A popular 14 Night self drive of the Maritimes. Visiting the best of what Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island has to offer – Unesco world heritages sites, historic communities, National Parks, Quaint fishing villages, stunning beaches, rugged coastline, charming Inns and famous maritime hospitality.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
14 Nights Accommodations
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Halifax Hop On Hop Off City Tour
Digby to Saint John Ferry 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
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 hop on hop off city tour of Halifax – take all day to take in the sights of Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road, Province House and much more. Later, why not visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery as well as the excellent Maritime Museum – 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! This evening you should experience the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre – Entertaining Halifax for more than 22 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 renowned 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 a 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/Annapolis Valley
Drive north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via 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. 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. Overnight Annapolis Royal.
Day 5 – Annapolis Valley/Fundy National Park Area
Depart Annapolis Royal and board the morning ferry from Digby – a crossing of approximately 3 hours over to Saint John, New Brunswick. Saint John is New Brunswick’s largest city and is steeped in history with lots to see and do. Places to visit include Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, the Old City Market, Loyalist House, the New Brunswick Museum and probably the most famous – the Reversing Falls. Then drive along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive to Fundy National Park. If time permits take a short side trip and visit St. Martins – home of the Fundy Trail Parkway – a spectacular multiuse trail system that can be accessed by car, bike and on foot. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, rolling meadows. Overnight Fundy National Park Area.
Day 6 – Fundy National Park
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 7 – Fundy National Park/Charlottetown
Depart Fundy National Park Area and drive to Moncton then follow the Acadian Coastal Drive via Sackville and Port Elgin and onto the Confederation Bridge. Upon entering PEI, visit Gateway Village which is located conveniently at the foot of the dramatic Confederation Bridge. A unique adventure awaits as you experience the legends of the land, sea and people. Continue on to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. It was here that the founding fathers gathered for the Charlottetown Conference. Discussions here led to the union of all British North America into one country which eventually became Canada. Overnight Charlottetown.
Day 8 – Summerside/Charlottetown
This morning explore downtown Charlottetown on foot. Stroll along the streets and retrace the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation. Be sure to visit Founders’ Hall – Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion or the National Historic Street called Great George. Just steps away from Province House, is Victoria Row – it is here that “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical” has been delighting audiences for 47 years. In the afternoon visit attractions farther afield – drive to Cavendish the home of Anne of Green Gables. If time permits, visit Fort Amherst-Port-La-Joye National Historic Site, located near Charlottetown Harbour and Victoria-by-the-sea, a storybook historic fishing village that has been revitalized by the many artisans who now call it home. This area offers a wide scope of activities including, kayaking, crafts, shopping and live theatre – all within walking distance. Overnight Charlottetown.
Day 9 – Prince Edward Island Exploring
Depart Charlottetown and drive to the Green Gable Shore to visit the many sites that pay tribute to everyone’s favourite red-haired heroine, Anne, and her creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Be sure to stop in Kensington and visit the Welcome Centre, Kensington Railyards and maybe the Haunted Mansion. Continue onto Indian River and visit St. Mary’s Church, the largest wooden church on the Island. Further along you can visit Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner before driving to Cavendish the home of Anne of Green Gables. Visit Avonlea – the village of Anne of Green Gables and the Green Gables L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site. Be sure to visit one of the spectacular beaches and sand dunes in the National Park areas of Prince Edward National Park (Cavendish/Brackley Beach/Greenwich). Return back to Charlottetown. Overnight Charlottetown.
Day 10 – Charlottetown/Tatamagouche
Depart Charlottetown and drive southeast through the Points East Coastal Route and visit the Point Prim Lighthouse before continuing on to the Wood Islands ferry terminal. Board the NFL Ferry, a crossing of approximately 75 minutes, which takes you over to Caribou, Nova Scotia (payable locally). Continue on to the village of Tatamagouche which is located on the Sunrise Trail along the shores of the Northumberland Strait. It is ideal for hiking, cycling, walking and bird watching. The village of Tatamagouche is a charming destination for visitors, boasting art galleries, museums, craft and gift shops, restaurants and a lovely marina. Take time to visit the Sunrise Trail Museum, which features displays highlighting the Mi’kmaq and Acadian history. Other places to visit include the 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 11 – Tatamagouche/Baddeck
Depart Tatamagouche and follow along the Sunrise Trail 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 onto 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 12 – Baddeck
Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp – which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which 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. Continue onto Baddeck. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 13 – Baddeck/Louisbourg
Depart Baddeck via Glace Bay, home of the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historical Site. Glace Bay is the beginning of the Marconi Trail, named after Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor who sent the first transatlantic wireless message from here. Follow the trail to Louisbourg, home to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Sightseeing suggestions in the area include a visit to Louisbourg lighthouse which is located at the entrance of the harbour. It is perched on a volcanically formed outcrop of rock. Nearby, are the ruins of the 18th-century French lighthouse and a 19th century lighthouse! Be sure to visit Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Museum, the Louisbourg Playhouse, Kennington Cove and Louisbourg Fishing Wharf. Overnight Louisbourg.
Day 14 – Louisbourg/Liscomb Mills
Depart Louisbourg and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route where you will find nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route such as Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay before arriving at Liscomb Mills. Overnight Liscomb Mills.
Day 15 – Liscomb Mills/Halifax
Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, to return your rental car, ready for your onward journey. En route visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach – the longest beach in the province.