This is a scenic journey that hugs the east coast of Quebec, including Chaleur Bay, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The trip begins in the town of Campbellton and progresses all the way to Mont des St. Anne along the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Accommodations are planned at several popular hostels (no age limit) that are run by Hosteling International The Orleans Express Bus company will stop near each hostel and in most cases right at the front door.
Begin by taking the Acadiana Bus into Campbellton(NB) on the Quebec border. Stay at the Hosteling International hostel at the Restigouche River lighthouse (open mid-May to mid-August) in Campbellton. (Please note: the Acadiana serves New Brunswick and the Orleans Express serves Quebec). This hostel is located right on the grounds of a functioning river light.
From Campellton take the very, short, twenty-minute bus on the Orleans line to Pointe-a-la-Garde and stay at the castle hostel. This popular place-to-stay is a reconstruction built to resemble an European castle. The accommodations are quite large and the extent which the builder and hostel owner has recreated an old world castle is quite remarkable. Part of your stay in “the castle” includes dinner in the castle dining hall.
From “the castle” travelers can take the all day ride to the hostel in Caps-aux-Os, just outside the Forillion National Park on the Gaspe Peninsula. Wait for the Orleans bus right in front of the hostel and the ride will take you all the way to the front door of the Cap-aux-Os hoste l(may to October only).You might want to stay several days here, exploring the Forillion National Park, where there are Minke whales that can be seen from shore and a spectacular lighthouse at Gaspe Point.
Then go to Ste.-Anne-des-Monts on another long ride and ask the driver to let you off in front of the Auberge Festive Sea Shack in Ruisseau-Castor. This popular hostel on the beach also has tent sites and a Tiki bar that occasionally features live bands in the summer. The unpopulated vicinity is also a great place for a beach walk. From the Sea Shack you can continue your bus journey to Quebec City or Montreal.