Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

16

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starting from US $3,590per person

Star Rating 5

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Sample Itinerary

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

Feature Dinner in Halifax
Let Fresh Tracks Canada make your arrival as seamless as possible with a pre-arranged dinner included at one of our favourite restaurants in Halifax. Start your trip with fond memories over an authentic Canadian East coast meal.

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 2 – Explore Halifax Area
Halifax is a bustling port with a colourful history. The largest port in Canada’s Maritime provinces, Halifax has strong Celtic links. A town full of history, Halifax is where survivors of the Titanic landed. Today, you’ll want to stroll along the cobbled streets exploring galleries and shops and dine out on fresh lobster, the local delicacy.

You have 3 options to choose from in the Halifax area today:

• Option 1: Private Historical Halifax Tour
Relax as a private driver guide tours you around Halifax, viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the streets. Visit Fairview Lawn cemetery where Titanic victims are buried, pass by Province House National Historic Site, the 1802 Old Town Clock, 1750 St. Paul’s Anglican Church and many other sites of interest.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2
: Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove
Join a guided photography tour and visit Peggy’s Cove for sunrise – for the best light and the least number of people in your pictures! Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. This tour is catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professionals. If you simply travel with your camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the very best photos with texture and depth.
Activity rating: Easy–Moderate

• Option 3:
Halifax Tasting Tour
Engage the senses with a food tour of Halifax! Visit historic landmarks, stroll along the waterfront, and taste the best local food in Halifax. From fresh market offerings to local dishes, this tour gives you an authentic taste of the downtown core.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: If you are not a morning person and would like to explore Peggy’s Cove at sunset instead, make sure to talk to your Vacation Advisor about alternative tour times when you call!

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 3 – Halifax to Lunenburg
Pick up your rental car this morning and drive the South Shore along the Lighthouse Route. Continue past Peggy’s Cove to Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town known for its quiet beauty and churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Choose from 2 options in Lunenburg today:

• Option 1: Lunenburg Sailing Adventure
Departing from Lunenburg Bay on a stunning schooner, the wind is your engine as you dart nimbly through the ocean. Lunenburg is beautiful with the painted buildings and the old town providing the perfect backdrop - with lighthouses to photograph and porpoises and seals on hand to entertain the passengers and crew. Nearing the shoreline, the Eastern Star sails by the old Smith and Ruland shipyard, birthplace of Canada's legendary racing schooners, Bluenose and Bluenose II, and tall ships, the Bounty and the Rose. We cannot think of a finer way to explore this unique location.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

• Option 2: Lunenburg Walking Tour
Spend the day in beautiful Lunenburg, home of the famous Bluenose built in 1921. Your walking tour guides will bring the town alive as they describe the stories and folklore of this world heritage site.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

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 to Annapolis Royal which boasts a spectacular view of the Bay of Fundy.

• Optional Add-on:
Paddle in Kejimkujik (additional cost)
While visiting Kejimkujik park, a self-guided canoe or kayak rental can be included. Enjoy the serene calm of the lake waters as you paddle through the park.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

Insider tip: Join an unforgettable candlelight graveyard tour at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal. Explore the oldest English graveyard in Canada with internationally acclaimed heritage interpreter Alan Melanson. Not to be missed! No reservations required.

Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Day 5 – Annapolis Royal
Enjoy the many sights of the historic Annapolis Royal area at your leisure – visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the Military Museum, to name but a few.

Additionally, you have 3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Annapolis Valley Whale Watching Tour
As the mist lifts from the water, the sea birds dive into the bay searching for a meal. Feel the thrill as you see the first spray from a whale breaking the surface. Humpbacks are the most likely to be seen, as they flipper slap, tail lob, and defy gravity breaching out of the water. The Bay of Fundy is a vast area and home to many whale species.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Digby Discovery Walking Tour
Spend the day exploring the historic streets of Digby on a guided walking tour through this active fishing community. From classic architecture of gothic revival and 1800s Georgian homes to discovering the active Fisherman’s Wharf where the famous Digby scallops are brought in by the Scallop Fleet, your guide will show you the highlights of this little town. Top off your tour with a succulent seafood sampling.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Digby Shoreline Marine Walk
The shores of the Annapolis Basin and Bay of Fundy are your destination today. Your guide leads you along the rocky shoreline for a close-up view of the flora and fauna living in conjunction with the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy. Explore tide pools and ecosystems – discovering unique creatures like sea anemone and sea slugs along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate (involves climbing over rocky, slippery surfaces)

Insider tip: Nova Scotia produces some of the best wines in Canada. Surprised? Convince yourself with a visit to the Grand Pré Winery – enjoy top quality local wines within a beautiful setting. Winery tours are offered daily in the summer season (11am, 3pm, and 5pm) and can be paid locally with no reservations required.

Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Day 6 – Annapolis Royal to St. Martins by Ferry
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 inn accommodation, then take a stroll to see St. Martins’ mysterious sea caves or incredibly photogenic harbour.

Overnight in St. Martins.

Day 7 – Bay of Fundy Exploration – 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.

Here are 2 add-on suggestions for activities to discover the Bay of Fundy:

• Optional Add-on: Fundy Coastline Exploration by Zodiac (additional cost)
The coastline extending from St. Martins has been designated as the Fundy Biosphere Preserve by UNESCO for its remarkable geological formations. Discover mossy caves, dramatic cliffs, charming coves, and curious sea life as you explore the area by zodiac.
Activity rating: Easy (Not suitable for those with neck or back issues)

• Optional Add-on: Explore the St. Martins Sea Caves by Kayak (additional cost)
Marvel at the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy as you venture along the red rock cliff shoreline on a guided kayak tour. The St. Martins sea caves are the biggest attraction in the area, best to be explored by boat.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Hopewell Cape.

Day 8 – Explore Hopewell Rocks and the Bay of Fundy
Visit Hopewell Rocks – also known as “Flowerpots” – which slowly disappear and reappear with the dramatic rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides. See the world’s highest tide and later, enjoy the juxtaposition of walking on the sea floor.

Overnight in Hopewell Cape.

Day 9 – Hopewell Cape to Charlottetown, Via the Red Sands Shore
Drive the Confederation Bridge this morning and arrive on Prince Edward Island. Explore the red sand beaches and red jutting cliffs of the South Shore, and make sure to detour along the many pastoral rural roads. We recommend stopping for lunch in postcard-worthy Victoria-by-the-Sea, before arriving in Charlottetown.

Insider tip: If you prefer to stay in the idyllic countryside of Prince Edward Island, speak to your Vacation Advisor about changing your accommodations to a stay at St. Peter’s Bay.

Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 10 – Discover Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island
Today, you have 3 options to choose from, to enjoy Charlottetown and PEI to its fullest:

• Option 1: Active Outdoor Adventure – Sea Kayak or Bike Tour
PEI lends itself perfectly to outdoor pursuits – cycle along the red sandy shores and perhaps even take a dip in the pristine, warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You can choose to explore the coastline from the vantage of the clifftops or in the ocean with the cliffs soaring 30 ft. above you as you navigate alongside the beautiful beaches of PEI National Park. Both tours include healthy snacks.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2:
Lobster Dinner and Cruise
Breathe in the salt air and feel the tingle of a gentle breeze against your skin. If you dare, haul a lobster out of its trap and then savour a meal of traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper - all whilst you’re aboard a boat sailing the high seas.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Acadian Cultural Experience
Head out bright and early this morning, driving 1.5 hours west along the scenic Green Gables Shore to Abrams Village. Here you’ll partake in Acadian traditions, mainly food and music which is always shared with friends in a home-style frolic atmosphere. Learn how to make a fruit pastry known as ’poutine à trou’ and ‘fricot’- a style of hearty chicken soup. Then, squeeze in a sit-down meal of rapure, meat pie, and hominy corn. After your meal, explore an Acadian village, listen to fiddlers and watch Acadian step dancers.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 11 – Charlottetown and PEI at Leisure
Today is yours at leisure to explore Prince Edward Island’s small towns and picturesque landscapes. You might also enjoy exploring the dunes of Greenwich in Prince Edward National Park, savouring “Rick’s Famous Fish ‘n Chips”, or renting bicycles for a charming ride along the Confederation Trail.

• Optional Add-on:
Island Tour with a Private Guide (additional cost)
Let us arrange a wonderful day with a personal guide to tour you around the Island. He’ll ask about your interests and infuse your trip with a blend of hidden gems, highlights, stories, and humour.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 12 – Charlottetown to Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
Drive the scenic road to the Wood Islands ferry, then cross to Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue over to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway. Your journey completes at the town of Baddeck, set on the shores of the gorgeous Bras d’Or Lakes. Located in the heart of Cape Breton, Baddeck is considered the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail.

Overnight in Baddeck.

Day 13 – Explore Cape Breton
Welcome to the southern shore of Cape Breton, places to explore today include 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.

You have 2 options to choose from today, to explore Cape Breton:

• Option 1:
Half-Day Guided Kayak
Join your guide as you paddle past eagles’ nests and waterfalls. Stop for a delicious snack on a small beach then continue past the old mill and hear the stories of past inhabitants and the lobster fishermen whom you can still occasionally see collecting their traps. Tour is suitable for beginners.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2:
Puffin and Seabird Viewing
Travel to the Bird Islands which are an official bird sanctuary located one mile off Cape Dauphin. The islands are home to a large number of sea birds; bald eagles, arctic terns, common loons, common eiders, white winged and surf scoters, red breasted mergansers, belted kingfishers and great blue heron. And of course, when you’re not busy viewing birds you’ll be captivated with the spectacular rugged coastline and maybe even a whale!
Activity rating: Easy

Insider Tip:
Join a local Baddeck Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), for a fun night of song, dance, and discovery. The Ceilidh is a traditional Celtic gathering of musicians, in which anyone can join in. You’ll hear upcoming and experienced Celtic musicians play their art, you can join in songs, enjoy stories, and even learn dance steps if you wish. No pre-booking, tickets available at the door (cash only).

