Aug. 18th – 25th
8 Days – 7 Nights
Scenic landscapes, savory lobster and whale watching await us, as we discover the beauty of Nova Scotia. From the rugged Cabot Trail to the wondrous Fundy tides, don’t miss the rugged coastlines, picturesque fishing villages, and seafaring history of the Canadian Maritime. Experience the fresh salt air, unspoiled nature, rich history, all while making friends and memories with Ann’s Adventures In Travel.
Day 1: Halifax
Upon arrival at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Airport Code YHZ), you will met by one of our drivers and transferred to our centrally located hotel. Meet your tour leader and group for an optional dinner tonight at 7:00pm.
Day 2: Halifax Tour
Discover the beauty and history of Halifax and its surrounding areas on our full day guided tour. We start with a drive to beautiful Point Pleasant Park on the Halifax peninsula. Next we drive to the “top of Halifax” for a spectacular photo opp at Halifax Citadel. Our drive continues past the naval dockyard, under both Harbor bridges and past the site of the 1917 Halifax Explosion on our way to the Titanic Cemetery. See the grave sites and hear stories of the Titanic victims and the Halifax connection to this 1912 maritime tragedy.
Then we will stroll along the wharf and savor the panoramic view of Peggy’s Cove and the gorgeous coastline. We’ll spend some time exploring the “most visited place in Canada” and two other nearby attractions, the “swimming hole” and “deGarthe Memorial.
Our next stop will be Lunenburg, a UNESCO Heritage site, one of only two sites in North America. Enjoy free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets and the distinctive waterfront with its colorful buildings. Listen to salty tales of seafaring and rum-running. Past mingles with present here. You will still hear a blacksmith’s hammer in a warehouse.
Tonight enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local Canadian restaurant.
Day 3: Best of Fundy
During today’s tour, we will view both high and low tides and see the dramatic effect it has on the coastline and in the harbors. We depart Halifax along Nova Scotia’s scenic Evangeline Trail to Hall’s Harbour on the Bay of Fundy, home to a fishing fleet and one of the largest lobster pounds in the world. Its unique size makes it an ideal place to fully witness the startling wonder of the Fundy tides.
Then we’ll drive over the North Mountain Ridge to the Blomidon ‘Look-Off’ where, on a clear day, you can see one of the most scenic vistas in Nova Scotia.
Following our drive “down the mountain”, we’ll visit Grand Pré National Historic site to learn the story of the deportation of the Acadian people by the British back in the mid 1700’s. Enjoy free time in Wolfville, a University town with numerous, delicious eateries to choose from for lunch. Take a stroll around Acadia campus or on the edge of the town take a walk along one of the French dykes.
Located along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, the Annapolis Valley is recognized as the third most important fruit growing area in Canada, and is noted for its high tides, orchards and vineyards. Visit Prescott house museum prior to returning to Hall’s Harbour to view the second tidal phase.
Day 4: The Road to Cape Breton
Following breakfast, we head for Cape Breton, stopping in Truro on the way to discover the legends of Glooscap and learn of Nova Scotia’s rich Mi’kmaw heritage and culture. Walk the town center and stand at the foot of the 40 foot statue of Glooscap for a fantastic photo-op! Then we drive across the Canso Causeway, the deepest causeway in the world, with a depth of 213 feet. We’ll stop at the Cove Motel Restaurant for a great optional lunch and super views of the Causeway.
We’ll follow the Ceilidh Trail along the rugged shoreline of the Gulf of St Lawrence. The roadway skirts along the thickly-wooded, mountainous and rough terrain of Cape Breton Island (Creignish, Big Ridge Mountains and Mabou Highlands). The scenery here is spectacular. We’ll be passing places such as Port Hood, Mabou, Glenville, Dunvegan, St. Rose, Chimney Corner and Margaree Harbour, with breathtaking scenery and stunning seascapes found around every turn in the road.
In the Town of Glenville we’ll find the Glenora Distillery, renowned for its rare Canadian Single Malt Whisky, the only made in Canada. Enjoy a guided tour of the brewery before we continue along to Inverness Beach and then to meet the Lower Cabot Trail. Our final stop for the day is Baddeck, situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, considered to be the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail. Stretching along the shores of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes, Baddeck is a bustling village where we will spend the next 3 nights.
Day 5: The Cabot Trail
Today, we’ll spend the morning traveling the world famous Cabot Trail, one of the best road trips in the world. Winding through stunning landscapes, along the Margaree River and through the spectacular rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail, completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages along a 186 mile loop. Today, the Cabot Trail connects eight major communities with intriguing histories, including Acadian, Irish and Scottish settlements.
Whale watching can be found throughout the province, but the best whale watching is along Cape Breton’s world famous Cabot Trail at Pleasant Bay Harbor. Let’s hop aboard a whale watching cruise and experience the magnificence of seeing whales, bald eagles, porpoises, seals and seabirds in their natural environment.
Following our road trip, we’ll visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. This national historic site communicates the story of Bell’s wide ranging interests and inventive work, much of it undertaken in Baddeck.
Tonight let’s check out the Ceilidh, a kitchen party where everyone is welcome to perform. From the beginning, teachers and students from the nearby Gaelic College dropped by to play the fiddle or the bagpipes, to dance or to tell stories. Now visitors from far and near come back night after night to enjoy the music and to perform.
Day 6: Louisbourg
Following a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Louisbourg to explore Fortress Louisbourg, a National Historic site. Originally, settled in 1713 by a French expedition, Louisbourg’s population grew to reach 2500 civilians and 700 garrison personnel, comprised of Bretons, Normans, Basques and other French, along with Germans, Swiss, Irish and Africans, and local Mi’kmaq – quite a medley of cultures! Today, it’s the largest fortress re-construction site in North America, with over 25 open buildings for you to explore and dozens of costumed animators who portray the residents of 1744.
Enjoy a private, one-hour, guided tour of this Fortress, then we will have ample time to explore and have lunch on our own. Period costumes and exhibits line the streets and the busy waterfront. See how the wealthy elite lived, contrasting to the very different life experienced by the poor. There are multiple choices to dine in Louisbourg, so bring your hunger to one of the 18th-century restaurants. The food is fresh and plentiful, the recipes are from the 18th-century and the atmosphere is New France in the New World!
We’ll return to Baddeck for the evening, making a number of interesting stops on the way.
Day 7: Halifax Bound
Leaving Baddeck, we’ll meander our way through spectacular scenery to the Bras d’or Look-off which has amazing views of the Bras d’Or lakes. We’ll continue on to St. Peter’s, where we’ll cross St Peter’s Canal, linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Bras d’Or Lakes.The canal also boasts the only functioning lock system in Nova Scotia.
Once again, we’ll cross the Canso Causeway back onto the mainland and enjoy a scenic drive to the town of Pictou. Located on the beautiful Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia, Pictou is known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland” as it was here, the first wave of Scottish immigrants landed in 1773. Explore the world class Hector Heritage Quay and board the full-sized Ship Hector replica, search for your ancestral roots, shop for Grohmann Knives or hunt for the perfect souvenir, the choice is yours.
We’ll return to Halifax in time for our farewell dinner.
Day 8: Halifax – Home
It is time to say goodbye to all your new single friends. At the appropriate time, according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Double Occupancy: $2549.00
Single Supplement: $850.00
Balance Due: June 18th
7 Nights Accommodations
Breakfast Daily – 1 Lunch – 3 Dinners
English Speaking Travel Leader
Guided Tours and Activities per Itinerary
Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
All Taxes and Surcharges
Meals Not Mentioned Above