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Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

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

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,450 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

This self-drive culinary tour will bring you the unique tastes of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

In Brief

  • 1 Night Halifax
  • 1 Night Moncton
  • 1 Night Miramichi
  • 1 Night Fredericton
  • 1 Night Saint Andrews
  • 1 Night Saint John
  • 2 Nights Fundy National Park
  • 1 Night Summerside
  • 1 Night Northport
  • 2 Nights Dalvay by the Sea
  • 2 Nights Bay Fortune
  • 2 Nights Charlottetown
  • 1 Night Halifax

About

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Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Take this road trip of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to experience the provinces through their incredible cuisine, much of which is based around seafood from freshly caught lobster to oysters and mussels.

Your tour will include various scenic drives like the Acadian Coastal drive, Fundy Coastal drive, the North Cape coastal drive and the Points east coastal drive. Visit St Stephen where the first chocolate bar was invented, or try clamming on Prince Edward Island.

Along the way you'll stay in some of the region's most authentic and characteristic accommodation, including the Rodd Miramichi River, and The Great George in the famous Charlottetown. You'll also get a first-class introduction to the area's rugged landscape, and rich history and culture. In Miamachi visit Lord Beaverbrook's house, the Carleton Martello Tower in Saint John, and the Taste the Town Tour of Charlottetown – the birthplace of Anne of Green Gables.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK / Halifax

Fly to Halifax on arrival pick up  your rental car and make your way to your overnight hotel. 

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 2
Moncton

Drive to Moncton in New Brunswick (approx. 2.5 hrs journey)

Moncton is a major urban centre where English and French Acadian culture blend harmoniously to create a unique community. It is home to two unusual natural phenomena: the Tidal Bore on the Petitcodiac River, and the famous Magnetic Hill.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 3
Moncton/Miramichi

Depart Moncton and follow the Acadian Coastal drive north through coastal towns and villages. Take time to visit Kouchibouguac National Park, which is a stunning display of beaches and sand dunes sweeping over 26 kilometres.

Continue on and join the scenic Miramichi River Route, which travels through the many communities that make up the Miramichi region. Miramichi is New Brunswick's newest city and home to the famous Miramichi River - a world famous salmon fishing river. The city is made up of many unique shops, restaurants and heritage sites namely St. Michael's Basilica and Lord Beaverbrook House. Spend the night in Miramichi.

Stay: Rodd Miramichi River (Superior)

Day 4
Miramichi/Fredericton

Depart Miramichi and drive north along the Miramichi River Route to Fredericton, New Brunswick's picturesque capital city noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Fredericton and its attractions. Places to visit include City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, the Historic Military Compound, Old Government House and the Kings Landing Historical Settlement.

Stay: Quartermain B&B (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 5
Fredericton/St. Andrews

Depart Fredericton and drive southwest to St. Stephen - the town where the first chocolate bar was invented and the gateway to the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy - "One of the Marine Wonders of the World". First stop St. Andrews, one of Canada's most beautiful seaside resorts. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this tranquil area.

Stay: Rossmount Inn (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 6
St. Andrews/Saint John

Enjoy a nature cruise departing from St. Andrews, cruise through the narrow island passages of the Deer Island Archipelago en route to the open Bay of Fundy. In season, expect to see whales, porpoises, seals, seabirds and bald eagles. Depart St. Andrews and take a leisurely drive along the Fundy Coastal Drive to Saint John, New Brunswick's largest city. Saint John is steeped in history with lots to see and do. Places to visit include Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, the old city market, Loyalist House, the New Brunswick Museum and probably the most famous - the Reversing Falls.

Stay: Hilton Saint John (Superior)

Day 7
Saint John/Fundy National Park

This morning, we suggest a city tour of Saint John before departing to join the spectacular Fundy Coastal Drive. En-route visit Sussex – a quaint town nestled in the beautiful countryside of New Brunswick, with its excellent Agricultural Museum. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep valleys and rolling meadows. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104km of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. Spend the night in Fundy National Park.

The Fundy Trail, 45 minute drive from Saint John to the village of St. Martins; with stunning views of the magnificent Bay of Fundy in every direction along coastal cliffs and site of two UNESCO designated sites: the Fundy Biosphere Reserve and the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark.

Stay: Falcon Ridge Inn (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Fundy National Park

The day is at your leisure to explore the magnificent park. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104km of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. Other sightseeing suggestions include visiting Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary's Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby.

Stay: Falcon Ridge Inn (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 9
Fundy National Park/Summerside

Depart Fundy National Park and continue along the Fundy Coastal drive via Hopewell Cape, Be sure to visit Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park - home of Hopewell Rocks. Visit the excellent interpretive centre on site before exploring this natural phenomenon. Twice each day the highest tides in the world - up to 46ft/14m - flood the beach, and twice each day you can explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide. Created over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy's awesome tidal forces, the Flowerpot Rocks are a natural wonder not to be missed. Continue on to Prince Edward Island.

Arrive in Summerside - one of the newest cities in Canada. Summerside is rich in heritage; the stately homes that grace the downtown residential core were once home to many a wealthy shipbuilder and Spinnakers Landing on the waterfront brings the shipbuilding era alive once more. The city of Summerside is now a modern lively city with an attractive waterfront area. In the evening, you have the option to attend the Feast Dinner Theatre held in Brothers 2 Restaurant.

