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Author elsslots
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#31 | Posted: 18 Mar 2022 10:48 
In preparation for a trip to the 10 WHS in Eastern Canada in June, I have been looking whether a Canada Park Pass (Discovery Pass) is financially worthwhile. The pass costs 72.25 CAD for a single adult.

Included are:
- Fortifications of Quebec (8.50 CAD) -> (would this be really necessary to visit to see the city's OUV?)
- Gros Morne (10.50 CAD)
- L'Anse Aux Meadows (12.50 CAD)
- Red Bay (12.50 CAD)
- Grand Pré (8.50 CAD)

Not included are:
- Joggins tours
- Fort Henry along the Rideau canal
- Miguasha
- Mistaken Point

No entrance fee needed:
- Lunenburg

My conclusion would be that it isn't worthwhile buying the pass - single tickets come out about 20 CAD cheaper.
Am I right? Any experiences with this?

Author FredericM
Partaker
#32 | Posted: 18 Mar 2022 18:49 
Hello,

Unless you want to visit other non WHS parks or national historic sites, I believe your maths are good. Some more comments:

It's absolutely not necessary for Quebec. I'm not sure what you gain access to by paying actually. However, it's worth it for the Forts-et-Châteaux-St-Louis. By we can use my pass if I'm free, I have a family one valid for up to 6 persons coming with me.

Grand Pré: I don't think we paid anything when we visited in 2019. I'm not sure if things changed or if it's only to access the museum.

Gros-Morne: Haven't been there, but I think it's worth more than one day (at least one for Western Brook Pond and one for hiking Gros-Morne). Maybe you should double the cost here.

Hope that helps!

Author Colvin
Partaker
#33 | Posted: 18 Mar 2022 22:03 
Canada in June sounds like the makings of an awesome trip!

A couple of thoughts:
1) The fortifications of Quebec aren't entirely necessary for the OUV, but I appreciated the historical overview (though to be fair, my interest in US and North American history colors my view).
2) I second Frederic's recommendation of at least two days for Gros Morne — one for Western Brook Pond (the boat tour was very nice), and one for hiking, such as at Tablelands.
3) If you are only sticking to WHS, the Parks Pass may not make sense. If you are adding in other Canadian historical or tourist sites (i.e. Fortress of Louisbourg, Halifax Citadel, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Signal Hill, Green Gables), it may be worth considering the pass.
4) If they are still out there, keep an eye out for the red Adirondack chairs in the parks; they are a way to find some scenic overlooks.
5) If you happen to make it to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, you might want to see if there are any cèilidhs or kitchen parties playing at night; they are a great way to experience local music.

Author csarica
Partaker
#34 | Posted: 18 Mar 2022 22:42 
In addition, don't forget that north may still be cold in June and prepare for any weather condition particularly for nights.
You can walk over the outer walls of the fort in Quebec for free and see most of the architecture from there.

Author elsslots
Admin
#35 | Posted: 19 Mar 2022 01:15 
Thanks guys, all my questions are answered (for now)!

Author csarica
Partaker
#36 | Posted: 28 Mar 2022 21:25 | Edited by: csarica 
Flixbus started operations in Canada. The routes are Toronto -> Kitchener, Toronto -> Ottawa and Toronto -> Niagara Falls.

Before planning a trip from, to or within Ontario, I suggest checking these budget airlines: 1) Flair 2) Swoop and 3) Lynx and these bus/transport companies 1) Megabus 2) Flixbus 3) Toronto GO

Don't forget that unlimited GO train/bus ride on weekends are just for 10/15 CAD if you buy weekend pass.

