Captivating Cape Breton Self Drive
based on 1st October 2016. Similar itineraries available Sept 2016 – October 2017, call for details.
This self drive experience is the only way to delve into the heart or Canada. The breathtaking scenery you will encounter as you take a leisurely drive from Halifax to Liscomb Mills is worth stopping and admiring. Why not explore further by jumping in a canoe or kayak and taking to the magical waters of one of Canada's famous crystal lakes.
Arrive Halifax. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s provincial capital, this attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further to times of Mi’kmaq Natives, European Fisherman and the early Acadians who came long before the British arrived. Overnight Halifax.
Depart Halifax and drive the south shore via the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. Continue on via Mahone Bay on to Lunenburg - the birthplace of the famous Bluenose built in 1921. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is unique in terms of architecture. Overnight Lunenburg.
Drive north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via the Kejimkujik National Park, a spectacular National Park with walking trails to suit all and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years ago. Continue on to Digby overlooking the broad Annapolis Basin and the ferry gateway to New Brunswick. Overnight Digby.
In the morning enjoy a whale-watching trip from the Neck Islands, one of the best places to see whales in Atlantic Canada. You are more likely to see the widest variety of different species here including the rare Right Whale. In the afternoon continue along the Evangeline Trail and on to Pictou – one of the largest communities along the Northumberland Shore. This community is rich in Scottish heritage and has a pleasant downtown district and delightful developed waterfront area. Overnight Pictou.
Depart Pictou and continue on to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and continue on to Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell - you can visit the National Historic Site named after him. Overnight Baddeck.
Depart Baddeck and follow the Cabot Trail winding around the rocky splendors of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Your route then takes you via Sydney and Glace Bay, home of the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historical Site. Glace Bay is the beginning of the Marconi Trail, named after Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor who sent the first transatlantic wireless message from here. Continue on to Louisbourg, home to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Hear the cannons and muskets fire, watch the changing of the guard and meet the villagers at this meticulously preserved and recreated French fortification of over 250 years ago. Overnight Louisbourg.
Depart Louisbourg and continue on to 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 coast, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities including Guysborough - an inviting community with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrook Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s with most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. You can choose from many outdoor activities such as a kayaking, harbour tours, Canoeing and much, much more. Overnight Liscomb Lodge.
Depart Liscomb Mills and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En route visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley, a haven for nature lovers and Martinique Beach, the longest beach in the province. Drop off your rental car in Halifax on arrival ready for your journey back to the UK.