A exploratory Canada road trip taking in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick
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- Drive some of the most scenic coastal roads in all of Canada
- See 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
- 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
This itinerary in pictures
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
From Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, your journey takes you through a diverse range of landscapes, meeting local people and enjoying some of the best and freshest seafood in North America. Visit Nova Scotia's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, 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 Canada's most scenic drives.
Day by day itinerary
UK / Halifax
Depart London on the short flight to Halifax. On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Welcome to the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. This waterfront 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, why not visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery as well as the excellent Maritime Museum home to a unique collection of the memorabilia from the Titanic. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is also an interesting visit; Pier 21 is 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 rental vehicle this morning and start your drive along the Lighthouse Route. A visit to Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia's most visited lighthouse, is a must.
Carry on to Lunenburg, the region’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely regarded as one of Canada’s most beautiful towns. Located along a harbour and bordered by dramatic hills, the town is dotted with pastel-coloured buildings. These historic houses are characterised by the unique 'Lunenburg Bump', a five-sided dormer window built over the front door. The town has a busy and vibrant atmosphere and its downtown area buzzes with offbeat boutiques, progressive galleries and artisan shops.
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 the Annapolis Valley.
Sightseeing suggestions include Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, 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, New Brunswick, a crossing of around 3 hours. Saint John is New Brunswick’s largest city and is steeped in history. Take time to explore before carrying on along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive to Fundy National Park. If time allows take a short detour to Sussex - a quaint town nestled in the beautiful countryside.
Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park - 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, rolling meadows.
This magnificent park is renowned for its hiking trails which range from easy ½ km loops to a demanding 50km circuit. The area is also a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists.
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 — up to 46ft/14m — flood the beach then at low tide you can explore the ocean floor!
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)
Depart Summerside and continue along the Green Gable Shore home to many sites that pay tribute to Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner before driving to Cavendish the home of Anne of Green Gables. Make your way to Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island. It was here that the founding fathers gathered for the Charlottetown Conference and discussions here led to the union of British North America which eventually became Canada.
Stay: The Great George, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Superior)
Depart Charlottetown and drive southeast to the Wood Islands ferry terminal. A crossing of approximately 75 minutes takes you back to Nova Scotia. Continue on to the village of Tatamagouche, this thriving community boasts art galleries, museums and a wonderful marina and is a popular hiking, cycling, walking and bird watching destination.
Stay: Train Station Inn (Standard)
Depart Tatamagouche and follow the Sunrise Trail to 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. Pictou 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.
Spend a day following the famous Cabot Trail, widely regarded as one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp with its distinct Acadian flavour before ascending the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Stay: Lynwood Inn (Superior)
Spend the morning exploring Cape Breton Island further and then make your way towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site then follow the Marconi Trail to Louisbourg.
Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn (Superior)
Depart Louisbourg following the Eastern Shore to the Marine Drive Route. Nature, heritage and culture plus unspoilt rugged coastlines dotted with tranquil bays and crystal clear lakes are in abundance. Enjoy a visit to Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s where many of the interpreters dress in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills.
Stay: Liscomb Lodge (Standard)
Halifax / UK
Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax via Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers and Martinique Beach – the longest beach in the province. Return your rental car in time for your overnight flight to London, arriving on day 16.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,245 incl. flights
Guide Price: Superior from £2,245 per person low season and from £2,375 per person high season
Valid for travel: 01 May - 31 Oct 2017
Includes: return international flights to Halifax, 14 nights boutique accommodation with breakfast where stated, 12 days intermediate car rental, Halifax City Tour, Digby to Saint John Ferry and full travel documentation including maps and driving directions.
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