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Atlantic Canada – A trio of delights

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This itinerary combines the Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince  Edward Island; a rugged and scenic coastline, unspoiled wilderness and friendly hospitality make this a perfect  destination.

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Atlantic Canada – A trio of delights

Day 1: Halifax
Day 3: Lunenburg
Day 4: Digby
Day 6: Fundy National Park
Day 8: Charlottetown
Day 10: Antigonish
Day 11: Cheticamp
Day 13: Louisbourg
Day 14: Charlos Cove
Day 15: Depart Halifax
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Nova Scotia with its rich tradition of music, ancient culture and traditions is more than just a destination; it’s an event! Add to this a rugged and scenic coastline, unspoiled wilderness and the friendly hospitality of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – all this makes Atlantic Canada a perfect holiday destination. Here is a 15 day/14night self drive itinerary idea…

Day 1: Halifax
Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia. A delightful city, which has the ambience of an old university town, set around a busy harbour. Places to visit include Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Prince of Wales National Historic Site.
Two nights Halifax

Day 3: Lunenburg
Pick up your rental car and drive to Lunenburg. En route stop at Peggys Cove and Mahone Bay – delightful scenic areas. A colourful fishing village, Lunenburg was originally occupied by Germans, hence the name.
One night Lunenburg

Day 4: Digby
Depart Lunenburg and drive via the Kejimkujik National Park to Annapolis Basin. A wonderful scenic drive, visit the Fort Anne national historic site and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Nearby there is excellent whale watching opportunities.
Two nights Digby

Day 6: Fundy National Park
Leave Digby and board the scenic ferry to New Brunswick. This passage is home to many species of whales, seen more frequently than in the rest of Canada. Some of the rarest and largest whales in the world come to feed and breed here including the rare Right whale. Continue on to Fundy National Park. The park covers 206 square kms in area and has steep coastal cliffs and clear streams. Hopewell Rocks, shaped like giant vases are covered by the tide each six hours – the largest tidal drop in the world.
Two nights Shepody

Day 8: Charlottetown
Depart from Fundy National Park and cross the 13km long New Confederation Bridge over the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island (PEI) with its endless sandy beaches, tiny farms and picturesque country roads. PEI’s National Park is 32 sq. miles in total. It features a 19th century wooden farmhouse, famous as the inspiration for the classic novel “Anne of Green Gables”. Seal watching cruises are available, returning in time to enjoy the evening in tiny Charlottetown, the provincial capital and another maritime centre.
Two nights in Charlottetown

Day 10: Antigonish
Take the ferry across to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Antigonish is the highland heart of Nova Scotia. The town is the site of the Annual Highland Games featuring traditional Scottish contests.
One night Antigonish

Day 11: Cheticamp
Take the clockwise route into Cape Breton. En route visit the Mabou Gaelic Village and stop at one of Inverness’s fine beaches. Continue on to Cheticamp – an Arcadian fishing village renowned for Whale Watching. This coastline is famed for its bald eagles.
Two nights Cheticamp.

Day 13: Louisbourg
Continue along the Cabot Trail – one of Eastern Canada’s most popular scenic drives. You will drive through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and then on to Louisbourg. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg – Canada’s largest National and Historic Park. Between June and September costumed ‘animators’ live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744.
One night Louisbourg.

Day 14: Charlos Cove
Take the Eastern Shore to Liscomb Mills, Nova Scotia. The Marine drive leads through forests and over low hills. See also re-created Sherbrooke Plantation. Many excellent ocean views are available from small side roads to the shore.
One night Charlos Cove.

Day 15: Depart Halifax
Take the attractive coast road, taking in some spectacular scenery as you head towards the city of Halifax. Take the Airport Road, drop off your rental car and check in for your return flight.

