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Gastronomic Tour of Nova Scotia

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With over 500 festivals celebrating its rich diverse culture, dramatic beautiful scenery, outdoor adventure, a fascinating maritime history, warm hospitality and a superb gastronomic reputation, Nova Scotia is the perfect fly drive destination.

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Gastronomic Tour of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, one of the four Atlantic Canada provinces, is perfectly located to make full use of the abundance of marine life around it. Add to this numerous restaurants and cafe’s, with excellent menu’s and wine lists and a simple self drive tour turns into a gastronomic experience.

Day 1: Halifax
Day 3: Lunenburg
Day 6: Antigonish
Day 6: Mabou
Day 7: Cabot Trail
Day 8: Baddeck

Day 9: Louisbourg
Day 11: Charlos Cove
Day 12: Depart Halifax
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Day 1: Halifax
Fly in to Halifax and the start of your gastronomic tour of this fascinating region. While sampling your first meals, why not get involved in the lively music scene of Halifax which is truly diverse. Two days of exploring the city – not forgetting to visit the oldest Farmers Market in Canada.
Halifax 2 nights

Day 3: Lunenburg
Pick up your vehicle and set off along the Lighthouse Route along the South Shore stopping to visit some along the way. Have lunch at pretty Peggy’s Cove before continuing to Lunenburg for a two night stay. Lunenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and here, enjoy the fruits of the sea and land. Nova Scotia is famous for its fresh quality food. Why not join the Cooking School based here to hone your skills and watch masters at work!
Lunenburg 2 nights

Day 6: Antigonish
Head due East to your next destination Antigonish, perhaps stopping at the University town of Wolfville with its excellent cafes and restaurants. If time allows, consider visiting one of the many vineyards in this area. You will be amazed at the rise/fall of the sea in the Bay of Fundy up to 46 feet – one of the biggest in the world.
Antigonish 1 night

Day 6: Mabou
Cross the Causeway to Cape Breton island – the further end of Nova Scotia province and follow the Ceilidh Trail for an overnight stay at Mabou. In early October this area comes alive with the sound of music as the Celtic Colours Festival takes over the whole area. Some of the freshest and tastiest fruits of the sea can be found in little pubs and restaurants in this region.
Mabou 1 night

Day 7: Cabot Trail
As you continue north east, the Ceilidh Trail joins the Cabot Trail – you are on your way to one of the most spectacular drives in Canada
Cabot Trail 1 night

Day 8: Baddeck
Complete the Cabot Trail to Baddeck and take time to relax and explore the cultural life that is centred on the Bras d’Or Lakes of Cape Breton Island.

Baddeck 1 night

Day 9: Louisbourg

Continue on to the National Historic Site of Louisbourg and stay in the pretty seaside town.  Use the full day to drive to Louisbourg and explore the historic town that helped shape the history of the region – with a little more time, include this as a three night stop.

Louisbourg 2 nights

Day 11: Charlos Cove
Return to the mainland, now joining the Marine Drive, for your final night stay at Charlos Cove. Time for a final gourmet meal and splendid accommodation before you think about packing for the last time and heading home.
Charlos Cove 1 night

Day 12: Depart Halifax
Back to Halifax for your return journey home or to continue your adventure …

All photographs by kind permission of Nova Scotia Tourism

NS Musicians in Mabou      NS Peggy's Cove      NS Skyline Trail

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Cape Breton Island, linked to the mainland of Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway is a must.  Plan your visit to coincide with the Fall colours and the Celtic Colours music festival.  Plan carefully though as some of the visitor attractions close at or about Canadian Thanksgiving!
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Prince Edward Island

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If you want a family holiday where many Canadians go, then Prince Edward Island is for you. The Island claims miles of beautiful beaches, each with its own distinct character. Prince Edward Island’s sandy expanses continue to receive raves, including a recent nomination as one of Canada’s natural wonders. Swim in the warmest salt water north of the Carlolinas or make the most of the coast with a kayak to explore the shore and creeks. This is a wonderful way to see the wildlife of this fascinating island.

Prince Edward Island

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For those that enjoy biking or hiking, the Confederation Trail offers 221 miles of groomed, mainly flat trails to explore. This can be done in bite-size pieces or the whole trail in one go for those who like a challenge. This trail takes you through villages, wetlands, groves and along river banks – a truly great way to see a lot of what PEI has to offer.

With museums, amusement parks, water sports and festivals on offer, you and the family can be as busy as you like – or relax and watch the sun go down over the sea after a day on the beach. Prince Edward Island has it all.

For the full details call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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…

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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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Newfoundland – a glimpse of the west

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This alternative itinerary takes you on a tour of Newfoundland’s stunning Northern Peninsula; this could be combined with standard Newfoundland tour above, to create a comprehensive tour of this beautiful island.

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Newfoundland – a glimpse of the west

This short itinerary includes just the fascinating western part of Newfoundland

Day 1: Deer Lake/Humber Valley
Day 4: Gros Morne National Park (South side)
Day 5: Port Au Choix
Day 6: Quirpon Island
Day 9: Gros Morne National Park (North side)
Day 11: Depart Deer Lake
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Here we suggest a self-drive tour of the wild and beautiful coast of Newfoundland’s west coast and Northern Peninsula. Explore Gros Morne National Park, a natural marvel of fjords, forests and mountains, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its exceptional beauty and unique geology.

