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Road trip to East coast in Fall from GTA - worth this time of year?

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Road trip to East coast in Fall from GTA - worth this time of year?

Hi all,
We were thinking of going a road trip within Canada this year as oppose to go south of the border. Given the temps have dipped already.

We were thinking doing 4-5 max hours of daily driving and have a week to us. Were aiming to go till PEI (Charlottetown) but it'd be a big stretch?

Looking for beautiful scenic coast views/light house/fall colors/ etc.
I've heard even the QC gaspe peninsula/St Laurent coast is beautiful

Any advice/feedback would be appreciated.
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Love the East Coast
Any time of year

But be aware of the following

Their maritime climate is both a bonus and an a hinderance when it comes to Tourism
Means their Summer HOT season is shorter than us
So things there get underway later, and end sooner

Where here in Quebec & Ontario
Most stuff kicks off / gets underway May 24th Victoria Day Weekend
And runs thru to Cdn Thanksgiving Weekend Mid October

Most stuff down east, runs from Canada Day thru to Labour Day
So many things are already closed for the season ... especially along the sea shore
(So PEI as an Island & Vacation Paradise is definitely affected by this ... but the Golf is good Spring & Fall)

So my best advice ...
Do your research carefully as to what attractions you plan to visit
And where you plan to stay

But as always, the natural scenery is ALWAYS OPEN & INVITING
No matter what season / time of year

PS ... have done pretty much all of Canada’s Maritimes Coast
Including Quebec’s Gaspe
And it’s all beautiful
And vastly different from Central Canada
So it doesn’t really matter WHERE you go to
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PointsHubby wrote: Love the East Coast
Any time of year

But be aware of the following

Their maritime climate is both a bonus and an a hinderance when it comes to Tourism
Means their Summer HOT season is shorter than us
So things there get underway later, and end sooner

Where here in Quebec & Ontario
Most stuff kicks off / gets underway May 24th Victoria Day Weekend
And runs thru to Cdn Thanksgiving Weekend Mid October

Most stuff down east, runs from Canada Day thru to Labour Day
So many things are already closed for the season ... especially along the sea shore
(So PEI as an Island & Vacation Paradise is definitely affected by this ... but the Golf is good Spring & Fall)

So my best advice ...
Do your research carefully as to what attractions you plan to visit
And where you plan to stay

But as always, the natural scenery is ALWAYS OPEN & INVITING
No matter what season / time of year

PS ... have done pretty much all of Canada’s Maritimes Coast
Including Quebec’s Gaspe
And it’s all beautiful
And vastly different from Central Canada
So it doesn’t really matter WHERE you go to
Thanks points hubby I knew you'd some great wisdom to share.
I think I'll plan it out to ensure I don't drive full day rather 4-6 hours max and enjoy the road trip. Like you said I need to plan so I can stop and Lodge and enjoy the touristy spots.
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TorontoEh wrote: Thanks points hubby I knew you'd some great wisdom to share.
I think I'll plan it out to ensure I don't drive full day rather 4-6 hours max and enjoy the road trip. Like you said I need to plan so I can stop and Lodge and enjoy the touristy spots.
Are you planning to go just to PEI? Any stops through Nova Scotia?
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at1212b wrote: Are you planning to go just to PEI? Any stops through Nova Scotia?
Yes, for now, Nova Scotia I'm thinking next summer fly there and do a nice week trip.
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I did an east coast trip a couple years ago from GTA. Went in August, highly recommended as that’s when everything is in full swing.

Can’t speak to going in the fall but when I went in August, we budgeted about three weeks including some time in Montreal . My recommendation if you only have a week to do this trip is possibly increase your driving time per day in Ontario and Parts of Quebec, especially if you’ve visited those areas in the past.

We spent a total of three days just in PEI and followed one of the scenic routes each day there. Saw all the lighthouses and it was just a beautiful place.

Drove a total of 7500 km on that trip and longest days driving were from Montreal to Moncton ( about 10 hours) . Wife doesn’t drive so did it all myself.

A road trip like that is a long, tiring journey but well worth it.

My ultimate recommendation would be to see if you could swing a little more time and also find ways to take advantage of the reduced daylight.

If you need any more tips on food/ accommodations, I can look into my bag of memories for youWinking Face

Have a great trip!
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