The four eastern provinces of Canada are safe and scenic yet stretched out and fairly remote, with few choices of travel options. And the tourist season here is remarkably short. As such, the region requires some care when planning if you want to be sure about getting maximum value for your travel expenditures, avoiding transit snafus, and finding available accommodations that fit both your budget and your needs.

On the other hand, you won't need to worry at all about things that vex travelers to some destinations: violent crime, snakes, sharks, inoculations against disease, and the like. All in all, this is one of the easiest, most comfortable places to travel with a family that I have been -- so long as you don't mind long drives.

I have tried to dispense some vital planning information in this guide. Reading it before you set out could save you money, time, and many of those headaches I've just described. In these pages, you'll get the nuts and bolts of travel in the provinces: when to come, the documentation you'll need, where to get more information, how to keep connected with the home office or family, and more. These basics just might make the difference between a smooth trip and a bumpy one.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.