Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

Charming Inns of Nova Scotia and PEI

16

days

starting from US $3,499per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

The pleasures of this two-week self-drive lie in meandering at your own pace through stunning landscapes, historic towns, and quaint fishing villages - enjoying the unique charm and a culture that is distinctly Celtic and Canadian at the same time. Choose from a selection of guided cultural, wildlife, and sightseeing experiences.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Halifax
2 nights Halifax
1 night Lunenburg
2 nights Annapolis Royal
3 nights Bay of Fundy
3 nights Prince Edward Island
3 nights Cape Breton
1 night Halifax
Depart Halifax

Itinerary

The number of days, experiences, and accommodations can all be personalized to your interests and time frame. Make sure to let your vacation advisor know!

Day 1 – Your Adventure Begins in Halifax

Upon arrival in Halifax, enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your downtown hotel. Check into your overnight accommodations and relax for the evening.

Feature Dinner in Halifax
Let Fresh Tracks Canada make your arrival as seamless as possible with a pre-arranged dinner included at one of our favourite restaurants in Halifax. Start your trip with fond memories over an authentic east coast Canadian meal.

Day 2 – Explore Halifax and the South Shore
Travelers have been falling in love with Halifax's enduring maritime legacy for 265 years. With its rich maritime history, it comes as no surprise that several museums and attractions celebrate its seafaring past and present. Halifax is steeped in rich history and filled with tales of pirates and privateers. Take a walk through this vibrant city, viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the streets. Overnight in Halifax.

You have
3 options to choose from in the Halifax area today:

• Option 1: Peggy’s Cove Sunrise Photography Tour
Join a guided photography tour and visit Peggy’s Cove at sunrise – for the best light and the least number of people in your pictures! This tour is catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professionals. Even simply using your smart phone works great.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

• Option 2: Halifax Foodie Tour
Walk Halifax’s best foodie haunts, with an expert foodie guide. Sample delicacies of the Maritimes, and explore neighbourhoods most visitors do not get a chance to see! Location of tour depends on day of week.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

• Option 3: Halifax History Tour
With an expert local guide, you’ll cover the history of Halifax from 1749 until today. You’ll explore historic houses, Halifax Harbour Lookout, Citadel Hill, and the titanic gravesite. Make sure to have your questions ready!
Activity rating: Easy

Insider tip: If you are not a morning person and would like to explore Peggy’s Cove at sunset instead, make sure to talk to your vacation advisor about alternative tour times when you call!

Day 3 – Halifax to Lunenburg
Pick up your rental car this morning and drive the South Shore along the Lighthouse Route. Continue past Peggy’s Cove to Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town known for its quiet beauty and churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Lunenburg.

Choose from
2 options in Lunenburg today:

• Option 1: Lunenburg Walking Tour
Spend the day in beautiful Lunenburg, home of the famous Bluenose built in 1921. Your walking tour guides will bring the town alive as they describe the stories and folklore of this world heritage site.
Activity rating: Easy – Moderate

• Option 2:
Lunenburg Sailing Cruise
Departing from Lunenburg Bay on a stunning schooner, the wind is your engine as you dart nimbly through the ocean. Lunenburg is beautiful with the painted buildings and the old town providing the perfect backdrop. With lighthouses to photograph and porpoises and seals on hand to entertain the passengers and crew.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 4 – Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal
Depart Lunenburg and drive east into spectacular Kejimkujik National Park. Wander through groves of 300-year-old hemlock trees, follow a trail to an abandoned gold mine, or visit an overgrown farm. The main park has 15 day trails to choose from, ranging from short riverside strolls to half-day hikes. Continue to Annapolis Royal which boasts a spectacular view of the Bay of Fundy. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Suggested
add-on activity: Paddle in Kejimkujik
While visiting Kejimkujik park you may wish to rent a canoe or kayak and take a self- guided tour. Enjoy the serene calm of the lake waters as you paddle through the park.
Activity rating: Easy - Moderate

Insider tip: Join an unforgettable candlelight graveyard tour at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal. Explore the oldest English graveyard in Canada with internationally acclaimed heritage interpreter who is 8th generation Acadian! Not to be missed! No reservations required.

