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Welcome to Canada's Maritimes 

Group Tours to the Eastern Coast of Canada can include stops in four of Canada's provinces! Whether visiting one province or all four, you can expect salty ocean air, post-card perfect sites, sandy beaches, rocky coves, scrumptious seafood, unspoiled nature, rustic fishing villages, and friendly people.

Use the attractions below as ideas to help form your custom tour or discover previous itineraries here.

Newfoundland

Come from Away to Newfoundland

Aptly named “The Rock,” Newfoundland offers picturesque landscapes, charming place names, scores of dialects, jewel-coloured houses dotting the green hills, and uncharted rugged shores.

"The Big Land" also known as Labrador is one of the last unspoiled regions in the world. Boasting towering mountains, massive rock faces, fresh air, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of wildlife, the region is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Red Bay is an illustration of Labrador coastal living – a primaeval landscape of rock at the mercy of Atlantic weather, inhabited by a hearty people with a long and rich history.

From the 1500s to the 1600s, the waters of Red Bay were thick with Basque whaling galleons. One of these sailing ships sank to the seabed during a storm – could it be the San Juan? Preserved in the icy water, the remains and artefacts conserved at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013), tell a fascinating centuries-old story. Take a hike along the beach and step into the interpretation centre to see an 8-metrelong chalupa, a gondola-type rowboat once manned by five oarsmen. Compare the size of the chalupa to the assembled collections of whale bones on display. And take a moment to cast a glance out over the Bay because, somewhere, local legend tells of buried treasure.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism / Barrett & MacKay

 From Channel-Port aux Basques to the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula spans the Western Region of Newfoundland. With mountains, icebergs, whales and more, this rugged region offers an abundance of activities.  

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Nature pulled out its best for Gros Morne! Two distinct landscapes, the Gulf of St. Lawrence lowlands and the Long Range Mountains, provide views of towering cliffs, waterfalls, glacial fjords, and an amazing collection of wildlife. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Western Brook Pond, a land-locked fjord carved out by melting glaciers.

Transport back in time 1000 years ago to the only authenticated Norse site in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a living history museum telling stories and struggles of early settler life. See original viking artifacts  uncovered during archaeological excavations, tour the village, learn the trades of the time, or hear stories of Norse legend.  

Photo courtesy: Parks Canada

Located a short distance from L'Anse aux Meadows is Norstead Viking Village, a recreated Viking port of trade. Experience Viking culture by participating in Norse games, learn about boat building, one-needle knitting, wool spinning, weaving, and even learn how to throw an axe. You can also step aboard Snorri, a replica of the Viking ship that retraced Erickson's course from Greenland to the Meadows.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Long before Europeans arrived, the west side of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula was a crossroads of 6000 years of human history. Discover one of North America’s most fascinating archaeological finds, visit ancient burial grounds, see original artifacts, learn about seals, or go for a hike.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism and Finn Beales

The Arches Provincial Park is a great spot for a group picture. The rock formation was created by tidal action.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Twillingate hike

From views of pristine waters, icebergs, and fishing boats bouncing on waves to rugged coastlines and picturesque streets, these are just some of the sights to experience in the heart of Newfoundland.

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Icebergs in NFL

10,000 year old giants, ranging in colours from snow-white to aquamarine can be seen every spring in Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley. Approximately 90% of the icebergs found here come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada's Arctic. 

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Discover old traditions and hear tales of fishing and whaling at Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery and Heritage Centre. Tour through seven different buildings including a 100+ year old fish store and net loft, touch two different Sei whale skeletons, learn how to split cod and more! 

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

"Come from Away" to Gander and experience how this little town came together in the aftermath of 9/11. Visit the Gander International Airport, Gander Town Hall, and other locations highlighted in the Tony award winning musical "Come from Away".

While in Gander, stop by the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and learn Gander's role in the development of transatlantic aviation. See military and civilian aircraft including North America's last intact Lockheed Hudson Bomber, machine guns, engines, and interactive displays including a flight simulator. 

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Newfoundlands Eastern region was the first place in the New World to be discovered and settled. Stretching from John Cabot's historical 1497 landing place at Bonavista to Fortune and Grand Bank are some of the most historic and beautiful communities in North America.  

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Perched on the shore of Bonavista’s historic harbour is a collection of 19th and 20th century clapboard buildings that are known as Ryan Premises. Named after prominent Newfoundland fish merchant, James Ryan, the area is one of the oldest and biggest examples of an inshore fishing communities or “outports”. 

