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Embark on an 11-day exploration of Canada's Maritime provinces. Experience the charms of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Discover Peggy’s Cove, explore Cape Breton's Skyline Trail and shop for Mi’kmaq arts in Lunenburg. Get to know historic Charlottetown, visit Anne of Green Gables home, enjoy dinner on a lobster boat, and meet a Mi’kmaq guide. You'll soon understand why this corner of Canada is beloved by all who visit.
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  • Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park's coastal trail
  • Explore Thunder Cove Beach's surreal landscapes in Summerside
  • Dive into the rich Mi'kmaq culture at the Lennox Island Cultural Center
  • Experience the Victorian elegance of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Halifax | Lunenburg

Welcome to Halifax! Your tour starts now with a 10 am meeting. Afterward, explore historic Lunenburg on the South Shore, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join a leader-led walking tour, discovering the old fishing community turned artist hub. Take free time to explore the National Historic Site of Canada—the old town center. Don't miss sampling local brews, as Lunenburg has a Prohibition-era history. Return to Halifax in the late afternoon and join an optional dinner later in the evening if you wish.

Included Activities:
  • Lunenburg - Guided walking tour
  • Lunenburg - Mahone Bay & Blue Rocks

Day 2: Halifax

  • 1 Breakfast
Take a trip to famous Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village that is one of the most photographed places in all of Canada – for good reason! Experience rocky outcrops, the crashing Atlantic, colorful fishing boats, and the famous red-tipped lighthouse, as you would expect on Maritimes postcards. Follow your local leader along the Peggy’s Cove Rock Walk, meandering along the barren coastline that glaciers created some 12,000 years ago. Grab lunch in the village (your own expense) – perhaps a creamy seafood chowder or fresh lobster roll.

Included Activities:
  • Peggy’s Cove – Rock Walk

Day 3: Baddeck

  • 1 Breakfast
Drive from Halifax to Baddeck, making a stop at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center. Located in the heart of Millbrook First Nation's development, it tells the story of the Millbrook Mi’kmaq and their vital role in the Maritimes. Don’t miss the gift shop with beautiful traditional arts and crafts. On arrival in Baddeck, relax and settle into your hotel.

Included Activities:
  • Millbrook - Mi'kmac Cultural & Heritage Centre

Day 4: Baddeck

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Embark on a day of discovery and adventure. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site to gain insight into the inventor's life. Drive along the Cabot Trail, stopping for a leisurely hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Skyline Trail offers spectacular views over the sea. If it's a nice day, your leader will take you further along the Cabot Trail – a 4-hour drive with beautiful stops. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Baddeck for the night.

Included Activities:
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Hike
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (Entrance Fee)

Day 5: Charlottetown

  • 1 Breakfast
Drive from Baddeck to Charlottetown, the charming capital of Prince Edward Island. Arrive in the late afternoon and explore on foot. Stroll by the picturesque harbor, through leafy parks, and along Victorian-era streets lined with gabled houses. Consider joining your group for an optional dinner to toast your adventure.

Included Activities:
  • Charlottetown - Leader-led orientation walk

Day 6: Charlottetown

  • 1 Dinner
Attend a 10 am orientation meeting, welcoming new travelers for the next leg of your journey. Head out with your leader for a walking tour of the town. Conclude with a tasting at Upstreet Brewing, a B Corp business crafting classic, seasonal, and experimental craft beers. Enjoy a free afternoon before regrouping in the evening for a special dinner. Head along Points East Coastal Drive (about 45 minutes) for a traditional lobster and mussel boil on a local fisherman's private property.

Included Activities:
  • Points East Coastal Drive – Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
  • Charlottetown-Leader Lead Walking Tour
  • Charlottetown – Upstreet Craft Brewing Beer Tasting

Day 7: Charlottetown

  • 1 Breakfast
Drive from Charlottetown to the Greenwich section of Prince Edward Island National Park. This area features a rare parabolic dune system and miles of pristine white sand beaches along the famous Points East Coastal Drive. Explore small towns, beaches, and wildlife unique to PEI. Walk the dune trail, dip your toes in the surf, and observe rare coastal plant species and seabirds.

Included Activities:
  • Prince Edward Island National Park

Day 8: Summerside

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, visit Lennox Island First Nation to meet a Mi'kmaq guide for a cultural center and St. Anne church tour. Immerse yourself in Mi'kmaq culture and history, learning the traditional way of preparing bannock at a campfire. Settle in with a cup of tea and absorb stories about life on Lennox Island. Drive to nearby Cavendish, where L.M. Montgomery drew inspiration for "Anne of Green Gables." Explore Green Gables Heritage Place on a walking tour (with a focus on Anne, of course!). Check out the Bottle Houses – a village made of thousands of bottles. At Thunder Cove Beach, sandstone cliffs and sea stacks create an otherworldly landscape. Spend the night in the coastal city of Summerside.

Included Activities:
  • Cavendish – Bottle House Leader Led Tour
  • Thunder Cove Beach
  • Cavendish – Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Lennox Island First Nation Experience

Day 9: Moncton

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy a free morning exploring Summerside on your own. Check out local museums, galleries, and cultural centers, or wander through historic home neighborhoods. Get your sea legs ready! Cruise Shediac Bay on a working lobster boat with local fishers today. Experience a hands-on lobster fishing demonstration and savor a freshly caught lunch on board. After lunch, drive to Moncton and settle into your hotel for the night.

Included Activities:
  • Summerside – Lobster Boat Cruise with Lunch

Day 10: Saint John

Cross over into New Brunswick and head to the postcard-perfect Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. Arrive for low tide and join a naturalist guide for a walk onto the sea floor, getting up close to the towering sandstone formations known as the Hopewell Rocks, or Flowerpot Rocks. When the tide comes in, waters in the bay can reach up to 16 meters, so your local leader ensures you make the most of your visit. In the afternoon, make a quick detour to spectacular Cap Enrage with its charming lighthouse before continuing to explore Fundy National Park. Then, take a short drive to the historic seaport city of Saint John, where you'll stay for the night.

Included Activities:
  • Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park - Walk
  • Bay of Fundy - Fundy National Park
  • Bay of Fundy - Cap Enrage

Day 11: Saint John

  • 1 Breakfast
Your tour ends today, and you are free to leave at your leisure. Alternatively, if you prefer, stick around and explore the city of Saint John and more of the Maritimes on your own.

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