Known for its coloured, multi-cultural past, the history of Atlantic Canada has been shaped by generations of settlers – first came the Vikings, followed by the French, Irish, Scottish and English. The unique patchwork of culture makes Atlantic Canada the perfect destination for a self-drive holiday you will never forget.
Comprised of the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland – also known as the Maritime Provinces - the region is awash with fascinating sites of historical significance. The striking, diverse scenery will capture your imagination from the moment you arrive, from dramatically rocky and rugged shorelines in Newfoundland to the winelands of Nova Scotia, the quaint towns of New Brunswick and the green landscapes of Prince Edward Island.
You’ll find wildlife in abundance in Atlantic Canada, including whales, puffins, moose and bear. Keep your eyes peeled as you cruise along the stretches of road for a glimpse of these creatures frolicking in their natural habitat. A self-drive holiday is the perfect way to see the diversity on offer in Atlantic Canada, as no two days are ever the same. The backdrop of coastal villages, national parks and lush wilderness make this an excellent touring area. Plus, the vibrant metropolis of Halifax is always waiting if you would like to spend some time in an electric concrete jungle.
If there is one thing more welcoming than the beautiful natural surroundings, it is the warmth of the locals. Those native to Atlantic Canada will always welcome you with open arms and delight in sharing the secrets of the provinces, from a rich arts heritage to secret viewpoints along the coastline.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? You’re in luck, as Atlantic Canada is home to some of the freshest seafood in the world in abundance. No matter where you decide to stop off, ensure you always sample the catch of the day. Some of the world’s greatest restaurants find their home in Atlantic Canada, so treat yourself to some unforgettable culinary experiences on your journey.
Our Canada Travel Specialists have many years of experience in organising self-drive holidays to Atlantic Canada. We would be delighted to help you plan and get the most out of your visit to Canada’s maritime provinces; get in touch today and your dream holiday could be just around the corner.