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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 13, 2016


Canada in April

I will be traveling to Canada for 2 weeks from 8-23 April/16. I know it is not the best month to visit Canada, but the air ticket from Brazil to Toronto was a real bargain. hehe
My wife and I like more the historical and natural tourism. Initially we thought about going to Calgary-Jasper-Lake Louise, but I think it will be winter in the Rockies, and a terrible time to visit there, right?
So, my itinerary now is:
Toronto - 2 days
Quebec - 3 days
Montreal - 3 days
Moncton - 3 days
PEI - 1 day
Halifax 2 days

What do you think? Any suggestions? Is Halifax, PEI and Moncton a good pick for this period or the attractions are still close?

Thank you very much!

6 Answers

answered on 3/13/16 by
a VT member from Edmonton

This is certainly do-able. Personally I would only spend a day, maybe two in Moncton and spend more time in PEI. The ferries run from May to October, so unfortunately you won't get a chance to ride on the ferry. It's free to enter PEI, but there's a toll to leave. The Confederation bridge is $46.00 for a regular vehicle (two axle).

answered on 3/13/16 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

My first question to you would be how will you be travelling internally? The Toronto to Quebec City distance will take you around 8 hours by road. Quebec City to Moncton is going to be in the order of another 7 hours past Quebec City. Charlottetown PEI is another two hours past Moncton and Halifax is another 3 or 4 hours from PEI. Once you get past Montreal the drive is pretty boring.

I personally would drop the Moncton, PEI and Halifax part of your plans. These are getting to be quite a bit out of the way. The tourist season on the east coast really doesn't get started until the beginning of July.

I would suggest that you add another day in the Toronto area and use that to visit Niagara Falls (it's only around 90 minutes by car from Toronto). You could spend the night there or in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are lots of wineries in the area, if that is of any interest to you. You could think about adding an extra day in Toronto itself. I'd also suggest spending at least 2 days in Ottawa (being Canada's capital, there is lots of history there). I'd also suggest spending a night in Kingston, Ontario; another historic city where Lake Ontario meets the St Lawrence River (2-1/2 hours east of Toronto). The Rideau Canal that runs from Kingston to Ottawa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is lots to see in Montreal and I particularly like the old city down towards the port area. Quebec City is also a wonderful place to visit and it is the only walled city in North America, north of Mexico (it's a UNESCO World Heritage SIte), While there, head over to see the Montmorency Falls, which are just a few km west of the city.

answered on 3/14/16 by
a VT member

Thank you [VT member 17d5fe]!
I tought there was things to do around moncton. That's why I booked 3 days, but I will put one of these days in pei, if I stay with this plan.

answered on 3/14/16 by
a VT member

Thanks [VT member 123dc5]!
The travelling is planed to be like this:
Toronto Quebec - air
Quebec -Montreal - train
Montreal moncton - air
Moncton pei Halifax - car
What do you think?
I added the east part trying to visit places with smaller cities and more nature. Am I right?
Your itinerary sounds very good and maybe I will follow it, I just dont know if it is not too much big cities for my taste.
Thank you [VT member 123dc5]!

answered on 3/14/16 by
a VT member from Toronto

PEI at 1 day is about right because PEI does not open for business until July 1.
You will spend your time in Charlotetown and maybe rent a car to travel to the Nat'l Park if weather is on your side.
Moncton at 3 days seems excessive.
Recalculate and you will need to rent a car.
Re; Hopewell Rock : Check the tides. Very important.

answered on 3/16/16 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

This is Canada and once you get out of the larger cities you will see lots of nature, but the problem is April and the weather for getting into the outdoors is not that great. I personally can't figure out why you would want to go to Moncton, as it is a fairly small city and while there are lots of trees around, its a long way to go. Prince Edward Island could be giving you the last bit of winter. I was there in the middle of June a couple of years ago and nothing was really open, although things were being set up for July 1 openings. Halifax is really the only place of any interest (to me) on your east coast itinerary, but again it tends to be wet and rainy in April (it has a maritime climate) and the earliest I would recommend going there is the end of May.

There is some logic in your plans, but frankly in Canada you are never very far from being out in the country / wilderness, once you are outside of the Toronto to Quebec City corridor (and even there, nature is not that far away) . Even there you will primarily be traveling through rural areas outside of some small cities here and there. On your south will be Lake Ontario or the St Lawrence River and to the north, some farmland but mostly wilderness areas.

I would normally direct you to Algonquin Park (sort of on the route between Toronto and Ottawa), which is one of the premiere wilderness areas to visit, but April? There will definitely still be snow on the ground. The same goes for the Laurentian Mountains, especially the area around Mont Tremblant, but again, not in April.

All I can say is that there is a reason that the airfare was so attractive and that is that you are looking at the transition season between winter and spring, so things to do especially in the wilderness areas is going to be quite limited. You may not want to spend all your time in the cities, but at that time of year, those are the best places to visit and even there, not everything will be open for tourists...

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