Canada Trip: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island

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Day 1:  Halifax for 2 nights
Meet and greet private transfer from airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel The Prince George Hotel****
Set in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, only 210 m from the Scotiabank Centre, this hotel offers luxurious guestrooms, first-rate services and an award-wining restaurant.
The Prince George Hotel features an indoor pool and fitness centre. After an intense workout, guests can relax on one of the hotel’s garden patios, where refreshments and meals can be delivered for convenience and relaxation.
Guestrooms at the Prince George boast amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, free wireless internet access. Guests will also enjoy in-room flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view movies and video games.
Gio, The Prince George’s 4-diamond restaurant, is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday. The Terrace is open daily for breakfast and room service is available. A bar and Starbucks coffee kiosk are both located on the lobby level.

Dinner reservation at the Citadel – to be paid locally
a 19th-century fortress on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbor.

Day 2
Private driver guide at disposal for the day : Picturesque Peggy’s Cove & seaside Lunenburg
From cosmopolitan, eclectic Halifax, drive to Peggy’s Cove – population 76 – truly a world apart; nestled on a rocky coastline with stunning vistas, it is a magnet for artists and photographers. Enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Mahone Bay, a picture-postcard maritime town, and then the fishing village of Lunenburg for a walking tour with a local guide, or a visit to the Fisheries Museum. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. This town once excelled at wooden shipbuilding, and its masterpiece was the Bluenose, a fishing schooner that was a legendary racer. Return to Halifax

Day 3: Moncton for 2 nights
Private driver guide at disposal for the day : Historic Halifax and First Nations Culture
Begin the day with a city tour of Halifax, a city with its eyes on the future and feet firmly in the past. Fresh sea air enhances its exhilarating mix of modern towers and colonial brick buildings, avenues lined with hip cafes, shops and galleries, surrounded by gracious Victorian parks and gardens. Enjoy a guided visit to Pier 21, « Gateway to Canada, » where the story of 20th-century immigration to Canada is chronicled through exhibits and a poignant multimedia production, Oceans of Hope. Visit the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre to learn about the Mi’kmaq and their artistic traditions.

Private transfer from Halifax to Moncton
Depart Halifax and embark on a journey through central Nova Scotia’s beautiful and diverse landscape and on into New Brunswick. Arrive late afternoon in Moncton, “the crossroads of the Maritimes” on the Petitcodiac River

Accommodation at Hotel Delta Hotels Beauséjour****
Located in Moncton city centre, the geographic centre of the Maritimes, this contemporary hotel offers modern amenities minutes away from area attractions, such as the Petitcodiac River.
Guestrooms at Delta feature pillow top mattresses, duvets, white linens and an abundance of pillows. Enjoy luxurious June Jacobs bathroom amenities. Convenient coffee/tea making facilities and mini-refrigerators are also included.
Take a refreshing swim in the enclosed mineral water pool surrounded by windows that provide a great view or work out in the well-equipped fitness centre. A seasonal 150-foot water slide is also featured.

Reservation at hotel’s restaurant, Windjammer – to be paid locally
Awarded three Michelin stars

Day 4
Private driver guide at disposal for the day: Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy
Torrential tides and surface water carve towering rock formations out of the cliffs at Hopewell Cape on the Bay of Fundy; at low tide, they stand on the beach like sculptures in a vast outdoor gallery. View firsthand this land of giants to feel the awesome power that shapes these stones, tunnels through them, and covers them at a depth of 50 feet or more when the tide comes in. Continue onward for a photo-op at one of the region’s picture-perfect covered bridges, then on to Alma for lunch at a New Brunswick inn (to be paid locally) before returning to Moncton for an evening spent as you please.

Day 5: Charlottetown for 2 nights
Private driver guide at disposal for the day: Prince Edward Island & Charlottetown
Cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, truly a storybook setting where you’ll find yourself immersed in picturesque, inspirational scenes of Victorian farmsteads, green rolling fields, and red sand beaches reposing between seas and skies of vibrant blue. Stop for lunch at the PEI Preserves Co. (to be paid locally), with time to enjoy their preserves production area and gardens. Today’s final destination is Charlottetown, known as “The Birthplace of Canada” and the capital city of Prince Edward Island.

Accommodation at Hotel Delta Hotels Prince Edward****
This Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island hotel is close to the scenic harbour and features easy access to area attractions along with spacious accommodations, modern amenities and an on-site gourmet restaurant. While staying at the Delta Prince Edward, guests will have easy access to the numerous shops at Peake’s Wharf, scenic biking paths and top-golf courses. Beautiful Victoria Park is also located nearby. With a spacious indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and on-site massage services, every stay at the Prince Edward Delta is sure to be enjoyable. Guests can also enjoy elegant regional cuisine at the on-site Water’s Edge Resto Bar Grill.

Day 6
Private driver guide at disposal for the day : Landscapes of « Anne of Green Gables »
Red-sand beaches line the shores of Prince Edward Island National Park, along with wind-sculpted dunes, salt marshes and broad inlets that provide safe harbor for seabirds and seafarers. Explore the park after spending the morning at leisure, taking note of its fragile ecosystem and gentle beauty. Continue on to the fishing village of North Rustico Harbour to see its iconic lighthouse and scenic views, embodying a way of life that has flourished on the island since 1790. Step back in time on a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, the site of the home and farm that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s literary masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables. Go inside “Anne’s” home and view rooms set up as they were described by the author. Stroll the grounds to learn more about rural life in the early 20th century, before savoring a taste of island life at a local restaurant renowned for its lobster dishes (to be paid locally).

