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Enjoy a leisurely Atlantic Canada road trip around Nova Scotia and Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island.

Following a circular route from halifax, you'll encounter picturesque fishing villages, scenic hiking trails, fabulous seafood and remote lighthouses., see the unesco world heritage site of lunenburg, enjoy a whale watching excursion and marvel at the world’s highest tides in the bay of fundy. , then, explore prince edward island's sandy beaches and rolling farmland before ending the trip with a drive on cape breton’s cabot trail. .

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Day 1 Halifax to Annapolis Royal | 322 km/200 mi Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore. Make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Arrive in Annapolis Royal, a quaint settlement housing Victorian mansions on the banks of the Bay of Fundy.

Day 2 Whale Watching Fishing Villages Exploring | 206 km/128 mi Today drive 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion (operates 03 Jun - 09 Oct) in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see finback and Minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne. (breakfast included)

Day 3 Annapolis Royal to Charlottetown | 475 km/295 mi Bound for Prince Edward Island today via the Confederation Bridge, follow the curvature of the Bay of Fundy and stop for lunch at ‘the Library’ in the university town of 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. Overnight in Charlottetown and enjoy a night on the town! (breakfast included)

Day 4 Tour PEI - The Land of Anne | 100 km/63 mi Explore Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. You can explore picturesque Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore - see sand dunes, beaches and Green Gables, fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and beloved by millions worldwide. (breakfast included)

Day 5 Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island | 274 km/171 mi + Ferry Depart Charlottetown stopping at the Orwell Corner Historic Village 30 km to the east. Orwell, an early Scottish settlement, contains a historic graveyard and a cluster of buildings which have been restored to create a sense of life in the 19th century. Continue to the ferry crossing at Wood Islands to Caribou, Nova Scotia then make your way east to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. Ar-rive in Baddeck. (breakfast included)

Day 6 Cabot Trail | 300 km/187 km Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe- inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish - the most recommended would be the Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes drive from park entrance. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery, Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ), or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Day 7 Louisbourg | 220 km/137 mi This morning drive north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum” largest historical reconstruction in North America; is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, 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. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

Day 8 Baddeck to Halifax | 357 km/222 mi A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to Halifax.

Package Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Annapolis Royal
  • 2 nights accommodation in Charlottetown
  • 3 nights accommodation in Baddeck
  • Brier Island Whale Watching | Operates 03 Jun - 09 Oct
  • Bay Ferry Tolls - Wood Islands to Caribou
  • Historic Sites admission to the following:
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Halifax Citadel
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Kejimkujik (Day Use only)
  • Green Gables House
  • Prince Edward Island National Park

Hotel Information | Superior Grade

  • Annapolis Royal - Hillsdale House | Standard Room | Breakfast Included
  • Charlottetown - The Great George | Classic Room | Continental Breakfast Included
  • Baddeck - Inverary Resort | Traditional Room

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The ultimate Maritimes road trip

The Maritimes is a region consisting of three magnificent Canadian provinces that are still relatively unknown to travellers: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Yet the region is home to highest tides in the world, breathtaking landscapes, a warm Acadian welcome, delicious seafood, scenic routes, sandy beaches, numerous historic sites, and a multitude of charming villages. 

If you're looking for a road trip that will show you a different side of Canada, buckle up for 14 days of fresh sea air!  

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Road trip summary, day 1: halifax.

Your ultimate road trip begins with your arrival in Halifax , capital of Nova Scotia.

After dropping off your luggage at the hotel, go for a stroll around this lively city on the shores of one of the best natural harbours in the world . 

Try and catch up on some sleep, because tomorrow you will have quite a bit of driving to do!

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Day 2 : moncton  (266 km / 165 mi).

It's the first day of your Maritime adventure, and you are already changing provinces.

Today you discover Moncton , the largest city in New Brunswick (the capital is Fredericton). 

But first, make a stop in Shediac, a charming fishing village known as the lobster capital of the world. It goes without saying that we recommend lobster for lunch!

During your short stay in Moncton, be sure to visit Magnetic Hill, where you will experience an extraordinary phenomenon that defies the very laws of physics. 

Believe it or not, if you stop at the bottom of Magnetic Hill, your car will roll back up the hill, all by itself! Even the most skeptical will be baffled.

At the end of the day, pay a visit to Pumphouse Brewery, a popular brew pub with a wide selection of house-brewed craft beer . Don't be discouraged by the lineup: it's well worth the wait!

