Canada: The Maritime Provinces
Your Canada tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 13 nights in 4–4.5* hotels and hand-picked local gems
- 14 days car hire
- Wildlife and whale watching in Halifax
Your Canada travel itinerary:
Day 1: Halifax
Fly from the UK to Halifax and check into your hotel.
Day 2: Halifax
Explore Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and take a stroll along the historic waterfront. Set sail into Halifax Harbour and look out for minke and humpback whales, as well as dolphins and seals and numerous seabirds. Founded in 1749, Halifax was used as the entry point for 19th and 20th century European emigrants entering Canada. You can learn all about this and more at Pier 21, where the Canadian Museum of Immigration tales the tales of those who left their lives behind for a fresh start.
Day 3: Western shore
Slow down the pace along the craggy Western Shore coastline. Here you can kick back as you explore the quaint seaside villages and perhaps venture into the forests of Kejimkujik and Ovens national parks. Back at your hotel, choose to play a game or two of tennis, hire a kayak or a bike and paddle or ride along the seashore or, for something more relaxing, try out the hotel sauna or hot tub or challenge each other to a friendly game of tennis.
Days 4 - 5: Digby
Trek the coastal hiking trails and feast on seafood in Digby, a town known for its glorious waterfront, where you can watch the fishing boats come in with their daily catch, usually scallops. Scallops are also the staple in the town’s seafood restaurants, and are celebrated annually on Digby Scallop Day. Take a look at the Maud Lewis Memorial, five minutes’ drive south of Digby. This steel structure, in the shape of a little cottage, is built on the original site of this much-loved artist’s house.
Days 6 - 8: Charlottetown
Sail across to peaceful Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. It’s a peaceful place, where leafy streets, brightly decorated seafood restaurants and tempting local bakeries create come together to create a pretty, small town feel that’s worth a few days’ exploration. When not sampling the local lobster, head down to St Dunstan’s Basilica, the town’s striking cathedral and a National Historic Site of Canada, or set sail on a seal watching tour of the harbour.
Day 9: Antignish
Sail back to Nova Scotia and check out the sandy beaches of Northumberland Strait in Antigonish, a studenty town home to St Francis Xavier University. Take a look around the historic Saint Ninian Cathedral or take a wander around the Old Barn Gallery, a barn filled with local artworks, fashions, and two Norwegian fjord horses. If you’re here in July, don’t miss the Highland Games, a Scottish themed event complete with bagpipes, drumming, weightlifting and plenty of kilts.
Days 10 - 11: Ingonish
On the northeast tip of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia stands Ingonish, a convenient gateway for the picturesque mountain and sea views of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The 185-mile Cabot Trail, a scenic drive or bike ride, runs through here, but you don’t have to cover it all – use it as a starting point for hiking routes, wildlife watching and scenery gawping, and for visits to the picturesque vistas of Cape Smokey.
Cape Breton’s largest town, Sydney is a good base for exploring Nova Scotia’s national parks and more remote villages. A former steel and coal mining town, there’s a little bit of history to discover, and some wonderfully cosy cafes and grills too. You can look around the Jost Museum, the oldest house in town, but really everyone who visits Sydney wants to see the Big Fiddle, an enormous fiddle displayed on the waterfront, with a lovely boardwalk promenade to reach it.
Discover the wild rivers and forests of Liscomb Mills from your secluded lodge, set deep in the Nova Scotia countryside. If you like walking try the Mayflower Trail, a rugged coastal path along the Liscomb River, or for something a little easier, bring the kids and paddle the river, keeping an eye out for woodpeckers, finches, eagles and osprey, or perhaps even deer, groundhogs or the occasional black bear.
Days 14 - 15:
Return to Halifax and depart for the UK.