In addition, JetBlue will start flying to Canada. First routes are Vancouver -> Boston, Vancouver -> New York

Author Jarek Pokr
Partaker
#37 | Posted: 31 Mar 2022 08:01 
Just arrived from short / winter (March, 2022) Canadian tour (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia). All the National Parks, museums are currently closed for the season but you can see all UNESCO places outside. In fact, I had a chance to see Miguasha Museum (dispite it's official closure). Joggins Fossil Cliffs can be visited on your own (the museum with exhibition is closed). Grand Pre - museum is closed but the site (roads, hiking paths is fully open, no snow. For consideration: as an alternative travel (to buses or trains) I used a rideshare (people travelling between towns are selling a place in the car), much cheaper than a bus ticket on the same route. Personally I used kangaride.com but there are also other websites

Author Jurre
Partaker
#38 | Posted: 22 May 2022 11:11 

Author elsslots
Admin
#39 | Posted: 24 May 2022 05:18 
Any recommendations for things to see along the road between Quebec and Carleton-sur-Mer (Miguasha)? Looking at Gaspesie Park, but very weather dependent. A nice historic site would be fine too!

Author mrayers
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#40 | Posted: 24 May 2022 11:35 | Edited by: mrayers 
elsslots:
Any recommendations for things to see along the road between Quebec and Carleton-sur-Mer (Miguasha)? Looking at Gaspesie Park, but very weather dependent. A nice historic site would be fine too!

It's fairly scenic area, more so via Rimouski, but without any particularly noteworthy destinations, as I remember. Be sure to double check the opening hours for Miguasha. When I arrived the Museum was unexpectedly closed, and the rest of the Site, which was still possible to wander around, is fairly underwhelming.

Author Liam
Partaker
#41 | Posted: 24 May 2022 12:09 
elsslots
I doubt there's anything particular to see there, but if it was me I would definitely take a route via Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! which is objectively the best name of any town, ever.

Author elsslots
Admin
#42 | Posted: 24 May 2022 12:14 
Liam:
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

LOL!
"In September 2017, the municipality established a Guinness World Record for the "Most exclamation marks in a town name"."

Author FredericM
Partaker
#43 | Posted: 24 May 2022 19:56 
elsslots:
Any recommendations for things to see along the road between Quebec and Carleton-sur-Mer (Miguasha)?

Sure I do! This region is one of my favorite in the province.

Gaspésie National Park is not on your way, but it's definitly worth going there if you can give it a day. Forillon and Percé (further away) are also amazing.

On your road, from east to west, you could visit:
- If you take the old road instead of the highway, there's a number of small picturesque villages, including St-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Cap-St-Ignace, St-Jean-Port-Joli, Kamouraska, St-André-de-Kamouraska and Notre-Dame-du-Portage
- The St Lawrence in this sector is the Saguenay-St-Laurent Marine Park. June is not the prime time for whales, but beluga whales can be seen here year long. You can take a whale watching tour from Rivière-du-Loup or try to see them from the shore. The dock in Rivière-Ouelle and the ferry ramp in Rivière-du-Loup are your best bet for that.
- More into seal watching? Harbour seals (and maybe grey seals) are easy to spot in Le Bic National Park. The landscape there is very nice. You can do a short hike and go birdwatching too.
- Pointe-au-Père, a neighborhoud of Rimouski, bear the Onondaga, a submarine that you can visit. It's fascinating. There's also a lighthouse (National historic site of Canada) and a museum about the Empress of Ireland that sank there. Also in Rimouski, you can have the best poutine at Cantine de la Gare. :)
- Nothing jaw breaking here, but Chute à Philomène can be a pleasant stop.

I hope that helps!

Author elsslots
Admin
#44 | Posted: 25 May 2022 00:34 
FredericM:
I hope that helps!

Sure it does!

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#45 | Posted: 25 May 2022 07:46 
Liam:
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! which is objectively the best name of any town, ever.

elsslots:
"In September 2017, the municipality established a Guinness World Record for the "Most exclamation marks in a town name"."

Oh wow! UK lockdown regulations led us to having a holiday visit to Westward Ho!, but as you say this place must objectivly be twice as good!!!

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