Overnight in Baddeck.

Day 14 – Cape Breton Highlands Discovery
Today explore the famous Cabot Trail – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendours 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 in Baddeck.

Day 15 – Baddeck to Halifax
A three to four-hour drive brings you back to Halifax today. Take your time to explore the charming towns along your drive before spending your final night in Halifax.

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 16 – Depart Halifax
Your Atlantic Canada vacation comes to an end today as you make your way to the airport to return your rental car. With fond memories made, leave the fresh air of Canada behind as you fly home.

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What Clients Say

Our Canadian experience was awesome

Our Canadian experience was awesome

Star Rating 5

Our Canadian experience was awesome. Among our favorites were Kejimkujik canoeing, whale watching, Hopewell Rocks and Puffin Boat Tours. Our favorite bed and breakfast was Innisfree. The Great George hotel was the best ever.

What's Included

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

Feature Dinner in Halifax - Feature Dinner in Halifax
Feature Dinner in Halifax
Visit famous Peggy's Cove - Visit famous Peggy's Cove
Visit famous Peggy's Cove
Admission to Hopewell Rocks - Admission to Hopewell Rocks
Admission to Hopewell Rocks
Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton - Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton
Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton
Accommodations:
• 15 nights accommodation in superior historic inns and B&Bs

Halifax Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Historical Halifax Tour
2. Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove
3. Halifax Tasting Tour

Lunenburg Experiences:
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Lunenburg Sailing Adventure
2. Lunenburg Walking Tour

Kejimkujik Experiences:
Optional Add-On – Choose 1 of 2:

1. Kejimkujik Kayak Rental (additional cost)
2. Canoe Rental (additional cost)

Annapolis Valley Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Annapolis Valley
Whale Watching
2. Digby Discovery Walking Tour
3. Digby Shoreline Marine Walk

Bay of Fundy Experiences:
Optional Add-On – Choose 1 of 2:
1. St. Martins Zodiac Boat Tour (additional cost)
2. St. Martins Kayak Tour (additional cost)

Prince Edward Island Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Active Outdoor Adventure Sea Kayak or PEI Bike Tour
2. Lobster Dinner and Cruise
3. Acadian Cultural Experience

Day 2 – Optional Add-On:
• Island Tour with a Private Guide
(additional cost)

Cape Breton Experiences:
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour
2. Puffin and Seabird Viewing

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Halifax

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
• Ferry from Digby, NS, to St. John, NB
• Ferry from Woods Island, PEI to Pictou, NS

Car Rental Inclusions:
• 2-week intermediate size car rental
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental
• Airport surcharges
• Unlimited Kilometers
• Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million)
• Fee for 1 additional driver
• Vehicle licensing fee

Other Inclusions:
• National Parks Pass
• Hopewell Rocks Park Admission (valid for 2 days)
• Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package, including helpful driving instructions and tips.
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Halifax Tasting Tour departs on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays. On other days of the week, an alternate tasting tour will be substituted.
• Annapolis Valley Whale watching tour is available between June 16 and September 11 departure dates.
• Kayak and zodiac boat tours departure times will vary throughout the season as they are based on the tidal schedule.
• Lobster Dinner and Cruise in PEI is available between June 23 and September 5 departure dates.
• Kayak tour on PEI is available between May 6 and Sep 21 departure dates.
• Puffin and Seabird Viewing tour is available between May 30 and August 10 departure dates.
• Acadian Cultural Experience is available from the June 22 to August 21 departure dates. Tour is not available on Wednesday or Thursday departure days.
• All outdoor tours and boating tours may be subject to delays and cancellations due to unpredictable weather conditions.


Not Included
• Car rental exclusions: GPS, LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), fee for drivers under the age of 25, fuel and refueling fees.
• Parking
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

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...

Discover the wilderness of Western Newfoundland
Discover the wilderness of Western Newfoundland
Add on a self-drive to Quebec City
Add on a self-drive to Quebec City
Add on a stay at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton
Add on a stay at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton
Whale watching from Cape Breton
Whale watching from Cape Breton
• 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
• Extend your stay in Cape Breton with extra nights at the Keltic Lodge at Ingonish Beach

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 Prince George Hotel Halifax - Exterior of hotelThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Crown Service RoomThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Indoor PoolThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Hotel Lobby

The Prince George Hotel Halifax

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The Prince George Hotel, attached to the World Trade & Convention centre, is located in downtown Halifax and right next door to the Halifax Metro Centre. The main focus of the hotel is their personalized service. Other features of the hotel are award winning fine dining, a pool & fitness centre, and relaxing garden patios.

