Big East

rated 5 out of 5 5 star average rating 3 reviews

9 Days

Start:
Toronto or Montreal
Ends:
Toronto
Runs:
May–October

Prices:

Basic Tour:
$1229 CAD

Accommodation costs not included. Local fee of $150 due upon departure.

Inclusive Tour:
$1639 CAD

8 nights accommodation costs and all fees included.

Overview

 

Are you ready to experience the real Canada? Get ready for fresh air, adrenaline-inducing activities, and Canadian culture!

Our Big East tour is perfect for anyone visiting Eastern Canada who wants to experience all they can whilst on a modest time budget. We travel over 3000 kilometres round-trip from Toronto, visiting Montréal, Québec City, Mont-Tremblant, Fort-Coulonge and Canada’s capital city, Ottawa!

Raft down the white waters of the famous Ottawa River, get up close and personal with Canadian wildlife at Parc Omega, take a cruise through the iconic Thousand Islands, hike through the Canadian wilderness, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of our beautiful cities. We don’t want to take up all of your time just reading about it; join our group and experience it for yourself!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Go rafting with one of the world’s top companies on the raging Ottawa River
  • Take in the scenery with a boat cruise through the Thousand Islands
  • Experience nature in Mont-Tremblant
  • Meet moose, deer, bears, beavers and more at Parc Omega
  • Spruce up your French vocabulary skills in Montréal and Québec City
  • Walk through beautiful Ottawa and visit Parliament Hill
  • POUTINE (Poutine is the highlight of any day)

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights accommodation in shared dormitory (Inclusive tour only)
  • 4 dinners/5 breakfasts
  • Thousand Islands boat cruise
  • Entrance into Parc Omega
  • All provincial park fees
  • Driver and guide services

 

TOUR PACKAGES

BASIC TOUR – Moose will pre-book your accommodation throughout the tour but you are responsible for payment directly to hostels upon check-in.

A local fee is due upon departure.

INCLUSIVE TOUR – Our inclusive tour has all accommodation costs and local fees incorporated into the price of the tour.

If you book an inclusive tour there are no extra fees unless you decide to join in any optional activities that have a cost associated with them.

 

Itinerary

9 Day tour - Ontario and Québec

Our adventure begins early with a friendly welcome from your Moose guide before we journey toward Montréal. Our first stop is at the Big Apple; be sure to try their famous apple pie! Next is a lunch stop before a cruise through the Thousand Islands, located in the Saint Lawrence River along the Canada-USA border. Enjoy Ontario’s unique landscape, where over 1800 islands form this incredible archipelago. Tonight we explore the vibrant nightlife of Montréal, just steps away from the hostel. (Thousand Islands boat cruise included).

This morning we explore Montréal, City of Festivals, and an important cultural mecca in French-speaking Canada. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore on your own. We recommend the hike to the top of Mont Royal for spectacular views of the Island of Montréal, as well as some authentically Montréal cuisine (try Schwartz’s Deli for Montréal smoked meat!). Don’t forget your French translator to assist with your language skills. (Breakfast included).

This morning we visit Montmorency Falls, an impressive waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, before arriving in Québec City. The city is renowned for its historic defence walls, known as the Ramparts of Québec City. Be sure to climb this National Historic Site of Canada to enjoy spectacular city views and an unforgettable sunset. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at the hostel and leisure time. (Breakfast and dinner included).

Take time today to wander the city’s narrow walkways and historic streets; a walk down to the Lower Town is a must-do! If you want to experience nature today, the option to embark on a whale watching excursion from a small francophone village, Tadoussac, is available for $99.00 CAD. Tadoussac is one of Canada’s oldest permanently settled communities (initially founded by French-Europeans). Tonight, enjoy some poutine (Snack Bar is certainly recommended) to get a taste of local flavour; bon appétit!

Up bright and early to journey to Mont-Tremblant, a beautiful region located in the Laurentian Mountains. Our lunch stop today is Mont-Tremblant National Park where we will enjoy some beautiful scenery during our hike. A walk through the quaint ski village in Mont-Tremblant is on the agenda before arriving at the accommodation for a group dinner and leisure night. Enjoy stories and laughs around an evening campfire. (Dinner included).

This morning we journey through the spectacular Laurentian Mountains towards Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. En route, we stop for an interactive look at Canadian wildlife including deer, bear, moose, and caribou; feeding the animals is part of the experience! Once we arrive in Ottawa and check into the hostel, enjoy a city walk to the historic Parliament Hill, a National Historic Site of Canada. Afterward we venture to the Byward Market for an evening of your choosing. If time permits, be sure to admire the view of Ottawa from Nepean Point; it is spectacular.

