Bring the family and stay a while – there is something for everyone in this fun packed 14 night self-driving tour. Whether you are looking to canoe in a national park or enjoy the thrill of a waterslide and ziplining, paddling and beachcombing or a once in a lifetime experience of walking on the ocean floor. This trip will go down in the family photo album as the vacation they all remember.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
14 Nights Accommodations
Fullsize Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Digby – Saint John Ferry One Way incl. Vehicle Charge
PEI to NS Ferry One Way Incl. Vehicle Charge.
All Meals (unless stated)
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated
*** Price is a total price based on a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children aged under 18 years)
Day 1 – Halifax
Arrive Halifax. 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 centered 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 Harbour Hopper Tour – All aboard Atlantic Canada’s most popular tour – an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of Halifax by land and sea! You will visit Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the Victorian Public Gardens, St. Paul’s Church and busy Spring Garden Road. Continue through the downtown and make the big splash into Halifax Harbour! Cruise past George’s Island Lighthouse, the Halifax waterfront Boardwalk and the downtown Historic Properties to name a few. Later, why not visit the Discovery Science Centre in downtown Halifax – A hands-on science centre dedicated to making science fun and accessible for children and young people. Interactive temporary and permanent exhibits, live science shows, special events and movies illuminate the world of science in everyday things, and allow experimentation and individual discovery. In the afternoon you can visit the excellent Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – See the unique collection of the memorabilia collected after the tragic Titanic disaster. Also be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military Personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – Atlantic Canada’s only national museum! Overnight Halifax.
Day 3 – Halifax/Western Shore via Peggy’s Cove
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. Further along the route you will drive to the Village of Chester, a quaint little town with a busy waterfront, Chester’s clapboard saltboxes and elegant homes are reminiscent of a typical town on the New England coast. Settled by immigrants from New England and Great Britain in 1759, the town continues to be a popular place for upper-crust Canadians and Americans to have a summer home. Chester exudes an easy-going atmosphere, defined by shady lanes and quiet streets lined with artists’ studios. There are a number of islands found just offshore, scenic surrounding countryside to explore, as well as a serene harbor where a large regatta is held each August. Continue on to the Western Shore. Overnight Western Shore.
Day 4 –Western Shore/Southern Shore
Spend the day exploring the area as there is a lot to see and do. Suggest taking a guided tour of Oak Island – made famous by the hit reality series ‘The Curse of Oak Island. Gold bullion, pirates loot or the Holy Grail – just what is buried on Oak Island, site of the world’s longest treasure hunt? Other suggestions include visiting the famous sea caves or “the Ovens” as they are known locally. Also hike Gaff Point – a stunning seven kilometer looped trail which begins at Hirtle Beach. Any energy left …..Why not take kayak around the numerous Mahone Bay Islands. After exploring the area depart for Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town renowned for its quiet beauty and internationally known churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, The region’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is widely touted as one of the most beautiful towns not just in Nova Scotia, but in all of Canada. The town’s vibrant atmosphere adds to its draw, with its downtown area buzzing with offbeat boutiques, progressive galleries and artisan shops. Continue on to Southern Shore. Overnight Southern Shore.
Day 5 – Southern Shore Exploring
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy your surroundings. This resort boasts a stunning 1 km white sand beach and amenities. You have many choices from walking along the beach, swimming in the ocean or indoor pool, or perhaps swim laps in the swimspa hot tub. This evening enjoy a movie at the onsite movie theatre or enjoy a smores over the fire pit. Overnight Liverpool Area.
Day 6 – Southern Shore/Digby
This morning continue north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via the inland Kejimkujik National Park; a spectacular inland National Park with walking trails to suit all levels and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years ago. Continue on to Annapolis Royal, nestled in the Annapolis Valley. Sightseeing suggestions in the area include Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, the O’Dell House Museum, Sinclair Inn National Historic Site, a delightful waterfront boardwalk and much more. Continue on to Digby overlooking the broad Annapolis Basin and the ferry gateway to New Brunswick. The Annapolis Valley area is known as wine country, be sure to visit one of the may winery’s in the area. Overnight Digby.
