Forget the malls of Montreal and the towers of
if you're hoping to really get under the skin of
then head for the Maritimes. This collection of three provinces, consisting of
New Brunswick and
Prince Edward Island,
hold untold areas of naturally rugged beauty as well as some darn fine lobster so if you're in the mood for big jumpers and Atlantic strolls then right here's where you'll find them. With some excellent walking trails, featuring hidden waterfalls, beach boardwalks and maritime heritage, the Maritimes present an outdoor experience that will no doubt leave you refreshed, energised and hungry for more.
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Nova Scotia With a stunning coastline which is as reflective of Scotland as the province's ancestry, Nova Scotia maybe small in comparison to the rest of Canada but it can certainly compete in the scenery stakes. The Bay of Fundy is intrinsically beautiful and there are some exceptional opportunities for hiking in Cape Breton, with the Cabot Trail one of the best in the world. If you're hankering for cultural alternatives then head for Halifax which has a rich artistic heritage and boasts theatres, maritime centres and an excellent ethnic history museum.
Prince Edward Island Regarded as a lush green agricultural garden amongst the crashing waves of the Atlantic, Prince Edward Island is the country's smallest province and well-worth your time if you're visiting the Canadian Maritimes. With strong artistic traditions that have spawned Anne of Green Gables and the annual Charlottetown musical arts festival, PEI offers a bounty of creativity. And, for those attracted by the island's natural loveliness, you'll be treated to rolling hills and working fishing villages which help to maintain a peaceful and inspirational location.
Fundy National Park Not only is New Brunswick's Fundy National Park the proud possessor of 80sq miles of quintessential Canadian beauty but it's also home to over 25 waterfalls, the world's highest tide and the legendary Caribou Plains hiking trail. This is a splendid excuse to get outside and enjoy the clean fresh Atlantic air and, as Fundy has well over 50 miles of walking trails that take in rivers, pine forests and the beach, you can rest assured that you'll never get stuck for things to do.
I've been told by a true Nova Scotian that when he was growing up his family used to have to eat lobster because they were poor. Well, these days, widely regarded as a luxury food item, lobster is still prevalent in the province and considered a regional speciality which is good news for all lovers of cracking shells that are dripping in hot butter. There really is no shame in enjoying a hearty lobster sandwich whilst staring out wistfully across the Atlantic and if you happen to meet a lobsterman then feel free to shake him by the hand because not only will he be sharing his catch but he'll be sharing his heritage too.
Tours that visit the Maritimes
13 days | USA / Canada | Hotels
Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the more intrepid traveller.
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