Day 1: Arrival in Halifax
Halifax is Canada’s traditional gateway to the world, combining charming old wooden homes and Victorian parks with modern shopping centres.
Being the largest city in the region, it is home to 5 universities and several colleges and has the ambience of a lively university town.
Ships, from tall ships to naval vessels, can still be seen in the harbour, and old warehouses and shipfitters’ shops have become part of the exciting boardwalk along the waterside.
Day 2: Halifax – South Shore/Liverpool (ca. 160 km)
Rocky harbours with hidden bays and islands have made Nova Scotia’s south shore a pirate and smuggler’s paradise for over 300 years.
Tiny fishing villages cling to the ocean edge and white sand beaches stretch endlessly. Each day small lobster boats go out to sea and return with Nova Scotia’s most precious export.
Visit the much photographed Peggy’s Cove, elegant Chester, picturesque Mahone Bay and UNESCO World Heritage Site Lunenburg to name but a few of the attractive coastal villages en route.
Day 3: South Shore/Liverpool – Kejimkujik NP/ Digby (ca. 160 km)
In an area with lakes, wild rivers, and forest, Kejimkujik National Park has abundant wildlife and prehistoric Mi’kmaq–Indian campsites. Enjoy a walk on a forest trail or try canoeing on North America’s oldest canoe routes.
Day 4: Kejimkujik Nat. Park/Digby Area
You may continue to explore the park today, or perhaps visit the Bay of Fundy which offers excellent whale watching opportunities with a larger variety and number of whales than in other parts of Canada!
Day 5: Kejimkujik Nat. Park/Digby – Wolfville (ca.140 km)
The Annapolis Valley is the oldest settled part of Canada and the lushest agricultural area of Eastern Canada. This is reflected in the ornate, aristocratic wooden houses common to the area, a result of the 300 years of prosperity farmers and forest owners have enjoyed here.
Lobster dinners are a specialty of this area, so make sure you experience this if you’re into seafood!
Visit the Grand Pre Winery for a Tour & Wine Tasting.
Day 6: Wolfville – Parrsboro (ca. 175 km)
The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides. A Mecca for migrating birds, the large tidal rivers expose broad expanses of mud banks and salt marshes at low tide; hours later they are covered with 12m of water or more!
Take-in the wonderfully scenic views of pastoral valleys from the surrounding forested hills.
Day 7: Parrsboro – Shediac/Sackville (ca. 160 km)
Visit the Maritimes’ newest UNESCO World Heritage Site at Joggins and explore the carboniferous era in a brand-new visitor centre and along the cliffs. Here, of the Bay of Fundy has exposed the largest cache of fossil bones in North America. The fossilised footprints of creatures over millions of years can be seen along the shore. Amethyst and agate can also be found on the beaches.
Day 8: Fundy National Park (ca. 270 km)
Fundy National Park is a sanctuary of steep coastal cliffs and clear streams. At low tide you can walk through nearby Hopewell Rocks, which are almost covered by the tide every six hours.
Day 9: Shediac/Sackville – O‘Leary/Alberton(ca. 170 km)
A 13km-long crossing of the Northumberland Strait on the ”Confederation Bridge” brings you to Prince Edward Island, with its endless sand beaches, tiny farms, and picturesque country roads. The colour contrasts of red soil, green fields and forests and blue sky and ocean make for wonderful holiday snaps!
Day 10: O‘Leary/Alberton – Charlottetown (ca. 160 km)
Prince Edward Island National Park protects miles upon miles of beautiful coastline and features a 19th century wooden farmhouse, famous as the inspiration for the classic novel “Anne of Green Gables. Arrive in time to enjoy an evening in the vibrant city of Charlottetown, the provincial capital.
Day 11: Charlottetown – Margaree/Glenville (ca. 340 km)
Catch the ferry to Nova Scotia! River estuaries in this region are rich with fish which attract large numbers of ospreys that can often be seen diving for a meal. The rolling hills give way to wilder scenery as you enter Cape Breton Island, home to the highest population of bald eagles in Eastern Canada.
Day 12: Margaree/Glenville – Sydney (ca. 300km)
Take in a morning whale-watching cruise or enjoy a drive around the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is one of Canada’s best loved scenic drives and follows the impressive coastline from sea level up to an alpine plateau 500m above the sea.
Waterfalls and swift running streams can be found near the road, and opportunities for seeing moose are excellent. Whales can often be spotted from the walking trails which overlook the coast.
Day 13: Sydney – Eastern Shore (ca. 260 km)
A side trip leads to the Fortress of Louisbourg, Canada’s largest National Historic Site, and the strongest French fortress ever built in the Americas. Between June and September, costumed “animators” live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744.
The Marine Drive of the Eastern Shore leads you through a land of pristine coastal beauty, where quiet shoreline roads wind through scenic seaside villages.
Day 14: Eastern Shore – Halifax/Departure (ca. 200 km)
The “Marine Drive” leads through the forest at the head of the harbours and over low hills. Many excellent ocean views are available from small side roads to the shore.
Smoked salmon, mackerel, and eels can also be purchased in the area.
You stay in Halifax tonight and depart the next day.