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Mix History With Pleasure During a 16-Day Guided Tour of Canada & the U.S.

See the top destinations in two countries on this 16-Day guided tour of Canada and the U.S. Stroll the urban-but-regal Queen's Park in downtown Toronto, then get up-close to the world’s most famous waterfall, Niagara Falls. Wander the grand mansions of Montreal and step inside the Notre-Dame Basilica — a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, featuring a gold and azure-hued sanctuary — with a Local Expert. In Maine, dine on decadent, authentic local lobster caught fresh from a nearby harbor. Walk with a guide along part of the Freedom Trail in Boston, a 2.5-mile trail with 16 historically significant sites, including the house where the Boston Tea Party was planned in 1773. In Philadelphia, see the Liberty Bell, rung throughout history to announce some of the country’s most historical moments, such as the death of George Washington. In New York City, meet local vendors at a neighborhood public market and taste local specialties.

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Say Oui! To Eastern Canada

Explore enchanting Eastern and Atlantic Canada with Globus. Experience Québec’s gorgeous Gaspe Peninsula, go whale-watching in Newfoundland & Labrador, or indulge in a traditional Nova Scotian breakfast in Peggy’s Cove. Travel to Montreal for an inside visit of Notre Dame Basilica, take a tour of the capital Ottawa’s iconic sites, and capture the cosmopolitan ambiance of Toronto. Be treated to unique experiences, including a special French dinner in Old Town Québec, or breakfast at a traditional “sugar shack”, where you’ll learn about the art of making maple syrup.

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Travel to Witless Bay in Newfoundland, where humpback whales and puffins abound. Enjoy a narrated cruise around the three islands in the renowned Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to over 2 million seabirds and one of North America’s best whale-watching sites.

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Journey through the picturesque granite islands, windswept pine trees, and vast estates of Thousand Islands National Park. Referred to by the Iroquois Nation as the “Garden of the Great Spirit”, the tranquility of the area belies a history of adventures, wars and rebellions.

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Explore the beautiful city of Québec, the French-founded city, port, and capital of Canada’s Québec province. One of the oldest cities in Canada, Québec retains more than 400 years of tradition, architecture, and irresistible Old-World charm in the only remaining walled city in North America.

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  • Self-guided tour of Casa Loma, midtown Toronto’s only Gothic castle
  • See thunderous displays of nature’s power at Niagara Falls and Montmorency Falls
  • Learn about Canada’s fascinating past at the Canadian Museum of History
  • Explore the French-influenced Quebec City Old Town on a guided tour
  • Informative tour of Montreal with a local guide
  • Visit Montmorency Falls along a suspension bridge

Eastern Canada offers all the charm and sophistication of Europe in a delightful setting much closer to home. Experience the natural beauty, history, and culture of Canada’s vast provinces of Ontario and Quebec City.

Your trip begins with a city tour of Toronto, a cultural melting pot on the shores of Lake Ontario, See towering skyscrapers, 19th century warehouses, a bustling harbor, and more. One of the city’s most unusual sights is Casa Loma, a Gothic castle built in the early 1900s in the center of midtown Toronto.

From the city, travel to Niagara Falls for a leisurely day at one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

Canada’s sophisticated riverside capital city of Ottawa is renowned for its Gothic monuments, world-class museums, and bountiful green spaces. Next, enjoy the European flair of Quebec City. It was one of North America’s earliest French settlements, and has maintained its mother country’s je ne sais quoi since the 1690s. Discover even more of the country’s past at the Canadian Museum of History.

Your journey ends in Montreal. The charming UNESCO City of Design dates back to the 17th century, and is the largest French speaking city outside of Europe.

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  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
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Today you will arrive in Toronto. Guests who have purchased their airline tickets through YMT will be greeted by a YMT representative and transferred to their hotel.

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Bonus : Sep 27 departure is during peak foliage

Add-On : CN Tower Visit & Dinner

Spend the day admiring Niagara Falls. One of the most famous waterfalls in the world, it is actually a group of three waterfalls that straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with millions of gallons of water cascading every second. You’ll hear the roar before you see it! Take the chance to wander through the town. Enjoy the included Voyage to the Falls boat tour to get as close as possible to the base of the Falls. You can also participate in an exciting optional excursion for a delicious lunch in Skylon Tower’s revolving dining room, which offers 360° views of the Falls. (B)

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Add-On : Lunch at Skylon Tower

Welcome to Ottawa, Canada’s sophisticated riverside capital city. Ottawa has a distinctively European flair thanks to its numerous Gothic monuments, world-class museums, and bountiful green spaces. Discover Ottawa on a panoramic city tour, where you will see the Canadian Mint, the Embassy District, and the stately Parliament Hill. This afternoon you will visit the Canadian History Museum. (B)

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Visit the Notre-Dame-du-Cap Sanctuary in Trois- Rivières. You’ll have the chance to tour the basilica and find out about the site’s nearly 400-year history. Enjoy lunch on your own, then continue on to Quebec City. You are invited to join us for an optional Sugar Shack dinner for an additional fee. (B)

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Add-On : Sugar Shack dinner

Start your day with a morning excursion to Montmorency Falls just outside of Quebec City. Montmorency is taller than Niagara Falls, which you will really be able to appreciate from the suspension bridge above the crest of the Falls. Next, tour Quebec City, one of North America’s first settlements. Quebec City was founded by French explorers in the early 17th century, and retains its Old World French feel. Old Quebec’s ramparts are Canada’s last remaining fortified city walls, with sections dating back to at least the 1690s. You will also see the Château Frontenac and the Plains of Abraham. (B)

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Today you will enjoy a scenic drive from Quebec City to Montreal. This afternoon you will have time to explore modern Montreal on your own. Be sure to visit the inspirational Marie Reine du Monde church. This evening you are invited to an optional awe inspiring evening at the Notre-Dame Basilica Aura Show and dinner (for an additional fee). (B)

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Add-On : Notre Dame Basilica Aura Sound & Light Show With Dinner

Today you will arrive in Toronto. Guests who have purchased their airline tickets through YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred to their hotel.

Bonus: Sept 20 departure is during peak fall folliage.

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Add-On: CN Tower & Dinner

Enjoy a day trip to Niagara Falls. One of the most famous waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls is actually a group of three waterfalls that straddle the border between Canada and the United States. You’ll hear the roar of Niagara before you see it. Visit the waterfall or wander through the town of Niagara Falls, the honeymoon capital of the world. Enjoy an included boat tour to the base of the Falls. You may want to join us for an optional lunch with 360° views of the Falls in Skylon Tower’s revolving dining room. (B)

Add-On : Optional lunch at Skylon Tower.

This morning you will enjoy a panoramcic city tour of Toronto. Take a scenic journey along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, then arrive in Kingston for lunch on your own. Canada’s first capital from 1841-1844, Kingston is home to Fort Henry, the Royal Military College of Canada, and many other historical landmarks. (B)

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Canada’s sophisticated riverside capital city, Ottawa has a distinctively European flair thanks to its numerous Gothic monuments, world-class museums, and bountiful green spaces. Discover Ottawa on a panoramic city tour, where you will see the Canadian Mint, the Embassy District, and the stately Parliament Hill. This afternoon you will visit the Canadian History Museum. (B)

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Visit the Notre-Dame-du-Cap Sanctuary in Trois-Rivières. You’ll have the chance to tour the basilica and find out about the site’s 400-year history. Enjoy lunch on your own, then continue on to Quebec City. You are invited to join us for an optional Sugar Shack dinner for an additional fee. (B)

Add-On: Optional Sugar Shack dinner

Start your day with a morning excursion to Montmorency Falls just outside of Quebec City. Montmorency is taller than Niagara Falls, which you will appreciate from the suspension bridge above the crest of the Falls. Next, tour Quebec City, one of North America’s first settlements. Quebec City was founded by French explorers in the early 17th century, and retains its Old World French feel. Old Quebec’s ramparts are Canada’s last remaining fortified city walls, with sections dating back to at least the 1690s. You will also see the Château Frontenac and the Plains of Abraham. (B)

Today you will enjoy a scenic drive from Quebec City to Montreal. This afternoon you will have time to explore modern Montreal on your own. Be sure to visit the inspirational Marie Reine du Monde church. You are invited to an optional awe-inspiring evening at the Notre-Dame Basilica Aura Show with dinner (for an additional fee). (B)

Add-On: Notre-Dame Basilica Aura Sound & Light Show, & Dinner

Be transported by AURA and see a universe presented upon the Notre-Dame Basilica!

Your final full day in Montreal begins with a tour through the French-influenced heart of Montreal, with a chance for a panoramic view from the peak of Mount Royal. The second-largest French speaking city in the world is full of joie de vivre, history, and charm. See Old Montreal, which dates back to the 17th century. It is full of historical sites including the Place d’Armes, the Old Port, and Old Saint-Sulpice Seminary, as well as the towering Notre-Dame Basilica. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, which is easy in this cultural capital, and tonight’s festive farewell dinner is included. (B, D)

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Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

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Unfortunately, additional nights are not available from YMT Vacations for this tour. Your YMT Sales Consultant will confirm the specific hotel related to your departure date, and you can then contact the hotel directly to arrange an extended stay.

Yes, triples are permitted (depending on availability) in 2 beds.

You should arrive in Toronto no later than 4pm.

No, none are required. However, guests must have a passport, which should be valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the tour.

Make your vacation extra special by adding optional excursions to your tour. It’s a great opportunity to enhance your trip, these experiences slot seamlessly into your package, and we’ll take care of all the logistics for you. Remember that adding an optional experience might increase the overall activity level of the tour, so always keep that in mind when planning your trip.

Enjoy views of Toronto from the CN Tower, the center of telecommunications for Toronto. The CN Tower held the record of the tallest freestanding structure on land for over 30 years. After your visit to the observation, a 3 course dinner will follow at a local restaurant. You will start off with a salad and then have a choice of Flat Iron Steak, Roast Chicken Supreme, Salmon Filet or Mushroom Pappardelle (V), followed by dessert. Coffee, tea and soft drinks included * tip and gratuity is included. menu subject to change.

  • Visit to CN Tower
  • 3-course dinner at a popular local restaurant

Note: For 2025, this add-on is on arrival day, flight must arrive by 1pm to participate

Duration: Approx. 3.5 Hours (Evening)

Activity Level: Easy

Price: $95 USD (2024) & $99 USD (2025)

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Enjoy lunch at the Revolving Dining Room at the Skylon Tower, an observation tower that overlooks both the American Falls and the larger Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

  • Dinner at Revolving Dining Room – 775 feet above the falls. The dining room revolves 360-degrees once every hour
  • Lunch includes – NY Angus Striploin Steak, Breaded Breast of Chicken, Grilled Salmon Filet in Soy Lemon Butter, Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan, Sautéed Zucchini Spiral. Adult entrees served with: French Baguette and Butter, Soup or Chef’s Salad with Italian Dressing, Roasted Potato and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Freshly Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce, Hot Coffee or Hot Tea. Menu is subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are included.

Duration : Approx. 2 Hours (Afternoon)

Activity Level : Easy

Price : $59 USD (2024) & $63 USD (2025)

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This high-energy production features over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists including music from Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, the Bare Naked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and many more. While you’re enjoying the show, our performers serve our famous, all-Canadian meal. At what other restaurant are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie?

