Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

14

days

per person from $ 2,888

Star Rating 5

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Drive through scenic fishing villages, steeped in Canadian maritime history. Experience legendary Nova Scotia hospitality in your charming inns. Lighthouses stand as sentries, all along the coast - the most famous is Peggy's Cove. Learn about the local economy of fishing and seafood production. Feel the sea wind in your hair as you cruise the beautiful bay with brightly painted buildings. Go whale and bird watching for a chance of spotting whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds. Sample the local fare on your way. Taste freshly caught lobster, oysters, mussels and clams. Make sure to savor moments of unexpected awe, as you drive Cape Breton.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

The pleasures of this two week self-drive lie in meandering at your own pace through gentle landscapes, historic small towns and quaint fishing villages - and along the way meeting the famously friendly people of The Canadian Maritimes. For visitors, Canada’s eastern provinces are reminiscent of Maine in the US, Cornwall in the UK or Brittany in France - but much quieter than all three and with their own unique charm and a culture that is distinctly Celtic and Canadian at the same time. It is not unusual to hear someone playing the bagpipes or be in an old pub and a fiddler strike up a jig.

What we love about this trip

• Picturesque Maritimes villages
• Fascinating Canadian maritime history
• Charming PEI
• Dramatic Lighthouses
• Stunning Cape Breton
• Legendary Nova Scotia hospitality

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Your adventure begins - arrive in Halifax
Upon arrival in Halifax you will pick up your rental car and make your way into the bustling city center. Check into your hotel in the heart of the old town to relax after your journey.

Day 2 - Explore Halifax and the South Shore
Halifax is a bustling port with a colorful history. Enjoy a morning here, before driving the South Shore along the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. Continue on to Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town re-known for its quiet beauty and internationally known churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 - Lunenburg
Spend the day in beautiful Lunenburg, home of the famous Bluenose built in 1921. Whilst here, visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, situated on the waterfront and the Lunenburg Marine Park – Atlantic Canada’s first. A sailing tour lets you feel the sea wind in your hair, as you cruise the beautiful bay with the brightly painted buildings of the old town providing the perfect backdrop. Overnight in Lunenburg.

Day 4 - Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal
Depart Lunenburg and drive east into spectacular Kejimkujik National Park. Wander through groves of 300-year-old hemlock trees, follow a trail to an abandoned gold mine, or visit an overgrown farm. The main park has 15 day trails to choose from ranging from short riverside strolls to half-day hikes. Continue on to Annapolis Royal which boasts a spectacular view of the Bay of Fundy. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Day 5 - Bay of Fundy Whale Watching Adventure
Today’s highlight is a whale & bird-watching cruise to Brier Island, where you join a scientific survey of an area teeming with wildlife - including humpback, fin and endangered right whales, as well as dolphins, porpoises and a cacophony of seabirds. For the remainder of the day, be sure to visit one of the many wineries in the area. Sightseeing suggestions while you are in the area is to visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Military Museum to name but a few. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Day 6 – The Evangeline Trail to Tatamagouche
Depart Annapolis Royal along the Fundy shore following the Evangeline Trail East. The history of Grand Pré, the Acadian past and of the fictional character "Evangeline" is an interesting one filled with history and courage. Throughout the Evangeline region, you will be reminded of the story of the tragic "Expulsion of the Acadians". If time permits, stop and visit some of the small, charming communities on your way before continuing on to Tatamagouche.

Day 7 - Tatamagouche to Prince Edward Island
Drive the Confederation Bridge this morning, and arrive on Prince Edward Island. Drive along the Green Gable Shore in pilgrimage-like fashion to visit the many sites that pay tribute to everyone’s favorite red-haired heroine and her creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Finally, stop to enjoy spectacular Prince Edward Island National Park, before arriving in historic Charlottetown.

Day 8 - Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island
You can choose to spend the day enjoying the delights of historic Charlottetown. A morning culinary tour showcases the variety of amazing eateries here, with a historic twist! Spend the rest of the day exploring the dunes of Greenwich Park, or play a round of golf at one of PEI’s world famous courses. Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 9 - Charlottetown to Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island
Make a scenic drive to the Woods Island Ferry, then cross to Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue over to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway. Your journey completes at Cheticamp, a tiny Acadian fishing village at the entrance of Cape Breton National Park. From here, enjoy sunset with the views of the Cabot Trail's mountains as your backdrop, as you stroll the sandy coastline.

