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Self-Drive Maritime Magic Treasures

13 Night Self Drive Tour from £1,619 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Journey to the beautiful Prince Edward Island, explore the magnificent Cape Breton landscape and learn about the unique Nova Scotia heritage which encapsulates Native, Scottish and Acadian cultures. This maritime adventure takes you on a unique historic and culture exploration through Canada’s maritime province – a memorable experience.

15 Days / 13 Night tour begins and ends in Halifax.

Details

Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrive into Halifax International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. When you check in, pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook from the front desk and spend the remainder of the day seeing Halifax at your own pace.

Overnight in Halifax
Standard: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton or The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Superior: Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 2

Halifax

Halifax is an active Oceanside city with a great atmosphere and the perfect blend of modernity and history, making it a fun place to get to know. A fascinating sightseeing tour will take you through the dynamic streets and past the numerous highlights of the city, such as St Paul’s, the Titanic Burial Site and ocean terminals, as well as many other captivating and interesting sites to explore.

Overnight in Halifax
Standard: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton or The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Superior: Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 3

Halifax to Western Shore (79 km)

Today you will travel west along the Nova Scotia coast, journeying through the outskirts of Halifax and the northern shore of St Margaret’s Bay. This will lead you to the picturesque Western Shore area found just across the water from the magical Oak Island.

Overnight in Western Shore
Standard: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Superior: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Day 4

Western Shore

The resort is situated on the southern shores of Nova Scotia and offers up breath-taking views of Mahone Bay and the magnificent Oak Island, where you can wander along the seaside trails, whatch humpback and fin whales play in the waters of Tancook Island, and enjoy the beauty of this area. While you’re here, try a classic Nova Scotian dish by the waterside as you watch sailboat gently glide across the bay.

Overnight in Western Shore
Standard: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Superior: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Day 5

Western Shore to Digby (193 km)

Head west today across the heart of Nova Scotia, close to the picture-perfect wilderness that’s home to a variety of animals and birds. You may wish to stop for a hike at the Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, with trails and canoe routes accessible from the Kejimkujik Lake leading you deep into the interior of the park and to remote island-dotted lakes. On several locations on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake, the soft slate has been decorated with petroglyphs reflecting life prior to and following the arrival of Europeans. Later on, arrive into Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy – your base for the night.

Overnight in Digby
Standard: Coastal Inn Digby County or Harbourview Inn
Superior: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

Day 6

Digby to Truro (300 km)

Journey along the northern shore of Nova Scotia this morning and admire the Bay of Fundy along the way – twice a day the tides carry 100-billion tonnes of water into the Bay of Fundy, with the vertical range spanning as much as 15m, the greatest rise of water on earth. Along the way to Truro, visit the many historic landmarks such as the Annpolis Royal Area, the Grand Pré National Historic Site and the Fort Edward National Historic Site.

Overnight in Truro
Standard: Best Western Plus Glengarry or Super 8 Truro
Superior: Best Western Plus Glengarry or Super 8 Truro

Day 7

Truro to Charlottetown (130 km)

Continue onwards to Pictou, the ‘Birthplace of New Scotland’, and take in the views of the Hector Heritage Quay where the first Scottish settlers arrived back in 1773. From here you can take a ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island which is Canada’s smallest province and well-known for its peaceful ambience and charming scenery. In the afternoon, arrive into Charlottetown which is known as the ‘Cradle of Canada’s Confederation’.

Overnight in Charlottetown
Standard: Best Western Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Inn
Superior: Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown - A Rodd Signature Hotel

Day 8

Charlottetown

Spend a day getting to know Charlottetown. There’s a real colonial spirit to this city, despite the modern features of the location, thanks to its quaint squares and streets, such as Old Charlotte Town and Great George Street.

Overnight in Charlottetown
Standard: Best Western Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Inn
Superior: Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown - A Rodd Signature Hotel

Day 9

Charlottetown to Antigonish (160 km)

Return to Nova Scotia today via the Northumberland Strait and head along the North Shore Drive, via tranquil scenery and quaint communities which are still infused with a blend of Scottish, Native and Acadian identities and heritage.

Overnight in Antigonish
Standard: Travelodge Suites New Glasgow or Coastal Inn Antigonish
Superior: Travelodge Suites New Glasgow or Coastal Inn Antigonish

Day 10

Antigonish to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (280 km)

Today sees you drive along the northern shore of Cape Breton Island to admire the breath-taking scenery – we suggest taking the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton, which runs past scenic glens and lochs. The wildlife here is fantastic and, thanks to the heavily forested landscape, is a haven for lynx, moose, deer and bears. There are steep hills on the west and rocky coves on the eastern shore – make your way along to Ingonish Beach which overlooks the Middle Head Peninsula.

