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The Screech Tour (22 days)

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Tour Operator: Moose Travel Network
Trip Type: Escorted Tour
Tour Cost: $2,199Cn + $295Cn Kitty
Inclusive: No, excludes accommodation
Departs from/Returns to: Toronto
Duration: 22 days/21 nights
Operated: May to September

Lace up those hiking shoes, get that camera ready and pucker up – There are fish that need kissing!

Our 22 day Screech tour takes you on a legendary journey through Ontario, Quebec, The Maritimes and Newfoundland. Moose has created the perfect itinerary to give you an unparallelled experience of the East Coast with a ton of exhilarating activities along the way!

Check out thundering waterfalls, take a cruise on a lobster boat in Nova Scotia, look out for icebergs and wildlife, explore national parks, hike up the incredible Gros Morne mountain, experience the culture and cuisine of Quebec and get “Screeched in” on George Street in St. John’s – Yes that means kissing a fish! Our Screech tour is almost too much adventure to handle!

Day 1: Toronto to Montreal
Meet your guide and fellow passengers in Toronto and travel along the St Lawrence seaway to Montreal, City of Festivals and the largest French speaking city outside of Europe. En-route we stop for a beautiful cruise of the Thousand Islands. Tonight we’ll explore the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful city. (Thousand Islands boat cruise included).

Day 2: Montreal
Enjoy some free time to explore the picturesque city of Montreal, including Mont Royal, the Old City, boutiques, Cathedrals and the cafes and bars. Bring your French dictionary to practice your language skills! (Breakfast included).

Day 3: Montreal to Riviere Du Loup
Our journey eastward continues as we cross to the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River to our overnight destination of Riviere du Loup or “Wolf River”. Our travels take us along spectacular vistas through small French speaking towns that were founded by Basques fishermen from France over 350 years ago. The St Lawrence River changes from fresh to salt water in this area so watch for seals and other marine animals. Group dinner at hostel tonight and free time this evening. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4: Riviere Du Loup to Moncton
We cross from Quebec into New Brunswick—the only officially bilingual province in Canada so you can still practice your French language skills! This is the homeland of the Acadians—a warm a friendly people with a proud history and rich culture. Today we see the world's longest covered bridge as well as Magnetic Hill. (Breakfast included)

Day 5: Moncton to Halifax
This morning we start our journey into another eastern province, Nova Scotia! We’ll board a lobster boat cruise and enjoy an incredibly fresh caught lobster lunch. We arrive in Halifax late afternoon and then join our guide for a city walk of this beautiful Maritime city and enjoy dinner and the unique nightlife! (Breakfast included)

Day 6: Halifax
Enjoy lots of free time to explore Halifax on foot today, there is plenty to see and do in this maritime city, we recommend taking a tour of the Keith’s Brewery, visiting pier 21 or the Maritime museum of the Atlantic! Then we can head out for a group dinner at a local pub!

Day 7: Halifax to Pleasant Bay (Cape Breton)
We’ll meet up with any passengers on our Newfie tour this morning then head towards the incredible region known as the Cape Breton Highlands, which are home to Canada's Scottish heritage. We will have several breathtaking photo stops en-route and we’ll hike the famous Skyline Trail where we’ll keep our eyes peeled for moose! Tonight we stay in a lovely hostel located on the Cape Breton Road. (Dinner included).

Day 8: Pleasant Bay (Cape Breton) to Baddeck (Cape Breton)
Today we continue to explore the Cape Breton region. This morning, you have the option for an additional $50 to do an amazing whale watching tour in the Atlantic Ocean! We continue our drive along the Cabot trail and stop for an easy hike up the Skyline Ridge where the views are spectacular! We spend this evening beside the lake and roast some marshmallows at the campfire! (Dinner included).

Day 9: Baddeck (Cape Breton) to Norris Point
This morning we board the ferry to Newfoundland!! The ferry takes approx. 6 hours, then we drive to Norris Point, a picturesque Newfoundland coastal community located at the doorstep of Gros Morne National Park. Take some free time tonight with friends to explore this small town.

Day 10: Norris Point (Gros Morne National Park)
Use this free day to take advantage of the many activities available in this relaxing small town. Optional activities include sea kayaking, a boat tour through freshwater fjord carved out by glaciers, or for the more adventurous the famous hike up Gros Morne Mountain where the view is breathtaking. After an amazing day, relax back at the hostel and enjoy a fresh local fish dinner cooked by your guide. (Dinner included).

Day 11: Norris Point - Botwood
Spend a beautiful morning hiking in Gros Morne National park before we drive to the town of Botwood. This town is centered around it’s sheltered, deep water port, which is called on by cargo and cruise vessels from all over the world. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to see some magnificent icebergs floating by! Tonight we have a group meal at the hostel (included) and free time in the evening.

Day 12: Botwood to Trinity East
Up bright and early this morning, we continue our drive through the Bonavista Peninsula to a small town called Trinity East. We will explore this area by walking the famous Skerwink Trail. On the trail, we will see bedrock layers that are tilted almost 90 degrees on Sherwink Head, and many other dramatic landforms. After a full day of hiking, we will enjoy a relaxing group dinner and evening at the hostel. (Dinner included).

