Experience the first 2/3rds of our epic road-trip adventure. You'll experience Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and PEI with your crew. This is our premiere adventure road trip of Canada combining all our favourite places, each unique and awesome in its own way.
The great outdoors, national parks, cultural centres, epic cities and quaint towns. You'll trek across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI.
Explore the Gaspesie, Algonquin Park, Bay of Fundy the Cabot Trail and PEI. Wander the streets of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax and Charlottetown and lots lots lots lots more.
Key things to know about our trips:
Start in Toronto and end in Prince Edward Island
Spectacular Canadian road trips, filled with our favourite destinations.
Ample time in each place – enjoy 2-3 nights in most locations.
All the essentials are set up for you, but you have the flexibility to do what you enjoy.
Genuine, awesome experiences are what we care about. We don't sell or waste your time.
Canadian style accommodation including rustic lodges and hostels.
Access to many of our amazing national and provincial parks.
Comfortable travel – a vehicle that you can stretch out in.
Adventure activities – including rafting, zip-lining, rock climbing / via ferrata. We only recommend the great ones.
By Canadians that have experienced all this and more first hand.
The real deal. Our vides, photos are all from our trips, taken by the Out Here crew or travellers that share them with us.
For 18-39 year olds.
ABOUT THE TRIPS
AMAZING CANADA We've created the ultimate Canadian road trip, where you'll experience our favourite local accommodations, food, activities and festivities – including rustic cabins, poutine, hockey, canoeing and bonfires.
GENUINE EXPERIENCES We help you experience the great stuff. That's what we care about - full stop. We don't sell your time. We don't take cuts from activity providers, or get paid to stop at a tourist traps.
ADVENTURE Explore national parks, natural wonders and wildlife. Paddle, climb, raft, rappel, hike, cycle, zip, canyon, chop, dogsled, ski, snowshoe, skate and some unknown unknowns.
FLEXIBILITY & AMPLE TIME We spend 2-3 nights in most locations so that you have the proper amount of time to experience them. You have flexibility to choose what you do - from hikes, to rafting to a lobster supper. Enjoy epic day trips, or do your own thing.
GREAT PEOPLE Travel in a small group of like-minded 18-39 year olds from around the world. People are predominantly solo-travellers or come with a friend or two. Our trip sizes are small, with a maximum of 18 people. On occasion we do make age exceptions for those close to the range.
BUDGET FRIENDLY Trips include essential travel, day trips, a driver-guide, reserved accommodations for pre-purchase and logistics sorted. You only pay for the add-on activities you participate in. Our standard accommodations are hostels and lodges.
HOW IT WORKS
Our primary summer road tripping route is a wild 26-day adventure that we call the Big One. We understand that not everyone has that amount of time or budget, so we have organized the trip into a few different sections that are between 13 and 21 days. These start and end locations offer solid transport connections to help you join us at great places, so we can provide you with an incredible experience. It is not possible to join our longer road trip route for a short time.
For all the latest pricing details, itinerary and awesome road trip adventure details check out the Out Here Travel website.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
TORONTO - DEPARTURE IN THE EARLY AM: We depart on our trip bright and early with pick-ups at the HI Toronto and across from the Planet Traveller hostel right near Kensington Market.
ALGONQUIN PARK - 2 NIGHTS We head out early to venture to the scenic and rugged Algonquin Park. Algonquin is filled with maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes.
We'll stop for lunch along the drive, and take in a few other nifty spots. After setting up our campsite, or checking into lodgings, you can learn to flip a canoe, go for a paddle, or take off on some of the many hiking trails.
Returning to home-base, your driver-guide will help get you all set up for the evening with open campfire cooking and a bonfire. We will have a few awesome days to explore.
Sleep: Rustic cabins or campgrounds in Algonquin park.
Activities: Scenic hikes, trails and lakes for a swim Canoe majestic lakes in Algonquin ParkAlgonquin Park Visitors Centre & Exploration
Evening bonfires and stargazing
OTTAWA & RAFTING - 2 NIGHTS
Next we'll take a short drive to Ottawa, the capital, where friendly Gatineau, Quebec, is just a short jaunt across the bridge. For activity buffs, there are loads of great parks and hikes to check out.
You'll have the opportunity to raft the mighty Ottawa River – one of the best adventure rivers in the world (highly recommended!). This is almost always on the way to Ottawa.
Once in Ottawa, if you are into history, city sights, or museums, there is plenty to keep you busy, including Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.
Sleep: HI Jail Hostel Activities: Rafting the Ottawa River Explore Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal and more Relax in the Nordik Spa's saunas and hot tubs
QUEBEC CITY - 2 NIGHTS: Next stop Quebec City, where you can explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the old fortified city. You can check out the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and many more historical sites, along with enjoying visits to the majestic Montmorency Falls, Canyon Sainte-Anne on our way to/from Quebec City.
