Walking the Canadian Maritimes

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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
PAM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
1–13
Min age:
16

This dedicated walking tour of 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 the spectacular Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands to the vibrant houses of Lunenburg and an exhilarating whale watching excursion, the Northeast coast promises a unique adventure with something to entice every kind of traveller. So, get off the main thoroughfare and discover the highlights!

Highlights

  • Whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Dedicated and guided hikes on most days
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg
  • Discover Acadian maritime culture and a lobster boil on the beach experience

Key information

  • 9 nights in hotels, motels and guesthouses
  • 7 days trekking
  • Altitude maximum 510m, average 145m
  • Countries visited: Canada, North America

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour guide throughout
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

8

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 21.5km/1.0miles
Day 312.9km/8.0miles
Day 44.4km/3.1miles
Day 52.0km/1.24miles
Day 610.0km/6.2miles
Day 71.9km/1.2miles
Days 8-98.2km/5.0miles

Itinerary

Halifax
to
Halifax
  • Day 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 18:00 hrs, 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. 

    Hotel included

  • Day 2

    Peggy’s Cove – Lunenburg

    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. 

    Bluenose Lodge (or similar)

    Trail: Polly’s Cove Trail

    Altitude: 50 meters

  • Day 3

    Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve - Digby

    Head to the western part of the Nova Scotia peninsula to the lush Annapolis Valley for a hike and wine tasting experience in Nova Scotia’s famous wine country. You will enjoy an overnight stay in Digby – a charming harbour town and settlement of the United Empire Loyalists. 

    Admiral Digby Inn (or similar) 

  • Day 4

    Fundy National Park

    Today you will stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world with an average variance of 47.5ft and an extreme variance of an amazing 53.3ft.

    The main features of this park include the seaside habitats and the highland Acadian forests, which you have time to explore, as well as the beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon, your guide leads you on the Coppermine Trail which delivers you to an old copper mine site. Beginning at the car park, your hike meanders through a field and then through predominantly spruce woodland, climbing uphill and further into the woods. You’ll traverse over several streams on wooden bridges until finding the remnants of the old copper mine along with interpretative signs. This trail offers great views across the bay.

    Edenbrook Motel (or similar) 

    Trail:  Coppermine Trail

    Altitude gain: l20 meters

    Altitude: 180 meters

  • Day 5

    Hopewell Rocks - Prince Edward Island

    This morning, you visit the beautiful Hopewell Rocks where these incredible rock formations make for some amazing photographs. It may be possible to walk (1.5 kms) to Demoiselle Beach, a picturesque and quiet sandy cove. Your next stop is Prince Edward Island; the smallest of all the Canadian provinces with a total population of 141,000. Often referred to as 'PEI', the province actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island, as well as a collection of smaller islands. It's also referred to as the 'Birthplace of Confederation', as the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 was one of a few events that established the framework which led the British colonies to confederation in 1867.

    Prince Edward Island was the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel, 'Anne of Green Gables' (published in 1908), was set here. It's possible to join a tour of Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.

    Charlottetown Inn & Conference (or similar)

    Trail: Cape Rocks Trail

    Altitude gain: 50

     

  • Day 6

    Prince Edward Island

    Today you explore some of Prince Edward Island National Park on foot, following its beautiful sandy beaches and landmarks, starting from the Dalvay-by-the-sea historical mansion. Experience the sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, forest and more. The distance is variable but will be approximately 6.2 miles (10 kms) with a low elevation and suitable for most.

    Charlottetown Inn & Conference (or similar)

    Trail: Gulf Shore Parkway

    Altitude gain: low

  • Day 7

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    From Prince Edward Island, it’s a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park, before driving towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline. Spend this evening in picturesque Baddeck, the gateway to the Highlands.

    Lynnwood Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Jack Pine and Coastal Loop

    Altitude gain: 44 meters

  • Days 8-9

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    During your time on Prince Edward Island, you’ll hike beside the many forested lakes and to the top of the various rugged peaks for outstanding views or take to the sea for some fantastic kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline. Consisting of Acadian and boreal forests, this park is home to various species of wildlife such as Black Bear, coyote and moose. If you're lucky you may see Bald Eagles circling overhead or perched high up in the trees.

    From Prince Edward Island, it’s a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park, before driving towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline.

    On day nine, you have a brief reprieve from walking as we have included a whale watching activity. This unique experience provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of northern Cape Breton and marine life near the coastlines. By using smaller Zodiacs, this allow us to blast along the rugged shores in search of whales, dolphins, seals, leatherback turtles, puffins and eagles.

    In the afternoon, it’s back to the wild coastline again to hit the trails. This coastal and scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail, then continues along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. 

    Castle Rock Country Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Coastal Trail

    Altitude: Sea level

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 10

    Halifax

    Today you enjoy a leisurely pace before making your way back towards Halifax where your tour end at the hotel upon arrival. Your guide will stop at points of intertest along the way.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you  have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

One dinner included. All other meals paid locally.

Weather

Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and, although the province is almost surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. Due to the ocean's moderating effect, Nova Scotia, on average, is the warmest of the provinces in Canada. Average daytime temperatures are 20ºC in August and 18ºC in September. Night temperatures will be as low as 8ºC in August and 5ºC in September. Although summers are fairly dry, the odd rainy day can be expected.

Nova Scotia weather chart

Nova Scotia weather chart

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers a well-paced mix of walks for all levels of fitness. Most walks are of leisurely/moderate difficulty. For the more adventurous activities there are often optional, moderate to strenuous hikes in some locations. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, motels and guesthouses

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).

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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