  • Enjoy French-Canadian pea soup, salad, bread, mouthwatering fried haddock, roasted chicken,potatoes, vegetables, cake, hot tea & coffee. Diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten, lactose and allergen-free option available with advance notice

Note: Show is on second floor, no elevators available

Duration: Approx. 2.5-3 Hours (Evening)

Price: $89 USD (2024) & $95 (2025)

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Visit a traditional French- Canadian Sugar Shack. Sugar Shacks have been an integral part of the Eastern Canadian culture where sap is collected from sugar maple trees and boiled into maple syrup. Enjoy the “all you can eat” sweet offerings of this French-Canadian dinner with traditional live music and learn how syrup is made.

  • Listen to local, traditional French- Canadian music
  • French-Canadian specialty menu includes: Pea Soup, Pork Rinds, Maple Syrup, Homemade Fruit Ketchup and Bread, Baked Beans with Salted Pork, Pork Meat Pie, Maple Ham, Boiled Potatoes, Pancakes, Coffee, and Maple Tea. The meal is followed by maple taffy on snow. Menu is subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are included.

Duration : Approx. 4 Hours (Evening) Activity Level : Easy

Price : $69 USD (2024) & $79 USD (2025)

Discover the rich heritage of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage with the Aura Sound & Light Show. The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of Notre-Dame. Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle. Explore the Basilica on you own after the show! Dinner will be included after the Basilica experience.

  • Notre-Dame Basilica Aura Sound & Light Show
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Duration : Approx. 4 Hours (Evening)

Price : $99 USD

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The Best 10-Day East Coast Canada Road Trip

The Best 10-Day East Coast Canada Road Trip

The East Coast of Canada is packed with amazing places to visit, from Prince Edward Island to Peggy’s Cove to Newfoundland. One of the best ways to see all of the coolest spots is by taking a fantastic East Coast Canada road trip.

Once upon a time, we actually lived on the East Coast of Canada – more specifically, in Halifax – so we know this part of the country inside and out! We can confidently say that there is so much to see on an East Coast Canada road trip.

It’s important to note that this guide is just a structured suggestion of a 10-day East Coast Canada road trip itinerary. It is by no means the only acceptable option out there. So feel free to adjust this guide to fit your preferences, whether that means taking stops out, putting some in, or switching up the order.

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Days 1-2: Gaspé Peninsula

This fantastic East Coast Canada road trip itinerary begins on the gorgeous Gaspé Peninsula. Most people completely overlook Gaspé Peninsula and instead head to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. And that’s a shame, because Gaspé Peninsula is such a gem!

Between the incredible mountains, stunning seaside views, little Quebecois towns, and four national parks, there’s so much to see on the Gaspé Peninsula. In other words, you’ll have to narrow down your list of things to do to fit it all into two days! If we had to pick a few favorite things to do, we would recommend checking out Percé Rock, popping by Forillon National Park, and saying hello to the birds at Parc National de l’Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.

Day 3: Kouchibouguac National Park

There are quite a few stunning national parks in this part of Canada, so we’d be remiss to leave them out of this East Coast Canada road trip itinerary. This first national park we’ve decided to dedicate an entire day to is Kouchibouguac National Park.

Kouchibouguac National Park is a 238 square kilometre area known for its various ecosystems, including salt marshes, sand dunes, forests, barrier islands, and more. And since there are so many different types of ecosystems, there is a lot to explore.

If you’d like to head to the water, you can canoe your way towards a wonderful grey seal colony. Just remember to respect their space! If you’d prefer to stay on land, you can picnic on the picture-perfect sand dunes. And if you happen to visit during the winter, you can even put your skiing skills to the test.

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Days 4-5: Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is the smallest Canadian province – and this little area is one of the best stops on an East Coast Canada road trip. Despite the fact that Prince Edward Island is an island, you can easily drive your way into this Canadian province.

Many visitors spend a week or more exploring everything that Prince Edward Island has to offer. But since you’ll only have a couple of days before continuing on your road trip, you can pick your favorite spots.

Literature lovers will enjoy a trip to Green Gables Heritage Place, which is a recreation of the home in Anne of Green Gables . If you’re more of a history buff than a fiction reader, you’ll want to visit Charlottetown. In 1864, this small city hosted the Charlottetown Conference, which eventually led to the official formation of Canada.

And last but certainly not least, if you’d prefer to head out into nature, Prince Edward Island doesn’t disappoint on that front either! One of the most beautiful sights on the island is the red sandstone cliffs. You can find these all around the island, including at Prince Edward Island National Park, Cape Tryon, and Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site. And don’t forget to visit Cavendish Beach, which boasts gorgeous red sand!

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Days 6-7: The Bay of Fundy, Fundy National Park, and Saint John

Located on the Bay of Fundy, Fundy National Park has so much to offer. The Bay of Fundy is most well-known for having the highest tides on earth. At low tide, you can walk along the ocean floor, but at high tide, it soars up to 16 metres! This makes for some incredible white water rafting opportunities, which we highly recommend.

But there’s more to Fundy National Park than just the Bay of Fundy. You can take a weird food tour by foraging for ocean edibles, try your hand at geocaching, and hike to Third Vault Falls.

Once you’re done at Fundy National Park, you can spend some time in Saint John. While you can certainly opt to rest and recover from the first few days of this amazing East Coast Canada road trip, you can also head out on the town. After all, there’s no shortage of things to do in Saint John either! Zipline across the Reversing Falls Rapids, explore Irving Nature Park, and pop by Saint John City Market.

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Day 8: Lunenburg, Peggy’s Cove, and Halifax

Day 8 of this East Coast Canada Road Trip is packed with a few different stops that are close together. First up, Lunenburg.

Lunenburg is such an underrated little town in Nova Scotia. With its friendly people, historic buildings, and adorable shops, it’s the epitome of small town charm. And that’s certainly something that you’ll want to experience if you get the chance! As a matter of fact, one of the best things to do is simply walk around the adorable town center, pop into cute shops, and dine at local eateries. And if you have a little bit of extra time, you can also visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, hop aboard Bluenose II , and stop by Blue Rocks.

Then, there’s Peggy’s Cove. This lovely small town and natural landscape are unlike any other place in Canada. With colorful boats, smooth boulders, foggy skies, and a towering lighthouse, it looks like it was plucked straight out of a painting!

And last but certainly not least, there’s the city of Halifax. When we lived in Halifax, we were always finding new things to do. But some of our favorites were the calm, easy activities, like walking along the waterfront and listening to live music at one of the city’s exciting pubs.

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Days 9-10: Cape Breton Island

Your second-to-last stop on this East Coast Canada road trip itinerary is the lovely Cape Breton Island. Like Prince Edward Island, you can easily drive your way onto Cape Breton Island.

Once you arrive on Cape Breton Island, you’ll be astounded by its beauty. With the sparkling waters, stunning ocean cliffs, and sleepy fishing villages, it looks like it belongs in a storybook! But luckily for you, this picture-perfect island is real and ready for you to explore!

The best way to explore Cape Breton Island is by following the Cabot Trail. This trail loops around the majority of Cape Breton Island, and, along the way, there are loads of wonderful things to see and do. As a matter of fact, most of these wonderful stops are perfect for nature lovers. You can walk to Uisge Ban Falls, go kayaking in the North River, and hike the famous 7.5-kilometre Skyline Trail.

If nature isn’t your top priority, don’t worry! There’s so much more to see on Cape Breton Island. Foodies can take a captivating tour of The Glenora Distillery and stop for a scoop at the adorable Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour. And animal fans can take a whale watching tour from Neil’s Harbour.

eastern most point in Canada - Cape Spear Lighthouse

Days 11-13: Newfoundland

Newfoundland is a large island off the coast of Eastern Canada. But this island actually isn’t connected by roads, like the other two islands on this itinerary. So you may be wondering, how can I get to it on my East Coast Canada road trip? There are ferries!

There are two ferries to Newfoundland, both of which depart from North Sydney on Cape Breton Island. One ferry takes you to Argentia, Newfoundland, and the other takes you to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland. Both of these ferries allow you to take your car along for the ride.

When you reach Newfoundland, there is so much to do. If you like the outdoors, you’ll definitely enjoy hiking through Gros Morne National Park. If you’re a sommelier in the making, take a tour of the Auk Island Winery. And if you’re an animal lover, keep an eye out for awesome wildlife, including whales and seabirds.

To round out your road trip, you have a couple of options. First, you can head back to the mainland via the same ferry you took to get to Newfoundland. This is the best option if you’re using your own car. But if you’ve rented a car, you can return it in Newfoundland and take a flight out of Gander International Airport instead.

If you’d like to stick around in Newfoundland a bit longer, check out this longer Newfoundland road trip itinerary!

So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to hit the road and take this amazing East Coast Canada road trip? Let us know how your adventure goes in the comments!

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How to Plan a Trip to Eastern Canada

By The Canada By Design Team

How to Plan a Trip to Eastern Canada

As Canada travel specialists with over 22 years of experience designing dream vacations in the country, we know a thing or two on how to plan a trip to Eastern Canada. A region bursting with French influence, eclectic culture, metropolitan cities, natural beauty, gastronomic delights and historic landmarks, both Ontario and Quebec have something unique to offer every style.

Step just outside of the cities and you may be surprised at what you find. While yes, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal can be a trip entirely of their own, nature enthusiasts would be remiss to skip on areas like Niagara on the Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Île d’Orléans or Baie-Saint-Paul. Before we continue with more details on what Eastern Canada has to offer, we'll address a frequently-asked geographical question. Already inspired? Get in touch with our Travel Designers to start planning your perfect trip.

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Which Provinces Make Up Eastern Canada?

While Canada is home to 10 provinces and three territories, Ontario and Quebec make up Eastern Canada. Though New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are further east, they're often referred to as Atlantic Canada, an entirely different region. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon encompass Central and Northern Canada, while Alberta and British Columbia make up Western Canada. When planning a trip to Canada, it's often handy to keep these different regions in mind as the country is much larger than you think! Watch for cues between the sections below to help you understand the distances.

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Where to Go in Eastern Canada

Ottawa, ontario.

Ah, beautiful Ontario! Home to the Nation's capital city of Ottawa , it's here that you'll find some of Canada’s best attractions, celebrations and flavors. A city influenced by First Nations, French, English, Scottish and Irish cultures, it's home to walkable urban spaces, pristine outdoor settings and some pretty incredible sights: Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Canadian Museum of Nature, to name a few. In fact, seven of Canada's nine national museums are all in Ottawa, offering fascinating displays showcasing Canadian culture, history, science and technology, agriculture, aviation and even war.

If history and museums aren't quite up your alley, take a walk or a bike ride around Ottawa's city center or go paddling on the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you wander, grab a slice of Hawaiian pizza—the controversial pie was invented in Ontario, after all—or try a Beaver Tail, a Canadian fried dough pastry with either sweet or savory toppings. Nearly equal distance from Ottawa and Montreal is Mont Tremblant , a gorgeous year-round resort town that's less than two hours by car. Here you can enjoy forested hiking trails and lakes for canoeing, plus golf courses and a pedestrian shopping village. In winter, it's popular for skiing and other snow-based activities.

