Visit Canada’s Maritime, Atlantic Coast on a self-drive that offers the very best of Nova Scotia. Fly into the gateway city of Halifax and enjoy a few days getting to know this stunning harbour side city with its historic Citadel in the centre, Maritime Museum and great walks along the Halifax Waterfront amongst the highlights. Travel down the Atlantic Coast, taking in picturesque sites including the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cover before crossing the peninsula to see the Bay of Fundy, home of the largest tidal movements in the world. On your way to Cape Breton, detour to Wallace on the Northumberland Shore, before heading over to most Northern Point of the province and taking in breath-taking views along the fantastic drive down the Cabot Trail. Return to Halifax via Bras d’ Or Lake and the Eastern Shore.
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Fly from the UK to Halifax International Airport, collect a rental car and head to the downtown hotel. The Canada Roadbook, with lots of maps and useful information will be waiting for at the front desk to pick up at check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure for exploring this bustling oceanside city.
Halifax is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbours and bears all the hallmarks of both a modern and historic city. You can discover its proud maritime heritage in the many museums while the waterfront area boasts the Halifax Boardwalk and the restored Historic Properties, a collection of former warehouses dating back to the early 19th Century which now house lots of shops, restaurants and bars. Visit the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, the Public Gardens or sail on a harbour cruise aboard the Bluenose II.
Today travel west along the Nova Scotia coast through the outskirts of Halifax. Traversing the northern shore of beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay, and arrive in the picturesque Western Shore area, just across the water from magnificent and mysterious Oak Island.
Drive distance – 158 km / 98 miles
The resort is located on the beautiful southern shores of Nova Scotia with breath-taking views of Mahone Bay and legendary Oak Island. Go for a stroll along the resort’s seaside trail and observe humpback and fin whales as they play off Tancook Island. Perhaps try a traditional Nova Scotia dish while enjoying the spectacular views of the water as sailboats glide gently across the bay.
Today head west and cross the heart of Nova Scotia and the near pristine wilderness that is home to a wide variety of woodland animals. Make a stop for a day’s hike at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site. The hiking trails and canoe routes are accessible from Kejimkujik Lake and lead deep into the park’s interior and to its remote island-dotted lakes. On several locations on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake, the soft slate has been decorated with petroglyphs reflecting life prior to and following the arrival of Europeans. Arrive in Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy.
Drive distance – 158 km / 98 miles
Drive along Nova Scotia’s northern shore and admire the Bay of Fundy, world-famous for its extreme tides. The vertical range between high and low tide can be as much as 15 metres, the greatest rise of water on earth. Twice a day, the tides carry 100-billion tonnes of water into the Bay of Fundy. On the way through this beautiful stretch of land, visit historic landmarks, such as the Annapolis Royal Area, the Grand Pré National Historic Site, and Fort Edward National Historic Site to learn more about Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Acadian and native heritage.
Drive distance – 300 km / 184 miles
Travel out of the Annapolis Valley and onto Northumberland Shore as you head through the rural community of Wallace to your home for the next two days.
Drive distance – 83 km / 52 miles
The resort itself has plenty to keep you occupied for a day or you can relax in the stunning surroundings. With a fantastic golf course, deep water marina and various other activities on site you are sure to be busy but if you did want to venture out, one of Nova Scotia’s best beaches, Heather Beach, is just a 35 minute drive away.
Leave Wallace and drive along the North Shore Drive through tranquil scenery and small communities that still celebrate Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Native and Acadian identities.
Drive distance – 100 km / 62 miles
After leaving the New Glasgow area, the journey soon arrive at the narrows of the ocean and eastern reaches of the Northumberland Strait at the doorstep of the island and the commercial hub of Ports Hawkesbury near the tip of St. Georges Bay. Continue on through gentle rolling fields of the bay area as it transitions into the beautiful Bras D’Or Lake lowlands. Arrive in Baddeck, often known as the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands.
Drive distance – 196 km / 122 miles
Today is free to with a chance to enjoy a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton. The trail runs past lochs and glens settled by Scottish Highlanders and along scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. Meander through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park, enjoying stunning views of sea-swept headlands, steep cliffs and tranquil beaches.
