From Maritimes to Quebec
DAY 1 - HALIFAX
Welcome to Nova Scotia and one of the largest natural harbours in the world: Halifax
Halifax is easy to explore on foot. Considered to be the capital of Atlantic Canada, it has all the charms of a historic city with its tree-lined avenues and elegant 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
Soak up the sea air with a walk along the harbourfront, with its boardwalks bustling with activity.
• Comfort Hotel Bayer's Lake
• Hampton Inn Halifax Downtown
DAY 2 - EXCURSION TO PEGGY'S COVE
Nova Scotia has more lighthouses than any other province in Canada.
So it is only natural that your first destination is Peggy's Cove lighthouse. This iconic structure, rising from a rugged granite outcropping and often shrouded in fog, is one of the best-known lighthouses in the world.
Your route continues to the charming British colonial town of Lunenburg.
In addition to being the home port of the legendary Bluenose II, Lunenburg is one of only 2 towns in North America that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the other being Quebec City.
Return to Halifax at the end of the day.
DAY 3 - HALIFAX / PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ( 330 KM / 03H27 )
Today the adventure leads to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and the "cradle of Canada". To reach the island you will take the 12.9 km-long Confederation Bridge ($$), linking PEI to the mainland since 1997.
What about starting your visit with a walk along the harbourfront?
Have a drink or a bite to eat with live jazz music on the charming pedestrian street of Victoria Row. In the evening, its ambiance is magical and a seafood meal, served by candlelight under large umbrellas, is highly recommended!
After dark, you will have the chance to take in Charlottetown's vibrant arts scene. A number of pubs offer a lively maritime atmosphere, complete with traditional Celtic music acts.
DAY 4 - EXCURSION TO CAVENDISH (1:15 ROUND TRIP)
Treat yourselves to a relaxing day in the Cavendish sector of Prince Edward Island National Park. You can relax on one of the beautiful beaches or admire the panoramic coastal views as you stroll along the Homestead Trail.
Be sure to take the Green Gables Shore to drive along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the edge of the national park: with its red sandstone cliffs, white sandy beaches, dunescapes, and farmland vistas, the landscapes are simply stunning.
Return to Charlottetown at the end of the day.
• Quality Inn & Suites
• Rodd Charlottetown
DAY 5 - PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND / MONCTON ( 165 KM / 01H58 )
Next, you head for New Brunswick, where you pay a visit to Shediac, a charming corner of paradise by the sea.
You will definitely want to try the lobster at one of the town's famous seafood restaurants. After all, in addition to its many boutiques and art galleries, Shediac is known as the lobster capital of the world.
And who could resist the temptation to be photographed with the largest lobster in the world, yet another world-famous attraction!
You spent the night in Moncton.
DAY 6 - EXCURSION TO THE BAY OF FUNDY (2:15 ROUND TRIP)
This morning's destination is the Bay of Fundy: get ready for one of the natural wonders of the world! The spectacular tides and unique coastal landscape will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip.
To truly appreciate the magnitude of the tides, pay a visit to Hopewell Rocks. Once there, imagine yourself at low tide, walking around the base of these gigantic rock formations sculpted by tidal erosion into the shape of flowerpots... and, 6 hours later, paddling a kayak in the same location. Will you give it a try?
You return to Moncton for the night.
DAY 7 - MONCTON / KOUCHIBOUGUAC NATIONAL PARK ( 56 KM / 00H37 )
Your adventure continues in Kouchibouguac National Park. This park, which is made up of barrier islands, dunes, forests, lagoons and salt marshes, offers some of the warmest saltwater beaches north of Virginia.
Before exploring the park, stop at the Visitor Reception Centre and talk to the staff. They will be able to suggest a panoply of activities: a stroll along the immense sand dunes, an afternoon at the beach, bird watching... and even stargazing!
• Bouctouche Inn & Suites
• L'Ancrage B&B
DAY 8 - KOUCHIBOUGUAC NATIONAL PARK / ACADIE ( 201 KM / 02H16 )
Today you delve into the heart of Acadie, abounding with exceptional natural treasures such as Miscou Island, Lamèque Island and sand dunes.
Here you will meet the Acadian people: warm, authentic and inviting, they are always willing to share their cuisine, their traditions, their francophone culture, and their history.
The spirit of the Acadian celebration is ever-present: don't hesitate if you have the chance to attend any Acadian gatherings or festivals!
You spend the night in the resolutely Acadian town of Caraquet. This small coastal town lies on the shore of Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
• Super 8
• The Château Albert Hotel
• Hotel Paulin
DAY 9 - ACADIE / BAIE DES CHALEURS ( 211 KM / 02H21 )
Before leaving New Brunswick, plan to stop at Village Historique Acadien, a historical reconstruction that portrays the way of life of Acadians between 1770 and 1939.
Interpreters in period costumes provide a warm welcome, bringing traditional crafts and customs to life in authentic historical buildings. Each of the inhabitants has a story to tell!
Then you set course for Quebec and southern Gaspesie. While you are in the area, take the opportunity to climb Mount St-Joseph, silent witness to the history of the earth and the human race.
DAY 10 - BAIE DES CHALEURS / BIC NATIONAL PARK ( 198 KM / 02H22 )
Today you set out for the majestic St. Lawrence River, taking the scenic route through the Matapedia Valley.
Welcome to a region that enchants visitors with its calm landscapes and its rich architectural and historical heritage.
• Domaine Valga Outfitter
• Auberge Mange Grenouille
• Domaine du Perchoir B&B
DAY 11 - BIC NATIONAL PARK
Today you have 2 options: to discover Québec's backcountry in all of its splendour, including fishing or beaver watching, or to explore Bic National Park.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, this national park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands, and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
And why not have a picnic at Cap-à-l'Orignal? The view of the St. Lawrence is sure to impress.
DAY 12 - BIC NATIONAL PARK / BAS ST-LAURENT ( 147 KM / 01H38 )
Today's destination is Bas St-Laurent, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a region known for its picturesque villages, such as Kamouraska.
Here, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Bas St-Laurent region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
• Auberge Sur Mer
DAY 13 - BAS ST-LAURENT / QUEBEC CITY ( 200 KM / 02H04 )
Today you set a course for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Once you reach Quebec City, take some time to explore the city and its many historic sites, such as Place Royale, Petit Champlain, Dufferin Terrace, and Château Frontenac. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
• Château Laurier
• Manoir Victoria
DAY 14 - QUEBEC CITY / MONTREAL ( 251 KM / 02H42 )
It is not without regret that you leave the historic and charming Quebec City.
Now for the last - but not least - stage of your adventure in Eastern Canada: Montreal.
Like any great city, this sprawling francophone metropolis has 1001 attractions to offer visitors. Take the opportunity to experience the rhythm of its 5 main neighborhoods: the Plateau Mont-Royal, Old Montreal, Downtown, the Latin Quarter and Mont-Royal Park.
• Hotel St-Denis
• Auberge de la Fontaine
• Hotel Place d'Armes
• Hotel Le St-James
DAY 15 - MONTREAL
Enjoy the last moments of your Canadian vacation, before heading to the Montreal airport for your flight home.
It's time to say "au revoir" to the land of lakes and rivers, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!