Day 1: Arrival in Halifax
This is Canada’s traditional gateway to the world, combining charming old wooden homes and Victorian parks with modern shopping centres. The largest city in the region, it is home to 5 universities and several colleges and has the ambience of a lively university town. Ships, from the tall ship Bluenose II to naval vessels, can still be seen in the harbour, but old warehouses and shipfitters shops have become part of an exciting boardwalk along the waterside.
Hotel: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or similar
Day 2: Halifax
Enjoy a Whale and Nature Tour in the morning. In the afternoon you may want to visit Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most-photographed fishing village, other more secluded but equally scenic coastal villages or explore Halifax downtown on your own and take a harbour cruise before choosing a harbourside restaurant for fine dining.
Hotel: same as Day 1
Day 3: Halifax – Lunenburg (ca. 100 km)
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Lunenburg, the best surviving example of a planned, British colonial settlement in North America. Walk the white sand beaches, sunbath, or go for a hike in one of the Provincial Parks along the coastline.
Hotel: Bayview Pines Country Inn B&B or similar
Day 4: Lunenburg – Yarmouth (ca. 250 km)
The seaside portion of Kejimkujik NP has seals and the most beautiful coastline. Shelburne’s waterfront reflects the heritage of the days when wooden ships sailed from here to Europe, New England and the Caribbean.
Hotel: Rodd Yarmouth or similar
Day 5: Yarmouth – Digby (ca. 125 km)
Take an optional whale-watching tour on the Bay of Fundy in one of the best whale-watching areas in the world. Eight kinds of whales and dolphins are regularly seen. Or visit scenic lighthouses and explore Annapolis Royal... the oldest continuously settled town in Canada.
Hotel: Harbourview Inn or similar
Day 6: Digby – Wolfville (ca. 140 km)
The Annapolis Valley is the oldest and one of the richest farming areas of Canada. Nestled between two low mountain ranges, Highway 1 leads you along tree-shaded streets past gracious wooden homes built by rich merchants and sea captains a hundred years ago. Close to Wolfville you find Grand Pre National Historic Site, telling the story of the first European settlers - the Acadian People.
Hotel: Blomidon Inn or similar
Day 7: Wolfville – Tatamagouche (ca. 190 km)
Experience some of the world’s highest tides. Large tidal rivers expose broad expanses of mud banks and salt marshes (an Eldorado for many migrating birds) at low tide. Six hours later, several metres of water cover everything.
Hotel: Train Station Inn or similar
Day 8: Sunrise Trail Region
Visit one of Canada’s largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in Joggins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a local winery, or just relax at one of the many warm water ocean beaches on Northumberland Strait.
Hotel: same as on Day 7
Day 9: Tatamagouche – Margaree (ca. 300 km)
The Pictou waterfront has been restored for dining and shopping by the harbour, or you can relive the hardships of the original Scottish settlers who landed here. Cormorant nests can be observed from the roadside. Rolling hills lead to the wilder scenery of Cape Breton.
Hotel: Normaway Inn or similar
Day 10: Cabot Trail (ca. 300 km)
Visitors can take in an optional morning whale watching cruise or enjoy the drive around the Cabot Trail, one of east Canada’s most popular scenic drives. Waterfalls and swift running streams can be found near the road, and chances for seeing moose are excellent.
Hotel: same as Day 9
Day 11: Margaree – Dundee/Arichat (ca. 275 km)
Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg – Canada’s largest National Historic Site, and the strongest French fortress ever built in the Americas. Between the first of June and the end of September, costumed ”animators” live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744.
Hotel: L’Auberge Acadienne Inn or similar
Day 12: Dundee/Arichat – Charlos Cove/ Sherbrooke (ca. 160 km)
Follow the shores of the Bras D’Or Lake, home to hundreds of Bald eagles, then return to the mainland of Nova Scotia and travel along the wild rugged Eastern Shore coastline, in an area little visited by tourists.
Hotel: Seawind Landing Country Inn or similar
Day 13: Eastern Shore
Take a cruise to offshore islands, try out ocean kayaking, or spend a lazy day on the isolated beaches, or explore the ”back roads” that wander through the forest.
Hotel: same as Day 12
Day 14: Charlos Cove/Liscomb – Halifax
(ca. 260 km) The ”Marine Drive” leads through the forest at the head of the harbours and over low hills. Many excellent ocean views are available from small side roads to the shore. Smoked salmon (they can be taken home), mackerel, and eels can be purchased in the area. There will be opportunities to purchase souvenirs such as live lobster before you leave.
Hotel: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or similar
Day 15: Departure