Welcome to Halifax and the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, well-known for its maritime history. With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard. You are free to arrive at any time today ahead of the welcome meeting at 6pm, where you'll meet your tour guide and fellow travelling companions.
Should you arrive early, why not visit some of the many parks, museums, landmarks, art galleries and waterfront cafes of Halifax. The Maritime Museum in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) tells the story of the city's seafaring origins whilst the fortress on Citadel Hill with its iconic Town Clock overlooks the modern glass towers of the city, providing that link between the past and the present.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally
This morning, you drive to the iconic area of Peggy's Cove to see the lighthouse which is always a prominent feature of the area and makes for some excellent holiday pictures. For a different perspective of this iconic sight, your guide will lead you on the Polly's Cove Trail. Next you travel to the World Heritage listed historic town of Lunenburg. A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town's position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding. You then overnight in Digby, Nova Scotia.
Trail: Polly's Cove Trail
Distance: 1.5 kms
Elevation gain: 35 meters
Duration: 30 minutes
Altitude: 50 meters
Accommodation: Admiral Digby Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
Leaving Canada, you catch an early morning ferry across the Bay of Fundy to St John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore.
Accommodation: Chateau St John and Suites (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
Your destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. On day four, you'll wander along the Ocean Path to see the jagged pink granite formations long the parks beautiful coastline. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff.
Trail: Ocean Path Trail
Distance: up to 4.2 miles (7kms)
Elevation gain: low
Altitude: 150 meters
There are some hikes that are a must. When deciding between the myriad of trails in Acadia National Park, it would be hard not to include Cadillac Ridge. Cadillac is the highest point on Mount Desert Island, and without a doubt offers wonderful views in every direction, as well as offering wildflower displays. The trail features numerous scenic viewpoints over Frenchman Bay and interesting pine displays. The lower tree line on Cadillac means that a decent portion of the final ascent is open rock face.
Trail: Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Distance: 4.4 miles (6.5 kms)
Elevation gain: 380 meters
Duration: 3 hours
Altitude: 460 meters
Accommodation: Edenbrook Motel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
You have two nights in Baxter State Park; the largest and most remote natural preserve in Eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square km. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin, which has many peaks; at 5,267ft Baxter Peak is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities you can enjoy in this rare and wonderful wilderness including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights.
On arrival, you will enjoy a nature hike along the Little and Big Niagara Falls trail and you'll be treated to not one, but two waterfalls on this hike. The water gushing over the rocky ledges of Big Niagara Falls is sure to be awe-inspiring. After beginning, you cross over a footbridge before winding your way south between rocks and over roots, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Continue onwards until you are standing in front of a magnificent stream, set against a mountainous backdrop.
Trail: Little and Big Niagara Falls trail
Distance: 2.4 miles (3.5 kms)
Elevation gain: 60 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 390 meters
On day seven, you hike another section of the famed Appalachian Trail on the Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. This brings you right to the base of Mount Katahdin, where the waters of Katahdin Stream thunder beneath the northernmost bridge on the Appalachian Trail.
Trail: Katahdin Stream Falls trail
Distance: 2.5 miles (3.2 kms)
Elevation gain: 180 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 510 meters
Accommodation: Baxter Park Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
Cross the border into Canada and stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world with an average variance of 47.5ft and an extreme variance of an amazing 53.3ft.
The main features of this park include the seaside habitats and the highland Acadian forests, which you have time to explore, as well as the beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon, your guide leads you on the Coppermine Trail which delivers you to an old copper mine site. Beginning at the car park, your hike meanders through a field and then through predominantly spruce woodland, climbing uphill and further into the woods. You'll traverse over several streams on wooden bridges until finding the remnants of the old copper mine along with interpretative signs. This trail offers great views across the bay.
Trail: Coppermine Trail
Distance: 3.1 miles (4.4 kms)
Elevation gain: 120 meters
Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 180 meters
Accommodation: Alpine Motor Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
This morning, you visit the beautiful Hopewell Rocks where these incredible rock formations make for some amazing photographs. It may be possible to walk (1.5 kms) to Demoiselle Beach, a picturesque and quiet sandy cove. Your next stop is Prince Edward Island; the smallest of all the Canadian provinces with a total population of 141,000. Often referred to as 'PEI', the province actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island, as well as a collection of smaller islands. It's also referred to as the 'Birthplace of Confederation', as the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 was one of a few events that established the framework which led the British colonies to confederation in 1867.
Prince Edward Island was the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel, 'Anne of Green Gables' (published in 1908), was set here. It's possible to join a tour of Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.
On day 10, you explore some of Prince Edward Island National Park on foot, following its beautiful sandy beaches and landmarks, starting from the Dalvay-by-the-sea historical mansion. Experience the sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, forest and more. The distance is variable but will be approximately 6.2 miles (10 kms) with a low elevation and suitable for most.
Trail: Cape Rocks Trail
Distance: 1.24 miles (2 kms)
Elevation gain: +50 meters
Duration: 40 minutes
Altitude: 50 meters
Accommodation: Bay Vista Motel (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
From Prince Edward Island, it's a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park, before driving towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline.
During your time on PEI, you'll hike beside the many forested lakes and to the top of the various rugged peaks for outstanding views or take to the sea for some fantastic kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline. Consisting of Acadian and boreal forests, this park is home to various species of wildlife such as Black Bear, coyote and moose. If you're lucky you may see Bald Eagles circling overhead or perched high up in the trees.
On day 12, you have a brief reprieve from walking as we have included a whale watching activity. This unique experience provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of northern Cape Breton and marine life near the coastlines. By using smaller Zodiacs, this allow us to blast along the rugged shores in search of whales, dolphins, seals, leatherback turtles, puffins and eagles.
In the afternoon, it's back to the wild coastline again to hit the trails. This coastal and scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail, then continues along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches.
Trail: Coastal Trail
Distance: 6.8 miles (11 kms)
Elevation gain: 30 meters
Duration: 3.5 hours
Altitude: Sea level
Accommodation: Castle Rock Country Inn (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally
Today you enjoy a leisurely pace before making your way back towards Halifax where your tour end at the hotel upon arrival. Your guide will stop at points of interest along the way.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.