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ATLANTIK KANADA
Nova Scotia - Prince Edward Island - Labrador - Neufundland - New Brunswick.

Day 1:Arrive Halifax
Arrive Halifax in the evening.  Pick up rental car (own arrangement) at the airport and drive to Halifax for an overnight.

Day 2:Halifax
Free time to explore Halifax - the capital city of Nova Scotia. Tour the city begins atop Citadel Hill, where panoramic views of the city and waterfront can be seen and kilted soldiers perform their parade drill to the sound of bagpipe music.  Descending into Halifax’s waterfront area pass historic ships, Immigration Canada’s Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Here, explore a fascinating collection of Titanic artifacts and learn about Halifax’s unique connection to this infamous disaster.  Enjoy a stop at the Historic Properties boardwalk, the liveliest area of the waterfront.
Overnight in Halifax.

Day 3: Halifax - West Point (approx. 367 km / 4 ½ hour drive)
Today drive north to New Brunswick and take the Confederation Bridge (toll bridge) to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province.  This is the land of “Anne of Green Gables” and fabulous lobster suppers. On arrival head west to West Point for an overnight in a lighthouse.
 
Day 4: West Point – Charlottetown (approx. 129 km /2 hour drive)
Before heading to Charlottetown, take the scenic North Cape Coastal Drive - home to some of the most breath-taking vistas on Prince Edward Island – a picturesque place where rolling emerald hills give way to rugged red cliffs, and winding dirt roads lead to pristine sandy beaches. It is also home to the world-famous oysters that have earned us the title, The Canadian Oyster Coast. In Cavendish, you will find the popular Anne of Green Gables Museum. 
Overnight in Charlottetown.

Charlottetown
Charlottetown, the Capital City of Prince Edward Island, is the perfect blend of urban excitement, country living and some of the cleanest air in Canada. Enjoy a stroll on National Historic Great George Street; sit amongst the trees on Victoria Row; or shop on Queen Street.  With an eclectic mix of restaurants, pubs, and cafes, there is something for every taste bud. Community and city-wide festivals fill the streets nearly every week of the year, offering exhilarating options from world class music, theatre, comedy, gaming and sport.
 
If you wish to explore the eastern part of the province, take the scenic Points East Coastal Drive.  The Island’s easternmost region attracts visitors who appreciate natural spaces and outdoor activities. Development in this area is characterized by parks and trails, supported by country inns and fine dining.  Lighthouse lovers will delight in the six lighthouses that are open to the public in summer. Point Prim Lighthouse - the Island’s oldest lighthouse, Wood Islands Lighthouse - located just beyond the ferry terminal, Cape Bear Lighthouse - said to be the first Canadian land station to receive the distress signals from the Titanic, Souris Historic Lighthouse, East Point Lighthouse and Panmure Island Lighthouse - PEI’s oldest wooden lighthouse.
Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 5: Charlottetown – Belle Cote (approx. 260 km/5 ½ hour drive including 75 minute ferry)
Today drive south to Wood Islands ferry terminal and take the 75 minute ferry to Caribou, Nova Scotia.  Upon arrival, travel north east to Cape Breton Island.
Overnight in Belle Cote.

Day 6: Belle Cote – Ingonish (approx. 138 km/2 ½ hour drive)
Today enjoy the scenic drive north along the Cabot Trail through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park – one of Canada’s most stunning and diverse national parks, encompassing 950 square kilometers of beautiful highland and coastal habitats.  Visitors can explore rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, mountain trails, oldgrowth forests,  waterfalls and highland barrens carpeted in wild orchids and pitcher plants.  Moose, eagles and hares are often seen, as well as the occasional coyote, bear, deer, fox and bobcat.  Continue drive south along the Cabot Trail to Ingonish for
overnight. 

Day 7: Ingonish – Baddeck (approx. 93 km/1 ½ hour drive)
In the morning, before heading to Baddeck, enjoy a 2 hour whale watching tour.  This unique experience provides visitors with an opportunity to discover the beauty of northern Cape Breton and marine life near the coastlines. Zip along the rugged shores in search of whales, dolphins, seals, leatherback turtles, puffins, eagles and more! Discover the mystique of Ingonish Island, the seclusion of a light keeper's station, and the breathtaking cliffs near renowned Kelitc Lodge.
Continue drive south to Baddeck for overnight.

