Self Drive 2014
14 night Self Drive Itinerary – Charms & Treasures of Nova Scotia
Moderate Option (3 star rated properties)
Per Person + 15% HST
Superior Option (3+ star rated properties)
Per Person + 15% HST
- Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
- 14 Nights Accommodations
- Midsize Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, One Additional Driver & taxes)
- Halifax Highlights Tour
- Digby Neck Whale Watching Tour
Day 1 – Halifax
On arrival into Halifax pick up your rental car. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s provincial capital, this attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq Natives, European Fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British. Overnight Halifax.
Day 2 – Halifax
This morning enjoy a Highlights tour of Halifax – you will take in the sights of Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road, Province House, the Old Town Clock and much more. Spend the day touring Halifax Waterfront area. Maybe have a light lunch at Murphy’s Cable Wharf Restaurant, which is conveniently located in the heart of the waterfront. Later, why not visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery, as well as the excellent Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a must! See the unique collection of the memorabilia collected after the tragic Titanic disaster. This evening you can experience the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre – Entertaining Halifax for more than 20 years, The Grafton Street Dinner Theatre provides audiences with a unique dining experience. Music, comedy and interactive characters set the mood as you dine on the flavors of Nova Scotia. Overnight Halifax.
Day 3 – Halifax/Lunenburg
Depart Halifax and drive the south shore along the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. Continue on to Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town re-known for its quiet beauty and internationally known churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg is the birthplace of the famous Bluenose, built in 1921. While here visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, situated on the waterfront and the Lunenburg Marine Park – Atlantic Canada’s first. Overnight Lunenburg.
Day 4 – Lunenburg/Kejimkujik National Park
This morning you can walk along the waterfront to visit Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and the Lunenburg Marine Park – Atlantic Canada’s first; also within walking distance you can visit the local art galleries and craft shops or joining a heritage walking tour or a boat tour, all available from the waterfront area. In the afternoon depart Lunenburg and drive north into the Kejimkujik National Park, a spectacular inland National Park with walking trails to suit all levels and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Overnight Kejimkujik National Park.
Day 5 – Kejimkujik National Park
This morning explore further the delights of this beautiful park. Visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found, by archaeologists dating back 4500 years ago. A pair of sturdy shoes and a map are all you need to escape on foot in Kejimkujik. There is a trail here for everyone. 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’s has 15 day trails to choose from ranging from short riverside strolls to half-day hikes. Overnight Kejimkujik National Park.
Day 6 – Kejimkujik National Park/Annapolis Royal
Depart Kejimkujik and drive north to Annapolis Valley. Annapolis Valley boasts spectacular views of the Annapolis Basin and is also known as the wine capital of Nova Scotia. Take time to visit one of the many historical sites in Digby including the Admiral Digby Museum which houses unique displays and photographs of Digby’s seafaring and cultural history. It also boasts one of the largest genealogy departments in western Nova Scotia. The museum also offers a Historic Walking Tour of Digby three evenings a week all summer. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 7 – Annapolis Valley
Today you will enjoy a half day whale watching trip from the Digby Neck area, one of the best places to see whales in Atlantic Canada. You are more likely to see the widest variety of different species here including the rare Right Whale. Later you can explore the scenic Annapolis Valley. Visit Annapolis Royal home of the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Military Museum. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 8 – Annapolis Royal/Wolfville
Depart Annapolis Royal and continue along the Fundy Shore and onto Wolfville. This charming university town is known as the cultural and intellectual centre of the valley and is home to many classic shops, boutiques and fine dining. Take time to follow the self guided Heritage Home Walking Tour and stroll past stately homes each depicting its own unique architecture. A tour of Grand Pre Wines is highly recommended – you can enjoy the full winery experience: taste the wines and learn about grape growing, also visit the wine shop where you will also find local arts, crafts and wine accessories. All products are made from 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes or apples. Overnight Wolfville.
Day 9 – Wolfville
Today explore the area of Wolfville further. Visit the Robie Tufts Nature Centre, The Acadia University Art Gallery, Randell House Museum and the Grand Pre National Historic Site to name a few! Overnight Wolfville.
Day 10 – Wolfville/Tatamagouche
Depart Wolfville and continue along the Fundy Shore onto Truro – located in the centre of the province and known as the ‘hub of Nova Scotia’. Truro’s location at the very tip of the Bay of Fundy makes it an excellent viewing area for the ‘tidal bore’ – an amazing natural phenomenon. From Truro continue on to Tatamagouche located on the Northumberland Shore. Tatamagouche is a vibrant community where meeting of old and new is in harmony and old Victorian homes and businesses mix with modern homes and facilities. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 11 – Tatamagouche
Use Tatamagouche as a base to explore the Northumberland Heritage Trail. Places to visit include the Jost Vinyard in Malagash, Fraser Cultural Centre, Sunrise Trail Museum, Cumberland County Museum, Balmoral Grist Mill and the Sutherland Stream Mill. For the more adventurous – Tatamagouche is the water sports capital of Nova Scotia. Enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, and wind surfing on Tatamagouche Bay. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 12 – Tatamagouche/Baddeck
Depart Tatamagouche and continue along the Northumberland Shore into Pictou County and on to the historic town of Pictou – known as the birthplace of New Scotland, it was here that the province’s first Scottish Highlanders landed on the ship ‘Hector’ in 1773. Pictou boasts an award-winning waterfront development that includes the Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and on to Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell – you can visit the National Historic Site named after him. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 13 – Baddeck
Depart Baddeck and take time to explore the western shore of Cape Breton Island along the Ceilidh Trail. Highlights include the Provincial Parks at Long Point and Port Hood and Margaree Harbour, where you can take a nature cruise of the area. Continue on and follow the famous Cabot Trail, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Return to Baddeck. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 14 – Baddeck/Charlos Cove
Depart Baddeck and explore the southern shore of Cape Breton. Enroute visit Glace Bay which is the start of the Marconi Trail, named after Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor who sent the first transatlantic wireless message from here and Glace Bay is also home of the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historical Site. Follow the trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Continue on to Charlos Cove via the Canso Causeway, which is located on the follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coast, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities including Guysborough – an inviting community with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay Overnight Charlos Cove.
Day 15 – Charlos Cove/Halifax
Depart Charlos Cove and take time to visit both Goldboro once the best goldmining district in the province and Sherbrooke Village home of the fascinating living history museum. The Museum is a re-enactment of village life in old Nova Scotia. Depart Sherbrooke Village and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En route visit Musqodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. Return back to Halifax Airport, where you will drop off your rental car, ready for your return flight home.
- Flights (Price available on request)
- Travel Insurance
- Meals (unless stated)
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance & GPS)
- Car Parking Fees
- Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
- Any additional items not stated
Single, Triple, Quad & Child rates available on request.
Quotation subject to availability of accommodations at time of reservation