Enjoy breakfast at the hostel and some free time in the morning to continue exploring our nation’s capital. We suggest walking across the Ontario-Québec border to the Canadian Museum of History for unforgettable views of Parliament Hill. We depart in the afternoon for Fort-Coulonge, arriving at HI-Davidson, Esprit Lodge. If you choose to raft the next day ($115.00 including lunch) you are in good hands; the Esprit team was voted one of top rafting companies in the world by National Geographic! Join the campfire tonight and meet your rafting guides. (Breakfast and dinner included).

For our rafting enthusiasts, today is an early start at 7:30 am. We take a short ride to the departure point and spend the day on the river. If you decide to stay at the lodge, there are plenty of options including swimming, canoeing, biking, and hiking. Enjoy another great meal tonight alongside a sunset over the Ottawa River. (Breakfast and dinner included, lunch included if you are rafting).

After breakfast we journey back to Toronto, with a lunch stop at Bon Echo Provincial Park, famous for the impressive 100 metre high cliff Mazinaw Rock. We arrive back to Toronto in the early evening. (Breakfast included).

Departures

Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 03rd October 2018
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 29th May 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 24th July 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 07th August 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 21st August 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 04th September 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 02nd October 2019
Basic Price$1229
Inclusive Price$1639

Details

Plenty of activities are included on our Big East tour with plenty of extras to choose from! Although we recommend trying everything here, you are always free to join the group, explore by yourself or just take some time to relax and get away from it all!

You are also likely to come across other exciting opportunities that aren't listed here whilst on your tour!

Activity $ CAD Location
Whale watching excursion to Tadoussac $99 Tadoussac
White water rafting with lunch $115 Fort-Coulonge
Hiking Free Mont-Tremblant
Swimming Free Mont-Tremblant
     

 

Moose pre-books your accommodation so you don't have to worry about anything other than having a great time!

 We reserve a single bed per passenger in shared hostel dorm roomsIf you prefer to stay in a private room or an alternative location this must be booked independently - Please reserve a basic tour as accommodation costs cannot be transferred from an inclusive tour.

 Accommodation costs are included in the price of our inclusive tour, if you have reserved a basic tour then payment is due directly to the hostels upon check-in. 

  Location Accommodation
Day 1 Montréal Samesun
Day 2 Montréal Samesun
Day 3 Québec City HI - Québec City
Day 4 Québec City HI - Québec City
Day 5 Mont-Tremblant TBA
Day 6 Ottawa Ottawa Backpacker's Inn
Day 7 Fort-Coulonge HI - Davidson, Esprit Rafting
Day 8 Fort-Coulonge HI - Davidson, Esprit Rafting
Day 9 Toronto *Bed not reserved

 

*Please note that people departing from Montréal will join the group on the 3rd day of the itinerary.

  Pick Up Location Pick Up Time
HI - Toronto 76 Church Street, Toronto (map) 8:00am
Planet Traveler  357 College Street, Toronto (map) 8:20am
Moose Office 192 Spadina Ave, # 213, Toronto (map) 8:30am
     
Samesun 1586 Rue Saint Hubert, Montréal (map) 8:30am

 

  • Bring suitable clothing for the tour and comfortable shoes for hiking. The weather in Canada is predictable but may be cooler at night. It's always wise to prepare, just in case of rain. Find out what else to bring on our FAQ page or contact us directly with any questions!
  • If possible bring a credit card with you whilst travelling.
  • Don't forget your camera! We guarantee you'll want to take photos of wild animals, incredible scenery and new friends!
  • Book your pre-departure accommodation in advance. Toronto hostels are incredibly busy through June - September so if you are travelling then, plan ahead! Moose tours pick up at the 3 major hostels in Toronto.
  • Join us on Facebook and Instagram! Give a shout out to any of your fellow travellers and browse through pics of past tours and travel groups!
  • If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office!

Reviews

3 reviews of “Big East

    Reviews

    1. Big East
      Toronto Office

      female, 35, Japan
      I really, really, enjoyed travelling with Moose. Great places and wonderful people!

      Thank you so much Moose team!


      Rating: 5/5

    2. Big East
      Toronto Office

      female, 25, Israel
      I had a great time! I wish I could hop on the van again tomorrow morning to do the exact tour again!


      Rating: 5/5

    3. Big East
      Michael

      Male, 30, Great Britain
      A brilliant tour. Tour guide Serena was amazing. Lots of beauty, culture and activities for you to experience. If like me you don’t have enough time for one of the longer tours, I strongly recommend the Big East.


      Rating: 5/5

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