Canada Adventure: Ontario and Quebec

In a few days I’ll be heading up north to learn a little bit more about the great neighbor of ours: Canada. To be more specific, the Ontario and Quebec regions.

Ontario: Explorer’s Edge

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by fortinbras

Explorers’ Edge is the Ontario region of Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound. On this trip, I’ll be exploring this wilderness area, 2 hours north of Toronto, by every possible means:

– On a mountain bike
– On a paddle board olong the Muskoka River
– On a canoe exploring Hailstorm Creek in Algonquin Park
– On an ATV on trails around Parry Sound
– On a sea kayak around Georgian Bay

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by RM

It will be 3 days of water and dirt activities. It should be fun. Kate from Explorer’s Edge assured me that we have a good chance of running into wild moose near the park, which I really hope would happen. Not in the literal sense of course. That would be bad. For us.

Afterwards I’ll be making my way to Montreal by train where I’ll be picking up a rental car. It’s roadtrip time!

Quebec’s Eastern Township region

Quebec’s Eastern Township, or ‘Cantons-des-l’Est’ as it’s known by French inhabitants, is known for its collection of picturesque villages that dot the rolling countryside. There lakes and mountains that promise an abundance of outdoor activities.


It will be a 4 day road adventures of off-key singing, horse back riding, hiking, canoeing, sleeping in cute B&B’s all with a beautiful country scenery as a backdrop. Just my kind of road trip.

In case you’re curious about where the Eastern Township is located, the map below should give you an idea. It’s about 1 hour east of Montreal and stretches all the way to the Vermont and New Hampshire borders.

My Eastern Township itinerary
My Eastern Township itinerary

The Cities: Toronto and Montreal

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by El Padawan

After all the activities in the countryside and the wilderness, the cities would make for a nice change of pace. Other than to attend TBEX (a travel conference), I don’t have any plans for the cities just yet. I’ll be Couchsurfing and AirBnb-ing and I’m hoping my hosts would provide some tips on what to do in town.

Maybe you have suggestions?

It seems that every year we end up with some sort of a theme to our travel. Last year, the theme was water (lots of beaches and at one occasion, hundreds of whale sharks).

We’ll be crossing the Canadian border at least 3 times this year, so it seems that this year’s theme will be ‘Canada’.

I think it will be awesome and we’re off to a good start. Don’t you agree?

Ontario and Quebec Adventure

These experiences are partially hosted by Explorer’s Edge and Quebec Tourism.

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22 Replies to “Canada Adventure: Ontario and Quebec”

  1. Jill, It was nice meeting you. I am glad you enjoyed your road trip in the Townships. Hope to see you in e near future to show you more of the Townships.

    1. Likewise. Thank you for the welcome and the hospitality. Don't forget to ping me when you're in our neighborhood (California)!

  2. Was so much fun exploring the waterways north of Toronto with you! Glad we got to see a bunch of moose! Sounds like you have a pretty sweet road trip going on. Have fun in the Eastern Townships….it is beautiful out there!

  3. Sounds like so much fun! I wish we could be following a similar itinerary, and going to TBEX!! We've never been to Canada-looking forward to hearing all about it πŸ™‚ Sea kayaking and mountain biking sounds particularly awesome.

  4. Hi there – looking forward to welcoming you to Vert Le Mont B&B here in Sutton in the Eastern Townships. We had 4 inches of snow fall yesterday but hopefully the weather will be better for your trip! If you like reading mysteries check out Louise Penny's novels which are set in Quebec, largely in the Townships.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. Just bought Still Life – looking forward to reading it. Also, it was great meeting you! I had an awesome time staying with you and exploring Sutton (Au Diable Vert was simply amazing!)

  5. It looks like it's going to be an awesome trip. I really hope you meet a moose, that would be one of the coolest thing ever.
    I'm looking forward to reading all of the stories!

  6. I have canoed many times in Quetico Provincial Park just over the border in Canada from Minnesota. The moose population in that area is in serious decline. 75% of the population has disappeared in the last 5 years and this year they banned hunting. Hope the population is a little better off in Algonquin and you see one. They are beautiful animals. I have been fortunate enough to see many in Quetico, but none in the last couple of years. Hope to meet you at TBEX.

  7. This trip sounds amazing! I haven't been to Canada yet, but am looking to go in 2014 so I am really looking forward to your reviews!

  8. Check out the Distillery District and Kensington Market in Toronto. And take a ferry out to the Toronto Islands. And in Montreal, you have to try poutine – it's probably the closest thing Canada has to national cuisine.

  9. I just visited Toronto for the first time last month and ate at a really great spot called The Black Hoof – definitely for foodies and those not afraid to try new foods. Not too far away is the Ontario wine region too.

    Montreal is on my bucket list and I am hoping to strike it off this summer. It is a foodie kind of town with restaurants like Au Pied de Cochon, Joe Beef etc. A delicious adventure for sure!
    Montreal is also known for their off beat music scene so maybe check that out too!


  10. I love the Eastern Townships and spent a week biking part of the Green Route that runs through it last year. I'm in Toronto right now but leaving for 3 days of canoeing in Algonquin Park on Saturday am & then some hiking in the Thunder Bay area before heading to TBEX. Georgian Bay kayaking is planned for Sept. I highly recommend a day on the water kayaking in the 1000 Islands; it takes you through Canada's smallest national park and it's just 3 hours east of Toronto on the way to Montreal.

  11. Oh wow, I'm secretly a little jealous of your itinerary. Off-key singing, horse back riding, hiking, canoeing, sleeping in cute B&B’s are right up my road tripping street! We spent some time in BC last year and road tripped from Vancouver over to Banff during the depths of the winter. Looking forward to your updates!

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