Day 8 : Baddeck – North Sydney (approx. 59 km/50 minute drive + overnight ferry)
Enjoy the Bras d’Or Lake, which is known as “Canada’s only Inland Sea”, Bras d’Or Lakes is one of the world’s finest sailing and boating venues.  The lake is abundant with wildlife, including the magnificent bald eagle, which claims this region as a major breeding area.You may wish to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site. Bell, the inventor of the telephone, made his permanent home in Baddeck. This centre celebrates the life and genius of Bell, a pioneer of such wide ranging disciplines as sound transmission, medicine, aeronautics, marine engineering and space-frame construction. In the afternoon, drive to North Sydney to board the ferry to Argentia, Newfoundland.
Overnight onboard.

Day 9: Arrive Argentia – St. John’s (approx. 134 km/1 ¾ hour drive)
Ferry arrives Argentia at around 9:00am.  Drive north to St. John’s – one of the oldest cities in North America and the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Some highlights include Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada, Quidi Vidi Village, Commissariat House Provincial Historic Site, The Rooms, and the Johnson Geo Centre.  Perhaps make a detour to Cape Spear National Historic Site – the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland.  The Visitor Centre contains exhibits on the history of lighthouses and the tradition of lightkeeping.  The site is surrounded by spectacular scenery and wildlife such as whales, seabirds and icebergs in season.
Overnight in St. John’s.

Day 10: St. John’s – Gambo (approx. 297 km/3 ½ hour drive)
Today depart for the “Road to Shore” at Gambo, the birthplace of Joseph R. Smallwood,   the first premier and one of the original Fathers of Confederation.  You may wish tomake a side trip to historic Trinity.  Walk the streets of this town, visit its merchants and go for a thrilling ride on the ocean to watch humpback whales.  From Trinity, drive north to Cape Bonavista and visit the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Historic Site.  The lighthouse was constructed in 1843 and is currently restored to the 1870s period. The highlight of the lighthouse is an original catoptric light mechanism that dates to 1816. An adjacent interpretation centre features  exhibits on lighthouse technology and lightkeepers' lives.Return to Highway 1 and continue north to Terra Nova National Park – a place where long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland.  Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean.  The landscape of the park varies from rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inlands. Here you can kayak, canoe, or boat sheltered bays and breathtaking coastlines, amongst whales, seabirds and icebergs. Dense forests, marshes, and green meadows wait to be explored along 12 extensive and beautiful hiking trails. As you walk along the twisting paths, you might spy a moose, lynx, beaver, or rare bird flying freely among the forest and marshy bogs.
Overnight in Gambo.

Day 11: Gambo – Twilingate (approx. 157 km/2 ½ hour drive)
Today a scenic drive to Twillingate – located on the edge of what is known as iceberg alley, Twillingate is affectionately known as the iceberg capital of the world.  Many of these 10,000 year old giants float quietly by each year and people travel great distances just to chance a glance. The nearby Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1876, is one of the best places in Newfoundland to see icebergs.  Built on a bluff, it overlooks the outer reaches of Notre Dame Bay.  You may also catch a glimpse of the huge whales that spend their summers feeding along the coast. 
Overnight in Twillingate.

Day 12: Twillingate – Grand Falls-Windsor (approx. 150 km/2 ½ hour drive)
Today travel southwest to Grand Falls-Windsor.  Highlights include the Mary March Regional Museum (learn about these now-extinct aboriginal people of Newfoundland), and Logger’s Exhibit and the Salmonid Interpretation Centre, a fabulous place to watch Atlantic salmon as they migrate to their spawning grounds. 
Overnight in Grand Falls-
Windsor.

Day 13: Grand Falls-Windsor – Rocky Harbour (approx. 278 km/3 ½ hour drive)
This morning drive east to Deer Lake and northwest along the Viking Trail to Rocky Point through Gros Morne National Park - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is an area of great natural beauty with a rich variety of scenery, wildlife, and recreational activities. Visitors can hike through wild, uninhabited mountains and camp by the sea. Boat tours bring visitors under the towering cliffs of a freshwater fjord carved out by glaciers. Waterfalls, marine inlets, sea stacks, sandy beaches, and colourful nearby fishing villages complete the phenomenal natural and cultural surroundings of Gros Morne National Park of Canada. 
Overnight in Rocky Harbour.

Day 14: Rocky Harbour – Port au Choix (approx. 164 km/2 ½ hour drive)
Today drive north along the coast to Port au Choix.  Visit the Port au Choix National Historic Site, with its ongoing archaeological dig and view the artifacts of the Maritime Archaic and Dorset peoples who occupied the area thousands of years ago. 
Overnight in Port au Choix.