All photographs courtesy Nova Scotia Tourism and Culture www.novascotia.com

Lunenburg waterfront on Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route cr Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage      The Hopewell Rocks      High tide on Minas Basin Beach cr Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage

Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia      Fortress Louisbourg

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***Plan your visit to coincide with the wonderful Celtic Colours festival which takes place on Cape Breton Island in early October***
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The Province of Quebec

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So often overlooked, but in our opinion, a Canadian province that offers charm, sophistication and a huge welcome, to say nothing of gourmet meals, wildlife and an array of interesting places to stay.  Quebec offers some excellent skiing in the winter time and other winter activities as well.  Both Montreal and Quebec City are great choices for a shorter city break

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The Province of Quebec

Day 1: Montreal
Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Day 6: Lac St Jean
Day 8: Chicoutimi
Day 9: Tadoussac
Day 10: Le Malbaie
Day 12: Quebec City
Day 14: Depart Quebec

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This vast area is home to over 7 million inhabitants, mainly clustered along the banksand floodplains of the mighty St Lawrence – the Eastern Townships and Gaspé Peninsular to the south, the Laurentians, Lac St Jean and the Saguenay Fjord to the north. This itinerary offers a taste of the Province to the self-drive traveller and as with all our itineraries can be adapted to suit you.

Day 1: Montreal
Fly to Montreal for a two night stay in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Two nights Montreal

Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Drive to St Alexis des Monts for a stay on the shores of Lac Sacacomie.
Three nights St Alexis des Monts

Day 6: Lac St Jean
Drive north east where your destination is Lac St Jean. We suggest a two-night stay at Val Jalbert, a historic village once home to a thriving paper and pulp business, now lovingly restored. A cycle trail skirts the lake itself – the zoo at St Felicien is worth a visit. Discover the history & way of life of the Montagnais Ameridians through an exhibition & films at Pointe-Bleue. Visit the small Perron Cheddar Cheese factory in St Prime.
Two nights Lac St Jean

Day 8: Chicoutimi
Today, head into the Saguenay Fjord, and to the small town of Chicoutimi. A short distance away the Site de la Nouvelle-France was used as the film set for the movie ‘Black Robe’ and has now been transformed into a visitor attraction. Visit Quebec City as it was in the 1600’s and the house of its founder Samuel de Champlain. The Parc du Saguenay sits on the shore of the Riviere Saguenay, stretching from the banks of the estuary to Sainte Rose du Nord.
One night Chicoutimi

Day 9: Tadoussac
Down to the mouth of the fjord today, to Tadoussac where whale watching is the order of the day. Visit the Mammals Interpretation Centre where you can learn more on the fascinating way of life of the whales & play at being a Marine Biologist!
One night Tadoussac

Day 10: Le Malbaie
Follow a route west to the little town of La Malbaie for a two night stay. Charlevoix is famous for its local artisan food producers – follow the Flavour Trail and sample many of the local delights. Visit the Parc des Hautes Gorges, hire a bike and cycle through the Parc.
Two nights La Malbaie

Day 12: Quebec City
Return to Quebec City – stunning with its walled old city and historic significance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the area of Petit Champlain, or take a ferry across the St Lawrence for stunning views of the city. Visit the Citadel and walk on the Dufferin Boardwalk for stunning views of the mighty St. Lawrence River or take a ride up to the top of the Observation tower.
Two nights Quebec City

Day 14: Depart Quebec

Cap Jaseaux

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Lac St Jean

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Sacacomie

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The Province of Quebec

Nothing can be more beautiful than to awake to the sight of a pristine lake surrounded by wooded hills.  This is the view that awaits with a stay at one of our all time favourite properties – Hotel Sacacomie

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We had a fantastic time in Canada. We saw and experienced so much that I hardly know where to start. The hotels were top class (!) Highlights were the wildlife (bears, beavers and whales in the wild, plus the ones at the Biodome in Montreal), Quebec, the botanical gardens at Montreal (absolutely superb!). All the arrangements worked perfectly.

