Maritime Magic Treasures Fly Drive

Halifax • Western Shore • Truro • Charlottetown • West Bay

Our route through the Maritime offers the very best of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. You will begin in Halifax before traversing Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing villages and rugged coastal landscapes at the Bay of Fundy.

Travel to charming Prince Edward Island and admire the beauty of the low rolling countryside of Canada’s smallest province and cradle of Canadian confederation. Make your way to Cape Breton and enjoy breathtaking views on the Cabot Trail. Learn all about Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Native and Acadian heritage on your historic and cultural explorations of this energetic Maritime Province.

From €1859pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Ireland to Halifax
  • 13 NIGHTS hotel accommodation in selected Fly/Drive hotels (more details below)
  • Economy car rental for 13 days
  • A personalized Jonview Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides, hotel vouchers and customized day-by-day routing maps
  • Quote Ref 1566315

Staff Tips

We can arrange the best value flights, the best value car hire and the best value accommodation along the way for your trip to Canada. We offer all of Canada from Newfoundland in the east to Vancouver Island in the west and everything in-between.

Adrienne Keogh

General Manager Reservations and Operations

Your Adventure...

Arrive in Halifax
Halifax to Western Shore (79 KM)
Western Shore (165 KM)
Western Shore to Digby (193 KM)
Digby to Truro (300 KM)
Truro to Charlottetown (130 KM)
Charlottetown to Antigonish (160 KM)
Antigonish to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (280 KM)
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park to West Bay (89 KM)
West Bay to Liscombe Mills (226 KM)
Liscomb Mills to Halifax/End of Tour (175 KM)
  • Day 1 Arrive in Halifax

    Arrive at Halifax International Airport where you pick up your rental car and drive to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook at the front desk as you check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure for exploring this bustling oceanside city.
    Overnight in Halifax at the Atlantica Hotel.

  • Day 2 Halifax

    Halifax is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbours and bears all the hallmarks of both a modern and historic city. You can discover its proud maritime heritage in the many museums and along the waterfront area, which includes the restored Historic Properties. Visit the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, the Public Gardens or sail on a harbour cruise aboard the Bluenose II.
    Overnight in Halifax at the Atlantica Hotel.

  • Day 3 Halifax to Western Shore (79 KM)

    Today you travel west along the Nova Scotia coast through the outlying skirts of Halifax. Traversing the northern shore of beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay, you arrive in the picturesque Western Shore area, just across the water from magnificent and mysterious Oak Island.
    Overnight in Western Shore at the Atlantica Hotel.

  • Day 4 Western Shore (165 KM)

    Your resort is located on the beautiful southern shores of Nova Scotia with breath-taking views of Mahone Bay and legendary Oak Island. Go for a stroll along the resort’s seaside trail and observe humpback and fin whales as they play off Tancook Island. Perhaps try a traditional Nova Scotia dish while enjoying the spectacular views of the water as sailboats glide gently across the bay.
    Overnight in Western Shore at the Atlantica Hotel.

  • Day 5 Western Shore to Digby (193 KM)

    Today you head west and cross the heart of Nova Scotia and the near pristine wilderness that is home to a wide variety of woodland animals . You may wish to make a stop for a day hike at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site. The hiking trails and canoe routes are accessible from Kejimkujik Lake and lead deep into the park’s interior and to its remote island-dotted lakes. On several locations on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake, the soft slate has been decorated with petroglyphs reflecting life prior to and following the arrival of Europeans. Arrive on in Digby on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy.
    Overnight in Digby at the Coastal Inn.

  • Day 6 Digby to Truro (300 KM)

    Drive along Nova Scotia’s northern shore and admire the Bay of Fundy, world-famous for its extreme tides . The vertical range between high and low tide can be as much as 15 m, the greatest rise of water on earth. Twice a day, the tides carry 100-billion tonnes of water into the Bay of Fundy. On your way through this beautiful stretch of land, you can visit historic landmarks, such as the Annapolis Royal Area, the Grand Pré National Historic Site, and Fort Edward National Historic Site, and learn more about Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Acadian and native heritage.
    Overnight in Truro at the Best Western Plus Glengarry Inn.

