), is just a short jaunt across the bridge.
You'll have the opportunity to raft the mighty Ottawa River – one of the best adventure rivers in the world. Big rapids, warm water and beautiful scenery.
Once in Ottawa, if you are into history, city sights, or our world-renowned museums, there is plenty to keep you busy, including the National Art Gallery, Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. There is also the ByWard Market area worthy of exploration.
For the evening, there are many great pubs and live music venues.
Ottawa – The Capital
Sleep: HI Jail Hostel or Backpackers Inn
Salut! Next stop Quebec City in La Belle Province, where you can explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the old fortified city. You can check out the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and many more historical sites.
There are also towering waterfalls to check-out like Montmorency Falls and Canyon Sainte-Anne (amongst others)!
For eats, you'll discover amazing and proper poutine alongside other Quebec specialities like lumberjack feasts, after which you can head out to a boîte de chanson for some local live music.
Quebec – Quebec City
Sleep: Auberge de la Paix Quebec or HI-Quebec Auberge Internationale de Québec
We'll head north eastward along the St Lawrence River to the "Kingdom of Saguenay" – taking in the scenic views on the drive. We'll make a few stops along the way there including Charlevoix so that you can try their ridiculously delicious cheese – the best in Canada.
We'll then take short ferry, and arrive at our destination, Tadoussac, our home in the Quebec Maritimes. You can enjoy strolls along the quaint village streets and try local food and beer.
You'll have a chance to explore huge sand dunes, go whale-watching by boat in the the National Park – Parc Marin du Saguenay – the best whale watching spot in Canada.
The local auberge jeunesse is a Quebec communal style hostel, offers local live music, a festive atmosphere and bonfires throughout the evening.
Tadoussac – Whales & Festivities
Sleep: Auberge Jeunesse Tadoussac OR cliff side camping
This is the Baddest Bay in the WORLD. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America. We have a few great days for exploration – at the Baddest Bay!
Here you'll witness the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world – 15M vertical tidal changes. 160 billion tonnes of water every six hours!
You can walk on the ocean floor, kayak along the coastline beside dramatic cliffs, explore the beautiful Fundy 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 Fundy Scenic Trail Drive and more.
Bay of Fundy – The Baddest Bay
Sleep: Two of - Cabins in Fundy National Park, Not Your Average Hostel and UNB Fredericton.
Experience Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Sea Caves and Fundy Trail and coastal hikes
Stargaze in the dark preserve and hike Fundy National Park
Delicious seafood opportunities throughout
We'll then drive further east across New Brunswick and head south towards our destination, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lobster & Lighthouses. Haligonia. Capital of "New Scotland".
Halifax itself is fantastic, with colourful gingerbread-style houses, clean breezes and a lively atmosphere. And people that love signing a tune – with many establishments filled with the unique sounds of maritimes music. There are lots of local flavours to chow down on – from Pizza Corner to the legendary Donair.
We will have additional excursions to the beautiful areas around. You'll wander the streets of the most beautiful town in Canada, historic Lunenburg, and enjoy the picturesque rocky shorelines and lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.
Halifax – Lobster & Lighthouses
Sleep: HI Halifax Hostel
Explore Peggy’s Cove and beyond.
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
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Some of our favourites across the road-tripping route – from sunset hikes to getting up close to a 74m waterfall.
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An overview for each location we visit on the entire core trip.
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Starting with 1st stop, on Central trips – "The Gem of Ontario".