Atlantic Canada tailor-made holidays
Atlantic Canada captures the natural beauty of its four provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador – which all offer unique heritage. Enjoy the selection of great outdoors lifestyle, fresh seafood and brilliant nightlife offered in each province.
Prince Edward Island is the setting of the world-renowned novel Anne of Green Gables which is part of the Prince Edward Island's National Park. While on the island explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canadian federation. The historic charm and Victorian architecture is infused with local culture, and succulent seafood.
Follow the Cabot Trail for one of the most scenic coastal drives in North America and take part in Gaelic festivals along the way. Enjoy a tour of Old Town Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and let the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site reveal the Anglo-French hostilities that took place in Nova Scotia.
Witness the power of the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, where you can walk on the ocean floor at low tide and kayak up to 50 feet higher at the same spot just six hours later. New Brunswick also offers fantastic bird and whale watching as well as nature hikes in the Fundy National Park.
Gros Morne National Park should be another stunning feature of an Atlantic Canada travel itinerary. Follow the fjords that cut into the Long Range Mountains and feel the mist from the nearby waterfall. You can also witness the effect of continental drift in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of four UNESCO sites found in Newfoundland and Labrador.
There are many fishing villages and beaches scattered around the region where you can relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Admire the Acadian Peninsula and discover more about their heritage at living history museums. And enjoy the green farmland and vast hunting ground available to explore in Labrador.
Top itineraries in Atlantic Canada
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Explore the Canadian Maritimes as you travel through the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.Taste remarkable seafood, discover a unique Acadian culture and drive some of Canada's most spectacular coastlines.
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Combine New Brunswick’s all-natural good looks and its intriguing past with this scenic road trip. Along the way, guided tours bring it all to life, ranging from whale watching trips to champagne-paired caviar tastings.
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This road trip showcases the natural beauty of Nova Scotia's landscapes and coastlines and explores this Atlantic Canada province in depth. Enjoy the unique culture, friendly locals and superb seafood as you discover wild beaches, remote lighthouses and pristine national parks.
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This Newfoundland journey starts in St John's, the oldest city in North America and takes in Trinity, Terra Nova National Park, Fogo Island, L'Anse aux Meadows – a Viking settlement site and Gros Morne National Park, designated a UNESCO world Heritage Site in 1987.
Top places to stay in Atlantic Canada
Located on the remote yet accessible Fogo Island off the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island Inn is halfway between the equator and the North Pole.
Quirpon offers an island experience on the shores of 'Iceberg Alley' in a fully restored lighthouse which dates back to 1922
This luxury retreat is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and offers a place of solitude, excellent food, memorable wilderness experiences and the ability to switch off from the outside world.
Where to go in Atlantic Canada
Explore one of the most striking national parks in Canada, Gros Morne National Park, found on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. Watch icebergs drift by from the coastline and try whale watching from one of the bays.
Despite being the smallest province of Canada, on your Prince Edward Island holiday you'll admire some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.
The Bay of Fundy demonstrates the highest tides in the world and is arguably the most attractive feature of your New Brunswick travel itinerary. Explore the popular flowerpot rock formations at Hopewell Rocks. Or take a hike through Fundy National Park and observe the wildlife and scenery on offer.
Your Nova Scotia travel experience will combine the area's history with its beautiful scenery. Cabot Trail demonstrates this with a reputation as one of the most scenic coastal drives in North America. Explore the Gaelic heritage, national park and valleys of the Acadian forest on Cape Breton Islan…
When to go to Atlantic Canada
Like much of Canada, the Atlantic provinces can be visited throughout the year. In summer, visitors enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing and wildlife watching, while the region's towns and cities are alive with festivals and locals dining al fresco. In winter the weather can be challenging, but even the most remote corners, like Fogo Island, are open for business, with skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and even storm watching among the activities on offer.
Atlantic Canada articles
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Atlantic Canada may seem vast, but remember – this is life on a North American scale. Our guide to the provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – will help you decide where to plan your Canadian holiday this year.
Explore Atlantic Canada like a local, with our guide to the best spots for scenic photos, sweeping coastal drives, UNESCO landmarks and much more.
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