Map of The Maritimes: Nova Scotia including Canada

A Maritimes adventure from the Atlantic seaside to the Cape Breton highlands

Colourful fishing villages, seaside hiking trails, a very famous lighthouse, and a Prohibition-era rum-running town all await on this 6-day tour that shows off Nova Scotia’s most iconic highlights. From the rocky shores of Peggy’s Cove to the Skyline Trail of Cape Breton, you’ll discover why this corner of Canada is so beloved by all who visit. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, tour the historic town of Baddeck, drive the spectacular Cabot Trail, and shop for locally made Mi’kmaq arts and crafts, all before finishing up on Prince Edward Island.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Halifax, Canada
Finish
Charlottetown, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
SESP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • See for yourself why the charming fishing town of Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed places in Canada.

  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local distillery in a former rum-running town and UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Walk the stunning coastal trails of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and follow the Skyline Trail mountain pass out to sweeping sea views.

  • Take a tour of the historic town of Baddeck, which marks the start (and end) of the famous Cabot Trail and where Alexander Graham Bell had a summer home.

  • Learn about the living history of the Membertou Mi’kmaq community with a visit to Membertou Heritage Park.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • There are a few opportunities for easy hikes, so having sturdy footwear is recommended.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Halifax! Your tour starts today with a 10am meeting, before heading off to the iconic Peggy’s Cove, just 30 minutes from the city. This picturesque fishing village is one of the most photographed places in all of Canada – for good reason! Rocky outcrops, the crashing Atlantic, colourful fishing boats and that famous red-tipped lighthouse are what you expect to see on Maritimes postcards. Follow your local leader along the Peggy’s Cove Rock Walk, which meanders along the barren coastline that glaciers created some 12,000 years ago. Grab lunch in the village (your own expense) – perhaps a creamy seafood chowder or fresh lobster roll. Head back to Halifax in the late afternoon, then regroup in the evening for an optional dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Peggy’s Cove – Rock Walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Head over to historic Lunenburg on the South Shore, approximately an hour’s drive from Halifax and one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore nearby Blue Rocks on a leader-led walking tour and learn about this old fishing community that’s become a hub for artists and photographers. Enjoy some free time exploring the old town centre, which is a National Historic Site of Canada. And since Lunenburg was a rum-running town in the days of Prohibition, no trip would be complete without a sample of the local brews. In the afternoon, regroup for a behind-the-scenes tour of a local distillery that brews gin, vodka, whiskey, liqueurs and, of course, rum!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lunenburg – Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Lunenburg – Behind The Scenes Evening Distillery Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
It’s a road trip day today as you make the 5-hour drive to Cape Breton Island. Stop in the town of Baddeck, which marks the beginning (and end) of the famous Cabot Trail. Join your leader for a walk through this quaint town on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake and learn about the region’s history, from the seasonal settlements of the Mi’kmaq to the summer home of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a drive along the Cabot Trail and stop for a leisurely hike within Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Skyline Trail is the park’s signature hike, which leads out to spectacular sweeping views over the sea. If it’s a nice day for driving, your leader will take you further along the Cabot Trail – a 4 hours’ drive, but with plenty of beautiful stops along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch while you’re out along the trail before returning to Baddeck for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
It’s an early start today, as you’ll leave Baddeck around 8:30am and drive to Membertou Heritage Park (approximately 1 hour). Learn about the living history of the Membertou Mi’kmaq community as you walk around the park grounds – you may also want to browse the Aboriginal arts and crafts in the park’s shop that features locally made Mi’kmaq works. From there, drive 5.5 hours to historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In the evening, gather with your group for an optional goodbye dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Breton – Membertou Heritage Park Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You’re free to leave at your leisure today, or spend some more time exploring Charlottetown on your own. If you’re joining our Maritimes Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick tour for a combo trip, you’ll meet your group here today in Charlottetown.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Peggy’s Cove – Rock Walk
  • Lunenburg – Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Lunenburg – Behind The Scenes Evening Distillery Tour
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Hike
  • Cape Breton – Membertou Heritage Park Guided Tour

Dates & availability

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY: Check out of the hotel is at 10am.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.

Essential trip information

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