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Toronto, Ontario

Of course, another top spot amongst travelers in Ontario is the metropolitan city of Toronto . The largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario, it's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers and an impressive roster of attractions like Fort York National Historic Site, the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower and Royal Ontario Museum. Like Ottawa, it has a waterfront (though this time on Lake Ontario as opposed to the Ottawa River), so time can easily be spent amongst the buzz of the city or in its more relaxing surrounds. Try Sunnyside or the Eastern Boardwalk, Balmy Beach Park and the Waterfront Bike Trail.

Should you prefer to spend your time in Toronto visiting its eclectic shops and restaurants, visits to the Chinatown and Kensington Market neighborhoods may be in order. Energetic Chinatown hosts a variety of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese restaurants plus open-air markets and, at times, celebrations and festivals. Kensington Market, on the other hand, is a walkable bohemian neighborhood popular with artists who frequent the indie shops, vintage boutiques and art spaces. If vineyards and stunning scenery are calling, you'll also find Niagara-on-the-Lake just a two hour drive from Toronto. Home to great wines, food and the world-famous Niagara Falls, it's certainly worthy of a visit!

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Quebec City, Quebec

Located on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's primarily French-speaking province, Quebec City is one of the oldest in Canada and has retained much of its old-world character and charm. Vieux-Quebec (which translates to Old Quebec) is the only remaining walled city in the US and Canada, and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Complete with historic landmarks and museums, stone churches and cobblestone streets, a walking tour can reveal many of its most noteworthy sites, or you can wander on your own through areas like Parliament Hill, Petit Champlain and Old Port. Don't forget to grab some poutine as you explore--it's a famous Canadian dish originating in Quebec that consists of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.

While there is certainly plenty to see inside the walls of Vieux-Quebec, outside city limits also has its fair share of offerings. Visit Saguenay St Lawrence Marine Park for some of the best whale watching in the province, or hit a hiking trail in Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier for beautiful pine-covered wilderness. Île d’Orléans is undoubtedly one of the most popular day trip destinations from the city, bursting with with treats for foodies like chocolate, fresh fruit, local maple syrup, wines and beers. Another option at Baie-Saint-Paul showcases creative galleries and world-class food while La Malbaie in the Chalevoix region is considered the cradle of resort vacationing in Canada.

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Montreal, Quebec

The largest city in Quebec, Montreal is set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River with Mont Royal (the three-peak mountain by which the city gets its name) at its heart. It's landmarks include the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Pointe-à-Callière museum, and like Quebec City, it has a region known as Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) which has architectural styles and cobblestone streets dating back to the 16th century. Full of lively plazas, charming shops and restaurants serving up signature dishes like poutine and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, its North America's number one host city for international events and festivals, including its annual Montreal International Jazz Festival which holds the 2004 Guiness World Record as the world's largest jazz fest. Check out the city's calendar of events to stay atop of dates and tickets!

On the outskirts of Montreal are a number of regions perfect for a day or multi-day trip. At less than two hours by car from the city, Mont Tremblant is one of the most popular ski destinations in North America—but don't let that fool you. Even through the summer months, visitors can enjoy cycling and mountain biking, hiking, birding (there are more than 200 different kinds of birds!) golfing and perusing the village's bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. Of course, also just a few hours away from downtown Montreal are The Eastern Townships; a seriously postcard-worthy destination. Regarded as the cradle of vitiulture in Quebec, take the Wine Route ( Route des Vins ) through a series of beautiful vineyards and sample varieties as you go.

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Where to Stay in Eastern Canada

Ottawa: fairmont château laurier.

As one of Canada's most recognized landmarks, Fairmont Château Laurier has been hosting guests in Ottawa's vibrant downtown core for more than a century. With ByWard Market on one side and the Rideau Canal locks on the other, guests can enjoy spectacular views of Parliament Hill while discovering local flavors at Wilfrid's restaurant, delight in an afternoon tea or savor a classic cocktail in Zoe's lounge bar.

Toronto: Fairmont Royal York

Just steps from the city's best attractions, the Fairmont Royal York is an essential Toronto experience. Here, the CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, Eaton Centre and Meridian Hall performing arts venue are on your doorstep, while inside, a wealth of re-designed Fairmont Gold rooms, bars and restaurants await. Discover a new era of dining with the return of the Library Bar or delve into modern Canadian cuisine with a traditional French touch at REIGN Restaurant + Bar + Bakery.

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Quebec City: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Boasting breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the Old fortified City, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers a memorable and inspiring stay in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec. Home to 610 guest rooms and suites, the castle-like structure is as grand as its presence, offering ample venues for dining, drinking, meeting or simply relaxing. Be sure to capture a photo for memories, as it's said to be the most photographed hotel in the world!

Montreal: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Ideally located in downtown Montreal, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth offers proximity to galleries, theaters, sporting and shopping venues and the storied streets of Old Montreal. All 950 guest rooms have recently underwent renovation, while the famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite—where the pair stayed for a week on their honeymoon in 1969—is a legendary space to book. While there, visit Rosélys restaurant or attend the in-house circus performance, Celeste by Cirque Éloize.

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Mont Tremblant: Fairmont Tremblant

Spectacular by nature, Tremblant’s landmark ski-in ski-out hotel provides the best setting for a perfect alpine getaway any time during the year. Perfectly located at the foot of the majestic Tremblant peaks, Fairmont Tremblant resort is the best destination for a balanced combination of relaxation and adventure, creating memories for couples, families and singles to cherish for a lifetime.

La Malbaie: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Located only one hour and thirty minutes from Quebec City, nestled between mountains, forest and the scenic village of La Malbaie, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu offers 405 rooms and four restaurants for the ideal retreat. Check in at the spa to enjoy a moment of pure indulgence, book a tee time at the golf club for a challenge amongst stunning views of the Charlevoix region or sate your appetite with a seasonally-inspired menu at one of the restaurants.

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The Top Trips in Eastern Canada

If you've made it this far into the article, you've certainly done your research. And while it's exciting learning more about Eastern Canada, we're still here to help plan out the logistics. Continue reading to browse six of our top vacation packages in Eastern Canada, then get in touch with our Travel Designers to make one your own!

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Eastern Canada Highlights Road Trip

10 Days | View full itinerary Experience the highlights of Ontario and Quebec on this 10-day Eastern Canada road trip. From the thundering waterfalls of Niagara to the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park and the cosmopolitan city of Toronto to Canada's capital city of Ottawa, this well-paced itinerary offers a wealth of contrasts, all uniquely Canadian. On this road trip from Toronto to Montreal, you'll enjoy countless highlights showcasing Canada’s diverse culture, history, scenery and wildlife plus yo ur choice of tours in Quebec City and Montreal.

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Quebec Heart & Soul Road Trip

7 Days | View full itinerary This 7-day Eastern Canada Quebec road trip combines Montreal and the eastern townships of Quebec with two of its most spectacular outdoor destinations. In Quebec City, discover urban highlights as your explore chic streets, historic sites and architectural wonders, then take a helicopter tour before moving on to St. Alexis des Monts and Auberge du Lac-à-l'Eau-Claire. On your return journey to Montreal you'll explore some of the most picturesque countryside that French Canada has to offer, complete with pretty lakes and walking trails.

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Flavors of French Canada Road Trip

6 Days | View full itinerary Combine the backroads of Quebec with some of the prettiest countryside that French Canada has to offer on this memorable 6-day Quebec road trip. Traveling from the cosmopolitan city of Montréal to the pastoral Eastern Townships, you'll have a chance to enjoy the little towns of Lower Saint Lawrence and Charlevoix where you can indulge your senses and immerse yourself in classic Francophone culture. At the end of an exciting day exploring, relax at luxury boutique hotels like Manoir Hovey and Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix.

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Train Tour of the Capital Cities

7 Days | View full itinerary See the major attractions on this Eastern Canada train tour and experience the different lifestyles of Ontario and Quebec. This 7-day train trip departs from Toronto and includes time on VIA Rail, in vibrant Montreal and the national's capital city of Ottawa. Before wrapping up the tour in the historic heart of French Canada, Quebec City, you'll have a choice of tours like Montreal sightseeing, wandering a food market, embarking on a fabulous country tour and a rendezvous with history Quebec City tour.

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Montreal & Quebec Cities by Train

5 Days | View full itinerary Soak up the diverse culture of Montreal & Quebec Cities by train traveling through the best of Eastern Canada. Board VIA Rail in Business Class, sit back and relax in a viewing car as Canada's stunning scenery rolls past your window. As you arrive to Montreal and Quebec City, you'll have your choice of sightseeing and walking tours, allowing an opportunity to discover this province's unique geography, diversity, history, food and culture that together have forged its identity.

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Trans Canada Train Trip Adventure

17 Days | View full itinerary Take a trans-Canada train trip from Vancouver to Halifax with visits to the Rockies, Niagara Falls and Toronto! Traveling through Western Canada with Rocky Mountaineer you'll experience beautiful Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, then switch to VIA Rail for the journey across Canada to Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. In Banff, Montreal and Halifax you'll have a chance to make the train trip your own, with Freedom of Choice tours like Grizzly bear viewing, city walking tours and sightseeing storied lighthouses.

Feeling inspired? Chat with one of our Travel Designers to create a custom trip that's just for you, or visit our Time to Travel page for more trip ideas to take in summer. Prefer to simply stay in touch? Subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-date deals, trip ideas and more!

Have done west coast and Alaska interested in east coast and boat trip Newfoundland Nova Scotia ect

Sue mason , 03/30/2023

We are Australians and on 7 August we board a Seabourn cruise out of New York. The cruise finishes in Montreal on 19 August. We would like to spend approximately ten days exploring the Eastern cities of Canada. In the past we have been to Vancouver, Whistler, Banff andLake Louise. Open to all suggestions. Happy to ride a bicycle but not in busy traffic!

Jan Freemantle , 08/27/2023

Hi there I am in need of some help. I’m coming from Northern Ontario and Chapleau travelling through Quebec and then heading to the east coast. My primary objective is to visit the East Coast but I don’t want to forget about Quebec as I’ve never really been there I would like to take some time exploring the parks. were adventurous we like to hike I’ll be bringing a camper trailer so I’ll be stopping mostly at RV parks & national parks so I would like information on the most beautiful places and camp spots. I have two children, ages eight and 11 best parks to visit also of the best tourist places in Quebec and also in the East Coast I won’t be doing Newfoundland this year maybe another time any information at all would help thank you .

Steph Lortie , 02/05/2024

I am coming from Boston, USA and would like to travel to Montreal and Quebec - about 3-4 days in Montreal and 3-4 days in Quebec city. I don't see an itinerary that covers these two cities for this duration. Is it possible to do a custom package ? If so, can you pls send me an itinerary or let me know how I can work with you to build the itinerary.ThanksHari

Hari , 04/14/2024

Wanted to cover Ottawa Montreal and Quebec in 5 days from Toronto

Hemalata , 06/02/2024

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How to Plan an Epic East Coast Canada Road Trip

By: Author Lora Pope

Posted on Published: March 7, 2024  - Last updated: July 5, 2024

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Planning an east coast Canada road trip? Let me help! I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and lived in New Brunswick for years. I’ve road-tripped the East Coast more times than I can count !

