- Halifax City Tour with Pier 21
- Peggys Cove and Mahone Bay
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Lunenburg Fisheries Museum
- Grand Pre National Historic Site
- Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia
- Reversing Falls and Kingsbrae Gardens
- Fundy Discovery Aquarium
- Kings Landing
- Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick
- World Famous tides in the Bay of Fundy
- Hopewell Rocks
- Magnetic HIll
- Shediac Bay Lobster Cruise
- Confederation Bridge
- Charlottetown City Tour
- Cavendish National Park
- Green Gables Heritage Place
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Cabot Trail
- Alexander Graham Bell Museum
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
- Cape Breton Miners Museum
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Gros Morne National Park
- Bonne Bay Cruise with “Screech In” Ceremony
- UNESCO World Heritage Site L’Anse aux Meadows
- The Arches Provincial Park
- Iceberg Alley and Twillingate
- Prime Berth Fishery and Heritage Centre
- North Atlantic Aviation Museum
- Terra Nova National Park and Marine Interpretation Centre
- Signal Hill and The Rooms in St. Johns
- Cape Spear
- Scenic Coastal Cruise
- Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
- 19 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
- 29 meals: 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
- Professional Tour Leader
- Transportation by comfortable coach
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Airport transfers in Halifax and St. John’s
- Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
- Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed
- Attractions not listed
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- Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
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Welcome to the East Coast of Canada and the beautiful harbour city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the first stop on our in-depth cultural tour through the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Our Tour Leader will join you for an evening pre tour briefing and you will meet your fellow travellers at dinnertime.
Today we take a city tour of the Halifax, which includes the Victorian Public Gardens, the Titanic Grave Site, and several historic sites in and around the city. We will also visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Pier 21, a former ocean liner terminal and Canada's last remaining immigration shed, showcasing some of Canada’s immigration history. This afternoon, we visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which is rich with maritime history and stories of the people that define Nova Scotia. The evening is at leisure to explore Halifax's harbour front, walk along the promenade, or sample local cuisine at a city centre restaurant.
This morning we travel the rugged south shore of Nova Scotia, to the well-known town of Peggy's Cove to visit Peggy's Point Lighthouse, which sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast. This is the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. Before departing Peggy's Cove, we will visit the Acadian Maple Products shop, a family owned business who are the largest producers of maple syrup in Nova Scotia. Continuing along Nova Scotia's rugged coast, we visit picturesque Mahone Bay, showcasing three elegant churches on the sheltered harbour of this quaint village. We then visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, one of Nova Scotia's most historic towns and home of the famed fishing schooner Bluenose II. Here we visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn the history of commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada.
Overnight: Western Shore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site and World UNESCO Heritage Site, where we learn about the tragic upheaval of the Acadians, descendants of French settlers, who were expelled from this area. The Grand-Pré site commemorates the area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. We then travel to Annapolis Royal, on the Evangeline Trail, with over 150 heritage buildings including the oldest wooden house in Canada. We have some free time to explore the area and enjoy local cuisine before continuing our journey to New Brunswick on board the Digby ferry for a scenic crossing on the Bay of Fundy, the 27 km stretch of water that separates Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and is home to the world's highest tides. We end our day in the city of Saint John located on the Bay of Fundy, and have the rest of our evening at leisure.
Overnight: Saint John, NB
Our morning is spent exploring Saint John on a city tour where we see the natural phenomenon of the Reversing Falls, a series of rapids and whirlpools on the Saint John River that empties into the Bay of Fundy. The extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy reverse the flow of the falls as the waters rise and fall. This afternoon we travel to the quaint village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, with a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, scenery and rich marine life. Everything about this seaside resort town is special, including their status as a National Historic District and as one of the oldest and loveliest small towns in the Maritime Provinces. We visit the 27 acre Kingsbrae Gardens, with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens, before enjoying the rest of our evening at leisure.
