Day One - Sunday, July 10: Halifax
As we fly into Nova Scotia's Capital City, Halifax, we will begin our journey that will take us to the treasures of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. We will be greeted by our Tour Guide and deluxe motorcoach and once our baggage has been placed on the coach we will transfer to our hotel in Halifax. It is a late arrival so we will settle in to our hotel and get ready to tour in the morning.
Day Two - Monday July 11: Halifax (B, D)
This morning we will enjoy breakfast in the tranquil and picturesque village of Peggy's Cove. Huge granite boulders are scattered throughout this quaint fishing village, which makes this destination a well-known place for tourists, artists and photographers. Peggy's Cove Light, an old lighthouse standing on a massive granite ledge, serves as Canada's only post office located in a lighthouse. When we return to Halifax we will visit the Maritime Museum. This museum in right in the Historic Properties along the waterfront and gives a great history of the region and the nation with a terrific exhibit on the Titanic. We will have time to enjoy lunch on our own along the waterfront. This afternoon we will enjoy a city tour of Halifax beginning with the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, one of the most famous Canadian cemeteries. In addition to many of the city's business and cultural elite, as well as many victims of the Halifax Explosion, Fairview Cemetery contains the largest number of graves in the world from the sinking of the Titanic. The cemetery contains the graves of 121 Titanic victims, several of whom have never been identified. Afterwards we will enjoy a visit to the Halifax Public Gardens, the oldest and finest formal Victorian garden in North America. This 17-acre garden began as a private garden in 1753 with its present layout being completed in 1875 by the designer Richard Power, the former gardener to the Duke of Devonshire in Ireland. This evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner downtown.
Day Three - Tuesday, July 12: Cape Breton (B, D)
This morning, following breakfast, we will head towards Cape Breton Island for a two night stay. Upon arrival in Cape Breton we will visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum which overlooks the Bras d'Or Lake. This complex, with its three exhibit halls, contains the largest collection of Bell's artifacts and inventions, including replicas of the first telephones and a full scale model of the HD-4 hydrofoil craft. Why did Bell choose to build his Canadian residence in Baddeck, Cape Breton Island? Here are his own words:
"I have travelled the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all."
Day Four - Wednesday, July 13: Cape Breton (B, D)
After breakfast, we will explore one of nature's magnificent regions - the stunning Cabot Trail. Named for famous explorer John Cabot, the Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This magnificent highway is carved into the sides of mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Lookouts offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton's rugged coastline, where pods of whales can often be seen just offshore and bald eagles soar aloft on the ocean breezes. This evening we will enjoy a delightful dinner at our hotel.
Day Five - Thursday, July 14: PEI (B, D)
This morning we will pack our bags, enjoy breakfast and board the motorcoach for the next part of our journey. We will ferry across the Northumberland Strait into Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island. We will head arrive in Charlottetown, where we will have a city tour of this seaside provincial capital. Province House is the home of the Provincial Legislature and host of the historical 1864 Charlottetown Conference. We will have a chance to wander around the waterfront this afternoon to shop and enjoy the sights. We will have time to relax at our hotel and enjoy dinner tonight.
Day Six - Friday, July 15: PEI (B, L)
Today, after breakfast, we will enjoy a full day on this delightful island experiencing all the things residents and visitors alike find so endearing. We will enjoy “Anne's Land,” includiong a visit to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, one of the most popular stops in Prince Edward Island, the beautiful setting alone will impress you. We will have lunch included at the Preserve company. We'll let the unique dishes speak for themselves as each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients the island has to offer. Over the last century, millions of readers from around the world have come to know and love Anne of Green Gables™, and Prince Edward Island is where devotees come to celebrate her. Those who love the books or the TV miniseries make their way to Green Gables in pilgrimage-like fashion to visit the many sites that pay tribute to their favourite red-haired heroine and her creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne may be the principal attraction for many, Green Gables Shore has more beauty and mystique up its sleeve. The region is a spectacular piece of Prince Edward Island's acclaimed scenic landscape composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farm fields. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in the PEI National Park which hugs the central north shore. Dinner will be on our own this evening.
Day Seven - Saturday, July 16: Acadian Coast (B, Lobster Cruise)
Following breakfast this morning we will cross the incredible Confederation Bridge, which spans 9 miles of the Northumberland Strait and connects PEI to New Brunswick. Once in New Brunswick, we will spend the day along the Acadian Coast from Shediac to Bouctouche where the French culture is alive and well and we will experience it at Le Pays de la Sagouine, which is a recreated Acadian Village and tells the story of an Acadian washerwoman and her life in early Acadian times. We will also visit the fabulous the Dunes of Bouctouche an Irving Eco-Centre preserve along the shore. We will then head to the resort town of Shediac, New Brunswick, “lobster capital of the world”. Group photo opportunity with the largest lobster in the world! Our friends at Shediac Bay Cruises will take us on a memorable 2 ½ hour lobster lunch educational cruise. “Lobstertales,” as they are locally known, offers the most experiential and educational lobster stop anywhere! Get up close and personal with Captain Ron Cormier, help the crew pull in traps, hear the history and significance of lobster fishing in the region, then learn how to cook, crack and eat your lobster! (BBQ chicken and vegetarian substitutes offered). We will check into our hotel in Moncton for the night.
Day Eight - Sunday, July 17: Saint John (B, D)
This morning we will pack our bags, enjoy breakfast and board the motorcoach for the next part of our journey. We will journey to the site of the Hopewell Rocks where 50-foot tides have carved the world's largest “flowerpots” out of the cliffs. Nowhere else on earth are the tides as high as in the Bay of Fundy and we will return home with incredible pictures and memories of this experience! We will visit the Fundy National Park on our way to Saint John, where we will stay for the next night. We will tour the city and visit the spectacle of the Reversing Rapids, which takes place just before the Saint John River enters the Bay of Fundy. The Reversing Rapids are caused when the river has to pass through a narrow gorge and by the huge rise and fall of the tides in the Bay of Fundy. Dinner is included this evening.
Day Nine - Monday, July 18: Halifax (B, D)
This morning after breakfast, we will catch the Digby Ferry and head across the incredible Bay of Fundy to Digby, Nova Scotia. Upon arrival, we will travel the Evangeline Trail heading to Grand Pre National Historic Site where the Memorial Church, a stone structure of French design, stands as a memorial to the Acadians and houses an exhibit on the deportation of these people. This story has been immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem “Evangeline,” for which stands a statue in the middle of this 20-acre garden. This evening we will enjoy our final night and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Halifax.
Day Ten - Tuesday, July 19: Home (B)
It is time to bid farewell to the Canadian Maritimes! We will head to Halifax airport to catch our flight home taking with us many fond memories of our Maritime experience.
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