Day 10 - Cape Breton Highlands to Baddeck
Today explore the famous Cabot Trail, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendors of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For the more adventurous – Cape Breton Highlands National Park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Overnight Baddeck.

Day 11 - Baddeck and around Cape Breton Island
Take another day to explore the southern shore of Cape Breton. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, or explore the Alexander Graham Bell museum. For boat enthusiasts, the beautiful Bras D’Or Lakes are famous for sailing excursions. Overnight in Baddeck.

Day 12 - Baddeck to Charlos Cove
Depart Baddeck, and make your way to Charlos Cove via the Canso Causeway. Passing through many picturesque villages including Guysborough - an inviting community with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay. Guysborough is home to “Wilma the Beluga Whale” - a resident for several years! Overnight in Charlos Cove.

Day 13 - Charlos Cove to Halifax
Depart Charlos Cove and take time to visit both Goldboro – once the best gold mining district in the province, and Sherbrooke Village – home of the fascinating living history museum showcasing village life in old Nova Scotia. Depart Sherbrooke Village and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En route visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach – the longest beach in the province. Spend one final night in Halifax.

Day 14 - Depart Halifax
Drop off your car at the airport, and say farewell to the Canadian Maritimes!

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 13 nights accommodation in historic inns and Bed and Breakfasts
• 13 breakfasts
• 2 week intermediate sized car rental with GPS
• Unlimited KM (based on car type)
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
• Vehicle licensing fee
• Fee for 1 Additional Driver
• Lunenburg sailing excursion (available June 1 - Sept 20, 2015)
• Brier Island whale and seabird cruise (available June 11 - Oct 10, 2015 - June 7th dearture)
• Charlottetown historical and tasting tour or Chef's Table tour (available June 16 - Oct 25, 2015 - June 9th departure)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• Cross by ferry to Newfoundland and combine this trip with our ‘Wild Newfoundland’ driving tour
• Take the train from Halifax to Quebec, to experience our charming French Canadian province
• Add on additional nights in Prince Edward Island and relax at the Inn at St. Peter’s Bay
• Add on a whale watching cruise, game of golf or sailing tour on Cape Breton Island

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 13 nights accommodation in historic inns and Bed and Breakfasts
• 13 breakfasts
• 2 week intermediate sized car rental with GPS
• Unlimited KM (based on car type)
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
• Vehicle licensing fee
• Fee for 1 Additional Driver
• Lunenburg sailing excursion (available June 1 - Sept 20, 2015)
• Brier Island whale and seabird cruise (available June 11 - Oct 10, 2015 - June 7th dearture)
• Charlottetown historical and tasting tour or Chef's Table tour (available June 16 - Oct 25, 2015 - June 9th departure)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Cross by ferry to Newfoundland and combine this trip with our ‘Wild Newfoundland’ driving tour
• Take the train from Halifax to Quebec, to experience our charming French Canadian province
• Add on additional nights in Prince Edward Island and relax at the Inn at St. Peter’s Bay
• Add on a whale watching cruise, game of golf or sailing tour on Cape Breton Island

 

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Optional car insurance add-on
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Ferry from Prince Edward Island to Pictou, Nova Scotia
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

1 877 395 5771 or Email Us

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

The Halliburton - Exterior of hotelThe Halliburton - Guest RoomThe Halliburton - Guest RoomThe Halliburton - Exterior of hotel

The Halliburton

An example of our Boutique Inn accommodations

Welcome to Halifax's historic boutique Inn, built in 1809. The Halliburton features signature dining and individually appointed guest rooms, in a trio of heritage townhouses. The Inn's dining room offers gourmet east-coast seafood and game in four intimate adjoining rooms. In the summer guests can enjoy cocktails and light fare in the garden courtyard, and in winter a crackling fire invites from the cozy library. Complimentary breakfast, parking, and wireless internet are included in your stay.

