Go off the beaten track on this tour of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (PEI) and their under-the-radar national parks, stunning coasts and quaint towns.
Suggested route & duration
12 nights from Halifax
• Halifax 2 nights
• Cape Breton Highlands 1 night
• Baddeck 2 nights
• Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 2 nights
• Moncton, New Brunswick 2 nights
• Saint John, New Brunswick 1 night
• Digby, Nova Scotia 1 night
• Western Shore, Nova Scotia 1 night
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Visit Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province and the setting of Anne of Green Gables
• See the world’s biggest tides at Bay of Fundy as they swell high enough to kayak on and drop low enough for visitors to walk on the ocean floor
• Get magnificent ocean views on Cape Breton Highlands’ Cabot Trail
• Hike in Prince Edward Island National Park and Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujk National Park
• This itinerary can also be done in a motorhome.
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Halifax Arrive in Halifax and stroll along the harbour front, catch the midday cannon at the Citadel National Historic Site and learn about nautical history at the Maritime Museum. Stay 2 nights at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.
Day 3: Cape Breton Highlands Drive north-east out to Cape Breton Island and follow the Cabot Trail that ribbons along the coastline. Stay at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa.
Day 4: Baddeck Loop round to the village of Baddeck and visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum or take a day trip to Louisbourg Fortress. Stay 2 nights at Inverary Resort.
Day 6: Charlottetown, PEI Take the road and ferry to Prince Edward Island (PEI). Go to Prince Edward Island National Park to hike its trails or take the Sand Dunes Walk to a red-sand beach. Stay 2 nights at The Great George.
Day 8: Moncton, New Brunswick Return to the mainland to Moncton via Shediac. Travel west to the Bay of Fundy, famous for its rock formations and record-breaking tides, and head out to Shediac for lobster cruises. Stay 2 nights at Crown Plaza Moncton Downtown.
Day 10: Saint John, New Brunswick Stop over in Saint John to see the longstanding farmers’ market and the Reversing Falls, a natural phenomenon of whirlpools and rapids created at the spot where the bay and river meet. Stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John.
Day 11: Digby, Nova Scotia Cross the Bay of Fundy over to Digby. Explore Kejimkujk National Park on its trails and waterways, visit Annapolis Royal’s Fort Anne or check out nearby vineyards in Wolfville. Stay at Harbourview Inn.
Day 12: Western Shore, Nova Scotia Move on to Western Shore, where you’re just half an hour’s drive from colourful buildings and history at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg. Stay at Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre.
Hike the five-mile looping Skyline Trail at Cape Breton National Park on the Cabot Trail
Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Learn about the telephone inventor’s work in deaf education
Drive out to see Peggy’s Cove’s famous attraction, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse
Bay of Fundy
See the world’s biggest tides rise and fall at epic proportions
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
Accommodation in this part of the country can be very limited to functional three- and four-star hotels. Since this itinerary’s main focus is on getting out and seeing lesser-visited areas, they’re usually just a simple base. We’ve picked the best option available in each place.
The Maritime provinces have some amazing natural wonders. We recommend a full-day Hopewell Rocks & Bay of Fundy Coastal tour, a one-of-a-kind experience to see the extreme high and low tides at the Bay of Fundy which can range from 14 metres to 910 metres.
Two weeks will give you enough time for day trips plus additional overnight stops to break up longer drives. These provinces have plenty more rugged landscapes to see if you want to take a detour or add on extra time to any of your stops.
If you have a bit more time and crave civilisation, you can combine this itinerary with mainland cities like Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa, or even East Coast USA.
Good to know
When to go
• The best time to visit the Maritime provinces is between June and September when the weather is warmest
• Summer and autumn is the best time for whale watching (humpback whales start arriving from June)
• Autumn is good for fewer crowds and catching the pretty fall colours