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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Iconic Peggys Point Lighthouse
  • UNESCO site of Lunenburg
  • Scenic Annapolis Valley and Grand-Pré National Historic Site
  • Bay of Fundy whale watch
  • Dinner aboard a lobster boat
  • Prince Edward Island touring
  • Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site
  • Full-day Cabot Trail drive
  • 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia We arrive today in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and a bustling center of commerce and shipping. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

Day 2: Halifax/Lunenburg/South Shore This morning we begin our exploration of Canada’s maritime provinces with a scenic and comprehensive day along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Once the domain of privateering pirates, the region is now home to countless photogenic fishing villages. We set out early for Peggy’s Cove, a tiny hamlet strung along the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. Our destination: Peggys Point Lighthouse, one of Canada’s most photographed landmarks and where we enjoy breakfast overlooking the red-and-white beacon perched on a granite outcropping. Then we continue on the coastal road to Lunenburg, a UNESCO site. Settled by the British in 1753, this historic town represents Canada’s finest surviving example of a planned British town. We take a walking tour of this colorful hamlet then have time for lunch on our own. Our touring continues this afternoon as we make a photo stop in Mahone Bay, known for its three centuries-old churches. Late this afternoon, we return to Halifax for tonight’s welcome dinner. B,D

Day 3: Halifax/Saint John, New Brunswick Today we travel to the scenic Annapolis Valley, a network of farms, fields, and forests lying between two mountain ranges in Nova Scotia’s northwest. We stop for a tour at Tangled Garden, where we learn how the workers use the fresh fruit and aromatic herbs cultivated here to create a wide range of preserves, jellies, mustards, and liqueurs. After sampling a few of the garden’s wares, we visit nearby Grand-Pré National Historic Site, dedicated to the memory of the area’s original French Acadian settlers. Then we travel to the coastal village of Digby, the “Scallop Capital of the World,” where one of the options for lunch will include this Maritime delicacy. This afternoon we board a ferry and cross the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 4: Saint John/St. Andrews This morning we embark on a panoramic tour of Saint John, the first incorporated city in present-day Canada. We gain an appreciation for the city’s history as we drive along King Street, the steepest main street in Canada; and pass by landmarks including the Loyalist House, one of Saint John’s first homes; hilltop Carleton Martello Tower, the fortification that ranks as Saint John’s oldest building; and the Old City Market, Canada’s longest-running farmer’s market. Then we make our way down the coast to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. From here, we embark on a whale watching cruise in the Bay of Fundy, where we’re on the lookout for the bay’s 12 species of whales (including humpback, minke, and finback). B,D

Day 5: Saint John/Shediac We travel today to the head of the Bay of Fundy to tour Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides. Formed over the millennia as the seaside sandstone cliffs were slowly worn away by a combination of wind, surface water, and tide, these “Flowerpot Rocks” range from 40 to 70 feet tall. We spend a full tidal cycle here, giving us a chance to explore the Rocks’ bases from the beach when the tide is out and to appreciate the ocean’s power as the water reaches far up on the rocks at high tide. Then we continue on to Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Here we enjoy an authentic lobster dinner on board a working lobster boat and learn about this industry that plays a vital role in the region’s economy. B,L,D

Day 6: Shediac/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island This morning we cross the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting mainland Canada to Prince Edward Island (PEI). Many PEI residents trace their lineage back to the area’s first French and English settlers, and we learn about this rich historical tradition at our first stop on the island: Village Musical Acadien, which hosts cultural events, concerts, and community theater. We continue on to Charlottetown, PEI’s capital and our home for the next two nights. Known as the “Birthplace of Confederation,” Charlottetown hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, which paved the way for Canada’s eventual independence from Britain. We tour this historic locale, passing the Greek- and Roman-influenced Province House, seat of the PEI Legislature since 1847; and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a National Historic Site and home to Canada’s longest-running mainstage musical, Anne of Green Gables. B,L

Day 7: Prince Edward Island After a morning at leisure in Charlottetown, this afternoon we travel to the island’s scenic North Shore, where we admire the red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park. Along our drive we stop to tour the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place, site of the farmhouse that inspired L.M. Montgomery to write her bestselling children’s novel in 1908. Then we enjoy afternoon tea at historic Dalvay-by-the-Sea, the opulent and beautiful Queen Anne Revival-style hotel. B,D