Within the buildings is the Bonavista Museum that features local artifacts that tell the fascinating story of this historic community. See traditional Newfoundland outport furniture, rotating art exhibitions, and the award-winning "Cod, Seals and Survivors" exhibition with displays, archival films and hands-on activities.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

At the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula sits the beaconing Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Built in 1843, the light at Cape Bonavista is one of the few in the world where you can still climb up the stone tower to see the same seal oil - fueled light used in the 19th century.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

Visit Dungeon Provincial Park and see Newfoundlands craggy shoreline up close. The Dungeon was originally a cavern with two separate openings to the sea. The constant erosion activity widened the cavern, collapsing the ceiling of the cave. The wave action removed the rock material leaving the natural archway carved out by the sea.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

The award-winning Skerwink Trail offers more spectacular coastal scenery per linear foot than any other trail in Newfoundland. Travel & Leisure Magazine put the Skerwink trail in the top 35 trails in North America and Europe. The trail is named after the shearwater, large seabirds commonly seen during the summer months off the coast of Newfoundland. Although only just over 5 kilometres long, this coastal trail includes sea stacks, cliffs, beaches, grassy headlands and outstanding panaromic views

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism / Barrett MacKay

NewfoundlandThe Avalon Peninsula is a place full of beauty, culture, and the rugged drama. It features the most easterly point in Canada, the capital city of Newfoundland, and is the Seabird Capital of North America. Visit this region to hear the early adventurers who first laid claim to the New World and see some of the best natural wonders in the world.

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Full of small town charm and big city enjoyment, St. John's is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and is one of the oldest and easterly cities in North America. As the beating heart of the province, it offers something for everyone including arts and culture, architecture, shopping, and unique dining options. Meander  your way past the colourful jellybean row houses to the harbour and take in the salty ocean air.

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism

The province's colourful history and creative spirit are on display at Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space, The Rooms. Featuring an extensive collection of artifacts, art and archival records each exhibit sheds a light on Newfoundlands natural world.

This unmistakable building is a marvelous feature on St. John's skyline. It was designed to mirror the fishing rooms where families would come together to process their catch. 

Signal Hill is St. John's most popular landmark and tells the city's historic past and communications accomplishments. It was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and was the site of the world's first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.

An iconic symbol to Newfoundland and Labrador coastline sits Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse of the province and a National Historic Site. Step inside the Lighthouse which was constructed in 1836 and used until 1955, and hear the story of the Cantwells, a family of lightkeepers who worked for 150 years on Cape Spear, maintaining the lighthouse. Explore the remains of a Second World War coastal defense battery and watch for a whale sighting. 

Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America and is the first place to see the sunrise.

Each spring and summer the southern shore of Newfoundland is brimming with whales and birds travelling on their migration route. The feeding grounds off the shores of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay are the perfect area to witness these magnificent creatures.

Composed of four islands, The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is the summer home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds who come to breed and raise their young. The reserve contains North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony at more than 260,000 pairs and the second largest Leach's storm-petrel colony with more than 620,000 pairs. 

Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Tourism / Barrett & Mackay
New Brunswick

Greetings from New Brunswick

Once a secret playground for U.S. Presidents, New Brunswick charmed with its rustic lodges, giant salmon, and pristine forests. Canada’s quiet province still wows with deep wilderness, quaint Acadian villages, coastal islands, the rarest whales in the world, and the highest tides on earth.

Voted Best Destination in Canada by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2017, Saint Andrews or St. Andrews by-the-Sea, is one of New Brunswick premier vacation destinations. The historic Water Street, which was awarded the “Great Place in Canada”, reflects the town's Loyalist origins and offers great shopping and dining. 

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

KingsBrae Garden is a 27-acre horticultural gem with 50,000 award-winning perennials, sculptures, and old-growth Acadian forest. It is home to alpacas, goats, peacocks, rabbits, and more.

Built during the War of 1812 to protect New Brunswick against the Americans, the St. Andrews Blockhouse contains elements of the oldest blockhouse in the province. Partially destroyed by fire in 1993, the blockhouse has since been carefully restored to how it looked in 1812. Enjoy interpretive displays and storytelling from the guides on hand. 

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Aquarium

Discover the fascinating creatures that inhabit the Bay of Fundy at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium. See rare sea life such as lobsters, seals, and seahorses; watch the daily animal feedings; stick your hand in the touch tanks; and so much more!

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy is Saint John, Canada's oldest incorporated city. It offers an urban waterfront mixed with a historic uptown where heritage buildings house restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries.

Photo courtesy: Discover Saint John

Dive deeper into New Brunswick's natural and human history at the New Brunswick Museum! Canada’s oldest continuing museum has been collected the provinces stories for 176 years and features exhibits relating to giant marine mammals, fossils, art, industry - highlighting the trades that shaped New Brunswick's history, and more!  