Day 3 : Bay of Fundy, Saint John  (157 km / 97 mi)

Start your morning with a visit to Hopewell Rocks, a famous site boasting one of Canada's most impressive natural phenomena. 

The exceptionally high tides (10 to 14 metres) at Hopewell Rocks have sculpted gigantic sandstone "flower pot" formations that visitors can explore on foot at low tide, and kayak around just a few hours later.

You can walk on the ocean floor at low tide in search of precious treasures, like a modern Indiana Jones. 

Before leaving the area, be sure to take in some sun on one of the two sandy beaches. 

Day 4 : Bay of Fundy, St. Andrews (103 km / 64 mi)

You don't have much driving to do today as you head for St-Andrews-by-the-Sea, a popular site for marine mammal observation (whales, seals, etc.). 

This picturesque seaside resort town was voted Best Destination in Canada by the USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice 2017 , and is home to a National Historic Site. You will quickly succumb to the charms of its rich architectural heritage. 

The many Loyalists houses give St. Andrews a unique feel. The town features more than 280 well-preserved buildings constructed before 1880. 

One of the main attractions in St-Andrews is Ministers Island, which can only be reached at low tide. This vast summer estate belonged to none other than Sir William Van Horne, the president and driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway.  

Finally, be sure to go for a walk through the magnificent Kingsbrea Garden, just steps from your hotel. Once the property of a wealthy family, it is now an award-winning horticultural masterpiece with themed gardens that delight visitors from around the world.

Day 5-6 : Kouchibouguac  (310 km / 192mi)

Your road trip continues to Kouchibouguac National Park . 

Along the way, take the panoramic coastal route from Alma to Moncton (Route 114). It's a bit of a detour, but the scenery is better. After all, you are on holiday! Be sure to stop at Cape Enrage to admire the spectacular view!

Kouchibouguac National Park is a popular family destination, boasting calm sandy beaches with some of the warmest salt water north of Virginia.

The park also features an impressive mosaic of landscapes: peat bogs, salt marshes, forests, sheltered lagoons, sand dunes and more. 

Spend an enjoyable day playing in the water, building sand castles, watching the birds and walking along the huge sand dunes. 

Stargazing is also a popular activity in the park. In fact, Kouchibouguac was declared a "Dark Sky Preserve" in 2009 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Day 7 : Acadie  (201 km / 125 mi)

Next you head for Caraquet, capital of the Acadian Peninsula and one of the most welcoming and authentic regions of our beautiful country! 

Acadie abounds with natural treasures, such as Miscou Island. This haven of calm and tranquility offers visitors enchanting scenery and wild, unspoiled natural beauty.

Spend some time exploring the island's trails, and be sure to take a closer look at the historic lighthouse. 

Built in 1856, this heritage structure is an iconic symbol of the island, and of the Acadie region. It is possible to tour the lighthouse and even to climb to the top of the tower, if you are not daunted by the 96 steps!

At the end of the afternoon, pay a visit to Village Historique Acadien, a realistic reconstruction of 1850s Acadian life. 

Village "inhabitants" in period costumes will bring history to life (and probably make you smile at their charming accents). 

One thing is certain: you won't be bored during your stay in Acadie, with its colourful culture and joyful spirit.

Day 8-9 : Prince Edward Island  (385 km / 239 mi)

With heavy hearts you bid farewell to Acadie, but rest assured, the next province has lovely surprises in store. 

You get there via the impressive Confederation Bridge. This 12.9-km span has linked PEI to the mainland since 1997. 

Your adventure continues in Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island . This tiny capital city can boast of being the birthplace of Canada. Learn more about this chapter in Canadian history at Province House National Historic Site. 

At the end of the afternoon, go for a stroll along Victoria Row, a charming pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants. 

Take a seat on an outdoor patio and enjoy the live (often Celtic) music that invades the street's restaurants and bars after nightfall. 

Spend the following day relaxing on the magnificent beaches of the island's national park. The splendid Cavendish Beach is considered the most beautiful in the area. 

After all, you could use a break from the steady pace of your road trip! 

Day 10-11 : Cape Breton, Ingonish  (567 km / 352 mi)

Get an early start and set a course for Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia.

Arm yourself with a large cup of coffee, because you have a long drive ahead of you. Take the ferry from PEI to Nova Scotia. 

