Maritimes Coastal Wonders
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Join us as we uncover the treasures of the Canadian Maritimes. From the rugged Cabot Trail to the amazing Fundy tides, fun and adventure await. Marvel at the incredible views at Nova Scotias Peggys Cove. See the four-story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks and savor a traditional Maritimes lobster feast. In Prince Edward Island, visit the Anne of Green Gables House and learn about potato farming. Learn about the regions Gaelic heritage and experience local culture at the celebrated Saint John City Market. Be inspired by the many inventions of Alexander Graham Bell at his museum. Travel along the striking Lighthouse Route. Dont miss the rugged beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and rich seafaring history of this amazing region.
Day 1: Halifax, Nova Scotia – Tour Begins
Welcome to Canadas Maritimes region an area of rugged and pristine beauty.
Day 2: Halifax – Peggys Cove – Halifax
This morning meet your fellow guests over breakfast with your Tour Manager. Then, visit one of the most picturesque spots in all of Canada beautiful Peggys Cove. Its historic lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean provides one of the most memorable views you will ever see. Later, explore Halifaxs charming downtown on a tour highlighting the waterfront, Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road and the famous Citadel. This evening, enjoy dinner along the waterfront.
Day 3: Halifax – Cape Breton Island – Baddeck
En route to Cape Breton, enjoy a visit to the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre to learn about the Mikmaq heritage and Glooscap legendssee artifacts including intricate quill and bead work, and learn some words from the Mikmaq language. Continue your journey along the Canso Causeway to stunning Cape Breton Island. Set out on a scenic drive by the pristine shores of Bras d’Or Lakes, Canadas only inland sea. Next, stop at the Gaelic College. Watch North Americas first Gaelic language short film: Faire Chaluim MhicLeoid – the Wake of Calum MacLeod. Afterward, learn how the Great Kilt was made during a brief kilt-making demonstration. Learn a few handy Gaelic phrases and join in the fun of a milling frolicpractice a Gaelic song while sitting around a table and beating a large loop of woolen cloth in rhythm.
Day 4: Cabot Trail
Set off to explore the Cabot Trail and fall in love with its rugged terrain and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the famed St. Peters Church in Cheticamp. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Even more beauty awaits as we pause at fishing communities along the coast, including lovely Neils Harbour. After dinner this evening weve arranged an old-fashioned bonfire (weather permitting).
Day 5: Baddeck – Prince Edward Island
This morning explore the amazing variety of inventions on display at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Afterward, take a short ferry ride to Prince Edward Island, the Land Cradled on the Waves. This evening, its Diners Choice…tonight your dinner is included and youll choose the perfect spot from a menu of Charlottetowns great restaurants.
Day 6: Prince Edward Island
Today you will come to know the rolling landscapes of Prince Edward Island, the backdrop of the acclaimed novel, Anne of Green Gables. Visit North Rusticos celebrated wharf dotted with fishing boats and lobster traps. Arrive in delightful Cavendish and view Prince Edward Island National Parks picturesque beaches. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum where you will meet a local farmer who will teach you the art of potato farming, the islands leading industry. Return to Charlottetown with time to explore this fascinating city. Discover seaside Charlottetown with a tour along its narrow streets lined with quaint homes and hidden treasures.
Day 7: Prince Edward Island – Saint John, New Brunswick
This morning leave Prince Edward Island behind as you cross the stately Confederation Bridge. Travel along the sea-sprayed shoreline to the amazing Hopewell Rocks. A New Brunswick icon, these flowerpot-shaped rocks carved by the Fundy tides seem to rise four stories high at low tide only to disappear into tiny islands when the tide is high.* Savor a traditional Maritimes lobster feast as you look out upon Daniels Flats. An expert teaches you how to crack and eat lobster like a local. Continue your journey through New Brunswick to the city of Saint John where youll enjoy a 2-night stay in the bustling waterfront area.
Day 8: Saint John
Explore the awe-inspiring Fundy Trail, marveling at the spectacular views of the famous tides. Embark on a tour where you will experience its natural beauty. Stops along the way not only reveal breathtaking views but also the chance to savor authentic Maritimes delicacies such as Fundys famous dulse (seaweed) and fiddleheads, and also experience regional fiddle music. View some of St. Martins famous covered bridges en route to Saint John. Later, get a taste of local life at the celebrated Saint John City Market** as it comes alive with the aroma of fresh food. You may shop for Maritimes crafts and witness local artists at work. The evening is at leisure in the city of Saint John.
Day 9: Saint John – Western Shore, Nova Scotia
This morning, board a ferry bound for Digby, Nova Scotia. Waterfront accommodations await in charming Western Shore. Upon arrival you may wish to stroll along the beach with views of Oak Island, home of a pirates treasure still waiting to be found.
Day 10: Western Shore – Lunenburg – Western Shore
Experience the small fishing village of Mahone Bay before stopping at Amos Pewter to learn about the intricate artistry that goes into each piece. Next, travel along the beautiful Lighthouse Route towards Lunenburg. Explore this fishing village on a walking tour and discover how early settlers turned to the sea for survival. Enjoy a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you may choose to try its marvelous touch tank filled with local species. A local fisherman will teach you all about scallops and how to shuck them! Complete your day along the waterfront at a spectacular farewell dinner with your fellow travelers and toast the end of a marvelous trip.
Day 11: Western Shore – Tour Ends
Today you depart the Maritimes, taking home countless memories.