So we went for it, we decided to take the journey 6,000 kilometres from Ontario all the way to Nova Scotia. There is no better time then summer to take a journey across Canada in your vehicle and thats exactly what we did. We set out on a 7 day road trip starting in Quebec, then heading to New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and back to Montreal. We aimed to hit all of the tourist spots and take in as much beauty as we could! If you are planning on an east coast road trip or a road trip in general I encourage you to read on!
If you are planning to do the same trip or any road trip, plan it out! Unless you are experienced road tripper with an unlimited amount of time, then make sure you plan out each day.
Day One: Barrie, ON – La Maurice, Quebec
During our road trip we camped most of the way to stay organized and save a bit of money on travel and food costs. La Maurice is a national campground situated just a few hours outside of Quebec City. It was by far my favourite campground out of them all as the drive to the actual campsite was beautiful and the campground itself was very clean and the people were very friendly.
Day Two: La Maurice, Quebec – Saint Quentin, New Brunswick
At the start of the second day we decided to make a stop in Quebec city as neither of us had been before, it was a gloomy day but it was worth the side trip. We went and visited the Chateau Frontenac, got some poutine (I got a veggie burger), drank some coffee and took in the scenery. After we had left Quebec City we headed on to Saint Quentin, New Brunswick. This was our next stop for the evening at the provincial park of Mount Carleton. This spot has a vast array of hiking trails, views and is close to our next stop Shediac.
Day Three: Saint – Quentin, New Brunswick – Cheti camp, Nova Scotia
During our drive to our next destination we made a pit stop in Shediac, New Brunswick. Shediac is well known as they have one of the largest lobsters in the world, they are also well known for their lobster rolls and beaches.
My boyfriend got a lobster roll, we stopped at parlee beach provincial park for some rock collecting and we moved on. Our next drive was a long stretch to Cheticamp. Cheticamp is situated in Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail which is where we stayed for the next two days.
Day Four: Cape Breton
On day four we stayed on the cabot trail once again in Cape Breton as there is so much to see and this destination deserves at least two days. Driving the cabot trail is so much fun on its own let alone all the amazing hiking trails and beautiful scenery that is out there. This is a spot that should be on everyones bucket list. When you go to the cabot trail make sure that you hike the skyline trail it is the most popular trail out of all of them and when you hike it you will know why. The view, the animals, the fresh ocean air, it was nothing I had experienced before.
Day Five: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Unfortunately we had to move on from Cape Breton, which was one of my favourite parts of the whole trip. We were off to our next destination, Halifax. We knew there would be a lot we wanted to see and do so we got up early and headed on the road. First we stopped in Lunenburg to check out this historic little town filled with so much history, shopping and great little eating spots. We made our next stop at Peggys Cove which is obviously one to see on everyones list and it stood up to its name. One of the most beautiful towns and sights I have ever seen. Then after our day of adventure we were off to downtown Halifax. Fortunately this was one of the nights we actually had a hotel, we stayed at a bed and breakfast downtown called commons inn. It wasn’t the most pleasant of rooms but it was only for one night and was a 15 minute walk to downtown so no complaining there! I did some research and found an amazing vegan restaurant right near our inn which was called EnVie a Vegan. It was so delicious and a nice change of pace from veggie dogs and hamburgers. After that we went downtown to a bar called the lower deck, met some nice Nova Scotians, danced to keltic music and had a great night. One for the books!
Day Six: Halifax, Nova Scotia – Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
For our last day out east we were staying at Fundy National park and we had to make this stat a quick one. We set up camp, woke up early and went for a hike along dickson falls. It was a quick hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end of it. Our next journey for the day was driving from New Brunswick back to Montreal, Quebec.
Day Seven: Fundy National Park, New Brunswick – Montreal, Quebec
After our 10 hour drive to Montreal we were in another hotel for the night. We decided to tour around old Montreal and find another vegan restaurant that I could drag my boyfriend too (he actually loves vegan restaurants). We found a trendy spot in old Montreal called LOV, if you’re in the area I highly recommend you check it out. This spot had a lot of options for both vegans and vegetarians at a reasonable price but if you do decide to go make sure you make a reservation! We took it easy for our night in Montreal as the next morning we made a quick stop in Ottawa to visit the parliament hill and then headed home to Barrie.
All in all our trip was amazing and one of the best adventures I have had thus far. I missed a few things on the list of things we did, to keep things short and sweet. If you do decide to do a road trip make sure that you plan out your trip beforehand, stay on track and are well prepared for the journey ahead!