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Maritimes to Central Road Trips

Overview

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. 

MARITIMES TO CENTRAL:
Meet-up in New Brunswick (normally Fredericton) and continue to the end.  
Details are trip specific given ferry times.

Duration: 18 Days, 17 Nights


Trip Pass: $1947 + HST CAD
Accommodations: $686 + HST CAD
Local Fees: $80 + HST CAD​
Total Price including all taxes and fees is: $3065 CAD

HALIGONIA TO CENTRAL: 

Join us on our last night in Halifax and continue to the end.

Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights

Trip Pass: $1482 + HST CAD
Accommodations: $509 + HST CAD
Local Fees: $75 + HST CAD
Total Price including all taxes and fees is: $2335 CAD

HST is our sales tax (13%). It is similar to VATs. CAD is the Canadian currency.

Itinerary at a Glance

Location:

Nights

Bay of Fundy

3

Halifax, Nova Scotia

2-3

Cabot Trail

3

Charlottetown, PEI

3

Gaspesie, QC

3-4

Montreal

2

Toronto

End

Map of the Adventure Trip

Road Trip Itinerary Details

We'll meet in the late afternoon or evening on Day 1 near Fredericton to grab a bite to eat together, and start to enjoy the beautiful Maritimes! The first day is more of a meet the group that you will be joining, which has been on the first 10 days of the Big One. You are getting the full Baddest Bay experience with us.

 

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 the clear sky.

 

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 Fundy Trail and more. Note: Our timing for meeting up varies by trip, and can depend on Ferry schedules.

  • Experience Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Sea Caves and Scenic Parkway

  • Stargaze in the dark preserve and hike Fundy National Park

  • Delicious seafood opportunities

Sleep: 2 of the following awesome locations -> Fundy National Park, Not Your Average Hostel, UNB dorms

Bay of Fundy aka Baddest Bay

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 coastal, Peggy’s Cove and beyond.

 

** If you are joining us on the HALIGONIA TO CENTRAL you will meet us the day before we depart from Halifax. Depending on the time you arrive, you may be able to join in on some of the shenanigans going on that day or evening!

  • 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

Halifax, Nova Scotia

From Halifax we'll venture northeast to the scenic Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Coastal views from Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay, and beyond are breathtaking. 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 the Acadian, Franey and the absolutely epic Skyline trails.

 

Moose sightings are highly likely – keep in mind that it is wildlife so no guarantees!

  • Hike the Skyline trail to see wildlife and witness a magical sunset

  • Drive and hike in Cape Breton National Park

  • Experience Celtic culture

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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.

 

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.

  • 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

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Unless you're from Quebec, Gaspesie is a little-known treasure, not least for its spectacular Gaspesie national parks.

 

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, 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 and star gazing 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!

  • Canyoning in Gaspesie and Chic Chocs

  • Kayaking, hiking in  Gaspesie national parks

  • Scenic drives throughout Gaspesie

  • Bonfire, beaches, whales, bands and more!

Sleep: Sea Shack Hostel Dorms, cabins, or beach camping

Gaspesie, Quebec & Riviere du Loup w/ Parc Bic Quebec

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

 

ou 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!

  • Explore the Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Mount Royal

  • Visit La Fontaine Park and the Biosphere

  • Lots lots more. Wander and explore!

Montreal, Quebec

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.

  • There are tons of things to get up to. We will gladly share some tips, and you can check out our blog for updates.

  • Sleep: Do your own thing.

Toronto, Ontario

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