Schooner

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20 Days

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

Prices:

Basic Tour:
$2399 CAD

Accommodation costs not included. Local fee of $295 due upon departure

Inclusive Tour:
$3299 CAD

19 nights accommodation costs and all fees included

Overview

Join us on our Schooner tour and see the parts of Canada that even some locals don’t know about! You’re going to love every minute of this 20-day tour; there’s just so much we need to show you!

We’ll journey throughout Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, stopping off to explore colourful coastal towns, red sand beaches,awe-inspiringg land and seascapes, as well as exploring vibrant nightlife and experiencing the culture and history of the larger cities!

Digging for clams in Digby (and eating them of course), whale watching in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, hiking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, seeing one of the oldest breweries in Canada, walking the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy, and adventuring on a lobster boat cruise; there is an abundance of activities sure to impress even the most experienced travellers!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Keith’s brewery tour and tasting in Halifax
  • Dig for clams and then bake them right on the beach for a wonderful feast
  • Walk the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy and check out the amazing Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick
  • Take in the scenery with a boat cruise through the Thousand Islands in Ontario
  • Winery tour and tasting in Nova Scotia
  • Spruce up your French vocabulary skills in Québec
  • Take a cruise on a lobster boat and enjoy a fresh lobster lunch
  • Observe Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Explore east coast villages and ports and meet the friendly locals
  • Check out the Anne of Green Gables homestead in P.E.I.
  • Tour Cape Breton Island and take one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 19 nights accommodation in shared dormitory (Inclusive tour only)
  • 5 dinners/7 breakfasts (including clam dig)
  • Thousand Islands boat cruise
  • Alexander Keith’s brewery tour and tasting
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Beachcombing on the Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks tour
  • Lobster boat cruise and lunch
  • All provincial + national park entrance fees
  • Anne of Green Gables tour in Prince Edward Island
  • 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

20 Day tour - Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

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 incredible 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 translator to assist with your language skills. (Breakfast included).

Our journey eastward continues to our overnight destination, Rivière-du-Loup (French for ‘wolf river’). Our travels take us along spectacular vistas through small Francophone settlements that were founded by Basques fishermen from France over 350 years ago. The Saint Lawrence River changes from fresh to salt water in this area so watch for marine animals. Enjoy a group dinner at hostel tonight. Be sure to take a short walk to Parc des Chute this evening to see its impressive waterfall. (Breakfast and dinner included).

Today we journey to the Maritimes; first stop, New Brunswick—the only officially bilingual province in Canada so you can still practice your French language skills! New Brunswick has a rich French-speaking culture retained by the Acadians—a cultural group with a very distinct history. Today we see the world's longest covered bridge before checking into our hostel in Moncton. (Breakfast included).

This morning we start towards the world famous Bay of Fundy, travelling through the Annapolis Valley. Tonight is spent in Digby, Nova Scotia, a quintessential maritime fishing town. Tonight’s dinner is a group meal featuring the famous Digby scallops! (Breakfast and dinner included).

Today is spent exploring this beautiful region, including a clam dig on the beach led by locals. This activity is easily a tour favourite! Be sure to visit the Digby Neck, a peninsula in the Bay of Fundy with lava flow origins. Finish the day with a leisure night at the hostel. (Clam dig and meal included).

Time to journey to Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax! En route, a quintessentially Canadian stop at Peggy's Cove provides iconic Maritime landscape. A stop in Lunenburg is also scheduled, a beautiful port town whose origins are rooted in the British attempt to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia while displacing Indigenous peoples and Acadian Catholics. We finish the day in Halifax; enjoy a night out in this vibrant city!

Enjoy some free time to explore Halifax today, there is a lot to do in this Maritime city! Be sure to see the view of Halifax from Citadel Hill, a National Historic Site of Canada built in the 18th Century as the city’s defence. Point Pleasant Park is also recommended for those seeking ocean views. Later in the afternoon, we will go for a tour of the famous Alexander Keith’s Brewery, followed by a group dinner at a local pub! (Alexander Keith’s Brewery included).

The day begins with meeting any passengers on our Puffin 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).

Today there is an option for an additional $50.00 CAD 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.

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).

