Acadian history & natural beauty on Canada's Atlantic coast
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- Drive the famous Acadian and Fundy Coastal routes, staying in boutique hotels throughout
- Witness the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy
- Sample ultra-fresh seafood including some of the world's finest lobster
- Spot whales, moose and other wildlife in spectacular national parks
- Immerse yourself in Acadian culture, showcased in pretty villages and historic effigies
- 1 Night Moncton
- 1 Night Miramichi
- 1 Night Fredericton
- 2 Nights St. Andrews
- 2 Nights Grand Manan
- 1 Night Fundy National Park
- 1 Night Shediac
Eco-tourism | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife
This action-packed road trip takes in the best of Atlantic Canada's charming New Brunswick province, encompassing two of the region's most spectacular driving routes. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Bay of Fundy, explore remote fishing communities, immerse yourself in the culture of Canada's oldest city and wend along the famous Fundy Coastal Drive to visit its national park namesake, home to spectacular mountains, waterfalls and valleys. Then, relax on some of Atlantic Canada's favourite beaches, 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. It's all done alongside included transfers, car hire and boutique hotels.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Halifax
After beginning your trip in style with VIP airport lounge access, take your day flight from the UK to Halifax, just over the border in Nova Scotia, before picking up your hire car and driving to the French Acadian delights of Moncton, with highlights including the Moncton Museum and restored 1920s Capitol Theatre. Don’t miss the natural phenomena of Magnetic Hill where cars seem to roll uphill, and the fascinating tidal bore of the Petitcodiac River. Then, check into your hotel for this evening, Auberge Wild Rose Inn, a boutique country hotel with charming, rustic rooms.
Stay: Auberge Wild Rose Inn, Moncton
Moncton to Miramichi
After breakfast, depart Moncton and follow the famous Acadian Coastal Drive, all sandy beaches, coastal villages, fresh seafood and living history. The Acadian Joyride, as it’s affectionately known, is reflective of the laid-back and warm hospitality of its people with a spirited Acadian heritage – spot historic villages and effigies edging the sandy-beached coastline and if you’ve got time, be sure to sample some fresh seafood in the form of the largest lobsters you'll ever see. Be sure to stop to visit the pristine Kouchibouguac National Park, where beaches and sand dunes sweep over winding coastal paths and empty grasslands. Next you'll join the ultra-scenic Miramichi river route, where you’ll find coastal communities and endless salmon fishing opportunities in the world-famous salmon river. Check into your riverside hotel before perhaps indulging in one of the town's charming seafood restaurants.
Stay: Rodd Miramichi River, Miramichi
Miramichi to Fredericton
Today you’ve got the morning to explore Miramichi. Perhaps take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails around French Fort Cove and be sure to visit St Michael's Basilica, one of the most spectacular pieces of gothic architecture in Canada. Be sure to stop in Doaktown, nestled in a valley with winding rivers and dense forests, on your way to picturesque Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital city. Stroll along its historic, 18-century Garrison District, a former British army base that's now home to art studios, an outdoor theatre and the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Other highlights include the Beaverbook art gallery, a voyager canoe tour on Saint John River and cycling the network of trails around the picturesque model town of Oromocto. If time permits, head to the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market that sells seasonal produce and crafts before checking into your hotel for tonight, the historic Quartermain House with a charming outdoor deck and terrace, offering daily and complimentary freshly-baked treats.
Stay: Quartermain House, Fredericton
Fredericton to St Andrews
Today will see you drive to St Stephen, the gateway to the Fundy Coastal Drive, where the the wilds of the Fundy coast are expertly showcased, bending along the entire southern shore of New Brunswick. You’ll wind along natural wonders, passing coastal islands and fossil-filled mudflats, with several spots that lend themselves perfectly to whale watching. Marvel at the dramatically scenic drive as you approach the Bay of Fundy, one of the marine wanders of the world. At low tide, walk the seabeds at the 50-foot-tall Hopewell Rocks, a result of years of erosion. Further south along the coast lies Fundy Bay, with a tidal range of just under 15 metres, making it one of the most unique in the world. Finish in St Andrews, a stunning maritime resort with endless verdure dotted with traditional houses. Explore the historic Ministers Island and the award-winning Kingsbrae Garden before checking into your hotel, the spectacular Algonquin Resort, featuring a grand façade, swimming pool and elegant rooms.
Stay: Algonquin Resort, St Andrews
After breakfast, take an included water taxi to Campobello Island, a rugged island of lighthouses and dense forest, with provincial parks and endless whale-watching opportunities. Highlights include Friars Head, the East Quoddy Lighthouse Area and the Roosevelt Campobello International Park that preserves the house and landscapes of Franklin Roosevelt. Enjoy ‘Tea with Eleanor’, where you'll hear tales of Eleanor Roosevelt and enjoy tea and homemade cookies before getting a water taxi back to St Andrews.
Stay: Algonquin Resort, St Andrews
St Andrews to Grand Manan
After breakfast, drive to Blacks Harbour, peppered with rocky, tree-studded islets, before catching the local ferry to Grand Manan island. The largest island in the Bay of Fundy, you'll find empty beaches, endless hiking trails, rugged cliffs and scenic fishing spots; a haven for whale watchers, bird watchers and nature lovers. Explore the archipelago further with kayaking in pristine waters and hiking the narrow rustic footpaths before checking into your hotel for the next two evenings, the stunning Compass Rose, where you'll enjoy barbecues, sun terraces and cosy lounges.
Stay: Compass Rose, Grand Manan
Today will see you head on a fully narrated sailing adventure through the pristine waterways of Grand Manan. Spot several species of whale such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale, humpback and minke, as well as dolphins, seals and sea birds. Then, follow the unofficial lighthouse route of Grand Manan Island where you'll spot the famous and historic lighthouses of Swallowtail, Long Eddy, Great Duck and Long Point perched on peninsulas, alongside stunning panoramic views and often breaching whales.
Stay: Compass Rose, Grand Manan
Grand Manan to Fundy National Park
After breakfast, depart Grand Manan on the morning ferry back over to Blacks Harbour. On arrival, follow the ultra-scenic Fundy Coastal Drive via Saint John, Canada's oldest city, framed by quaint fishing villages along the way. Your route takes you via the red cliffs of St Martins before continuing on to the Fundy National Park. Explore the 206km of steep coastal cliffs, forest-clad hills, deep valleys and rolling meadows as you wind along the snaking roads. Then, check in to the Falcon Ridge, where soaring pine ceilings and huge windows frame vistas of dense pine tree forests and the distant shoreline.
Stay: Falcon Ridge, Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park to Shediac
Today you’ve got another day to explore the magnificent Fundy National Park. Renowned for its endless hiking trails, deep green valleys and roaring waterfalls, explore with hikes, from easy loops to demanding hills, spotting hundreds of bird species along the way. Be sure to visit Hopewell Rocks Provincial park again, home to the famous rocks of the natural phenomenon – the highest tides in the world that flood the beach and can be explored twice daily, created over thousands of years by the bay's tidal forces. Other highlights include the 19th century Cape Enrage lighthouse, one of the oldest in the area, then continue on to Shediac, known as the 'lobster capital of the world' where you'll enjoy a fascinating lobster cruise. Finally, check into Maison Tait House, a 20th century mansion house that looks onto the harbour, with rooms that feature heated floors and fireplaces, before sampling the famous lobster rolls in the onsite restaurant.
Stay: Maison Tait House, Shediac
Moncton to UK
After breakfast, head on a beach stroll then enjoy a a lobster picnic to round off your time in New Brunswick. Then, drive to Moncton airport for your flight back to the UK via Halifax, arriving on day 11.
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