Once you reach the stunning region of Ingonish Beach (on the east coast of Cape Breton Island), you will immediately forget the many hours spent behind the wheel.

By the way, if you're travelling with the family, you might like our road trip ideas for children . 

The next day, go for an invigorating hike on Franey Mountain. A fairly challenging 7.4-km trail leads to the top, where you will have a sweeping view of the Clyburn River winding through the valley 425 m below, as well as a section of the Atlantic coast. 

Sit on the large, flat rocks to get your breath back and gaze at the vast open wilderness before you. Keep your eyes open, because rumour has it that moose also like the view!

Day 12 : Cape Breton, Cheticamp  (115 km / 71 mi)

Today's destination is Cheticamp, a fishing village nestled in the heart of the Cape Breton highlands.

To get there, you will take a scenic drive that is almost too beautiful to be true: the Cabot Trail, which skirts the edges of the park, at times clinging to steep oceanside cliffs . 

24 look-offs along the trail provide opportunities to admire a rugged wilderness of turbulent ocean, rocky cliffs and lush forest, considered to be some of the most beautiful landscapes in Canada.

We bet that these images will remain etched in your memory for a long tome to come!

The Skyline Trail is the perfect place to stop and stretch your legs. This easy 7.5-km trail leads to a dramatic headland cliff that is a popular site for sunset viewing.

Day 13-14 : Halifax, excursion to Peggy's Cove + Lunenburg   (399 km / 245 mi)

For the final stage of your road trip, you return to Halifax , capital of Nova Scotia, to complete your discovery of the Maritime provinces.

This time, we strongly recommend paying a visit to the Citadel National Historic Site. Perched high on the large hill dominating downtown Halifax, the Halifax Citadel offers commanding views of the city and its harbour. The star-shaped fort was built to defend the city against attackers.

The Historic Properties district is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on an ootdoor patio at the end of the day. 

But first, take a stroll through the narrow streets lined with shops and admire the 18th century wood and stone buildings along the waterfront boardwalk that once served as warehouses and now house specialty shops, restaurants and bars.

The following day, treat yourself to one last memorable outing, this time to the tiny village of Peggy's Cove. There you will find the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. Built in 1915, the iconic Peggy's Cove lighthouse keeps watch over the waves and guides the lobster fishermen back to shore. 

But that's not all! The village itself is charming with its small harbour and magnificent wooden sheds built on stilts. 

Along the way, make a stop in the charming colonial town of Lunenburg. Once considered a pirate's lair, this colourful fishing port can boast of being one of only 2 towns in North America to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Return to Halifax at the end of the day.

Day 15 : Halifax

Enjoy the last moments of your Maritime vacation before heading for the Halifax Airport and boarding your return flight home.

And there you have it!

So, are you ready for a Maritime road trip ? 

If you have any questions and/or suggestions, don't hesitate to write them in the comments below .

An enthusiast of our great outdoors and a travel advisor within the Authentik team, it’s with great pride that I share our country’s best-kept secrets and hidden treasures with the rest of the world. Welcome to our neck of the woods !


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Day 1: Arrive in Halifax Begin your journey by arriving in Halifax, where you'll check into your accommodations situated in the heart of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city on the Atlantic Ocean. Halifax is bursting with culture and rich history, offering an array of experiences. Consider extending your stay with additional nights or a city tour to fully immerse yourself in Nova Scotia's capital city.

Day 2: Halifax, NS to Moncton, NB Discover the Bay of Fundy and its world-renowned high tides as you journey along its colorful coastline towards Moncton, New Brunswick's bilingual city. En route, visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing the most complete fossil record from the "Coal Age" 300 million years ago. Check into your downtown Moncton hotel for the evening. (Continental Breakfast)

Day 3: Moncton, NB to Saint John, NB This morning, witness the natural splendor of the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy coast, admiring the massive flower-pot shaped formations carved by the planet's highest tides. Traverse through Fundy National Park to reach Saint John, Canada's first incorporated city, nestled on the southern New Brunswick coast. You'll spend two nights in your harborfront accommodations. (Breakfast)

Day 4: St. Andrews by-the-Sea Take a day trip to the charming St. Andrews by-the-Sea. After a Whale Watching Boat Tour (weather permitting), the afternoon is yours to explore the town's quaint charm, friendly people, beautiful architecture, and rich marine life at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 5: Saint John, NB to Annapolis Valley, NS Begin your day with a visit to the Reversing Falls before taking the ferry back to Nova Scotia. Keep an eye out for whales as you cross the Bay of Fundy to Digby, known as the world's scallop capital. Here, fresh sea air and passionate Acadian culture blend in this enchanting and historically rich town. (Breakfast)