For eats, you'll discover amazing poutine alongside other Quebec specialities, after which you can head out to an arcade game-styled bar or boîte de chanson for some local live music.
Sleep: HI-Quebec Auberge Internationale de Québec or Auberge de la Paix Quebec Via Ferrata and climb up close to the massive Canyon Sainte-Anne Explore huge waterfalls including Montmorency Falls Eat a generous portion of poutine and be entertained at a boîte de chanson
TADOUSSAC - 2 NIGHTS:
From Quebec City we'll head north along the St Lawrence river, making a few stops along the way, including Charlevoix so that you can try their famous and ridiculously delicious cheese. We'll then take short ferry, and arrive at our destination, Tadoussac, where we will stay for a few days.
You'll have a chance to explore huge sand dunes, go whale-watching by boat or kayak, and enjoy strolls along the quaint village streets.
The local auberge jeunesse is a Quebec hippie style hostel, offering live music and bonfires throughout the evening and until very late.
Activities: Whale watching, Hike the sand banks and dunes, Explore the town and visit the interpretive centre, or hike in Mont Adela-Lessard
Sleep: Auberge Jeunesse Tadoussac
BAY OF FUNDY & AROUND - 3 NIGHTS: We'll then enter the Maritimes!
Here you'll witness the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world. You can explore the national park, go wildlife viewing, and stargaze into a sky free of light pollution.
Meanwhile you'll eat your fill of seafood fresh out of the water. You’ll also get to experience Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Sea Coves, the official Scenic Trail Drive and more. We have a few great days for exploration.
Sleep: Varies by trip depending on Ferry schedules and other considerations. Cabins in Fundy National Park, Not Your Average Hostel, UNB Fredericton.
Activities: Explore Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, Fundy Trail, Coastal Hikes and Rocky Beaches. Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy.Delicious fresh seafood opportunities.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - 3 NIGHTS We'll then drive further east across New Brunswick and head south towards our destination, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Halifax itself is fantastic, with colourful gingerbread-style houses, seaside lighthouses and picturesque rocky shorelines.
You'll experience clean breezes, beautiful views and people that love nothing more than signing a tune and enjoying a drink. Additional excursions to Peggy’s Cove and a few other spots and beyond are also on the docket.
Sleep: HI Halifax Hostel
Activities: Explore Peggy’s Cove and further along the South Shore. On some trips we will explore further to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Enjoy power hour or a murder mug at the Split Crow, or listen to tunes at the Triangle till the wee hours.
CABOT TRAIL, CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA - 3 NIGHTS
From Halifax we'll venture north to the scenic Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Coastal views from Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay and beyond are breathtaking.
There is so much to do and see here - mostly outside whether a swim in the ocean or a nice hike with an incredible view. We will definitely be out and exploring.
Along the way, we'll stop in quaint Acadian villages and seaside towns. The national park is filled with incredible hiking opportunities. Some of the ones we love include Franey, Middlehad and Skyline trails.
Sleep: Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel
Activities: Hike the Skyline trail to see wildlife and witness a magical sunset, Drive and hike in Cape Breton National Park, Swim in secret swimming holes.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - 3 NIGHTS
Gorgeous, charming and relaxed, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the next stop on our big road trip.
Charlottetown has a beautiful waterfront and some fine local pubs, where you'll have an opportunity to try their local specialty – blueberry beer or some local oysters.
PEI is the home of the potato, and some hostels will provide you with some for free. If the timing is right, you'll be able to pick up “new” potatoes at a local stand and chow down.
There are also some great provincial parks and beaches to visit on optional day trips. In fact, it has Canada's best beaches.
Activities: Sand dune hiking at Greenwich, swimming at the singing sands in Basin Head, Stuff your face with potatoes and seafood in PEI
- Bus / Coach
- Internal Travel
- Trekking / Hiking
- Chalet / Cabins
- Hostel - Dormitory
Included in Trip Pass Prices:
Transportation throughout the trip
Day trips and lifts to activities, regions and national parks
Booking support for add-on activities
Ferry and highway tolls between Nova Scotia and PEI
Breakfasts included at our accommodations (6-8+ Big One, 3+ Central, 5+ Maritimes)
Prepayment Options & Requirements:
Accommodation – passengers are required to pre-pay for accommodations
Add-on activities (e.g. Rafting, Via Ferrata) can be prepaid when signing up before trip departure. For some, you can pay on arrival.
Local Entrance Fees: Each passenger is required to pay a stipend to cover entrance fees (to national parks and such that we visit during day trips and along the route (from $110 - $150)
Not Included in Trip Pass:
Most Food – we stop by grocery stores along the way. Other times folks head out on the town. Group cooking is optional, and usually led by travellers.
May to October