Day 1 : Halifax, Nova Scotia (1 night)
** 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! 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. For those that arrive early, it may be possible to join additional excursions to coastal, Peggy’s Cove and beyond.
Day 2 : Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island ova Scotia (3 nights)
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. Sleep: Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel Activities: Hike the Skyline trail to see wildlife and witness a magical sunset Drive and hike in Cape Breton National Park Swim in secret swimming holes
Day 3 : Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (3 nights)
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. Sleep: Charlottetown Backpackers Inn 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
Day 4 : Gaspesie, Saint Anne des Monts & Riviere du Loup (3 nights)
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, 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! Sleep: Sea Shack Cabins or Yurts (and Riviere du Loup hostel for one evening) Paddleboarding, kayaking or fishing Hiking in Gaspesie national parks Canyoning in Gaspesie Scenic drives throughout Gaspesie
Day 5 : Montreal, Quebec (2 nights)
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! Sleep: HI Montreal, M Montreal, or SameSun Montreal Explore the Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Mount Royal Visit La Fontaine Park and the Biosphere
Day 6 : Toronto, Ontario (0 nights, drop-off)
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. 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.