Atlantic Discovery

from £1431 excluding flights

  • 13 nights
  • Jun-Sep
Peggy's Cove

Atlantic Discovery

from £1431 excluding flights

  • 13 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
Cape Breton coastline

Drive the stunning Cabot Trail around Cape Breton

Whale watching from Brier Island

Go whale watching to see humpbacks, minkes and right whales

Lunenburg

Wander around the picturesque town of Lunenburg

Cavendish Beach

Admire Prince Edward Island’s rolling hills and red sand beaches

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Explore Canada’s birthplace at Charlottetown

Peggy's Cove

Visit the village of Peggy's Cove with its famous lighthouse

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

Enjoy a leisurely journey around charming Nova Scotia and Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, following a circular route from Halifax. With charming fishing villages, scenic hiking trails and fabulous seafood, the Maritime Provinces are the ideal setting for a relaxing self-drive holiday.

From historic Halifax travel south, taking in remote lighthouses and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg. Enjoy a whale watching excursion with the chance to see fin, minke and humpback whales and marvel at the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. During your journey you'll have the chance to learn more about the history of this fascinating corner of Canada, which has been influenced by Acadian, French and Celtic settlers.

Explore Prince Edward Island, perhaps best known for being the home of the fictional character Anne of Green Gables. With red sandy beaches and rolling farmland, this is a picturesque and welcoming island.

Your holiday ends with a scenic drive around Cape Breton’s renowned Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is just under 300kms in length and follows the coastline of northern Nova Scotia. Tiny fishing villages, local galleries and quirky museums hug the coast, whilst the Cape Breton Highlands National Park stretches right across the island from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Atlantic Ocean, offering numerous hiking opportunities amongst lakes and forests.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Halifax

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.

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Day 2 Halifax

A full day in Halifax to explore the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, or tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Enjoy views over the city from the Halifax Citadel and visit York Redoubt, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

A full day in Halifax to explore the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, or tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Enjoy views over the city from the Halifax Citadel and visit York Redoubt, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Day 3 Halifax - Lunenburg

Head south to Lunenburg, perhaps enjoying a detour to see Peggy’s Cove’s much-photographed lighthouse en route. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Head south to Lunenburg, perhaps enjoying a detour to see Peggy’s Cove’s much-photographed lighthouse en route. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.

Lunenburg
Peggy's Cove
Lunenburg Harbour

Day 4 Lunenburg - Annapolis Royal

Cross the island via Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and scenic canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue to Annapolis Royal.

Cross the island via Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and scenic canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq pretoglyphs. Continue to Annapolis Royal.

Day 5 Whale watching on the Bay of Fundy

Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion on the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You may see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Return to Annapolis Royal this afternoon, where you may wish to visit Fort Anne.

Today drive along 65 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion on the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You may see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Return to Annapolis Royal this afternoon, where you may wish to visit Fort Anne.

Brier Island whale watching

Day 6 Annapolis Royal - Wolfville

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.

Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating the Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area well worth a visit.

Day 7 Wolfville - Charlottetown

You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge as you head over to Prince Edward Island today.

You will cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge as you head over to Prince Edward Island today.

Days 8-9 Charlottetown

Spend time exploring Charlottetown, site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a united country back in 1867. Further afield, a visit to Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore is highly recommended. The park is home to Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide. Here you will also find prolific birdlife, scenic hiking trails, and rolling coastal landscapes, featuring salt marshes, sand dunes, headlands and deserted beaches.

Spend time exploring Charlottetown, site of Canada’s birthplace - Province House was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a united country back in 1867. Further afield, a visit to Prince Edward Island National Park on the island’s north shore is highly recommended. The park is home to Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne, the character created by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and loved by millions worldwide. Here you will also find prolific birdlife, scenic hiking trails, and rolling coastal landscapes, featuring salt marshes, sand dunes, headlands and deserted beaches.

Covehead Harbour Lighthouse
Cavendish Beach
Confederation Bridge

Day 10 Charlottetown - Baddeck

Depart Charlottetown for the Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America, for a 3-night stay in Baddeck.

Depart Charlottetown for the Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America, for a 3-night stay in Baddeck.

Day 11 Drive the Cabot Trail

Allow a full day to drive the scenic Cabot Trail loop around Cape Breton Island today, as you will want to allow plenty of time to stop and hike or take in the views. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in Cape Breton National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish, offering awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Cape Breton Highlands. Points of interest along the way include the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery and the Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum.

Allow a full day to drive the scenic Cabot Trail loop around Cape Breton Island today, as you will want to allow plenty of time to stop and hike or take in the views. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in Cape Breton National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish, offering awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Cape Breton Highlands. Points of interest along the way include the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery and the Acadian Cultural Centre & Museum.

Cabot Trail
Cape Breton coastline
Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail

Day 12 Baddeck - Louisbourg - Baddeck

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg. This living museum is the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700’s. Costumed interpreters re-enact daily life from the French colonial period and you can sample period food in the restaurant, or even take part in a mock battle. Back in Baddeck the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is also well worth a visit, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg. This living museum is the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700’s. Costumed interpreters re-enact daily life from the French colonial period and you can sample period food in the restaurant, or even take part in a mock battle. Back in Baddeck the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is also well worth a visit, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

Day 13 Baddeck - Halifax

Enjoy a leisurely day driving back to Halifax via the scenic shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes and across the Canso Causeway.

Enjoy a leisurely day driving back to Halifax via the scenic shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes and across the Canso Causeway.

Day 14 Halifax

Return your rental vehicle and depart Nova Scotia today.

Return your rental vehicle and depart Nova Scotia today.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1431 excluding flights

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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Whale watching cruise on the Bay of Fundy
  • Historic Sites Pass including admission to Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg, Grand-Pre, Halifax Citadel, Port-Royal, Kejimkujik, Green Gables House and Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Ferry from Woods Island to Caribou
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for hotel upgrades, other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price (pp)
11 Jun - 24 Sep 2020 13 nights Intermediate £1,540
25 - 27 Sep 2020 13 nights Intermediate £1,431

*Add on GPS from £35

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