Canada’s Atlantic Charm Self-Drive
This 6-night self-drive holiday takes in the highlights of Nova Scotia, a gem of Canada’s Atlantic Coast. From the cultural and rich history of Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, to the splendour of the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Drive along the breath-taking Cabot Trail known as one of the world’s most scenic drives.
Upon arrival into Halifax Airport, collect your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.
A full day in Halifax to explore boutiques, pubs and cafés of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties; tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.
Depart Halifax for your journey to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. Arrive in Baddeck at your leisure.
Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish - the most recommended would be the Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes drive from the park entrance. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery, Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.
This morning drive north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum,” is the largest historical reconstruction in North America; it is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, 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 here on the shores of the Bras d’Or. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.
A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes. Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to Halifax.
Check out of your Halifax Hotel at your leisure. You will have the morning and afternoon to do some more sightseeing before heading to the Airport where you will return your hire car, and board your flight back to the UK.