Atlantic & Maritime Canada Holidays

Bordering the wild Atlantic ocean, the charming provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador promise a unique adventure. Drift into the slow pace of life, delve into the culture, uncover historical attractions and soak up the vistas of rugged coasts, sandy beaches and majestic mountains.

In New Brunswick history, culture and outdoor fun are all at your fingertips, but perhaps the top attraction is the incredible Bay of Fundy where you can witness the highest tides in the world or go whale watching and spot humpbacks. There are also over 50 perfect beaches and urban delights in Saint John and Fredericton.

Finding great places to go in Nova Scotia – or New Scotland is easy, finding time to see it all is the tricky part. No point of the lobster-shaped province is more than 35 miles from the sea and its hauntingly lonely beaches are one of its finest draws. Explore the bustling capital of Halifax; be charmed by Peggy’s Cove and its world-famous lighthouse; discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg; the unsurpassed beauty of Kejimkujik National Park; and take a drive along the scenic Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province but it certainly packs a punch. It’s the home of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, green pastoral landscapes, red sand beaches, 25 stunning golf courses, a charming island way of life and fabulous fresh seafood.

The remote region of Newfoundland & Labrador is your go to place for outdoor adventures, particularly in the enigmatic beauty of UNESCO World Heritage listed Gros Morne National Park. See also vibrant St John’s, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site and the incredible frosty giants of Iceberg Alley.

Why visit Atlantic & Maritime Canada?
  • Incredibly scenic
  • Colourful fishing villages
  • Great road trip destination
  • Amazing marine wildlife
  • Warm and welcoming people
  • Iceberg Alley
Essential facts about Atlantic & Maritime Canada
Local Time

GMT -4 hours (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island); GMT -3.5 hours (Newfoundland)

Currency

Canadian dollar

Travel information

Halifax is about 7 hours by air direct from the UK and Saint John is around 10 hours (with one stop).

Best time to go

July and August are the warmest months. However, autumn offers warm daytime temperatures, cooler evenings and fewer tourists. Spring is another great season for touring and exploring, while winter brings snow and temperatures drop.

Unmissable Experiences in Atlantic & Maritime Canada
Hopewell Rocks Admission & Guided Visit excursion
Hopewell Rocks Admission & Guided Visit

This voucher is valid for two days and gives entry to Hopewell Rocks which are located along the Bay of Fundy and offer a unique natural experience of both high and low tide. There’s also an Interpretive Centre and scenic walking trails. Available selected dates May-Oct from Hopewell Cape.

From £9

Bonne Bay Boat Tour excursion
Bonne Bay Boat Tour

Enjoy a two hour catamaran tour of Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spot wildlife such as eagles and whales in an incredible setting. Available selected dates Jun-Sep from Rocky Harbour.

From £35

Island Drive Coach Tour excursion
Island Drive Coach Tour

This 4 hour tour offers views of rolling farmlands, seascapes, tiny villages and bustling harbours along the Green Gables shore. After brief photo stops you will tour Green Gables House. Available selected dates Jul-Sep from Charlottetown.

From £52

Whale Watching by Tall Ship excursion
Whale Watching by Tall Ship

Hop aboard the Jolly Breeze for this half day adventure. As you sail across Passamaquoddy Bay and into the Bay of Fundy, keep watch for seals, whales and marine birds. The experienced crew and marine biologists provide expert commentary along the way. There’s also the chance to take the helm or assist in hoisting the sails, with children’s activities also on offer. Available on selected dates Jun-Oct from St Andrews, New Brunswick and includes breakfast on the morning tour or soup on the afternoon tour.

From £55

Iceberg Quest Boat Tour excursion
Iceberg Quest Boat Tour

On this two hour tour journey through pristine waters that are home to the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales, sail past 12,000 year old icebergs and watch Atlantic puffins frolic. Available selected dates Jun-Sep from St John’s.

From £60

Marine Wildlife & Whale Watching excursion
Marine Wildlife & Whale Watching

On this two hour tour by Zodiac boat, you’ll experience the thrill of racing across the waves of the Fundy coastal waters and hopefully spy a massive humpback, finback or minke whale cresting the surface. Minimum age 5. Available selected dates Jun-Sep from St Andrews by the Sea.

From £66

Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Tour excursion
Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Tour

During this six hour tour join a kilted guide in ‘New Scotland’ for a walk of Lunenburg or entrance to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Later, drive through picturesque Mahone Bay. Available selected dates Jun-Oct from Halifax.

From £82