The Maritimes: Nova Scotia


The Maritimes: Nova Scotia

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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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The Maritimes: Nova Scotia
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  • 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.


ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Halifax
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.
Day 2 - Lunenburg
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!
Day 3 - Baddeck
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.
Day 4 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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.
Day 5 - Charlottetown
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.
Day 6 - Charlottetown
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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-06-202210-06-2022AUD $ 1,645-
19-06-202224-06-2022AUD $ 2,415-
03-07-202208-07-2022AUD $ 2,485-
04-09-202209-09-2022AUD $ 2,480-
04-06-202309-06-2023AUD $ 2,480-
18-06-202323-06-2023AUD $ 2,480-
02-07-202307-07-2023AUD $ 2,555-
16-07-202321-07-2023AUD $ 2,555-
30-07-202304-08-2023AUD $ 2,555-
13-08-202318-08-2023AUD $ 2,555-
03-09-202308-09-2023AUD $ 2,505-
17-09-202322-09-2023AUD $ 2,505-


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