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Grand Maritimes Self-Drive

Reference CTS15864
17 nights from
£1959 pp
May to October 2020
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When you take a Grand Maritimes adventure in Canada, you’ll not only have a chance to experience the mesmerising landscape of this beautiful country. You’ll also get to see for yourself the fascinating communities and maritime stories of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Put yourself in the driving seat and hit the road to find the fantastic adventures that await you along the trail of some of Canada’s finest maritime towns and villages; full of distinctive architecture and cultural traditions.

Hotel accommodation for 17 nights
Return airfare from the UK
18 day car rental with GPS
Bay Ferry Tolls - Digby to Saint John and Bay Ferry Tolls - Digby to Saint John
Admission to 13 Historic Sites
ABTA and ATOL protected

Itinerary

Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital.

A full day in Halifax to explore the boutique shops, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. 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.

Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian-era town that begs you to wander and explore.

Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails, wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (breakfast included)

Depart Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby to board the ferry to Saint John, then continue west along the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy, one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Arrive in St. Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. The ferry departs twice a day between May 15 – Oct 12 (breakfast included)

This resort combines historic sites with charming studios and galleries, fine-dining restaurants, and simple cafes, making it a wonderful spot for two days of relaxation. In addition to many attractions, including Kingsbrae Gardens and the Blockhouse National Site, St. Andrews is a popular spot for whale watching, sea kayaking or sailing trips out into the Bay of Fundy.

Today you head north inland en route to Fredericton. After your short drive, you have ample time to explore the many visitor attractions of this city. We suggest a visit to the historic Garrison District. Several of the buildings at this site have retained their original heritage architecture, creating a remarkably old-world feel in the centre of a modern city.

Today drive the Lower River Passage route south along Highway 102. The heritage of centuries surrounds you, and pristine unspoiled views of the St. John River open at every corner of the country roads. In Saint John were the river enters the Bay of Fundy visits the world-renowned Reversing Falls.

The highlight today is the scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy. Witness the power of the world’s highest tides at the Hopewell Rocks. Visit the informative Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center and learn everything you need to know about the tidal phenomenon. Take a drive through Fundy National Park before reaching Moncton.

Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at the Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutral to experience the illusion of being pulled uphill by a ‘magnetic force.’ Continue to Shediac, known as The Lobster Capital of the World for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival. Enjoy a lobster fishing cruise & dine on fresh lobster. Then follow the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada, to Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada’s confederation. Province House National Historic Site was the scene of meetings that led to the formation of Canada as a country in 1867. (breakfast included)

Spend the morning exploring Prince Edward Island National Park where the sandstone cliffs, beaches and reddish sand dunes take your breath away. Then take in the beautiful landscapes made famous by novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery in the popular “Anne of Green Gables” series. (breakfast included)

Depart Charlottetown taking Route 1 to Wood Islands Ferry crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Drive the short distance to Pictou & visit Hector Heritage Quay, where a full-scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. (breakfast included) The ferry departs several times a day between May 15 – Oct 12

This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - an incredible “living museum.” As the largest historical reconstruction in North America, it’s an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s. 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 on the shores of the Bras d’Or.

Take a leisurely drive back to Halifax, along the way visit Musquodoboit Harbour & Valley a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach the longest beach in the province. (breakfast included)

Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle.