Bay of Fundy Whales and Wonders

from £1589
excluding flights *
12 nights Jun-Sep


The 270km long oceanic Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world and a wealth of marine life to boot, including up to 15 species of whale. The bay separates Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and this itinerary explores the shorelines of both provinces providing a coastal journey to remember


  • Marvel at the world's highest tides
  • Keep your eyes peeled on your whale watching exursion
  • Drive through picture-perfect villages
  • Take in beautiful coastal scenery

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale Watching excursion from Brier Island
  • Parks Canada Discover Pass
  • Ferry from Digby to Saint John
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Every day, twice daily, one hundred billion tons of seawater flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy. At low tide it's possible to walk on the ocean floor, yet just a few hours later you would be fully submerged - in some places the vertical difference between low and high tide is a staggering 14 metres.

These powerful tides churn up a nutrient-rich food supply making the Bay of Fundy one of the world's best locations for whale watching including humpback, minke and fin whales, as well as the very rare North Atlantic right whale. With fewer than 350 of these giants remaining in our oceans, the Bay of Fundy provides a very important mating ground. Bottle-nosed and other species of dolphin are also commonly sighted in the Bay.

This in-depth self-drive holiday takes in the picturesque fishing villages, fascinating rock formations and deserted beaches of coastal Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A whale-watching excursion is included at Brier Island, whilst a full day is available to explore the iconic Hopewell Rocks at both high and low tide. Your journey begins and ends in the harbour city of Halifax, just a 6-hour flight from the UK.

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

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price (pp)
11 - 22 Jun 2020 12 nights Intermediate £1,589
23 Jun - 27 Sep 2020 12 nights Intermediate £1,619

*Add on GPS from £50

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Whale Watching excursion from Brier Island
  • Parks Canada Discover Pass with admission to all National Parks and to the following National Historic Sites: Nova Scotia: Halifax Citadel; Kejimkujik, Fort Anne, Port Royal. New Brunswick: Carleton Martello Tower; St Andrews Blockhouse; Saint Croix Island International Historic Site; Mounument Lefebvre; Fort Beauséjour-Fort Cumberland
  • Ferry from Digby to Saint John (car and 2 adults)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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 ease into this charming city. First settled by the British in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia's capital and the largest city in Canada's Maritime provinces.

Day 2: Halifax

Enjoy a full day in Halifax, a city which boasts the second largest natural harbour in the world. Explore the historic waterfront or visit the proud Citadel fortress that overlooks the city. Learn about Halifax's past at the fascinating Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which includes a permanent feature on the tragedy of the Titanic.

Day 3: Halifax - Lunenburg (145 km)

As you head south to Lunenburg, a detour en route is highly recommended to the much-photographed lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. Continue to picturesque Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and vibrant fishing village filled with brightly coloured clapboard houses.

Day 4: Lunenburg - Annapolis Royal (133 km)

Cross the interior of Nova Scotia via Kejimkujik National Park, renowned for its hiking trails and scenic canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Continue to Annapolis Royal, the former capital of Nova Scotia.

Day 5: Annapolis Royal - Brier Island - Annapolis Royal (190 km)

Today drive 95kms along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You may see finback and minkes, humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Brier Island is located on the North Atlantic Flyway where, in addition to cetaceans, as many as 170 species of bird can be spotted - including warblers, eagles, hawks, petrels, gannets, shearwaters, phalaropes and turkey vultures.

Day 6: Annapolis Royal - Saint John (113 km plus ferry crossing)

Board the ferry from Digby, Nova Scotia, across the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick. Your destination today is Saint John, famous for its 'Reversing Falls' - large rapids which reverse their direction when the epic tides of the Bay of Fundy push the water back upriver. A visit to the New Brunswick Museum is recommended, with its excellent 'Hall of the Great Whales' providing a useful insight into the marine mammals of the region.

Day 7: Saint John - St Andrews (103 km)

After a morning exploring the city, take a leisurely drive west to St Andrews-by-the-Sea, a popular holiday spot. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy, one of the marine wonders of the world.

Days 8-9: St Andrews

Located along the Bay of Fundy this charming seaside town offers spectacular views, fantastic dining options, incredible whale watching and many other activities. For further chances to search for the rare North Atlantic Right Whale and other species we highly recommend pre booking a second whale watching excursion.

Day 10: St Andrews - Lower Cape (275 km)

Today's longer scenic drive offers plenty of opportunities for exploration en route. Follow the coast back through Saint John and on to Fundy National Park, where you can stretch your legs on one of the many hiking trails along clifftops and through lush river valleys.

Day 11: Rocks Provincial Park

With a full day at leisure there will be plenty of time today to marvel at the changing scenes as the tides roll in. You may wish to book an optional kayaking excursion around the famous Hopewell Rocks, or wander around these very same sandstone pillars at low tide, when the ocean floor is once again revealed.

Day 12: Lower Cape - Parrsboro (156 km)

Depart Lower Cape today travelling north along the New Brunswick coast. From Hopewell Rocks head north along the Petitcodiac River and pass through Moncton. On the way you can visit the ruins of Fort Beauséjour-Fort Cumberland. Continue south-east to reach your final destination of Parrsboro, a small town located on the Minas Basin.

Day 13: Parrsboro - Halifax (181 km)

Make your way back to Halifax today dropping off your rental vehicle at the airport before departing Atlantic Canada.

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