21 January 2019 by David Ward
While many visitors are drawn to the headline acts of Vancouver and the Rockies, Canada’s natural beauty, outstanding wildlife and acclaimed hospitality are also perfectly encapsulated in its four Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. What’s more, it’s all just a six-hour flight from London.
Perfect to explore on a road trip, those that break the mould are rewarded with almost-traffic-free roads that hug spectacular coastlines and traverse national parks home to wild moose and black bears. In towns and villages throughout the region, seafood restaurants look out across gorgeous, cliff-framed beaches, and traditional terrace houses bring a splash of colour to already-picturesque landscapes. The region’s cities, too, most notably Halifax and St John’s – the oldest city in North America – offer superb variety, with standout dining options, museums and galleries that rival those of provincial capitals three times their size.
Furthermore, each province has its own unique charms and attractions, from the French Acadian history of New Brunswick, and its million-year-old Hopewell Rocks, to the Newfoundland & Labrador coast, where giant icebergs drift among breaching humpback whales. Then there’s the chance to taste fresh Atlantic lobster and shuck your own oysters along Nova Scotia’s lighthouse-dotted shores, before you cycle or stroll among Prince Edward Island’s verdant hills and golden beaches – the inspiration for the classic children’s novel Anne of Green Gables.
And, alongside this incredible collection of highlights, there’s a superb complement of accommodation to help make the best of it all. Choose between the likes of 19th-century inns and lakeside spa retreats, such as those showcased in our featured itinerary below. Alternatively, splash out on the extraordinary, with a stay at a converted lighthouse or a night at a designer retreat on remote Fogo Island. Speak to our Canada specialists for all the details.
Our top trip: Charms of Atlantic Canada
If you’re looking for superb-value coupled with a full spread of eastern Canada’s highlights, this 12-day road-trip ticks all the boxes. A true driving spectacle, it takes in everything from historic towns to sweeping coastlines and national parks home to giant whales. What’s more, you’ll stay at hand-picked heritage hotels throughout.