My Eastern Canada Journey – Part 1

“One must travel, to learn. Every day, now, old Scriptural phrases that never possessed any significance for me before, take to themselves a meaning.”                                                                                                                                         ~Mark Twain

 

Day 1

8:00 pm to 8:00 am (next day)

Westjet flight from Kelowna to Edmonton to Hamilton. Long travel indeed.

10:00 am to 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Taxi from Hamilton to GO Transit station ($30). Then from Hamilton via GO Transit bus going to Niagara Falls bus terminal. Ticket costs $12.50, one-way.

Finally, from Niagara Falls bus terminal to Niagara Falls. Purchased a $7 – unlimited day pass for this.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Boat ride tour of the Niagara Falls. Price was $35. This was an epic 20-minute experience tour of the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara Falls. Truly majestic.

 

 

I even uploaded the videos of my epic boat tour experience on Youtube. 🙂

and..

 

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Niagara Falls back to the Niagara Falls bus terminal.

3:00pm to 5:45pm

Niagara Falls bus terminal to Toronto Bay Station via Megabus. Cost was $23. This is the cheapest and fastest way to travel to and from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

(Four ways to be able to travel from Toronto to Niagara Falls : fly from Toronto to Niagara, rent a car/ taxi, ride the bus like GO Transit and Megabus, or via train/ VIA Rail)

5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Taxi from Toronto Bay Station to Union Station. $11. Downtown is crowded so expect heavy traffic.

6:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Toronto Downtown exploring. Great three hours spent to catch-up with my highschool classmate who lives in Toronto. From the new municipal hall to the subway, Eaton Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Stock restaurant, St. Lawrence Market, to Nathan Philips Square, Toronto is a lovely, lively place. I will come back definitely.

 

 

9:00 pm to 3:00 am

Megabus from Toronto to Montreal. $27.

Day 2

4:00 am to 7:00 am

Montreal. I roamed around the old port before going to downtown Montreal. One word to describe this city: gorgeous. Also, I had to say Bonjour a thousand times 🙂

 

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Sunrise at the Port of Montreal

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You can get lost in Montreal but you will admire its picturesque views especially in Old-Montreal.

 

8:00 am to 11:00am

Travelled to Quebec City via Orient Bus. $27. Explored the Old Quebec. Very European. Beautiful French architecture taking you back in time. Lots of small shops, pubs and restaurants. Tried the popular poutine and a local beer. Also, a more than a decade old Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is a must see and  “La Citadelle”.

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St. Lawrence River and the historic neighborhood of Old Quebec
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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

 

A National Historic Site, La Citadelle was built between 1820 and 1850 and is the largest British fortress built in North America.

 

Quebec City is a living museum of charming cobblestone streets and 17th- and 18th-century houses and monuments.

 

9:00 pm to 1:00 am (next day)

Day 2

Quebec City to Sainte Foy, Quebec via taxi and Sainte Foy to Moncton, New Brunswick via VIA Rail. Had the best sleep so far and it is in a train! It was comfy and relaxing. And to wake up enjoying the views of New Brunswick and sip a good cup of coffee was one of the best experiences I had. I was able to write something also about my travels.

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A good morning in New Brunswick
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After 21 hours of travel

 

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Moncton to Amherst, Nova Scotia to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The total cost of my trip from Quebec City going to Charlottetown was $187 only.

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One of the many lighthouses of PEI

6:00 pm

One night bed and breakfast at Charlottetown Backpackers Inn. $37. Highly recommended. The host and hostel was just so nice and accommodating.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Roamed around Charlottetown’s downtown. Conversated with Bob, a local who was fishing that time and told me about his life in a span of five minutes then made a way to a local pub to eat fish and chips and drink a PEI craft beer.

 

Day 3

9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Went inside St. Dustin’s Cathedral which is absolutely stunning. Bought some good memorabilia’s from a local shop and then watched a documentary of the Confederation in the Confederation Center for the Arts. Finally had a selfie with Sir John A. Macdonald, haha.

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St. Dunstan’s Basilica, a National Historic Site of Canada citing it as one of the most elaborate churches in the Maritimes

 

Confederation Center for the Arts

 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Maritime Bus going from Charlottetown to Amherst to Truro to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Cost was $98. Had a two hours of delay due to a connector bus breakdown.

9:30pm

And the kind host of the Airbnb place I booked picked me up at the bus station in North Sydney. Very nice of them. The price of the B&B was just $68. And then yes, another good sleep.

 

PART 2 of this blog still a work in progress. 🙂 I was able to explore Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and PEI. Next stops would be Nova Scotia and the beautiful New Foundland.

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  • GO Transit is a regional public transit system in Southern Ontario. I highly recommend this bus if you will be travelling from Toronto/ Hamilton to Niagara. Check their schedules and fares at https://beta.gotransit.com/.
  • Megabus offers low-cost and reliable bus service between Toronto, Kingston and Montreal. For booking, just check https://ca.megabus.com/ or download their mobile app.
  • VIA Rail’s extensive train network connects the Canada’s prominent cities and small towns, coast to coast. Avail promos and discounts by visiting their website at http://www.viarail.ca/en or their mobile app.
  • To find a place to stay for a night or two, Airbnb is the place to be. This was the second time I used their service and it was awesome. Website at https://www.airbnb.ca/.
  • Hostelling Canada is another better option for long stays especially. Not only you can meet fellow travellers but more importantly, it is way cheaper as you can just rent a shared room. Plus good hosts and breakfast. $35 for two years membership and/ or $175 for lifetime membership. Register at http://hihostels.ca/en/.
  • Maritime Bus, meanwhile, is a daily passenger line run bus service in the Maritimes (Prince Edward Island-New Brunswick-Nova Scotia). Book online at https://maritimebus.com.

 

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Please do not hesitate to ask your travel questions through the comment section or you can shoot me a message via email. CIAO and HAPPY TRAVELS!

 

 

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