What we love about this trip
Picturesque Maritimes villages
Fascinating Canadian maritime history
Stunning Cape Breton
Legendary Nova Scotia hospitality
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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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 including: GPS, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometers (except for Premium SUV), Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee
• Lunenburg sailing excursion (available June 1 - Sept 20, 2015)
• Brier Island whale and seabird cruise (available June 11 - Oct 10, 2015 - June 7th departure)
• Charlottetown historical and tasting tour (available June 15 - Oct 24, 2015 - June 9th departure; note: may not be available on all departures)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service
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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