Day 7: Ingonish beach, Cape Breton Island for 3 nights
Cape Breton Island & Bras d’or Lake
Ferry to mainland Nova Scotia, where you’ll drive over a causeway to Cape Breton Island. Known to the French as « Isle Royale, » this island changed hands between colonial powers several times, creating a unique culture that blends Acadian and Gaelic traditions. Journey through a dramatic landscape that echoes the Highlands and the great shoreline cliffs of Brittany in France; enjoy some panoramic views of the Canso Causeway at lunch today (to be paid locally). Travel along the coast of Bras d’Or Lake, which is an inland sea ringed with cliffs and rolling mountains – it’s a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. Drive north to Ingonish and the Keltic Lodge, nestled on a cliff surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The setting for your three-night stay is picturesque, remote, dramatic – and wildly beautiful.

Accommodationat Hotel Keltic Lodge
This historic Cape Breton resort, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, is located in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with a spectacular view of Cape Smokey rising out of the sea. Keltic Lodge is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia family vacation with recreation facilities on site and nearby that includes a heated pool, Aveda Spa, wilderness trails, hiking, whale watching and swimming at Ingonish Beach. Adjacent to the resort is the 18-hole championship Highlands Links Golf Course. Our resort offers you a choice of two restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining and outstanding cuisine. Our Highland Sitting Room features nightly entertainment, as well as a light pub-style menu. Visit our web site for details of our golf, spa and family fun packages!  Our accommodations include 109 guestrooms with different styles of accommodations: guest rooms in our main lodge, with 2 air-conditioned executive 2-bedroom suites; Corson House with air-conditioned guest units; self-contained cottages with an ensuite bathroom, fireplace and veranda (no kitchens), and new luxury 1- and 2-bedroom suites. All of our guest accommodations include either a 3-piece or 4-piece bath, cable television, telephone, radio/alarm clock, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Cots are available only at the Inn. Guest features include our outdoor heated pool, gift shop, full-service spa, and complimentary wireless Internet in public areas of our resort. All of our guest accommodations are non-smoking. We provide pet-friendly accommodations. All major credit cards are accepted.

Day 8
Day at leisure at Ingonish Beach

Your day begins with a presentation by a naturalist who educates you on the indigenous wildlife, then the remainder of the day is spent as you please at your lodge at Ingonish Beach. You may join us for an optional afternoon “walkabout” that spotlights the fascinating history and spectacular setting of the lodge. Or, there are a variety of optional activities at the historic lodge (some at an additional cost), including links golf, tennis, and whale watching; hike the beach or the nature trail, or perhaps enjoy some time at the spa. Prior to dinner this evening you’ll get a good “taste” of what Nova Scotia cuisine is all about at a cooking demonstration; of particular note is the unique “oyster shucking” as demonstrated by a local resident.

Day 9
Private driver guide at disposal for the day: The beauty of the Cabot Trail & more
Experience breathtaking coastal landscapes on the Cabot Trail, a serpentine highway that is one of the world’s most exciting and scenic drives. The winding road is carved into the side of mountains along unforgettable ocean vistas, ascending to the plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Drive through a landscape rich in rugged barrens, waterfalls, cliffs, and panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seacoast. Photo stops in Acadian fishing communities lead the way to a rug hooking museum, a showcase for “talking” rugs that speak volumes about a pioneer art that was grown from seed and quietly discloses the trials and tribulations of the women who challenged the wilderness with their families and settled in new frontiers. Then stop in Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing community on Cape Breton Island, for lunch and a taste of their long-cherished cultural heritage (to be paid locally). Return along the Cabot Trail to the Keltic Lodge where this evening you’ll take part in a unique, lively Cape Breton tradition – a “kitchen party” featuring local cuisine, regional spirits, tastings, and Celtic music.

Day 10: Liscomb Mills for 1 night
Private driver at disposal for the day: Gaelic culture & Bell’s legacy in Baddeck
A highlight of this trip is today’s visit to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at Englishtown, where you’ll learn about Nova Scotia’s Scottish Gaelic culture. Watch a kilt-making demonstration, and learn a little Gaelic – through song – while learning about the fabric milling tradition. Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell summered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, after he and his family moved to Canada from Scotland, later setting up his laboratory in this picturesque village. Today’s tour of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site includes a presentation chronicling Bell’s life and work, and a guided tour through the museum’s exhibits showcasing his inventions, from the telephone to ingenious kites, hydrofoils, airplanes and even the metal detector. Have lunch at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay (to be paid locally) and perhaps some free time.

Accommodation at  Hotel Liscombe Lodge Resort & Conference Centre****
Twenty-five minutes’ drive from Sherbrooke Village, this lodge features free bike rentals and an indoor swimming pool. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV. An on site restaurant is available. Guest rooms, furnished with home-style lodge décor, feature a seating area and coffee and tea-making facilities. A private terrace and free Wi-Fi are also included at the Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Center. A fitness centre, hot tub, and sauna are all available for guest relaxation. A children’s play area and a marina/boat hire are also on site. The Riverside Room Restaurant offers on site dining at the Resort and Conference Center Liscombe Lodge. With large windows over looking the river, guests can dine on a wide variety of fresh seafood and local produce. Marie Joseph Provincial Park is 5.5 km from the hotel. Spanish Ship Bay is less than 10 minutes’ drive away, and Halifax is 2 hours and 40 minutes’ from the property.

Day 11
Private transfer from Liscombe Mills to Halifax Airport



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