Overnight in Cape Breton Highlands area
Standard: Inverary Resort or Ceilidh County Lodge
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites

Day 11

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Take a second full day to make the most of Cape Breton – a truly magnificent region. While you’re here, perhaps you would like to visit St Ann’s and the historic sites here – the Great Hall of the Clans shows the culture and history of the Scots and the story of the Great Migration to Cape Breton from the Scottish Highlands. Alternatively, why not take a cruise offering wildlife viewing tours to the nearby Bird Islands to see the guillemots, terns and cormorants.

Overnight in Cape Breton Highlands area
Standard: Inverary Resort or Ceilidh County Lodge
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites

Day 12

Cape Breton Highlands National Park to West Bay (89 km)

Continue south today on the Cabot Trail, passing maritime communities steeped in Scottish heritage. We suggest stopping to visit The Nova Scotia Gaelic College of Arts and Culture – the only one of its kind in North America. While you’re in this region, you may want to alter your route and take a day trip to Sydney to visit one of the most important Canadian ports during World War II. Continue on to Bras d’Or Lake, largely considered to be a great spot for boating and sailing – along the way, you have the opportunity to stop at the small town of Baddeck too. Later you will arrive in West Bay, at the southwest tip of the lake.

Overnight in West Bay
Standard: Dundee Resort & Golf Club
Superior: Dundee Resort & Golf Club

Day 13

West Bay to Liscombe Mills (226 km)

Depart from West bay and the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake to travel through Port Hawkbury and over the Canso Causeway which connects eastern and western Nova Scotia. Once you reach the western shore, you may want to alter your route and head south along the rugged southern Nova Scotia coastline – this coastal highway passes numerous natural habitats, beach parks and beautiful shorelines before you reach Liscombe Mills.

Overnight in Liscombe Mills
Standard: Liscombe Lodge
Superior: Liscombe Lodge

Day 14

Liscombe Mills to Halifax (175 km)

Breakfast is included, if time allows, then make your way to the Liscombe Game Sanctuary which is a 250sq km area that encompasses stands of virgin Nova Scotian forest and wildlife, from deep and muskrat to mink and moose. Follow the Marine Drive to Halifax International Airport for your return flight.

Day 15

Arrive home

 

What's Included

  • Return flights
  • Economy car hire with fully inclusive insurance for the duration of the holiday (Car upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights
  • Day 11, Cape Breton Highlands / Cheticamp, 2-hour whale watching tour
  • Day 13, Liscombe Mills, admission to Fortress of Louisbourg
  • 1 breakfast
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook containing essential travel information, featuring local sightseeing and attractions, maps and hotel vouchers      

What's Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Park entrance fees
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Ferry charges
  • Bridge tolls
  • Hotel car parking fees

Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrive into Halifax International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. When you check in, pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook from the front desk and spend the remainder of the day seeing Halifax at your own pace.

Overnight in Halifax
Standard: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton or The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Superior: Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 2

Halifax

Halifax is an active Oceanside city with a great atmosphere and the perfect blend of modernity and history, making it a fun place to get to know. A fascinating sightseeing tour will take you through the dynamic streets and past the numerous highlights of the city, such as St Paul’s, the Titanic Burial Site and ocean terminals, as well as many other captivating and interesting sites to explore.

Overnight in Halifax
Standard: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton or The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Superior: Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 3

Halifax to Western Shore (79 km)

Today you will travel west along the Nova Scotia coast, journeying through the outskirts of Halifax and the northern shore of St Margaret’s Bay. This will lead you to the picturesque Western Shore area found just across the water from the magical Oak Island.

Overnight in Western Shore
Standard: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Superior: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Day 4

Western Shore

The resort is situated on the southern shores of Nova Scotia and offers up breath-taking views of Mahone Bay and the magnificent Oak Island, where you can wander along the seaside trails, whatch humpback and fin whales play in the waters of Tancook Island, and enjoy the beauty of this area. While you’re here, try a classic Nova Scotian dish by the waterside as you watch sailboat gently glide across the bay.

Overnight in Western Shore
Standard: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Superior: Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Day 5

Western Shore to Digby (193 km)

Head west today across the heart of Nova Scotia, close to the picture-perfect wilderness that’s home to a variety of animals and birds. You may wish to stop for a hike at the Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, with trails and canoe routes accessible from the Kejimkujik Lake leading you deep into the interior of the park and to remote island-dotted lakes. On several locations on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake, the soft slate has been decorated with petroglyphs reflecting life prior to and following the arrival of Europeans. Later on, arrive into Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy – your base for the night.

Overnight in Digby
Standard: Coastal Inn Digby County or Harbourview Inn
Superior: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

Day 6

Digby to Truro (300 km)

Journey along the northern shore of Nova Scotia this morning and admire the Bay of Fundy along the way – twice a day the tides carry 100-billion tonnes of water into the Bay of Fundy, with the vertical range spanning as much as 15m, the greatest rise of water on earth. Along the way to Truro, visit the many historic landmarks such as the Annpolis Royal Area, the Grand Pré National Historic Site and the Fort Edward National Historic Site.

