Maritimes Explorer

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Maritimes Explorer

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Highlights

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

Peggy's Cove

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

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Witness the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy

Cabot Trail

Drive the Cabot Trail around Cape Breton's stunning coastline

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Enjoy freshly caught Atlantic Ocean seafood

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Stay in the charming seaside resort of St Andrews

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

Embrace the beauty of the Maritimes on this comprehensive self drive-itinerary. Discover spectacular coastal scenery, charming fishing villages and the magnificent national parks of Kejimkujik, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton.

Your journey will take you through some of the most stunning areas of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Explore national parks, sample the local seafood and enjoy spectacular coastal drives as you make your way around Canada's Maritime Provinces. Highlights will include the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, the famous Hopewell Rocks, shaped by some of the world's highest tides, and beautiful Prince Edward Island National Park. There is also time to drive the renowned Cabot Trail, a stunningly scenic drive around Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, backed by the Cape Breton Highlands.

This itinerary includes a mixture of accommodation from city hotels to boutique inns and picturesque resorts.

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 - Lunenburg (145 km)

From the city of Halifax head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy's Cove along the way. Peggy's Cove is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian era town that begs you to wander and explore.

From the city of Halifax head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy's Cove along the way. Peggy's Cove is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian era town that begs you to wander and explore.

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King Street, Lunenburg
Peggy's Cove

Day 2 Day 2 Lunenburg - Annapolis Royal (133 km)

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi'kmaq petroglyphs. Continue along to Annapolis Royal.

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi'kmaq petroglyphs. Continue along to Annapolis Royal.

Day 3 Annapolis Royal - St. Andrews (214 km, plus 3hr ferry)

Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy, one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada's most beautiful seaside resorts.

Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy, one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada's most beautiful seaside resorts.

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Day 4 St. Andrews

This resort combines historic sites, with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for a day of relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy.

This resort combines historic sites, with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for a day of relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out in to the Bay of Fundy.

Day 5 St. Andrews - Saint John (107 km)

Drive east to the city of Saint John, famous for its Reversing Falls Rapids - a colossal, tidal tug-of-war between the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River. Twice daily at high tide, the powerful Fundy waters roar into the Saint John River where a titanic clash of natural forces causes the river flow to reverse direction.

Drive east to the city of Saint John, famous for its Reversing Falls Rapids - a colossal, tidal tug-of-war between the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River. Twice daily at high tide, the powerful Fundy waters roar into the Saint John River where a titanic clash of natural forces causes the river flow to reverse direction.

Day 6 Saint John - Moncton (212 km)

The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world's highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Centre and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton. This evening enjoy a self-guided picnic with fresh lobster & snacks by the sea.

The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world's highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Centre and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton. This evening enjoy a self-guided picnic with fresh lobster & snacks by the sea.

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Atlantic puffins
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Day 7 Moncton - Charlottetown

Before leaving Moncton stop at Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a 'magnetic force.' Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada to Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island.

Before leaving Moncton stop at Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a 'magnetic force.' Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada to Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island.

Day 8 Charlottetown

Explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada's confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada's confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867.

Day 9 Exploring Prince Edward Island (80-100 km)

Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular 'Anne of Green Gables' series.

Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular 'Anne of Green Gables' series.

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Prince Edward Island lighthouse
Confederation Bridge

Day 10 Charlottetown - Baddeck (274 km plus 75 min ferry)

Depart Charlottetown for Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou and visit 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.

Depart Charlottetown for Wood Islands ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou and visit 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.

Day 11 Louisbourg (220 km)

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible 'living museum'. As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it's an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. Don't miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man, who spent his summers on the shores of the Bras d'Or.

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible 'living museum'. As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it's an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. Don't miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man, who spent his summers on the shores of the Bras d'Or.

Day 12 Baddeck - Cabot Trail - Ingonish (204 km)

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 splendour 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.

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 splendour 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.

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Cape Breton Highlands and the Cabot Trail
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Day 13 Ingonish - Liscomb Mills (381 km)

Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney 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 including Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860's where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Depart Ingonish heading south towards Sydney 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 including Guysborough – an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke, a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860's where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 14 Liscomb Mills - Halifax (170 km)

Take a leisurely drive, with time to stop at Musquodoboit Harbour and Valley, a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach, the longest beach in the province. Your journey ends back in the Nova Scotian capital of Halifax.

Take a leisurely drive, with time to stop at Musquodoboit Harbour and Valley, a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach, the longest beach in the province. Your journey ends back in the Nova Scotian capital of Halifax.

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 £2,027 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
  • Lobster picnic dinner
  • Historic sites admission to the following: Alexander Graham Bell, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg, Grand-Pre, Halifax Citadel, Kejimkujik, Port-Royal, Green Gables House, Prince Edward Island National Park, Carleton Martello Tower, Fort Beausejour, Monument Lefebvre and St Andrews Blockhouse
  • Ferry from Digby to Saint John & Woods Island to Caribou
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £2,027 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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