What we love about this trip
Picturesque Maritimes villages
Fascinating Canadian maritime history
Stunnning Bay of Fundy
Breathtaking Cape Breton
Legendary Canadian maritime hospitality
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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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
• Cheticamp whale watching & Hopewell Rocks Park admission not available after October 6 start date of this trip
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