Escorted Canadian Maritimes tours have increased in popularity in recent years.
Eastern Canada tours, specifically Atlantic Canada tours of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (PEI) are exceptional vacations where travelers can witness many natural wonders in a relaxed and peaceful rural setting where time seems to have stood still over the past few centuries.
Nova Scotia tours are by far the more popular however PEI tours and travel to New Brunswick are quite common because of their relative proximity to Nova Scotia.
In this blog post we will highlight the key attractions of Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia Tours
No eastern Canada tour would be complete without a visit to Cape Breton Island, which is a part of the Nova Scotia province and included in most Nova Scotia tours.
Cape Breton Island is a fairly large island to the north of mainland Nova Scotia. Local Cape Breton Island attractions include:
- Mi’Kmaq Native Indian Reserve and Heritage Center
- Cabot Trail, considered one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives
- 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg, part of the Canadian Park Service
- French Canadian fishing village of Cheticamp
- Cape Breton Islands National Park
- Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
- Seasonal Whale Watching including minke whales, fin whales, pilot whales and dolphins
Another popular destination found on most Nova Scotia tours is the beautiful fishing village of Peggy’s Cove located a short distance south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Peggy’s Cove has evolved into a unique artists’ retreat.
Just a short ferry ride from mainland Nova Scotia and visitors to the Canadian Maritimes can enjoy Prince Edward Island tours where one can visit Charlottetown and the house of “Anne of Green Gables” in Cavendish, PEI. Commonly referred to as the “Garden of the Gulf”, PEI is Canada’s smallest province, a picturesque place of rolling farmland, red sandy beaches, and rugged Atlantic coastlines. Many eastern Canada tours include PEI.
New Brunswick Tours
Eastern Canada tours usually include a trip across the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge ,which connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick Canada. Confederation Bridge is a toll bridge that rises over 130 feet above the ocean and takes a full 10 minutes to cross. The Confederation Bridge took four years to build with the help of over 5,000 local workers and cost over one billion dollars.
Canada’s Bay of Fundy is perhaps one of the biggest draws for most New Brunswick tours. The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s fastest changing tides, which can rise or fall up to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are also the world’s largest, rising and falling an amazing 50 feet each day. Because of the size and speed of the changing tides, twice a day the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean is forced back against itself and appears to be going against the tide. Look for Fundy Tides as part of most Atlantic Canada tours.
Eastern Canada Tours by Caravan
New Brunswick tours, PEI tours and Nova Scotia tours are included as part of Caravan Tours’ all-inclusive Eastern Canada Tours. Enjoy this exceptionally priced fully escorted 10-day tour and discover Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
Caravan also offers fall foliage tours of Nova Scotia (especially along the Cabot Trail) with the best departure dates occurring during October. Visit Caravan’s Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island reviews page to read what others have said about these all-inclusive fully escorted tours of Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
When ready to book call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your vacation spot!
(Editor’s Note – This original post from March 2010 has been updated to reflect current Guatemala vacation details.)