Overnight: St. Andrews by-the-Sea
This morning, we tour the Fundy Discovery Aquarium, which showcases the local marine life found in the Bay of Fundy. We will see harbour seals through the windows of an underwater viewing area, and see some more in the gigantic touch pool. Before reaching Fredericton, we will visit the Kings Landing Historical Settlement, an authentic village, depicting the 100 year transformation of a young colony into the young nation of Canada. Enjoy a guided tour of the Historical Village and Museum, followed by some free time to explore the 40 exhibits with over 70,000 artifacts on your own. We then continue to New Brunswick’s capital city of Fredericton on the banks of the Saint John River. Time permitting this afternoon or on the following morning, we suggest a visit to Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery to see some master art works and Dali’s Santiago el Grande (viewed best by lying on the floor and looking up). Fredericton has a thriving arts and cultural scene with more artisans per capita than anywhere else in Canada.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning we will have an entertaining and informative city tour with a local guide, discovering Fredericton through local eyes and all it has to offer. This afternoon, we travel through the Fundy National Park to the incredible Hopewell Rocks, home of the Flowerpots, peculiar rock formations that are shaped by tidal erosion and stand some 40-70 feet tall. These rocks are forested islands at high tide and resemble flowerpots at low tide. After visiting this incredible area, we continue to Moncton, located in southeastern New Brunswick, where we have the evening at leisure. Moncton boasts over 32 large scale contemporary murals in and around the heart of the city, a wonderful outdoor gallery, created by a mix of international and local muralists. At Resurgo Place, you will be able to visit Moncton Museum and Transportation Discovery Centre as well as take advantage of a variety of free services such as travel assistance, advice, access to maps and tourism guides, information about events, and attractions and festivals.
This morning we visit world-famous Magnetic Hill, a natural phenomenon unique to this area that completely defies the laws of gravity. We will see our own coach coasting uphill with no power at all. We then continue to the town of Shediac, known as the "Lobster Capital of the World", where we see the World's Largest Lobster before embarking on a lobster cruise to learn about lobsters and the local fishery while we savour a freshly cooked lobster lunch. Following our cruise, we make our way to the province of Prince Edward Island crossing on the Confederation Bridge. The curved, 12.9 km. (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, linking mainland New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island, and continues to be one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. After four years of construction using more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. We arrive in the capital city of Charlottetown, and have the remainder of our evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island, and is located on the southern coast of the province. Our city tour highlights some of the historical buildings including St. Dunstan's Basilica and The Province House National Historic Site, where the Charlottetown Conference was held in 1864. We then explore some of Prince Edward Island's treasures, including Cavendish National Park and the Green Gables Heritage Place, where you can walk through the memory-filled rooms of the beloved fictional character, Anne of Green Gables. We sample some of the best preserves in the world at the Prince Edward Island Preserves Company and visit the fishing village of North Rustico.
Today we travel back to the mainland and drive along a scenic route to Sydney, Nova Scotia, a harbour town located on Cape Breton Island. Sydney is the historic capital of the Cape Breton region and largest urban centre on the island. From the harbour front boardwalk complete with buskers, the visiting cruise ships, to the world’s largest fiddle, Sydney is a charming place where we the evening to explore.
Today we experience the picturesque and renowned Cabot Trail and Margaree Valley. We spend time at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes, where displays showcase the life of Alexander Graham Bell, and give us a look into his mind with many artifacts, photos and replicas of his many inventions. We then drive to the Cape Breton Highlands continuing along the famous Cabot Trail. This 298 km highway weaves through The Cape Breton Highlands National Park, rewarding travellers with spectacular valley and coastal sceneries all along the way. We will stop at Lone Shieling, Pleasant Bay and Neil's Harbour, all with spectacular seascapes, sweeping beaches, rare plants and abundant wildlife. We return to Sydney and enjoy the evening at our leisure.
Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stepping back in time to a bygone era when the French and English fought for control of the New World, and when Nova Scotia was the battleground. We experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town of Louisbourg in 1744. After a guided tour, we will have some time to explore the area at leisure. This afternoon we visit Cape Breton's Miners' Museum, paying tribute to the region's long and rich coal mining history and home to the famous choir of miners - The Men of the Deeps. We take an underground tour of the Ocean's Deep Colliery beneath the Museum's building before returning to Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Following breakfast, we board the Marine Atlantic Ferry for the 6 hour long crossing to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland. Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly province and also known as "The Rock". On arrival we travel north through one of the province's best farming areas, Codroy Valley, to the town of Corner Brook, on the west side of the island and renowned for its world-famous salmon bearing river, the Humber.
