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7 days
Independent Tour of the Maritime Provinces

Day 1:
Ciad Mile Failte...100,000 Welcomes to Nova Scotia!
Today arrive at Halifax International Airport. Welcome to "New Scotland"- beautiful Nova Scotia. Pick up your rental car at the airport and travel to Halifax where you will spend the next 2 fun filled days.

Day 2:
Historic Halifax & Picturesque Peggy's Cove
Begin your day with some sightseeing and fun. Halifax, founded in 1749, has amazed visitors with the culture and traditions. Hear tales of rum running and privateering along the historic waterfront. Learn about Halifax during the war years and of the greatest man made explosion before the nuclear age - the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Learn of the devastation and the heroism of the citizens.

Enjoy the most visited National Historic Site in Canada - the Fortress Citadel. This star shaped fort is located in the very centre of the city and provides the most breathtaking views of the city and harbour - the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world! Listen for the traditional noon gun salute. Continue your tour to the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens - The oldest Victorian gardens in North America.

Depart British Halifax and travel along the German coastal Lighthouse Route to picturesque Peggy's Cove - an artist's and photographer's paradise! This village is situated upon solid granite rock which is actually debris that was left behind by retreating glaciers from the Ice Age. There will be plenty of time for shopping and exploring. Cruises off Peggy's Cove are available. Spend the night in Halifax, enjoy some fine dining or a dinner theatre. Consider a harbour cruise.

Day 3:
Enchanting Baddeck and Alexander Graham Bell
It was Bell who stated, "I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland - but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all!"

Today, depart Halifax and travel to beautiful Baddeck, the beginning of the famous Cabot Trail. Stop enroute in Pictou to see the reconstructed pilgrim ship Hector or visit the Grohmann Knife Factory. In Baddeck visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where you learn of the life and works of this famous inventor (who inventend the telephone at age 29), teacher and humanitarian. Visit Bell's summer home where he spent 37 years. Overnight in Baddeck, nestled in the foothills of the Highlands.

Day 4:
The World Famous Cabot Trail
Travel the mountainous highlands, stop at look-off points to observe bald eagles in flight, curious moose and view of the ocean meeting the land. Travel around the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and marvel at the land that Bell loved so much! Follow the Cabot Trail to the quaint town of Cheticamp, hugging the coastline directly beneath the Highlands. Tonight, enjoy the sights & sounds of Cheticamp. Take the "Whale Cruiser" for a cruise off the coast. Enjoy the view of the spectacular Cabot Trail from the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Observe pilot whales, finback whales and minke whales. Watch for bald eagles and a variety of seabirds. Cruise the shores of the Cape Breton Highlands where you will discover sea caves and rock formations. Cruises are narrated.

Day 5:
The Enchanting Emerald Isle
Today we leave Cheticamp behind as you travel along the coastline of the island to Mabou where you will enjoy a tour of the Glenora Distillery - the producers of North America's only single malt whisky! Learn of the production process.

Depart Mabou and travel the causeway back to the mainland. Cross the Northumberland Strait via ferry to Prince Edward Island. Travel to Charlottetown, the capital city of the Emerald Isle and the "Birthplace of Canada". Tonight, enjoy the musical "Anne of Green Gables" at the Charlottetown Festival. Consider a traditional lobster dinner on the waterfront. Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 6:
If the Tide tables match this would be a good opportunity to see the Tidal Bore, and perhaps ride a Zodiac as they come in. this is an activity suitable for all ages, and the only place in the world were this phenomenen takes place. Continue onto the Prince Edward Island where the newly built Confederation Bridge will take you across the Northumberland Strait. This bridge is the largest bridge in the world ever built over ice-forming waters! An interpretive centre allows for some in-depth information on this project.
Overnight in PEI.

Day 7:
The Oldest City in Canada - Saint John, New Brunswick
Today, leave Cavendish and travel to Borden, Prince Edward Island where the newly built Confederation Bridge will take you across the Northumberland Strait to enter Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick. This bridge is the largest bridge in the world ever built over ice-forming waters! An interpretive centre allows for some in-depth information on this project.

Visit Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks - these "flowerpot rocks" are located along the Fundy Coastal Drive! If the tides are right, walk on the ocean floor around 5 storey "flowerpots" that have been gouged out of the cliffs by the great force of the Fundy tide - the highest and fastest tides in the world (up to 50 feet).

Continue to Saint John where you will witness the natural phenomena of Reversing Falls where hundreds of billions of tons of water surge into the Bay of Fundy causing the Saint John River to reverse its natural flow twice a day! Stroll through the oldest farmer's market in Canada today, drop off your rental car. Farewell...treasure the memories!


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