Atlantic Canada

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador are the picturesque maritime gems known collectively as Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. The coastline is rugged, wild and unforgettably beautiful, the vibe is distinctly laid back, the villages are quaint, the outdoor activities are endless, the wildlife is plentiful, and the lobsters are the most delicious you’ll have ever tasted!

Their proximity means that a multi-province fly drive in Atlantic Canada is not only possible, but a wonderful opportunity to discover the highlights of each. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, with the aid of Confederation Bridge and fabulous ferry services, can be combined relatively easily into one itinerary. Newfoundland and Labrador are a holiday destination of their own, either combined or singularly, due to the provinces size and remote locations.

Picturesque Prince Edward Island

What Canada’s smallest province lacks in size, it more than makes up for with sheer beauty and boundless culture. This is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge escaped for a taste of the wilderness on their 2011 Royal Tour of Canada. Along with all the picturesque beauty of this province comes a fascinating cultural seam. Charlottetown is where the founding fathers met to transform Canada from a colony to a country. It’s also an amazing place to head outdoors, for fishing, hiking, kayaking, whale and seal-watching.

Maritime Nova Scotia

The quaint fishing villages dotted along the extensive coastline of Nova Scotia create a varied and welcoming environment for visitors. A highlight of any stay in Nova Scotia is beautiful Cape Breton Island, a fascinating blend of Scottish, Native and Acadian communities. Follow the 187 mile Cabot Trail as it twists between the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Atlantic, or head out to the wilds of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Other must-sees include the capital city, Halifax, home to the 200 year old Fort Redoubt National Historic Site. Just a short drive along the coast are the picturesque towns of Peggy’s Cove and Victorian Lunenberg.

The charm of New Brunswick

New Brunswick is a charming destination of varied landscapes. Saint John is New Brunswick’s largest city, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches, lapped by waters warm enough for summer swimming. The Bay of Fundy, which lies between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is home to the world’s highest tidal range as well as the spectacular Hopewell Rocks which stand tall and proud in the bay. Visit at low tide to see the extent of the erosion on the rocks as a result of this tidal phenomenon. One of Canada’s oldest seaside resorts, St Andrews, has a very laid back atmosphere and is impossibly pretty, whilst nearby Shediac is known as the lobster capital of the world, so understandably this fabulous seafood tops most menus in the region.

The secrets of Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador are hidden gems of Atlantic Canada and perfect for an adventure holiday. Newfoundland’s shoreline is scattered with small fishing villages, inlets, fjords, sand dunes and bays so this is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the region. Discover the Viking Trail, one of the best kept secrets in the world, stretching all the way from the provinces’ west coast to southern Labrador. Untamed wilderness awaits you in Labrador, where you can see the world’s largest herd of caribou, go on a snowmobiling safari or enjoy some fishing with a local fisherman.

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