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Tides and Parks of Atlantic Canada

Halifax 2 nights
Western Shore 1 night
Digby 2 nights
Fredericton 1 night
Moncton 1 night
Charlottetown 2 nights
Baddeck 2 nights
Corner Brook 2 nights
Gander 2 nights
Clarenville 1 night
St John's 2 nights
ferry travel 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Halifax. On arrival collect your car and make your way to your hotel in this bustling oceanside city.

Day 2 Halifax: To learn about Halifax's proud maritime heritage visit one of the many museums along the waterfront area. Alternatively, visit the 18th century Citadel, the Public Gardens or perhaps take a harbour cruise. 

Day 3 Halifax/Western Shore: Drive along the Lighthouse Route to picturesque Peggy's Cove, known for its famous lighthouse. Travel along the coast and stop in Lunenburg to visit the renowned Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Continue to Western Shore and enjoy the hotel's leisure activities (68 miles).

Day 4 Western Shore/Digby: Take the scenic, cross-country drive linking the rocky south shore with the lush Annapolis Valley. Explore the wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park along the centuries-old Mi'kmaq canoe routes or follow the hiking trails into its forested heartland, then travel along the Annapolis Basin visiting relics of Anglo-French colonial rivalry (111 miles).

Day 5 Digby: Explore this picture-postcard fishing port with its bustling harbour.

Day 6 Digby/Fredericton: Enjoy a ferry* ride across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, famous for having the world's largest tides. In Saint John, stop at the Reversing Falls, then follow the coastline to Fredericton. Just outside of Fredericton is King's Landing Historical Settlement – a role-playing historic community depicting everyday life in the 19th century (59 miles land only).

Day 7 Fredericton/Moncton: Explore popular covered bridges en route to Fundy National Park. Discover Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park, or visit Shediac, the lobster capital of the world (155 miles).

Day 8 Moncton/Charlottetown: Don't leave Moncton without stopping at Magnetic Hill to experience the illusion of being pulled up hill by a 'magnetic force.' Later, travel through the architectural gem of Dorchester, visit the fort of Beausejour, or perhaps stop at the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, near the base of the Confederation Bridge. Cross to Prince Edward Island and on to charming Charlottetown (99 miles).

Day 9 Charlottetown: At leisure to explore the Victorian homes and elegant squares of Charlottetown. Despite the 20th century character the city displays today, it still manages to evoke the feeling of a colonial seaport with quaint sections such as Great George Street and Old Charlotte Town.

Day 10 Charlottetown/Baddeck: Drive past Orwell Corner Historic Site to board the ferry* across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Continue into Cape Breton Island and drive to Baddeck where you'll find a fascinating museum dedicated to Alexander Graham Bell (177 miles land only).

Day 11 Baddeck: A scenic highlight of this trip is to drive the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton. You will meander through the rugged Cape Breton Highlands National Park enjoying stunning views of sea-swept headlands, steep cliffs and tranquil beaches. Hiking trails lead into the interior of the park where stunning vistas appear at each turn. Return to Baddeck through the lush Margaree Valley.

Day 12 Baddeck/Corner Brook: Begin with a scenic ferry crossing between North Sydney and Port-aux-Basques, keeping a close watch for whales, dolphins, white puffins and birds of prey. Coastal barrens and forested mountains dominate the first impressions of Newfoundland's landscape and the best way to experience the rugged beauty of the coast is by hiking some of the nature trails en route to Corner Brook (173 miles land only).

Day 13 Corner Brook: Explore Gros Morne National Park. You can hike the trails to the summit of Gros Morne Mountain to admire the sweeping views of the Tablelands and enjoy the serenity of fishing villages enclosed by towering cliffs and steep fjords. Take advantage of the variety of activities including wildlife watching for Arctic hare, black bear, lynx and caribou.

Day 14 Corner Brook/Gander: Drive east through a landscape covered with woodlands and visit some of the historic sites of the mysterious Beothuks, who once inhabited the island. Afterwards, head further inland through a landscape of small rivers and expansive forests, home to moose and black bear. Passing by the edge of Notre Dame Provincial Park, you arrive in Gander for the night (222 miles).

Day 15 Gander: Take the day to discover some of the charms of downtown Gander, which in many ways is the birthplace of Canadian aviation.

Day 16 Gander/Clarenville: En route to Clarenville, experience the tranquillity and wildlife of Terra Nova National Park. Explore the pristine wilderness along the numerous hiking trails or navigate the coastline by sea kayak. From the hills and deserted beaches, observe minke, pilot and humpback whales close to shore, while dolphins and orcas can be seen cruising Bonavista Bay. To see moose, black bears and foxes, simply hike into the marshes and forests of the interior (93 miles)

Day 17 Clarenville/St John's: A scenic drive along the Trans-Canada Highway brings you to St. John's. Travel along Conception Bay where the air of piracy and tall ships still lingers and the frequent mist lends a mystical aura. Continue to St John's, the provincial capital, where colourful streets compete with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills (118 miles).

Day 18 St John's: Wander through the steep narrow streets of the old city, climb the rock of Signal Hill and see the city's many historic buildings and sites.

Day 19 St John's/Sydney: Bid farewell to Newfoundland and cross the Avalon Peninsula for the overnight ferry to Sydney.

Day 20 Sydney/Halifax: Disembark and drive to Halifax airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 03 Jun-30 Aug 18.

Meals: Room only.

Tour Price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, 20 days group B car hire, 19 nights accommodation in 3* hotels, resort activities on day 3, Gros Morne National Park independent wildlife viewing on day 13, ferry crossings on day 12 and overnight on day 19 and personalised Canada roadbook. The tour is also available with 4* hotels. *Ferry bookings are not included on days 6 and 10 as they cannot be pre-booked.

19 nights self-drive tour from £2899pp

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