A road trip through the heart of Canada's scenic Nova Scotia
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- Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Nova Scotia as you drive from Halifax to Liscomb Mills
- Spend time exploring the beautiful town of Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Drive the Cabot Trail, regarded as one of the most scenic driving routes in Eastern Canada
- 2 Nights Halifax
- 2 Nights Lunenburg
- 1 Night East Kemptville
- 2 Nights Annapolis Royal
- 1 Night Wolfville
- 2 Nights Wallace
- 2 Nights Ingonish
- 1 Night Louisbourg
- 1 Night Charlos Cove
- 1 Night Liscomb Mills
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History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
This Canada holiday showcases the natural beauty of Nova Scotia's landscapes and coastlines, exploring this province of Atlantic Canada in depth. Enjoy the unique culture, friendly locals and superb seafood as you discover uncrowded beaches, majestic lighthouses and pristine national parks.
From the bustling waterfront city of Halifax your journey takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, via Peggy's Cove – reputedly the most photographed lighthouse in Canada, to Yarmouth an historic seaport dating back to the Viking era and onwards to the Annapolis Valley. In Truro you can enjoy picture-perfect views of the 'Tidal Bore' in the Bay of Fundy before undertaking one of the most spectacular drives in Canada - the Cabot Trail.
Day by day itinerary
Depart London on your daytime flight to Halifax, provincial capital of Nova Scotia.
Enjoy a city tour and take in the sights of the Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road, Province House and then later perhaps pop into Alexander Keith’s Brewery. For those interested in the Titanic the excellent Maritime Museum has a unique collection of memorabilia.
Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)
Collect your rental car and start your journey south along the Lighthouse Route. A visit to Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens is a must. Your destination is Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely touted as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada.
Established in 1753 Lunenburg proudly preserves the original layout of a Colonial settlement, the Mi’kmaq natives and Arcadians were the earliest settlers. A walking tour is probably one of the best ways to explore and there is a wealth of local arts & crafts galleries to tempt your wallet.
Keep following the Lighthouse Route today via Liverpool – known as the Port of the Privateers and yes it also stands of the mouth of the Mersey River. From here it’s a beautiful drive to Shelburne and then inland to East Kemptville and a delightful spot so remote there is no mobile signal.
Stay: Trout Point Lodge (Superior)
From East Kemptville continue to Yarmouth. Once the second largest port in Canada, Yarmouth is an historic seaport that dates back to the Viking era. As you follow the Evangeline Trail you are entering the world of French Pioneers, this coastal route runs alongside the shoreline of the magnificent Bay of Fundy to the Annapolis Valley, gateway to the Bay of Fundy and New Brunswick.
You really are spoilt for choice in this region. If its wildlife experiences you want head to Brier Island and join a whale watching experience from Digby Neck, one of the best places in the world to see whales. For history and culture buffs stay local and visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and the O'Dell House Museum. The region's many wineries beckon for lovers of viticulture or maybe the spectacular wilderness of the Kejimkujik National Park takes your fancy – the options are endless.
Stay: Queen Anne Inn (Superior)
Today you are headed for Wolfville, a charming university town known for its many classic shops, boutiques and fine dining. The self guided Heritage Home Walking Tour is a lovely way to explore and a tour of Grand Pre Winery is highly recommended - all products are made from 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes and apples.
Stay: Tattingstone Inn (Superior)
Depart Wolfville and continue along the Glooscap Trail to Truro. Truro’s location at the very tip of the Bay of Fundy makes it a superb viewing area for the “Tidal Bore” an amazing natural phenomenon. From Truro continue along the Sunrise Trail on to the shores of the Northumberland Strait. The area is filled with art galleries, museums and local crafts along with some fabulous restaurants. The beautiful beaches are perfect for relaxing on and for thrill seekers the region is renowned as the water sports capital of Nova Scotia.
Stay: Cambra Sands (Superior)
Ingonish (Cabot Trail)
Keep on the Sunrise Trail this morning to the historic town of Pictou - birthplace of New Scotland, it was here that the province's first Scottish Highlanders landed in 1773. From Pictou continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onwards to Baddeck, a scenic village overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes.
This region is also home to one of the most spectacular drives in Canada – The Cabot Trail. The trail winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are innumerable photo opportunities and places to visit and if time allows we highly recommend a whale watch tour from Cheticamp.
Stay: Lantern Hill & Hollow (Superior)
This morning there is time for further exploration of Cape Breton Island before moving on to Sydney and Glace Bay, the Marconi National Historic Site is well worth a visit. From here follow the Marconi Trail to the town of Louisbourg.
Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn (Superior)
Today is filled with rugged coastlines, peaceful bays and beaches and crystal clear lakes as you head for the community of Charlos Cove. The community of Guysborough with its distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay is worth a visit enroute.
Stay: Seawind Landing (Superior)
Continue on the coastal route to Liscombe. The rest of the day is free to relax, perhaps take to the water with sea kayaking, harbour tours and canoeing all on offer or maybe visit Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s.
Stay: Liscomb Lodge (Superior)
Liscomb Mills / UK
It’s a leisurely drive back to Halifax and the airport. En route visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers and make time for a visit Martinique Beach. Continue to Halifax Airport where you will drop off your rental car before your overnight flight to London, arriving home on the morning of day 17.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
17-day tailor-made self drive from £2,575 incl. flights
Price from: Superior £2,575 per person.
Valid for travel: Until 31 October 2018
Includes: return international flights, 15 nights boutique accommodation with meals where indicated, 13 days intermediate car rental, Haxlifax City Tour and full driving directions with maps.
Terms & Conditions: 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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