It’s one of my favorite parts of the world, so I created this guide to share all my favorite hidden gems with you.

While not as popular to visit as the Canadian Rockies, an East Coast Canada road trip should not be overlooked.

Humpback whales dancing below towering cliffs, fresh seafood, epic hiking trails, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet are just some of the reasons to plan an eastern Canada road trip.

This guide will share all the best places to visit on an East Coast of Canada road trip to help you maximize your time.

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It’s made for outdoor lovers and packed with incredible nature and wildlife experiences such as coastal hiking trails, boat tours, and wildlife watching.

The truth is, there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ itinerary – It entirely depends on the time you have available and the activities that interest you most.

You would need at least two months to road trip around all the places I’ve suggested below. But don’t fret if you don’t have that much time – simply choose the ones that interest you most.

I’ve also included some sample routes at the end to help you create a perfect Canadian East Coast road trip itinerary.

Having a car is the best way to explore Eastern Canada! I use and love Rentalcars.com to find the best deals on car rentals in Canada.

New Brunswick Road Trip

An aerial view of an east coast Canada highway in the fall.

Hooray, you’ve made it to your first Maritime province! Many people call New Brunswick a ‘drive-through’ province, but after living here for 18 months, I couldn’t disagree more.

New Brunswick has plenty to see, and it should be part of your East Coast Canada itinerary.

Québec City to Fredericton (593 KM)

A bridge over a body of water along the east coast Canada road trip.

Coming from Quebec, your first destination will be the capital of New Brunswick and my favorite city in the province, Fredericton.

Driving from Québec City to Fredericton takes an entire day, so plan to spend a night or two here to enjoy the city’s offerings.

🏠 Staying overnight in Fredericton? The Carriage House Inn is a super cozy, beautiful, and authentic old Victorian Downtown House to retreat after a day of exploring the city.

Visit the Garrison District, which hosts summer outdoor concerts, movie nights, and guided history tours. Then, walk across the Fredericton Railway Bridge.

No longer a train route, the bridge has become a sanctuary for pedestrians and cyclists. You can get spectacular views of the city and Saint John River below from it.

In the evening, enjoy a cold brew at one of the city’s craft breweries.

🚶‍♀️If you’re short on time, this two-hour historical tour of Fredericton is a great way to get acquainted with the city.

Fredericton to Saint John (112 KM)

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After a night in Fredericton, head to Saint John ( not to be confused with St. John’s, Newfoundland ).

It’s just an hour’s drive to reach this charming coastal town. You can either stop in for lunch or spend the night in town.

The Chateau Saint John offers tastefully appointed rooms in a primate location for exploring the city’s historic landmarks.

One fun thing to do in Saint John is to take a boat cruise to see the reversing falls, a unique natural phenomenon where the Bay of Fundy collides with the Saint John River. 

Or you can join this walking tour of Saint Johns to discover the city’s most interesting streets and central market – the oldest continuing farmers market in Canada!

Saint John to Fundy National Park of Canada (111 km)

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From Saint John, it’s an easy hour’s drive to my favorite place in New Brunswick, Fundy National Park .

You’ll want to spend at least two days here, camping or in a hotel near the park. It’s a paradise for hikers and waterfall chasers – I love hiking here during the summer time.

Fundy National Park to Hopewell Rocks (45km)

Kayaking at Bay of Fundy

One of New Brunswick’s most famous attractions is Hopewell Rocks , home to the world’s highest tides . The tide rises and falls 40 feet or so – twice daily!

To fully appreciate this phenomenon, visit Hopewell Rocks at low tide to walk around on the ocean floor and see the unique rock formations up close. At high tide, take an ocean kayak tour. It was incredible to see the difference in just one day!

🎟️ Save time and get skip-the-line tickets to Hopewell Rocks here

Hopewell Rocks to Moncton (31 km)

A wooden walkway next to a river on an East Coast Canada road trip.

After leaving Hopewell Rocks, take a half-hour drive to Moncton, New Brunswick’s most populous city.

You can spend the night here or stop for a few hours. An excellent spot for lunch is the Tide and Boar Gastropub, one of my favorite restaurants in New Brunswick.

Sray in the middle of Moncton’s entertainment district at this gorgeous boutique hotel. You’ll be steps away from the city’s best restaurants, entertainment, and bars.

While in Moncton, be sure to take a drive up Magnetic Hill. Park at the bottom of the hill, put your car in neutral, and it will start reversing up the hill on its own. It’s magic! Okay, really, it’s just an illusion caused by the landscape, but it’s a cool thing to experience, and kids will love it. There is also a water park near Magnetic Hill.

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A great day trip or alternative destination to Moncton is Shediac; it’s just 20 minutes away. Shediac is home to Parlee Beach, which has the warmest salt water in Canada.

It’s known as the “lobster capital of the world”; this is the best place to get your first taste of fresh lobster.

For a taste of the local cuisine, check out this this small-group food tour in Shediac. You’ll sample everything from scallops to chocolates!

After you’ve filled up on seafood, head to Parlee Beach to watch the sunset.

Optional Route: Acadian Coastal Drive

If you have extra time on your east coast road trip in Canada and want to see an alternative side of New Brunswick, keep heading North.

New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada, and the northern part of the province is where you can fully experience French Acadian culture.

Moncton to Kouchibouguac National Park (101 km)

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From Moncton or Shediac, head North towards Kouchibouguac National Park. Spend a night or two here camping to soak in the pristine wilderness. The park has beautiful beaches, canoeing, hiking trails, and wildlife, including an adorable seal colony.

I had so much fun spending the night here camping with friends – we saw a huge colony of seals!

Kouchibouguac National Park to Miramichi (51 km)

A sunset over a body of water with a boat in it, captured during an east coast Canada road trip.

Just half an hour from Kouchibouguac National Park is the town of Miramichi, which was my home for a year and a half. Miramichi is most famous for its fly fishing opportunities on the river.

Another fun thing to do in the summertime is to go on a tubing adventure down the river. In the evening, be sure to soak in the incredible sunsets.

One of the best places to stay in Miramichi is The Rodd. It’s set right on the river, where you can soak in the breathtaking river sunset. Plus, it’s a 5-minute walk from O’Donaghue’s Irish Pub – one of the best pubs in the city!

Miramichi to Miscou (138 km)

Keep heading North from Miramichi to Miscou, a beautiful island at the northern tip of New Brunswick. There, you can visit a picturesque white lighthouse.

Miscou Lighthouse, New Brunswick

Miscou to Caraquet (60 km)

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Make your way to Caraquet, the heart of Acadian country. If your visit coincides with August 15th, you’ll be able to take part in some of the National Acadian Day festivities, which are sure to be fun .

There are several quaint B&Bs in Caraquet where you can spend the night. While there, be sure to visit the Acadian Historic Village just outside of Caraquet, where you can learn what life used to be like there.

🏨 Conveniently located off Route 145, this Caraquet property boasts quant rooms with a shared terrace. Acadian Historical Village is just 5 minutes’ drive away.

If you opt for the Acadian Coastal Drive, you’ll have to return south to Moncton/Shediac, which takes about three hours from Caraquet.

From there, continue your east coast trip to Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) Road Trip

A lighthouse on an east coast beach, Canada.

At just 224 km long and 64 KM wide, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is Canada’s smallest province. But don’t be fooled by the size; PEI has some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes.

Red cliffs along the blue Atlantic Ocean, golden sand dunes, and picture-perfect white lighthouses are just some of the gorgeous scenes you will find here.

PEI connects to New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge. It’s a 45-minute drive from Shediac to the start of the bridge, and it takes about 20 minutes to cross over which is a really unique experience.

While driving over the ocean, be sure to appreciate the undertaking it took to build this bridge. It’s an impressive example of architecture and engineering.

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PEI is a small island; you could see the main highlights in one day if you really wanted to. But I suggest staying at least a couple of nights as there are some wonderful things to do here.

The province is roughly divided into three sections, with three coastal routes you can make: North Cape Coastal Drive, Central Coastal Drive, and Points East Coastal Drive.

You’ll enter the province from New Brunswick at Boredon-Carleton, which is smack dab in the middle of the province, so you could do these scenic routes in any order.

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Borden-Carleton to North Cape (121 km)

The North Cape coastal drive is 350 km and features a Canadian potato museum you can visit in O’Leary. PEI is very serious about potatoes! Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is another place worth checking out and a good option for camping overnight.

If you prefer to stay indoors, the West Point Lighthouse Inn and Museum is a unique place to spend the night in the North Cape.

PEI has 63 different Lighthouses, each one with a unique history. You could fill your whole time in PEI just searching for lighthouses; at least a few should be on your itinerary.

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North Cape to Cavendish (129 KM)

After exploring the North Cape, head over to Cavendish, home of Anne of Green Gables. While that has never been an interest of mine, I know it’s a big attraction of PEI, so I can’t write this guide without mentioning it!

See the Green Gables House on this highly-rated tour, followed by a stop at a riverside restaurant with artisan preserves, fine teas, local pottery, and more.

Cavendish is home to Green Gables Heritage Place, which inspired the setting of the beloved tales.

Cavendish is also famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and red stone cliffs. The cliffs here are the best place to take in these stunning landscapes.

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Afterward, head over to Cavendish Beach to soak in the sun along a 37-mile stretch of red sand. The red color comes from the high amount of iron in the island’s sandstone, which oxidizes and rusts when it comes in contact with air.

Cavendish to Charlottetown (38 KM)

After taking in the stunning natural landscapes of PEI, head to the capital of the province, Charlottetown.

Don’t expect big city lights; the population of Charlottetown is under 40,000. But that’s all part of its charm! There are several accommodation options in Charlottetown for spending the night.

Staying overnight in Charlottetown? Just two blocks from downtown, The Habour Inn features charming guest rooms , shaded patios, breakfast, and friendly staff to help you with anything you need.

Start your day in Charlottetown with an ice cream cone from Cows Creamery. It was voted Canada’s best ice cream spot and is one of my most treasured childhood memories.

In the afternoon, explore the local farmers market (it runs on Saturdays all year plus Wednesdays in the summer) or take a bike ride by the sea.

Later that evening, head out to Victoria Row. This pedestrian-only street is lined with a mix of bars, shops, and restaurants.

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Charlottetown to Greenwich (58 KM)

Spend your last day in PEI exploring the Points East Coastal Drive. Be sure to stop in Greenwich, which is part of the PEI National Park.

This section is home to some incredible dunes and an extensive floating boardwalk that leads to a white-sand beach.

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After a few days in Prince Edward Island, it’s time to visit Nova Scotia!

There are two ways to get to Nova Scotia from PEI. You can either go back via the Confederation Bridge through New Brunswick or take a 75-minute ferry from Wood Islands to Caribou, Nova Scotia.

I’ve always taken the Confederation Bridge because I find it more convenient, but the choice is up to you!

Nova Scotia Road Trip Itinerary

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Nova Scotia, known as ‘Canada’s ocean playground,’ is a paradise for outdoor activities. Kayaking, hiking, and rafting are just some of the ways you can enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning province.

Charlottetown To Halifax (325 KM, via Confederation Bridge)

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Start your journey in Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia. Spend at least a night or two exploring this vibrant city using this Halifax itinerary.

