Puffin Tour

1 Week Around the Maritimes

Start: Halifax
Ends: Moncton
Tour Runs from June to September
Basic Tour: $1029 CAD
Inclusive Tour: $1428 CAD

This tour was really good, I had so much fun and met loads of nice people. The tour guide Beth was awesome, you can tell she’s really passionate about her country and job. I would highly recommend it!

The Puffin tour has an additional 2 optional finishing locations!

Finish in Québec – 8 days. Basic tour $1109 (+ $150 local fee). Inclusive tour $1539

Finish in Toronto – 12 days. Basic tour $1479 (+ $150 local fee). Inclusive tour $2149

Breathe in the fresh Atlantic air, listen to the waves crash along rugged coastline, and feel the sand between your toes; the Puffin tour showcases the best of the Canadian Maritimes. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the smallest province of all, Prince Edward Island!

You’ll be sure to see plenty of seabirds such as herons, gannets and kingfishers and the (less adorable but very majestic) bald eagle. If that isn’t enough, take a whale watching cruise to see humpbacks, minke and more, plus adorable seals!

New Brunswick is famous for lobster, so of course we will be boarding a lobster boat to enjoy the freshest lobster lunch available. We will hike trails on Cape Breton Island, check out the incredible tidal changes and rock formations at the Bay of Fundy, keep our eyes peeled for moose and other wildlife, relax on sandy beaches, and even visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead!

 

Highlights

  • Walk the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy and check out the amazing Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick
  • Take a whale watching boat tour in Nova Scotia
  • Observe Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Take a cruise on a lobster boat and enjoy a fresh lobster lunch
  • Explore east coast villages and ports and meet the friendly locals
  • Check out the Anne of Green Gables homestead in P.E.I. (If you haven’t read the book, start now!)
  • Hike the trails and take one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world on Cape Breton Island

 

What’s Included?

  • 7 nights accommodation in shared dorm (Inclusive tour only)
  • 2 dinners/3 breakfasts
  • Lobster boat cruise and lunch
  • Whale watching boat cruise
  • All ferry crossing fees
  • Beachcombing on the Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks tour
  • Anne of Green Gables tour on P.E.I.
  • Driver and guide services

*Highlights and inclusions will change if tour is extended to a Québec City or Toronto finish. Check the itinerary or contact our office for more information.

 

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.

May 2019

Departs Halifax Price Bookings
Thursday 30th May 2019 Basic Price – $1029
Inclusive Price- $1429
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July 2019

Departs Halifax Price Bookings
Thursday 11th July 2019 Basic Price – $1029
Inclusive Price- $1429
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August 2019

Departs Halifax Price Bookings
Thursday 08th August 2019 Basic Price – $1029
Inclusive Price- $1429
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September 2019

Departs Halifax Price Bookings
Thursday 12th September 2019 Basic Price – $1029
Inclusive Price- $1429
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Itinerary

Day 1: Halifax to Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island

The day begins with meeting any passengers on our Newfie Tour before heading toward the awe-inspiring region of the Cape Breton Highlands, home to Canada’s Scottish heritage. There are several breathtaking photo stops en-route and we will hike the famous Skyline Trail; keep your eyes open for moose! Tonight we stay in a lovely hostel alongside the Cabot Trail. (Dinner included).

Day 2: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Today there is an option to embark on an amazing whale watching tour in the Atlantic Ocean! We continue to explore Cape Breton Island, with unforgettable stops including MacIntosh Brook and Black Brook Cove Beach. We spend the evening by campfire alongside fellow passengers. (Whale watching excursion included).

Day 3: Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island to Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Today we continue to explore Cape Breton Island. A drive along the Cabot Trail leads to stops including Ingonish Beach and the Middle Head Hiking Trail where views from coastal cliffs are spectacular. We spend the evening by campfire alongside fellow passengers. (Dinner included).