Overnight in Truro
Standard: Best Western Plus Glengarry or Super 8 Truro
Superior: Best Western Plus Glengarry or Super 8 Truro

Day 7

Truro to Charlottetown (130 km)

Continue onwards to Pictou, the ‘Birthplace of New Scotland’, and take in the views of the Hector Heritage Quay where the first Scottish settlers arrived back in 1773. From here you can take a ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island which is Canada’s smallest province and well-known for its peaceful ambience and charming scenery. In the afternoon, arrive into Charlottetown which is known as the ‘Cradle of Canada’s Confederation’.

Overnight in Charlottetown
Standard: Best Western Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Inn
Superior: Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown - A Rodd Signature Hotel

Day 8

Charlottetown

Spend a day getting to know Charlottetown. There’s a real colonial spirit to this city, despite the modern features of the location, thanks to its quaint squares and streets, such as Old Charlotte Town and Great George Street.

Overnight in Charlottetown
Standard: Best Western Charlottetown or Rodd Royalty Inn
Superior: Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown - A Rodd Signature Hotel

Day 9

Charlottetown to Antigonish (160 km)

Return to Nova Scotia today via the Northumberland Strait and head along the North Shore Drive, via tranquil scenery and quaint communities which are still infused with a blend of Scottish, Native and Acadian identities and heritage.

Overnight in Antigonish
Standard: Travelodge Suites New Glasgow or Coastal Inn Antigonish
Superior: Travelodge Suites New Glasgow or Coastal Inn Antigonish

Day 10

Antigonish to Baddeck (141 km)

Today you depart your hotel and soon arrive at the narrows of the ocean and eastern reaches of the Northumberland Strait at the doorstep of the island and the commercial hub of Ports Hawkesbury near the tip of St. Georges Bay. Continue on through gentle rolling fields of the bay area as it transitions into the beautiful Bras D’Or Lake lowlands. Arrive in Baddeck, often known as the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands.

Overnight in Baddeck
Standard: Inverary Resort or Ceilidh Country Lodge
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites

Day 11

Baddeck

With a day free in Baddeck, we suggest a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton. The trail runs past lochs and glens settled by Scottish Highlanders and along scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. You will meander through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park, enjoying stunning views of sea-swept headlands, steep cliffs and tranquil beaches. Today you also board one of the Love Boats in Cheticamp for a breathtaking guided tour with commentary adventure. The comfortable, covered touring boat sails out to observe whales, seals, eagles, seabirds and wildlife along the scenic coastline of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Overnight in Baddeck
Standard: Inverary Resort or Ceilidh Country Lodge
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites

Day 12

Baddeck to West Bay (86 km)

Today you continue southbound, passing charming maritime communities that still celebrate their Scottish heritage. If time permits, you may wish to take a longer, circular route for a day trip to Sydney and explore one of the most important Canadian ports of World War II. Continue on to Bras d’Or Lake, considered to be one of the world’s best sailing and boating venues. You may wish to stop in the small town of Baddeck, home to a fascinating museum dedicated to the life and works of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. You arrive in West Bay at the southwest tip of the lake.

Overnight in West Bay
Standard: Dundee Resort & Golf Club
Superior: Dundee Resort & Golf Club

Day 13

West Bay to Liscombe Mills (226 km)

Depart from West bay and the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake to travel through Port Hawkbury and over the Canso Causeway which connects eastern and western Nova Scotia. Once you reach the western shore, you may want to alter your route and head south along the rugged southern Nova Scotia coastline – this coastal highway passes numerous natural habitats, beach parks and beautiful shorelines before you reach Liscombe Mills.

Overnight in Liscombe Mills
Standard: Liscombe Lodge
Superior: Liscombe Lodge

Day 14

Liscombe Mills to Halifax (175 km)

Breakfast is included, if time allows, then make your way to the Liscombe Game Sanctuary which is a 250sq km area that encompasses stands of virgin Nova Scotian forest and wildlife, from deep and muskrat to mink and moose. Follow the Marine Drive to Halifax International Airport for your return flight.

Day 15

Arrive home

What's Included

  • Return flights
  • Economy car hire with fully inclusive insurance for the duration of the holiday (Car upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights
  • Day 11, Cape Breton Highlands / Cheticamp, 2-hour whale watching tour
  • Day 13, Liscombe Mills, admission to Fortress of Louisbourg
  • 1 breakfast
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook containing essential travel information, featuring local sightseeing and attractions, maps and hotel vouchers      

What's Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Park entrance fees
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Ferry charges
  • Bridge tolls
  • Hotel car parking fees

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