Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

Visitors take a gentle coastal bike ride in the Maritimes A charming and traditional Nova Scotia inn People gather at Peggy's Cove lighthouse to enjoy the coastal views A couple purchase shellfish from a local fisherman in Nova Scotia A quaint seaside town in Nova Scotia with brightly painted buildings Hopewell Rocks at the Hopewell Cape Passengers on a zodiac witness a whales tail emerging from the water in the Bay of Fundy A woman enjoys local oysters in a lively restaurant in Nova Scotia A motorcyclist rides along the winding coastal roads of Cape Breton
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15

days

starting from US $3,147per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(4 reviews)

The pleasures of this two week self-drive lie in meandering at your own pace through stunning landscapes, historic small towns and quaint fishing villages - along the way meeting the friendly people of the Canadian Maritimes. Canada’s eastern provinces are reminiscent of Maine in the US, Cornwall in the UK or Brittany in France - but much quieter 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 a fiddle.

What we love about this trip

Picturesque Maritimes villages

Fascinating Canadian maritime history

Stunnning Bay of Fundy

Charming PEI

Dramatic Lighthouses

Breathtaking Cape Breton

Legendary Canadian maritime hospitality

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Your adventure begins – arrive in Halifax
Upon arrival in Halifax you enjoy a private transfer from the airport to downtown. Check into your overnight accommodations, and relax for the evening.

Day 2 – Explore Halifax and the South Shore
Halifax is a bustling port with a colorful history. Enjoy a morning here, picking up your rental car and driving the South Shore along the Lighthouse Route. Along the way, 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 – Annapolis Royal
Spend the day at your leisure enjoying beautiful Annapolis Royal or the nearby fishing town of Digby. 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 – Annapolis Royal to St. Martins
From Annapolis Royal, drive to nearby Digby and enjoy a 2 hour ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy. Keep your eyes open for whales! Upon arrival, drive to the charming village of St. Martins – gateway to the spectacular Fundy Trail. Check into your overnight inn accommodations, then take a stroll to see St. Martins’ mysterious sea caves or incredibly photogenic harbour.

Day 7 – St. Martins to Hopewell Cape via the Fundy Trail
A spectacular day awaits, as you drive along the Fundy Trail to the Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Cape area. Admire untouched coastal wilderness, characterized by red craggy cliffs and the highest rising tides in the world. Upon arrival in Hopewell Cape, visit the Hopewell Rocks – ‘flower pot’ looking rock formations which slowly disappear with the tide.
For those feeling active, let us arrange a sea kayaking or hiking adventure through the park. Alternately, join one of the area’s most knowledgeable guides for a full day interpretive tour.

Day 8 – Hopewell Cape 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 9 – Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island
A half day private tour catered to your interests will be the perfect way to discover historic Charlottetown or its surrounding areas. Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 10 - Charlottetown to St. Peter’s Bay
Spend the day exploring the small towns and picturesque landscapes of PEI. Stop off at the various picturesque lighthouses, parks and gardens. You might also enjoy exploring the dunes of Greenwich in Prince Edward National Park, bird watching on one of the many beaches, savouring some famous fish ‘n chips from “Ricks Fish ‘n Chips”, or renting some bicycles for a charming ride along the Confederation Trail. Enjoy your day! Arrive in time to check into your cottage and enjoy your delicious 3 course dinner at the Inn at St. Peter’s Bay. Overnight in St. Peter’s Bay.

Day 11 – 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 12 – Cheticamp and Cape Breton
On a whale watching excursion from Cheticamp today, enjoy the beautiful coastline and sea caves as you sail out to see blue, fin, minke, humpback, pilot and sei whales. For the remainder of the day, head out to explore the famous Cape Breton trails, all leading to panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seascapes.

Day 13 – 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 14 – 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 15 – Baddeck to Halifax
A 3.5 hour drive brings you back to Halifax today. Combine this adventure with one of our other fantastic vacations, or drop off your car as your trip comes to an end.

 

 

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What's Included

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

Included in this trip:
• 14 nights accommodation in superior historic inns and B&Bs
• 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
• Ferry from Digby, NS, to St. John, NB
• 5 hour Private Charlottetown or area tour
• Dinner in St. Peter’s
• Ferry from Woods Island, PEI to Pictou, NS
• Cheticamp whale watching adventure
• National Parks Pass (valid for National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites)
• Hopewell Rocks Park Admission (valid for 2 days)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service

Important seasonal information:
• Lunenburg sailing excursion is available from May 30 to September 18 start dates of this trip
• After September 18 start date, 3 nights on PEI are in Charlottetown

 

 

 

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...