Photo courtesy: Discover Saint John
Discover the heartbeat of the historic city at The Saint John City Market, Canada's oldest continuing farmers' market. Named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1986, the market is home to many vendors selling fresh meats and seafood, local produce, handmade crafts, preserves, and just about anything else you can think of.
Photo courtesy: Discover Saint John
 

Visit the Reversing Falls Rapids Visitor Center and step out onto the SKYWALK, an observation platform, rooftop deck and theatre. Learn about the science behind the Reversing Falls Rapids phenomenon with a film before stepping out onto the large rooftop deck and observation platform featuring several transparent floor panels and great views.

The Reversing Rapids are famous for the tidal phenomenon that forces the St. John River to flow backwards as the Bay of Fundy reaches high tide. 

Photo courtesy: Discover Saint John

Visit Canada's oldest independent brewery that was founded in 1867 and hear how Susannah Oland began brewing beer in her backyard. A tour of the brewery reveals how Moosehead Breweries has survived for six generations despite two brewery fires, the Halifax Explosion,  prohibition, and two World Wars. Learn how art, science, and passion come together to create award-winning beers.

The city of Moncton is Atlantic Canada's Entertainment Capital featuring shopping, an exciting nightlife, outdoor adventures and more.

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Hopewell rocks

The sandstone Hopewell Rocks guard the Bay of Fundy like top-heavy Dr. Seuss soldiers. The highest tides on earth thin the waists of the spires twice a day with 100 billion tonnes of tidal water – enough to flood the Grand Canyon – shifting in and out at 10m per minute. These red cliffs were part of a massive mountain range millions of years ago that were older than the Appalachians and larger than the Canadian Rockies. Erosion did its best work here! Around the world, the tides change by an average of 3ft, but the Hopewell Rocks get hit with changes of up to 50ft, the height of a four-story building!

When the tide is out, walk the ocean floor, touch the striations of the “flower pots,” (so called for the greenery that clings to their tops) and stand beside dinosaur fossils. When the tide comes in, climb the stairs, breathe in the salty sea air, watch kayaks paddle about and trollers come and go, and take a picture of the 2.5 million shorebirds that arrive in July on their journey south!

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Get a closer look at Acadian culture and discover all there is to know about lobsters, with a Shediac Bay Lobster Cruise. Learn the old fishing techniques that lobster fisherman have perfected over the years and taste the bounty of the ocean.

Photo courtesy: Shediac Bay Cruises

Travel to a small island in the middle of Bouctouche Bay and enter into the world of Sagouine, a theatrical village where costumed docents pay tribute to Acadian culture. Each character gives life to the work of author Antonine Maillet, the woman credited with introducing Acadia to the world with her famous Sagouine. Enjoy theater, comedy, music and Acadian food with a visit to the energetic island. 

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Fredericton is the capital city of New Brunswick and widely known as one of Canada's prettiest cities. It is the birthplace of the Canadian military, an arts and cultural hive, and an outdoor oasis.

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism

Located in beautiful downtown Fredericton, next to the Saint John River, is the historic and cultural heart of the city. The Garrison, a National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage Place is a centre for heritage, culture, craft and entertainment. See historical re-enactments such as the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, catch a free summer concert, or attend an event. 

Photo courtesy: City of Fredericton

King's Landing is a living museum depicting the lives of rural settlers between 1820-1920. This 300-acre museum houses 70,000 artefacts, offers demonstrations, workshops, costumed interpreters, and live animals.

Photo courtesy: City of Fredericton 

Miramichi River

Named after the rich-filled salmon waters of the area, Miramachi is filled with history, friendly people, and adventure. Hear stories of the headless nun and lumberjacks or relax in the great outdoors.

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Immerse yourself in Acadian culture with a traditional Kitchen Party. Gather in a kitchen for some singing, dancing, and of course, food.

Celebrating the importance of the Atlantic salmon, the Atlantic Salmon Museum celebrates the history of fishing and highlights the role salmon has had with the Miramachi people. With more than 5000 artifacts, fishing memorabilia, a small aquarium, a great views of the Miramachi River this museum is not to be missed.

With the Miramichi river flowing through town, this area is the perfect place to take in the New Brunswick air. Float your way down the river on an inner tube, zip your way across the longest zipline in the Maritimes, cast your rod and try salmon fishing, kayak, hike, bike, or rent ATV's.

Photo courtesy: New Brunswick Tourism
Nova Scotia

Hello from Nova Scotia

The history of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian and Gaelic cultures come together in a melting pot to shape Nova Scotia into what it is today. Candy-striped lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and stunning vistas are only some of the postcard worthy moments available in this charming coastal community.  

Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia, a vibrant seaport city famous for its warm and welcoming hospitality.  

