Maritime Atlantic Canada

Maritime Atlantic Canada

A leisurely journey visiting Atlantic Canada’s many National Parks and National Historic Sites. Journey through time stops at Lunenberg’s restored Victorian era town, Fredericton’s historic Garrison District and the Fortress of Louisbourg where costumed actors re-enact life as it was in the 1700’s. Visit quaint and colourful fishing and seaside villages such as Peggy’s Cove and take in beautiful landscapes such as those on Prince Edward Island - made famous by the popular series ‘Anne of Green Gables’ - and the drive around Cape Breton Island, the ‘Cabot Trail’. Get back to nature and hike through pristine forests or along spectacular coastlines, or take to the water on a whale watching cruise or sea kayaking on the Bay of Fundy. 

    DAY 01

    UK to Halifax

    Halifax

    After your arrival at Halifax Airport, collect your rental vehicle and make your way to your downtown hotel. Halifax was first settled in 1749, so is steeped in maritime and immigration history, which is depicted in several museums and attractions. Accommodation Options

      DAY 02

      Explore Halifax

      Halifax

      Spend the day exploring Halifax at your leisure. Stroll along the waterfront boardwalk and stop by the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. Take in the fabulous views of Halifax Harbour from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit Fisherman’s Cove, a restored 200-year-old fishing village. Accommodation Options

        DAY 03

        Halifax to Lunenburg (90 miles)

        Lunenburg

        Leaving Halifax this morning we suggest stopping at Peggy’s Cove where the houses are built right in to the granite rocks; the area is also famous for Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Continue on to Lunenburg, a lovingly restored Victorian era town which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can still see tall ships moored off the port. Hotel – Boscawen Inn
          DAY 04

          Lunnenburg to Annapolis Royal (83 miles)

          Annapolis Royal

          Drive across the peninsula to Annapolis Royal, stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site with its lush forests, crystal clear lakes and meandering rivers. The park offers hiking trails as well as kayaking and canoeing, for coastal scenery head down to Kejimkujik Seaside. The waterfront community of Annapolis Royal features well-preserved heritage buildings and a designated National Historic District. Accommodation Options

            DAY 05

            Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews (132 miles + 3-hour ferry)

            Saint Andrews

            Board the Fundy Rose for the three-hour ferry crossing from Digby, Nova Scotia to Saint John, New Brunswick. Watch for whales breaching off-shore and stop to take in the views along the Fundy Coastal Drive. Arrive in one of Canada’s most picturesque resorts, St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Accommodation Options

              DAY 06

              St. Andrews

              Saint Andrews

              St. Andrews offers a range of attractions including the award-winning Kingsbrae Gardens and historical sites such as the Blockhouse and the Charlotte County Courthouse and Old Gaol. St. Andrews is of course popular with golfers, who can enjoy playing a round at the Algonquin Resort. Other popular activities include sea kayaking, whale watching and sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy. Accommodation Options

                DAY 07

                St. Andrews to Fredericton (84 miles)

                Fredericton

                A short drive brings you to the capital of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The city sits on the Saint John River where you can rent a paddleboard, canoe or maybe a bike and follow the miles of cycling trails. We suggest you visit the historic Garrison District, a National Historic Site where in July and August you can witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in Officers’ Square. Accommodation Options

                  DAY 08

                  Fredericton to Saint John (93 miles)

                  Saint John

                  Follow Lower River Passage which meanders through pastoral landscapes and rolling hills, offering views of the Saint John River. The drive offers several attractions for all interests including lighthouses, birding and the opportunity to purchase artisan produce. A network of cable ferries makes it possible to cross the river at several points. Visit the renowned Reversing Falls where the Saint John River empties in to the Bay of Fundy. Accommodation Options

                    DAY 09

                    Saint John to Moncton (131 miles)

                    Moncton

                    Travel along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive, stopping to experience sea kayaking at St. Martin Sea Caves or hiking the Fundy Trail. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on the zip line or rappelling at Cape Enrage. Hopewell Rocks are unique formations carved by thousands of years of erosion; here you can witness the world’s highest tides. If time permits, end the day with a visit to Magnetic Hill Winery. Accommodation Options

                      DAY 10

                      Moncton to Charlottetown (102 miles)

                      Charlottetown

                      Drive east to Shediac, known as The Lobster capital of the world and famous for its Lobster Festival, which normally takes place each year at the beginning of July. Enjoy a 2.5-hour boat cruise (cruises run 30 June – 1 September), learning about the life of the lobster, hauling in lobster traps and feasting on a delicious lobster meal. Continue across Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.Hotel – The Great George
                        DAY 11

                        Charlottetown Sightseeing

                        Charlottetown

                        Spend the day exploring Prince Edward Island’s capital city of Charlottetown. A favourite spot to enjoy lunch or dinner is down at Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront where you can feast on locally caught lobster and seafood. The city offers historical landmarks including Beaconsfield Historic House, a fine example of Victorian architecture or the Romanesque City Hall. Hotel – The Great George
                          DAY 12

                          Prince Edward Island Sightseeing (62 miles round trip)

                          Prince Edward Island

                          Prince Edward Island offers spectacular coastal vistas, scenic farmland and rolling hills made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular series “Anne of Green Gables”. Prince Edward Island has almost 700-miles of coastline, much of which is pristine beach. For a slower pace of life, you can hire a bike and follow some of the Confederation Trail which follows a former railway system. Hotel – The Great George
                            DAY 13

                            Charlottetown to Baddeck (170 miles + 75 min ferry)

                            Nova Scotia

                            Drive to Wood Islands Ferry where you cross the Northumberland Strait to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Stop at Hector Heritage Quay to visit the full-scale replica of the three-masted cargo vessel, Hector. Take the Casno Causeway over to Cape Breton Island and to Baddeck that overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. Hotel – Inverary Resort
                              DAY 14

                              Louisburg Sightseeing (137 miles)

                              Cape Breton Island

                              Discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, an impressive restoration of a 1700’s French garrison town with animators re-enacting life as it would have been in 1744. The Graham Bell National Historic Site is the only museum in the world that displays actual artefacts and memorabilia associated to Graham Bell’s inventions and experiments. Hotel – Inverary Resort
                                DAY 15

                                Baddeck – Ingonish via Cabot Trail (126 miles)

                                Cape Breton Island

                                Follow the Cabot Trail, one of Canada’s most spectacular drives that winds and twists its way around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton’s northern shore and through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Hike through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes along any of the 26 trails, ranging from short walks to challenging hikes. Accommodation Options

                                  DAY 16

                                  Ingonish to Liscomb Mills (236 miles)

                                  Nova Scotia

                                  Cross the Canso Causeway and drive along the Eastern Shore along the Marine Drive Route with its rugged coastline, tranquil bays and unspoiled forest. Stop at Sherbrooke Village with its carefully preserved historic homes and where you can experience life in the 1800’s with costumed interpreters re-enacting life as it was in the golden years. Hotel – Liscombe Lodge
                                    DAY 17

                                    Liscomb Mills to Halifax (105 miles)

                                    Halifax

                                    Enjoy a leisurely drive to Halifax, taking the opportunity to stop at Musquodoboit Harbour and Valley and Martinique Beach Provincial Park with Nova Scotia’s longest sandy beach. Accommodation Options

                                      DAY 18

                                      Halifax to UK


                                      Drive to Halifax Airport to return your rental vehicle and take your flight back to the UK.
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