Encompassing the three small - yet utterly charming - provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the Canadian Maritimes is a gloriously scenic ocean region. Think long, jagged coastlines decorated with picturesque bays, swathes of sand and some of Canada’s prettiest towns. Breathe in the fresh sea air in Charlottetown, the captivating capital of Prince Edward Island; follow the scenic Cabot Trail to Cape Breton Island; and admire the spectacular Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Halifax. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel.
Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in seafaring history and tradition. We’ll head out on an orientation tour to get our bearings - including a visit to Citadel National Historic Site to explore the history of British and Canadian soldiers stationed here. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy this seaside town. Perhaps take a wander past the red-brick heritage buildings and explore the leafy parks to really soak up this handsome city.
Tracing the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia southwards, we make a stop at Peggy’s Cove. This tiny fishing village is synonymous of Nova Scotia: shorelines strewn with boulders, a handful of cute colourful cottages and red and white striped lighthouse. It is undeniably pretty.
After Peggy’s cove, Lunenburg is the next prettiest spot (so today really is a good day). It was designed on the 18th-century British colonial settlements, and it seems to have barely changed since. The old town is full of perfectly preserved architecture - you’ll have the distinct feeling you’ve travelled back in time.
Today we’ll experience some of Nova Scotia’s most unique and most magnificent views. Watch as beautiful scenes unfold in front of you as we take the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive. Granite rocks of the Atlantic south shore, the lush Annapolis Valley and the fishing ports of Fundy. This is a drive you won’t forget in a hurry.
We’ll make a stop at the floral wonderland of Annapolis Royal Gardens, where over 400 years of history are displayed through gardening methods and designs that include hundreds of roses.
We catch the ferry across from Digby to the city of Saint John. Sitting along the Bay of Fundy, this is Canada’s oldest incorporated city, and Saint John is filled with unique architecture, vibrant restaurants, and historic sights.
Today we travel north to Shediac, stopping at Hopewell Cape, where we find a natural phenomenon and an icon of New Brunswick. Hopewell Rocks carved from the coastline by the powerful Bay of Fundy tides is quite a sight. Tide times permitting, there is even the opportunity to walk on the ocean floor. This evening we have a sunset lobster cruise with dinner.
Our first stop today is the Olivier Soapery, for a first-hand view of the craft of soap making.
The Acadians are the descendants of Maritime Canada’s 17th-century French colonists and we’ll discover their heritage and lifestyle next with a visit to Le Pays de la Sagouine. This Acadian village is based on ‘Le Pays’ - a fictional island in the play ‘La Sagouine’. In her play, the internationally renowned Acadian novelist Antonine Maillet, brings the island to life as a place where the Acadian characters (who speak a colourful language rooted in their culture) go to celebrate.
Fringed by grassy bluffs, sprawling pastures and miles of unique red sand, Prince Edward Island is a postcard-worthy picture of rural Canada. Crossing the Confederation Bridge eastwards, we’ll reach the island today. It’s Canada’s smallest province and is nicknamed locally as the ‘million-acre farm’.
We’ll begin exploring the island at Cavendish, where we visit Green Gables Heritage Place, the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s many novels.
Today you will have time to explore Charlottetown, the historical island’s vibrant seaside capital city. You won’t find yourself at a loss with a network of walking trails and waterside boardwalks to explore, craft beers to sample and speciality shops to discover. If you’re feeling peckish, the island is renowned for its modern Canadian cuisine and particularly well known for its shellfish, lobsters and oysters.
Bidding farewell to Prince Edward Island, we make the short journey to the Wood Islands ferry port for our crossing o Pictou, Nova Scotia. From there, we’ll traverse the Canso Causeway and follow the scenic Cabot Trail to Cape Breton Island.
We’ll stop in the town of Baddeck, where the scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell built his summer house - we’ll visit the museum dedicated to his work. If you want to get a vibe for this small town, head to Water Street. It’s lined with interesting shops and beautiful old stone buildings.
The Cabot Trail continues north and we follow it to the shores of the Atlantic. If you know Scotland well, you might feel a moment of déjà vu - the craggy coastline here is very similar. Rounding the top of the island, we drive through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a spectacular wilderness route, to rural Ingonish where we stop for a night.
The Ceilidh Trail - Liscomb Mills. The Ceilidh Trail is another seriously stunning scenic drive, reflecting much of Cape Breton’s Scottish heritage. We re-cross the Canso Causeway to Nova Scotia and the day’s final destination. We’ll check into our cosy hotel, nestled deep in the forests of Nova Scotia.
We visit Sherbrooke Historic Village, a working recreation of a 100-year-old shipbuilding and lumbering community, before we return to Halifax along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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