The Canadian Maritimes—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island—are known for their dramatic maritime landscapes, unique historic sites, and quiet lifestyle. Experience all this and more on this new tour.

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 Town Of Lunenburg Nova Scotia  Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island  Cape Breton Island seaside farm  View to the north west from above Meat Cove, Nova Scotia

Seascapes of the Canadian Maritimes

12 days from $5,397

The Canadian Maritimes—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island—are known for their dramatic maritime landscapes, unique historic sites, and quiet lifestyle. Experience all this and more on this new tour.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

The Canadian Maritimes—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island—are known for their dramatic maritime landscapes, unique historic sites, and quiet lifestyle. Experience all this and more on this new tour.

Highlights Include

  • Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island: Discover the historic sites of British Lunenburg and French Acadian Grand-Pré, and see picturesque Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. On Cape Breton Island, visit the home of Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck and an 18th-century French fortress in Louisbourg. During a scenic drive, view the rugged landscape of ocean waters crashing against steep cliffs.
  • New Brunswick: Cross the Bay of Fundy by ferry for historic Saint John, then focus on the area’s natural history. During a whale watching cruise, view many of the bay’s 12 species of whales. At Hopewell Rocks, gaze upon the ocean’s power as the Bay of Fundy’s water level changes 45 feet, the world’s highest tidal cycle.
  • Prince Edward Island: In Charlottetown, learn about the cultural and musical traditions of the Acadian people and the area’s early political history. Admire the striking landscapes along the North Shore and stop to tour the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place.
  • Culinary Traditions: Enjoy a lobster dinner aboard a working lobster boat as you learn about this vital regional industry, and savor a lunch of specialty scallops in Digby.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia

Arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, there are no group activities or meals planned for today.

Day 2 — Halifax / Lunenburg, South Shore

This morning begin your exploration of Canada’s maritime provinces with a scenic and comprehensive day along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Once the domain of privateering pirates, the region is now home to countless photogenic fishing villages. Set out early for Peggy’s Cove, a tiny hamlet strung along the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. Your destination is Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks and where you enjoy breakfast overlooking the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping.

Then continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a World Heritage site. Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town. Take a walking tour of this colorful hamlet then have time for lunch on your own. Your touring continues this afternoon as you make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three-centuries-old churches.

Late this afternoon, return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 3 — Halifax / Saint John, New Brunswick

Today travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. Stop for a tour at Tangled Garden to learn how the workers use the fresh fruit and aromatic herbs cultivated here to create a wide range of preserves, jellies, mustards, and liqueurs. After sampling a few of the garden’s wares, visit nearby Grand-Pré National Historic site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers. 

Then travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where one of the options for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. Late this afternoon board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

Day 4 — Saint John / St. Andrews

This morning embark on a panoramic tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada. Gain an appreciation for the city’s history as you drive along King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; and pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; hilltop Carleton Martello Tower, the fortification that ranks as Saint John’s oldest building; and the Old City Market, Canada’s longest running farmer’s market.

Then make your way down the coast to St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea. From here, embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where you’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales, including humpback, minke, and finback. (B,D)

Day 5 – Saint John and Shediac

Travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides. Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall.

Spend time here to view the formations, then continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Here enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this industry that plays a vital role in the region’s economy. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Shediac / Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

This morning cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI). Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and you learn about this rich historical tradition at your first stop on the island, Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and a community theater.

Continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and your home for the next two nights. Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain. Tour this historic locale, passing the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, the seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a National Historic Site and home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green Gables. (B,L)

Day 7 — Prince Edward Island

After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, early this afternoon travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where you admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park.

Along your drive stop to visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Silverbush. Enjoy a carriage ride around the Lake of Shining Waters and visit the Campbell House and gardens. Then enjoy afternoon tea at historic Dalvay-by-the-Sea, the opulent and beautiful Queen Anne Revival-style hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 – Charlottetown / Iona, Cape Breton Island

This morning board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Your first stop here is Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where you tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum complex featuring the actual models and documents Bell created while experimenting at his home nearby.

Then continue on to your hotel in Iona. (B,D)

Day 9 – Iona / Cabot Trail

It’s a day of outstanding scenery as you drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea, and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities. As you pass through this magnificent landscape, you make ample stops to absorb the grandeur of your surroundings. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Iona / Louisbourg, Sydney

Today visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum.

Next visit nearby Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where you have free time to explore as you wish and dine at a local restaurant before returning to Iona. (B,D)

Day 11 – Iona / Halifax, Nova Scotia

On the way back to Halifax today, stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals.

Enjoy some free time upon your return to Halifax before gathering tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate your Maritimes adventure. (B,D)

Day 12 – Depart Nova Scotia

Transfer to the Halifax airport today for your flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)