Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes

September 13-23, 2017 • 11 Days • $3425

The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland are two distinct programs that may be combined.

Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes offers walks and activities in the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

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WAI Guide Dan Friesen presents an overview of the Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes 2017 tour at one of our Tour Presentations. The tour pricing, dates and itinerary have since been finalized.

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Combining the Newfoundland and Canadian Maritimes tours

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.

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Over 20 years ago, Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritime provinces were visited on one of our earliest North American adventures. Our guide team recently completed a top to bottom review of the region and we are now thrilled to present this fully revised and improved itinerary with new walks and activities galore!

Natural Wonders of Newfoundland (Part 1) ~ 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.

Scenic Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes (Part 2) ~ 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.

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Ferry crossing: Digby, NS to Saint John, NB
  • Ferry crossing: Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
  • Superior tourist-class (3 star) or better hotel accommodations
  • 15 meals: all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners as denoted (BLD)
  • Walks as listed
  • IVV/CVF walking credit fees (sanctions applied for)
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
  • A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $650

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!

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class (3 star) hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners as denoted (BLD)

Airfare

Not included. Start and finish point is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 45+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Roger & Jana Dorway

Roger & Jana Dorway have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 4 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.

Itinerary

Day 1-Sep 13: 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-Sep 14: 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-Sep 15: 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-Sep 16: 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-Sep 17: Saint John - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (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-Sep 18: 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-Sep 19: 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-Sep 20: 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-Sep 21: 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-Sep 22: 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-Sep 23: 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.

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

We are now accepting registrations. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call us to save your spot with a $500 registration. A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this tour.

Already Early Birded?

If you are among the travelers who submitted a $50 Early Bird deposit, you have until November 29 to secure your spot with an additional $450 (total of $500) registration.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

First Time Traveler Savings

In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $200 credit on domestic tours!

Group Travel Credit

If you are part of a group, remember that your full deposit of $500 is still required to hold your spot on this Adventure. Your group leader is responsible for submitting your name in writing to us before you make your $500 registration payment, qualifying you for the Group Travel Credit. Your Group Travel Credit will be reflected on your final statement.

Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.

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:

INCLINE

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.

TERRAIN

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 point for the Natural Wonders of Newfoundland is our hotel in St. John’s and the finish point is the hotel in Deer Lake. The official start and end point for Seaside Vistas of the Canadian Maritimes is our hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Travelers joining us for both Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes will receive a complimentary flight between Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We recommend that you contact the travel agent we work with to help book your flight arrangements. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure.

Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507 -or- email debbi@wtpdx.com). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the Insuremytrip.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Here are some additional options for travel insurance:

  • Allianz
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insured International

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter, initial invoice, and Adventure Advice flyer with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 2 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

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 in the fall of 2017 as we get off the coach and experience one of our most popular North American walking adventures!

We look forward to exploring the natural wonders and seaside vistas of Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes with you in 2017!