Maritime Medley

Thursday, September 16 to Saturday, September 25, 2021

A ten-day experience of Celtic heritage and Acadian influences in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Explore our Canadian roots touring Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. An up-close, personal encounter with the Celtic heritage and Acadian influences that have given us many of our household names: St. John and the Bay of Fundy, the “Magnetic Hill”, beautiful Somerset and Cavendish, historic Charlottetown, our magnificent Cabot Trail, Louisbourg, Peggy’s Cove with its quintessential lighthouse,  and  vibrant Halifax.  Don Kasta and  Michael Quinn will be your hosts.

Can be combined with our upcoming Newfoundland trip. 


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September 16 - 25, 2021

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Day 1 - Thursday, September 16: Depart Toronto for Fredericton

Morning flight from Toronto to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Upon arrival, panoramic tour of the provincial capital and opportunity to visit the Loyalist Burial Grounds and the Military Compound in the historic Garrison District. After lunch we travel to St. John. Following hotel registration, a stroll before our welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Friday, September 17: Fredericton and Bay of Fundy

Today given over to experiencing one of the great natural wonders of the world - the powerful tidal movement in the Bay of Fundy. Our viewing of this natural phenomenon will be determined by the tidal charts and should allow us to also visit St. Andrews and perhaps catch a site of Campobello Island, long associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Day 3 - Saturday, September 18: To PEI

After breakfast we travel to Prince Edward Island. En route, our first stop will be Moncton, where we witness yet another natural phenomenon, ``Magnetic  Hill``. We continue on to Shediac, a significant town in our Acadian heritage, in time for lunch before following the picturesque coastal road to Cape Tormentine. The Confederation Bridge allows us to easily cross the Northumberland Strait for a late afternoon arrival in Charlottetown and overnight.

Day 4 - Sunday, September 19: Cavendish and Charlottetown

This morning we visit Summerside with its important shipbuilding background and its 6.5 km boardwalk along the waterfront. Then on to Cavendish and all that Lucy Maud Montgomery evoked with her quintessential novel. A walk on the beach is a must before returning to Charlottetown. Remainder of day to leisurely explore Confederation’s site. 

Day 5 - Monday, September 20: Ferry to Nova Scotia

Morning Charlottetown departure to Wood Islands. Here we board the ferry that will take us to Caribou, Nova Scotia. Lunch in Antigonish before arrival at Cape Breton Island. Our route will take us by way of Bras d’Or Lake, site of Alexander Graham Bell's famous hydrofoil experiments, to Baddeck, a lovely village on the Lake, our home for the next two nights. 

Day 6 - Tuesday, September 21: Antigonish and Cape Breton

Today we enjoy the classic scenic tour of the Cabot Trail as it winds and climbs along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The community of Chéticamp will offer us an experience of Acadian cuisine and culture before we reach Cape North and begin our descent past the famous Keltic Lodge to the Baddeck area. Opportunity to visit the Bell National Historic Site.

Day 7 - Wednesday, September 22: Louisburg

A leisurely breakfast before a scenic drive to the magnificently restored Fortress of Louisbourg, one of Canada’s most important National Historic Sites. The day will be spent experiencing the garrison life of the French and English soldiers and settlers. The many presentations and an 18thC lunch will add to the reality. After crossing the Canso Causeway, a late afternoon arrival in Halifax. An orientation stroll before dinner and an evening to enjoy harbour night life.

Day 8 - Thursday, September 23: Halifax

Guided morning walking tour of the capital's principal sites including Province House, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, the Old Burying Ground and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. After lunch, a visit to the Citadel National Historic Site. Remainder of afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 9 - Friday, September 24: Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg

After breakfast we travel to Peggy's Cove and the quintessential photo-op of our nation's signature lighthouse. A scramble over the fascinating rock formations then on to Lunenburg, home port to the famous "dime" schooner Bluenose. Return to Halifax and opportunity for individual activities...a touch of retail Maritime therapy perhaps? This evening we have our farewell dinner.

Day 10 - Saturday, September 25: Return flight to Toronto

Breakfast and morning transfer to Halifax Airport and our flight home to Toronto.

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INCLUDED

• Return air fare Toronto / Fredricton / Halifax; • Accommodation based on double occupancy; • Overland transportation via private van; ( private coach if numbers warrant) • A total of 5 dinners or luncheons; • Breakfast daily; • All admission charges as indicated in itinerary; • All hotel taxes and gratuities; • Services of full-time tour escort;

NOT INCLUDED

• All items of a personal nature; • Beverages; • Airport taxes; • All inclusive insurance and non-medical packages (available on request).

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