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Maritimes to Central Road Trips
The Maritimes to Central is roughly the back two-thirds of our Big One trip. You'll head east for the best of the Canadian Maritimes, and a journey through some gems of Quebec. Experience spectacular coastlines, diverse wildlife and outstanding national parks - and a few fantastic cities. And what do you mean you've never tried lighthouse hopping?
On this trip you'll explore the far flung regions of Cabot Trail, the Bay of Fundy and Gaspesie, as well as cool cities such as Charlottetown, Halifax, Montreal and beyond.
Itinerary at a Glance
Bay of Fundy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Map of the Adventure Trip
Road Trip Itinerary Details
Bay of Fundy – The Baddest Bay
Meet-up: Late afternoon on Day 1 near Fredericton.
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.
Sleep: 2 of the following awesome locations -> Fundy National Park, Not Your Average Hostel, UNB dorms
Experience Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Sea Caves and Scenic Parkway
Stargaze in the dark preserve at Fundy National Park
Delicious seafood opportunities
Halifax – Lobster & Lighthouses
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.
** If you are joining us on the HALIGONIA TO CENTRAL you will meet us the day before we depart from Halifax. Depending on your arrival time – you join in on some of the shenanigans.
Sleep: HI Halifax Hostel
Explore Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg and the south shore
Go Axe Throwing in Halifax
Eat a Donair and listen to maritimes music
Enjoy power hour or a murder mug at the Split Crow, or listen to tunes at the Triangle till the wee hours
Cabot Trail – Celtic Scenery
From Halifax we'll venture north to the scenic Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way, we'll stop in quaint Acadian villages and seaside towns. Coastal views from Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay and beyond are breathtaking.
This place is rated as the Best National Park and Best Scenic Drive in Canada by USA Today for good reason. And we are going to take full advantage. There’s more than 160KM of coastline to drive and explore – with beautiful capes and coves – and forested river canyons.
There is so much to do and see here. Some of our favourite activities include a sunset hike at the world renowned Skyline Trail, swimming in an abandoned gypsum mine and taking the challenge hiking Franey.
Sleep: Cabot Trail Hostel or Bear on the Lake Guesthouse and Rustic Cabins
Hike the Skyline trail to see wildlife and witness a magical sunset
Drive and hike in Cape Breton National Park
Experience Celtic culture
Prince Edward Island – Seafood & Potatoes
Gorgeous, charming and relaxed, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the next stop on our road trip – the Garden of the Gulf aka Spud Island. The birthplace of Canada.
The place is a great place to recharge while exploring the best beaches in Canada – with seemingly endless and nice and warm waters. We haven't even started yet on the gorgeous lighthouses, along with the incredible seafood and potatoes.
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. 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 – and a 13KM bridge over the ocean.
Sleep: Charlottetown Backpackers Inn, PEI dorms or cabins.
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, or visit the unique potato museum
Gaspesie & Loup – Paradise & Parties
Gaspesie is a little-known treasure, not least for its spectacular Gaspesie National Park. You have the Appalachian Mountains meeting the sea with cliffs dominating the coastlines.
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. While in Gaspesie, you'll experience beautiful nature, wonderful hiking opportunities and delicious local cuisine. You can take the challenge and hike the Chic Choc mountains (a shorter trail, or hang out!).
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!
Sleep: Sea Shack Hostel Dorms or Cabins
Hike the Chic Chocs mountains
Scenic drives throughout Gaspesie
Bonfire, beaches, whales, bands and more!
Montreal – The Metropolis
Montreal may be indescribable, but we can 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!
Sleep: HI Montreal, M Montreal, or SameSun Montreal
Explore the Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Mount Royal
Visit La Fontaine Park and the Biosphere
Lots lots more. Wander and explore!
Toronto – Hogtown and The 6ix
We'll arrive back in Toronto around midday, 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.
Sleep: Do your own thing.
There are tons of things to get up to. We will gladly share some tips, and you can check out our blog for updates.
Want to learn more about the trips, activities and Out Here?
Check out a few of the following pages if you haven't already.
Some of our favourites across the entire trip – from sunset hikes to getting up close to a 74m waterfall.
Learn about the people that have joined us out here.
Read about their experiences.
There are also links to other sites 3rd party review sites e.g., TripAdvisor
An overview for each location we visit on the entire core trip.
Pictures and descriptions.
Starting with 1st stop from Toronto – "The Gem of Ontario". Or skip ahead to the Baddest Bay.