Explore the Canadian Museum of Immigration, a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for immigrants between 1928-1971. Learn about the experiences immigrants faced as they arrived in Canada and the vital role immigration has played in the building of Canada.

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the oldest, continuously operating farmers’ market in North America created by Royal Proclamation in June of 1750. The Market has operated in several locations since its inception and moved to the Halifax Seaport in 2010. It is home to 250 vendors selling items including fresh fish, baking, hand crafted goods, produce, wine/spirits/beer, and more! 

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism

Learn about Nova Scotia’s rich marine history at Canada’s largest and oldest maritime museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Get introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, World War II convoys and The Battle of the Atlantic, the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and Nova Scotia’s role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.

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The Halifax Citadel is a National Historic Site of Canada and played a key role in the growth of Halifax and Canada.  Originally built as a military fortification to protect the British from enemies, the Citadel now watches over the city's downtown and serves as a reminder of Halifax's past.  Learn how this site was built and what life was like for soldiers in the late 1800s. Tour the Halifax Citadel Army Museum, watch a sentry change every hour, become a soldier for the day, and even experience the sound, sight and smell of black powder with the firing of an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle with the 78th Highlanders.

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism

The Halifax Public Gardens are located in downtown Halifax and is the oldest Victorian Garden in North America. Opened in 1867 and designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984, the Gardens are a 16-acre oasis featuring more than 140 species of trees, elaborate gardens including carpet beds, sculptures, rare plants, and more. 

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One hour from Halifax, the colourful town of Lunenburg sits snug on the shore of southern Nova Scotia. Home to only 2,300 permanent residents, Lunenburg was named the most beautiful small town in Canada and is a UNESCO World Heritage site (that’s why King Street’s nickname is the “UNESCO fresco”). Most of the original colonial buildings stand today, their facades freshly-painted in candy apple red, cobalt, and lemon.

Peggy’s Cove is a vibrant and quaint fishing village and home to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world! Built in 1915, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse still keeps watch over surging ocean waves and working fishermen. 

Once the home of National Sea Products, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic celebrates the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Discover brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharfside, as you tour the Museum which also offers a host of attractions, a maritime gift shop and restaurant. 

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, sails out of Lunenburg and is a living reminder of the glorious sailing era and a fitting introduction to Canada's Maritime heritage. When in port, it is open to the public for cruises and tours. 

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism

Mahone Bay is a perfect add on to your Nova Scotia itinerary. Travel to this picture perfect town and experience history, shopping, unique restaurants, or take in one of their many festivals. Tour the iconic three churches and discover all of the things that make Mahone Bay perfect.

Named the #1 Island in the Americas by Condé Nast Traveler in 2019, Cape Breton is located on the north-eastern tip of Nova Scotia. Discover a rugged coast formed from ancient bedrock that features waterfalls, sea caves, and towering arches. "Pjila’si, Cíad Míle Fáilte, Bienvenue—welcome to a place loved by many and home to a lucky few."

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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

The scenic Cabot Trail is 298 km (185 mi) of ocean vistas, old-growth forests, prehistoric rock, and naturally beautiful Highlands. Discover the communities that shape the trail and enjoy their cultures, music, festivals, and special events. 

Once a thriving seaport and a key area for trading, the town of Louisbourg and its fortifications were destroyed by the British in 1758. Designated a National Historic Site and partially reconstructed in the 1960s, today The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America.

Step back in time and tour the village, chat with friendly towns people, take part in a historic rum tasting, don military regalia and learn about warfare, fire a musket, or tend a garden with one of the town gardeners. 

Lush forests meet rugged cliff-sides at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Explore some of the best hiking in Nova Scotia with the 26 scenic trails, picnic in quaint coves, enjoy cycling, or go ocean kayaking. Be on the look out for bald eagles, moose, minke and pilot whales. 

Photo courtesy: Nova Scotia Tourism
P.E.I.

Welcome to a Tiny Island with a lot of Heart

Prince Edward Island maybe Canada's smallest province but this amazing island offers endless possibilities. Rolling hills, farmland, red sands, seal watching, and of course Anne of Green Gables are all apart of what has made this island famous.

When Lucy Maude Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables was published, she introduced Prince Edward Island to the world. Discover memory filled-rooms with a tour at Green Gables Heritage Place; see The Anne of Green Gables Museum, the Campbell homestead that influenced Montgomery's work; enjoy a tour of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home or visit Bideford Parsonage Museum, where 19 year old Anne lived and wrote.

Photo courtesy: Credit Tourism PEI - John Sylvester

bridge

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and continues to endure as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

Housed in a 1913 creamery is the P.E.I. Preserve Company, specializing in preserves, sweets, and teas. Enjoy a sampling, tour the butterfly garden, and discover some of the tastes of PEI.

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