Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island offer miles of seacoast with towering cliffs, spectacular views, uncrowded beaches, imposing headlands, sheltered coves, quaint fishing villages and bustling harbours
Usually visitors arrive by air or train at Halifax. This historic coastal city is steeped in history and rich in culture. The Halifax Citadel, Canada’s most visited National Historic Site, bustles with the sights and sounds of 19th century British military life. Kilted soldiers drill and bagpipes skirl and at 12 noon the cannon goes off – a tradition dating back to the late 1800s. Citadel Hill also offers commanding and panoramic views of Halifax Harbour
Cabot Trail Scenic Drive
To the north of Halifax, you can drive the Cabot Trail taking in Cape Breton Highlands, rocky cliffs and rugged coast line, recognised as one of the world’s most awe inspiring scenic drives.
The Famous Lighthouse Route
The lighthouse route runs along Nova Scotia’s South Shore out of Halifax, where you can visit historic towns and weathered fishing villages with more than 20 lighthouses including the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. The province’s seafaring heritage is reflected in the preservation of colourful waterfronts, narrow streets and delightful architecture. One such example is Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also on the South Shore just over an hour’s drive from Halifax.
The Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy lies mainly on the north western coast. Here visitors can walk on the ocean floor as 100 billion tonnes of water washes out of the basin backwards, or you can experience white–water rafting on the surge wave. The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia is one of the finest places along the eastern seaboard for whale watching and wherever you go you will never be more than 35 minutes from the sea.
Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Prince Edward Island is the ideal size for a relaxing break at the end of a fly drive holiday of Nova Scotia. A short drive over the Confederate Bridge brings you into the beautiful city of Charlottetown – here you can learn how the confederation of territories forming Canada was started in 1867. The island has miles of beaches, wonderful foodie experiences, top golf courses, ceilidhs and music halls and unique craft shops. Although the smallest state in Canada, this little island was made world famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery with her best-selling 1908 novel ‘Anne of Green Gables’ – there are plenty of authentic PEI experiences here for you to enjoy.
Combine with other areas of Canada
This type of holiday can easily be combined with Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto with numerous internal flights available as well as an overnight train from both Halifax and Moncton (North Nova Scotia), to Quebec City and Montreal. As well as fly-drive holiday itineraries there are many Escorted Tours of the areas listed – please ask me for more details and suggestions.