So here is the more detailed wrap-up of my East Canada Trip in June 2022.
I spent 235 EUR per day (excluding international flights), my fifth most expensive trip per day ever after Iceland, Palau, Central Africa, and Australia. Nevertheless, the cost per WHS at 619 EUR (all-inclusive) is still within my 650 EUR limit.
Route and highlights:
Day 1: Direct flight Amsterdam - Montreal. Overnight Montreal.
Day 2: Drive south along the Rideau Canal WHS. Overnight Kingston.
Day 3: Back to the north again, with a detour via Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of History. Overnight in Quebec.
Day 4: Visit of Quebec WHS. Overnight Quebec.
Day 5: Drive to and overnight in Carleton sur Mer.
Day 6: Miguasha WHS. Overnight Carleton sur Mer.
Day 7: Joggins WHS. Overnight Amherst.
Day 8: Drive to North Sydney for Ferry, stop underway at Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site. Overnight on the ferry.
Day 9: Drive to Deer Lake. First short hikes in Gros Morne WHS. Overnight Deer Lake.
Day 10: Hiking Gros Morne WHS. Overnight Deer Lake.
Day 11: Western Brook Pond Tour. Overnight Deer Lake.
Day 12: Drive to St. John's, with a stop for a boat tour in Witless Bay. Overnight St. John's.
Day 13: Mistaken Point WHS. Overnight Clarenville.
Day 14: Drive for 9.5 hours. Overnight near St. Anthony.
Day 15: Visit L'Anse aux Meadows and saw some stranded icebergs along the way. Overnight near St. Anthony.
Day 16: Labrador Ferry. Overnight Blanc Sablon.
Day 17: Visit Red Bay WHS. Overnight Blanc Sablon.
Day 18: Ferry back to Newfoundland. Visit Port au Choix Historic Site. Drive to Port Aux Basques. Overnight on ferry.
Day 19: Drive from North Sydney (3.5h) and a bit of a rest day. Overnight Pictou.
Day 20: Grand Pre WHS. Overnight New Minas.
Day 21: Cape Split hike. Overnight New Minas.
Day 22: Lunenburg WHS. Detour to Prince Edward Island. Overnight Moncton.
Day 23: Mostly drive, only stop at the world's longest covered bridge at Hartland. Overnight Cabano.
Day 24: Drive some more, another 500+ km towards Montreal airport. Overnight on the plane.
Here are my thoughts about the non-WHS on this trip, plus a link to my photos of each. A (*) means that I recommend a detour:
- Ottawa and Canadian Museum in Gatineaux
: the latter is an oversized building with few original historic objects in it (maybe they wanted to create a metaphor of Canada overall), the city is OK (with a good view of the Rideau Canal locks) but not nearly as pretty as Québec
- Alexander Graham Bell Site
: popular place but old-fashioned and not sure what it is about other than celebrating the man's life.
- Port au Choix
*: the major indigenous archeological site of this region, and therefore should not be skipped although there isn't much to see above ground (similar to L'Anse aux Meadows or Red Bay). It lies in an interesting landscape (Limestone Barrens), and there are hiking paths; to get a feel for it takes 1.5 - 3 hours.
- Witless Bay
*: great site for birders and also whales are easy to see. Cape St. Mary is even said to be better
, but that would take an extra day / huge detour.
- Cape Split
: 4h forest hike towards a Cape point with birds. Good Sunday morning hike but not spectacular.
- Prince Edward Island
*: would have been a good place to stay overnight on day 22. Very pretty beaches and interesting farming landscape. Spectacular bridge to get there (though expensive at 50 CAD).
- Covered Bridge in Hartland
: good place to stretch your legs, it's long indeed!