(Editor’s Note – This original post from April 2012 has been updated to reflect current Canadian Maritimes vacation details.)
Visit the east coast of Canada, home to almost 17,400 miles of incredibly beautiful coastline. Canadian east coast tours are extremely popular and a “must do” for even the most avid traveler. Why not add an east coast Canadian tour to your bucket list?
A Canada east coast road trip is like entering an enchanted world that transports you to a mixture of quaint old world charm and new world wonders. Driving the east coast of Canada, Caravan’s Canadian east coast bus tours offer tourists a mixture of aquatic adventures, urban experiences, cultural diversity, historic Canadian sites, scenic tours, and hours of fascinating activities.
Canada is a remarkably large country, the second largest country in the world behind Russia! To travel by land from Vancouver (on Canada’s Pacific west coast) to Halifax (on Canada’s Atlantic east coast), one must cover approximately 2755 miles (or 4430 kilometers).
Most non-Canadians view Canada’s largest city, Toronto, as being in eastern Canada when in fact, Toronto Ontario is almost 800 miles inland from Atlantic Canada’s Halifax, in Nova Scotia.
Toronto is unique however, in that it is still accessible by water from the Atlantic Ocean because the St. Lawrence River extends almost 744 miles inland from the Atlantic coast, all the way to Lake Ontario. In fact, many Canadian east coast tours will actually begin in Ontario or Quebec.
Caravan’s current Canadian east coast vacation packages begin and end in the heart of the Canadian Maritimes, in historic Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Tours
For a real taste of eastern Canada, travelers on Canadian east coast tours should experience the maritime province of Nova Scotia, Canada’s second smallest province (behind PEI). Nova Scotia vacation packages with Caravan Tours will introduce you to Nova Scotia’s warm friendly people, the amazing rugged coastline scenery (especially in the Cape Breton region), the province’s cultural diversity, and the sense of down home community; all real treasures of this region of eastern Canada.
Throughout the province of Nova Scotia tourists can enjoy rich historical sites, including the UNESCO world heritage site of Lunenburg and the fishermen’s village of Peggy’s Cove. All types of outdoor east coast activities and adventure sports are available here. Nova Scotia tours impress the worldliest of travelers, who are never more struck by unspoiled natural beauty than what is offered by the spectacular Nova Scotia landscape.
PEI – Prince Edward Island Tours
Prince Edward Island, another destination on Caravan’s east coast tours, is the place to visit for unique artistic and cultural heritage of the islanders. This island is the smallest province in Canada and is endowed with beautiful white sandy beaches, circled by great scenic beauty. Caravan’s PEI tours offer tourists one of Canada’s most relaxing destinations. PEI is also home to the “Cavendish” house, the location of one of Canada’s greatest stories, “Anne of Green Gables”.
Tourists can also enjoy Downtown Charlottetown, a vibrant seaside community and the capital of Prince Edward Island. From waterside boardwalks to craft shops, restaurants, and carriage rides, there is plenty to charm tourists, not to mention all of the frequent festivals and celebrations.
Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is connected to the mainland through the Canso Causeway, a long rock-fill that allows Canadians to drive back and forth. Guests on Caravan’s Cape Breton Island tours are treated to the famous Cabot Trail, notorious for being one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world, with both mountain and coastal scenery.
Other popular activities on Cape Breton Island include whale-watching cruises, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.
New Brunswick Sightseeing
The majority of tourists traveling between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on Canadian east coast tours use the Confederation Bridge, which spans over 8 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Another major tourist attraction in New Brunswick is The Bay of Fundy, with its world famous Fundy Tides, the highest tides in the world at over 50 feet! The Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape is a popular New Brunswick park where at low tide you can walk along the ocean’s floor prior to witnessing the powerful tide that area is famous for. Bay of Fundy tides can change as quickly as 6 to 8 feet per hour so tourists on Canadian east coast tours that visit this area are bound to see the infamous tides in action.
All Inclusive Canadian East Coast Tours by Caravan
Canadian east coast tours by Caravan Tours include three of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick.
Caravan’s Canadian east coast tours have been carefully arranged so that the itinerary includes many of the Maritime’s “must see” places mentioned in this post.
As with all of Caravan’s reasonably priced all inclusive tours, all meals, accommodations, activities, and gratuities are included. For more information about Caravan’s Canadian east coast tours along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia see Caravan’s Nova Scotia tour reviews or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).