Day 1: Deer Lake/Humber Valley
On arrival into Deer Lake airport pick up your rental car and drive the short distance to Humber Valley. The Humber Valley stretches for 70 kms, sliced by the mighty Humber River, home to trophy-sized salmon. The River flows into Deer Lake, a 30 km fresh water lake, and continues to the seaport of Corner Brook, the region’s largest centre with 25,000 people. Humber Valley is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, with its diverse environment of unspoiled nature that touches each one of its visitors.
Humber Valley 3 nights

Day 4: Gros Morne National Park (South side)
Depart Humber Valley and head north along the Viking Trail (Route 430) to Gros Morne National Park – this 1805 sq km park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world.
Woody Point 1 night

Day 5: Port Au Choix
Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive north continuing along the Viking trail. Visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago.
Port Au Choix 1 night

Day 6: Quirpon Island
Continue on to Quirpon dock. A unique remote Island experience awaits you! Stay in a recently refurbished original Light keeper’s residence. Relax and enjoy your Quirpon Island experience – whale watch from the Helipad, or the enclosed glass observation house or roam the rugged landscape. In season Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for Iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south.
Quirpon Island 3 nights

Day 9: Gros Morne National Park (North side)
Depart Quirpon Island and transfer back over to the dock. Depart the Great Northern Peninsula and head back south along the Viking Trail to the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Enroute be sure to visit Table Point Ecological Reserve.
Rocky Harbour 2 nights

Day 11: Depart Deer Lake
Drive back to Deer Lake, dropping off the hire car at the airport for the flight home or to continue your adventure.

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Make sure you stay on Quirpon Island – the lighthouse keepers cottages is simple, but lovely.  Travel in June for the best view of icebergs potentially the size of apartment blocks.
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New Brunswick

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Adventure experiencing the delights and challenges of this hidden gem of Atlantic Canada. Fly fishing, whale watching, water sports are all on offer. Can be combined with a neighbouring Province

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New Brunswick

One of the four provinces jointly known at Atlantic Canada, this is a part of Canada that is waiting to be explored…

Day 1: Fredericton
Day 2: Miramichi
Day 5: Bay of Fundy
Day 7: St Andrews-By-The-Sea
Day 9: Halifax
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Day 1: Fredericton
The start of your fishing and outdoor adventure is in Fredericton for your first night stay. New Brunswick’s capital city is noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon exploring such places as the Historic Garrison District, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and the Old Government House. For the more energetic, perhaps rent a bicycle and ride the magnificent 85kms trails network that follow the St John River.
Fredericton 1 night

Day 2: Miramichi
Pick up vehicle and drive to one of the world’s best fly fishing rivers – the Miramichi. An angler’s paradise. Fly-fishers from around the world come here to challenge the legendary waters of the Miramichi River for the king of the game fish, the Atlantic salmon. Three night stay here giving you plenty of opportunity to learn or improve your fly fishing skills in this area, famed for having half of all line caught salmon coming from these rivers. An experience of a lifetime.
Miramichi 3 nights

Day 5: Bay of Fundy
Head due south to the Bay of Fundy (Hopewell Rocks) area for a two night stay and time to relax after your exertions with the rod. Hopewell Cape is home to Hopewell Rocks; the giant rock formations carved over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces. Visit the excellent Interpretive Centre on site before exploring these natural phenomena either at low tide by walking on the ocean floor in and among the rock formations along the coast or 6 hours later kayak the very same spot at high tide. Twice each day the highest tides in the world – up to 46 feet – flood the beach, a natural wonder not to be missed! Visit Fundy National Park which has 206 square kms of steep coastal cliffs, forested hills, deep rich valleys, rugged shoreline and rolling meadows. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104 kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½ km loops to a demanding 50 km circuit around the Park. The Park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists.
Bay of Fundy 2 nights

Day 7: St Andrews-By-The-Sea
Drive the Bay of Fundy coastal drive, with plenty of opportunity to observe whales, birds and a variety of other marine life – this is one of the greatest and most accessible concentrations of whales and seabirds in the North Atlantic. Consider taking the ferry from Blacks Harbour across to Grand Manan Island for walking trails and iconic lighthouses. Grand Manan is the largest Island in the Bay of Fundy and is a haven for whale watchers, bird watchers and nature lovers alike. There are many hiking trails on the island – a marvellous network of narrow rustic footpaths that allow for further exploration to areas not accessible by most vehicles. Enjoy an unforgettable fully narrated sailing adventure to view several whale species, including the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, as well as seals and sea birds. Or, why not join one of the fishing boats and try your hand at sea fishing in this beautiful Bay?
Alternatively spend the day in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Consider playing a round of golf, visiting Kingsbrae Gardens or strolling along Water Street viewing the local wares of artisans and potters. A whale watching excursion can also be embarked upon from the St. Andrews wharf. Don’t miss an exquisite dining experience at Rossmount Inn; very affordable fresh, local cuisine
St Andrews By the Sea 2 nights

Day 9: Halifax
Start your journey home or continue your adventure with a spectacular drive back to Halifax

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For a slightly different approach to fishing, take a trip from Shediac to see how their world famous lobsters are caught and prepared and then enjoy a lobster lunch on board. 

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‘We really enjoyed the variety of experiences and the beautiful countryside in New Brunswick.  Great to see the huge tides first hand and the reversing falls at Saint John’
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Region: Atlantic Canada

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Atlantic Canada – Newfoundland, Labrador

The area known as Atlantic Canada is made up of the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick – an area of beauty and history, both recent and not so recent in geological terms. Accessed by international flights from London this area is a mere stone’s throw, with so much to offer. The funnel shape of the Bay of Fundy results in one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. The extraordinary geological history of the Island of Newfoundland has bequeathed one of only two areas in the world where the earth’s mantle is visible at the surface and the equally extraordinary sight of Western Brook Pond – an inland fjord. Perhaps take a trip whale watching and view some spectacular icebergs.

For more information and itinerary ideas click on the links below or contact us to find out more

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Atlantic Canada

Gastronomic Tour of Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland

Newfoundland – A Glimpse Of The West

Canada Rail Adventures

 

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