13 days departing HALIFAX from

Style: Walking
Destination: USA / Canada
Tour Code: PAM

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Trip Overview

This dedicated walking tour of New England and 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 a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail, to an included whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Northeast coast promises a unique adventure with something to entice all interests. Get off the main thoroughfare and discover the highlights!

Included Highlights
  • Whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Dedicated and guided hikes on most days
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • Visit to Hopewell Rocks
  • Two nights on Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Two scenic ferry journeys
  • Two nights in Baxter State Park
  • Visit to Fundy National Park
  • Discover Acadian maritime culture with two nights in Acadia National Park
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal views and historic fishing villages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg
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All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 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).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle, ferry and Zodiac
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour guide
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Sea kayaking - Acadia US$50
  • Museums - Halifax US$9-$20
  • Float plane flight in Baxter State Park US$90
  • Rent bikes - Prince Edward Island US$15 per hour
  • Fishing Trip from Acadia US$100
  • Green Gables tour - Prince Edward Island US$8

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 6pm, 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.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Peggy's Cove - Lunenburg - Digby

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. You then overnight in Digby, Nova Scotia.

Trail: Polly's Cove Trail
Distance: 1.5 kms
Elevation gain: 35 meters
Duration: 30 minutes
Altitude: 50 meters

Accommodation: Admiral Digby Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: St John

Leaving Canada, you catch an early morning ferry across the Bay of Fundy to St John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore.
Accommodation: Chateau St John and Suites (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4-5: Acadia National Park

Your destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. On day four, you'll wander along the Ocean Path to see the jagged pink granite formations long the parks beautiful coastline. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff.

Trail: Ocean Path Trail
Distance: up to 4.2 miles (7kms)
Elevation gain: low
Altitude: 150 meters

There are some hikes that are a must. When deciding between the myriad of trails in Acadia National Park, it would be hard not to include Cadillac Ridge. Cadillac is the highest point on Mount Desert Island, and without a doubt offers wonderful views in every direction, as well as offering wildflower displays. The trail features numerous scenic viewpoints over Frenchman Bay and interesting pine displays. The lower tree line on Cadillac means that a decent portion of the final ascent is open rock face.

Trail: Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Distance: 4.4 miles (6.5 kms)
Elevation gain: 380 meters
Duration: 3 hours
Altitude: 460 meters

Accommodation: Edenbrook Motel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6-7: Baxter State Park

You have two nights in Baxter State Park; the largest and most remote natural preserve in Eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square km. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin, which has many peaks; at 5,267ft Baxter Peak is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities you can enjoy in this rare and wonderful wilderness including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights.

On arrival, you will enjoy a nature hike along the Little and Big Niagara Falls trail and you'll be treated to not one, but two waterfalls on this hike. The water gushing over the rocky ledges of Big Niagara Falls is sure to be awe-inspiring. After beginning, you cross over a footbridge before winding your way south between rocks and over roots, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Continue onwards until you are standing in front of a magnificent stream, set against a mountainous backdrop.

Trail: Little and Big Niagara Falls trail
Distance: 2.4 miles (3.5 kms)
Elevation gain: 60 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 390 meters

On day seven, you hike another section of the famed Appalachian Trail on the Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. This brings you right to the base of Mount Katahdin, where the waters of Katahdin Stream thunder beneath the northernmost bridge on the Appalachian Trail.

Trail: Katahdin Stream Falls trail
Distance: 2.5 miles (3.2 kms)
Elevation gain: 180 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 510 meters

Accommodation: Baxter Park Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Fundy National Park

Cross the border into Canada and 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.

Trail: Coppermine Trail
Distance: 3.1 miles (4.4 kms)
Elevation gain: 120 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 180 meters

Accommodation: Alpine Motor Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9-10: 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.

On day 10, 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.

Trail: Cape Rocks Trail
Distance: 1.24 miles (2 kms)
Elevation gain: +50 meters
Duration: 40 minutes
Altitude: 50 meters

Accommodation: Bay Vista Motel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 11-12: 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.

During your time on PEI, 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.

On day 12, 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.

Trail: Coastal Trail
Distance: 6.8 miles (11 kms)
Elevation gain: 30 meters
Duration: 3.5 hours
Altitude: Sea level

Accommodation: Castle Rock Country Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 13: 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 interest 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.

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If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our 'Special Departures'?

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Fall Foliage Special Departures

New England's fall foliage is legendary across the world. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange. It's one of the most beautiful times of year to visit, and perfect for hiking and taking some unique photographs.

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Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

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