Grand Maritimes

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick; these names evoke maritime tales of time gone by. This 18 day self-guided tour begins and ends in Halifax. Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove before boarding your ferry to Saint John. Discover the Fortress of Louisbourg, and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture.

Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation in clean and comfortable hotels with private facilities, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), car hire, Bay Ferry Tolls: Digby/Saint John, Woods Island/Caribou (100% non-refundable), Lobster Fishing Cruise with lobster meal, Parks Canada Discover Pass with admission to all National Parks and to the following National Historic Sites: Alexander Graham Bell, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg, Grand-Pré, Halifax Citadel, Kejimkujik (day use only), Port-Royal, Green Gables House, Carleton Martello Tower, Fort Beauséjour and Monument Lefebvre.

Day
1

Halifax Arrival

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital. Lord Nelson Hotel (2 nights)

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2

Halifax Sightseeing

A full day in Halifax to explore the boutique shops, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

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3

Halifax to Lunenburg

Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian era town that begs you to wander and explore. Boscawen Inn (1 night)

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4

Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. Hillsdale House (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
5

Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews

Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. The Algonquin Resort (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
6

St. Andrews

This resort combines historic sites, with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy.

Day
7

St. Andrews to Fredericton

Today you head north inland en route to Fredericton. After your short drive you have ample time to explore the many visitor attractions of this city. We suggest a visit the historic Garrison District. Several of the buildings at this site have retained their original heritage architecture, creating a remarkably old world feel in the centre of a modern city. Delta Fredericton (1 night)

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8

Fredericton to Saint John

Today drive the Lower River Passage route south along 102 highway. The heritage of centuries surrounds you, and pristine unspoiled views of the St. John River open at every corner of the country roads. In Saint John where the river enters the Bay of Fundy visit the world renowned Reversing Falls. Delta Brunswick (1 night)

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9

Saint John to Moncton

The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton. Delta Beausejour (1 night)

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10

Moncton to Charlottetown

Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force.’ Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Enjoy a lobster fishing cruise & dine on fresh lobster. Then follow the Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown. The Great George (3 nights)

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11

Charlottetown Sightseeing

Explore Charlottetown the birthplace of Canada’s confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
12

Island Sightseeing

Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
13

Charlottetown to Baddeck

Depart Charlottetown taking Rte 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou & visit Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. Inverary Resort (2 nights)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
14

Louisbourg Sightseeing

This morning head north to discover a National Historic Site, the Fortress of Louisbourg. As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it's an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700's. Don't miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man who spent his summers on the shores of the Bras d'Or.

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15

Baddeck to Ingonish

Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp, which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail, which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Keltic Lodge (1 night)

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16

Ingonish to Liscomb Mills

Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en-route including Guysborough, an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860's where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Liscombe Lodge (1 night)

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17

Liscomb Mills to Halifax

Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax, along the way visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. Lord Nelson Hotel (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day
18

Tour End

Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle.

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Prices based on twin share accommodation, please contact us for single pricing.

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