Unique properties of Nova Scotia (14 nights)
Start and finish Halifax
Day 1 Halifax
Arrive Halifax. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s provincial capital, this attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further to times of the Mi’kmaq Natives, European Fishermen and the early Acadians who came long before the British. Overnight Halifax.
Day 2 Halifax
This morning enjoy a city tour and take in the sights of Citadel Hill, Halifax Harbour, Historic Properties, Bedford Basin, Point Pleasant Park and much more. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city further. Visit one of the nearby malls, enjoy a harbour tour or take the ferry over to the city of Dartmouth. A visit to the excellent Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a must! See the unique collection of the memorabilia collected after the tragic Titanic disaster. Overnight Halifax.
Day 3 Halifax/Lunenburg
Depart Halifax and drive the south shore along the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by bare granite and coastal barrens and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse. Continue on 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. Lunenburg is the birthplace of the famous Bluenose built in 1921. Whilst here visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, situated on the waterfront and the Lunenburg Marine Park – Atlantic Canada’s first. Overnight Lunenburg.
Day 4 Lunenburg/Kejimkujik National Park
Depart Lunenburg and drive north into the Kejimkujik National Park, a spectacular inland National Park with walking trails to suit all levels and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Overnight Kejimkujik National Park.
Day 5 Kejimkujik National Park
This morning explore further the delights of this beautiful park. Visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years ago. A pair of sturdy shoes and a map are all you need to escape on foot in Kejimkujik. There is a trail here for everyone. 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. Overnight Kejimkujik National Park.
Day 6 Kejimkujik National Park/Digby
Depart Kejimkujik and drive north to Digby. Digby boasts spectacular views of the Annapolis Basin and is also the ferry gateway to New Brunswick. Take time to visit one of the many historical sites in Digby including the Admiral Digby Museum which houses unique displays and photographs of Digby's seafaring and cultural history. It also boasts one of the largest genealogy departments in western Nova Scotia. The museum also offers an Historic Walking Tour of Digby three evenings a week all summer. Overnight Digby.
Day 7 Digby
This morning enjoy a half day whale watching trip from the Digby Neck area, one of the best places to see whales in Atlantic Canada. You are more likely to see the widest variety of different species here including the rare Right Whale. In the afternoon explore the scenic Annapolis Valley. Visit Annapolis Royal home of the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Military Museum. Overnight Digby.
Day 8 Digby/Wolfville
Depart Digby along the Evangeline Trail on to Wolfville. This charming university town is known as the cultural and intellectual centre of the valley and is home to many classic shops, boutiques and fine dining. Originally know as Mud Creek, it got its name in 1830 when two granddaughters of Judge Elisha DeWolfe convinced their postmaster uncle that a more suitable name was needed. The villagers chose the name Wolfville for their town. Today beautiful elm trees, manicured lawns and grand century old homes guide visitors down Wolfville's Main Street. Overnight Wolfville.
Day 9 Wolfville
Today explore the area of Wolfville further. Visit the Robie Tufts Nature Centre, The Acadia University Art Gallery, Randell House Museum and the Grand Pre National Historic Site to name a few! Overnight Wolfville.
Day 10 Wolfville/Tatamagouche
Depart Wolfville and continue along the Glooscap Trail on to Truro – located in the centre of the province and known as the ‘hub of Nova Scotia’. Truro’s location at the very tip of the Bay of Fundy makes it an excellent viewing area for the “tidal bore”– an amazing natural phenomenon. From Truro continue on to Tatamagouche located on the Sunrise Trail. Tatamagouche is a vibrant community where meeting of old and new is in harmony and old Victorian homes and businesses mix with modern homes and facilities. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 11 Tatamagouche
Use Tatamagouche as a base to explore the Sunrise Trail heritage trail. Places to visit include the Fraser Cultural Centre, Sunrise Trail Museum, Cumberland County Museum, Balmoral Grist Mill and the Sutherland Stream Mill. For the more adventurous – Tatamagouche is the water sports capital of Nova Scotia. Enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, and wind surfing on Tatamagouche Bay. Overnight Tatamagouche.
Day 12 Tatamagouche/Baddeck
Depart Tatamagouche and continue along the Sunrise Trail into Pictou County and on to the town of Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue over to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway. Your journey ends at Baddeck situated on the Bras d’Or Lakes. The most notable resident was Alexander Graham Bell and you can visit the National Historic Site named after him. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 13 Baddeck
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. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Overnight Baddeck.
Day 14 Baddeck/Charlos Cove
Depart Baddeck and explore the southern shore of Cape Breton. En route visit Glace Bay which is the start of the Marconi Trail, named after Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor who sent the first transatlantic wireless message from here.Glace Bay is also home of the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historical Site. Follow the trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Continue on to Charlos Cove via the Canso Causeway, which is located on the Marine Drive, passing through many picturesque villages and communities including Guysborough - an inviting community with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay. Guysborough is home to “Wilma the Beluga Whale” - a resident for several years! Overnight Charlos Cove.
Day 15 Charlos Cove/Halifax
Depart Charlos Cove and take time to visit both Goldboro – once the best goldmining district in the province and Sherbrooke Village – home of the fascinating living history museum. The museum is a re-enactment of village life in old Nova Scotia. Depart Sherbrooke Village and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax. En route visit Musqodoboit Harbour & Valley – a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach – the longest beach in the province. Return back to Halifax Airport, where you will drop off your rental car, ready for your return flight home.