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Maritime Canada by Motorhome

15 Nights Tour from £1,489 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

With an itinerary spanning 16 days you have time to explore this fascinating corner of North America where diverse cultural influences from Scotland, Africa and France blend with the native Mi’kmaq traditions; natural wonders abound and you will explore four distinct National Parks, dramatic coastlines and protected islands. Eat lobster, watch whales, sail a schooner, hike amongst waterfalls and lighthouses and lay on sandy beaches.

The drive starts and ends in Halifax, Nova Scotia; you can fly directly into Halifax from London Heathrow with a flight duration of approximately 7 hours.  Why not add a city break in Toronto or New York by flying into Toronto / New York first and then taking a 2.5 hr flight to Halifax ready for your driving adventure?

The itinerary below is just a suggestion for your motorhome holiday - you are free to choose where and when you stop. You select your own campsites – in high season you’re advised to book these early, but outside of peak times you can usually leave yourself with the flexibility to adapt your itinerary as you go – if you totally love a place, then why not stay another night?

Highlights:

  • Exceptional whale watching opportunities from land and sea
  • Variety of National Parks with diverse scenery, ecosystems and wildlife
  • Maritime and fishing history including a UNESCO world heritage protected community
  • Includes one of the world’s great scenic drives – The Cabot Trail

Travel inspiration: We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things to do when visiting the nautical splendour that is Nova Scotia.

Details

Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrive in Halifax and check into Delta Hotel by Marriott Halifax (or similar). Enjoy strolling through this coastal city with a fascinating maritime history and if you have time the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic with its Titanic artefacts is worth a visit.

Day 2

Halifax – Lunenburg (95 km)

Pick up your motorhome from the depot and drive the scenic costal route west of the city to the suggested campsite of Lunenburg. En-route stop at Peggy’s Cove, home to the country’s most photogenic lighthouse and also a launching point for short boat trips out to a nesting puffin colony and Seal Rock. The colourful, painted town of Lunenburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and the fisheries museum explains the importance of the town during the fisheries boom.

Day 3

Lunenburg – Kejimkujik National Park (115 km)

Spend the morning enjoying a cruise from the harbour and see the pretty town from a completely different perspective. Sailing schooners are what the town is famous for and you can join a 2 hour cruise, you might even be able to sail on the famous Bluenose if it’s in its hometown. In the afternoon take a drive inland to the Kejimkujik National Park.

Day 4 and 5

Kejimkujik National Park – Digby (105 km)

Enjoy the National Park, its wildlife and famous petroglyphs; you can walk, hike or canoe the trails and rivers. By late afternoon continue your journey heading towards Digby on the North West coast of Nova Scotia where we recommend staying at an oceanfront campsite for two nights so you have plenty of time for whale watching and exploring this stunning bay. In summer the bay provides a mating ground for Whales such as Humpback, Minke and Right Whales and one of the best places to enjoy them is from the quaint Brier Island. You will need to drive the length of the scenic peninsula where land is linked by two cable ferries to reach the island but it is worth the trip with friendly local restaurants, a beautiful beach, hiking trails and boat trips waiting for you.

Day 6 and 7

Digby – Fundy National Park (205 km)

Take the ferry over the Bay of Fundy into New Brunswick and head to the wonderful Fundy Trail Parkway. This is the name given to a particularly beautiful 10km stretch of coastline that has been developed so that you can enjoy the views and the natural wonders from the road via observation decks. But we highly recommend parking up and exploring the walking trails, the beaches and suspension footbridge.

At the end of the day head to the Fundy National Park, just along the coast from the Parkway, a 2 night stay is recommended so you have a full day to explore the park; this is where you will find the highest tides in the world and over 25 waterfalls.

Day 8 and 9

Fundy National Park – Kouchibouguac National Park (215 km)

Before driving north head to Hopewell Rocks to really explore those epic tidal movements (up to 48 ft twice a day!) at The Ocean Tidal Exploration Site. Check tide times and go at low tide so you can stand on the ocean floor or high tide if you prefer to kayak.

Stay 2 nights at Kouchibouguac National Park with a full day at leisure in the park, home to diverse ecosystems, with sand dunes, forests, tidal rivers and tall forests meeting here. There are 60 kms of cycling routes and bike rental is a great way to stretch your legs, or take a lobster cruise on Shediac Bay.

Day 10 and 11

 Kouchibouguac National Park – Prince Edward Island (235 km)

Crossing over the Confederation Bridge onto the island where we recommend 2 nights at Charlotte Town Campground.  The island is famous for both its numerous Lighthouses and for being the setting of Anne of Green Gables so pack a copy of the book if you haven’t read it already.

Day 12

Prince Edward Island – Lake Ainslie (250 km)

When you leave the island the ferry drops you at Pictou, where the first Scottish settlers landed; your afternoon drive east will take you to Cape Breton Island with an overnight stay at Lake Ainslie.

Day 13 and 14

Lake Ainslie – Cape Breton Highlands National Park (125 km)

Your first stop is the coastal town of Inverness and a notable difference from its British namesake is the sea temperature. Known for warm ocean water and great for a dip, it also offers beachcombers some unique treasure as coloured sea glass washes up here (known as Mermaid’s tears).

After this worthy detour, keep going North to the Cabot Trail, one of Canada’s great scenic drives that goes from sea level to elevations of 3000 ft. The entire trail is a 185 mile loop overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence on one side and the Atlantic on the other and traversing the northern points of the Cape’s National Park, where deep river valleys are home to moose, black bears, and bald eagles

Stay 2 nights at a campground in the National Park such as Cheticamp, nestled between river and mountains and with easy access to 26 hiking trails and a great base for exploring the area.

Day 15

Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Halifax (455 km)

Your last day of driving covers a lot of ground as you follow the east coast of Nova Scotia all the way back to Halifax. Take a stop at Martinique beach for lunch and arrive at Halifax in the evening where your campground awaits.

Day 16

The depot for returning your motorhome is located at the campsite so spend a morning packing up and saying goodbye to your home on wheels, before heading to the airport.

  • International flights
  • 1 night at a 3* downtown Halifax hotel
  • Rental of a Standard motorhome (Compact and Large motorhomes are also available)
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Personal & Kitchen Kits

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance to the National Parks
  • Campsite charges
  • Fuel

Vehicle departure time is normally between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Vehicle drop off time is normally between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM only. Returns after 11:00 am may be subject to a late return fee of $25 per hour.

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