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Help with Toronto to PEI drive

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We (2 families- 2 cars, 4 kids--1 1/2 yrs to 5yrs) are going on a road trip.
Leaving from Toronto, we have booked a farmhouse in PEI near Souri. Crazy or not, we're up for the adventure! Timingfor the farmhouse is the last week in June through the first week in July.

Any thoughts on: route, what to see, or day trips while we are in PEI? Should we make the trek to Isl. de la Madelaine?

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    Most of us are just stunned at the picture you paint, so nobody is responding.

    I have the feeling you need a "McDonald's Map", and that you should let the store locations dictate your path.

    Just save about $40 Cdn to get off of PEI via the toll bridge on the return trip.

    I'd high-tail it along the direct (fastest/biggest) highway to the QC line and from Montreal to Quebec City I'd drive on the small highway on the north side of the St. Lawrence, then maybe spend a night in Quebec City before crossing over the river and driving along the shore until Riviere-Du-Loup... and then down and through central NB, etc.

    PEI is a gentle area not overrun by society needing to trample through it on the way to anywhere else. The PEI countryside is enjoyable with the shores usually quiet. Charlottetown retains some of the old-style charm that many other cities lose quickly.

    I'm sure getting to and fro will be your major concern/project.

    Good luck.

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    Go slow, come back faster.

    Here's the trop for the five year old, and any kid close to that age.

    Moms and dads are welcome to enjoy, too, of course.

    Toronto to Kingston and then Ivy Lea bridge to the USA. South to Watertown, then highway 3 (pretty boring) to Saranac lake, and then to the tiny town of Port Kent, to cth the ferry boat to Burlington, Vermont. Kids love boats.

    From Burlington, across Vermont and new Hampshire to North Hanover and the Conway area, into Maine, and then down to Portland. Tour Casco Bay on another boat.

    Head north along the Maine coast, stopping in Booth Bay Harbor, Lincolnville (the kids can play on the beach) and Bar Harbour.

    From Bar Harbor, north to Lubec, over to Campebello, ferry to Deer Island and then on to the mainland.

    From there, visit Moncton, do whatever shopping you need because PEI is still a pretty small place, and head for the Island. If you have never been there before, be pre[pared for even the tiny kids to spend a lot of time in the ocean, so they, and the grownups, will need lots and lots of sunscreen.

    In PEI, when the tide goes out, there are hundreds of little pools of warm water, designed specially for kids.

    Coming home is always a question; up the coast is more rugged, over to Fredericton is more pastoral.

    In Quebec City, take the funicular up the cliffside.

    The north shore from QC to Montreal, as advised, is beautiful, but by now you may be getting ready for home.

    And Ottawa's children's museum has stuff for even the tiniest kid, but again, it's sort of out of the way.

    Have a great time. I did tghe rotue propsoed when I was five, although I can't remember much. But I took my big kid on the same trip when he was five, and he still talks about it.


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