Overnight: Corner Brook
Today we explore incredible Gros Morne National Park, with its towering inland fjords and walking trails. We will learn about the geology of the area at the Gros Morne Visitor Centre and experience it first hand with a scenic walk through the Tablelands area discovering the unique flora and fauna native to the region. Moose, caribou, waterfalls and dozens of unforgettable photographic scenes add to this UNESCO World Heritage Destination. Next we visit Lobster Cove Lighthouse in Rocky Harbour and enjoy a boat cruise of Bonne Bay and participate in an age-old tradition - the "Screech In" ceremony, featuring live traditional music, a cod fish, and a taste of the famous Newfoundland Screech. Following the boat cruise, we continue up the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland to the town of Cow Head.
Overnight: Cow Head
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we travel the well-known Viking Trail Route to the most northerly tip of Newfoundland, to the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. We will see where the Vikings, the first Europeans to reach the New World, landed and established a settlement. We visit the interpretive centre, tour the Viking ruins, and have an interactive experience at the longhouse to discover what life was like for the Viking encampment in 1,000 AD. As we make our way onwards to St. Anthony, at the centre of the Northern Peninsula, we tour the town and make our way up to the St. Anthony Lighthouse. Look down at the crashing waves below the shoreline and take in the view of the town. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: St. Anthony
Making our way along the Viking Trail Route to Grand Falls-Windsor, the largest town in central Newfoundland, we have plenty of scenic stops along the way, with informative talks from our Tour Leader throughout our journey. We visit The Arches Provincial Park along the western coast of Newfoundland, and take some time to explore the natural rock formations that have been shaped by the power of ocean tides. We continue to the town of Grand Falls-Windsor, where we have the evening to explore the area at leisure before dinner.
Overnight: Grand Falls-Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today, we visit the Iceberg Alley and the historic town of Twillingate. At the Prime Berth Fishery and Heritage Centre, an interpretive fishing centre, we learn about the history of the all-important fishing industry in Newfoundland, and how the industry has changed over the years. This afternoon is spent exploring the area with a tour taking in the history of Twillingate and the surrounding areas. We stop and visit Long Point Lighthouse, which sits more than 300 feet above the sea and is still operated by one lighthouse keeper year-round guiding ships through the fog and the stormy nights. We finally make our way to Gander for an evening at leisure.
Gander is a town full of history, and plays a vital role in international aviation industry. Gander is also the setting for the now famous musical ‘Come From Away’ showcasing the story of how the friendly town handled the sudden arrival of 38 plane loads totaling 7000 passengers who landed here following the September 11th terrorist attacks in the US. We visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum this morning, and learn about the important historical events that has made this town an inspiration to all Canadians. From Gander, we take a scenic drive through Terra Nova National Park, Canada's most easterly national park, where the boreal forest meets the rugged Atlantic coastline. A visit to the Terra Nova Marine Interpretation Centre will inform us about North Atlantic marine creatures and the importance of local conservation efforts. This afternoon we arrive in Newfoundland's capital city of St. John's, an eccentric, colourful city which dates back to 1519, and is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. The remainder of our evening is at leisure, with time to explore, shop, or enjoy the local cuisine.
Overnight: St. John's, NL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today is a full day of local touring as we explore North America's oldest city. We visit Canada's second largest National Historic Park as well as Signal Hill and Cape Spear, home to the oldest lighthouse and the most easterly point in North America. This afternoon, we enjoy a coastal cruise with opportunities to see whales and puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Following that, we will immerse ourselves in the traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador's largest public cultural space, The Rooms, showcasing history, heritage and artistic expression of this unique province. This evening’s farewell dinner will celebrate the amazing time we have spent together. This is the time to exchange stories, memories and the highlights of our time spent along the East Coast of Canada.
Overnight: St. John's, NL
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Our Maritimes and Newfoundland adventure comes to an end. Following breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.