Enchanting Canadian Maritimes
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Explore the picturesque vistas of Canada’s maritime towns and landscapes with this 11-day Enchanting Maritimes escorted tour. Beginning in Halifax, you’ll explore the traditions, fascinating cultures and incredible scenery of a host of breath-taking destinations including Baddeck, the Cabot Trail, Shediac Bay, Peggy’s Cove, Charlottetown and Lunenburg. Accompanied by your tour guide and a range of local experts, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the past and present of each of these locations, providing a wonderful introduction to Canada’s maritime history.
- Explore the city of Halifax and learn more about its maritime heritage
- Take a scenic cruise on Bras d’Or Lake
- Journey along the beautiful Cabot Trail
- Visit the Green Gables House in Cavendish that inspired the Anne of Green Gables book
- Learn about lobstering in Shediac Bay
- Take an in-depth tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg
- Admire the scenic beauty of Peggy’s Cove
Arrive in Halifax and check-in at the hotel. Explore the city’s rich maritime history before meeting with your tour guide and group at the hotel for a welcome reception.
Overnight: The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites
Begin today with a guided visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, immersing yourself in the fascinating maritime heritage of Nova Scotia. From here, join a local specialist for a tour of this port city were you’ll travel to a local cemetery, where many of the Titanic victims were laid to rest, before touring the Halifax Public Gardens and harbour front.
End your tour at the enormous Halifax Citadel where the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. In the evening, there will be a visit to one of the oldest breweries in Canada where life in 1863 will be brought to life by animators in period costume. Dinner will be served in one of the city’s traditional maritime pubs.
Overnight: The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites (Breakfast and dinner included)
Halifax – Baddeck
Journey north this morning to Jeddore Oyster Pong and the Fisherman’s Life Museum where you’ll learn about life as a fisherman in the early 1900s. From here, make your way to Baddeck for your overnight stay. This evening, enjoy a local tradition, a Celtic Evening of Smiles, which will include dinner and an entertaining musical theatrical production.
Overnight: Silver Dart Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)
This morning you will visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where the inventor of the telephone chose to build his expansive estate. Take a scenic cruise on Bras d’Or Lake and admire the majestic bald eagles as they fly over the boat. While you’re on the cruise you’ll see the grounds of Bell’s Beinn Bhreagh mansion. The rest of the day can be spent exploring at your own pace.
Overnight: Silver Dart Lodge (Breakfast included)
Cape Breton Highlands and the Cabot Trail
Today sees you visit the Gaelic College which is devoted to preserving and studying the Gaelic language, as well as the Celtic arts and culture. Journey along Cape Breton and Cabot Trail to admire the incredible natural beauty of this area. Be sure to keep watch for sightings of the elusive black bear, moose and bald eagles, and whales in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Later, enjoy lunch in the picturesque village of Cheticamp.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Baddeck – Wood Islands Ferry – Charlottetown
Make your way through the beautiful scenery of Nova Scotia, from the sprawling countryside to the rocky headlands, to reach the harbour of Pictou. Cross the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island and Charlottetown. In the evening, drive to one of Canada’s most charming villages where you’ll spent the evening learning the secrets of PEI Preserve Company’s delicious fruit preserves, sauces, honey and maple syrup. You’ll dine here for dinner, experience local cuisine and warm Prince Edward hospitality.
Overnight: Rodd Charlottetown (Breakfast and dinner included)
Join a local expert today to tour Prince Edward Island, beginning with its national park – this area is filled with red sandstone cliffs, sand dunes and beach foliage. Visit Province House and then move on to Cavendish, where you’ll experience an in-depth visit of Green Gables House and its museums with a local specialist. This house served as inspiration for the children’s classic, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The evening will be spent in Charlottetown where you’ll have some free time to explore at leisure.
Overnight: Rodd Charlottetown (Breakfast included)
Charlottetown – Shediac Bay – Hopewell Rocks – Saint John
Cross back over the Northumberland Strait via the Confederation Bridge to arrive in New Brunswick and Shediac Bay. You’ll meet with a local specialist here who will teach you about lobstering; you’ll then enjoy a delicious local meal of fresh lobster served aboard the boat (weather permitting). From here, join another local expert who will take you on a tour of Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, site of the highest tides in the world.
Overnight: Delta Saint John (Breakfast and lunch included)
Saint John – Digby – Lunenburg
Take a ferry this morning across the Bay of Fundy to Digby, where you’ll continue on to the beautiful Annapolis Valley, originally inhabited by a strong Mi’kmaq community that became home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers in 1605. Make your way to the south coast of Nova Scotia to reach Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight: Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island (Breakfast included)
In the morning, join a local specialist for an in-depth tour of Lunenburg where you’ll learn more about the area’s rich heritage and culture, including the architecture, some of which dates back to the 18th century. There will be a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you’ll have time to browse the interactive exhibits and aquarium before visiting the Ironworks Distillery, situated in a historic blacksmith’s shop. Take a tour of this fascinating area, learning about the traditional methods of distilling, before enjoying the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, join your group for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Here, you’ll be joined by a local expert who will give an entertaining presentation on the history of Oak Island and its so-called Money Pit that has made the island the site of more than 200 years’ worth of treasure hunting.
Overnight: Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island (Breakfast and dinner included)
Lunenburg – Peggy’s Cove – Halifax
Visit Peggy’s Cove this morning on St. Margaret’s Bay, an area that’s popular with painters and photographers, before leaving Halifax for the airport where your trip comes to an end.
Airport arrival will be at 12 p.m, please be aware when booking your flights
- International flights
- Internal travel: Motorcoach; Cruise
- Hotels as described above or similar (10 nights)
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinner included
- City tour of Halifax, Charlottetown and Lunenburg; Visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Prince Edward Island, Green Gables House, Hopewell Rocks and Peggy’s Cove; Cruise on Bras d’Or Lake and Shediac Bay; Scenic drive along the Cabot Trail; Dinner at the PEI Preserve Company; Visit to a traditional brewery
- Tour guide throughout, plus local guides