Eastern Colonial Trail Itinerary
Arrival in Toronto
Arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook at the front desk and check in. The remainder of the day are yours to explore this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy the fine cuisine, varied nightlife and world-class shopping of Toronto. Overnight in Toronto.
With the city at your feet, you can explore the many facets of this world-class destination. Toronto boasts a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighbourhoods. From Chinatown to Little Italy, Greektown on the Danforth to Little Portugal, you'll discover a virtual world within one city. Other highlights of the city included the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Art Museum, the Harbourfront District and the Eaton Centre and underground PATH complex with kilometers of subterranean shops, restaurants and services. Overnight in Toronto.
Toronto to Ottawa (450KM)
Drive east today, following the shoreline of Lake Ontario and pass through the small communities and villages that dot the landscape. The city of Kingston is home to the prestigious Queen's University and is the gateway to the port lands of the beautiful 1000 Islands – a nearly countless collection of small islets grouped over a vast natural waterway. The road turns north along the Rideau Heritage Route in and intermittently follows the Rideau River. The route takes you through riverside towns such as Smiths Falls and Edmond's Lock, many of them with working marine locks allowing boats to traverse from higher to lower river elevations. Arrive in the afternoon in Canada's national capital. Overnight in Ottawa.
Ottawa to Montréal (200 KM) *
Leaving the Capital Region, you will travel eastbound towards the border of Ontario and Quebec following the south shore of the Ottawa River. Crossing the border, you will soon reach the thriving metropolis of Montréal, a city of cultural contrasts and urban elegance. Overnight in Montréal.
* This is the start of the 13-night itinerary
Today you take a fully-narrated tour of Montréal, featuring e a stop at the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica (entrance not included), residential and financial districts, historic Old Montréal, an outside view of the Olympic Complex, the campus of McGill University and the panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. The tour can be considered a complete tour of the city, as it will bring passengers by more than 200 points of interest. Overnight in Montréal.
Montréal to Bar Harbor
Today you leave behind Montréal and travel south en route to the United States border. Travelling through the forests and lake lands of southern Quebec, you cross into New England and the state of Maine. This area boasts many small and medium sized towns that go back to the foundations of the United States and still retain many of the buildings of their colonial past. Arriving on the coast in Bar Harbor, sample some of the unforgettable seafood restaurants that for which the area is famous. Overnight in Bar Harbor.
Today is at leisure to experience the magic of Bar Harbor with its rock-bound coast and soaring granite cliffs. From the stonewall-lined and tree-covered road leading you into the village, to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, the town is surrounded by Acadia National Park. Take some time to wander the quiet streets of the community or enjoy the fresh air rolling off the surf along the beach. Overnight in Bar Harbor.
Bar Harbor to St. Andrews (150KM)
Today you head northeast back towards the Canada / United States border. We suggest taking the coastal highway as it travels through the small fishing communities that dot the rugged coastline. Your route passes near several parks and wildlife preserves such as the Great Wass Island Preserve and the Moosehorn Natural Wildlife Preserve, providing the opportunity for a pleasant photo stop or perhaps a short day hike. After crossing the border, arrive in the quaint village of St. Andrews. Overnight in St. Andrews.
St. Andrew to Saint John (105KM)
Departing St. Andrews, you drive east along the coast of the beautiful Bay of Fundy. Known for its dramatic tides and spectacular rock formations formed over eons of erosion, the highway winds through some of the most picturesque east coast scenery in Canada. Arriving in Saint John where the river of the same name empties into the Atlantic Ocean, you enter a thriving metropolis and place of business that serves the needs of the maritime mainland. Hiking trails often depart direction from the hotels along the coastline, offering a day of adventure. Overnight in Saint John.
Today is at leisure to discover why this bustling city is the center for commerce, arts and culture in New Brunswick. The Imperial Theatre is home to the highly acclaimed Saint John Theatre Company, and the Symphony New Brunswick and hosts a large collection of plays, concerts and other stage productions year round. Uptown art galleries include the Trinity Galleries, Citadel Gallery, Handworks Gallery and the Saint John Arts Centre. Overnight in Saint John.