Day 7 – Digby
There are many options today…… Go Whale Watching from Digby Neck – one of the best places to see whales in the Maritimes! Spend the day at the Upper Clements Park offering a Theme Park with its exciting wooden rollercoaster, sky-high flume ride and bumper boats to name a few attractions, or spend time at the Adventure Park where thrill-seekers can fly 100 meters at speeds of up to 40 kms/hr on the new Zipline course. Also in the area visit Oakland Zoo – a fun experience for all ages. This 50-acre zoo offers a relaxing atmosphere in a country like setting. You can stroll along and interact with a wide diversity of mammals, birds and reptiles. Return back to Digby. Overnight Digby.
Day 8 – Digby/Fundy National Park via ferry
Make your way to the ferry terminal for ready for 3 hour crossing over to Saint John, New Brunswick. On arrival in Saint John head east, driving along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive to Fundy National Park. If time permits take a short side trip and visit Sussex – a quaint town nestled in the beautiful countryside of New Brunswick, and perhaps visit the excellent Agricultural Museum. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, Rolling Meadows. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. Overnight Fundy National Park Area.
Day 9 – Fundy National Park Area
Day at leisure to explore this magnificent park. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. Be sure to visit Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park – home of Hopewell Rocks. Visit the excellent interpretive centre on site before exploring this natural phenomenon. Twice each day the highest tides in the world — up to 46ft/14m — flood the beach, and twice each day you can explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide! Created over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces, the Flowerpot Rocks are a natural wonder not to be missed. If time permits visit Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Overnight Fundy National Park Area.
Day 10 – Fundy National Park Area/Cavendish
Depart Fundy National Park Area and drive to Moncton and follow the Acadian Coastal Drive to the dramatic Confederation Bridge, your gateway to Prince Edward Island. Be sure to visit Gateway Village conveniently located at the end of the bridge. A unique adventure awaits as you experience the legends of the land, sea and people of this small Province. Continue on to Charlottetown – the capital of Prince Edward Island. Maybe take a stroll along the streets and retrace the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation, taking in the sights of Charlottetown Harbour, the Governor’s Mansion, and the University of P.E.I. Depart Charlottetown and continue on to Cavendish. Overnight Cavendish.
Day 11 – Cavendish
Today explore Cavendish – home of Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea and the village of Anne of Green Gables. Cavendish area has something for all ages. Visit one of the amusement parks, mini golf, water slides and restaurants that cater to all ages and taste. Other suggestions in the area are Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historical Site, Jurassic Bart’s Dinosaur Museum and Petting Farm or Ripley’s Believe it or Not to name a few! This area is renowned for its spectacular beaches and sand dunes. Be sure to visit one of the stunning beaches in the area.Perhaps this evening take in a drive in move in Brackley Beach. Overnight Cavendish.
Day 12 – Cavendish/Ingonish
This morning depart Cavendish and continue on to on to Wood Islands Ferry Terminal. Board the NFL Ferry, a crossing of approximately 75 minutes, which takes you over to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive east along the Sunrise Trail via the historic town of Pictou – the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue on to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway the onwards 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. Continue onto Ingonish.
Day 13 – Cabot Trail
Today you can follow the famous Cabot Trail counterclockwise. The Cabot Trail is 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. Be sure to visit the town of Cheticamp which has a distinct Acadian flavour that you will notice in the architecture, people, language and music. Sightseeing suggestions including one of the Whale Watching boat tours in the community. If time permits, visit the L’Eglise St. Pierre historic church, Les Trois Pignons Museum and the Dr Elizabeth LeFort Gallery where you can view ‘Cheticamp hooking’ – the art of making hand hooked tapestries. Overnight Ingonish.
Day 14 –Ingonish
Depart Ingonish visiting Glace Bay – home of the fascinating Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site and the beginning of the Marconi Trail. Continue along the trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America and the town of Louisbourg. Hear the cannons and muskets fire, watch the changing of the guard and meet the villagers at this meticulously preserved and recreated French fortification of over 250 years ago. Depart Louisbourg and drive back to Ingonish.
Day 15 –Ingonish/Halifax
Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax Stanfield International Airport where you will drop off your rental car and get ready for your onward journey.