Halifax is located on one of the worldâ€™s largestÂ natural harbours and bears all the hallmarks ofÂ both a modern and historic city. You can discoverÂ its proud maritime heritage in the many museumsÂ and along the waterfront area, which includes the restored HistoricÂ Properties. Visit the Citadel that has guarded the city since theÂ 18th-century, the Public Gardens or sail on a harbour cruise aboard theÂ Bluenose II. Overnight in Halifax.
Day 3- Halifax to Bridgewater
Drive along the Lighthouse Route to the fishingÂ community of Peggyâ€™s Cove. This picturesque fishingÂ village is surrounded by bare granite and coastalÂ barrens with trails leading to its famous lighthouse.Â Continue along the coast and stop in the port of Lunenburg for a visitÂ to the renowned Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic before arriving inÂ Bridgewater. Enjoy the facilities at the Atlantica Hotel & Marina OakÂ Island such as indoor pool, sauna & hot tub, outdoor heated pool,Â horseshoe pit, mini putt and tennis court. Overnight in Bridgewater.
Day 4- Bridgewater to Kejimkujik National Park/ Digby
Take the scenic, cross-country drive linking theÂ rocky south shore with the lush Annapolis Valley.Â Relish the amazing views as you traverse extensiveÂ woodlands dotted with lakes. Explore the wilderness of KejimkujikÂ National Park along the centuries-old Miâ€™kmaq canoe routes or followÂ the hiking trails into its forested heartland. Travel along the AnnapolisÂ Basin visiting relics of Anglo-French colonial rivalry. Overnight in Digby.Â Continental breakfast included.
Day 5- Â Digby
Explore this picture-postcard fishing port with itsÂ bustling harbour, home to the largest scallop fishingÂ fleet in the world. Digby is Nova Scotiaâ€™s mostÂ popular summer resort and the largest urban centreÂ in the area. It is located beautifully on the AnnapolisÂ Basin, overlooking Digby channel, where the waters of the Basin flowÂ into the Bay of Fundy. Overnight in Digby.
Activity:Â Drive to the westernmost point of Nova Scotia, BrierÂ Island to enjoy a whale and seabird cruise on the BayÂ of Fundy. This cruise exceeds the regularÂ whalewatching experience as you join an ongoing,Â scientific survey of an area teeming with marine life.Â Observing such rare and endangered species as theÂ humpback and fin whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds, theseÂ cruises continue to yield vital information.
Day 6- Digby to Fredericton
Enjoy a ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy to SaintÂ John, famous for having the worldâ€™s largest tides.Â In Saint John, stop at the Reversing Falls. Follow theÂ coastline and traverse many unique fishing villagesÂ en route to Fredericton. The Bay of Fundy is rich in marine life, oftenÂ seen along its rocky shores at low tide. Just outside of Fredericton isÂ Kingâ€™s Landing Historical Settlement â€“ a role-playing historic communityÂ depicting everyday life in 19th century. Overnight in Fredericton.
Day 7- Fredericton to Moncton
Today you can explore popular covered bridges enÂ route to Fundy National Park. Discover HopewellÂ Rocks Provincial Park, or visit Shediac, the lobsterÂ capital of the world, where one can experienceÂ lobster at its best. Overnight in Moncton.
Day 8- Â Moncton to Charlottetown
Before leaving Moncton we suggest a stop at theÂ Magnetic Hill where you can put the car in neutralÂ to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill byÂ a â€˜magnetic force.â€™ The Northumberland coast ofÂ New Brunswick has a rich British and Acadian heritage â€” itâ€™s yours toÂ discover today if you choose to travel through the architectural gem ofÂ Dorchester and visit the French fort of Beausejour at the Nova ScotiaÂ provincial border. Near the base of the Confederation Bridge is theÂ Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, a community-operated ecotourismÂ and environmental education facility, open to the public displayingÂ the cultural history and environmental diversity of the region.Â Cross to Prince Edward Island, Canadaâ€™s smallest province, over theÂ Confederation Bridge and arrive in the charming city of Charlottetown.Â Overnight in Charlottetown.
Day 9- Â Charlottetown
Your day is at leisure to explore the Victorian homes and elegantÂ squares of Charlottetown. The city is the island\'s commercial centreÂ and through its harbour, the wealth of produce from the surroundingÂ fertile farmland is funnelled for shipping. Despite the 20th-centuryÂ character the city displays today, it still manages to evoke the feelingÂ of a colonial seaport with quaint sections such as Great George StreetÂ and Old Charlotte Town. Overnight in Charlottetown.
Day 10- Â Charlottetown to Baddeck
Todayâ€™s journey takes you past Orwell Corner HistoricÂ Site to board the ferry across the NorthumberlandÂ Strait to Nova Scotia. Drive through tranquil sceneryÂ and small communities that continue to celebrateÂ Nova Scotiaâ€™s Scottish, Indian and Acadian identities. Continue intoÂ Cape Breton Island through the magnificent highland scenery thatÂ surrounds Bras dâ€™Or Lake, and drive to the delightful resort communityÂ of Baddeck. A fascinating museum here is dedicated to the life andÂ works of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.Â Overnight in Baddeck.