Day 6: Annapolis Valley, NS to Oak Island, NS Explore the lush Annapolis Valley, learning about the French Acadians who settled here in the early 1600s. Visit the Grand Pre World UNESCO Site, where the romance of the Land of Evangeline is brought to life. Then, travel to Oak Island, famed for the world's longest-running treasure hunt, where you'll stay for two nights. (Breakfast)

Day 7: Western Shore Touring Spend your day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, known for its Grand Banks fishing schooners. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to delve into the town's renowned seafaring heritage. Later, head to Mahone Bay, where a trio of 19th-century churches represents an iconic cultural landscape in Nova Scotia. (Breakfast)

Day 8: Oak Island, NS to Charlottetown, PE Experience the rustic charm of Peggy's Cove before heading to Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge, the world's longest continuous multi-span bridge. Check into your Charlottetown accommodations for a two-night stay. (Breakfast)

Day 9: Prince Edward Island Touring Navigate through landscapes of red cliffs, white beaches, sloping sand dunes, and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Visit the Green Gables Heritage Site, the inspiration behind Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved Anne of Green Gables books, before returning to Charlottetown. (Breakfast)

Day 10: Charlottetown to Baddeck, NS Ferry across the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to Cape Breton Island, the "Scotland of North America," via the Canso Causeway. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to learn about the accomplishments of this genius who called the island home. Check into your accommodations on the Bras d'Or Lake for a two-night stay. (Breakfast)

Day 11: Cabot Trail Touring Embark on a journey along the Cabot Trail, one of North America's most stunning drives. The trail winds around Cape Breton's northern shore and through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, offering unforgettable vistas of the rugged coastline. Keep your camera ready for breathtaking scenes. (Breakfast)

Day 12: Baddeck, NS to Halifax, NS Explore the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a meticulously reconstructed settlement of 1744 New France, where authentically costumed guides bring history to life. Continue along the Bras d'Or Lake to the mainland, concluding your journey with one final night in Halifax. (Breakfast)

Day 13: Depart Halifax Your adventure concludes upon checking out from your hotel. (Continental Breakfast)

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Self-Drive A Taste of the Maritimes

A lovely leisurely self-drive tour of the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. We love this circular itinerary as the driving distances are not too long and there are several two night stays to allow you the time to appreciate your beautiful surroundings. You will begin in the waterfront city of Halifax, then travel along the and picturesque and aptly named “Lighthouse Route” in Nova Scotia. Cross the Bay of Fundy, home of the world's largest tides, into the charming province of New Brunswick where you will discover beautiful coastal landscapes and delicious seafood. Cross the world-beating Confederation Bridge into the gem of  province – Prince Edward Island to enjoy time in its appealing capital city. Take a scenic ferry journey to Nova Scotia across the Northumberland Strait and then explore the spectacular Cape Breton Island, before returning to Halifax. Highlights

  • Discover the picturesque lighthouses and fishing communities of Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia
  • Visit the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park and marvel at the most dramatic tides in the world, revealing the sea floor and towers of naturally carved stone
  • Enjoy time in Saint John New Brunswick, browsing the historic city market and savouring delicious cuisine from an appealing array of restaurants
  • Experience the small city charm of Charlottetown, the capital of Canada’s smallest province
  • Explore the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, drive along the majestic Cabot Trail and perhaps take time to hike the spectacular Skyline Trail

Itinerary Overview Fly to Halifax NS 2 nights – Western Shore NS 2 nights – Digby NS 1 night – Saint John NB 2 nights – Moncton NB 1 night – Charlottetown PEI 1 night – Baddeck NS 2 nights – Halifax NS 1 night – Fly home

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Day 1 Fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia Arrive at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Instead of flying direct to Halifax you may want to fly via another city such as Toronto or Montreal to extend your Canadian experience. Day 2 Halifax, Nova Scotia Enjoy a full day to explore the historic city of Halifax, located on one of the world’s largest natural harbours. You can discover its proud maritime heritage in the many museums and along the waterfront area, which includes the restored Historic Properties. Visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and traverse the star shaped fort that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, admire the Victorian Gardenesque style at the Halifax Public Gardens or perhaps take a leisurely sail on a harbour cruise aboard the Tall Ship Silva. Day 3 Halifax to Western Shore, Nova Scotia (47 miles) Drive the scenic Lighthouse Route along Nova Scotia’s southern coastline to the fishing community of Peggy’s Cove. This picturesque fishing village is surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens with trails leading to its famous lighthouse. Continue along the coast and perhaps stop in the port of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a visit to the renowned Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic before driving just a little further along the coast to Western Shore for a two night stay. Day 4 Western Shore, Nova Scotia A day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel and the locality. You can also pay a visit to the Oak Island Interpretive Centre and learn how this small island is rumoured to have been a site of buried treasures for centuries. You could take the 10 minute drive to pretty Mahone Bay, where you can enjoy a stroll and perhaps visit the museum or charming boutique shops. Day 5 Western Shore - Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site – Digby, Nova Scotia (98 miles) Take the scenic, cross-country drive linking the rocky south shore with the lush Annapolis Valley. Enjoy the amazing views as you traverse extensive woodlands dotted with lakes. Take some time to explore the wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site along the centuries-old Mi’kmaq canoe routes or follow the hiking trails into its forested heartland. Travel along the Annapolis Basin, boasting relics of Anglo-French colonial rivalry. Arrive in Digby for your one night stay.

Day 6 Digby – Saint John, New Brunswick (50 miles on land) Enjoy a ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John taking around 3 hours, famous for having the world’s largest tides. Arrive in In Saint John for a two night stay and check into your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening in this charming seaport, with a plethora of restaurants, many with pleasant outdoor patios, offering delicious seafood and regional dishes. Day 7 Saint John, New Brunswick A full day to enjoy Saint John, perhaps visiting one of the many small museums and galleries, or browse the vibrant Saint John City Market, where you will find mouth-watering food and local arts and crafts beneath a ceiling created in the 19 century to resemble the hull of a ship. It’s worth taking a look at the famous Reversing Falls – a trick of the tide that seems to reverse the water’s current. If you wanted to explore further afield in New Brunswick you could take the scenic drive to Fredericton to visit the King’s Landing Historical Settlement – a role-playing historic community depicting everyday life in 19th century. Day 8 Saint John to Moncton (94 miles) Today you will discover the charming covered bridges en route to Fundy National Park. Explore The Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park and marvel at the most dramatic tides in the world, revealing the sea floor and towers of naturally carved stone on your self-guided tour (entrance fee included). You could make a short detour to Shediac, the lobster capital of the world, and enjoy an early lobster dinner before continuing to Moncton for your overnight stay. Day 9 Moncton to Charlottetown (102 miles) Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a ‘magnetic force’  (hint – it’s actually an optical illusion). Then head south to the architectural gem of Dorchester and visit the French fort of Beausejour at the Nova Scotia provincial border.  Arriving at the Confederation Bridge, which links New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, you’ll find the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, displaying the cultural history and environmental diversity of the region. Then drive across the Confederation Bridge - the longest bridge in the world crossing ice-covered water, stretching for eight miles across the Northumberland Strait. Arrive onto Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, just 174 miles tip to tip with just 152,000 “islanders”. Overnight in Charlottetown. Day 10 Charlottetown to Baddeck (169 miles – land only) Today’s journey takes you past Orwell Corner Historic Site to board the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia taking around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Drive through tranquil scenery and small communities that continue to celebrate Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Indigenous and Acadian identities. Continue into Cape Breton Island through the magnificent highland scenery that surrounds Bras d’Or Lake, and drive to the delightful resort community of Baddeck. The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site  is dedicated to the life and works of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. You will be spending two nights in Baddeck, to allow a full day tomorrow exploring the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands. Day 11 Cape Breton Highlands A scenic highlight of this trip is to drive the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton. The trail runs past lochs and glens settled by Scottish Highlanders and along scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. Meander through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park enjoying stunning views of sea-swept headlands, steep cliffs and tranquil beaches. Hiking trails lead into the interior of the park where stunning vistas appear at each turn. Return to Baddeck through the lush Margaree Valley. Day 12 Baddeck to Halifax (218 miles) Today take a leisurely drive across the heart of Nova Scotia. Perhaps stop for lunch in either the small town of Truro or Antigonish for a taste of the peaceful Maritime life. Continue on to the port city of Halifax, renowned for its long and fascinating history and great importance to the East Coast for your final night Day 13 Fly home from Halifax

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Atlantic Canada's maritime treasures self-drive tour

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Relax in the waterfront city of Halifax and soak up the cultural history of Nova Scotia.

