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Eastern Canada Explorer

HALIFAX, SHEDIAC, CHARLOTTETOWN & CAPE BRETON

As you journey from Halifax, to Shediac, Charlottetown and Cape Breton, you’ll travel across coastal marine highways, pass through picturesque fishing villages, witness wide sandy beaches and sheltered harbors. You’ll learn why Nova Scotians are called “Bluenosers” and you’ll embrace the magic of Prince Edward Island — renowned for its red sandstone cliffs and white sand dunes punctuated by lush green fields. And you’ll traverse one of the most famous autoroutes in Canada while you take in the magnificent scenery along the Cabot Trail. Your Eastern Canada adventure awaits!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Halifax
  • 1 night in Shediac
  • 2 nights in Charlottetown
  • 2 nights in Cape Breton

Tour
Highlights

  • Halifax – the Gateway of Atlantic Canada
  • Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse
  • Lunenburg, a UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Bay of Fundy
  • Prince Edward Island
  • World Famous Cabot Trail

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Tour Director

Tour Itinerary

Arrive in Halifax

Welcome to Eastern Canada! You’ll meet your Tour Director in the lobby of your hotel and he/she will give you suggestions about how you can fill your afternoon. You’ll then meet all of your fellow travelers this evening during a welcome dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant in walking distance.

Hotel Halifax or similar | Dinner

Halifax

Today you’ll explore the coastline and small fishing communities along Nova Scotia’s “Lighthouse route” and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg. This town is renowned for her fleets of Grand Banks’ fishing schooners where you’ll experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World. After some leisure time in Lunenburg, you will continue to Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village with a celebrated landmark lighthouse, characteristic of the communities that line the Atlantic Coast.

| Breakfast

Halifax/Shediac

Halifax’s tourism industry showcases Nova Scotia’s culture, scenery and coastline. It is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors and has a proud maritime heritage. This morning, you will enjoy a city tour of Halifax with your Tour Director. On the tour you will visit the Public Gardens, Titanic Cemetery, the waterfront area and much more. You will also stop at the Halifax Citadel, a hill-top fortress overlooking the city. Next, you’ll leave Halifax and head past many scenic rivers and lakes and cross the provincial border into New Brunswick where you’ll land…

Shediac/Charlottetown

Today our first destination is Hopewell Rocks “Ocean Tidal Exploration Site”. At Hopewell Rocks see where the world’s highest tides have gouged four-story sculptures from cliffs. At low tide, the Rocks look like giant flowerpots and the group can walk on the ocean floor (subject to the tides at the time), around the base of the rocks. At high tide, they practically disappear. Later you will continue to Prince Edwards Island via the Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest continuous multi-span bridge. At the base of the bridge is Cape Jourimain, an important birding and nature…

Charlottetown

The day starts with a brief orientation tour of Charlottetown with your Tour Director, before continuing on a day of touring this magical island. You’ll depart for Cavendish, PE. where the Green Gables House has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. Prince Edward Island National Park is renowned for its red sandstone cliffs, fine white sand beaches and dunes, and lush green fields. You will return to Charlottetown in late afternoon for some leisure time to explore Canada’s…

Charlottetown/Cape Breton

Today you will travel to Woods Island and take a scenic ferry ride to Caribou in Nova Scotia. You will pass by Antigonish, which is home to the St. Francis Xavier University and the oldest continuous Highland games outside of Scotland. You’ll then travel onwards to Port Hawkesbury and cross the Canso causeway to reach Cape Breton Island and Baddeck, N.S, situated on Bras D`Or Lake. When you arrive, you will visit the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, which commemorates Bell’s life and work.

Inverary Resort or Trailsman Lodge or similar | Breakfast

Cape Breton

The magnificent scenery along the Cabot trail awaits you today. This is one of Canada’s prettiest drives! It is named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497. The scenic roadway takes a loop around the greater part of Cape Breton and is one of the most famous autoroutes in Canada. It cuts across the top of the island through Cape Breton Highlands National Park and closely following the western and eastern coastlines past ancient fishing villages and settlements that trace their roots to Scotish and Irish ancestors. The route curves around sea swept…

Cape Breton/Halifax

This morning you will skirt the shores of Bras d’Or Lake and leave Cape Breton Island via the Canso Causeway. At Sherbrooke Village, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of horse-drawn wagons creaking down a gravel road of this 19th Century open air museum, as you stroll through this former lumbering and shipbuilding community’s 25 buildings. You will then travel the coastal marine highway, passing picturesque fishing villages, wide sandy beaches and sheltered harbors. You’ll take a trip in time to 1940’s Nova Scotia at Memory Lane Historical Village. You’ll then…

Depart Halifax

It’s time to bid adieu to breathtaking Canada. You’ll enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel and then leave to begin your journey home.

| Breakfast

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