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Newfoundland

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This itinerary takes you off the beaten track to explore this beautiful province/island: fishing villages, rich geological history, unique landscapes, hidden lodges, diverse wildlife and a warm welcome await.

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Newfoundland

One of the four Atlantic Canada provinces and much closer then you might think and reminiscent of New Zealand in many ways, but considerably closer.

Day 1: St John’s
Day 3: Avalon Peninsula
Day 5: Trinity
Day 6: Terra Nova
Day 7: Twillingate
Day 8: Gros Morne National Park (south Side)
Day 10: L’Anse Aux Meadows
Day 12: Gros Morne National Park (north side)
Day 14: Depart Newfoundland
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Awaken your senses to a boundless beauty, with breathtaking views and dramatic exposures as you drive to the harbours and fishing villages that are definitely off the beaten track. Newfoundland is an island the size of the UK with a mere half million inhabitants where titanic icebergs float by tiny villages and Inuit culture thrives.

Day 1: St John’s
St John’s is the small vibrant capital city of Newfoundland. Take a harbour cruise to view Icebergs and Humpback whales and drive to see Cape Spear, the Cabot Tower, Quidi Vidi Village, the Titanic Museum and Signal Hill.
St Johns 2 nights

Day 3: Avalon Peninsula
Drive south to the Avalon Peninsula. From here tour Witless Bay where the largest Puffin colony in North America nests. Also visit Cape St Mary to see the colony of Northern Gannets.
Avalon Peninsula 2 nights

Day 5: Trinity
Drive north to Trinity – the cultural capital of Newfoundland. Follow the fascinating Discovery Trail and recognise various film sets along the way.
Trinity 1 night

Day 6: Terra Nova
Drive to Terra Nova. Terra Nova National Park has sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Keep an eye out for Ospreys, Eagles, Lynx and Moose.
Terra Nova 1 night

Day 7: Twillingate
Drive on to Twillingate. Visit the Long Point Lighthouse, one of the best places in Newfoundland to see humpback whales and icebergs. Take a cruise of Iceberg Alley – majestic icebergs, breathtaking scenery and a mixture of wildlife.
Twillingate 1 night

Day 8: Gros Morne National Park (south Side)
Take time to explore the south side of this magnificent park. Suggestions include visiting the impressive Discovery Centre, perhaps take a boat cruise on Trout River Pond – an excellent way to see the spectacular Tablelands.
Gros Morne south side 2 nights

Day 10: L’Anse Aux Meadows
Drive the Viking Trail up the Northern Peninsula and visit both L’Anse aux Meadows – the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America and Norstead Viking Village – a fascinating re-enactment of how Vikings lived over 1000 years ago.
L’Anse Aux Meadows 2 nights

Day 12: Gros Morne National Park (north side)
Drive north into the Gros Morne National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Visitor Interpretation Centre, walk along the boardwalk to Western Brook Pond and take a boat cruise.
Gros Morne north side 2 nights

Day 14: Depart Newfoundland
Fly from Deer Lake Airport back to St. John’s and then home to London

If time permits, spend a couple of nights in the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Quirpon Island – fantastic views, sunsets and sunrises to die for, whilst whales and dolphins frolic and bask beneath the rocky headlands…

NFL coast

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Don’t miss the Tablelands, one of only two places on the planet where the earth’s mantle is exposed.  Little grows here other than a few harebells clinging to tiny crevices where soil has lodged.
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‘What an experience, in so many ways the people seem to be stuck in a different age, but what lovely, friendly people, they were the high point of our wonderful adventure. Enormous amount of Icebergs (which dragged down temperature) about, very interesting, and gave some good photo’s.  A very beautiful country, enjoyed all stopovers on route. So, must say, that the tour and arrangements stood up to the usual quality we have come to expect from Experience, thoroughly pleased.

Only problem now is: we have to decide is which direction we want you to send us next.
Many thanks Jackie’.

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