Search for whales in the Bay of Fundy as you venture out by kayak.

Let your spirit be lifted by the world's highest tide at the Hopewell Rocks.

Catch your own lobster and experience the satisfaction of eating the freshest seafood in Charlottetown.

Drive along Atlantic Canada's scenic highway, the Cabot Trail as you explore the Cape Breton Highlands.

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Halifax. On arrival in Halifax, make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and settle in this historic port city.

Heritage buildings on the old town waterfront, Halifax

Spend a day at leisure exploring Halifax. We recommend taking a water taxi across the harbour and enjoying lunch at a waterside restaurant as you watch tall ships sailing past. Today, you will visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, where you'll learn more about Canada's immigration history from 1928 in the original building where most migrants arrived in the country. We also suggest visiting the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax's famous clock and the historic properties and pubs along the water's edge.

Halifax Historic Properties

Collect your hire car from a downtown depot this morning. All taxes and fees, third-party liability insurance, and a loss damage waiver are included. You’ll then begin your drive along the ‘lighthouse route’ to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. After exploring the famous lighthouse perched on smooth granite rocks at Peggy’s Cove, spend the afternoon wandering through the quaint, colourful streets of Old Town Lunenburg.

Lunenburg waterfront, Nova Scotia

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg. The harbour is home to old historic warehouses and tall ships, such as the Bluenose II, a magnificent schooner that appears on Canada's ten-cent coin. One of the town’s most popular attractions is the Ironworks Distillery, whose brandy, gin, rum and vodka have become something of an institution throughout Nova Scotia. The seafaring history is tangible in Lunenburg, even in the art and craft shops and the lovely waterfront restaurants.


Today, your route takes you across southern Nova Scotia, through Kejimukujik National Park and Historic Site, to Annapolis Royal. The national park is well worth stopping for, with excellent walking trails, a sparkling blue coastline, and tree-lined lakes for canoeing or kayaking.

Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal

Enjoy your day at leisure exploring the picturesque Annapolis Valley. Although the town of Annapolis Royal is small, the area is rich with Acadian history and there are a number of attractions in the area to keep you busy, from the historic battleground at Fort Anne and a floral showing at the Historic Gardens, to whale watching in the Bay of Fundy, and visits to local vineyards and farms. There is also a great choice of hiking trails in the area.

Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal, Canada

From Annapolis Royal, drive to nearby Digby and take the ferry to Saint John in New Brunswick. The scenic journey takes approximately two hours to cross the Bay of Fundy, and we'd suggest staying close to the windows for a possible glimpse of whales. On arrival in Saint John, continue your drive along the coast to Alma in Fundy National Park.

Saint John, New Brunswick

Spend a day exploring Fundy National Park with its exceptional tides. We highly recommend visiting nearby Hopewell Rocks, where the tidal range of the region can be truly appreciated. This afternoon, meet your guide and small group and take to the waters for a journey past ancient cliffs and sea caves, getting up close in your kayaks. Whale sightings are common in the area, so keep an eye out during the trip.

Sailing in the Bay of Fundy

Leaving New Brunswick, continue north and cross the 13 kilometre-long Confederation Bridge to your next Maritime province, Prince Edward Island. On arrival in the provincial capital of Charlottetown, you'll have time to get your bearings on this small yet lively city that's credited as being Canada's birthplace.


Begin your time in Charlottetown by taking a lobster cruise from the dock. Your captain and his brother explain the importance of lobster fishing to the island’s economy while you head out into the ocean. Help to haul the catch from the water at the traps before continuing on to anchor near the mouth of Charlottetown harbour. Taste the freshest of freshly caught lobster as you admire the harbour and chat with the fishermen. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore at your leisure.

Lobster dinner

Today you have a day at leisure to explore a little further afield on the island. We recommend heading to Cavendish, home of Anne of Green Gables, and enjoying the scenic drives along the way. There are excellent beaches to explore, including North Rustico where powder-pink beaches and fresh lobster await. Back in Charlottetown, we suggest Government and Beaconsfield Houses for a historical appetite.

Cross by ferry back to Nova Scotia and drive along the coast toward the Cape Breton Highlands. Stop for the night at a whisky distillery, where you can enjoy a tasting in the evening while soaking up the peace and quiet of this tucked-away property.

