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Discover Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail

September 15-26 2019
Discover Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail


The First Nations called it Mi’kma’ki, the French called it Acadia, the British called it New Scotland.
Nova Scotia; Latin for “New Scotland” is one of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces, and one of the four provinces which form Atlantic Canada. Its Provincial Capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the second-smallest of Canada’s ten provinces, with an area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,300 sq. mi.) including Cape Breton and another 3,800 coastal islands. As of 2016, the population was 923,598. Nova Scotia is the second-most-densely populated Province in Canada with 17-4 inhabitants per square kilometre.
The Province includes regions of the Mi’kmaq Nation of Mi’kma’ki. The Mi’kmaq people inhabited Nova Scotia at the time the first European colonists arrived. In 1605, French colonists established the first permanent European settlement in the future Canada at Port Royal, founding what would become known as Acadia.
The British conquest of Acadia took place in 1710. The Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 formally recognized this and returned Cape Breton Island to the French, Present-day New Brunswick then still formed a part of the French colony of Acadia. The British changed the name of the capital from Port Royal to Annapolis Royal. In 1740, the capital of Nova Scotia moved from Annapolis Royal to the newly established Halifax. In 1755 the vast majority of the French population (the Acadians) were forcibly removed in the Expulsion of the Acadians; New England Planters arrived between 1759 and 1768 to replace them.

Day 1 (Sunday, September 15th, 2019) – Ontario/Quebec City.
6:05am – Leave Bracebridge WalMart parking lot.
Approximately 9:45am – Stop at The Big Apple on Highway 401 near Colborne for 45 minute nature/snack stop.
Approximately 12:35pm – 20 minute Nature/snack stop at Tim Horton’s Prescott ON…bring snacks onboard.
Approximately 6:00-6:30pm – Overnight at the Normandin Hotel near Quebec City & on Highway to Nova Scotia. (Dinner included in tour price)

Day 2 – (Monday, September 16th, 2019) Quebec/Moncton NB (740km)
To the Maritimes through the Trans Canada Highway. In Edmunston NB, visit New Brunswick Botanical Gardens.
Lunch included in tour price. Stop at the longest covered bridge in the world (1281 feet) near Florenceville.
Arrive early evening in Moncton. (Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 3 – (Tuesday September 17th, 2019) Moncton/Halifax (270km)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Travel to Halifax in the morning. Spectacular arrival in Halifax thru the ferry from Dartmouth after a lunch in Dartmouth. Guided City Tour of Halifax with a local guide in afternoon. To the Fairview Cemetery to pay tribute to Titanic victims: one hundred and twenty-one victims of the RMS Titanic sinking are interred at Fairview, more than any other Cemetery in the World. (Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 4 – (Wednesday September 18th, 2019) Halifax
Visit of Pier 21 National historic site which was the gateway to Canada for more than one million immigrants and the departure point for 500,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War. Stop at the Public market next to Pier 21 and lunch there. Visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery.
Visit Halifax Citadelle and free
Time in Downtown Halifax for browsing/shopping.
Lobster dinner in the port. (Breakfast & dinner included in tour price)

Day 5 – (Thursday September 19th, 2019) Halifax/Annapolis Royal area (250km)
To Grand-Pre National Historic Site and Unesco World Heritage site: The site consists of a memorial park created to commemorate the deportation of the Acadians who settled in the area between 1682 and 1755. You will see commemorative buildings, typical Acadian Church, archaeological remains and a collection of Objects which reflect the presence of Acadians at the site.
To Fort Anne National Historic Site: A present day reminder of a time when conflict between Europe’s empire Builders were acted out on the shores of the Annapolis River. It offers a sweeping view of the beautiful Annapolis Basin from the centre of Annapolis Royal. Museum exhibits highlight the history of the fort. Free time at Annapolis Royal Village.
Lodging in Digby area, home of the largest scallop fleet in the world. (Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 6 – (Friday September 20th, 2019)Annapolis Royal/Lunenburg (200km)
Travel to Lunenburg thru Kejumkujik Scenic Drive with many lakes and rivers covering this inland area of Nova Scotia with scenic Villages.
Visit Old Town Lunenburg, one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Visit Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to explore wharf-side vessels and their aquarium. Lunenburg is also the Home town of Bluenose 11, a replica of the original world famous racing schooner and the most celebrated Canadian boat as we can see this boat on the Canadian 10 cent money piece. (Breakfast & dinner included in Tour price)

