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Atlantic Canada

Maritime culture and charming landscapes

Atlantic Canada tailor-made holidays

Introduction

The beauty and hospitality of Canada is perhaps encapsulated in its four Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. Wonderfully explored with a scenic road trip, visitors can expect winding trails that hug verdant national parks dense with moose, ultra-fresh seafood eateries lining sandstone-framed beaches, and colourful terrace houses in picturesque fishing villages. Each has its own unique charms, from the French Acadian history of New Brunswick and its million-year-old Hopewell Rocks to Newfoundland & Labrador's calving icebergs, drifting among breaching humpback whales. Taste fresh Atlantic lobster and scallops along Nova Scotia's lighthouse-dotted craggy shores, and cycle among the rolling verdant hills of Prince Edward Island, dotted with rural communities. 

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is all rolling hills peppered with picture-book lighthouses and sandstone-lined beaches, and home to the setting of world-renowned novel Anne of Green Gables. Part of the eponymous national park, all cosy forest trails, bright red rocks and endless dunes, spend days cycling along the yellow fields of Springbrook, watch the sunset at Covehead's ultra-scenic beach, and indulge in the pretty pubs of Victoria Row. Capital Charlottetown is all charm, where Gothic revival churches and Victorian architecture infuse with local culture and succulent seafood.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is renowned for many things, but the Cabot Trail may win the accolade of most spectacular. Hugging the Cape Breton Highlands National Park's tip, breaching whales, swelling icebergs and characterful villages all vie for your attention. Stop along the way to hike one of the national park's hundreds of routes, spot whales from cliffs and sample some famous Nova Scotia seafood – the clams and oysters are particularly noteworthy. Ocean vistas, dense forests, fascinating geology and the remote highlands make for a continually spectacular trip round every winding corner. Over in Old Town Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site reveals the fascinating Anglo-French hostilities that took place in Nova Scotia among a charming port and colourful waterfront-framing houses.

New Brunswick

Witness the power of the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy at the 50-feet-tall Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. With a tidal range of just under 15 metres, the bay is one of the most unique in the world – walk on the ocean floor at low tide and kayak up to 50 feet higher at the same spot just six hours later, a result of years of erosion. New Brunswick also offers bird and whale watching, as well as nature hikes in the Fundy National Park, and Canada's oldest city, Saint John, showcases quaint fishing villages alongside Irving Nature Park’s volcanic rocks and dense forests. Take a few hours to relax on one of Atlantic Canada's favourite beaches, Moncton Parlee, and sample some of the largest lobsters you'll ever see, before embracing the region's Acadian charm, palpable in every historic village and effigy edging the sandy coastline. 

Newfoundland & Labrador 

The Gros Morne National Park is undoubtedly the crowning glory of this region. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, humbling expanses of glacier-fed fjords cut into the Long Range Mountains, verdant cliffs are misted by tumbling waterfalls, and moose and black bear roam among pristine forests. It's contrasted alongside the arid environment of the neighbouring Tablelands and the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the only known Viking settlement in North America. Ancient history and maritime culture abound, showcased in ancient rock formations and thousand-year-old icebergs, and over in Quirpon Dock, July onwards affords chances to spot orcas on their annual migration. Newfoundland is also home to the colourful row houses and vibrant heritage of harbour-lined St John's, and in nearby Aquaforte, fjords evocative of Norway lie alongside villages with a deep fishing history, perfectly explored with scenic self-drives, boat trips, hikes and biking.

Special offers in Atlantic Canada

A Taste of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island Self-Drive

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,060 pp incl. flights

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Early booking discount - Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 28 February 2019

Take this self-drive tour of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to experience the provinces through their cuisine, which is heavily based around seafood.

Harvest In Halifax on Regent Seven Seas

13-day cruise from £5,145 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Top itineraries in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada: Unique Properties of the Maritimes

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,495 pp incl. flights

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.

Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick Explorer‬

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,415 pp incl. flights

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.

Authentic Nova Scotia Fly-Drive

17-day tailor-made self drive from £2,560 pp incl. flights

This road trip showcases the natural beauty of Nova Scotia's landscapes and coastlines, exloring this Atlantic Canada province in depth. Experience a unique culture, meet friendly locals and dine on superb seafood as you discover wild beaches, remote lighthouses and pristine national parks.

Authentic Newfoundland Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self drive from £4,060 pp incl. flights

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.

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Top places to stay in Atlantic Canada

Fogo Island Inn

Contemporary hotel from £3,275 pp incl. flights

Located on quiet Fogo Island off the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island Inn is a unique retreat halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

Quirpon Lighthouse

Designer hotel from £155 pp

Quirpon offers an island experience on the shores of 'Iceberg Alley' in a fully restored lighthouse which dates back to 1922

Trout Point Lodge

Contemporary lodge

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.

Torngat Mountain Base Camp & Research Station

Traditional lodge from £2,385 pp

Explore the Torngat Mountains National Park at the northern tip of Labrador, a wilderness seacoast of towering fjords and turquoise lakes.

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Where to go in Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland & Labrador

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.

Prince Edward Island

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.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick is arguably the most charming province of Atlantic Canada, with its lighthouse-studded islands, ultra-fresh seafood and, of course, the spectacular Bay of Fundy, demonstrating the highest tides in the world.

Nova Scotia

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…

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When to go to Atlantic Canada

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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.

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Atlantic Canada articles

  • Canada's top 7 luxury lodges

    Wexas Canada specialist Patrick Griffin picks out seven of his favourite Canadian luxury lodges, including the best options for bear watching, exploring the coast, high design, food and drink, and taking in Canada's unique First Nations heritage.

  • David Orkin's guide to Atlantic Canada

    Atlantic Canada is made up of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Four distinct provinces, but each with its own character and charm. Travel writer David Orkin shares his highlights.

  • Adventures in Atlantic Canada: Newfoundland’s top 5

    With its vast national parks, spectacular wildlife, unique cuisine and buzzing cities, here are five good reasons why Newfoundland & Labrador is among our favourite Canadian provinces.

  • Atlantic Canada’s most scenic road trips

    Atlantic Canada's spectacular provinces offer ultra-scenic road trips aplenty, so we've collated this list of the region's best routes from national parks and enormous mountains to ancient villages and historic landscapes.

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