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FAQs

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How long is each journey?

Each journey is designed to fill a day but we provide suggested timelines in case you want to create a 2 day experience.  There are so many ways to use your journey.  Since each journey will lead you to 5 surprise outdoor stops and optional things to see and do along the way you can choose to experience your journey over the course of one or two days or even break it up into 5 little mini adventures.  Our journeys are multi-seasonal so you can return to your favourite spots as the seasons change for a whole next experience every time.  We also recommend that you head out as early as you can.

How much do your road trips cost?

  • $55 per package plus tax and shipping per group that is going.  You do not need a journey package for each person.

 

What should I bring with me?

​Each experience is a little different so we provide a list of things we think you will need for your specific journey and specific to the season.

Does a guide come with us?

​No, this is a self-guided road trip. We will give you everything you need to navigate your day from directions, driving times, places to stop for lunch, cool facts about each stop, Instagram-worthy spots we know you'll love and as always, some surprises.  We will even provide a list of accommodations that we love in case you want to make your road trip an overnight getaway. You are responsible for any costs associated with your trip such as food, parking or reservations. We provide the itinerary, you provide the memories.

Where are your destinations?

​For now our road trips explore the areas surrounding Ottawa and the Outaouais. The first stop is 1 to 1 1/2 hours from downtown Ottawa. For the fall of 2022 will will be including road trips that go just a little further from the Ottawa area with starting points 2 to 3 hours away so you can enjoy an overnight experience.

What if I don't live in Ottawa?

This is the perfect experience to compliment your visit to the Nation's Capital. With every package we include accommodation recommendations for your area of travel. We've sourced many unique and special venues for you. We'll provide you with everything from cute and quaint options to the very luxurious. 

Many of our journeys can easily be done in a day if you are departing from the Montreal, Kingston and Pembroke areas.

What exactly does each package contain? How does this work?

​Each package comes to you through Canada Post. You will receive a list of accommodations, a note explaining what an Unexpected Journey is, a sneak peek at your day ahead (you can choose to keep this a surprise if you can!) and a series of 5 sealed notes (one for each surprise outdoor stop) to open along the way guiding you from one destination to the next. Each stop is a surprise. There are also a few surprises included in your journey kit. Your experience arrives beautifully packaged.

How long will it take for my package to arrive?

You will receive your package through Canada Post and it can take anywhere from 7-10 business days to arrive if you choose the regular shipping or 2-3 business days if you choose Express Post. Express Post also comes with tracking.

What if I ordered a package as a gift at the last minute?  Can people choose their own journeys?

That happens to lots of people, we understand that! Please let us know in the "Notes" section that you need a certificate and one will be emailed to you that you can print out, wrap up and give to your recipient to let them know that they have been gifted a journey and it is on the way. 

If you would like your recipient to choose their own, head to "Gift a Journey" and indicate in the "Notes" section that the recipient will choose. A certificate will be emailed to you that you can print out and wrap up to let your recipient know that they have been gifted a journey and how to choose their own.

Can I bring my pet? My children?

​Several of our journeys are pet friendly and many are geared towards families. We have included this information in the preview of each experience on our website.

 

Are your trips accessible?

We have included accessible journeys that individuals who have mobility issues can easily experience. Our Extraordinary Destinations and Discoveries Journey can be modified to be wheelchair-friendly.  *Please indicate that you would like this information when ordering. Information about accessibility is provided in the preview of each experience on our website.

Are packages available in French?

​Not currently, but we are working on it. Pas en ce moment. Ca s'en vient!

How many people should I bring?

Our journeys can be experienced as a solo explorer, as a couple or as a group. 

Are your trips able to be used during COVID?

Yes, we try as much as possible to keep you outside, off the beaten path and provide many take-out options and give you all the information you need to have a picnic, in any season! Please make sure you check out local Public Health guidelines before you set out as things can change quickly.

Do you support any charities?

We donate $1 of every journey to Tree Canada to ensure that your trip is as carbon neutral as possible. Please visit their website to read about all of the wonderful ways they are helping the environment and how you can show your love for our planet as well. 

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