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Eastern Canada

Four adults are traveling to Eastern Canada from the US. We have about 10 -14 days. What cities do you recommend are must sees?

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We can give more helpful answers if you clarify the exact area or boundaries of your trip to "Eastern Canada," since Eastern Canada could mean different things to different people.

Also, would be helpful if you indicate what your primary interests are--nature, museums, night life, etc?

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Which provinces? "Eastern"Canada covers everything from Ontario all the way to Newfoundland; a distance of around 4000km . And when?

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As a Maritimer, I think of Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/PEI as Eastern Canada since e are as far east as you get (incl NFLD), but many people refer to Ontario and Quebec as Eastern Canada and the Maritimes as Atlantic Canada. So you need to clarify.

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To a Western Canadian, Eastern Canada means Ontario and anything east of it. If you're in Quebec, Quebec City is a must-see. While in Nova Scotia I loved the Sydney area and the Fortess of Louisbourg https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg . Other than that I'll have to defer to others that have more traveling experience to the Maritimes. *National geographic publishes very good book called National Historic Sites of Canada. It might be helpful to you. https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/products/national-geographic-guide-to-the-historic-sites-of-canada

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I had a speaking engagement on Prince Edward Island, and we drove there and back from Boston. PEI was a huge disappointment! But I'd go back to Nova Scotia in a flash.

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sara,

I agree with the others in that more information would be really helpful. Also where are you travelling from and are you traveling there by air? Finally, does the 10-14 days include your flight days? I assume you're planning to rent a car and tour the area that way?

The term "eastern Canada" often means different things to different people. I've always consider Ontario and Quebec to be more "central Canada" and the Maritime provinces to be "eastern" Canada. It's difficult to recommend "must sees" without knowing which region you'll be in.

What piqued your interest in visiting this area? Are there specific historic sites you're interested in?

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I visited Montreal and Ottawa several years ago and enjoyed those cities.
Ottawa is good for one day and Montreal 2-3.
A group of six family members did a great cruise from Boston that stopped in Bar Harbor, ME, then going to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, another port close to Quebec City, then ending in Quebec City. We spent 3 extra days there and enjoyed it very much.

Not sure you want to take a cruise, but we enjoyed all the places that we visited, especially Quebec City. While in QC we had a walking tour that included the key places, except the citadel, which we did the next day. Lots of good restaurants in QC. One tour just outside the city included a scenic waterfall were we climbed up stairs to the top of the cliff.

Prince Edward Island has the Green Gables house of Anne of Green Gables.

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Montreal is wonderful .

So much to do and see. Transportation is safe and easy. You can visit the old town European area with a french flare, the modern downtown area. Museums, Notre Dame cathedral, diverse neighborhoods, the botanical garden, world renowned restaurants and etc.

Take a day cruise to Quebec city. take a day trip to visit Mont Tremblant, so much you can do.

https://www.mtl.org/en

Maria

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Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, all the way north to Bay Saint Lawrence. Beautiful hiking trails, wildlife. Lobsters fresh from the boat. We spent 3 nights, but could have stayed longer.

The Scottish heritage comes through in weekend ceilidhs and concerts. On the west coast, you can taste the Acadiens culture.

Can’t recommend highly enough!

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Food.

PEI. Enjoyed the scenery and enjoyed the food.

The Preserve Company
2841 New Glasgow Rd, New Glasgow, PEI
https://preservecompany.com/
Nice cafe. Nice garden park to stroll after lunch

New Glasgow Lobster Suppers
604 Route 258, New Glasgow, PEI
https://peilobstersuppers.com/
As much muscles as you want before the lobster and they even throw in coffee and desert.

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This is another Barbara heralding Nova Scotia. I know you mentioned cities, but if you are heading to the Maritimes, don't miss Nova Scotia! We loved the charm of Lunenburg (south of Halifax), the Cape Breton drive, and Peggy's Cove just to name a few places. There is a ferry that can take you and your car from St. John's, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia.

In New Brunswick are the Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy. Here are the highest tides in the world, and they happen twice a day, every day to expose majestic rocks.

Canada is full of beautiful places. I hope you will consider the Icefields Parkway in Alberta some day. We just returned from a May trip there, including Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. The Icefields Parkway drive is too beautiful to describe. Enjoy your trip no matter where it leads you.