Day 8: Charlottetown/Iona, Cape Breton Island This morning we board a ferry for the return trip to the mainland then travel to Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Our first stop here: Baddeck, set on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, where we tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum complex featuring the actual models and documents Bell created while experimenting at his home nearby. Then we continue on to our hotel in Iona. B,D

Day 9: Iona/Cabot Trail It’s a day of outstanding scenery as we drive the world-famous Cabot Trail. Named for Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, this 185-mile route loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing through the rugged and beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here, steep cliffs repel the crashing surf, river canyons carve out routes to the sea, and mountainsides covered in deep green pines provide stunning photo opportunities. As we pass through this magnificent landscape, we make ample stops to absorb the grandeur of our surroundings. B,L,D

Day 10: Iona/Louisbourg/Sydney Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the reconstructed fortress that is now a living history museum. Next we visit nearby Sydney, Cape Breton’s largest town, where we have free time to explore as we wish before we return to Iona. B,D

Day 11: Iona/Halifax, Nova Scotia On the way back to Halifax today, we stop for lunch at the Masstown Market near Truro, a produce and fish market popular with locals. We have some free time upon our return to Halifax before we gather tonight for a farewell dinner to celebrate our Maritimes adventure. B,D

Day 12: Depart Nova Scotia We transfer to the Halifax airport today for our flights home. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 26
Sep 15
Sep 22
Sep 29
Jun 16
Jun 23
Aug 25
Sep 1
Jul 7
Jul 21
Jul 28
Aug 11
Boston, New York$4,397$4,497$4,597
Atlanta, Chicago,
Detroit, Wash, DC
Baltimore, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Los Angeles, Miami,
Minn, Orlando, Phil,
San Fran, Tampa
Dallas, Denver,
Houston, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $102, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,195. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

    Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, Halifax / Days 1-2, 11 / First Class

    The Four Points by Sheraton Halifax enjoys an ideal location in the city’s downtown, sitting between the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the waterfront, which features an abundance of shopping and dining options.  Amenities of the hotel include a restaurant and bar with outdoor garden seating, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Delta Hotels Saint John, Saint John / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class

    Set in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Saint John, Delta Hotels Saint John provides easy access to several of the city’s attractions, including Saint John City Market, New Brunswick Museum, and King’s Square.  This comfortable hotel offers a restaurant and bar overlooking the Bay of Fundy, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms offer plenty of space to spread out, and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Shediac, Shediac / Day 5 / Not rated

    The Hotel Shediac offers a comfortable and elegant stay in the center of the port town of Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”  The 60-room hotel boasts an Irish-themed restaurant and bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and solarium, 24-hour convenience store, spa and salon, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms are air conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Delta Hotels Prince Edward, Charlottetown / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class

    Sitting right on the waterfront of PEI’s capital of Charlottetown, Delta Hotels Prince Edward offers lovely harbor views and a perfect location from which to explore this highly walkable city.  Nearby attractions include the vibrant Victoria Row waterfront area, a host of restaurants and cafes, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and lovely Victoria Park with its harborside walking paths.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar featuring fresh seafood and produce sourced from PEI, seasonal outdoor pub with craft beer and fresh local seafood, fitness center, indoor lap pool, hot tub, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    The Iona Heights Inn, Iona / Days 8-10 / Not rated

    The Iona Heights Inn stands on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, the large inland sea in the center of Cape Breton Island.  Ideally placed at the narrowest point of the lake, the inn commands sweeping views of the lake and the green hills that rise from its shores.  Decorated in a homey, lodge-style motif, the inn offers a pub and restaurant with live music, convenience store, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room is decorated with nautical touches and has a private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, complimentary chocolates, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Carmen Bilac

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Warwick Driscoll

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Linda Ellenberger

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Anita Hafner

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Mustafa Ozcan

“Mustafa is a delightful individual and a seasoned pro. Handled everything with aplomb. He’s interesting, friendly, has a good sense of humor, and enjoyable to spend time with.”
Steve & Susan Terrio
Olney, MD

Linda Quinn

“Linda was outstanding in every aspect!!!”
Donna Smith
San Jose, CA

Darcie Reynolds

“Darcie was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, responsive, flexible, and patient.”
Ken & Beth Mraz
Fenton, MO

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Suggested Reading

John Demont
The Long Way Home, A Personal History of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s premier journalist John DeMont distills years of travel, research, and meditation in this memoir, which dives deep into the history of the oldest part of Canada. A profound account, appreciated by Nova Scotians themselves.

Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada.

Harry Thurston
The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History
Thurston illuminates the geology, plant and animal life and nature of the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras in this illustrated, engaging survey.

Andrew Hempstead
Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada
A comprehensive guide to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. With regional maps and detailed descriptions of St. John’s and other points of interest, along with an overview of the people, wildlife and history of the region.

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Map
This provincial map (1:400,000) includes Prince Edward Island and adjacent New Brunswick.

Dana Vanveller, Lindsay Anderson
Feast, Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip
The diversity and complexity of Canada are represented in this collection of favorite dishes and drinks, collected on a 23,000- mile road trip across the Great White North.

Maya Jasanoff
Liberty’s Exiles, American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
A spirited history of why (and how) thousands of Loyalists left the fledgling United States at the close of the War of Independence.

John Bacon
The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
New York Times bestselling author John Bacon tells the binge- worthy story of the WWI-era Halifax Explosion, the third-largest man-made blast in history behind the atomic bombs dropped in Japan. When a munitions ship erupts off Halifax’s Atlantic coast, the explosion vaporizes the ship in a fraction of a second, levels its surroundings, and claims 11,000 casualties.

Robert Bothwell
A Traveller’s History of Canada
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.

Sally Ross
Acadians of Nova Scotia, Past and Present
This thorough study of Acadian history follows the French immigrants from the earliest days of settlement through the Expulsion and Grand Derangement to the present-day. Winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for non-fiction.

Simon Winchester
The subtitle tells it all — Winchester squeezes “Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories” into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale.

Derek Hayes
Canada, An Illustrated History
Grand and far-reaching, this visual compendium provides a full view of Canada and its story. Hayes presents trivia and historical anecdotes alongside 450 illustrations, over 200 photographs and historical maps. A dramatic miscellany recommended for Canadians and non-Canadians alike.

David Hackett Fischer
Champlain’s Dream
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.

Derek Hayes
Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada’s History Illustrated with Original Maps
Covering over 1,000 years of Canadian history (from above), this historical atlas includes previously unpublished maps, charts and illustrations, newly discovered in archives and libraries from around the world.

Robin Bates, Ian McKay
In the Province of History, The Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia
Using archival sources, novels, government reports, and works on tourism and heritage, this history looks at how state planners, key politicians and cultural figures distorted Nova Scotian history to boost its tourism industry.

Will Ferguson
Why I Hate Canadians
This is the 10th anniversary edition of Ferguson’s wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
This Norton Critical Edition of the immensely popular 1908 novel includes excerpts from Montgomery’s journals, letters and juvenilia, as well as selections by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Louisa May Alcott. As you might remember: the immensely popular children’s novel is set on Prince Edward Island. Anne, an 11-year-old orphan, moves to the small town of Avonlea when she is adopted by an elderly brother and sister.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of the Island
Eighteen-year-old Anne goes off to college in Kingsport and discovers life on her own terms, as well as surprises that include a marriage proposal, the sale of her first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow’s epic poem of Evangeline and Gabriel, two lovers separated because of the 1755 Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia by the English. The story follows the Acadians’ journey from Grand Pre to Louisiana, and Evangeline’s search for Gabriel down the Mississippi. The heroine Evangeline has remained an icon of Acadian identity throughout North America ever since the poem’s publication in 1847.

Alistair MacLeod
Island, The Complete Stories
Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/ Malamud Award.

D.R. Macdonald
The Ice Bridge
A Stanford professor raised in Nova Scotia, MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990s, bringing to the fore the Scots heritage of the region, its wild landscapes and threats to local communities.

Mark Kurlansky
Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World
A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce.

Philip Hoare
The Whale
A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale — not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick, but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.

Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.

Kevin Sullivan (Director)
Anne of Green Gables
The fun, beloved miniseries adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (CND39), the tale of a feisty orphan who moves to Prince Edward Island and charms the locals. Starring Megan Follows in the titular role. 199 minutes

Kevin Sullivan (Director)
Anne of Green Gables, The Sequel
Megan Follows reprises her role as the loveable Anne Shirley in this sequel to the first adaptation, also set on Prince Edward Island.


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