Train Station Inn - Exterior view of Station Inn

Train Station Inn

An example of our accommodations

Located in Tatamagouche Nova Scotia, the Train Station Inn has been voted number 1 of the top 10 most unique places to stay in Canada. Enjoy the picturesque and refurnished furnishings of the railways past, complete with a spacious caboose for a unique bed and breakfast experience.

Hillsdale House Inn -

Hillsdale House Inn

An example of our accommodations

Located in the historic town of Annapolis Royal, the Hillsdale House inn was built in 1859 and is one the town's most iconic heritage properties. The inn offers 13 well-appointed guestrooms combining a refreshing mix of Victorian charm, timeless hospitality and many of the comforts of modern lifestyle. Imagine relaxing after your full country breakfast in the Foster or Perkins Parlour, on the covered or open veranda, or in the gardens. Come and experience the stay of a lifetime where history and hospitality make you feel relaxed and comfortable.

 

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

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Prices & Dates

2015 Start Dates
Daily from June 1 to September 15
** June 22, 23, & 24 start dates may require additional nights or alterations to the itinerary due to a festival in Charlos Cove.

Note - This trip can run earlier and later in the season, although some excursions included in this trip may not run in the early and late part of the season. Please call for pricing.

Price notes
• Price is per person
• Double means 2 people sharing one room

Superior InnsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Jun 1 - Jun 8, 20152,8885,582
Jun 9 - Jun 30, 20153,0125,752
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 20153,2446,114
Sep 1 - Sep 20, 20153,0115,656

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Optional car insurance add-on
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Ferry from Prince Edward Island to Pictou, Nova Scotia
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

1 877 395 5771 or Email Us

Customer Reviews

Thanks again for a job well done and we would certainly recommend Fresh Tracks

Thanks again for a job well done and we would certainly recommend Fresh Tracks

Star Rating 5
June 11, 2014

Thank you for the special treat at the Halliburton. It was perfect timing... the bubbly and cheese tray were great and were a fitting start to our evening of dinner at the Press Gang in Halifax. Neat restaurant and great food. We... read more thoroughly enjoyed all of your inn pics and especially the Seawind Landing in Charlos Cove. Surprised by their gourmet breakfast and dinner at such a remote outpost. What a BEAUTIFUL location. By the way, David said that the "pre-reservations for dinner" are no longer necessary. Plus the Cabot Trail is SPECTACULAR... what else can I say. Really appreciated your responsiveness on our initial leg disaster. Thanks for being there and the impressive service. Our bags finally caught up to us at the Pownal in Charlottetown, PEI on the third day. Not many wanted to sit close to us, even though the hotel provided toiletries... LOL. The airline experience is another story. WOW, what a debacle. Thanks again for a job well done and we would certainly recommend Fresh Tracks.

Everything about the trip was perfect and well planned

Everything about the trip was perfect and well planned

Star Rating 5
February 7, 2013

Everything about the trip was perfect and well planned. We were met with wonderful drivers and they were always on time. The train trip was beautiful and then we ran into the perfect storm. I do not know whether or not you heard... read more about it but we were stuck in Halifax for two more days. Your connection in Halifax could not pick us up because no cars were allowed on the roads. We were pitiful but still we had a good time. I would not recommend trying to get out of Halifax when your flight is canceled as it is very remote to planes. I would, however, recommend the trip to anyone if they want a great adventure. By the way, you should try to share a sleeping compartment on the train with someone who packs too many bags. We loved the people we met they were all friendly and fun! Thank you.

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

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Trip Map & Outline

Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI – Map
Arrive Halifax
1 night Halifax
2 nights Lunenburg
2 nights Annapolis Royal
1 night Tatamagouche
2 nights Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
1 night Cheticamp
2 nights Baddeck
1 night Charlos Cove
1 night Halifax
Depart Halifax

What Clients Say

Thanks again for a job well done and we would certainly recommend Fresh Tracks

Star Rating 5

Thank you for the special treat at the Halliburton. It was perfect timing... the bubbly and cheese tray were great and were a fitting start to our evening of dinner at the Press Gang in Halifax. Neat restaurant and great food. We thoroughly enjoyed all of your inn pics and especially the Seawind Landing...

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