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Walking the Canadian Maritimes

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This dedicated walking tour of New England and the Canadian Maritimes is a trip to remember. Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and secrets to the intrepid traveller. Stunning natural beauty serves as a backdrop to coastal communities defined by their strong cultural identities. From hiking a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail, to an included whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Northeast coast promises a unique adventure with something to entice all interests. Get off the main thoroughfare and discover the highlights!

  • Days 1 Halifax

    Welcome to Halifax and the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, well-known for its maritime history. With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard. You are free to arrive at any time today ahead of the welcome meeting at 6pm, where you'll meet your tour guide and fellow travelling companions. Should you arrive early, why not visit some of the many parks, museums, landmarks, art galleries and waterfront cafes of Halifax. The Maritime Museum in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) tells the story of the city's seafaring origins whilst the fortress on Citadel Hill with its iconic Town Clock overlooks the modern glass towers of the city, providing that link between the past and the present. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 2 Peggy's Cove - Lunenburg - Digby

    This morning, you drive to the iconic area of Peggy's Cove to see the lighthouse which is always a prominent feature of the area and makes for some excellent holiday pictures. For a different perspective of this iconic sight, your guide will lead you on the Polly's Cove Trail. Next you travel to the World Heritage listed historic town of Lunenburg. A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town's position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding. You then overnight in Digby, Nova Scotia. Trail: Polly's Cove Trail Distance: 1.5 kms Elevation gain: 35 meters Duration: 30 minutes Altitude: 50 meters Accommodation: Admiral Digby Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 3 St John

    Leaving Canada, you catch an early morning ferry across the Bay of Fundy to St John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore. Accommodation: Chateau St John and Suites (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 4-5 Acadia National Park

    Your destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. On day four, you'll wander along the Ocean Path to see the jagged pink granite formations long the parks beautiful coastline. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Trail: Ocean Path Trail Distance: up to 4.2 miles (7kms) Elevation gain: low Altitude: 150 meters There are some hikes that are a must. When deciding between the myriad of trails in Acadia National Park, it would be hard not to include Cadillac Ridge. Cadillac is the highest point on Mount Desert Island, and without a doubt offers wonderful views in every direction, as well as offering wildflower displays. The trail features numerous scenic viewpoints over Frenchman Bay and interesting pine displays. The lower tree line on Cadillac means that a decent portion of the final ascent is open rock face. Trail: Cadillac North Ridge Trail Distance: 4.4 miles (6.5 kms) Elevation gain: 380 meters Duration: 3 hours Altitude: 460 meters Accommodation: Edenbrook Motel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 6-7 Baxter State Park

    You have two nights in Baxter State Park; the largest and most remote natural preserve in Eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square km. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin, which has many peaks; at 5,267ft Baxter Peak is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities you can enjoy in this rare and wonderful wilderness including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights. On arrival, you will enjoy a nature hike along the Little and Big Niagara Falls trail and you'll be treated to not one, but two waterfalls on this hike. The water gushing over the rocky ledges of Big Niagara Falls is sure to be awe-inspiring. After beginning, you cross over a footbridge before winding your way south between rocks and over roots, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Continue onwards until you are standing in front of a magnificent stream, set against a mountainous backdrop. Trail: Little and Big Niagara Falls trail Distance: 2.4 miles (3.5 kms) Elevation gain: 60 meters Duration: 2 hours Altitude: 390 meters On day seven, you hike another section of the famed Appalachian Trail on the Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. This brings you right to the base of Mount Katahdin, where the waters of Katahdin Stream thunder beneath the northernmost bridge on the Appalachian Trail. Trail: Katahdin Stream Falls trail Distance: 2.5 miles (3.2 kms) Elevation gain: 180 meters Duration: 2 hours Altitude: 510 meters Accommodation: Baxter Park Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

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  • Whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Dedicated and guided hikes on most days
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • Visit to Hopewell Rocks
  • Two nights on Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Two scenic ferry journeys
  • Two nights in Baxter State Park
  • Visit to Fundy National Park
  • Discover Acadian maritime culture with two nights in Acadia National Park
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal views and historic fishing villages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg


5 hotel nights, 5 motels and 2 guesthouse nights (some smaller and more basic accommodation used due to remote location). For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).

Ekstra information

  • Sea kayaking - Acadia US$50
  • Museums - Halifax US$9-$20
  • Float plane flight in Baxter State Park US$90
  • Rent bikes - Prince Edward Island US$15 per hour
  • Fishing Trip from Acadia US$100
  • Green Gables tour - Prince Edward Island US$8