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Highlands and Islands of Atlantic Canada - Self Drive
Highlands and Islands of Atlantic Canada - Self Drive

Highlights: Nova Scotia Western Shore - Oak Island - Lunenberg - Charlottetown - Baddeck - Halifax

Other departures: Manchester - £1249, Birmingham - £1299, Newcastle - £1299, Edinburgh - £1299, Glasgow -£1299, Norwich - £1299

Atlantic Canada is rugged coastal scenery, charming fishing villages, Lighthouses standing proud against the elements, sublime seafood, quaint cultures, and a lot more. Its people are welcoming, hospitable, and always warmer than the weather! There is plenty of history and culture to explore as well as stunning scenery, and what’s more, it’s just a short hop across the Atlantic!!

Day 1: Halifax Airport - Nova Scotia Western Shore - Oak Island (150 km)
Pick up the rental car at Halifax airport and make your way to the Western Shore area, a short drive down the coast. Visit Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse, made famous in a thousand photographs.

Day 2: FREE DAY Oak Island/Lunenberg
Relax and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing the local way of life. Visit Lunenberg, famous as the home of the Blue Nose and Blue Nose II, this historic town is well worth a few hours of time. Explore the beautiful coastline of Mahone Bay, perhaps take a kayak or boat trip or spend time in the quaint towns and villages along the shore.

Day 3: Oak Island - Charlottetown (382 km)
Departing Oak Island, drive northeast by-passing Halifax and head to Truro located on the Salmon River. Here visitors flock to view the tidal bore that occurs twice a day as a result of the immense incoming Fundy tide, the highest in the world. Continue via Amherst to the Confederation Bridge that will take you across to Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. This is the land of “Anne of Green Gables” and fabulous lobster suppers. On arrival head out to explore Charlottetown which has evoked many tales and stories of Canada’s historic roots.

Day 4: FREE DAY Charlottetown
Explore fascinating Prince Edward Island – We would suggest a visit to Cavendish Beach and a drive along the coastal route through PEI National Park. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum or try your hand at one of PEI’s excellent golf courses.
Included Activity: The City Highlights – Charlottetown 1-hr City Tour
This tour takes you through historic areas of the city, waterfront, residential areas, and more. Enjoy fun and informative commentary of our local guides and take in the City Highlights Tour. Discover the history and charm of Canada’s Birthplace, as you ride through the streets of Charlottetown.
Drive past Province House, Beaconsfield, Historic Great George Street, Charlottetown Driving Park, The Lieutenant Governor’s House, Victoria Park, University of Prince Edward Island, and residential areas!

Day 5: Charlottetown - Baddeck (350 km + ferry)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Charlottetown before heading east to Wood Island where you will take the 75min ferry crossing to Caribou in Nova Scotia, crossing the Northumberland Strait. Make your up Cape Breton Island to the sleepy town of Baddeck, which will be your base for the next 2 nights, offering ample opportunity to explore the famous rugged coastline of Cape Breton.

Day 6: FREE DAY Baddeck
Using Baddeck, in the heart of the Bras d’Or Lake area, as your base, experience the dramatic scenery, rugged coastline, and the local hospitality of the Cape Breton region. Spend a day exploring the famous Cabot Trail, this 184-mile long loop has been described as the most spectacular drive in North America. The Cabot Trail winds through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, climbs 500 meter high capes, skirts rugged coastal headlands, and passes through villages where ancient dialects can still be heard. Visit local craft shops, take a boat trip to explore fabulous marine wildlife, or enjoy stunning walks along the many coastal paths and trails.

Day 7: Baddeck - Halifax (447 km)
Head south today, leaving the rugged landscape of Cape Breton behind. On your drive to Halifax, travel the route known as Marine Drive and pass through local towns and villages, where you will see glimpses of Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage. Visit Sherbrooke Village a restored 1860’s community and stop for a leisurely lunch on route.

Day 8: FREE DAY Halifax
Spend the day exploring this historic coastal city. Take in the historic waterfront, perhaps enjoy a harbor tour or try your hand at deep-sea fishing.
Recommended: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax Citadel gives visitors the opportunity to explore the history of the fortress and the soldiers who were stationed there, walk within its walls and touch a piece of Halifax’s military history. Every day, the Citadel comes to life with the sounds and color of its re-enactment interpreters. Dressed in the same uniforms that their regiments wore in the mid-1800s, the 78th Highlanders guard the Citadel’s entrance and conduct marching and band drills on the parade grounds, while the Royal Artillery fires the Noon Gun every day at 12 pm – a Halifax tradition! Recommended: Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
With your all-day pass (not included), climb aboard and enjoy the freedom to see the city sights on your own schedule on our double-decker bus service. See a historic and revitalized downtown core, to the stunning harbourfront landscapes, and hear legendary stories of both Titanic sinking and the 100-year old Halifax Explosion. Pass valid all day, the loop is 1.5hrs.

Day 9: Halifax [Departure]
Time at leisure before heading to Halifax Airport for your flight home.

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Offer Includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Airport taxes
  • 8 nights accommodation as per Itinerary
  • Compact Car for the duration Including Unlimited Mileage
  • The City Highlights - Charlottetown (1 Hour City Tour)
  • Document pack at hotel on arrival with maps and Information
  • Applicable taxes
  • Compact Car for the duration including unlimited mileage, CDW, Theft protection and Third party liability

Meal Plans

  • Room Only