Day 13: Trinity East to St. John's
On our itinerary today is St. Johns, one of North America’s oldest cities. With a variety of annual events and festivals, unique attractions, breathtaking land and seascapes, there’s something for everyone. Join our guide for a city walk and then relax (or party) with some drinks on George Street which is known for it’s many pubs and bars! This is your opportunity to get “Screeched in” at a local pub! (breakfast included)

Day 14: St. John's
Enjoy a free day in St. Johns with your new found Moose friends!

Day 15: St. John's to Ferry
On our way back to the mainland today we’ll take note that this area has the world's largest puffin colony, the world's southernmost caribou herd, the oldest continuous permanent settlement in Canada, some of the world's oldest and rarest marine fossils, and a unique culture that strongly reflects the settlement of Irish immigrants over the past 40 years! We will board the ferry in the early evening for our overnight adventure across the sea!

Day 16: Ferry to Moncton
We journey back into New Brunswick today and stop to take a tour of Hopewell Rocks, an amazing area in the Bay of Fundy. This is where you can see and learn about the incredible tidal changes which are some of the largest in the world! Tonight join our guide for a city walk and night out on the town!

Day 17: Moncton to Gaspe
This morning we will drive north to the Gaspe Peninsula, a beautiful area that borders the sea and the St. Lawrence River. We will spend this afternoon and evening at a unique hostel called the Seashack, located on the beach with plenty of outdoor activities and a tiki bar! (Breakfast included).

Day 18: Gaspe
We’ll spend today exploring Gaspe National park, surrounded by the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle Mountains. The altitude of these mountains deeply influences the climate that moulds the landscape and creates a diversity of species unique to Quebec and even the world! We will enjoy some hiking and perhaps see a moose or caribou, then spend the evening back at the Seashack and have a campfire under the stars or relax in the hot tub! You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a moonlit sea kayak excursion!

Day 19: Gaspe to Quebec City
Today we start back towards Quebec City. We have a long drive today, but the destination is well worth the effort. With a quick stop first at Montmorency Falls, which are 1.5 times higher than Niagara Falls, we arrive in Quebec City around dinner time. Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and a spectacular place! Tonight we can enjoy some poutine or crepes to get a taste of local flavor! Bon appétit!

Day 20: Quebec City
We take time today to wander the narrow walkways and cobblestone streets, visiting boutiques, museums and cafes. We’ll enjoy another group dinner at our hostel then tonight we can visit a local bar for some live music! (Dinner included).

Day 21: Quebec City to Ottawa
We journey into the countryside of “la belle province” today and travel to the capital of Canada, Ottawa. After we check into our one of a kind hostel that is formerly a jail, join our guide for a city walking tour to Parliament Hill and end in the Byward market where we can sit in an outdoor café and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 22: Ottawa to 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 around 6:00pm at drop you off at your downtown hostel. (Breakfast included).

Departure Dates

Thursday 23rd June 2016
Thursday 21st July 2016
Thursday 18th August 2016 

What's Included

  • 7 dinners/7 breakfasts
  • Thousand Islands boat cruise
  • Lobster boat cruise and lunch
  • All provincial/national park entrance fees
  • Beachcombing on the Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks Tour
  • All ferry crossing fees
  • Accommodation in dorm bed on overnight ferry
  • Driver and guide services

About Moose

The Moose Travel Network was established in 1997 by two Canadian entrepreneurs who wanted to show visitors the real Canada. Inspired by the successful examples set by companies in Australia and New Zealand, they started offering trips from Vancouver and Toronto.

Since then, Moose has carried thousands of satisfied passengers many tens of thousands of kilometers throughout this beautiful country. Moose has built an excellent international reputation for quality service and memorable experiences.

Our tours have been carefully designed to provide passengers with opportunities to see and learn about the real Canada. Our buses are clean, safe, reliable and comfortable and our staff is enthusiastic. What more can you ask for? We guarantee you will enjoy whatever tour you choose when you ride with Moose!

The buses used by Moose include modern 21 seat coaches and 14 seat passenger vans. We choose these vehicles because they provide safe, comfortable transportation through cities and wilderness alike. With a smaller group, you get to know our drivers and guides so you are not lost in a crowd!

The Moose Travel Network is committed to doing our part to protect our natural heritage. Travel by bus is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation (up to 475% more fuel efficient than a hybrid car), however we recognize this isn’t enough. All Moose promotional information is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled materials and we make every effort to reduce our impact on this planet.

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Tour Highlights

  • Hike the Gros Morne Mountain and Skerwink Trail in Newfoundland
  • Get “Screeched in” – Drink the famous Screech rum and kiss the cod
  • 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
  • Spruce up your French vocabulary skills in Quebec
  • Look out for giant icebergs on the coast of Newfoundland (seasonal)
  • 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
  • Tour Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and take one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world.

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