Atlantic Canada Small Group Tour

from £3005
excluding flights *
14 nights Jul

Overview

The weather-beaten Atlantic Coast is famed for its colourful fishing villages, picture-perfect lighthouses and warm and friendly residents. From the historic city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, via scenic Prince Edward Island to the impressive landscapes of Newfoundland, this comprehensive small group tour takes in the many highlights of eastern Canada.

Highlights

  • Explore five national and provincial parks, including Gros Morne and Cape Breton Highlands
  • Visit charming coastal villages in Nova Scotia
  • Marvel at the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy
  • Enjoy Prince Edward Island’s serene rolling hills and red sand beaches
  • Discover the Viking history and epic landscapes of Newfoundland
  • Travel as part of a small group with a knowledgeable local guide

What's Included

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation with private bathroom
  • National parks and attractions as per the itinerary
  • Sea kayaking excursion at Cape Breton Island
  • Local tour guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Travelling with a local guide, explore historic attractions and discover incredible national and provincial parks. Enjoy photo opportunities at Peggy’s Cove, the UNESCO heritage site of Lunenburg, and the Louisbourg Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, before watching the tides roll into the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Rocks.

Continue to Prince Edward Island and the historic city of Charlottetown, birthplace of Canada. Spend time enjoying the peaceful landscapes of Prince Edward Island National Park or perhaps pay homage to Anne of Green Gables with a visit to the farmhouse that inspired the novels.

Nova Scotia’s spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park is likely to be a highlight, with the chance to explore its rugged coastline on foot. Wildlife abounds both on and off-shore, and more chances to spot marine life are on offer during the long ferry crossing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.

Spend a week in Newfoundland, where you can hike dramatic landscapes, learn more about geology than you ever thought possible, and immerse yourself in the unexpected tale of Canada’s Viking invasions. Your adventure ends in St Johns, capital of Newfoundland, full of the history, character and conviviality that runs throughout Atlantic Canada.

Maximum group size: 13

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person

Departure Duration Twin price (pp) Single price (pp)
19 Jul 2020 15 days £3,005 £4,325

What's Included

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation with private bathroom
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • All transportation by minibus and ferry
  • National parks and attractions as per the itinerary
  • Sea kayaking excursion at Cape Breton Island
  • Local tour guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Touch down in beautiful Halifax, the capital of the maritime province of Nova Scotia. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you make your own way to the hotel. Your tour begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening to explore the gorgeous Halifax waterfront. Once the gateway into Canada for over a million European immigrants, today, the historic boardwalk is a lively hub of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and in the warmer months, tall ships. It’s a great place to sample some fresh local seafood, and if you’re lucky, local music as well.

Day 2: Halifax

Today venture outside of Halifax to visit some of Nova Scotia’s best sights. Start the morning off with a visit to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, overlooking the cool Atlantic and perched on wave-washed boulders, the striking white and red lighthouse is an enduring image of Canada’s East Coast. Next travel to the harbourside town of Lunenburg, located on the island’s historic South Shore. Its Old Town was crowned a World Heritage site for its well-preserved British colonial architecture. Wooden houses painted in a rainbow of colours from the 18th century now house an eclectic mix of shops selling artisan goods, galleries and restaurants. The Bluenose II, a replica of an important fishing schooner in Canadian history (so much so that it has been immortalised on the Canadian dime) can usually be seen moored in the port. (B)

Day 3: Prince Edward Island

Today, travel north to the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest recorded tides in the world. More than 100 billion tonnes of water move in and out of the Bay twice a day, providing a unique opportunity to explore the bottom of the ocean floor. What’s more, steady erosion from the tide has carved sea caves, rock formations and cliffs into the landscape and revealed 300 million-year old dinosaur fossils. Twelve species of whale are also frequently spotted along the shores. No trip to Nova Scotia is complete without a visit to the Bay of Fundy. From here cross into New Brunswick to visit the eerily beautiful Hopewell Rocks Park. There you will find unusual twisted ‘flowerpot’ rock formation as tall as 20 metres (70 feet) caused by tidal erosion from the Bay of Fundy. Afterwards, take a scenic drive to Prince Edward Island (crossing the water via the world’s largest bridge, Confederation Bridge) and settle in for the night. (B)

Day 4: Prince Edward Island

Enjoy free time to explore the rocky red cliffs, wind-sculpted sand dunes and sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park. Stretching across the islands north shore, facing the Gulf of St Lawrence, the park boasts miles of hiking trails that lead through woodlands and tranquil ponds. Keep your eyes peeled for red foxes, warblers and herons. This is the serene landscape that Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, grew up in and inspired her beloved novel, Anne of Green Gables. Kindred spirits may want to visit Green Gables Heritage Place, a restored farmhouse that was once owned by Montgomery’s cousins and served as the inspiration for Anne’s fictional home.

