5 Must-do Experiences in Atlantic Canada
With so much to see and do in Atlantic Canada, planning your time carefully to make the most of this charming region is key. From whale-watching off the coast of New Brunswick, to exploring Nova Scotia’s historic sites and from witnessing the wonders of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Iceberg Alley to relaxing on the coastlines of Prince Edward Island, here are our top 5 must-do experiences when visiting Atlantic Canada.
1. Go Wildlife Watching
Whale-watching in Atlantic Canada is a popular pastime for locals, and often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors. From the shores of the Bay of Fundy to the coastlines of St Anthony in Labrador, up to 22 species of whale can be spotted here, including belugas, minkes, sperm, pilots, pothead and so much more. Back on dry land, an abundance of seabirds including gannets and puffins can easily be spotted near to the cliff edges. Head further inland and prepare for an encounter with the captivating wildlife that surrounds, such as black bears, caribou and moose.
2. Explore on Foot
An excellent way to truly discover Atlantic Canada’s natural beauty is on foot. Get off-the-beaten-track on an exploration of the verdant landscapes of Cape Breton Highlands National Park or Fundy National Park, follow countless sign-posted trails in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park or within Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik. Those looking for shorter walking trails will enjoy Fogo Island’s picturesque surrounds.
3. See the Sites!
Teeming with nautical character, coastal charm and a rich tapestry of captivating history, you can spend hours each day exploring this fantastic region’s key sites. From natural attractions to historical landmarks, highlights include the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site featuring impressive architecture and outstanding views over the harbour below; Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows – an archaeological site that was once a Viking settlement; Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Labrador and the colourful and historical buildings of Great George Hotel in Prince Edward Island.
4. Savour Local Delights
Surrounded by the glistening waters of the Atlantic, experience world-class seafood dishes in this charming corner of Canada. Immerse yourself in local traditions and savour the region’s history through cuisine. From award-winning restaurants to seaside cafés, the traditional style of cooking can be savoured throughout the region. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a traditional ‘Kitchen Party’ in Newfoundland, grab the opportunity with both hands and celebrate with friends, neighbours and mysterious mummers: friendly gate crashers who turn up in disguise, have a drink and a dance and move on to the next party!
5. Head to the Coast
With coastlines lined with sleepy fishing villages, charming ports, and natural wonders such as the majestic Iceberg Alley and the Bay of Fundy – spending time by the coast is an absolute must. Have your camera at the ready and prepare for greetings by passing whales as they make a brief appearance out of the water, before making your way along the paths to lone lighthouses, lighting the way for passing boats by night.
You can combine any of these experiences into a tailor-made itinerary. Send an enquiry online or speak to one of our accredited Canada Specialists for help in planning your very own Atlantic Canada experience.