|1||Arrival in Halifax|
|2||Excursion to Peggy's Cove|
|3||Halifax → Prince Edward Island||331 km|
|4||Excursion to Cavendish (1:15 round trip)|
|5||Prince Edward Island → Moncton||164 km|
|6||Excursion to the Bay of Fundy (2:15 round trip)|
|7||Moncton → Kouchibouguac National Park||95 km|
|8||Kouchibouguac National Park → Acadie||161 km|
|9||Acadie → Baie des Chaleurs||211 km|
|10||Baie des Chaleurs → Bic National Park||200 km|
|11||Bic National Park|
|12||Bic National Park → Bas St-Laurent||147 km|
|13||Bas St-Laurent → Quebec City||200 km|
|14||Quebec City → Montreal||250 km|
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Welcome to Nova Scotia and one of the largest natural harbours in the world: Halifax
Halifax is easy to explore on foot. Considered to be the capital of Atlantic Canada, it has all the charms of an historic city with its tree-lined avenues and elegant 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
Soak up the sea air with a walk along the harbourfront, with its boardwalks bustling with activity.
Nova Scotia has more lighthouses than any other province in Canada.
So it is only natural that your first destination is Peggy's Cove lighthouse. This iconic structure, rising from a rugged granite outcropping and often shrouded in fog, is one of the best-known lighthouses in the world.
Your route continues to the charming British colonial town of Lunenburg.
In addition to being the home port of the legendary Bluenose II, Lunenburg is one of only 2 towns in North America that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the other being Quebec City.
Return to Halifax at the end of the day.
Today the adventure leads to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and the "cradle of Canada". To reach the island you will take the 12.9 km-long Confederation Bridge, linking PEI to the continent since 1997.
What about starting your visit with a walk along the harbourfront?
Have a drink or a bite to eat with live jazz music on the charming pedestrian street of Victoria Row. In the evening, its ambiance is magical and a seafood meal, served by candlelight under large umbrellas, is highly recommended!
After dark, you will have the chance to take in Charlottetown's vibrant arts scene. A number of pubs offer a lively maritime atmosphere, complete with traditional Celtic music acts.
Treat yourselves to a relaxing day in the Cavendish sector of Prince Edward Island National Park. You can relax on one of the beautiful beaches or admire the panoramic coastal views as you stroll along the Homestead Trail.
Be sure to take the Gulf Shore Parkway along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the edge of the national park: with its red sandstone cliffs, white sandy beaches, dunescapes and farmland vistas, the landscapes are simply stunning.
Return to Charlottetown at the end of the day.
Next you head for New Brunswick, where you pay a visit to Shediac, a charming corner of paradise by the sea.
You will definitely want to try the lobster at one of the town's famous seafood restaurants. After all, in addition to its many boutiques and art galleries, Shediac is known as the lobster capital of the world.
And who could resist the temptation to be photographed with the largest lobster in the world, yet another world-famous attraction!
You spent the night in Moncton.
This morning's destination is the Bay of Fundy: get ready for one of the natural wonders of the world! The spectacular tides and unique coastal landscape will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip.
To truly appreciate the magnitude of the tides, pay a visit to Hopewell Rocks. Once there, imagine yourself at low tide, walking around the base of these gigantic rock formations sculpted by tidal erosion into the shape of flowerpots... and, 6 hours later, paddling a kayak in the same location. Will you give it a try?
You return to Moncton for the night.
Your aventure continues in Kouchibouguac National Park. This park, which is made up of barrier islands, dunes, forests, lagoons and salt marshes, offers some of the the warmest salt water beaches north of Virginia.
Before exploring the park, stop at the Visitor Reception Centre and talk to the staff. They will be able to suggest a panoply of activities: a stroll along the immense sand dunes, an afternoon at the beach, bird watching... and even stargazing!
Today you delve into the heart of Acadie, abounding with exceptional natural treasures such as Miscou Island, Lamèque Island and sand dunes.
Here you will meet the Acadian people: warm, authentic and inviting, they are always willing to share their cuisine, their traditions, their francophone culture and their history.
The spirit of Acadian celebration is ever present: don't hesitate if you have the chance to attend any Acadian gatherings or festivals!
You spend the night in the resolutely Acadian town of Caraquet. This small coastal town lies on the shore of Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Before leaving New Brunswick, plan to stop at Village Historique Acadien, an historical reconstruction that portrays the way of life of Acadians between 1770 and 1939.
Interpreters in period costumes provide a warm welcome, bringing traditional crafts and customs to life in authentic historical buildings. Each of the inhabitants has a story to tell!
Then you set course for Quebec and southern Gaspesie. While you are in the area, take the opportunity to climb Mount St-Joseph, silent witness to the history of the earth and the human race.
Today you set out for the majestic St. Lawrence River, taking the scenic route through the Matapedia Valley.
Welcome to a region that enchants visitors with its calm landscapes and its rich architectural and historical heritage.
DAY 11 - Bic National Park
Today you have 2 options: to discover Québec's backcountry in all of its splendour, including fishing or beaver watching, or to explore Bic National Park.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, this national park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
And why not have a picnic at Cap-à-l'Orignal? The view of the St. Lawrence is sure to impress.
Today's destination is Bas St-Laurent, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a region known for its picturesque villages, such as Kamouraska.
Here, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Bas St-Laurent region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
Today you set a course for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Once you reach Quebec City, take some time to explore the city and its many historic sites, such as Place Royale, Petit Champlain, Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is not without regret that you leave the historic and charming Quebec City.
Now for the last - but not least - stage of your adventure in Eastern Canada: Montreal.
Like any great city, this sprawling francophone metropolis has 1001 attractions to offer visitors. Take the opportunity to experience the rhythm of its 5 main neighbourhoods: the Plateau Mont Royal, Old Montreal, Downtown, the Latin Quarter and Mont Royal Park.