Stay: Summerside Inn B&B (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 10
North Cape Coastal Drive

In the day, explore the North Cape Coastal Drive - this area offers a unique blend of the province's best sightseeing, natural attractions, cultural experiences and engaging people. Visit the picturesque fishing and farming communities, historic architecture, and secluded beaches. Visit the u-pick operation in Arlington with over 40 varieties of apples, pears & plums, something to suit everyone's taste.

Continue on to Elmsdale to Rennies U-Pick, where you can pick your own strawberries and get a tour of the grounds. Why not visit Milligan's Warf -this historical lobster fishing wharf in West Prince includes a very casual local experience with a menu cooked fresh to order. 

Stay: Northport Pier Inn (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 11
Green Gables Shore

Today drive along the Green Gables Shore which offers the perfect combination of Island scenery, culture and food artisans! Visit Kensington and the old stone railway station - a National Historic Site as well as well as Indian River to view the dramatic church of St. Mary. Continue on to Cavendish - the home of Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea - the village of Anne of Green Gables. Visit Anne of Green Gables Chocolates – they are handmade before your eyes at Avonlea Village. Continue on to Winsloe and take a tour of the Island Farmhouse Gouda Inc. – For quality cheese straight from the source, venture no further than the Cheese Lady’s Gouda. Visit the farm, observe from the viewing window but don’t miss the best part – samples! 

Stay: Dalvay by the Sea (Superior)

Day 12
Dalvay Bay

Day at leisure to enjoy a relaxing day. You can choose from many of the onsite activities such as Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boating and so much more. Later you can visit the nearby Prince Edward Island National Park - home to sand dunes, barrier islands and sand pits, beaches, sandstone cliffs, wetlands and forests. These diverse habitats provide a home for a variety of plants and animals, including the endangered Piping Plover. Tonight you can dine at Dalvay – which is memorable for cuisine, ambience and personal service.

Stay: Dalvay by the Sea (Superior)

Day 13
Dalvay Bay - Points East Coastal Drive

Depart Dalvay Bay and explore the northern portion of the Points East Coastal Drive. Continue to St. Peter’s Bay, a good stopping point for shopping, dining, theatre and music, and just a short distance away visit the spectacular dune system at Greenwich National Park, visit East Point Lighthouse and climb to the top, play on the beaches and have the sand at Basin Head actually “sing to you”.

Continue your drive to Bay Fortune. Tonight you can dine at the property – The chefs create a brand new menu every day using ingredients from our organic farm, herb gardens and a roster of Prince Edward Island farmers, fisherfolk, foragers and culinary artisans. From 6pm to 7pm they offer fresh shucked oysters, hors d’oeuvres and artful cocktails served in our historic kitchen, location of Chef Michael Smith’s first cooking show The Inn Chef. The Feast begins at 7pm as we light the FireWorks with every form of live-fire cooking known to man. Dinner is served family-style at our long butcher-block tables overlooking Bay Fortune. You can expect freshly baked bread, smoked fish, house-made charcuterie, seafood chowder, our famous home-grown house salad and best of all, wood roasted meats, fish and vegetables all prepared before your very eyes. Make sure you save room for our out-of-this-world desserts! 

Stay: Inn at Bay Fortune (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 14
Points East Coastal Drive

Today you can relax and enjoy some of the onsite amenities. You will find a Yoga and Meditation Instruction onsite and you can participate in any one of the many classes offered. Absorb the legendary hospitality and Maritime charm while wandering the beautiful grounds and discover rows of heirloom vegetables and fragrant herb gardens growing on our organic farm. Sip a cocktail mixed with locally crafted gin on our front lawn overlooking Bay Fortune…and the world you left behind fades away!

Stay: Inn at Bay Fortune (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 15
Charlottetown

Depart Bay Fortune and drive South along the Points East Coastal Drive to Woods Island to visit the Point Prim Lighthouse before heading to Charlottetown – The Capital of Prince Edward Island. In the afternoon you will tour downtown area of Charlottetown on foot. Stroll along the streets and retrace the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation. Be sure to visit Founders’ Hall – Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion or the National Historic Street called Great George. Just steps away from Province House, is Victoria Row – it is here that “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical” has been delighting audiences for 47 years. 

Stay: The Great George, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 16
Charlottetown

Today you can join the Taste the Town tour – A Culinary Walking Tour of Downtown Charlottetown. This tour features tastings of unique Island foods such as lobster sushi, mussels, craft beer, chocolate-dipped potato chips, hand–cut fries, Lebanese specialties and COWS ice cream. In the afternoon visit one of the many Farmers Markets available in the downtown core of Charlottetown.

This evening why not enjoy a unique dining experience in the Lucy Maud Dining Room, One Locations Two Great Culinary Experiences – this is a training restaurant for The Culinary Institute of Canada. The students are under the guidance of world class chef instructors and prepare extraordinary culinary creations using the very best the fields and waters of PEI have to offer. Come for the food, enjoy the view overlooking Charlottetown Harbour and savour the Experience.

Stay: The Great George (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 17
Halifax

This morning you will depart for Halifax and continue onward to other adventures.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 18-19
Halifax / UK

Return your rental car to Halifax Airport and join your flight back to the UK, arriving home on day 19. 


Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,450 incl. flights

Superior

Valid for travel: 1 May – 31 October 

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • Return flights to Halifax
  • Car hire for 18 days
  • 2 nights in Halifax (first and last night)
  • 15 nights accommodation in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as described (board basis varies)
  • St Andrews nature cruise
  • Charlottetown walking tour and document pack including travel wallet, full itinerary, driving directions, maps and supporting literature

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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