The Great George Hotel - Heritage architecture of the exteriorThe Great George Hotel - Comfortable lobby spaceThe Great George Hotel - Suite room at The Great GeorgeThe Great George Hotel - Guest room bathtub

The Great George Hotel

An example of our Boutique accommodations

The Great George is an upscale, award-winning hotel in Prince Edward's Island capital, Charlottetown. With 54 richly decorated suites among 17 carefully restored heritage building, this is one Canada's premiere experiential hotels.

 

Trip Start Dates

2019 Start Dates
Daily from May 30 to September 24
* Additional dates in May and late September are available with customizations of this itinerary.

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Nova Scotia and PEI Self Drive Vacation
from US $3,590to US $4,309per 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.

What you'll love about
this trip

Staying at beautiful historic inns, hotels, and B and Bs

Visiting historic Halifax and Charlottetown

Exploring the South Shore and Annapolis Valley

Stunning Bay of Fundy and breathtaking Cape Breton

Visiting pastoral Prince Edward Island

Dramatic lighthouses

The best selection of local experiences

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in Canada?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

The pleasures of this two-week self-drive lie in meandering at your own pace through stunning landscapes, historic towns, and quaint fishing villages – enjoying the unique charm and a culture that is distinctly Celtic and Canadian at the same time. Choose from a selection of guided cultural, wildlife, and sightseeing experiences.

Trip Outline

Arrive Halifax 2 nights Halifax 1 night Lunenburg 2 nights Annapolis Royal 3 nights Bay of Fundy 3 nights Prince Edward Island 3 nights Cape Breton 1 night Halifax Depart Halifax

Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI – Map Visitors take a gentle coastal bike ride in the Maritimes People gather at Peggy's Cove lighthouse to enjoy the coastal views A couple purchase shellfish from a local fisherman in Nova Scotia Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Lunenburg walking tour  Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia Passengers on a zodiac witness a whales tail emerging from the water in the Bay of Fundy Hopewell Rocks at the Hopewell Cape A woman enjoys local oysters in a lively restaurant in Nova Scotia Kayaking on Cape Breton Island A motorcyclist rides along the winding coastal roads of Cape Breton Celtic entertainment on Cape Breton
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Our Canadian experience was awesome

Star Rating 5
July 17, 2018

Our Canadian experience was awesome. Among our favorites were Kejimkujik canoeing, whale watching, Hopewell Rocks and Puffin Boat Tours. Our favorite bed and breakfast was Innisfree. The Great George hotel was the best ever.

Our itinerary was wonderful

Star Rating 5
June 26, 2018

Outstanding experiences and outstanding accommodations. Our itinerary was wonderful and it gave us a chance to see every aspect of the Maritime provinces. We enjoyed a variety of foods by visiting local restaurants and trying local... read more favorites.

We had a wonderful trip in a lovely part of Canada

Star Rating 5
September 28, 2017

We had a wonderful trip in a lovely part of Canada. The itinerary was relaxing and allowed us to experience many areas, yet still left flexibility to personal exploration.

The pace of the trip was excellent

Star Rating 5
August 17, 2017

The pace of the trip was excellent. We enjoyed the different attractions and planned trips, as well as the "surprises" such as the included meals. The highlight was our trip extension to Quirpon Island in Newfoundland, even though... read more the weather was a bit tricky. The staff at Fresh Tracks were very helpful and quick to respond to inquiries - even though we booked everything from Australia.

All arrangements worked out seamlessly and hassle free

Star Rating 5
July 24, 2017

Great trip! Enjoyed our trip to the various locations. Lunenberg was simply amazing. The Geal, sailing and whale watching tours were very interesting. All arrangements worked out seamlessly and hassle free. The limo ride from the... read more train station to our hotel was a very nice touch and big surprise. Breakfast at the Queen Ann Inn was fantastic. Accommodation selection in Halifax and Baddeck was fabulous.

The trip was fabulous!

Star Rating 5
September 14, 2016

The trip was fabulous! We wish we would have had more time! Our experience with Fresh Tracks Canada was excellent - they did a great job.

The scenery was unbelievable

Star Rating 5
August 26, 2016

Our East Coast Vacation was amazing! The scenery was unbelievable, and the people were all so friendly and helpful. I wish we would have extended our stay so we could have seen both the Hopewell rocks and more of PEI. (We customized... read more to see the Hopewell Rocks which was great, but missed on seeing any of PEI other than Charlottetown). Fresh Tracks was very friendly and prompt when I had any questions. We are very satisfied.

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

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

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

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.

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