Day 4: Cape Breton Island

Day 5: Baddeck, Cape Breton Island to Prince Edward Island

This morning’s journey leads to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Enjoy a beautiful drive and a ferry ride across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence! Before settling in the hostel for the night, we will explore Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island’s capital city and home to Canada’s Confederation signing!

Day 6: Prince Edward Island

This morning’s journey leads to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Enjoy a beautiful drive and a ferry ride across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence! Before settling in the hostel for the night, we will explore Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island’s capital city and home to Canada’s Confederation signing!

Day 7: Prince Edward Island to Moncton

We start back into New Brunswick today across the 13 kilometre long Confederation Bridge and embark on a lobster boat cruise with a fresh lobster lunch. This is followed by a tour of the Hopewell Rocks, a topographically impressive region of the Bay of Fundy. This is where you can see and learn about the incredible tidal changes which are some of the highest in the world! Tonight join your guide for a city walk and night out on the town. (Breakfast included).

*EXTENDED TOURS ONLY* Day 8: Moncton to Quebec City

***ONLY FOR EXTENDED TOURS FINISHING IN QUÉBEC CITY OR TORONTO*** Québec City is our destination today! With a quick stop at Montmorency Falls, we arrive in Québec City in the evening. Québec 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 some poutine (Snack Bar is certainly recommended) to get a taste of local flavour; bon appétit! (Breakfast included).

*EXTENDED TOURS ONLY* Day 9: Quebec City

***ONLY FOR EXTENDED TOURS FINISHING IN TORONTO*** Take time today to wander the city’s narrow walkways and historic streets; a walk down to the Lower Town is a must-do! Enjoy another group dinner at the hostel before venturing out for a fun night. (Dinner included).

*EXTENDED TOURS ONLY* Day 10: Quebec City to Ottawa

***ONLY FOR EXTENDED TOURS FINISHING IN TORONTO*** We journey into the countryside of “la belle province” and travel to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. After settling into the hostel, join your guide for a walk to historic Parliament Hill before ending in the Byward Market for an evening of your choosing. If time permits, be sure to admire the view from Nepean Point; it is spectacular.

*EXTENDED TOURS ONLY* Day 11: Ottawa

***ONLY FOR EXTENDED TOURS FINISHING IN TORONTO*** Enjoy a free day today to explore Canada’s capital. We suggest walking across the Ontario-Québec border to the Canadian Museum of History for unforgettable views of Parliament Hill. (Breakfast included).

*EXTENDED TOURS ONLY* Day 12: Ottawa to Toronto

***ONLY FOR EXTENDED TOURS FINISHING IN TORONTO*** The last day of our amazing tour! We head to Toronto today, stopping along the way to have a picnic lunch at Sandbanks Provincial Park on one of the most beautiful beaches in Ontario! We arrive back in Toronto in the early evening. (Breakfast included).

Details

Optional Activities

There are so many activities included on our Puffin tour that there isn’t too much time for many extras. Although we recommend trying everything, 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 cruise $50 Cape Breton
Fortress of Louisbourg tour $18 Nova Scotia
Hiking Free Various locations
Wildlife Spotting Free Various locations
Swimming Free Various locations

Accomodation

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 Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel
Day 2 Pleasant bay Cabot Trail Hostel
Day 3 Bear on the Lake Bear on the Lake Hostel
Day 4 Bear on the Lake Bear on the Lake Hostel
Day 5 P.E.I. Brackley Beach Hostel
Day 6 P.E.I. Brackley Beach Hostel
Day 7 Moncton C’mon Inn Moncton
Day 8* Québec City HI Québec City 
Day 9* Québec City HI Québec City
Day 10* Ottawa Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Day 11* Ottawa Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Day 12* Toronto *Bed not reserved

Pick-up Locations

Pick Up Location Pick Up Time
HI – Halifax 1253 Barrington Street, Halifax (map) 8:00am

Traveller Information

  • 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.
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  • If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office!