Saint John to Charlottetown (320KM)
Heading into the interior of New Brunswick before turning east for the coast, get a sense of the endless forests and natural resources that gives the province its immense wealth of raw materials. Passing through Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force.' Near the base of the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island is the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, a community-operated ecotourism and environmental education facility. Cross the 13km long bridge to Canada's smallest province and arrive in the charming city of Charlottetown. Overnight in Charlottetown.
Charlottetown to Miramichi (265KM)
Enjoy a leisurely morning amidst the lush surroundings of central Prince Edward Island before crossing back to the mainland over the Confederation Bridge. Continuing up the Northumberland Coast, you may wish to stop and visit the Kouchibouguac National Park - a fascinating mosaic of bogs, salt marshes, tidal rivers, sparkling freshwater systems, sheltered lagoons, abandoned fields and tall forests. 25 kilometres of shifting sand are home to harbour and grey seals that frolic in the sunshine on the dunes. Arrive in the small town of Miramichi at the headwaters of the Miramichi River. Overnight in Miramichi.
Activity:En route to Miramichi, stop at the small village of Acadieville for a unique Bear Safari. This excursion allows participants to watch and photograph black bears from the safety of an 8m observation tower while the bears feed and interact in their natural environment. A shuttle takes you from the parking area through areas frequented by bears, offering a first opportunity to see these incredible animals in the wild. A knowledgeable interpretive guide accompanies the 2 hour tour and also interacts with these majestic creatures. A light refreshment is also included with the tour.
Miramichi to Caraquet (115KM)
Continuing up the coast of the Gulf of Lawrence, you pass through a pristine landscape with few communities to interrupt the serenity of the coastal wilderness. Passing to the west of the remote and sparsely inhabited Miscou Island, you arrive in Chaleur Bay, a popular destination for marine and wildlife enthusiasts. You pay a visit to the Acadian Historic Museum, recalling the life of the Acadian population from 1770 to 1949. More than 40 historic buildings, occupied and animated by interpreters in period costumes, give an impression of going back in time on a journey through history. Overnight in Caraquet.
Caraquet to Edmundston (370KM)
Travelling along the south shores of Chaleur Bay, you journey into the heart of New Brunswick and its deep forests and largely untouched wilderness. Small towns like St. Quentin offer a glimpse into the rural lifestyle of the province before arriving in Edmundston at the gates of Les Jardins des Republique Provincial Park. Overnight in Edmundston.
Edmundston to Quebec City (320KM)
The towns and villages such as Riviere-du-Loup, Saint Pascale and Montmagny have grown up along the banks of the river and reflect a rich 300 year history. The cultures of these community are the legacy of both French and English empires during the country's formative years. Arrive in Quebec City, the cultural heart of French Canada where francophone heritage is proudly displayed through incredible architecture and meticulously maintained historic sites. Overnight in Quebec City.
Activity:Embark on a tour providing a comprehensive orientation of historic and modern Quebec City. You will see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and other points of interest within Quebec City. Afterwards, see Canada's oldest city from the deck of a cruise boat on the St. Lawrence River. As you cruise along the shoreline, a guide relates the story of “New France” and tells you about the origins of Quebec's most famous landmarks.
Enjoy a day strolling through the pedestrian-friendly streets of North America's only walled city and discover why this city is a favourite destination with a wide variety of activities and captivating points of interest. The city is the heart of the 'Gourmet Trail', featuring restaurants, bistros and grilles preparing delicious ‘nouveau Françoise' cuisine or delicacies from Asia, Eurasia, Europe, North Africa and around the globe. You may chose to visit the Old Port Market that always has a large variety of seasonal foodstuffs or produce for sale with quality and freshness second to none. The port is located right beside the summer docks, berthing personal and commercial sailing vessels from all over the world. Overnight in Quebec City.
End of Tour
Today your package comes to an end as you proceed to either Quebec City or Montréal international airport for your flight home.