Staying overnight in Halifax? I loved my time at The Westin. It’s centrally located, across the street from the Halifax farmers market, where you can grab a delicious breakfast to go.

You can soak in the views of the harbor from the second floor of the Halifax farmers market and then head outside to walk along the pier.

The harbourfront comes to life during the summer with street performers, public art displays, and restaurants with outdoor seating.

harbourfront halifax nova scotia

Enjoy lunch here, and head up the hill to Citadel National Historic Site. From the top, you’ll get gorgeous views of the harbor below.

Rather than wandering around alone, get the most out of your visit to Halifax by joining a small-group tour and exploring the city in the company of a guide who can fill you in on the fascinating history.

In the evening, head out to Argyle Street for some live music and rest your head at one of these wonderful places to stay in Halifax.

Halifax to Peggy Cove’s (75 km)

peggys cove at sunset

The first stop after Halifax is just 45 minutes away. Peggy’s Cove is a quaint fishing village with a stunning white lighthouse.

It’s a paradise for photography, with the lighthouse that often reflects in the pools of water. The best time to visit Peggy’s Cove is during sunrise to avoid the crowds. Plus, the light is incredible during the golden hour. Some of my favorite photos from my time in Nova Scotia was my visit to Peggy’s cove at sunset!

If you’re tired of driving, join this Peggy’s Cove sunset tour from Halifax instead! Get a fully guided experience, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included.

Peggy’s Cove to Lunenberg (100 km)

lunenberg nova scotia

Next up is Lunenberg, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most colorful towns in Nova Scotia.

Dating back to the 18th century, this historic town is full of charming architecture and gigantic tall ships docked in the harbor. Head over to the golf course across the harbor for the best views and photo ops of this picturesque town.

Lunenberg is the perfect place to spend the night relaxing by the sea. I loved my stay at the the Sail Inn – a turn-of-the-century bed and breakfast just 35m from the waterfront.

A more off-the-beaten-path place to explore nearby is Blue Rocks, a small fishing village just outside of the Lunenberg. Head there for sunrise – you won’t be disappointed.

lora standing at blue rocks nova scotia

Lunenberg to Kejimkujik National Park (90 KM)

Next up, make your way to Kejimkujik National Park for some of the most pristine kayaking opportunities in eastern Canada. Kejimkujik is also a great place to go camping and stargazing if you want to spend the night.

Kejimkujik National Park to The Shubenacadie River (308 km)

Tidal Bore Rafting in New Brunswick

If you love adventure, you must try Tidal Bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. I’ve been river rafting all over the world, but this is one of the most unique rafting experiences I’ve tried!

Twice a day, when the tide changes, the tidal bore temporarily reverses the flow of the river, creating incredible high-speed rapids. It’s the only place in the world where you can experience this! There’s even a Tidal Bore Rafting Resort where you can spend the night.

Shubenacadie River to Cape Breton Island (338km)

Although Cape Breton Island is part of Nova Scotia, it’s so unique that it almost feels like its own province.

After leaving the Shubenacadie River, head 338 km east (approx four hours of driving) to Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada.

cabot trail drive

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is home to the Cabot Trail, which is continuously named one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

It’s only 298km in length, but you’ll want at least a couple of days to take it all in. Thankfully, there are plenty of unique places to stay along the Cabot Trail.

🏩 One of the most beautiful places to stay on the Cabot Trail is  the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands . It’s got stunning views from the property and is right next to Ingonish Beach.

One of the most beautiful places to stay on the Cabot Trail is the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands . It’s got stunning views from the property and is right next to Ingonish Beach.

With such incredible views along the Cabot Trail, you’ll be stopping every five minutes for photos. Plus, there are a ton of hiking opportunities along the way. Be sure to hike the Skyline Trail for sunset – it was my favorite hike on the island!

Skyline Trail Sunset, Cape Breton National Park of Canada

Cape Breton Highlands National Park to North Sydney (114 km)

After a few beautiful days in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, drive to the North Sydney ferry terminal.

This is where you’ll say goodbye to the mainland of Canada and catch an overnight ferry to the island of Newfoundland.

Newfoundland Road Trip

girl on signal hill in st. johns newfoundland

Many people don’t include Newfoundland on their trip t Eastern Canada, but it absolutely should be. I may be biased, but I truly believe Newfoundland has its own identity, unlike anywhere else in Canada.

While out of the way, it will be worth making the trip there. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a road trip through Newfoundland.

Need help planning your trip to Newfoundland? Get your itinerary reviewed or have one tailor made by me – a Newfoundland local!

There are two ferry options for getting to Newfoundland from the mainland. Both depart from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. One goes to Argentia on the East Coast of Newfoundland, and the other goes to Port aux Basques on the West Coast.

I recommend taking the Port Aux Basque ferry because it’s shorter, cheaper, and more reliable. The other ferry only runs during the summer months and is often canceled due to weather.

Port Aux Basque – Corner brook (219 km)

You’ll arrive in Port Aux Basque early in the morning, around 7 am (assuming the ferry is on time). Drive two hours East to Corner Brook, the largest city on the West Coast.

The next few days will be camping in Gros Morne National Park , so stock up on supplies at a grocery store in Corner Brook. Sobeys or Dominion are the best options. There are some small stores in Gros Morne national park, but they are limited in supplies and more expensive.

Corner Brook to Gros Morne national park (85KM)

waterfall gros morne national park

From Corner Brook, it’s just an hour’s drive to Gros Morne National Park , one of the main highlights of Newfoundland. Spend at least two nights here either camping in the park or at lodging nearby.

Rocky Harbour is the most convenient place to stay in the park if you aren’t camping. I recommend Bambury’s Hillside Chalets, cute saltbox homes with a 9.5+ rating.

With over 100 kilometers of pristine trails, Gros Morne is the perfect place to take a hike. Challenge yourself to go 800 meters up to the summit of Gros Morne mountain!

This hike is no easy feat, as the last two hours involve climbing up steep rocks. The views at the top are worth it – this is one of my favorite hikes in Newfoundland. It’s an all-day hike (16 km) that will take you between 6-8 hours.

hiking in gros morne national park

If you want a real adventure, try backpacking the long-range traverse. This epic hike takes four nights but will take you to one of the most sought-after photos in Newfoundland. This trek is not for beginners – you must attend a backcountry briefing to receive a backcountry hiking permit for this trek.

For a less strenuous activity, take a boat tour through the fjord s  and marvel at the beauty carved out by the work of glaciers over thousands of years.

fjords in gros morne national park

Optional route: Viking Trail

l'anse aux meadows national historic site

Another option is to continue your journey on a scenic drive down the Northern Peninsula, also known as the Viking trail , to the UNESCO world heritage site of L’anse Aux Meadows . Here you’ll find remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement.

I’ve done this route before, and it’s stunning, but you’ll need an extra couple of days. It’s about a three-hour drive from Gros Morne each way.

I recommend spending the night in St. Anthony, the largest town on the peninsula. It’s one of the best places to see icebergs in the spring!

Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites is a historic hotel in St. Anthony, centrally located in town. It offers fully equipped kitchens in the apartment rooms – we stayed here for a week and loved it!

Gros Morne National Park to Bonavista Peninsula (406 km)

After a few glorious days on the West Coast, you’ll continue your journey towards Newfoundland’s east coast through the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1).

It’s an easy drive as there is only one main highway across Newfoundland – just look out for moose along the way.

moose in newfoundland

If you’re craving more adventure along the way, stop along the way in Grand-Falls, where you can go whitewater rafting on the exploits river. This is a great place to stop for lunch or spend the night to break up the journey.

Optional route: Central Newfoundland and Fogo Island

fogo island newfoundland

While driving across the province, you could take an optional detour to Twillingate and Fogo Island, home to some of the cutest small towns in Newfoundland. Fogo island has become a popular spot in recent years with the addition of the 5-star Fogo Island Inn.

We all wish we could stay at the Fogo Inn, but it’s not in most people’s budget. Instead, stay at one of The Old Salt Box Co. locations and enjoy sunsets over the ocean from your room.

There’s so much adventure in Central Newfoundland you could easily spend another week exploring this region!

Bonavista Peninsula

The Bonavista Peninsula is one of my favorite parts of Newfoundland.

With endless picturesque fishing villages, a lively arts scene, fantastic puffing spotting opportunities , and gorgeous hiking trails , you’ll be sure to love it here. Check out this video of some friendly puffins I met there last summer!

@explorewithlora Found in Elliston, Newfoundland #puffins #explorenl #newfiecheck #nlwx #newfoundlandersoftiktok #newfoundlandandlabrador #wildlifelover ♬ Fantasy – Alina Baraz / Galimatias

Trinity is a perfect place to spend your first night here, with several homey guesthouses to stay.

The Eriksen Premises is one of Trinity’s historic homes and a great place to spend the night. Antique wood décor is featured in all individually decorated rooms, and it’s next to restaurants and shops.

After a good night’s rest, take a harbor kayak tour where you can come up close with whales and icebergs, depending on the season.

Trinity is also home to some great hiking trails. Try the Skerwink trail, a 4.7-kilometer loop with beautiful coastal views.

cliffs by the sea on the skerwink trail newfoundland

Trinity to Bonavista (50 km)

cliffs at Dungeon Provincial Park, Bonavista

Take a day to drive around the Bonavista peninsula or spend another night. Along the way, opt to visit Port Rexon Brewing for a delicious craft beer.

In Bonavista, take a hike in the stunning Dungeon provincial park, grab a cone at Sweet Rock Ice Cream, or head to nearby Elliston to spot puffins .

puffins in newfoundlands

In the evening, enjoy a locally-sourced dinner at the Bonavista Social Club.

Trinity to St. John’s (258 km)

Continue driving east to St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland, and my hometown. It’s one of the oldest cities in North America!

Celebrate the end of your east coast Canada road trip by driving to Cape Spear and soaking in the ocean views. Congratulations, You’ve made it to the most easterly point in North America!

One of the most beautiful places to stay in downtown St. John’s is Blue on Water. This 4-star accommodation features beautiful interior designs and is steps away from top attractions.

Another option is the Cabot Guest House i n Georgetown, a charming neighborhood I used to live in. If you stay here, be sure to grab your morning coffee and bagel at the Georgetown Bakery.

St. John’s is a great city with tons of fun things to do. Hike up to historic Signal Hill, where you can get sweeping views of the St. John’s narrows.

Take a walk around downtown St. John’s, or visit the picturesque fishing village of Quidi Vidi, which has a brewery that you can tour.

visiting quidi vidi on an east coast canada road trip

In the evening, head to The Duke for the best fish and chips in the city, then George Street for a night on the town. With the most bars per capita in Canada, St. John’s has a lively nightlife and a great local music scene.

As a visitor, you must get screeched in to become an honourary Newfoundland. Christians Bar on George Street is a perfect place to do that.

The next day (assuming you’re not too hungover), take a stroll along a section of the East Coast trai l – there are over 336 kilometers of trail to explore that will take you through breathtaking towering cliffs with beautiful views.