Day 5: Prince Edward Island

Head to Charlottetown, PEI’s picturesque capital city with a charming small-town feel, for another free day. Compact and easy to explore, you might want to hire a bike and explore the network of walking trails and waterside boardwalks that take you past colourful wood houses, Victorian buildings and historic monuments. Or you could stroll along Victoria Row, a pretty street line with interesting shops and restaurants featuring fresh seafood and local produce. Charlottetown played an important role in the founding of Canada; history buffs might want to spend the day checking out the monuments, historic buildings and galleries showcasing Canada’s heritage that are sprinkled throughout the city. In the evening, meet back up with your tour leader for an included Seafood Dinner. (D)

Day 6: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Today take a short ferry from PEI to the north shore of Nova Scotia to visit Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park. Like other parts of the Maritimes, the landscape has been carved by wind and wave to fascinating effect. Boasting serene, unspoiled nature, a series of interconnected trails travels from saltwater lagoons and sheltered marshes to small, secluded beaches (where the water is surprisingly warm for the East Coast) and wooded areas of white spruce, balsam fir and maple. Bird-lovers might be lucky to spot a bald eagle or osprey soaring above.

Day 7: Cape Breton Island

The mountain-covered national parks in Western Canada tend to hog the limelight (think Banff and Jasper), but Cape Breton Highlands National Park should be on every nature-lovers radar. The place where the mountains meet the sea will leave you in awe. Today, you’ll have the chance to hike along the rugged coastline, where steep cliffs and deep river canyons have made for miles of jaw-dropping trails. As you walk among 350-year old trees, make sure to keep an eye open for moose, bald eagles and other wildlife. In the afternoon, you can choose to go on an optional whale watching tour (additional cost) where it’s possible to see minke whales, pilot whales and harbour seals.

Day 8: Cape Breton Island

In the morning, put on some comfortable shoes and embark on a scenic 2-km hike along the Cape Breton coast. Starting at the Louisbourg Lighthouse, the aptly name Lighthouse Trail first winds through forest and wetlands, then continues along the coast. Take in stunning ocean views as the waves crash into the rugged coastline before arriving at the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. A one-quarter reconstruction of the original French town and fortification, the fort played an important role in Canada’s early history. You’ll have time to simply admire it from the front, or pay a small admission fee to explore the grounds within. You’ll also have a chance to try your hand a sea kayaking for a different view of Cape Breton’s gorgeous coastline.

Day 9: Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Be prepared for a long day of travel today as you make your way to Newfoundland. Following the 90 minute drive to the port, board the 5.5 to 7-hour scenic ferry journey to the west coast of Newfoundland.

Day 10: Gros Morne National Park

Today will be spent exploring Gros Morne National Park. The 1,805-square kilometre park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s not hard to see why. Shaped by colliding continents and grinding glaciers millions of years ago, Gros Morne is a spectacular mix of towering cliffs, waterfalls, freshwater fjords and pristine lakes. Dense forests contain rare plants, animal and bird species, and its distinct red landscape is actually exposed earth’s mantle. It’s untouched nature on the biggest scale imaginable. Your guide can suggest various hiking trails for you to tackle at your leisure.

Day 11: L'Anse aux Meadows

Today, travel four hours north to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Sitting at the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows is thought to be the first place Vikings settled in North America. This is the fabled Vinland from Norse Sagas. Here, you’ll get the chance to explore 1,000-year-old Norse ruins and original artefacts, as well as a recreated base camp for a fascinating glimpse into the early Viking experience.

Day 12: Gros Morne National Park

Return to Gros Morne National Park for another afternoon of independent hiking. There are dozens of trails of varying difficulty that travel through a wide range of landscapes. For an unforgettable experience, the Tablelands Trail takes you across a landscape normally buried deep below the earth’s crust - the red-hued earth’s mantle. Those up for more of a challenge might opt to climb a mountain overlooking the Western Brook Pond Fjord and be rewarded with an out-of-this-world view. Alternatively, a trail at Green Gardens takes you through lush boreal forest and ends at a volcanic seacoast, where sea stacks, coves and beaches offer a completely different view.

Day 13: Terra Nova National Park

This morning travel from the west coast of Newfoundland to east coast to visit Terra Nova National Park. The views here are more lush and green. Find rolling forested hills of black spruce, balsam fir and maple as well as ponds and wetlands. In the afternoon, you have the choice of going for a hike on one of the parks many trails (while keeping an eye out for the variety of wildlife reside within, including moose, caribou, coyotes and beavers), or simply soak in the pristine surroundings and relax.

Day 14: St John's

Today spend time in the oldest city in North America and Newfoundland’s capital, St. John’s. Vaguely resembling San Francisco due to the colourful wooden row houses (known locally as Jelly Bean Row) perched on a hill, St. John’s has a definitive small-town feel. Spend time exploring its historic downtown, where museums, restaurants and artisan shops can be found along narrow, winding streets. For more hiking, trek to the top of Signal Hill and be rewarded with astounding views. The Grand Concourse is a series of urban walking trails that connects historic sites, parks, grand Victorian buildings and scenic ponds together. Otherwise, you can try to spot whales, icebergs and other vibrant marine life in the surrounding coastal waters.

Day 15: depart St John's

Enjoy one last Newfoundland breakfast before your Atlantic Canada adventure comes to an end today. (B)

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