Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
September 2020 • 11-12 Days • Price TBA
Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes offers walks and activities in the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.
Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2020 tour! If 25 Early Birds are received for this departure, we’ll add it to our official 2020 Schedule. An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!
Combine Canadian Maritimes & Newfoundland
Travelers can join us for just Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes, or combine this tour with Natural Wonders of Newfoundland. A flight between Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia will be included for travelers joining us for both the Newfoundland and Canadian Maritimes tours.
Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes ~ offers a trio of eastern Canada provinces that certainly live up to the name “Maritimes”. We are never more than a few miles from the sea, and everywhere we travel, themes of shipbuilding, fishing, navigation, and naval pursuits are never far from the surface. The pastoral charms of Prince Edward Island, coastal beauty of Nova Scotia, and tidal surprises of New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy beckon travelers to wander the landscapes of Maritime Canada.
- Exploring Halifax Harbour on a waterfront that features an outstanding museum, picturesque marina scenes, historic architecture, and the fun, active vibe of the Halifax Boardwalk
- Marveling at the coastal panoramas and tidal power of the Bay of Fundy along the Fundy Trail Parkway and at Hopewell Rocks
- Connecting with the French heritage of Nova Scotia and the tragedy of 18th century Acadian deportation at Grand-Pré National Historic Site and Port Royal National Historic Site
Natural Wonders of Newfoundland ~ is truly a unique land, distinct in many ways from its sister provinces. Newfoundland is Canada’s newest and easternmost province. The spirit of independence and commitment to their unique island culture that kept them separate from neighboring Canadian provinces until the 1940’s is still evident today! “Newfie” warmth, hospitality, and sense of humor, not to mention boatloads of intriguing historic sites and drop-dead-gorgeous coastal scenery, make Newfoundland one of North America’s most underrated travel destinations. Our Natural Wonders of Newfoundland tour is available as a potential Part 1 to the Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes tour.
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!
- All land travel as outlined
- Ferry crossing: Digby, NS to Saint John, NB
- Ferry crossing: Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
- Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
- 15 meals: all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners as denoted (BLD)
- Walks as listed
- Walking fees for those collecting CVF/IVV credit
- WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
- All tipping for local guides, coach drivers and group meals
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement.
Activities & Visits to:
- Halifax Harbour Ferry – Nova Scotia
- Peggy’s Cove – Nova Scotia
- Lunenburg – Nova Scotia
- Grand-Pré National Historic Site – Nova Scotia
- Historic Gardens – Annapolis Royal – Nova Scotia
- Port Royal National Historic Site – Nova Scotia
- Fundy Trail Parkway – New Brunswick
- Hopewell Rocks – New Brunswick
- Green Gables Heritage Place – Prince Edward Island
- Prince Edward Island National Park
- Cape Breton Island National Park – Nova Scotia
- Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Nova Scotia
- Activities at Liscombe Lodge – Nova Scotia
- 100 Wild Islands Cruise – Nova Scotia
- Memory Lane – Nova Scotia
- More fun stops than we can list!
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Roger & Jana Dorway have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 5 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team. They look forward to sharing highlights of the Canadian Maritimes with you!
This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!
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Day 1: Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia (D)
Travelers arrive into Nova Scotia today at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Our hotel for the next three nights is about a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport and a block away from the bustling Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. The first group activity is a Welcome Orientation this evening, followed by dinner together at our hotel.
Day 2: Activities in Halifax (B)
Halifax Harbour Walk – 10 km, rated 2B
Halifax is the largest city in the Maritime Provinces, and has been a center of commerce, culture, and the British claim to eastern Canada since it was established in the mid-18th century. Today’s walk starts by boarding a photogenic, oval-shaped Halifax Transit ferry, the oldest saltwater ferry vessels in North America, to access the Dartmouth Harbourfront Trail across the harbor. A second crossing returns us to Halifax and the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Travelers are encouraged to “peel off” this guided event to explore the many Halifax attractions including: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, with a memorable exhibit on the Titanic disaster; Citadel National Historic Site, linchpin of the early British control over Halifax Harbour, and the excellent new Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, chronicling the dramatic story of New World immigration. All day is free to explore the many attractions of this vibrant city on foot!
Day 3: Activities from Halifax (B)
Lunenburg UNESCO World Heritage Walk – 7 km, rated 2A
The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove claims to be the most photographed on the planet. We leave Halifax early today and breakfast in this tiny fishing community to give opportunity for your own iconic lighthouse photo, though we plan to arrive before the paparazzi! Lunenburg is the focus of the day with a walk through this charming, 18th century, bayside town recognized by UNESCO as the “best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America”. Clipper ships, classic seafood restaurants, graceful and colorful 18th century wooden houses, and a fun Maritimes-themed waterfront are some of the attractions on this trail.
Day 4: Halifax - Saint John, New Brunswick (B)
French immigrants were the first Europeans to settle in what is now Nova Scotia. These “Acadians” developed their own way of life, including the ingenious reclaiming of exceedingly fertile land from the Bay of Fundy. A clash of British colonial aspirations and ambiguous French loyalties within the Acadians resulted in the harsh deportation of Acadians during the French and Indian War of the mid-18th century. We learn this sad story at Grand-Pré National Historic Site, once the epicenter of Acadian culture, now a UNESCO listed site. In Annapolis Royal, we hear another piece of the Acadian tale on a guided visit through the venerable Historic Gardens. After the final visit of the day at Port Royal National Historic Site, where Samuel de Champlain established one of the first European settlements in North America in 1605, we embark on an evening ferry crossing of the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, New Brunswick.