Included in this trip:
• 14 nights accommodation in superior historic inns and B&Bs
• 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
• Ferry from Digby, NS, to St. John, NB
• 5 hour Private Charlottetown or area tour
• Dinner in St. Peter’s
• Ferry from Woods Island, PEI to Pictou, NS
• Cheticamp whale watching adventure
• National Parks Pass (valid for National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites)
• Hopewell Rocks Park Admission (valid for 2 days)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service

Important seasonal information:
• Lunenburg sailing excursion is available from May 30 to September 18 start dates of this trip
• After September 18 start date, 3 nights on PEI are in Charlottetown

 

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
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

Important seasonal information:
• Lunenburg sailing excursion is available from May 30 to September 18 start dates of this trip
• After September 18 start date, 3 nights on PEI are in Charlottetown
• Cheticamp whale watching & Hopewell Rocks Park admission not available after October 6 start date of this trip

 

 

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

+1 604 737 8743 or Email Us

Accommodation Options

Here are some examples of the accommodation options on this trip. Contact us for a full list or for more information.

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

2017 Trips

Our 2017 trips are ready to book! Don't delay, the best dates sell out fast. Contact us to start planning today.

2016 Start Dates
Daily from May 20 to October 5*

* Additional dates in May and October are available with customizations of this itinerary.

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

Nova Scotia and PEI Self Drive Vacation
from US $3,147to US $3,717per person

On our Self Drive Adventures, you'll enjoy hand picked accommodations, unique Canadian experiences with our favorite guides, car rental, a custom documentation package and our ongoing customer service as you travel. These prices and itineraries are just a guide - our team of friendly Canadian experts are standing by to personalize your ideal vacation.

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Click the red button above to get a custom quote from one of our travel advisors.

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

Important seasonal information:
• Lunenburg sailing excursion is available from May 30 to September 18 start dates of this trip
• After September 18 start date, 3 nights on PEI are in Charlottetown
• Cheticamp whale watching & Hopewell Rocks Park admission not available after October 6 start date of this trip

 

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

+1 604 737 8743 or Email Us

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We will definitely use your service again in the future

We will definitely use your service again in the future

Star Rating 5
May 16, 2016

Thank you for all of your hard work and enthusiasm in the preparation of our wonderful adventure. I just wanted to thank you personally for the great job that you did for us. I was especially impressed, surprised and pleased with... read more the quick response to my phone calls and last minute requests and concerns. No mater whether I contacted you by email or phone, I always got a quick, friendly and satisfactory response to my concerns. Thank you so very much, we will definitely use your service again in the future and will definitely be recommending you to others. We had lots of fun and smiled and laughed often. Thank you.

This was a fabulous adventure

This was a fabulous adventure

Star Rating 5
September 3, 2015

I planned this trip as a birthday surprise for my gentleman friend. It was fantastic! Fresh Tracks Canada arrangements were thorough with attention to detail, from picking up our rental car to our last ride back to the airport.... read more The printed materials which were sent to us were very helpful, and also very detailed and complete. Each inn had something special about it, from the unique to the awesome and stately. They were all wonderful and we enjoyed each and every one, including a tasty breakfast! The innkeepers were welcoming and gracious, and acknowledged that we were Fresh Tracks clients. No matter how early we arrived, our room was ready and we were encouraged to check-in. We enjoyed a wonderful sail in Lunenburg and whale watching in Brier Island! PEI is beautiful and the Cow's Ice Cream - delicious! The Cabot Trail and Cape Breton have great scenery and seascapes. We enjoyed so many things, including Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and the Highland Village while we were in Baddeck. There are so many things to do in Halifax that we enjoyed our time there at the beginning and end of the trip. We had great food everywhere we went and some great recommendations from the local folks! Take your time, stop along the way and enjoy! This is a fabulous adventure!

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
2 nights Bay of Fundy
3 nights Prince Edward Island
2 nights Cheticamp
2 nights Baddeck
Depart Halifax

What Clients Say

We will definitely use your service again in the future

Star Rating 5

Thank you for all of your hard work and enthusiasm in the preparation of our wonderful adventure. I just wanted to thank you personally for the great job that you did for us. I was especially impressed, surprised and pleased with the quick response to my phone calls and last minute requests and concerns....

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