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Duration: 12 days Visiting: Canada
A mix of colourful harbours and sweeping coastlines, this nautical trip allows you to recharge by the sea as you take in some of Canada's iconic maritime history. From learning about the tradition of fabric milling in Baddeck to discovering the picturesque village of Peggy's Cove, you'll have plenty of time to relax and take in the sea air, as you make your way through Canada’s Eastern Maritime provinces.
Welcome to Halifax.
Arrive in Halifax. A mix of sea breezes and cultural charms, you’ve arrived in your quintessential maritime destination. You’ll be picked up from Halifax International Airport and taken to your downtown hotel. You can relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00, for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.
Historic Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove.
Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. Experience one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America, before meeting a Local Expert for a walking tour. Hear tales of the fishing industry's impact on the region before visiting scenic Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. You'll end the day by heading back to Halifax for the evening. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with live music at Le Bistro by Liz, where old French charm meets lively coziness in the heart of Halifax.
Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax.
Delve into Halifax's nautical history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where your Local Expert will engage you in stories of key historic events, including the Halifax Explosion and the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Join a Local Expert for an informative exploration of eclectic Halifax, before enjoying a free afternoon.
Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck.
Journey to Cape Breton Island. In Baddeck, embark on a picturesque boat cruise across Bras d'Or Lake with your fellow travellers (weather permitting). In the evening, experience warm hospitality and Cape Breton-style home cooking at your waterfront hotel, featuring tempting seafood favourites and hearty dishes that are sure to satisfy.
The Natural Beauty of the Cabot Trail.
Head back to school as you immerse yourself in a unique experience at The Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic and Celtic cultures. Learn about the tradition of fabric milling and see a kilt-making demonstration in action. Enjoy a relaxing drive along the Cabot Trail, one of the world’s most scenic routes. Keep an eye out for moose and bald eagles, as you travel past Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Continue your day with an evening of traditional music and song at the Celtic Evening of Smiles, where you'll enjoy a night of Acadian hospitality and entertainment.
Baddeck and Charlottetown.
In the morning, embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Cross the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and quaint Charlottetown, where you'll spend the next three nights. This little city is a nautical dream, with its light colourful fisherman’s cottages and pretty harbour. The city is also famous for hosting the famous Anne of Green Gables musical every year.
Discover picturesque Prince Edward Island with a Local Expert before heading on to Cavendish. Here you'll visit the Green Gables House, the fabled home that provided inspiration for L.M. Montgomery's children's classic, 'Anne of Green Gables'. Return to Charlottetown, where you will visit the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation, an Indigenous community located east of the city. You’ll be met by your local Knowledge Keeper who will welcome you to the community, before you are introduced to the Seven Sacred Teachings and how it guides the Miꞌkmaq people.
Leisure Time in Charlottetown.
Today is your day to explore or relax in delightful Charlottetown. Choose between our Insight Choice here. Either head on a lighthouse tour, enjoy a wine tasting or a bike ride around the city. From exploring Point Prim Lighthouse to Victoria Park, make the most of your last day here.
The Tides of Hopewell Rocks.
Journey to New Brunswick where you will cruise the waters of Shediac Bay onboard a lobster boat (weather permitting) and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of these sea creatures, with a presentation on the industry. You’ll also indulge on a delicious seafood Highlight Lunch with wine. Travel on to Hopewell Rocks on the shores of the bay, before arriving in the pretty port city of Saint John, where you'll be surrounded by rugged cliff tops, coves and natural beauty.
Loyalist Saint John to Digby.
Explore Saint John's vibrant past on a morning tour. Board a ferry bound for Saint John's sister community of Digby. Once here, you'll head to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, which overlooks the Bay of Fundy.
Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal.
Begin your day by embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy. Move on to the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Take a stroll with a costumed interpreter and discover a cultural mosaic of history before returning to your spa resort in Digby. In the evening, meet a former scallop fisherman for a culinary demonstration and Celebration Dinner featuring the highly prized seafood.
It’s time to wave goodbye to Halifax and your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Stops will be made at Halifax International Airport and The Westin Nova Scotian for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be at 12:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Halifax (Traditional) - Canada
The Westin Nova Scotian offers luxury and Four Diamond service in the heart of Halifax.
Baddeck (Resort) - USA
Waterfront resort facilities meet Cape Breton's warm hospitality at The Inverary Resort.
Charlottetown (Contemporary) - Canada
The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel, just steps away from charming shops and restaurants.
Saint John (Contemporary) - Canada
The Hilton Saint John offers a prime location on the harbourfront of New Brunswick's largest city.
Digby (Traditional) - Canada
Overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect location for exciting activities, or the utmost in relaxation.