During the summer months, the world’s largest population of humpback whales makes their way to Newfoundland’s coast to feed. It’s one of the best places to go whale watching in the world !

whale watching in newfoundland

Whales can often be spotted while hiking on the East Coast Trail but for a closer look, join a whale-watching tour.

Want to see whales? I loved this boat tour that takes you to Witless Bay ecological reserve to see the world’s largest population of humpback whales, icebergs that are over 10,000 years old, and the charismatic Atlantic puffin.

If you’re a diver, you can also join a diving tour to see  WWII shipwrecks, reefs, wall dives, and more! Diving is a unique way to explore Newfoundland from the ocean floor.

Toronto to East Coast Road Trip

The focus of this post is on the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland. But since I know many of you will be planning an east coast canada road trip itinerary from Toronto, I’ve made a few suggestions for places to stop on the way below through Ontario/Québec before reaching New Brunswick.

There are MANY more amazing places to visit than outlined here, but they need a post of their own (and it’s coming).

If you’re starting from Toronto , make your first stop in Ottawa (a four-hour drive) or Montreal (a six-hour drive). Opt to stop at Thousand Islands National Park along the way.

Spanning across the border between Canada and the U.S., this park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ontario .

You can either spend the night in the park or just stop on the way to see the islands.

There’s no better view of the thousand islands than from the sky! This 5-star rated tour takes you on a scenic twenty-minute helicopter ride over the islands. Perfect if you’re short on time!

After touring the thousand islands, continue on to either Ottawa or Montreal. They are just two hours apart, so either make a great place to spend the night if you’re coming from Toronto. It just depends on how much driving you want to do in one day!

I love Montreal because of its exciting nightlife and overall atmosphere. However, if you prefer a quieter city with beautiful parks and historic sites, Ottawa is a great option.

Staying overnight in Ottawa? Don’t miss the chance to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier – it’s one of Canada’s most iconic hotels, adjacent to the Parliament Buildings and Rideau Canal. Reserve early, as it does book up!

Leaving Ottawa or Montreal, continue your drive towards the province of New Brunswick.

Fredericton (capital of New Brunswick) is about 8 hours East of Montreal, so you could get there in a day if you drove all day. But if you prefer to do more sightseeing along the way, a great option is to spend the night in Québec City.

With its picturesque cobblestone streets lined with bistros and boutiques, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe.

Quebec city streets

If you didn’t get the chance to stay at the Fairmont in Ottawa, there’s another opportunity in Quebec City! The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is situated in Old Quebec, boasting gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence river in a fairytale setting.

Itineraries for Best Road Trips to Canada’s East Coast

With two months, you would be able to road trip all of this Eastern Canada itinerary, including the optional routes I mentioned.

You could visit the main highlights in a month, but the trip would be very fast-paced with a lot of driving.

14-Day East Canada Road Trip Itinerary

  • Days 1-3: New Brunswick – Start your journey in the picturesque province of New Brunswick. Spend your nights exploring the charming cities and natural wonders, including the Bay of Fundy, known for the world’s highest tides.
  • Days 4-6: Prince Edward Island (PEI) – Cross the Confederation Bridge to PEI. Enjoy the island’s red sand beaches, visit the Anne of Green Gables house, and indulge in fresh seafood.
  • Days 7-9: Halifax and Nova Scotia’s South Shore – Head to Nova Scotia, starting with its vibrant capital, Halifax, then explore the scenic South Shore, including Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Days 10-13: Cape Breton – Venture to Cape Breton Island, where the Cabot Trail awaits with its stunning coastal views. Enjoy hiking, local culture, and the Gaelic heritage of this unique region.
  • Day 14: Return to Halifax – Conclude your trip with a leisurely drive back to Halifax, perhaps stopping at any spots you missed on your way to Cape Breton.

Alternatively, you could do Cape Breton (4 nights) and Newfoundland (8 nights).

If you just wanted to visit Newfoundland, you could fly into the province to save time. St. John’s has an international airport where you can rent a car .

tour canada est

Ten Days: Nova Scotia and Beyond

10-Day East Coast Canada Road Trip

  • Days 1-3: Halifax and Surroundings – Explore Halifax’s rich history and vibrant culture before heading to the picturesque towns along the South Shore.
  • Days 4-6: Cape Breton Island – Drive the Cabot Trail, immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty, and experience the local music scene.
  • Days 7-8: Prince Edward Island – Discover PEI’s lighthouses, beaches, and culinary delights.
  • Days 9-10: New Brunswick – Visit the Hopewell Rocks and enjoy the coastal beauty before heading back.

Seven Days: A Province-Specific Journey

7-Day East Coast Canada Road Trip Itinerary

  • Option 1: Nova Scotia – Dedicate your week to exploring Nova Scotia, from Halifax to the South Shore, and up to Cape Breton.
  • Option 2: Newfoundland – Fly into St. John’s, rent a car , and explore the Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista, and perhaps a day trip to Terra Nova National Park.

Five Days: Quick Escapes

5-Day East Coast Canada Road Trip

  • Nova Scotia Focus – Spend your days exploring Halifax, the Annapolis Valley, and part of the South Shore for a quick taste of Nova Scotia’s charm.
  • PEI and New Brunswick – Combine these two provinces for a whirlwind tour of the Maritimes, focusing on the highlights like the Bay of Fundy and PEI’s central coast.

east coast road trip canada

What is the best time of year to visit the East Coast of Canada?

While it’s possible to visit the East Coast year-round, I would not advise planning a Canada east coast itinerary around the winter months in Canada (November-April – yes, it can really go that long!), simply because the road conditions could be dangerous.

The Atlantic provinces are famous for their horrible winter storms making a maritime road trip unpleasant. Plus, the ferry to Newfoundland often gets delayed in the winter.

Summertime is the ideal time for a road trip, but it is also the most popular. The shoulder seasons are also great options. During the springtime, you will have fewer tourists and the possibility to see icebergs in Newfoundland.

During autumn, you can see beautiful fall colors, which will make the drive breathtaking, especially on the Cabot Trail. That said, you can expect some cold nights, and even days, if you are visiting the East coast during October.

fall colors on the east coast of canada

Booking A Car Rental for an East Coast Canada Road Trip

If you’re booking a car rental for your road trip around the east coast, make sure you do early. Car rentals do book up in the summertime (especially if you’re picking it up in Newfoundland)!

I use and love Rentalcars.com , which searches local and international providers to find you the best deal. Plus, you can buy insurance directly through them, so you’re fully protected!

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Essential Items For an East Canada Road Trip

For your Eastern Canada trip, don’t forget to bring these items with you.

  • Parks Canada Discovery Pass  – This will get you unlimited admission for 12 months at over 80 parks across Canada. This may be worth it if you plan to visit a lot of the national parks.
  • Insect Repellant – they are fierce in the summertime!
  • Road trip snacks
  • Canadian cash  – Most places accept major credit cards and debit but in smaller communities, you may find places that only accept cash. Bring Canadian dollars as these places will probably not exchange American money.
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Canada Road Map
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blankets and Pillows – it gets cold in Canada, even in the summertime! You never know when those will come in handy.
  • Audiobooks for the road. I love  Audible   for this.
  • A  car charger   for charging your devices
  • A GPS  or download Google offline maps for your phone. Many rural places you will be driving through in Canada do not have cell phone reception.

FAQ: East Coast Canada Road Trip

Where should i go on the east coast of canada.

There are so many places to visit on Canada’s east coast! Some of the best places are Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Gros Morne National Park, and Fundy National Park – check this guide for more information.

What is East Coast Canada known for?

It’s known for its friendly locals, fantastic seafood, incredible whale watching, the Atlantic Ocean, and beautiful landscapes.

Is Eastern Canada worth visiting?

Absolutely! While many people overlook the east coast for the Rockies, they are two completely different experiences. The east coast of Canada has some of the most breathtaking scenery in Canada, along with fantastic cuisine, friendly people, and endless outdoor adventure.

How long do you need to travel the East Coast Canada?

The duration of the East Coast Canada trip depends on your itinerary and interests. A minimum of 1-2 weeks is recommended to cover key highlights, but longer trips allow for a more immersive experience.

How to plan an East Coast Canada road trip?

To plan an Atlantic road trip, start by deciding on your must-visit destinations (read this post), create a flexible itinerary, book accommodations in advance during peak seasons, and ensure your vehicle is in good condition for the journey.

Where is the best place in East Coast of Canada?

The East Coast of Canada is filled with amazing places, but Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia is often considered among the best destinations due to its stunning landscapes.

Is it worth going to Nova Scotia?

Yes, Nova Scotia is definitely worth visiting. It boasts a beautiful coastline, rich maritime heritage, charming towns, and numerous outdoor activities that make it a captivating destination.

How long should you spend on PEI?

To fully experience Prince Edward Island, it’s recommended to spend at least 2-3 days. This allows time to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, scenic drives, and cultural attractions.

What is the largest city on East Coast of Canada?

The largest city on the East Coast of Canada is Halifax, which is the capital of Nova Scotia.

What cities are in East Coast Canada?

The East Coast of Canada includes cities such as Halifax (Nova Scotia), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Fredericton (New Brunswick), and others, each offering its own unique charm and attractions.

Final thoughts: Road Trip East Coast of Canada

Embarking on a road trip along Canada’s East Coast is an adventure filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty, captivating history, and warm hospitality.

From the vibrant city life of Halifax to the rugged coastline of Newfoundland, this journey promises to be an unforgettable experience for any traveler.

As you traverse the scenic highways, immerse yourself in the rich maritime culture, savor the freshest seafood, and engage with the welcoming locals who make this region truly special.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie looking for culinary delights, the East Coast of Canada has something to offer everyone.

Allow the beauty of the coastal vistas, the charm of the small towns, and the tranquility of the Atlantic waves to leave a lasting impression on your heart. Happy travels!

Planning a trip to the east coast of Canada? Check out these posts!

The Best Things to Do in Bonavista Newfoundland

The Best Things to Do in Bonavista Newfoundland

landscape photo of the town of witless bay with the ecological reserve in the distance

11 Stunning Places on the Irish Loop Newfoundland

How to Plan a Newfoundland Road Trip Itinerary

How to Plan a Newfoundland Road Trip Itinerary

Unique Places To Stay In Newfoundland

Unique Places To Stay In Newfoundland

A Perfect Cabot Trail Itinerary in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

A Perfect Cabot Trail Itinerary in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Where To Stay In Halifax Nova Scotia

Where To Stay In Halifax Nova Scotia

The Best Places to Stay on the Cabot Trail

The Best Places to Stay on the Cabot Trail

5 Best Places for Sea Kayaking in Newfoundland

5 Best Places for Sea Kayaking in Newfoundland

A Perfect One to Three Day Halifax Itinerary

A Perfect One to Three Day Halifax Itinerary

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Thankyou for this detailed itinerary! My sisters and I are planning an east coast road trip (around 19 days) next fall and the information you’ve provided is awesome.

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Hi, How long did this trip take you? Thanks for all the intel!

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Thank you for all of your excellent suggestions. We are planning an Eastern Canada road trip for September 2024. We are looking forward to the scenery, food and activities. We will be driving up from Louisiana and plan two weeks. Will there be plenty of options for decent hotel accommodations? Thank you!

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Yes, there are many great hotels along this route that I have suggested.