Day 11- Â Baddeck
A scenic highlight of this trip is to drive the CabotÂ Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton.Â The trail runs past lochs and glens settled byÂ Scottish Highlanders and along scenic coastlinesÂ settled by Acadians. You will meander through the rugged CapeÂ Breton Highlands National Park enjoying stunningÂ views of sea-sweptÂ headlands, steep cliffs and tranquil beaches. Hiking trails lead into theÂ interior of the park where stunning vistas appear at each turn. ReturnÂ to Baddeck through the lush Margaree Valley. Overnight in Baddeck.
Day 12- Â Baddeck to Corner Brook
A scenic ferry crossing between North Sydney andÂ Port-aux-Basques starts your day en route to CornerÂ Brook. As the ferry sails across the Cabot Strait, keepÂ a close watch for whales and dolphins. White puffinsÂ and birds of prey that live on the spectacular cliffs can also be seen.Â Coastal barrens and forested mountains dominate the first impressionsÂ of Newfoundlandâ€™s landscape. The best way to experience the ruggedÂ beauty of the wave-pounded coast is by hiking some of the excellentÂ nature trails en route to Corner Brook. Overnight in Corner Brook.
Day 13- Corner Brook/Gros Morne National Park
Explore Gros Morne National Park (named a
World Heritage Site because of its glacier-formed
mountains). You can hike the trails to the summit of
Gros Morne Mountain to admire the sweeping views of the Tablelands
and enjoy the serenity of fishing villages enclosed by towering cliffs
and steep fjords. Take advantage of the variety of activities including
wildlife watching for Arctic hare, black bear, lynx and caribou.
Overnight in Corner Brook.
Activity:Western Brook Pond fjord in Gros Morne National Park provides a dramatic setting for this unforgettable
2-hour sightseeing boat tour. One of the most spectacular bodies of water is the park\'s largest lake, Western Brook Pond. This 16 km lake with a depth of 165m is home to Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout and Arctic Char, as well as an unusual colony of cliff nesting gulls. On board the large capacity cruiser, behold the spectacular glacier-carved
land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 feet that often turn to mist before reaching the pond, billion year-old cliffs and frequent wildlife sightings. Live commentary throughout the tour reveals some of the geological and historical features of this wonder of nature.
Day 14- Corner Brook to Gander
Today, drive east through a landscape covered withÂ woodlands and visit some of the historic sites of theÂ mysterious Beothuks, who once inhabited the island.Â Afterwards, head further inland through a landscapeÂ of small rivers and expansive forests, home to some of the largestÂ mammals in North America such as the moose and black bear. PassingÂ by the edge of Notre Dame Provincial Park, you arrive in Gander forÂ the night. Overnight in Gander.
Day 15- Gander
In many ways, Gander is the birthplace of CanadianÂ aviation. After the first pioneering transatlanticÂ flights in the 1930s, it was decided that CanadaÂ should have an airport in the Maritimes to prepareÂ for this new wave of transportation. A decade laterÂ it would become one of the most important airports during the SecondÂ World War. Today the town celebrates its history, and its present asÂ a welcoming town with all the amenities and comforts of a modernÂ small city. Take the day and discover some of the charms of downtownÂ Gander for yourself! Overnight in Gander.
Activity: Embark on the largest tour boat on the north eastÂ coast, on a whalewatching tour in the iceberg corridorÂ of the north east coast of Newfoundland consideredÂ to be the iceberg capital of the world. You will beÂ passing by some of the most rugged and picturesqueÂ coastlines in Newfoundland. You can expect to seeÂ humpback whales, fins, minkes, dolphins, harp seals, as well as aÂ variety of sea birds.
Day 16- Gander to Terra Nova National Park/Â Clarenville
En route to Clarenville, you will experience theÂ tranquility and wildlife of Terra Nova National Park.Â Explore the pristine wilderness along the numerousÂ hiking trails or navigate the coastline by sea kayak. From the hills andÂ deserted beaches, observe minke, pilot and humpback whales closeÂ to shore, while dolphins and orcas can be seen cruising Bonavista Bay.Â To see moose, black bears and foxes, simply hike into the marshes andÂ forests of the interior. Overnight in Clarenville.
Day 17-Â Clarenville to St. John\'s
A scenic drive along the Trans-Canada HighwayÂ brings you to St. Johnâ€™s. Travel along ConceptionÂ Bay where the air of piracy and tall ships still lingers.Â The frequent mist lends a mystical aura to theseÂ parks and villages. Continue to St. Johnâ€™s, the provincial capital, whereÂ colourful streets compete with the natural beauty of the surroundingÂ hills. Overnight in St. Johnâ€™s.
Day 18-Â St. John\'s
Today you can explore the city of St. Johnâ€™s andÂ the surrounding area. The city is one of the oldestÂ in North America, and it emphasizes innovationÂ and progress while cherishing continuity. WanderÂ through the steep narrow streets of the old city and climb the rock ofÂ Signal Hill. See its many historic buildings and sites, and visit its annualÂ festivals and events. Overnight in St. Johnâ€™s.
Activity:Â Tour old St. Johnâ€™s that will give you a feel for theÂ history, legend and lore of St. Johnâ€™s, the oldestÂ community in North America. Your visit will include theÂ National Park at Cape Spear, the most easterly point ofÂ land in North America.
Day 19-Â Ferry/St. John\'s to Sydney
Bid farewell to Newfoundland and cross the AvalonÂ Peninsula to catch the ferry. Enjoy a cruise on theÂ Atlantic Ocean. Overnight on ferry.
Day 20-Â Sydney to Halifax/ End of Tour
Disembark in North Sydney in the morning. DriveÂ back to the Halifax airport to check in for your returnÂ flight.