Nova Scotia

Known for its rugged coast and distinct marine culture, the Atlantic Provinces are a pleasure to visit. Nova Scotia is one province which forms a cluster of provinces that edge the west coast of Canada, forming an expansive coastline with the Atlantic.

Nova Scotia, sitting to the south of New Brunswick has an extensive coastline circling 4,600 miles, creating a distinct maritime experience of craggy cliffs, beautiful beaches and quaint fishing villages. Latin for New Scotland, Nova Scotia has a Celtic heritage obvious in the names of its towns, parks and bays and is famous for its part in Canada’s heritage and the local seafood delicacies of Atlantic salmon, Digby Scallops, shrimp, shark, and tuna. The most photographed fishing village in Canada, the barren and rugged Peggy’s Cove is famed by its landmark lighthouse and fabulous scenery and sits just 40 minutes from Halifax. Often the gateway to the southern Atlantic Provinces, Halifax is a multi cultural port city with a myriad of attractions including the historic Citadel, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and bustling Pier 21. Also close by, Lunenburg is dedicated to preserving its rich heritage. Established in 1753, its century old buildings and name as a town of master ship builders attracts visitors from around the world. No visit to Nova Scotia is complete without experiencing Cape Breton Island, a blend of Scottish, Native and Acadian communities and a place of exquisite beauty. Follow the world famous 187 mile Cabot Trail twisting between the Gulf of the St Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean or explore the wilderness setting of Cape Breton Highlands National Park filled with wildlife and historic sites dating back to the ice ages.

Enjoy a spectacular rail journey with VIA Rail and experience the beautiful landscpes and vistas of Nova Scotia


Average Max/Min temperatures °c
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Halifax 0/-8 -1/-9 3/-4 8/0 15/5 20/10 24/13 23/14 20/11 14/6 8/1 2/-5
Flight duration from the UK: St Johns: 7 hours
Nova Scotia time zone: GMT minus(-)4 hours


Maritime Explorer


Begins and ends in Halifax


June, July, August and September


• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
• Accommodations as stated


Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Halifax. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, located in the heart of town.
Hotel: The Prince George Hotel


Driving distance: 48Mi/77Km
You have a short, but beautifully scenic journey this morning. En route to Western Shore, we suggest a visit to Peggy's Cove; a small fishing village built into the granite rock and protected by its historic lighthouse. The Victorian town of Lunenburg, lovingly restored to its historic splendour, and the pretty town of Mahone Bay are also worth visiting. Overlooking the waterfront, your hotel has a fabulous array of water based activities, as well as a relaxing spa. 
Hotel: Atlantica Oak Island Hotel


Driving distance: 144Mi/231Km
The southern shoreline is absolutely beautiful, and today you'll spend the full day enjoying the scenery. Enjoy the flora and fauna of Keji National Park and pass through the picturesque fishing village of Shelburne before arriving in Yarmouth, in the south western Acadian Shores region.
Hotel: Rodd Grand Yarmouth


Driving distance: 132Mi/212Km
One of the orginal French settlements in 1604, the Arcadian Shores region still maintains a strong French Canadian heritage and has  lots to keep you entertained. Following the shoreline, visit the pretty town of Annapolis Royal; founded in 1605, it boasts 150 heritage buildings offering numerous unique shops, artists' studios and galleries and is home to Fort Anne National Historic Site, a location of great historical significance. This evening, take the three hour ferry journey from Digby to Saint John and the short drive to St Andrews. We've allowed a full day for you to enjoy St Andrews, a lovely seaside town full of character and old-world charm.
Hotel: The Algonquin Resort


Driving distance: 160Mi/258Km
Following the coastline and make a stop at the modern city of Saint John to experience the reversing tide boat ride! Hugging the coastal cliffs, with many lookouts and observation desks, the 16km Fundy Trail Parkway is one of the itinerary's highlights. Be sure to stop at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick's most famous attraction. At low tide you can walk the sea floor, whilst at high tide the waters flood the caves, allowing kayaking between the rocks. Visti Shediac, the lobster capital of the world, before arriving into Moncton, where a visit to Magnetic Hill provides the illusion of being pulled uphill by a magnetic force.
Hotel: Delta Beausejour Hotel


Driving distance: 103Mi/165Km
Heading towards the coast of New Brunswick provides a change in scenery, and a rich Acadian heritage becomes visable. The architechtural town of Dorchester and French fort of Beausejour are great stops. Then take the 13km New Confederation Bridge to the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island. Enjoy two days exploring the sand dunes and beaches, Prince Edward Island National Park and the island's many other attractions. Explore Province House National Historic Site in Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace in 1867, and absorb the great charm of this colonial seaport.
Hotel: Delta Prince Edward


Driving distance: 212Mi/341Km
Take a short drive from Orwell Corner Historic Site to the southern tip of Prince Edward Island, where the ferry carries you across to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Your journey continues with a scenic drive to Cape Breton Island, which is reminiscent of a small Scottish Island. Take the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton, aligned by the lochs and glens once settled by Scottish Highlanders, and hugging the scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. From your resort, you can enjoy easy access to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which is filled with moose, deer, lynx, bear and beaver.
Hotel: Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa


Driving distance: 115Mi/185Km
It's an easy driving day today, so you can set off at your leisure for a short but beautiful journey to Dundee. View spectacular vistas, rolling seaside terrain and breathtaking seascapes as you approach Baddeck, a picturesque village on the shores of Bras d'Or Lakes. We suggest a stop for a scenic cruise on the lake or simply wander the boardwalk. En route to Dundee, you will see many more idyllic small villages, each boasting unique characteristics. 
Hotel: Dundee Resort


Driving distance: 213Mi/343Km
Today, your final drive brings you back to where your journey began in Halifax. The rugged Atlantic coast accompanies your journey, dotted with small fishing villages and many photo opportunities. A visit to Liscombe Game Sanctuary rewards you with an abundance of wildlife, such as moose, mink and muskrat. First settled  in 1749, today Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and the largest city in the Maritime Provinces. Visit Fort Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200 year old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour, or Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for terrific views of the city.
Hotel: The Prince George Hotel


This morning take the short ride back to Halifax Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.


From £1759 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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