Mabou, Nova Scotia

Today, drive north to join the start of the famed Cabot Trail. This scenic 298 kilometre road is reputed to be one of North America's most scenic coastal drives. We recommend taking your time on this journey, stopping at the many viewpoints and walking trails on your way to your next base at Ingonish.

View of Cape Smokey from Keltic Lodge

Spend the day at your own leisure exploring Cape Breton Highlands National Park with its rugged coastal landscapes to towering highland vistas, walking trails to breathtaking look-outs and where whales can sometimes be seen from the rolling cliffside. We particularly recommend the Acadian hiking trail for a more challenging option with a reward of panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéticamp River and the park’s highland interior. For something more relaxing, North Bay Beach is a tranquil spot for an afternoon picnic.

Deck chairs at Ingonish, Nova Scotia

This morning, make your way down to the water for one of the region’s most popular activities; whale watching. As you admire Cape Breton from the water, you’ll also be searching for the fin, minke, humpback, pilot and blue whales that are so prolific in the region. After your tour, we suggest relaxing in the town and staying close to the water, visiting Black Brook Beach with extensive ocean views and a waterfall at one end.

Ingonish, Nova Scotia

Leaving Cape Breton Island today, make your way south towards the quiet village of Charlos Cove. We recommend stopping in Baddeck on your journey to visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and in Louisbourg, where you can visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site to get a glimpse into one of North America's busiest 18th-century seaports. On arrival in Charlos Cove, you can take a walk along the many hidden coves or relax with a good book overlooking the ocean.

Charlos Cove

Finish your road trip today as you head south along the rugged Atlantic coast, back to Halifax. There is time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing along the way before returning to the airport to drop off your hire car and settle into your hotel before tomorrow's morning flight.

Halifax Harbour Cruise, Halifax

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Maritimes Road Trip

Doing a Canadian Maritimes road trip was a quintessential adventure that our Vancouver-based family really wanted to experience. After much planning, we eventually managed to make it happen. In the end, our trip would include planes, trains (in the form of a unique hotel stay), automobiles and even ferries as we made our way through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Disclosure: On this Maritimes trip, I worked in conjunction with Tourism New Brunswick, Tourism P.E.I. and Tourism Nova Scotia to share our experiences in their regions. Partial expenses were covered by these entities and their tourism partners.

Maritimes Road Trip – The Scope

Our trip involved only the Canadian Maritime provinces (NB, PEI and NS) and to be honest, this was still a little rushed for the 16-day window we had to work with. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to include Cape Breton or Newfoundland, but vowed to do them on a later trip. (We visited Newfoundland for Iceberg Season 2 years later.).

Note: One of the first things we needed to learn from a planning and research perspective (as lifelong west-coasters) was that The Maritimes only refers to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. If you want to include Newfoundland and Labrador, you are now talking about a trip to Atlantic Canada .

Further to some newbie confusion, Saint John is a lovely city in New Brunswick, while St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland. According to some forums I looked on, more than a few travelers have accidentally secured hotel reservations in the wrong city.

Canadian Maritimes Road Trip – Logistics

Coming from Vancouver, we decided that our best option for flights was to fly in and out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although there were no direct flights from Vancouver, by flying into Halifax, we could still get there all in one day (with a short stopover in Toronto). That said, our flight was a little late and we did not get into Halifax until about 2:30am EST. By the time we were tucked into bed at our Halifax Airport hotel it was 4am.

Note: We stayed at the Alt Hotel Halifax Airport . Bleary-eyed, we appreciated that it was conveniently connected to the airport. We are also fans of this hotel brand, having stayed at the Alt Hotel Pearson Airport for overnight layovers on numerous occasions.

The following morning we picked up our rental car from the airport which we would use for driving through all 3 provinces (returning it back to Halifax Stanfield Airport on our way out). We also traveled on car ferries between Digby N.S. and Saint John, N.B. as well as Wood Islands P.E.I. to Caribou, N.S .

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Maritimes Road Trip Itinerary

Although we arrived into Nova Scotia, our plan was to immediately leave that province and enjoy it near the end of our trip. For this reason, on our first day we drove southwest along the Bay of Fundy coast to Digby, allowing us to take the car ferry over to New Brunswick.