Day 15: Port au Choix – St. Anthony (approx. 200 km/3 hour drive)
Today continue along the Viking Trail to St. Anthony.  As you drive to St. Anthony, stop by one of the local craft stores to pick up specialty jams and jellies. Upon arrival, visit the Grenfell Historic Properties, including Grenfell House and Grenfell Interpretation Centre, which also houses Grenfell Handicrafts. The properties celebrate the presence of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador, and the impact that he and his worldwide mission had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s. The historic properties equally tell the story of the evolution of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100
years.
Overnight in St. Anthony.
 
Day 16: St. Anthony

Today visit the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 1,000-year-old Viking site. A visit to the site can transport you back to where Vikings once stood. Perched on the tip of the Viking Trail, it’s a place where mystery still mingles with the light and washes over the strange, captivating landscape. Visit the interpretive centre, join a guide on a tour of the Viking ruins, and visit the longhouse to discover what life was like for the Viking encampment in 1000 AD. Let the Godi enthrall you with the Vinland Saga, help the smith forge nails for bog iron ore, and immerse yourself in the unique Norse history. About 2 km from the World Heritage Site is a fanciful recreation of an 11th-century Viking port of trade called Norstead.  Viking games and a recreation of a Viking ship, the Snorri, which sailed here from Greenland are among the highlights.  Visitors can also explore the hiking trails to nearby bays and lakes.
Overnight in St. Anthony.

Day 17: St. Anthony – Corner Brook (approx. 468 km/6 hour drive)
Today drive south through the small communities to Corner Brook.  
Overnight in Corner Brook.

Day 18: Corner Brook – Channel-Port-aux Basques (approx. 218 km/2 ½ hour drive)
Free time to explore Corner Brook.  Corner Brook area is steeped with a rich history that includes the fishery,  railway, and pulp and paper industries.  The Long Range Mountains cut through the region, giving the area a special combination of ocean and  mountain scenery. The area was first surveyed by renowned explorer Captain James Cook, and the Captain James Cook Monument stands as testament to a proud chapter in his exploratory career.Continue travel south to Channel-Port-aux Basques.
Overnight in Channel-Port-aux Basques.

Day 19: Channel-Port-aux Basques – North Sydney – West Bay (approx. 146 km + 6 hour ferry crossing)
Drive to ferry terminal and board the ferry back to North Sydney. Upon arrival, drive south to West Bay (approx. 146 km/2 hour drive). 
Overnight in West Bay.

Day 20: West Bay – Western Shore (approx. 347 km/4 ¼ hour drive)
On your drive to Western Shore, travel the route known as Marine Drive and pass though local towns and villages, where you will see glimpses of Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage. Visit Sherbrooke Village a restored 1860’s community and stop for a leisurely lunch on route. 
Overnight in Western Shore.

Day 21: Western Shore - Digby via Yarmouth (approx. 331 km/4 hour drive)
Today travel west drive along the “Lighthouse Route” – follows Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where the past is a part of everyday life. Over twenty lighthouses from the dramatic beauty of the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove to Yarmouth’s towering Cape Forchu lighthouse.  Make a stop at Lunenburg – home to Nova Scotia’s famous racing schooner, Bluenose, the ship on the Canadian ten-cent piece.  Old Town Lunenburg was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
Overnight in Digby.
 
Day 22: Digby – Saint John (approx. 6 km + 3 hour ferry ride)
From Digby, home to the world’s largest Scallop fishing fleet, board the Bay Ferries forthe 3 hour sailing across the Bay of Fundy to St. John, New Brunswick. On your passage across this unique stretch of water, keep your camera at the ready and your eyes peeled - The Bay of Fundy has over 20 species of whales including Minkes, Finbacks and Humpbacks. 
Overnight in Saint John.

Day 23: Saint John – Moncton (approx. 155 km/4 ¾ hour drive)
Enjoy a leisurely day as you depart St John for Moncton. Drive along the famous Fundy Coastal Drive, the Bay of Fundy and the unique islands near its mouth are a safe haven for thousand of species, including the nearly extinct Right whale and the Puffin. Whale and bird watching excursions, as well as hiking expeditions are available. Drive through spectacular rugged coastal scenery, passing tide carved shores, and unique rock formations.
Overnight in Moncton

Day 24: Moncton – Halifax Airport (approx. 233 km / 2 ½ hour drive)
Today make a stop and walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell Cape (depending on tides) and view the famous “Flower Pot Rocks” sculpted by the mighty Fundy Tides, one of the wonders of the world.In the afternoon, travel south to Halifax Airport.  Drop off rental car and check in flight for home.

 

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