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13 days
Tour of the Maritimes

Day 1:
Ciad Mile Failte...100,000 Welcomes to Nova Scotia! Today, you arrive at Halifax International Airport where you pick up your rental car and drive to your overnight accommodation. Check into your hotel for the night.

Day 2:
Historic Halifax by Land & Water! Begin your day with a discovery of this famous seaport. Halifax, founded in 1749, has amazed visitors with its 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 bomb, the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Learn of the devastation and the heroism of the citizens. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which reflects Halifax's continuing link to the sea.

See exhibits and artifacts of the rich heritage of the Maritimes. 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! Continue your tour to the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens, the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 3:
Picturesque South Shore! 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. See the famous DeGarthe monument, carved in granite rock depicting life in the cove. There will be plenty of time for shopping and exploring.

Continue to travel the Lighthouse Route through the quaint town of Chester, which was settled in 1760 by families from New England, and Mahone Bay. Mahone Bay is easily recognized by the famous three churches which can be seen from the head of the harbour. Travel to Lunenburg which is famous for the schooner Bluenose, the undefeated champion of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. The Bluenose II (on the back of our Canadian Dime), a replica of the original schooner, was built and launched here. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for a taste of our seafaring heritage, at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Lunenburg.

Day 4:
Today stop in Liverpool to visit the Simeon Perkins House, the Queens County Museum or the Hank Snow museum, this small town has lots of options. Then continue to the famous Kejimkujik National Park. Stop and enjoy this natural beauty before you head to Digby. View the beautiful Bay of Fundy, one of the principal fishing grounds for scallops and home of the largest inshore fleet in the world - the Digby Scallop Fleet. Overnight in Digby area.

Day 5:
The Enchanting Evangeline Trail! Today Explore Fort Anne National Park - Canada's oldest National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal, with preserved earthwork fortifications of the early 18th century. View exhibits and artifacts recounting the historical struggle between the French and English. If time visit the Historical Gardens next door to Fort Anne.

Continue to Port Royal Habitation, a reconstruction of the original French fur trading post, built by Samuel de Champlain. North America's first social club was formed here, the Order of Good Cheer.

On your way to Grand Pre marvel at the beautiful architectural features of the homes of Wolfville. Grand Pre, originally founded and settled by the French over 2 centuries ago, has a great historical significance. War between the French and English resulted in most of the French, known as the Acadians, being expelled from their homeland. Many relocated to Louisiana where they became known as the Cajun people. Stroll through the centuries at the Grand Pre National Historic Site, which depicts the early life of the first settlers and honours the plight of Acadians. Explore the setting for Longfellow's poem and heroine, "Evangeline". Overnight in Wolfville or Windsor area.

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:
PEI - The Emerald Isle! Home of Anne of Green Gables and the world's largest producer of seed potatoes. Travel to Cavendish and see first hand where Lucy Maude Montgomery gathered her childhood memories and turned them into the most-loved children's story of all time, "Anne of Green Gables". Romp on the sands of Cavendish beach, and sample at the Preserve Company. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House and the Anne of Shining Waters Museum and Tearoom, a great place for lunch. Onto Charlottetown for the evening. PEI is a great place for lobster and this would be a good opportunity for a lobster dinner. Overnight Charlottetown area.

Day 8:
Today take a ferry back to the Mainland and into Pictou - Visit the Hector Heritage Quay. The pilgrim ship Hector that brought the first Scottish settlers over to Canada is in the process of being reconstructed right on the waterfront. The Grohmann Knife Factory offers free factory tours.

Enjoy the beautiful drive from Pictou to Cape Breton Island along the magnificent Bras d'Or Lake (an "inland sea" for real) to the Fortress Louisbourg. Step back in time to 1744! It's the largest historical reconstruction in North America, a faithful re-creation of a 250-year-old-town. Here you'll find impressive walls and majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens, comfortable inns and lively taverns.

On up to Baddeck's summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where you learn of the life and works of this famous inventor, teacher and humanitarian. Visit Bell's summer home where he spent 37 summers.

Stroll around Baddeck, one of the largest communities on Bras d'Or Lake which also enjoys an international reputation as one of Canada's finest resort communities. Visit the government wharf, where visiting yachts come for supplies and services throughout the summer. Overnight in Baddeck.

Day 9:
A highlight of the trip - Today visit the Fortress of Louisburg - the French Fortress and witness life as it was during the French occupation. Try a typical meal and enjoy the stories relayed by the guides. A memorable experience. Onto Sydney area for overnight.

Day 10:
Today journey around the world famous Cabot Trail. Travel the mountainous highlands where you'll make stops at look-off points to observe bald eagles, moose and the view of the ocean meeting the land. Circle the Highlands, marvel at the land that Bell loved so much! Follow the Cabot Trail to Cheticamp, an Acadian fishing village, located beneath the Cape Breton Highlands and on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Check out Flora's for fine crafts and souvenirs. An opportunity for a whale watching excursion - overnight in cheticamp.

Day 11:
Continuing along the Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee) Trail, which is Gaelic for "party" or "fishing port". Travel the scenic coastal route to beautiful Mabou and visit the Glenora Inn and Distillery. Enjoy an educational distillery tour where you will witness the production of North America's only single malt whisky! Sample Canada's first legal moonshine. Bask in the serene surroundings or browse the gift shop.

Later you depart Cape Breton and travel the Eastern Shore, taking in the picturesque fishing villages with names like Musquodoboit, Jeddore and Sheet Harbour. Then its up to the fabulous Sherbrooke Village, a restored active 19th-century settlement. This picturesque former lumbering and shipbuilding community looks as it did 100 years ago, before goldmining transformed it into a boom town. Stop at the Salmon River house for overnight and a Lobster Dinner.

Day 12:
Head back to Halifax through Dartmouth - enjoy a final day in Halifax, walk the boardwalk, listen to the live music that is everywhere during the summer season, and end your tour with a Fresh Seafood Dinner.

Day 13:
At Halifax International airport drop off your car at the car rental parking lot (make sure you filled the car's tank.) and journey home.

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