Heading onto the Western side of the highlands and into Cheticamp for a two hour whale watching tour. The comfortable, covered touring boat sails out to observe whales, seals, eagles, seabirds and wildlife along the scenic coastline of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Continue the drive south today, passing charming maritime communities that still celebrate their Scottish heritage. Explore one of the most important Canadian ports of World War II and tour the Fortress of Louisburg - one of the historically most significant locations in all of North America. Children and adults alike enjoy touring the reconstructed buildings and interactive demonstrations by the staff dressed in historical costumes. Historical recreations and demonstrations are enacted throughout the season, giving visitors a glimpse of both the majesty and hardships of life in colonial Canada. Continue on to Bras d’Or Lake, considered to be one of the world’s best sailing and boating venues.
Drive distance – 92 km / 57 miles
Depart West Bay and shores of Bras d’or Lake and travel through Port Hawksbury and over the Canso Causeway connecting eastern and western Nova Scotia. Once on the western shore, maybe alter your route and turn south to drive along the rugged southern Nova Scotian coastline. The coastal highway passes through great natural habitats, beach parks and dramatic shorelines along Nova Scotia's eastern Atlantic coast before arriving at Liscomb Mills.
Drive distance – 153 km / 96 miles
With a late flight back to the UK this evening, time allows for a visit to the Liscombe Game Sanctuary, a 250-square-kilometre area encompassing stands of virgin Nova Scotian forest and an abundance of wildlife, such as moose, deer, mink and muskrat. Follow the Marine Drive back to Halifax International Airport to drop off the car and check-in for your overnight return to the UK.
Drive distance – 161 km / 100 miles
‘Good Harbour-side Location’
Hotel Halifax is conveniently located directly on the harbour in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Guest rooms and suites feature modern amenities such as free WiFi access, while on-site facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre and heated indoor pool. The signature restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
‘Seafront Serenity and East-Coast Hospitality’
Offering the best of east-coast hospitality, Oak Island Resort is a seafront hotel in Nova Scotia’s South Shore region. Features include a cosy fireside lounge, plenty of leisure facilities such as tennis, basketball and mini golf and a relaxing spa. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools and a choice of three restaurants.
‘Ocean Views and Hiking Trails’
On the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Nova Scotia, Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa abounds with adventure, from hiking trails to kayaking. The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Stanley Thompson, winds through pine trees and a meandering brook. Guest rooms are set within a Norman-style chateau and there are also one, two and three bedroom cottages available. The restaurant focuses on local ingredients to form new twists on old favourites.
‘Ideally Located for Exploration’
In Truro city centre, the Best Western Plus Glengarry enjoys a close proximity to famous sights such as Tidal Bore and Mastodon Ridge. The hotel features Wi-Fi access, a piano bar, dining room and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. There are nine golf courses within an hours’ drive away.
‘Premier Resort; Championship Golf’
Located in scenic Wallace on the Northumberland Shore, a 90-minute drive from Halifax, Fox Harb’r Resort is perhaps best known for its award-winning championship golf course and par 3 course. However, it also boasts a tennis centre, sporting lodge with clay shooting, a spa and wellness centre, deep sea marina and private airstrip. The dining isn’t bad either, with gourmet menus accompanied by a private vineyard.
'Centrally located for exploring or shopping'
Located in the centre of the shopping and business districts of New Glasgow, you’ll find plenty to do within a short walk. In the heart of Northumberland Shore, it is a perfect gateway to travel North and take the ferry to Prince Edward Island or continue east and out onto Cape Breton.
‘Inspiring Views and Ambience’
These are the views that inspired the scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator Alexander Graham Bell. Silver Dart Lodge overlooks the scenic Bras d’Or Lake and offers a collection of informal lodges and hilltop chalets set across 90 acres. There are endless hiking trails nearby, with an on-site restaurant to tackle your hunger after a day of exploring.
‘Golf Resort and Cosy Cottages’
Encircled by lush lawns and the sweeping Bras d’Or Lakes, Dundee Resort & Golf Club offers a retreat for visitors of all ages. Families can enjoy activities together such as hiking, an indoor pool and a large children’s playground, not to mention kayaking and canoeing on the lake. There is also the spectacular championship golf course.
‘Surrounded by Nature’
On Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, Liscombe Lodge Resort is encircled by natural beauty. The resort is spread across three areas; the lodge, featuring 30 guest rooms including a luxury suite, the 17 open-concept chalets, and the five four-bedroom shared cottages with private verandas. Overlooking scenic views of the lake, the cosy restaurant specialises in fresh-from-the-wharf Nova Scotia seafood.
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