Atlantic Canada Discovery Fly-Drive
Atlantic Canada is steeped in maritime history as well as offering spectacular coastal vistas and a relaxed pace of life. Our flexible 15-day self-drive holiday takes in many of Atlantic Canada’s finest highlights and visits three provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Atlantic Canada is renowned for its delicious seafood, sea-based activities and wildlife encounters. You will visit authentic fishing towns and sleepy seaside villages, enjoy hiking rugged wilderness trails and drives along dramatic coastlines, while always experiencing the wonderful Atlantic Canada hospitality at its best.
UK to HalifaxHalifax
On arrival at Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia you will collect your rental vehicle and make the 30-minute drive to your harbourfront hotel. When it comes to dining, Halifax offers one of the very best foodie scenes in Atlantic Canada. Savour creative local cuisine and a full range of eclectic restaurants. Hotel – Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.
Halifax is a vibrant waterfront city with many activities to enjoy. You shouldn’t miss the captivating Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where you can explore the seafaring history of the area including the Titanic exhibits. Another not-to-be-missed site is the Citadel National Historic Site where the sounds of a modern, bustling port city are punctuated by the crack of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes! Hotel – Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Halifax to Trout Point Lodge via Peggy’s Cove (195 miles)Nova Scotia
Explore the south shore of Nova Scotia stopping at Peggy’s Cove on your way to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Lunenburg, experience the beautiful waterfront and the famous Canadian schooner, Bluenose II, and then travel into the bay sailing this iconic Grand Banks Schooner. Afterwards, step off the schooner and into the brightly painted Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast. Hotel – Trout Point Lodge
Trout Point LodgeNova Scotia
Enjoy the activities offered at Trout Point Lodge, where each day will be as active or as relaxed as you desire. Outdoor recreation beckons, including river and lake swimming, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and catch-and-release fishing. Hike the woodland trails of the 100-acre estate and the adjoining protected area, which has rugged, wilderness- trails. You may see black bear, turtles, flying squirrels, grouse, deer, beaver, owls, loons, eagles, and maybe even moose. Hotel – Trout Point Lodge
Trout Point Lodge to Saint John (120 miles)Saint John
Stop at Bear River, a unique village on stilts that is very photogenic, and boasts a vibrant artist’s community. Continue to Annapolis Royal where you can experience Fort Anne, a National Historic Site. Enjoy your afternoon soaking up the history of the area then make your way back to Digby to catch your 3-hour ferry crossing to Saint John; on which passengers are often rewarded with whale sightings. Hotel – Hilton Saint John
Saint John to St Andrews (65 miles)Saint Andrews
Drive to the seaside resort town of St Andrews. Visit the Huntsman Marine Aquarium then stroll along Water Street to find treasures in the locally owned unique shops and art galleries. Lunch at one of the seaside cafes and then round off the day with an adventure sea kayaking around historic Navy Island, located at the mouth of the Heritage River, the St Croix and Passamaquody Bay. Accommodation Options
Grand Manan, Fundy IslesSaint Andrews
It’s off to Grand Manan today, one of the Fundy Isles, for a quiet day on a small Atlantic Canadian Fishing Island. Walk along the sea-swept cliffs, explore the Swallowtail lighthouse and stop to eat in any of the small, local establishments for an authentic small-town maritime experience. Spend the day exploring the island before returning to St Andrews. Accommodation Options
St Andrews to Saint John (65 miles)Saint John
Visit Canada’s oldest incorporated city and the only city on the majestic Bay of Fundy. Walk through the charming streets of Uptown Saint John, and step into a vibrant past with an intriguing modern edge. Here, hundreds of years of history are alive. Feel it in the architecture, parks, and galleries that have survived to delight today’s visitor. Hotel – Hilton Saint John
St MartinsSaint John
Take the beautiful drive to St Martins, a small seaside village. The premier attractions include the spectacular views as you drive through the quaint village on your way to the cobble beach, through the covered bridge and past the working fishing wharf to the wind and sea-carved ocean caves. We recommend lunch, and their signature seafood chowder at The Caves Restaurant, right on the beach. Hotel – Hilton Saint John
Saint John to Hopewell Rocks and Moncton (140 miles)Moncton & Fundy National Park
This morning, it’s off to Hopewell Rocks with a stop in the dairy town of Sussex for a visit to Sussex Cultural Centre and a mid-morning snack at ‘Knock’, then it’s on to Fundy National Park, Alma, Cape Enrage and the Hopewell Rocks to experience the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy. Accommodation Options
Moncton to Charlottetown (105 miles)Charlottetown
This morning drive to Prince Edward Island (PEI)…and yes, you can drive thanks to the 11km bridge connecting the island with New Brunswick! Cross the bridge to PEI and travel to the quaint seaside town of Victoria-by-the-Sea. Stop for lunch, sample chocolate, see the work of local artisans. Head on to Charlottetown, the provincial capital where Canada was founded. Hotel – The Great George Hotel
Charlottetown to Wolfeville & Annapolis Valley (240 miles)Wolfville
The next morning drive along the southern shore of the island to Wood Islands where you will take a ferry to Pictou, Nova Scotia. While in Pictou, visit the replica of the ship Hector. Hector arrived on the shores of Nova Scotia in 1773 with approximately 200 Highland Scots on board. Enjoy an Oceanside lunch at Pictou Lodge or any number of restaurants in the town. Hotel – Blomidon Inn
Wolfeville to Halifax (57 miles)Halifax
The Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia produces many award-winning wines and is the site of the National Historic site in Grand Pre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the Grape Escapes Wine Tour from 10:30 – 15:30 through Nova Scotia’s wine country, including cheese tasting, a 2-course lunch with wine/beer and chocolate tasting at Blomidon Inn. Return to Halifax for two nights. Hotel - Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Enjoy your final day in Halifax taking in yet more sites and foodie delights! You will have plenty of time to explore the Halifax waterfront. Check out the outdoor installations along the wharf, and investigate the boutique shops. Enjoy a harbour hopper cruise by land AND by sea on the Harbour Hopper. This will allow you to make the best of your final day in Atlantic Canada’s largest city. Hotel - Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Halifax to UK
Today you will drop off your rental vehicle at Halifax Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.