Day 5 – Annapolis Royal
Enjoy the many sights of the historic Annapolis Royal area at your leisure – visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the Military Museum, to name but a few. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.

Additionally, you have
3 options to choose from today to explore the area:

• Option 1: Digby Discovery Walking Tour
Spend the day exploring the historic streets of Digby on a guided walking tour through this active fishing community. Top off your tour with a succulent seafood sampling.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Shoreline Marine Walk
The shores of the Annapolis Basin and Bay of Fundy are your destination today. Your guide leads you along the rocky shoreline for a close-up view of the flora and fauna living in conjunction with the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy.
Activity rating: Moderate (involves climbing over rocky, slippery surfaces)

• Option 3: Whale Watching Tour
Feel the thrill as you see the first spray from a whale breaking the surface on a Bay of Fundy whale watching tour. Humpbacks are the most likely to be seen, as they flipper slap, tail lob, and defy gravity breaching out of the water.
Activity rating: Easy

Insider tip: Visit the Grand Pré Winery
Nova Scotia produces some of the best wines in Canada. Surprised? Convince yourself with a visit to the Grand Pré Winery - enjoy top quality local wines within a beautiful setting. Winery tours are offered daily in the summer season (11am, 3pm, and 5pm) and can be paid locally with no reservations required.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 6 – Annapolis Royal to St. Martins by Ferry
From Annapolis Royal, drive to nearby Digby and enjoy a 2-hour ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy. Keep your eyes open for whales! Upon arrival, drive to the charming village of St. Martins – gateway to the spectacular Fundy Trail. Check into your inn accommodation, then take a stroll to see St. Martins’ mysterious sea caves or incredibly photogenic harbour.

Day 7 – Bay of Fundy Exploration - St. Martins to Hopewell Cape via the Fundy Trail
Your morning begins with your choice of tour on the Bay of Fundy. After, a spectacular day awaits as you drive along the Fundy Trail to the Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Cape area. Admire untouched coastal wilderness, characterized by red craggy cliffs and the highest rising tides in the world. Overnight in Hopewell Cape.

Suggested add-on activities: Bay of Fundy Ocean Adventures

• Add-on 1: Explore the St. Martins Sea Caves by Kayak
Marvel at the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy as you venture along the red rock cliff shoreline on a guided kayak tour. The St. Martins sea caves are the biggest attraction in the area, best to be explored by boat.*
Activity rating: Moderate

• Add-on 2: Fundy Coastline Exploration by Zodiac
The coastline extending from St. Martins has been designated as the Fundy Biosphere Preserve by UNESCO for its remarkable geological formations. Discover mossy caves, dramatic cliffs, charming coves, and curious sea life as you explore the area on an exhilarating zodiac boat.
Activity rating: Easy (Not suitable for those with neck or back issues)*

* Note – tour times vary by tide schedule. Please ask your vacation advisor how best to incorporate this experience into your trip.

Day 8 – Explore Hopewell Rocks and the Bay of Fundy
Visit the Hopewell Rocks – also known as “Flowerpots” - which slowly disappear and reappear with the dramatic rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides. See the world’s highest tide and later, enjoy the juxtaposition of walking on the seafloor.

Day 9 – Hopewell Cape to Charlottetown, via the Red Sands Shore
Drive the Confederation Bridge this morning and arrive on Prince Edward Island. Explore the red sand beaches and red jutting cliffs of the South Shore, and make sure to detour along the many pastoral rural roads. We recommend stopping for lunch in postcard-worthy Victoria-by-the-Sea, before arriving in Charlottetown.

Insider tip: For those wanting a quiet, countryside experience, ask us to book your nights at charming St. Peter’s Bay, a 45-minute drive from Charlottetown.

Day 10 – Discover Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island
Today, you have
3 unique options to choose from, to enjoy Charlottetown and PEI to its fullest.