  • Day 7 Truro to Charlottetown (130 KM)

    Make your way to Pictou, the “Birthplace of New Scotland”, and explore the Hector Heritage Quay where the first Scottish settlers arrived in 1773. Take the ferry from here across the Northumberland
    Strait to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province noted for its attractive and peaceful charm, as well as its fruitful, low rolling countryside. Arrive in the charming city of Charlottetown, the “Cradle of Canada’s Confederation.”
    Overnight in Charlottetown at the Best Western Charlottetown.
    Please be advised that ferry crossings are not included in the package cost and cannot be pre-booked. The estimated price for 2016 is CA$60 per person roundtrip including car between Caribou, NS and Wood Islands, PEI. The crossing time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Day 8 Charlottetown

    Your day is at leisure to explore the Victorian homes and elegant squares of Charlottetown. The city is the island's commercial center and through its harbour, the wealth of produce from the surrounding fertile farmland is funnelled for shipping. Despite the 20th-century character the city displays today, it still manages to evoke the feeling of a colonial seaport with quaint sections such as Great George Street and Old Charlotte Town.
    Overnight in Charlottetown at the Best Western Charlottetown.

  • Day 9 Charlottetown to Antigonish (160 KM)

    Return to Nova Scotia via the Northumberland Strait, and drive along the North Shore Drive through tranquil scenery and small communities that still celebrate Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Native and Acadian identities.
    Overnight in Antigonish at the Travelodge Suites New Glasgow.

  • Day 10 Antigonish to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (280 KM)

    Drive along the northern shore of Cape Breton Island and enjoy the magnificent scenery . Take the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton. The trail runs past lochs and glens settled by Scottish Highlanders and along scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. Observe a variety of wildlife in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a heavily forested park and sanctuary for moose, deer, lynx, bears and beavers. On the western shore, steep hills dominate the landscape while the eastern shore is rocky with numerous coves. Make your way to Ingonish Beach overlooking the Middle Head Peninsula.
    Overnight in Cape Breton Highlands area at Laurie’s Motor Inn.

  • Day 11 Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Enjoy a second full day in Cape Breton. Perhaps pay a visit to St. Ann’s and its historical sites. The Great Hall of the Clans depicts the history and culture of the Scots and the story of the Great Migration to Cape Breton from the Highlands of Scotland. You may also wish to take one of the cruises that conduct wildlife viewing tours to the nearby Bird Islands to view cormorants, guillemots and terns. Board one of the Love Boats in Cheticamp for a breathtaking guided tour with commentary adventure. The comfortable, covered touring boat sails out to observe whales, seals, eagles, seabirds and wildlife along the scenic coastline of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
    Overnight in Cape Breton Highlands area at Laurie’s Motor Inn.

  • Day 12 Cape Breton Highlands National Park to West Bay (89 KM)

    Today you continue southbound on the Cabot Trail passing charming maritime communities that still celebrate their Scottish heritage. Perhaps stop and visit The Nova Scotia Gaelic College of Arts and Culture - the only one of its kind in North America. You may wish to alter your route east for a day trip to Sydney and explore one of the most important Canadian ports of World War II. Continue on to Bras D’Or Lake, considered to be one of the world’s best sailing and boating venues. You may wish to stop in the small town of Baddeck, home to a fascinating museum dedicated to the life and works of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. You arrive in West Bay at the southwest tip of the lake.
    Overnight in West Bay at the Dundee Resort.

  • Day 13 West Bay to Liscombe Mills (226 KM)

    Depart West Bay and shores of Bras d’or Lake and travel through Port Hawkesbury and over the Canso Causeway connecting eastern and western Nova Scotia. Once on the western shore, you may wish to alter your route and turn south to drive along the rugged southern Nova Scotian coastline. The coastal highway passes through great natural habitats, beach parks and dramatic shorelines along Nova Scotia's eastern Atlantic coast before arriving at Liscombe Mills. Tour the Fortress of Louisbourg - one of the historically most significant locations in all of North America. Children and adults alike enjoy touring the reconstructed buildings and interactive demonstrations by the staff dressed in historical costumes. You many choose to purchase lunch at 18th-century cuisine at one of the period restaurants, serving authentic meals that the original inhabitants would have enjoyed. Historical recreations and demonstrations are enacted throughout the season, giving visitors a glimpse of both the majesty and hardships of life in colonial Canada.
    Overnight in Liscombe Mills at the Liscombe Lodge.

  • Day 14 Liscomb Mills to Halifax/End of Tour (175 KM)

    Breakfast included. If time allows, make your way to the Liscomb Game Sanctuary, a 250-square kilometre area encompassing stands of virgin Nova Scotian forest and an abundance of wildlife, such as moose, deer, mink and muskrat. Follow the Marine Drive back to Halifax International Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your return flight.

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