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1. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y

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I'm currently living in Alberta and will be spending 2 months travelling in eastern Canada before I fly to the UK. Does anyone have any recommendations of must see places that I shouldn't miss?

2. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I would be sure to check out the Bay of Fundy, Shubenacadie River and the beaches of PEI.
I hope you are going in the summer!

3. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y

Yes, I'll be travelling in May and June.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

May and June is not summer in Eastern Canada. It's spring. In the last couple weeks of June you might get lucky enough to have beach weather but I wouldn't make it central to your trip. You will find in the Maratimes, especially on PEI, that many things geared towards tourist, aren't really in full swing until mid-June but if you work your way east, then hopefully you'll get to these places later on in June.
Places that I wouldn't miss, from Toronto area heading east:

Niagra Falls
Quebec City
PEI's North Shore (get there as late in your trip as you can), Charlottetown, and some rural scenery
Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail
Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

I found Nova Scotia apart from Cape Breton/Cabot Trail a bit boring.
Newfoundland on the other hand I liked a lot more and although it's not summer already, that could be an advantage as well.
June is one of the best months to see humpbacks along the coast as well. And most things are already open and there are far few tourists compared to July/August.

6. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone for your replies!
Point taken Degolasse - it will be spring but I'm sure that it will be a lot warmer than the Rockies winter that I have just experienced!
Does anyone have any recommendations to of places to stay and things to see in Newfoundland at the start of June? I am planning on flying to and from St John's from Halifax to save a bit of time.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

From St. John's, it's about 3 or 4 hours driving to Trinity. It is very small but really a great place to spend several days. Stay in the Village Inn and book a wonderful 4 hour zodiac tour with Ocean Contact. On your way there, pay a visit if you have time to Dildo
St. John's itself is a nice place to spend a day or so as well, liked it better than Halifax for example. From Signal Hill there are great views of the city and the ocean. And from May/June onwards, Icebergs are floating down along the coast.
A better place to see these icebergs, is Twilingate, from where you can do tours to see both icebergs and whales.
The Avalon Peninsula is a great place to see whales and lots of birds as well. Also caribous live here.
Gros Morne NP is another fantastic park to visit. It's on the route towards the northern tip of the peninsula (St. Anthony) and a good place to hike, visit some small fishing communities and do a fjord boat tour.

Also check the wiki guide here on TP about Newfoundland

Cheers and have fun!

8. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y

Thanks, that information was fabulous!
What is the best way to get around in Newfoundland? Should I hire a car or are there public buses that go to all of these places?
Thanks again!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2008, at 11:10 AM by chemgal ]

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Oh, definately rent a car, as public buses are not frequent at all and take longer as well. I am not sure, but some places I listed may even not have daily public buses.

Not sure if you have booked the flight from Halifax already, but you can also go to Newfoundland by boat from Sydney (Nova Scotia) to Port-aux-Basques in Newfoundland. From there it's several hours to Gros Morne NP but the area around Port-aux-Basques itself has something to offer as well.

Check Marine Atlantic for schedules. There is an option on going back from Argentia in the east of Newfoundland. That way you don't have to drive back.


10. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y

Thanks so much for your help, Michael! You are a fountain of knowledge
I think I will take the ferry from North Sydney to Port aux Basques then pick up a car in Port aux Basque and spend a week or so making my way to St John's and then fly out from St John's. Do you think a week is long enough for this?
I think I'll be spending my birthday in Newfoundland, does anyone have a ideas of cool places or things I should do on that day?