A exploratory Canada road trip taking in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick
- From coast to countryside, drive some of the most scenic roads in Atlantic Canada
- Watch the worlds highest tides, and then walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks
- Walk in the footsteps of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island
- Stay in hotels chosen for their unique character and spectacular locations
- 2 Nights Halifax
- 1 Night Lunenburg
- 1 Night Annapolis Valley
- 2 Nights Fundy National Park
- 1 Night Summerside
- 2 Nights Charlottetown
- 1 Night Tatamagouche
- 2 Nights Baddeck
- 1 Night Louisbourg
- 1 Night Liscomb Mills
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
From Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, your journey takes you through a diverse range of landscapes, meeting the locals and enjoying some of the best and freshest seafood in North America. Visit Lunenburg, one of three Nova Scotia UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and see the highest tides in the world at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, where, when the tide retreats, you can enjoy a stroll on the ocean floor. Cross the Federation Bridge to Prince Edward Island and pay homage to Anne of Green Gables, then head back to Nova Scotia to follow the Cabot Trail, regarded as one of the world’s greatest drives.
Day by day itinerary
UK / Halifax
Begin your holiday with included airport lounge access before your flight to Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. This waterfront port city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife. Officially founded in 1749 its history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British. Get your bearings with a city tour and then later, perhaps visit Alexander Keith’s, Canada's first independent brewery, as well as the excellent Maritime Museum home to a unique collection of the memorabilia from the Titanic. There's also the excellent Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971.
Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)
Collect your hire car this morning for a scenic spin along the Lighthouse Route. Along the way, you'll stop at Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia's most iconic lighthouse. Then, continue on to the harbour town of Lunenburg, one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nova Scotia, whose downtown buzzes with offbeat boutiques, progressive galleries and artisan shops. The town itself is dotted with pastel-coloured buildings, historic houses characterised by the unique 'Lunenburg Bump', a five-sided dormer window built over the front door.
Drive north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via the Kejimkujik National Park; a spectacular inland National Park with walking trails and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Continue on to Annapolis Royal, nestled in its valley namesake. Here, you'll have a free afternoon to take in the sights, from Fort Anne National Historic Site and the pretty Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens to the O'Dell House Museum and the delightful waterfront boardwalk.
Stay: Queen Anne Inn (Superior)
Fundy National Park
Take the morning ferry from Digby to Saint John in New Brunswick, a crossing of around three hours. Take time to explore what is the province's largest city before carrying on along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive to Fundy National Park, a place of steep coastal cliffs, forest-clad hills, deep valleys and verdant meadows. This magnificent park is known for its hiking trails, which range from easy loops to a demanding, 50-kilometre circuit.
Stay: Falcon Ridge Inn (Superior)
Depart Fundy National Park and drive via Hopewell Cape 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 flood the beach, then at low tide you can head out to explore the ocean floor on foot. In the afternoon, follow the Acadian Coastal Drive via Shediac and Cap Pele to the dramatic Confederation Bridge, your gateway to Prince Edward Island.
Stay: Summerside Inn B&B (Superior)
Continue along the Green Gable Shore, which plays host to many of the sites from the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which in turn is showcased in detail at the excellent Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner. Then, make your way to Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island. It was here that the founding fathers gathered for the Charlottetown Conference, and discussions that led to the union of British North America, which eventually became modern Canada as we know it today.
Stay: The Great George, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Superior)
Head southeast to the Wood Islands ferry terminal for the short journey to Nova Scotia and the pretty village of Tatamagouche. This thriving seaside community, a favourite among birders, boasts everything from art galleries and museums to scenic hiking and cycling trails.
Stay: Train Station Inn (Standard)
Following the Sunrise Trail, you'll arrive at the historic town of Pictou. Known as the birthplace of New Scotland, it was here that the province's first Scottish Highlanders landed in 1773. The town also boasts an award-winning waterfront development that includes the Hector Heritage Quay. From here continue on to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and Baddeck. Then, the next day, head out along the world famous Cabot Trail, passing through the French Acadian community of Cheticamp before ascending to the plateaus of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Stay: Lynwood Inn (Superior)
Spend the morning exploring Cape Breton Island further before making your way towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site, then hop onto the Marconi Trail for a short but ever-so-picturesque drive to Louisbourg.
Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn (Superior)
Follow the Eastern Shore to the Marine Drive Route, a rugged coastline dotted with tranquil bays and crystal clear lakes. Stop off for a visit to Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s where many of the interpreters dress in period costume – before continuing on to Liscomb Mills.
Stay: Liscomb Lodge (Standard)
Halifax / UK
Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax via Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley and Martinique Beach – the longest in the province. Then, return your hire car at the airport in time for your overnight flight home, arriving in the UK on day 16.
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