• Option 1: Lobster Dinner and Cruise
Breathe in the salt air and feel the tingle of a gentle breeze against your skin. If you dare, haul a lobster out of its trap and then savour a meal of traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper - all whilst you’re aboard a boat sailing the high seas.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Acadian Cultural Experience
Head out bright and early this morning, driving 1.5 hours west along the scenic Green Gables Shore to Abrams Village. Here you’ll partake in Acadian traditions, mainly food and music which is always shared with friends in a home-style frolic atmosphere. Learn how to make a fruit pastry known as ‘’poutine à trou’ and ‘fricot’- a style of hearty chicken soup. Then, squeeze in a sit-down meal of rapure, meat pie, and hominy corn. After your meal, explore an Acadian village, listen to fiddlers and watch Acadian step dancers.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Active Outdoor Adventure - Sea Kayak or Bike Tour
PEI lends itself perfectly to outdoor pursuits – cycle along the red sandy shores and perhaps even take a dip in the pristine, warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You can choose to explore the coastline from the vantage of the clifftops or in the ocean with the cliffs soaring 30 ft. above you as you navigate alongside the beautiful beaches of PEI National Park. Both tours include healthy snacks.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 11 – Day at Leisure in Charlottetown and PEI
Today is yours at leisure to explore Prince Edward Island’s small towns and picturesque landscapes. You might also enjoy exploring the dunes of Greenwich in Prince Edward National Park, savouring “Rick’s Famous Fish ‘n Chips”, or simply exploring historic Charlottetown. Overnight in Charlottetown.

Suggested add-on: Day with a Private Guide (additional cost)
Let us arrange a wonderful day with a personal guide to tour you around the Island. He’ll ask about your interests and infuse your trip with a blend of hidden gems, highlights, stories, and humour.

Day 12 – Charlottetown to Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
Drive the scenic road to the Wood Islands ferry, then cross to Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue over to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway. Your journey ends in the little town of Baddeck, set on the shores of the gorgeous Bras d’Or Lakes. Located in the heart of Cape Breton, Baddeck is considered the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail.

Day 13 – Explore Cape Breton
Welcome to the southern shore of Cape Breton, places to explore today include the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, or explore the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. For boat enthusiasts, the beautiful Bras D’Or Lakes are famous for sailing excursions.

You have
2 options to choose from today, to explore Cape Breton:

• Option 1: Puffin and Seabird Viewing
Travel to the Bird Islands which are an official bird sanctuary located one mile off Cape Dauphin. The islands are home to a variety of sea birds, and of course, when you’re not busy viewing birds you’ll be captivated with the spectacular rugged coastline and maybe even a whale!

• Option 2: Half-day Guided Kayak
Join your guide as you paddle past eagles’ nests and waterfalls. Stop for a delicious snack on a small beach then continue past the old mill and hear the stories of past inhabitants and the lobster fishermen who may be hauling their traps!
Activity rating: Moderate (suitable for beginners)

Option: Evening Ceilidh, (pronounced Kay-lee)!
Join a local Baddeck Ceilidh, for a fun night of song, dance, and discovery. The Ceilidh is a traditional Celtic gathering of musicians, in which anyone can join in. You’ll hear upcoming and experienced Celtic musicians play their art, you can join in songs, enjoy stories, and even learn dance steps if you wish. This Ceilidh is payable locally, however we’ll make your reservation.

Day 14 – Cape Breton Highlands Discovery
Today explore the famous Cabot Trail – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendours of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For the more adventurous – Cape Breton Highlands National Park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Overnight in Baddeck.

Day 15 – Baddeck to Halifax
A three to four-hour drive brings you back to Halifax today. Take your time to explore the charming towns along your drive before spending your final night in Halifax.

Day 16 – Depart Halifax
Your Atlantic Canada vacation comes to an end today as you make your way to the airport to return your rental car. With fond memories made, leave the fresh air of Canada behind as you fly home.

