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Self-Drive Nova Scotia & Maritime Magic Treasures

13 Nights Self Drive Tour from £1,639 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A self-drive round-trip itinerary exploring the beautiful province of Nova Scotia. Begin in Halifax with its rich maritime history before exploring Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing villages and rugged coast at the Bay of Fundy. Take the ferry over to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Drive to beautiful Cape Breton and take the scenic Cabot Trail. Throughout you will be charmed by the locals, delight in the wonderful local produce and seafood, enjoy learning about the history of the region and admire the wonderful scenery and seascapes.

Highlights

  • Enjoy this circular tour of Nova Scotia, beginning and ending in the charming capital city of Halifax
  • Whale-watching boat tour in the Cape Breton Highlands
  • Tour the Fortress of Louisburg – one of the most historically significant locations in North America
  • Visit the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the greatest tidal rise of water in the world
  • Relax in the picturesque seaside resort of Western Shore

Details

Day 1

Fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia

Arrive Halifax and transfer independently to your hotel for a two night stay. Halifax is situated on one of the world’s largest harbours and has a rich maritime history.

Overnight: Standard – Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton; Superior – Delta Halifax or Delta Barrington

Day 2

Halifax

Enjoy a day exploring the museums and waterfront district of Halifax, with its restored Historic Properties. Visit the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18 century and the lovely Public Gardens dating back to 1867. You could also take a harbour cruise aboard the Bluenose II. Enjoy eating in one of the many restaurants in this charming city – many specialising in seafood but also featuring farm-to-fork and craft breweries.

Day 3

Halifax to Western Shore, Nova Scotia (47 miles)

Pick up your hire car and head of the city westbound. Travel along the northern shore of St Margarets Bay and then arrive in the picturesque Western Shore area, just across the water from magnificent Oak Island. You’ll be spending two nights on the beautiful southern shores of Nova  Scotia with breath-taking views of Mahone Bay.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Atlantica Oak Island Resort

Day 4

Western Shore

A full day to enjoy this lovely coastal resort. Take a stroll along the resort’s seaside trail and spot humpback and fin whales as they play off Tancook Island.

Day 5

Western Shore to Digby, Nova Scotia (98 miles)

This morning head west and cross the heart of Nova Scotia and the wilderness that is home to a wide variety of woodland animals. It’s worth setting out early so that you can enjoy time hiking at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site. The trails, and also canoe routes, are accessible from Kejimkujik Lake  and lead deep into the park’s interior where you will find remote, island-dotted lakes. Later, continue to Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy, for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Standard - Coastal Inn Digby County or Harbourview Inn; Superior – Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

Day 6

Digby to Truro, Nova Scotia (184 miles)

Drive along the northern coast of Nova Scotia and admire the Bay of Fundy, world-famous for its extreme tides. The vertical range between low and high tide can be as much as 50 feet. Twice a day the tides carry 100-billion tons of water into the Bay of Fundy. On your way through this beautiful area you can visit historic landmarks such as the Annapolis Royal Area, the Grand Pre National Historic Site and Fort Edward National Historic Site. Continue to Truro where you will spend the night.

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

Day 7

Truro to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (147 miles)

This morning you will visit Pictou – the “Birthplace of New Scotland” and explore the Hector Heritage Quay where the first Scottish settlers arrived in 1773. Here you will take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. This is Canada’s smallest province noted for its peaceful charm and fruitful rolling countryside. Arrive in the lovely town of Charlottetown, the vibrant seaside capital city of Prince Edward Island where you will stay for two nights

Overnight: Standard – Charlottetown Inn or Rodd Royalty Inn; Superior – Delta Prince Edward Hotel or Rodd Charlottetown

Day 8

Charlottetown

A full day to enjoy the charming Victorian houses and elegant squares of Old Charlotte Town. Enjoy browsing the boutiques and or take a Lobster Boil boat trip.

Day 9

Charlottetown to Antigonish, Nova Scotia (215 miles)

Return to Nova Scotia via the Northumberland Strait and drive along the North Shore Drive through tranquil scenery and small communities. Overnight in Antigonish.

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

Day 10

Antigonish to Baddeck (87 miles)

Drive to the eastern reaches of the Northumberland Strait and St Georges Bay, then continue on through gentle rolling fields of the bay area and the beautiful Bras D’Or Lake lowlands. Arrive at the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands – the town of Baddeck, your home for the next two nights

Overnight: Standard – Inverary Resort or Ceilidh Country Lodge; Superior – Silver Dart Lodge & Macneil House Suites

Day 11

Baddeck

Take the scenic drive along the Cabot Trail into the highlands of North Breton, past lochs and glens settled by the Scottish Highlanders and along the scenic coastlines settled by the Acadians. Enjoy the stunning views of sea-swept headlands, plunging cliffs and tranquil beaches as you continue through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Then at Cheticamp you will board a comfortable covered boat for a wildlife cruise to spot whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife. Return to Baddeck for the evening.

Day 12

Baddeck to West Bay, Nova Scotia (54 miles)

Today drive south through charming maritime communities that still celebrate their Scottish heritage. Tour the Fortress of Louisburg, where you will enjoy the interactive demonstrations by staff in their historical costumes. You can have lunch here in one of period restaurants serving authentic meals of the original inhabitants. Continue onto Bras d’Or Lake, considered to be one of the best places to sail, and tonight you’ll be staying in West Bay.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Dundee Resort & Golf Club

Day 13

West Bay to Liscombe Mills, Nova Scotia (95 miles)

Travel through Port Hawksbury and over the Canso Causeway which connects east and west Nova Scotia. Once on the western shore, drive along the rugged southern coastline, passing beautiful beach parks and dramatic shorelines. Reach Liscomb Mills for your final night of the holiday.

Overnight: Standard/Superior – Liscombe Lodge

Day 13

Liscombe Mills to Halifax (109 miles)

Follow the Marine Drive back to Halifax where you will drop your car off at the airport and fly home.

  • International flights
  • Car hire with fully comprehensive insurance
  • Hotel accommodation as described or similar for 13 nights on a room only basis, apart from the last day when breakfast is included
  • Day 11 – Cheticamp Cape Breton Highlands Whale-watching tour (2 hours)
  • Day 12 – admission to Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Roadbook with maps and itinerary highlights


What’s not included?

  • Airport transfer
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Ferry charges and bridge tolls

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 from day 3 (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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