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Hi Lora, My 2 friends and myself would like to take a road trip for about 2 weeks next year (2023) to the East Coast and visit all four(4) lovely provinces. We all work together in the hospital and after the last couple years (with the COVID Pandemic) we all decided we REALLY need a break and a nice vacation. This road trip has been on our bucket list for quite a while now. We are hoping to save enough money by next year to do this amazing trip. A trip to be remembered!!!! Questions: (1) to visit all those wonderful places you mentioned and stay in nice B&B’s in all 4 provinces and really spend time with all the wonderful folks out East. Approx $$ for each person with our own single rooms. Just an approx $$. We will not hold you to that $$, just wondering and hoping we can make the trip re: our budget. (2) Approx in gas? (3) Do we stay in a motel/hotel/B&B along the way? Would you be able to plan our trip for us and do the bookings at the B&B or hotels? (4) We are thinking in May/June? Would you recommend those months? Oh … I should mention, we all live in the GTA area in Ontario and will be leaving from there. We are planning to rent a vehicle. Please help us make this trip a “dream come true” Thank You Lora!! :-))

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Thanks for this info Lora! I am going to use this when I cycle and driveEast in a few days. All the best to you!

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travelling in an RV, my main concern is heading over to NL, will the ferry take an RV, and any good parks in NL stay? And is the ferry wheel chair accessable?

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Hello! And thank you for such detailed info for the East Coast .My husband and I are planning a short 9-10 day road trip to east coast. this coming week. We were planning to drive straight to New Brunswick. Any suggestions on where to go for camping that I don’t have to make reservation? possibly in the Saint John, we’re planning to go all the way to Nova Scotia with this 9 days trip. Please let me know just the important places that we should see. Hope you can help. Thanks in advance……..

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Hi Lora, Thanks for such a wonderful travel guide. I am planning a road trip from Toronto to St. Johns or NFL by end of June. I will be traveling with family including Kids. I will leave the city on Thursday evening and so far I am planning the following Thursday | Home->Montreal Friday | Montreal->New Brunswick Saturday |New Brunswick->North Sydney, NS Sunday 7 AM | Channel-Port aux Basques, New FoudnLand Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday (11 AM Ferry) | Channel-Port aux Basques->North Sydney, NS B2A 3V2 Friday | North Sydney, NS-> Moncton, New Brunswick Saturday | Qubic City Sunday | Home (Pickering)

So I will have a total of 5 days in NFL and I need your help to plan these 5 days (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). We both can drive so driving is not an issue. We are interested in Whale watching and icebergs if still, we can see them.

Please guide me how I should plan these 5 days.

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Hi Lora, I’m curious about your quoted time of 2 hours from Hopewell Rocks to Moncton? Google maps says it is a 30 minute drive, and now I’m worried I’m missing something? Thank you

Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for your comment. You are right, it’s just over half an hour to get between them so that was just an error on my part. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, it’s been fixed!

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Do you have any other whale watching recommendations? We will only have a week with our 3 kids and are thinking of flying in to NB from Toronto to save time on the drive through Ontario & Quebec. We will likely just end up doing NB and PEI…maybe NS…think we’ll have time?

There is good whale-watching in New Brunswick by Saint Andrews by-the-sea! One week is enough to visit them but it will be rushed. I would spend at least half the week in Nova Scotia!

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This is great – I may have missed this and will re-read your post, but how long did it take you to road trip across the east coast and as woman would you safe it is safe if I do it alone? Thanks for sharing this post and it is really very intresting east coast Canada road trip.

I’ve done it many times as short as 3 days to as long as 3 weeks, it just depends on how much you want to see! Yes, the east coast is extremely safe to travel I’ve done it solo many times.

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Great article! I am planning about a 2 1/2 month trip for next summer and hoping to hit most of what you suggested. We will be traveling with a truck and trailer from about mid June to early September. Based on weather and crowds, I have two questions for you. Any idea for camping if reservations will be needed for National or provincial parks? And what would be your suggested order for the provinces coming from Maine? Was thinking of NB, NF, NS then PEI? Thanks, great article!

Hi Darlene, if you’re planning to visit the parks over the long weekends (Canada day, the first weekend of August, and labor day), I would make reservations as they can get really busy then. Otherwise, a few days in advance should be fine and the provincial parks usually have walk-in space (national ones can get busier in the summer). The order you suggested sounds perfect to me!

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In the middle of October, are leaves still on trees on the east coast in NB and NS?

Yes they should be!

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Hello and thank you for sharing your experiences. I’m planning a last minute roadtrip the first three weeks of Sept 2021.

I’m looking at starting from TORONTO and making my way out EAST and then driving back of course. Will be using personal vehicle and travelling with my spouse ( no kids )

Any recommendations itinerary wise ? I believe 3 weeks should be enough time to see and do a fair amount.

Thank you in advance for your time

3 weeks is enough time to see all four provinces! I would spend a week in Newfoundland, one in Nova Scotia and the other split between PEI and New Brunswick.

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Hi Lora, thanks a lot for this information – it already helps me a lot 🙂 I will go to Canada in October and will spend there 4 weeks. I would have more time, but I think, it would get cold in November. What would you think? Yes it really depends on mother nature … 🙂

As the temperature is getting low during my trip from beginning October till end of October, could you recommend me a good starting point? Is it better to start in Toronto or in Newfoundland? Or doesn´t it make a difference?

I will come from a one-month-trip in Iceland, so I would get used somehow to colder weather, but maybe you have some advice for me ? 🙂

Hi! So glad you found the post helpful. It can definitely be cold in Atlantic Canada by November – even in October! It stays warmer in Ontario longer (I’ve experienced 20+ degree at end of October in Toronto), so I would actually start in Newfoundland and end in Toronto to make the most of the weather 🙂

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Thanks so much for this perfect article, I’m planning for a small group 17 people 1st time ever driving from Toronto to Atlantic. This article perfectly giving me all ideas we can explore. Thanks

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Thanks so much for your nice comment! I’m so glad you found it helpful.

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Hi Lora, great article. We are thinking of taking a 2 week family road trip this summer from Toronto, do you think that’s enough time to explore the east coast? Thx

Thanks! Two weeks is absolutely enough time – there’s an example two week itinerary in the guide 🙂

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Hi Lora, Excellent presentation and very nicely explained all relevant issues for travelling. I have sent you an email also seperately for guidance but I know you are very busy. In fact I want to visit Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI with a friend from Brampton. We will fly from Toronto to Sydney and back from Halifax. We will get a car rental for visiting other provinces. My preference is Cabot trail and other areas to be covered in 8 days. Kindly guide.

Hi, I would spend at least 2-3 days to drive the Cabot Trail – it’s so scenic you’ll want time to stop and soak it in. PEI is a very small province, you could see a lot in just two days. If you take the bridge from New Brunswick you’ll be close to Moncton, although I personally prefer Fredericton. It’s worth spending a day or two in Halifax as well, but that’s about all you could fit in!

Hi Lora, we are planning to visit Atlantic from Aug 14-Aug22(must be back to Toronto Aug 22), we are planning to stay 1 night in Quebec for example leaving Toronto to Quebec city on Saturday Aug 14 morning, stay a night in Quebec, then leave Quebec around afternoon Sunday, please advise the next beautiful stop we should stay for 1 or 2 nights? group of 20 people 8 kids ranging from 3-11 years old. Thanks so much

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Thanks for so much great info! We are planning an -unfortunately- fairly rushed road trip in our camper van next month. Leaving from Muskoka on the 19th and we have to be home on the 29th. Staying near Quebec City the first night, somewhere close-ish to Fredericton the second night, then the weekend visiting friends in PEI. Monday morning we will board the ferry to NS and do a couple days on Cape Breton Island. We pretty much have to start heading towards Ontario on Thursday, or at the very latest, Friday. Two questions: 1) Is it fairly easy to “free camp” in PEI and Nova Scotia, or do we really need to book campsites? We are self-sufficient with a solar fridge, stove and composting toilet in a 19′ van. 2) If we do Cape Breton (Cabot Trail) over Monday-Tuesday, what’s the #1 thing you’d suggest for Wednesday/Thursday? Do we go west to Halifax/Lunenberg area? My concern is we might be burnt out from driving so much, but we also want to make the most of our time out there. Leaving from Halifax instead of closer to NB means a few extra hours of driving overall. I have been to Halifax/Peggy’s Cove/Lunenberg but my partner has not. Thanks in advance!

Hi Ashley, I have only camped at campsites but if you are a resident of Canada and self-sufficient you could camp on crown land for up to 21 days. I’m sure there is lots of it there, but I’m not an expert in this area.

If you have been to Halifax/Lunenberg and don’t want to add on the extra driving I would just stay on Cape Breton Island. Two days isn’t a lot of time there, the cabot trail is so beautiful I spent a week on it! Inverness or Baddeck are two nice spots on either side of where it starts. I am not super familiar with the part of Nova Scotia between Halifax and Cape Breton Island so can’t make specific recommendations for there, but I think you could easily spend more than two days in Cape Breton and enjoy yourself!

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Hi Lora, thank you for all the information you have provided. We are from Alberta and have planned to visit the East Coast Aug 26 – Sept 7th and hoping to see highlights in all provinces. Will check out your article on vaccination status for all provinces. Quick question – is it worth the long drive from Montreal to New Brunswick or should we fly? Thanks for any info you can provide.

If you are flying anyway I would just go to New Brunswick. Montreal is a great city and Quebec City is a nice stop along the way but if you are limited on time and want to see all four provinces it’s better to just fly.

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Hi Lora, Thank you so much for this great article. I would love to start planning a short east coast trip to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and PEI at the end of august (August 19-29). I live in Ontario. Do you maybe have any more specific information about the border restrictions for people from other provinces? Thank you!

Hi Cloe, I just updated the article with the latest information. Border restrictions depend on your vaccination status – fully vaccinated travelers can visit all four provinces, but you will have to apply for a PEI Pass for PEI.

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This is great – I may have missed this and will re-read your post, but how long did it take you to road trip across the east coast and as woman would you safe it is safe if I do it alone? Thanks.

I’ve done it in as little as 3 days and as long as a month! It really depends on how much you want to see but I’d recommend at least one to two weeks. It is safe to travel there as a woman alone – I did last summer! Atlantic Canadians are extremely friendly and helpful 🙂

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Hi, thank you for all of the info. Ten of us rented an RV and have booked our trip for Sept 3-10. We want to eat fish, do a lot of water activities and sightseeing. Since we have only a week and have no wish to see Montreal. Can you help me choose best places. We are from Toronto and are so tired of being on lockdown.

Hi! Without stopping somewhere in Quebec it will be a long drive to New Brunswick (14 hours) but doable if you guys don’t mind a long day of driving. I would recommend spending most of your time in Nova Scotia by the coast, they have tons of water activities and delicious seafood.

Hello Lora! Your blog is so informative and what beautiful pictures! I want to plan an East Coast trip this summer but I’m waiting (and hoping) for some travel restrictions to loosen up so we can visit from Ontario. If not, then I will save this information for 2022! I have a question for you. I know you said that Newfoundland shouldn’t be missed but we only have 3 weeks and when I followed most of your itinerary that didn’t leave me much time for Newfoundland. Is there a place for whale watching in the other 3 provinces?