What we love about this trip

Beautiful historic inns, hotels, and B&Bs
Historic Halifax and Charlottetown
Explore the South Shore and Annapolis Valley
Stunnning Bay of Fundy
Pastoral Prince Edward Island
Dramatic lighthouses
Breathtaking Cape Breton
The best selection of local experiences

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Feature Dinner in Halifax - Feature Dinner in Halifax
Feature Dinner in Halifax
Visit famous Peggy's Cove - Visit famous Peggy's Cove
Visit famous Peggy's Cove
Admission to Hopewell Rocks - Admission to Hopewell Rocks
Admission to Hopewell Rocks
Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton - Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton
Time to explore the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton
Accommodations:
• 15 nights accommodation in superior historic inns and B&Bs

Halifax Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 3 activities:
1. Peggy’s Cove Photography tour
2. Halifax Food Tour
3. Halifax History Tour

Lunenburg Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 2 activities:
1. Lunenburg Walking Tour
2. Lunenburg Sailing Adventure

Suggested add-on Kejimkujik Experience:
Kejimkujik Kayak or Canoe Rental (add-on cost)

Annapolis Valley Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 3 activities:
1. Annapolis Valley - Whale Watching
2. Digby Discovery Walking Tour
3. Digby Shoreline Marine Walk

Suggested add-on Bay of Fundy Experiences:
St. Martins Kayak Tour or St. Martins Zodiac Tour (add-on cost)

Prince Edward Island Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 3 activities:
1. PEI evening Lobster Tour
2. Acadian Cultural Tour
3. PEI Sea Kayak or PEI Bike Tour

Suggested add-on PEI Experience:
5 Hour Private Tour (add-on cost)

Cape Breton Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 2 activities:
1. Baddeck Puffin Boat Tour
2. Cape Breton Kayak Tour

Suggested add-on Baddeck Experience:
Evening Ceilidh in Baddeck (payable locall
y)

Transportation Inclusions:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• 2-week intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee
• Ferry from Digby, NS, to St. John, NB
• Ferry from Woods Island, PEI to Pictou, NS

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Halifax

Other Inclusions:
• National Parks Pass
• Hopewell Rocks Park Admission (valid for 2 days)
• Documentation package, including details and driving directions
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada service

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Whale watching tour is available between June 16 and September 11 departure dates.
• Lobster Dinner and Cruise in PEI is available between June 22 and September 6 departures.
• Kayak tour on PEI is available until the Sep 22 departure date.
• Puffin and Seabird Viewing tour is available until the August 13 departure date.

 

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Discover the wilderness of Western Newfoundland
Discover the wilderness of Western Newfoundland
Add on a self-drive to Quebec City
Add on a self-drive to Quebec City
Add on a stay at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton
Add on a stay at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton
Whale watching from Cape Breton
Whale watching from Cape Breton
• Cross by ferry to Newfoundland and combine this trip with our ‘Wild Newfoundland’ driving tour
• Take the train from Halifax to Quebec, to experience our charming French Canadian province
• Add on additional nights in Prince Edward Island and relax at the Inn at St. Peter’s Bay
• Add on a whale watching cruise, game of golf or sailing tour on Cape Breton Island
• Extend your stay in Cape Breton with extra nights at the Keltic Lodge at Ingonish Beach

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

The Prince George Hotel Halifax - Exterior of hotelThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Crown Service RoomThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Indoor PoolThe Prince George Hotel Halifax - Hotel Lobby

The Prince George Hotel Halifax

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The Prince George Hotel, attached to the World Trade & Convention centre, is located in downtown Halifax and right next door to the Halifax Metro Centre. The main focus of the hotel is their personalized service. Other features of the hotel are award winning fine dining, a pool & fitness centre, and relaxing garden patios.

Lunenburg Arms Hotel & Spa - Lunenburg Arms Hotel & Spa

Lunenburg Arms Hotel & Spa

An example of our accommodations

This 4 1/2 star boutique style hotel is located in Lunenburg, a Unesco World Heritage site. Overlooking the harbour, golf course, and Bluenose II, enjoy the view or relax on the Garden Deck.

The Great George Hotel - Heritage architecture of the exteriorThe Great George Hotel - Comfortable lobby spaceThe Great George Hotel - Suite room at The Great GeorgeThe Great George Hotel - Guest room bathtub

The Great George Hotel

An example of our Boutique accommodations

The Great George is an upscale, award-winning hotel in Prince Edward's Island capital, Charlottetown. With 54 richly decorated suites among 17 carefully restored heritage building, this is one Canada's premiere experiential hotels.

 

Prices & Dates

2018 Start Dates
Daily from May 30 to September 18
* Additional dates in May and late September are available with customizations of this itinerary.

Nova Scotia and PEI Self Drive Vacation
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