Wildlife of the Maritimes
SELF-DRIVE TOUR – ROUND-TRIP FROM HALIFAX
The mix of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, marshlands, mixed forests and fresh water lakes provide a wide range of habitats for a variety of animals. On this tour you need to keep your eyes open for whales, bears, puffins, moose and seals to name just some of the wildlife you might encounter.
Arrive and transfer (included) to the Lord Nelson Hotel for a 2-night stay.
Today enjoy a 21⁄2-hour explore of Halifax harbour on a nature and whale-watching tour – where the Atlantic Ocean meets the cliffs of Chebucto Head at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, the waters are rich with wildlife. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the sights of Halifax including the Victorian Public Gardens, the Citadel and the Maritime Museum.
Halifax to Liverpool (220km)
Pick up your rental car and drive to Liverpool/South Shore and en-route visit the much photographed Peggy’s Cove, picturesque Mahone Bay and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg to name just a few of the coastal villages you pass. Check into the White Point Lodge for a 2-night stay.
Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct is known for its colony of seals and its beautiful coastline. This protected wilderness on the Atlantic coast offers pristine white sand beaches, turquoise waters and coastal wildlife.
Liverpool to Digby (145km)
Today’s drive is through inland Nova Scotia with a recommended stop at Kejimkujik National Park. On arrival at Digby check into the Harbourview Inn for an overnight stay.
Digby to St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea (100km – land only)
A 3-hour ferry (included) crossing over the Bay of Fundy takes you to Saint John, New Brunswick. On arrival, drive to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea for a 2-night stay at Rossmount Inn.
The Bay of Fundy is one of the best whale-watching areas in the world with more than 15 types of whales and dolphins regularly seen, so keep your eyes peeled on your whale-watching excursion which is included today. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore, with a recommended visit to Hopewell Rocks.
St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea to Ludlow/Miramichi (275km)
Travel through New Brunswick’s small rural villages to Fredericton where we recommend a visit to nearly Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Then follow the Miramichi River, famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing and explore the old wood-covered bridges that cross the river. Check into Pond’s on the Miramichi and this evening enjoy a guided moose-watch.
Miramichi to Richibucto (170km)
Today enjoy a leisurely drive to Richibucto, a charming seaside town close to Kouchibouguac National Park. Check into the L’Ancrage B&B for a 2-night stay.
Richibucto / Kouchibouquac National Parks
Kouchibouguac National Park is well-known for its 26km of sand dunes along the Northumberland Strait. Today you will enjoy a black bear safari (included), viewing these magnificent animals from a safe tower while they feed in their natural environment.
Richibucto to Charlottetown (245km)
The 13km-long Confederation Bridge crosses the Northumberland Strait and takes you to Prince Edward Island and its endless sandy beaches, tiny farms and picturesque country roads. On arrival, check into the Hotel on Pownal for a 2-night stay.
Today visit Prince Edward Island National Park and, in particular, its 19th-century wooden farmhouse, famous as the inspiration for the class novel Anne of Green Gables. You’ll also have time to explore historic Charlottetown or enjoy some of Canada’s best beaches.
Charlottetown to Baddeck (274km)
Take the Wood Islands Ferry (not included) crossing to Caribou, Nova Scotia. River estuaries in this region are rich with fish and attract large numbers of osprey. Enter Cape Breton Island, home to the highest population of bald eagles in Eastern Canada and drive to Baddeck for a 2-night stay at the Inverary Resort.
The Cabot Trail is one of Canada’s top scenic drives and follows the impressive coastline form sea level rising up to an alpine plateau Baddeck itself is famous as the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell.
Return to Halifax / End of Arrangements (415km)
Enjoy the scenic ocean views along the Marine Drive and return your car to the airport rental depot.
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