Hotels on this Canada holiday:
- Halifax - 3.5* Lord Nelson Hotel
- Western shore - 3.5* Atlantica Oak Island
- Digby - 4* Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
- Charlottetown - 4.5* Delta Prince Edward
- Antignish - 2* Coastal Inn Antigonish
- Ingonish - 4* Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
- 3* Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront
- 3* Liscombe Lodge
Here are some of our other holidays to Canada
Toronto: Toronto - 4* Renaissance Toronto Downtown4 StarsRead more >>
Perfectly situated just steps from the CN Tower, you are only moments from downtown Toronto’s vibrant entertainment district at this hotel. Choose rooms which look out over downtown Toronto or the Rogers Centre, and make the most of all sorts of activities for families and children. There’s even a Starbucks located in the lobby, so you can grab breakfast as you head out for a busy day of exploring. The indoor pool and whirlpool is the perfect place to unwind, while Arriba Restaurant boasts an innovative menu and imaginative cocktails.4 Nights from£963 pp£625 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Toronto: Toronto - 4* The Omni King Edward Hotel4 StarsRead more >>
Built in 1903, this vibrant downtown hotel perfectly blends modern comfort with classic elegance. Spacious rooms and suites feature touches of regal red, purple and gold, while the Club Lounge accommodation boasts benefits including a daily deluxe breakfast and complimentary cocktails. After a busy day of sightseeing, there is nothing better than returning to the Nouvelle Maria Spa for a massage. Or why not take part in the time-honoured ritual of afternoon tea? There is even a special menu just for children. With a refined restaurant and a bar serving an impressive list of signature cocktails, this hotel is the perfect place to unwind in the evening. The Champagne Cobbler cocktail is delicious.4 Nights from£1103 pp£765 ppBook by 31 May 2017
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Toronto: Toronto - 4* The Westin Harbour Castle4 StarsRead more >>
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, just a 15-minute walk from the CN Tower, this landmark hotel boasts rooms which overlook the spectacular surroundings. The pool opens out onto a seasonal sundeck, so you can catch some rays over a cocktail. Relax in the whirlpool, or indulge in a treatment at the Votre Beaute European Day Spa. When it comes to dining, you are truly spoilt for choice. The Mizzen Restaurant serves a delicious breakfast, while Toula Restaurant and Bar is located on the 38th floor, offering panoramic views of the city. For something special, arrange the Savoury Chef’s Table Experience. This intimate, 10-person setting, designed by chef Corbin Tomaszeski, includes a menu featuring local produce and wine.4 Nights from£1227 pp£845 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Montreal: Montreal - 4* Omni Mont Royal4 StarsRead more >>
Wake up in your spacious suite and enjoy a steaming cup of Nespresso coffee while taking in those famous city views at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The breakfast dishes served at Le Petit Opus Café will set you up perfectly for the day; the Art of Breakfast buffet features eggs, French toast, pancakes and smoked salmon. Kids will love it here; through the Omni Kids Crew programme, younger guests receive backpacks on check-in filled with activity books and crayons, and milk and cookies will be delivered to their room on the first night. Recharge your batteries at the Eqlib Spa, spend an afternoon relaxing at the pool and while away a chilled evening at the Alice Bar. We challenge you not to find your favourite drink on this menu, and you can even order a snack if you’re feeling peckish. We recommend the selection of Quebec cheeses paired with a fine red wine.4 Nights from£1207 pp£849 ppBook by 31 May 2017
Vancouver: Vancouver - 4* Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel4 StarsRead more >>
This all-suite hotel is on the doorstep of the city’s sports stadiums and entertainment district. Enjoy your very own home away from home here, where suites feature living rooms and kitchens. Make use of the hotel’s sports packages for Vancouver Canucks games, held at the Rogers Arena, wind down at the lap pool and hot tub, or relax on the garden terrace with a cool drink. After a busy day exploring, the restaurant patio is the perfect place to chill out. Or why not wander to one of Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants, which are just minutes away.4 Nights from£963 pp£889 ppBook by 31 May 2017