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Maritime Canada

Including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island

11 days from only £2,199pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Stay at least two nights in each province with plenty of free time to explore
  • Journey along the Cabot Trail, one of Canada’s most scenic drives
  • Drive through Cape Breton Highlands National Park and along spectacular coastlines
  • Explore the British heritage of charming colonial towns such as Charlottetown and Lunenburg
  • Discover picturesque Halifax, unearth its military past at the historic Citadel
  • Visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery, final resting place of victims of the Titanic
  • Experience the world’s highest tides at Fundy National Park, a coastal wonderland where you can walk the ocean floor at low tide
  • Follow in the footsteps of author Lucy Maud Montgomery and her beloved red-haired character at the Anne of Green Gables Museum
  • Visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site to learn about a time when Europe’s powers battled for supremacy in North America
  • Spend the day exploring St Andrews by-the-Sea, a quintessential fishing town
  • Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the Scottish inventor who made Nova Scotia his second home
  • See the iconic Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most famous
  • Return direct flights from London Heathrow, plus hotel transfers
  • Nine nights in three-star and four-star accommodation inclusive of all taxes, with breakfast
  • Services of an experienced and insightful Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

Selected departures available from May to September 2020

 
At a Glance
9 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
Bed & breakfast
Return flights & transfers
Daily visits & tours
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Canada’s Maritime provinces are the country’s smallest, but the staggering beauty of their picturesque landscapes is anything but insignificant. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, this alluring region was once part of Acadia, the colony of New France in North America, where French immigrants built small settlements throughout what is today Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Île-Saint-Jean – now known as Prince Edward Island or simply PEI.

Before the Europeans, Canada’s first inhabitants were nomads from Asia who crossed the land bridge that once linked Siberia with Alaska. Then came Leif Eriksson and the Vikings, and in 1497 John Cabot sailed under a British flag as far west as Cape Breton. However, it was French explorer Jacques Cartier who first claimed the region for the King of France in 1534. After two centuries of struggles for dominance, France ceded nearly all its North American territories to Britain under the Treaty of Paris of 1763.

Our wonderful tour of the Maritimes explores these three stunning provinces, each with their own distinctive character and countless charms, which we enjoy at a relaxed pace with ample free time.

First, we discover Nova Scotia and its fascinating blend of British and French influences. Latin for New Scotland, its northern half was once attached to Scotland hundreds of millions of years ago. Despite its size, Nova Scotia’s landscape varies wildly, boasting an inspiring canvas of low mountains and forested valleys, to a diverse coast that ranges from the rugged extreme to sandy beaches. We follow the famously scenic Cabot Trail, which winds through the magnificent Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the highland hills and verdant forests offer views and glimpses of wildlife you won’t soon forget.

A short ferry ride takes us to New Brunswick, Canada’s only bilingual province. Its southern coast hugs the Bay of Fundy, a feeding ground for minke, finback and humpback whales. We witness the world’s highest tides at Fundy National Park, where 160 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the bay. The mesmerising tides are best explored at the Hopewell Rocks, where we walk around the famous ‘flowerpot rocks’ at low tide before they disappear under water.

Last but certainly not least we visit Prince Edward Island, where the undulating scenery will remind you of home. This pastoral paradise is an intoxicating patchwork of rolling hills, flat farmlands, coastal villages, pink-sand beaches and red sandstone cliffs. It’s this storybook setting that inspired local author Lucy Maud Montgomery to create one of the most beloved characters of the 20th century – fans of her books will be delighted that we visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum.

As you’d expect, Maritime Canada is famed for its fresh shellfish, lobsters and oysters, but there’s so much more to the local cuisine, thanks to different cultural influences and the innovative use of indigenous ingredients. Traditional Acadian fare serves up the popular poutine râpée, a dumpling-style dish made with salted pork and potatoes topped with fruit preserves. On local menus it’s not uncommon to find ingredients such as wild blueberries, maple sugar, potatoes and fiddlehead ferns.

Then there are the friendly Canadians themselves, who are more than happy to share their beautiful country with you. Their warm-hearted humour and proclivity towards politeness will make you feel right at home.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are subject to availability, at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights from London Heathrow
  • Hotel transfers
  • Nine nights in three and four-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local accommodation taxes
  • Touring and coach travel as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Whale-watching in Bay of Fundy | Maritime Canada
 

Whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy - from £50 per person

If you’re visiting from June to September, you may wish to enjoy a 2.5-hour whale-watching excursion in the Bay of Fundy, the breathtaking playground of porpoises, seals and whales.

Subject to weather conditions. Riviera Travel cannot guarantee any wilflife sightings.

Please contact us to pre-book this experience.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Health

There are no current health requirements for travel to Canada, however, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) so this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.

Fact File

  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx.  8 hours (outbound) and 9 hours (inbound)
  • Languages: English
  • Time Zone: GMT-3.5 to -8
  • Country: Canada

Visa Information

Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization Programme, British passport holders are required to obtain an eTA prior to travelling to Canada rather than obtaining a full tourist visa. The application must be done via the website: www.canada.ca/eta.

You will need to provide some basic personal information similar to what was previously collected on arrival into Canada. eTA is electronically linked to your passport, which means you will need to travel with the same passport you used when applying for and obtaining your eTA.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application. Other nationality passport holders should check with the relevant embassy.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia 45 mins
Baddeck, Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 hrs 30 mins


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