Thanks so much! Yes for sure, there are lots of places to go whale watching on the East Coast. You can go in St. Andrews by-the-sea in New Brunswick, as well as Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I do think Newfoundland is the best place for it though! Really hope you can make it out to the east coast this summer!

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This is very informative.

Was just wondering if you could suggest a perfect Canada East Coast road trip itinerary with RV Camper that last up to 16 days (3 adults)? I have seen and read many but l just don’t know how to manage that. The idea is to do a road trip from Montréal – Nova Scotia (16 days) or just Nova Scotia (16 days) suggesting probably “must see” places and camping possibilities. The road trip is planned for next year 2021 summer (hopefully by then the pandemic is under control). Wouldn’t mind if you can email me your ideas also per email.

Thanks for your time.

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Hi Mitch. You can definitely plan a great road trip from Montreal to Nova Scotia with 16 days. You’ll have to drive through New Brunswick anyway so I suggest spending a night or two there on the way and back. Fundy national park is a great place to visit! That should still leave you with 10 or more full days in Nova Scotia, so for the rest of your itinerary, it depends on what you are interested in seeing. I love Cape Breton island for the Cabot Trail, I’d recommend 3-5 days to do that. The Halifax area is great too, and there are a lot of fun day trips to small towns you can take from there.

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Hi Lora, Thank you for such an informative post! You’ve helped me narrow down most of the places I wanted to go as I’m currently planning an Eastern road trip! I wanted to know what your estimated budget was for the entire trip, if you don’t mind my asking. Thank you again 🙂

That’s awesome, glad to hear! That’s so variable depending on how long your trip is, if you’re renting a car, camping or staying in hotels, solo etc. If you give me more details I can try and help!

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I live in Vancouver and have never been to the east coast so this is all high on my bucketlist! Looks beautiful 🙂

Vancouver is a beautiful spot too!! Hope you can visit the East Coast sometime 🙂

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I love all those rugged coastal views with the reflections in the waters and the lighthouses. I already love the West side of Canada, but I do really like the idea of exploring the Eastern coast as well. It looks like SUCH a fantastic area to hike, and then eat icecream.

p.s. My mum loves Anne of Green Gables…I wonder if telling her that would be a good way to lure her to Canada!? 😉

I love the West coast of Canada too, but the East coast is a completely different experience! Haha I think that would definitely get her there if PEI is on the itinerary!

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This is a very informative guide. Definitely will refer to it in future when I go.

Glad you found it helpful! 🙂

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Yay for road tripping! I haven’t had a chance to explore too much of Canada but would love to someday! I wanna visit the national parks!

Hope you can someday! We are lucky to have so many beautiful national parks 🙂

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Your photos alone make me want to pack a bag and hit the road! I’d love to do a coastal drive of Eastern Canada and PEI has always been on my radar!

Happy to hear that!! PEI is gorgeous, hope you can visit sometime!

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Without a doubt, Canada is not only the second-largest country in the world but also home to some of the friendliest people, the cleanest cities, the most beautiful landscapes, and the best maple syrup. The country’s endless expanses, glittering lakes, and high mountains emit a feeling of peace and freedom. An Eastern Canada road trip offers the perfect combination of vibrant cities and a glimpse of the country’s great outdoors. Along the journey, you will explore multicultural cities, hike in national parks, drive through charming little towns, admire the famous Niagara Falls, and much more. With the biggest airport in Canada, Toronto is the ideal starting point for touring Eastern Canada, especially if you are arriving from New York City . But if you are flying to Montreal or want to start the road trip somewhere else along the route, that is perfectly fine as well.

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How to get around and when is the best time for an eastern canada road trip.

In my opinion, the best option to explore Canada’s East at your own pace is to rent a car . Even though there are some good train connections in Canada between the main cities, a rental car allows you to be more flexible and explore not only the big cities but also the great outdoors. If you are starting your route at the airport or train station of Toronto or Montreal, it should be no problem to rent a car. There are also many online car rental options , so you can easily book the car before arriving.

In general, summer is the best time for outdoor activities in most parts of Canada. Especially in the regions of Ottawa and Quebec City, it can get really freezing in October and November already. Therefore, I would suggest avoiding the months from November to April if you want to do a lot of outdoor activities on your road trip.

Eastern Canada Road Trip Route

There are many different options for an Eastern Canada road trip. Below you can see the route and places that I have included and can recommend. As for me, I started in Toronto and drove clockwise. Since most international flights are arriving in either Toronto or Montreal , I would suggest starting in one of these cities and choosing the direction that best suits you.

2-Week Itinerary for an Eastern Canada Road Trip

The best way to start your road trip is to spend around 3 days in Toronto – Canada’s largest city. The metropolis with the unmistakable CN Tower is located directly on Lake Ontario and offers great attractions for its visitors every season. Take a stroll at the colorful harbourfront on Lake Ontario, and enjoy the wonderful views from the top of the CN Tower. Do not miss visiting the government buildings, the many boutiques in the Eaton Center, and the Rogers Centre. In the evening, I would suggest taking a short boat trip to the Toronto Islands . The view of the Toronto Skyline at sunset is breathtaking! If you need more inspiration on things to do and see in Toronto, then make sure to check out my ultimate Toronto Bucket List or book a Toronto Downtown walking tour .

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2. Niagara Falls

Once in this part of Canada, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls, a truly impressive natural phenomenon. They consist of three separate waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. From Toronto, it takes you less than 2 hours to the waterfalls. For this short drive, I would recommend taking the route via the historic and picturesque little village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Once arrive at Niagara Falls, it is worthwhile to walk up the Skylon Tower to enjoy the view from the top! If you want to get as close as possible to the waterfalls, you can also book a Maid of the Mist boat tour (be prepared to get wet).

3. Collingwood/ Tobermory

The small port town of Collingwood, which is located on South Georgian Bay on Lake Huron , can be reached after another 2.5 hours. Even though Collingwood is a small place itself, the surroundings have something to offer to everyone. You can either relax at the beach, rent a bike, or go hiking in the Blue Mountains. In winter, they are the perfect place for winter sports. When in Collingwood, I would suggest visiting Tobermory as well. Tobermory is the “scuba diving capital of the world” as many shipwrecks lay in the surrounding waters. Even though it’s a small city, there are several things to do in Tobermory . In the East is the Bruce Peninsula National Park and to the north is the Fathom Five National Marine Park. As you can see – a paradise for outdoor lovers!

4. Algonquin National Park

The next stop along the road trip is the charming town of Huntsville – the gate to the famous Algonquin National Park. You can reach Huntsville after a 2-hour drive from Collingwood. An overnight stay can be planned here so that you can take a rest and visit the park the next morning. The Algonquin Provincial Park amazes with its spectacular landscape and is a true outdoor paradise in Eastern Canada. Especially in autumn, the park shows its full beauty through the changing leaves and the deep sun that glitters on the lakes. With over 2,400 lakes and countless trees, Algonquin is the largest national park in the province of Ontario . Many hiking trails with different levels of difficulty and beautiful viewpoints invite you to go hiking and enjoy the great outdoors. During summertime, it is also possible to go mountain biking or rent canoes.

The next stop on the route, which you will reach after 3.5 hours, is Ottawa – Canada’s capital . On the way to the city, you will pass many small lakes and stunning landscapes. Ottawa has a charming and nostalgic flair and owns many beautiful parks, trendy restaurants as well as numerous interesting museums. Separated by the Ottawa River , English is spoken in one half of the city and French in the other. The best places to visit are the Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill, the National Gallery, the Rideau Canal as well as the ByWard Market. Take part in a Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour to explore the best Ottawa has to offer. If you are interested in Canadian history, culture, and politics – Ottawa is the place to go!

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6. Mont Tremblant

It only takes about 2.5 hours from Ottawa to Mont Tremblant. The Maurice region extends from the banks of the Saint Lawrence Stream to the heart of the subarctic forest. Thanks to the beauty of nature, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities. In summer, you can go horse riding, swimming, hiking, or canoeing in the Mont Tremblant National Park (check out this list of activities ). The ski area is also one of the best in Canada and attracts many visitors during the winter. In my opinion, Mont-Tremblant is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors and to take a rest before exploring the next two cities along the road trip.

7. Quebec City

From the beautiful surroundings of the Maurice region, you will then drive to Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec (3-4 hours). Quebec City is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in North America and emits a European charm. I would recommend taking a nice stroll through the old town and enjoying a typical French dinner in one of the cozy restaurants. Moreover, you should visit the magical Chateau Frontenac – the city’s landmark and UNESCO-declared jewel of the Heritage of Humanity. If you have more than one day in Quebec City , a trip to the Ile d’Orleons in the St. Lawrence River and a stop at the Montmorency Falls (which are even higher than Niagara Falls) are worthwhile as well. There is also the possibility to do a whale-watching tour a bit further north of Québec City – a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

8. Montréal

On your way to Montréal (about 2,5 hours), you will pass many small villages of the province Québec with a wonderful French flair. Montreal is the largest city in Québec and 3.8 million people from all over the world make Montréal a melting pot of different cultures. In addition to the outstanding gastronomy, numerous museums, and festivals, Montréal is home to the most important sights from the old and new world. The historic old town (Vieux-Montréal) and the lively center with its modern business districts invite you to take a walking tour .

The Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal from 1829, which is located in the heart of the old town, is a true masterpiece of architecture. Make sure to walk around the former port, which has been fully restored, as well. You will see, spending one day in Montréal will never get boring! And if you rather want to spend time in nature than in the city, don’t worry! There are several hiking options near Montréal that are just perfect for outdoor-seekers.

9. Kingston

Driving from Montreal to Kingston – the last stop on this epic road trip – takes about 3 hours. The charming city of Kingston has about 137,000 inhabitants and is located directly on Lake Ontario. Kingston is especially popular among students because of the famous Queen’s University ( psst: I was studying there for one term ). But the city is much more than a student city and, therefore, counts as a well-known tourist destination in summer. Especially recommended is a walk in the newly constructed Lake Ontario Park , from which you have a beautiful view of the lake. The city in Eastern Ontario is also popular for its countless cute restaurants, cafes, and little shops in the old town. Kingston is the perfect place to take a little rest between the two turbulent cities of Toronto and Montreal.

10. Back to Toronto

From Kingston, it will take you about 2.5 hours back to Toronto – the starting point of your journey. Whether you are choosing to stay in Toronto for another couple of days, continue your trip, or end your Canada road trip there, I hope you enjoyed (or will enjoy) touring Eastern Canada as much as I did!

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That’s not all of Eastern Canada though – that’s more central-eastern. You’re missing four provinces needed to call this an Eastern Canada tour. 🙂 Best to call this Ontario-Quebec. Hope to see you look a little farther east!

thanks for your comment! Sorry if you’ve been confused by the title of my post. Of course, this is not all of Eastern Canada (I think the map shows that as well) – it’s rather supposed to be a suggestion of a route to take within the Eastern part of Canada. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to explore more of Canada soon and I’m happy to provide more road trip itineraries for this special country in the future (including more provinces) 🙂

I love this article, it’s very informative to me since I am planning to visit Canada very soon all the way from Kenya and probably settle there. lol.. Keep up with amazing work.

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