Day 7 – (Saturday September 21st, 2019) Lunenburg/North Sydney (Cape Breton area) 530km
Travel to Peggy’s Cove for a visit of this charming harbor with its graceful lighthouse symbolizing the sea-born Spirit of Nova Scotia. Stop for lunch on route.
Crossing of the Detroit of Canso in Port Hastings on the world’s deepest sea-wall (4500 feet long and 200 feet Deep). Arrival in North Sydney late afternoon and lodgings for 2 nights.
(Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 8 – (Sunday September 22nd, 2019) Cape Breton Island
Day of touring the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail. This scenic road, named after the Famous explorer John Cabot, winds around the rocky splendors of Cape Breton’s northern shore. This Magnificent highway is carved into the sides of mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Cape Breton National Park encompasses one of Canada’s most exceptional wilderness areas. The highlands are a colorful tapestry of woodland, tundra and bogs, where wildlife is common and moose are often seen grazing in the quiet shallows of lakes and streams. Leisurely walk in one of the famous hiking trails of the park.
We will also visit Glenora Distillery, North America’s only distillery of single malt whisky, “Uisge Beatha” (the “Water of Life”). (Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 9 – (Monday September 23rd, 2019) North Sydney/New Glasgow (345km)
Travel to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: one of the largest historical reconstitution in North America, Louisbourg is a faithful recreation of a town 250 years ago, with impressive walls, quaint homes, Formal gardens and lively taverns. Costumed animators and interpreters recreate the lives and activities of the Fortress residents. Guided visit of the Fortress which is partly in operation at this time of the year. Lunch on this Site. Travel to New Glasgow with many points of interest on Bras d’Or Lake & Cape Breton Island.
Arrival in early evening in New Glasgow. (Breakfast & lunch included in tour price)

Day 10 –(Tuesday September 24th, 2019) New Glasgow/Woodstock NB (495km)
Visit Hector Heritage Quay: One of Nova Scotia’s 10 living attractions, the Hector Heritage Quay Interpretation Centre tells the story of 18th Century Scottish migration to the New World and the role of Ship Hector in making Pictou the “Birthplace of New Scotland”.
Visit local wine producer with tasting.
Lunch and road to Woodstock, New Brunswick. Arrive for dinner. (Breakfast, & dinner included in tour price)

Day 11 – (Wednesday September 25th, 2019) Woodstock/Drummondville (590km)
On route to Quebec with a stop for lunch (not included) in St-Jean Port Joli.
Travel to Drummondville where we will overnight at Hotel le Dauphin.
(Breakfast & dinner included in tour price)

Day 12 – (Thursday September 26th, 2019) Drummondville / Ontario
Travel to Montreal with overview from the new observation deck at Place Ville Marie, a Montreal downtown Skyscraper. Free time in Montreal for shopping & lunch.
Head home in afternoon.
(Breakfast in tour price)

Included in Tour price:
Round Trip Hammond Transportation
Lodging in regular 4* hotels in Drummondville, Moncton. Superior/good 3* hotels in Levis, New Glasgow, Halifax, Woodstock, Digby, and Bridgewater (Lunenburg area), North Sydney
Full breakfast every morning
Lunches on Day 2,3,5,7,8,9
Dinners on Day 1,4,6,10,11
Lafleche guide speaking English and French from Day 1 in Levis to last day in Montreal
Local guides for City Tour in Halifax
Activities and visits mentioned in itinerary
Actual applicable taxes
Gratuities on meals included.
Luggage Handling at Hotels (1 per person)

Tour Prices:
Double occupancy, each of two persons to a room $4,999.00 per person.
Single occupancy $5,999.00 per person.