Day 5: Saint John - Charlottetown, PEI (B)
Fundy Trail Parkway Walk – 6 km, rated 2B
Fundy Trail Parkway opens a stunning window on the Bay of Fundy along a remote slice of New Brunswick coastline. Our walk here offers some of the best panoramas of the trip! The Bay of Fundy is renowned for its world record high tides. At Hopewell Rocks, we witness the erosive power of those tides as we walk the floor of the Bay amongst precariously perched sandstone columns sculpted over eons into odd shapes. We cross 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge this evening for a two-night stay in Charlottetown, capital of Canada’s smallest province.
Day 6: Activities from Charlottetown (BL)
Cavendish Anne of Green Gables Walk – 8 km, rated 1B
Prince Edward Island is known for its pleasing pastoral panoramas, its outstanding seafood, and the beloved novel, Anne of Green Gables, the adventures and misadventures of irascible, red-haired Anne Shirley, created by Lucy Maud Montgomery. We sample all three today, starting with a multifaceted field, forest, and seacoast walk. Following the walk, we visit nearby Green Gables Heritage Place. Here we can tour the home that inspired the name of Ms. Montgomery’s book and visit several sites featured in the story, including “Haunted Wood” and “Lover’s Lane”. En route to Charlottetown, we visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company to sample their famous jams and enjoy lunch overlooking the Hunter River. The afternoon is free to explore Charlottetown on the local club walk. Be sure to take in Confederation Centre and the Building of Destiny film, an excellent portrayal of Charlottetown role in the founding of the Canadian nation.
Day 7: Charlottetown - Baddeck, Nova Scotia (BD)
Greenwich Dunes Trail – 7 km, rated 1B
A scenic drive along the northern fringe of the island takes us to Prince Edward Island National Park and a second peaceful PEI path on a picturesque elevated boardwalk with sweeping vistas of Greenwich Dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Our coach continues south across more island vistas to the ferry terminal at Wood Islands. A 90-minute ferry crossing of Northumberland Strait returns us to Nova Scotia, where we continue by bus to Cape Breton Island, once a separate British colony, now considered one of the most scenic and culturally rich regions of Nova Scotia. We’re planning a lobster dinner tonight in Baddeck, our home for the next two nights.
Day 8: Activities from Baddeck (B)
Middle Head Trail – 5 km, rated 2C
Lone Shieling Trail – 1 km, rated 1B
Skyline Trail – 7 km, rated 2B
Baddeck is the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail, considered one of the most scenic drives in Canada. Our objective today is to drive the loop, stopping for three diverse walks and for a picnic lunch at beautiful Black Brook Cove Beach. Eagles were sighted when we walked the coastal headlands of Middle Head Trail; Lone Shieling is a magical glen of green bisected by a babbling brook; and Skyline Trail provides top-of-the-world views out over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. We return to Baddeck, on the shores of lovely Bras d’Or Lake, one of the largest salt-water lakes on the planet.
Day 9: Baddeck – Liscomb Mills (BD)
Liscomb River Trail – 3 km, rated 1B
This morning we visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum to marvel at the contributions of a giant in the realm of inventions and technology who called the Baddeck area home for a good portion of his life. Our destination is the Eastern Shore, a delightfully isolated corner of the province frequented by less than 5% of Nova Scotia’s visitors. We arrive mid-afternoon at Liscombe Lodge, a hospitable setting to experience several options including: a boat trip out into the river estuary; canoeing or kayaking; a lovely swimming pool and whirlpool; and a short walk through the forest to upper reaches of the river. These lovely lodge environs offer an inviting setting for an early farewell gathering and dinner. Join us this evening to share your favorite memory from you adventure in the Maritimes.
Day 10: Liscomb Mills – Halifax airport (BL)
Today’s route winds through tiny hamlets, past fishing coves, and through vistas that, as much as any on this journey, qualify to be described as “Maritime.” Just off the Eastern Shore, the 100 Wild Islands are an archipelago of over 250 islands of pristine coastal wilderness considered one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America. Brian Murphy, a 7th generation Irish fisherman, captains us on a cruise through a small portion of these island panoramas, sharing stories and anecdotes of life along the Eastern Shore (NOTE: This is a weather-dependent activity). Lunch takes place down the road in a 1940s lumberjack cookhouse in a lovingly homespun living history museum called Memory Lane. This evening we arrive at our airport area hotel in time to pack for tomorrow morning’s departure.
Day 11: Depart from Halifax (B)
Our Adventure in the Maritimes comes to a close this morning. As we depart for home, it is somehow comforting to know that in the midst of an increasingly abstract and digital world, simple and refreshingly old-fashioned corners of the planet still exist in the ever-charming Maritime Provinces of Canada.
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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.
Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.
Traveler Rewards Program
New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].
What about the walks?
Walks on this Adventure are guided walks and we generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling”; we are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. Success of the walks is predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness to walk at this pace. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please contact our office at 1-800-779-0353.
We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:
1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.
A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.
How is airfare arranged?
The official start and end point for Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes is our hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been finalized.
What happens next?
We are currently revising the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.
If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.
Canada is an amazing country, second largest on the planet, and full of wide open spaces and cultural surprises! Newfoundland & the Canadian Maritimes showcase provinces teeming with dramatic history, a melting pot of European and native culture, and postcard-perfect coastal scenery. Join us as we get off the coach and experience one of our most popular North American walking adventures!