Day 1:Arrive Halifax
Arrive Halifax in the evening. Pick
up rental car (own arrangement) at the airport and drive to Halifax for an
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
Overnight in Halifax.
Day 3: Halifax - West Point (approx. 367 km / 4 ½ hour
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
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
Overnight in 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
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
Day 7: Ingonish – Baddeck (approx. 93 km/1 ½ hour drive)
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
Continue drive south to Baddeck for overnight.
Day 8 : Baddeck – North Sydney (approx. 59 km/50 minute drive + overnight
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,
Day 9: Arrive Argentia – St. John’s (approx. 134 km/1 ¾ hour
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
Overnight in St. John’s.
Day 10: St. John’s – Gambo (approx. 297 km/3 ½ hour drive)
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)
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
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-
Day 13: Grand Falls-Windsor – Rocky Harbour (approx. 278 km/3 ½ hour
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
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
Day 15: Port au Choix – St. Anthony (approx. 200 km/3 hour
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
Overnight in St.
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
Today drive south through the small communities to Corner
Overnight in Corner Brook.
Day 18: Corner Brook – Channel-Port-aux Basques (approx. 218 km/2 ½ hour
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.
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
Overnight in West Bay.
Day 20: West Bay – Western Shore (approx. 347 km/4 ¼ hour
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
Overnight in Western Shore.
Day 21: Western Shore - Digby via Yarmouth (approx. 331 km/4 hour
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.
Day 22: Digby – Saint John (approx. 6 km + 3 hour ferry
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
Day 23: Saint John – Moncton (approx. 155 km/4 ¾ hour
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
Overnight in Moncton
Day 24: Moncton – Halifax Airport (approx. 233 km / 2 ½ hour
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