Map of Best of the Canadian Maritimes including Canada

Highlands, islands, wild tides and good times in the Maritimes

Experience the charms of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on an 11-day exploration of Canada’s Maritime provinces. Discover the rocky shores of Peggy’s Cove and the Skyline Trail of Cape Breton. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, shop for locally made Mi’kmaq arts and crafts, get to know historic Charlottetown and visit the home of Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy dinner on board a working lobster boat, and meet with a Mi’kmaq Elder. You’ll soon see why this corner of Canada is so beloved by all who visit.


Start
Halifax, Canada
Finish
Saint John, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Original
Code
SESMC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

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

  • Meet a Prince Edward Island fisherman and enjoy a traditional lobster and mussel dinner on his private property along the shore.

  • Meet with a Mi'kmaq Elder to learn about the wigwam building process and listen to traditional stories.

  • Hear the stories behind “Anne of Green Gables” with a walking tour through Cavendish, where L.M. Montgomery drew her inspiration.

  • Cruise the waters of Shediac Bay on board a lobster boat, with a hands-on demonstration of lobster fishing and a delicious, locally caught dinner.

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 on Prince Edward Island, the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation. Some of your fellow travellers may be ending their tour here, so you might like to gather for a final dinner as a group this evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Breton – Membertou Heritage Park Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
An orientation meeting will take place at 10am this morning to welcome any new travellers joining you for the next leg of your journey, then head out with your leader for a walking tour of the town. Finish with a tasting at Upstreet Brewing – a fellow B Corp business that brews a mix of classic, seasonal and experimental craft beers. Your afternoon is free to wander on your own before regrouping in the evening for a truly special dinner. Head out along the stunning Points East Coastal Drive (approximately 45 minutes) to meet a local fisherman and enjoy a traditional lobster and mussel boil on his private property.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Points East Coastal Drive – Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
  • Charlottetown-Leader Lead Walking Tour
  • Charlottetown – Upstreet Craft Brewing Beer Tasting
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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.
Drive from Charlottetown to Greenwich National Park where you will be welcomed by a Mi'kmaq Elder with a traditional smudging ceremony. Learn about the wigwam building process and other artifacts and enjoy bannock, tea and storytelling. Take time to explore Greenwich National Park before your return to Charlottetown.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, drive to nearby Cavendish (30 minutes), where L.M. Montgomery famously drew her inspiration for the “Anne of Green Gables” novels. Visit Green Gables Heritage Place and explore the area on a walking tour (with a focus on Anne, of course!). Then, check out the very cool Bottle Houses – a village of buildings, including a tavern, a chapel and gift shop, that are literally made out of thousands of bottles. Grab lunch in Cavendish (at your own expense) before driving onwards to the spectacular Thunder Cove Beach. Here, sandstone cliffs, sea stacks and caves make for an otherworldly landscape that most visitors to Prince Edward Island totally miss. Spend the night in the coastal city of Summerside.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cavendish – Bottle House Leader Led Tour
  • Thunder Cove Beach
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Cavendish – Green Gables Heritage Place
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free morning exploring Summerside on your own. You may want to check out the local museums, galleries and cultural centres, or you can just wander through the neighbourhoods of historic homes. Then get your sea legs ready! Today you’re cruising the waters of Shediac Bay on a working lobster boat with local fishers. Get a hands-on demonstration of lobster fishing and enjoy a delicious freshly caught dinner on board.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Summerside – Lobster Boat Cruise with Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Leave Prince Edward Island behind today as you cross over into New Brunswick and visit the iconic Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world. Your drive will take about 2 hours, so sit back and relax as you make your way to the postcard-perfect Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. Arrive for low tide, when you can walk right out onto the sea floor and get up close to the towering sandstone formations known as the Hopewell Rocks, or Flowerpot Rocks. When the tide comes in, waters in the bay can reach up to 16 metres, so a trip here is all about timing and your local leader will make sure you get the most out of your visit. After you’ve explored the bay, drive onwards to the historic seaport city of Saint John, where you’ll stay for the night. Known as Canada’s first city, it is the country’s oldest incorporated city. Head out with your leader for a walking tour before settling in for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Saint John - Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park - Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today, and you are free to leave at your leisure. Or, if you like, stick around and explore the city of Saint John and more of the Maritimes on your own.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (10 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
  • Points East Coastal Drive – Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
  • Charlottetown-Leader Lead Walking Tour
  • Charlottetown – Upstreet Craft Brewing Beer Tasting
  • Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation Experience
  • Cavendish – Bottle House Leader Led Tour
  • Thunder Cove Beach
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Cavendish – Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Summerside – Lobster Boat Cruise with Dinner
  • Saint John - Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park - Walk

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1.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.
2.Check out of the hotel is at 10am. If you could like to spend more time in Charlottetown and Saint John we can happily request you additional nights - please speak to your booking agent.
3.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.
4.Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.

Essential trip information

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