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8 days
Go as you Please Adventure
Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island

Day 1:
Today arrive at the Halifax International Airport and pick up your rental car and drive to Halifax for your first night in Nova Scotia.

Depending on arrival time spend the afternoon and early evening touring the city, consider including the Fortress Citadel and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which reflects Halifax's continuing link to the sea and hear tales of rum running and privateering along the Historic Halifax waterfront, and Historic properties. Learn about this famous city's trials during the war years and the aftermath of the greatest man made explosion - the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 2:
Today, travel up the Eastern Shore, taking in the picturesque fishing villages with names like Musquodoboit, Jeddore and Sheet Harbour. Then its up to the fabulous Sherbrooke Village, a restored active 19th-century settlement. This picturesque former lumbering and shipbuilding community looks as it did 100 years ago, before goldmining transformed it into a boom town.

Late afternoon cross the deepest causeway in the world, the Canso Causeway, and enter the pridelands of "Canada's Ocean Playground", Cape Breton! Travel the scenic coastal route to beautiful Mabou where you will visit the Glenora Inn and Distillery. Enjoy an educational distillery tour where you will witness the production of North America's only single malt whisky! Sample Canada's first legal moonshine. Bask in the serene surroundings or browse the gift shop.

Continue along the Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee) Trail, which is Gaelic for "party" or "gathering", and travel through the fishing port of Inverness. Arriving in Cheticamp, an Acadian fishing village located beneath the Cape Breton Highlands and on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, consider an evening whale watching tour, cruise the coast of the Highlands and see bald eagles, endangered whales, interesting rock formations and seacaves. (Overnight in Cheticamp).

Day 3:
Depart Cheticamp and travel north along the famous Cabot Trail. Travel the mountainous highlands where you'll make stops at look off points to observe bald eagles, moose and the view of the ocean meeting the land. Circle the Highlands, marvel at the land that Bell loved so much!
Onto Baddeck for a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum where you'll learn of the life and works of this famous inventor, teacher and humanitarian, who, at age 29, invented the telephone. Visit Bell's summer home where he spent 37 summers. (Overnight in Baddeck at the Eagle's Perch Bed & Breakfast).

It was Alexander Graham Bell who stated, "I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland - but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all."

Day 4:
Depart Baddeck and across the Causeway and via ferry over the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. If the timing of the ferry allows, take time to visit the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou where a reconstruction of one of the original Pilgrim ships has been built, or tour the Grohmann Knife Factory.

Travel to beautiful Cavendish, famous for its white sandy beaches and the Anne of Green Gables House - setting for the famous author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Visit the Royal Atlantic Wax Museum. See over 100 life wax figures from London, England, portraying the famous of yesterday and today including Hollywood stars, British Royalty, Anne of Green Gables, presidents and prime ministers and more. We can also strongly recommend a visit to the PEI Preserves Co., where one of the best Canadian jams and jellies are being made, or visit Woodleigh Replicas with its beautiful miniature castles of Britain's glorious past.

Travel to Charlottetown, the capital city of the Emerald Isle and the "Birthplace of Canada". Tonight, enjoy a traditional lobster dinner on the waterfront and the musical "Anne of Green Gables" (a favourite for the last 32 years!) at the Charlottetown Festival. Overnight in Charlottetown.

Day 5:
Take a city tour of Charlottetown before heading back across the Strait into Nova Scotia. Stop enroute to Halifax to visit the Telderberry Winery and taste test their delicious fruity products.

Spend the rest of the day in Halifax. A historic city with lots to see and do. Take a harbour cruise, stroll the boardwalk, or take in a fresh seafood dinner at one of the many fine local restaurants. Try your hand at "Lady Luck" in the Casino. Overnight in Halifax.

Day 6:
Today travel along the German coastal Lighthouse Route to picturesque Peggy's Cove - an artist's and photographer's paradise! This village is situated upon solid granite rock which is actually debris left behind by retreating glaciers from the Ice Age. See the famous DeGarthe monument carved in granite rock depicting life in the cove. Check out the many craft and gift shops.

Continue on to the quaint towns of Chester & Mahone Bay. There are many craft and antique shops and museums along the way. Travel to Lunenburg, famous for the schooner Bluenose, the undefeated champion of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. The Bluenose II, a replica of the original schooner, was built and launched here. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for a taste of our seafaring heritage. Overnight on the South Shore.

Day 7:
Today, travel via Liverpool to beautiful Kejimkujik Park. Take a timed walk, ride a bike or canoe in the calm waters.

Join the enchanting Evangeline Trail. Visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site - Canada's oldest National Historic Site. Explore the preserved earthwork fortifications of the early 18th-century. View exhibits and artifacts recounting the historical struggle between the French and the English.

Continue to Port Royal Habitation, a reconstruction of the original French fur trading post, founded and settled by the French over 2 centuries ago, which has great historical significance. War between the French and English resulted in most of the French, known as the Acadians, being expelled from their homeland. Many relocated to Louisiana where they became known as the Cajun people. Stroll through the centuries at the Grand Pre National Historic Site which depicts the early life of these first settlers and honours their plight. Explore the setting for Longfellow's poem and heroine, "Evangeline". Overnight in the Halifax area.

Day 8:
This morning catch up on some last minute shopping before heading out to the Airport for return home. Farewell to Nova Scotia, but treasure the memories and come again!




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