DAY 1 – Arriving in Halifax
Arrive in the port city of Halifax and spend the remainder of your day exploring this friendly Maritime destination. Sample a bowl of Nova Scotia's famous seafood chowder, sip on a beer from one of Halifax's local craft breweries, and check out the shops and attractions of the Halifax Waterfront. The city streets come alive at night with a festive atmosphere of local pubs and live music.
DAY 2 – Halifax to Moncton
Depart Halifax and gaze out over the Bay of Fundy as you travel by rental car along the colourful coastline into the province of New Brunswick. Stop at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover exposed layers of rock revealing most complete fossil record of species alive during the "Coal Age" of 300 millions years ago. Your final stop of the day is Shediac Bay where you will board a lobster boat for a savoury lobster dinner and informative commentary on the East Coast fishing industry. Proceed to Moncton for your overnight stay.
DAY 3 – Moncton to Saint John
Road trip along the coast to the Bay of Fundy and visit the scenic landmark, Hopewell Rocks.Marvel at the massive flower-pot shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet. Continue through the enchanting landscapes of Fundy National Park to the seaside city of Saint John. The streets of uptown Saint John are rich in history and architecture. Don't miss the Old Loyalist Burial Grounds, restored into a beautiful park setting, with graves dating back to the 1700s.
DAY 4 – St. Andrews by-the-Sea
Enjoy a day trip to the quaint coastal town of St. Andrews by the Sea. Beautiful East Coast architecture and serene sandy beaches highlight this popular summer destination. Stroll through manicured parks and charming wooden houses, sample the locally made ice cream, and dip your toes in the sea. Enjoy a whale watching tour and get acquainted with the wildlife of the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Saint John for your overnight stay.
DAY 5 - Saint John to Digby
Depart Saint John for a scenic ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy to Digby, a hub of Acadian Culture. Situated in the scenic Annapolis Valley, this location ontains diverse environments with inland rivers and lakes accessible via Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Don't miss the opportunity to taste the world-famous scallops, a must for every visitor.
DAY 6 – Digby to Halifax
Travel through the lush Annapolis Valley and Maritime Countryside of Nova Scotia. Visit the Grand Pre National Historic Site, comemmorating the historic Acadian settlements of the 16th and 17th centuries. Visit a local winery before arriving the city of Halifax for an evening at leisure.
DAY 7 – Halifax to Oak Island
Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of Peggy's Cove. This fishing village is known for it's wild Atlantic waves crashing onto the rocky shore, and the colourful eclectic houses and buildings scattered among the rocky topography. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, a remarkably preserved colonial settlement. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town's famous seafaring heritage. Conclude your adventurous day with a final stop at Mahone Bay where a trinity of 19th century churches form a postcard-perfect scene.
DAY 8 – Oak Island to Charlottetown
Depart Oak Island and pass by rural farms and villages, a snapshot of modern Maritime life. Enter the province of New Brunswick, and continue across the Confederation Bridge, an engineering masterpiece that spans a distance of 12.9 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean to Prince Edward Island. Continue to the enchanting city of Charlottetown, and join your group for a delicious traditional lobster dinner in a public hall. This Island tradition unites community members and visitors, and is a great way to meet the colourful locals.
DAY 9 – Charlottetown
Spend a morning discovering the sights of downtown Charlottetown. Walk among the well preserved Victorian-era homes and shops, and enjoy the harbourfront parks and trails. This city is situated on the Charlottetown Harbour, formed by the confluence of three rivers near the island's south shore. Board your motor coach for an afternoon tour to Prince Edward Island National Park. Gaze out over red cliffs, white sand beaches, sculpted sand dunes, and emerald green foliage. Continue with a visit to the Green Gables Heritage Site, a tribute to the classic Anne of Green Gables books. Return to Charlottetown and enjoy an evening performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts by local performers.
DAY 10 – Charlottetown to Baddeck
Depart for a scenic ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Pass through friendly Maritime communities and meet the colourful locals as you travel to the spectacular setting of Cape Breton Island. Known as the Scotland of North America, Cape Breton was settled by Highland Scots in the 1800's, with Gaelic being the first language of many elders on the island. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and learn about this many accomplishments and inventions of this iconic historic figure. Continue to Bras d'Or Lake for a peaceful evening.
DAY 11 – Baddeck & Cabot Trail
Take a memorable road trip along the magnificent Cabot Trail, one of the most picturesque drives in North America. This roadway winds along the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shores, ascending into the incredible plateaus of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Top off your adventure with a whale watching excursion (available July - September) for a snapshot of Atlantic Ocean wildlife. Return to Bras d'Or Lake and unwind in the peaceful serenity of this quiet setting.
DAY 12 – Baddeck to Halifax
Road trip your way back to Halifax, travelling west through the scenic countryside of Nova Scotia. Stop and explore the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a large-scale reconstruction of an 18th-century French settlement. Discover the history of this unique settlement, walk the recreated streets through replicas of significant buildings using the original stones and materials of the site. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Halifax.
DAY 13 - Halifax Departure
A morning check-out concludes this memorable Atlantic Canada holiday.