This is a “bucket list” driving tour. Born and raised early on in New Brunswick, and inspired by another club member’s road trip around the Gaspe Peninsula in 2019, John Buckingham is organizing a two-week Porsche trip through Quebec and three Maritime provinces in September. This event had been originally planned for 2020, but circumstances conspired to cancel it them.
Officially starting with a reception and dinner at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel just east of Quebec City on Sept. 7, the tour follows the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, crossing to Matanes by ferry and rounding the Gaspe Peninsula before crossing the bridge to PEI and exploring Charlottetown. Then, again by ferry, crossing to New Brunswick and making our way to the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, including a two-day stay at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish. The last leg of the journey takes the group to Halifax, arriving there Sept. 21 for a final celebration dinner, hopefully together with members of the PCA Acadia Region. Some may take a day trip to Peggy’s Cove the following day, before heading home or staying to explore more of the Maritimes on their own.
This tour is planned for a group of eight Porsches and is already wait-listed. Along the way, arrangements have been made for group reservations each day at unique hotels and bed and breakfasts, including the Glenora Inn and Distillery in New Brunswick, the maker of the first single malt whiskey in Canada. However, participants can make their own arrangements for accommodations if they choose. The plan is for a group dinner most evenings to share experiences and finalize the next day’s driving plans. Participants can choose each day to drive as part of the larger group or to do some solo exploring, if they wish. So many opportunities exist along the way for whale-watching excursions, viewing the amazing Métis gardens, taking in Anne of Green Gables in PEI, racing the tides at the Bay of Fundy, and sampling all the Maritimes has to offer, all while driving some spectacular roads.
Participants are each responsible for their individual costs for accommodations, meals, optional activities and incidentals. Confirmed participants will receive information as to how to make the necessary reservations for places to stay and ferries the group takes together. A fee will be collected to cover certain common expenses, such as a welcome reception the first evening, special guides arranged along the way to inform the group, prizes, and such. All group members must have been vaccinated for COVID-19 at least three weeks prior to departure, in order to participate. If interested to be added to the wait list, send an E-mail to John Buckingham at email@example.com.
Cost TBA, eight Porsches, currently sold-out and wait-listed