For the following week, we explored Saint John, St. Andrews, and Moncton – taking side trips to beautiful places like Hopewell Rocks and Parlee Beach. We then drove over the Confederation Bridge to P.E.I.

We started our time on P.E.I. by exploring the northwest (including a fun night at a lighthouse hotel ). The following day, we worked our way down the east coast ending up at a cottage near Cavendish where we would spend several nights.

From that central location, we visited Charlottetown, discovered the world of Anne-of-Green-Gables around Cavendish, and explored P.E.I.’s stunning National Parks. We even spent an afternoon on the beach making a sand dragon with a master sandcastle builder!

Rather than drive back across the Confederation Bridge to leave P.E.I., we instead took the car ferry across the Northumberland Straight to Caribou, Nova Scotia. This put us only a short drive away from our second quirky hotel stay of the trip – a caboose at The Tatamagouche Train Station Inn .

From there we carried on to stay in both Lunenburg and Halifax, stopping to visit Peggy’s Cove along the way. We were even lucky enough to find ourselves celebrating Canada Day on Halifax’s lively boardwalk.

Maritimes Road Trip Map

The map below covers our route. You can also click on the link or map for more detail.

The only thing that is not shown here is the ferry on our return trip from P.E.I. to Nova Scotia as I could not seem to get the map to reflect it. You can see where it crosses on the map though under the Trans-Canada maple leaf in the middle of the water on the right.

Link to Google map of our drive .

Maritimes Road Trip

Maritimes Self Drive – What I Would Change

I really wish I could do every one of our trips twice so I could get it perfect the second time. Here are the things I would do differently.

  • I would try to avoid 1-night stays. We had quite a few of them on this trip and it just felt too rushed. It felt like we were constantly packing and unpacking the car.
  • I would bring a soft-shelled cooler to fill with fruit, veggies and other healthy snacks along the way. The problem for us was that in any given town we would try to find the best restaurant for something-or-other (usually seafood). More often than not, the favoured method of preparation was deep-frying, and if their was a salad…it was pretty flimsy. On about day 10, my kids asked if we could stop at a grocery store to get some baby carrots and cucumbers (something that had never happened before, and has never happened since).
  • I would plan for a few days of just doing nothing. I have a real gift for packing so many activities into a day that I suck the enjoyment right out of it. We needed more downtime to just poke around a beach or wander through a park with no destination in mind.

Canada Maritimes Road Trip Posts

Armed with the above information, I want to share with you all of the posts from our Maritimes road trip. I hope that you have the most wonderful time – both during your trip planning process (one of my favourite hobbies) and on your Maritimes self drive tour!

I hope you have an amazing trip to Panama! Please feel free to reach out to me (Tara Cannon) directly in the comments, by direct message on Instagram , or by email ( [email protected] ). I love hearing from you.

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Exploring the History and Culture of Elektrostal: A 2-Hour Walking Tour

This two-hour walking tour of Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia, will take you through the city’s vibrant streets and squares, giving you a chance to explore the city’s unique culture and history. The tour will begin at the Elektrostal City Hall (Address: ul. Lenina, 1, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). Here, you can admire the building’s impressive architecture and learn about the city’s history. Next, you will head to the Elektrostal Museum of Local Lore (Address: ul. Lenina, 2, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). This museum is home to a variety of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the city’s past. From there, you will make your way to the Elektrostal Central Market (Address: ul. Lenina, 3, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). Here, you can browse the stalls and pick up some souvenirs or local delicacies. Afterwards, you will head to the Elektrostal Cathedral (Address: ul. Lenina, 4, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). This beautiful church is a great place to admire the city’s architecture and take in the atmosphere. Next, you will make your way to the Elektrostal Art Gallery (Address: ul. Lenina, 5, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). Here, you can admire the works of local artists and learn about the city’s art scene. Afterwards, you will head to the Elektrostal Park (Address: ul. Lenina, 6, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). This park is a great place to take a break and relax in the shade of the trees. Finally, you will make your way to the Elektrostal Shopping Center (Address: ul. Lenina, 7, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045). Here, you can find a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a cinema. Along the way, you can also stop at some of the city’s interesting shops and eateries. For example, you can visit the Kofein Coffee Shop (Address: ul. Lenina, 8, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045) for a cup of coffee and a snack, or the Kvartal Pub (Address: ul. Lenina, 9, Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia; Latitude/Longitude: 55.814092, 38.445045) for a beer and some traditional Russian food.

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