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Explore the Canadian Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life. Taking you to a region famed for the grandeur of its state and national parks, as well as Canada's first European settlement, each Canadian Maritime cruise is an unforgettable experience. From the luxury of a cruise ship, you can take in history as well as nature's most breathtaking sights. Delightfully "off-the-beaten-path" the coastline is dotted with fishing villages with quaint clapboard houses and spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline. Famous among Canadian and St. Lawrence Seaway cruises, you may also have the opportunity to visit neighboring Newfoundland and Labrador.

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What are the Canadian Maritimes? 

The Maritimes, sometimes known as the Maritime provinces, is a region in eastern Canada comprised of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Each Canadian Maritime tour takes you to a region famed for the grandeur of its provincial and national parks, as well as Canada's early European settlement area. On a luxury cruise ship, you may take in the sights of ancient civilizations and the wonders of the natural world.

St. Lawrence Seaway and Canada-bound ships frequently stop in Newfoundland and Labrador, two neighboring provinces. 

Is it worthwhile to visit the Maritimes?

Even without the gorgeous terrain, freshest lobster, animals, music, art, literature, and activities, the Maritimes' people are an excellent reason to visit. Maritimers are the kindest Canadians.

Canadian Maritimes Highlights

The Maritime Provinces are home to five of Canada's national parks, despite being relatively small. All have their own unique beauty. 
  • Cape Breton Highlands, Nova ScotiaThe largest park in the Maritimes, the Highlands features 26 hiking trails, including the famed Skyline Trail. The Cabot Trail runs through Cape Breton's mountains and coastline.
  • Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia has a beautiful forest bisected by a river, suitable for canoeing, camping, or hiking. The RASC declared the park a Dark-Sky Preserve. Clear evenings give unrivaled views of the moon, constellations, and planets.
  • Prince Edward Island National Park. One of Canada's smaller national parks and is famed for its sandy beaches. Walking trails, boardwalks, and 20 km of paved multi-use trail cut through saltwater marsh and Acadian forest. It's also a Canadian Important Bird Area.
  • Fundy, New BrunswickGet a taste of Atlantic Canadian culture and the highest tides in the world, as well as magnificent forests and first-class campgrounds.
  • Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick. A national park on the Acadian Coast with lush forests, salt marshes, and warm beaches. This Dark Sky Preserve is a celestial wonder at night and a winter pleasure zone.
Best Time to Visit the Canadian Maritimes

The best time to visit the Canadian Maritimes is between June and September when the weather is typically drier and milder. Many restaurants and lodgings close for the winter during these months, and the weather can be chilly and damp.

How much time do I need to spend in the maritime provinces?
In order to see all four provinces of Atlantic Canada without feeling hurried, a two-week trip is the perfect amount of time. It's possible to spend the entire two weeks in the Maritime provinces or merely visit Newfoundland and Labrador's northernmost reaches.
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Canadian Maritime Cruises FAQs

Do I need a visa to visit to Canada?
To enter Canada, US citizens just need a valid US passport. While a visa is not necessary for most other countries, you must apply for a CA$7 Electronic Travel Authorization at https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp.
Is tipping typical in Canada?
In Canada, it is customary to tip between 15 and 20 percent on restaurant bills and to pay taxi drivers and other service employees. It is a gracious method of expressing appreciation and helps augment what are typically quite meager pay (which is how Canada keep prices lower). It is a cultural standard in Canada, but we always leave the decision of how much to tip (if at all) up to the individual traveler.
How is Internet connectivity in Canada?
In cities and towns, you will likely have access to high-speed wireless internet. Many of our Canada adventures do visit some of the more remote Arctic regions, and it is possible that you will not have internet access for many days while we are out of range in these locations and while cruising. Otherwise, the internet in Canada is reliable.

During the first quarter of 2022, St. John's Newfoundland had the fastest median mobile download speed among Canada's most populous cities, at 159.07 Mbps, 4th place is Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 95.37 Mbps. (Speedtest.net)
Can I use my mobile phone in Canada?
Before leaving your house, check with your service provider to see if mobile roaming for Canada has been activated on your phone. In cities and across the majority of southern Canada, you will have access to reliable cell phone service. Due to the fact that the majority of our itineraries traverse Canada's remote wilderness and Arctic regions, which are far from cell towers, it is likely that you will not have service for a portion or the all of your journey.
Do I require an adapter or converter?
Canada uses 110V electricity with the same plugs as the United States. To use the outlets, you will need a power adapter/converter if you are visiting from a different region of the world.
How are the restrooms in Canada?
There are standard flush toilets throughout the majority of Canada.
Approximately how much will it cost (in US dollars):
Transportation costs $1.70
coffee costs $1.28
dinner costs $15.00
$4.00 for takeout food
Is the water in Canada potable?
Yes, you can drink tap water in Canada. Strive to be ecologically conscious by refilling your plastic water bottle rather than purchasing new ones.
What is the most common method of payment in Canada?
Canada possesses the Canadian Dollar, which typically trades at a discount to the US dollar. You will be able to use your credit card in nearly all establishments in major cities and tourist areas, and access to ATMs is relatively simple. You should keep some cash on hand for smaller transactions.
Should I buy travel insurance for my next trip?
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