Enjoy a leisurely journey around charming Nova Scotia and Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island following a circular route from Halifax. With charming fishing villages, scenic hiking trails and fabulous seafood, the Maritime Provinces are the ideal setting for a relaxing self-drive holiday.
- witness stunning coastlines on a leisurely drive along the Cabot Trail
- enjoy a nostalgic visit to Green Gables House (included)
- watch out for whales in the waters of the Bay of Fundy (included)
- explore Canada’s birthplace at Charlottetown
From historical Halifax travel south, taking in remote lighthouses and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg. Enjoy a whale watching excursion with the chance to see finback, minke and humpback whales and marvel at the world’s highest tides. During your journey you will learn more about the history of this fascinating corner of Canada, which has been influenced by Acadian, French and Celtic settlers.
Explore Prince Edward Island, perhaps best known for being the home of the fictional character Anne of Green Gables. With red sandy beaches and rolling farmland, this is a picturesque and welcoming island.
Your holiday ends with a scenic drive around Cape Breton’s renowned Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is just under 300kms in length and follows the coastline of northern Nova Scotia. Tiny fishing villages, local galleries and quirky museums hug the coast, whilst the Cape Breton Highlands National Park stretches right across the island from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Atlantic Ocean, offering numerous hiking opportunities amongst lakes and forests.
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Halifax
- Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.
- Day 2: Halifax
- A full day in Halifax to explore the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, or tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Enjoy views over the city from the Halifax Citadel and visit York Redoubt, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.
- Day 3: Halifax - Lunenburg
- Head south to Lunenburg, perhaps enjoying a detour to see Peggy’s Cove’s much-photographed lighthouse en route. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.
- Day 4: Lunenburg - Annapolis Royal
- Cross the island via Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and scenic canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue to Annapolis Royal.
- Day 5: Annapolis Royal
- Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You may see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Return to Annapolis Royal this afternoon, where you may wish to visit Fort Anne.
- Day 6: Annapolis Royal - Wolfville
- Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.
- Day 7: Wolfville - Charlottetown
- You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge as you head over to Prince Edward Island today.
- Day 8: Charlottetown
- Explore Charlottetown, site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.
- Day 9: Charlottetown
- Spend today exploring Prince Edward Island by car. Visit Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore, where you will find sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide.
- Day 10: Charlottetown - Baddeck
- Depart Charlottetown for the Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America.
- Day 11: Baddeck - Cabot Trail - Baddeck
- Allow a full day to drive the scenic Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island today, as you will want to allow time to stop and hike or take in the views. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in Cape Breton National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish, offering awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St.Lawrence and the Cape Breton Highlands. Points of interest include the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery and the Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum.
- Day 12: Baddeck – Louisbourg – Baddeck
- This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg. This living museum is the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700’s. Costumed interpreters re-enact daily life from the French colonial period and you can sample period food in the restaurant, or even take part in a mock battle. Back in Baddeck the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is also well worth a visit, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man - who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or.
- Day 13: Baddeck - Halifax
- A full day for the return trip to Halifax via the scenic shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes and across the Canso Causeway.
- Day 14: Halifax
- Return your rental vehicle and depart Nova Scotia today.
Hillsdale House Inn, Annapolis Royal
- Grade: Standard BB
- Type: Unique and Boutique
Enjoy a homely welcome at this historic guest house
The Great George, Charlottetown
- Grade: Superior
- Type: Unique and Boutique
Delve into history at this fascinating hotel…
The above is a selection of accommodation available for this holiday. Other options are available based on your preferred category. Please contact us for further details.
Prices & Dates
Price from £1,336 per person, based on twin-share Standard accommodation and intermediate rental vehicle. Prices vary subject to departure date.
Departs daily from 11 June to 27 Sep 2018
13 nights Standard accommodation ● 7 breakfasts ● 14 days car hire (Intermediate or Full Size) ● Ferry tolls - Woods Island to Caribou ● Brier Island Whale Watching ● Historic Sites Pass including admission to Halifax Citadel, Fortress of Louisbourg, Canso Island, Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, Grand-Pre, Fort Anne, Port-Royal and Kejimkujik; also Green Gables House and Port-La-Joye-Fort Amherst ● Exclusive travel documentation including itinerary details, vouchers, maps, driving directions and a Lonely Planet guidebook.
Flights ● Additional meals and excursions not specified above ● Personal travel insurance (Discover the World offers a omprehensive policy - please contact our team for details) ● Additional airline or airport taxes or security charges, that are payable locally ● Gratuities & items of a personal nature ● Road tolls ● National Park Fees.
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