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Nova Scotia Discovery
(Tour Code: SD124) Departs Halifax: Daily
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11 Jun - 27 Sep, 2020
Child age 10 yrs & under
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Discover why travelers are captivated by Canada’s East Coast on this 11 day self-drive through Nova Scotia. Explore the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Halifax, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenberg and the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. Then, enjoy whale watching along the Digby Neck and a full day of driving and hiking the Cabot Trail.
Itinerary at a Glance
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Day 01 Halifax Arrival
Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.
Day 02 Halifax Sightseeing
Spend a full day in Halifax exploring the boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in the heart of Halifax's historic waterfront, to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage. Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.
Day 03 Travel to Lunenburg (145 km/90 mi)
Head south to Lunenburg, visiting Peggy’s Cove along the way. Peggy’s Cove (45km) is a small village with houses built right into the granite rock and a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Old Town Lunenburg (98km), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lovingly restored Victorian town that begs you to wander and explore.
Day 04 Travel to Annapolis Royal (133 km/83 mi)
Cross the peninsula and make a stop at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, renowned for its hiking trails and incredible canoeing on wilderness lakes and rivers. Park interpretive staff conduct outings on foot to reveal the natural history of the area, including the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. Continue along Route 8 to Annapolis Royal. (breakfast included)
Day 05 Whale watching and fishing villages (190 km/128 mi return)
Today drive 95 km along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy. You will likely see Finback and Minkes, Humpbacks or even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne. (breakfast included)
Day 06 Travel to Wolfville (109 km/68 mi)
Make time to stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, commemorating Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. Also the Domaine de Grand Pré is a fantastic winery in the area and is well worth a visit. (breakfast included)
Day 07 Travel to Baddeck (412 km/256 mi)
Depart Wolfville for your journey to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. Arrive in Baddeck at your leisure.
Day 08 Cabot Trail (300 km/187 mi)
Allow a full day of driving so you have time to get out and hike or observe views. Visit the park visitor center (5 km) and learn about the 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish. The most recommended one would be the Skyline Trail which is located about 15 minutes drive from the park entrance. Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Along the way, visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Route 19 Judique (approx 25 minutes from causeway) or the Glenora Distillery Route 19/Ceilidh Trail, Glenville (between Inverness and Mabou about 30 minutes from Judique). Other stops may include the Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.
Day 09 Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi)
This morning head north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum” is the largest historical reconstruction in North America and is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake. The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located on Chebucto Street (Route 205), in a residential area on the east edge of the village of Baddeck. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.
Day 10 Travel to Halifax (357 km/222 mi)
Allow a full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to your destination.
Day 11 Tour End
Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 10 nights
- Brier Island Whale Watching
Historic Sites admission to the following:
- Alexander Graham Bell
- Fort Anne
- Fortress of Louisbourg
- Halifax Citadel
- Kejimkujik (Day Use only)
- PDF Travel Documentation (Emailed)
- Rental Car
- Road Tolls
- Activities, other than specified
- Meals, other than specified
- Halifax - Lord Nelson Hotel, Classic Room
- Lunenburg – Boscawen Inn, Standard Room
- Annapolis Royal – Hillsdale House, Standard Room
- Wolfville – Tattingstone Inn, Deluxe Room
- Baddeck – Inverary Resort, Standard Room