Today we visit Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where you can choose to take a tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. The Fort was created in 1713 by French-Europeans and developed over several decades into an important commercial port and system of defence. Its two sieges, especially that of 1758, were turning points in the Anglo-Franco struggle in what would later define Canada. Tonight is a leisure night back at the hostel.

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!

Today we continue to explore Prince Edward Island, visiting Cavendish Beach as well as the beautiful Anne of Green Gables homestead. (Breakfast included).

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).

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).

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).

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.

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).

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).

Departures

Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Basic Price$2399
Inclusive Price$3299
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 03rd July 2019
Basic Price$2399
Inclusive Price$3299
Wednesday 31st July 2019
Basic Price$2399
Inclusive Price$3299
Departs Toronto Price Bookings
Wednesday 04th September 2019
Basic Price$2399
Inclusive Price$3299

Details

Plenty of activities are included on our Schooner 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 cruise $50 Cape Breton
Sea Kayaking $45 Nova Scotia
Fortress of Louisbourg tour $18 Nova Scotia
Hiking Free Various locations
Swimming Free Various locations
Wildlife Spotting Free Various locations

 

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 Rivière-du-Loup HI - Rivière-du-Loup
Day 4 Moncton

C'mon Inn Moncton

Day 5 Digby Digby Backpackers
Day 6 Digby Digby Backpackers
Day 7 Halifax HI- Halifax
Day 8 Halifax HI - Halifax
Day 9 Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel
Day 10 Pleasant Bay Cabot Trail Hostel
Day 11 Bear on the Lake Bear on the Lake Hostel
Day 12 Bear on the Lake Bear on the Lake Hostel
Day 13 P.E.I. Brackley Beach Hostel
Day 14 P.E.I. Brackley Beach Hostel 
Day 15 Moncton C'mon Inn Moncton
Day 16 Québec HI - Québec City
Day 17 Québec HI - Québec City
Day 18 Ottawa Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Day 19 Ottawa Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Day 20 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) 7:30am
Planet Traveler 357 College Street, Toronto (map) 7:50am
Moose Office 192 Spadina Ave, #213, Toronto (map) 8:00am
     
Samesun 1586 Rue Saint Hubert, Montréal (map) 9:00am

 

  • 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!

Reviews

7 reviews of “Schooner

    Reviews

    1. Schooner
      Toronto Office

      female, 23, Holland
      It was a great tour and I’ve met some awesome people! I would defs recommend it to others 🙂

      P.S. I loved the lobster boat and clam digging and wine tasting and the brewery tour!


      Rating: 5/5

    2. Schooner
      Toronto Office

      female, 29, Australia
      Amazing! Fun! Great people! Exciting!


      Rating: 5/5

    3. Schooner
      Jasper van Heck

      Male, 39, Nederland
      I did this tour in 2011 and I had such a great time! I met great people from all over the world and I’m still in touch with some of them.


      Rating: 5/5

    4. Schooner
      Amy Quelch

      female, 23, Uk
      Just got back from this tour and had the best time! The lobster cruise and clam dig were so much fun, Beth our tour guide was the best, even on our free days in the cities, she made sure that we all knew the best places to go, gave us great recommendations for dinner and was always available to help us out, we all formed a little family and wanted to do it all over again when we got back to Toronto, can’t recommend this tour and Moose as a company enough, they are the best!


      Rating: 5/5

    5. Schooner
      Anna

      female, 28, UK
      Good tour. What made it great was the leader Beth. She was enthusiastic, always helpful, hilariously funny and really made our group feel like like an extended family
      She is a real asset to the moose company! ! Don’t let her go!!!!


      Rating: 5/5

    6. Schooner
      Jessica

      female, 20, Canada
      I took my first trip alone this summer, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first time experience! The trip was amazing, Beth our tour guide really made unforgettable. She always made sure everything was going smoothly and always made us feel like a big family. The lobster cruise, the clam dig, the views, the hostels, beth and the family in which developed during the tour all made this first experience unforgettable. It has been the best experience so far! If you’re thinking about taking this tour, DO IT! You won’t regret it, especially with Beth as your your guide 🙂


      Rating: 5/5

    7. Schooner
      Stefan von Holzen

      Male, 31, Switzerland
      Did the tour in 2013. Best time of my life so far! Great people from all over the world, amazing places, awesome tour guide (caleb). liked it all and would do it anytime again!


      Rating: 5/5

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