Atlantic Canada Holidays

Located on Canada's east coast, the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador are perfect for those seeking something a little different. Each has its own charms, attractions and coastal adventures.

Filled with sandy beaches, storied rivers, peaceful valleys and part of the oldest mountain range in North America, New Brunswick is renowned for its awe-inspiring nature. Urban delights await you in Saint John, Canada's oldest city, which lies along the beautiful Bay of Fundy. There's much to see in the city, from delightful port architecture or the fascinating galleries of the New Brunswick Museum to the famous Reversing Rapids, where the tides of the Bay of Fundy force the waters at the mouth of the St John River to reverse its flow. The provincial capital, Fredericton, is best known for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Historic Garrison District and activities along the Saint John River, which flows through the city.

Nova Scotia – or New Scotland – is a world of natural beauty, sea-spun warmth and a way of life shaped by founding cultures. Shaped like a lobster, no point in the province is more than 35 miles from the sea and its hauntingly lonely beaches are one of its finest attractions. Don't miss the bustling capital of Halifax; be charmed by the fishing village of Peggy's Cove and its world-famous lighthouse; and experience a drive along the scenic Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest and greenest province, which is linked by an impressive eight mile bridge to the mainland of New Brunswick. History envelops you as you stroll the streets of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada's confederation and the island's capital city, while at Cavendish you can visit the site which inspired L.M.Montgomery to create her beloved tale 'Anne of Green Gables'. Cycling is a great way to explore the island, or you can try some kayaking and fishing, or in summer you can simply enjoy the numerous pristine sandy beaches.

The remote region of Newfoundland & Labrador with its craggy coastline, mountains and lakes is home to less than four people per square mile, a fifth of whom live in the capital St John's on the east coast. It's the perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures whatever the season, and there's no shortage of wildlife, both on land and in the sea. It's also a great place for iceberg watching, with Iceberg Alley one of the best places on the continent to see these frosty giants.

    Why visit Atlantic Canada?
  • Incredible landscapes
  • Uncrowded and unspoiled
  • Outdoor activities
  • Scenic driving
  • Succulent seafood
  • Pristine beaches
  • Wildlife viewing
  • National and provincial parks


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Essential facts about Atlantic Canada
Local Time

GMT -4 hours except Newfoundland & Labrador GMT -31/2 hours.

Currency

Canadian dollar

Travel information

Halifax is around 7 hours and St John around 6 hours flying time from the UK.

Best time to go

All four Atlantic provinces enjoy a temperate climate but the weather will vary depending on your proximity to the ocean. July and August are the warmest months, however autumn can also be a spectacular time to visit, with warm daytime temperatures, cooler evenings and fewer tourists. Spring is another great season for touring and exploring, while winter brings snow and temperatures drop.

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