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Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes

12 Day guided tour of Canada

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12 Days
1 Country

Canada

9 Cities

Halifax, Lunenburg, Baddeck, Cabot Trail, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Shediac, Moncton, Digby

18 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Blend the best of land and sea on this 12-day guided tour of Canada. Explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax with a Local Expert, who will tell you the tale of the city’s most historic moment: the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. See the fabled home that served as the inspiration for L.M. Montgomery’s children’s classic, ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ Watch for bald eagles as you travel one of the world’s most scenic routes, Cabot Trail. Board a lobster boat in New Brunswick for an up-close-and-personal look at lobster fishing, then indulge in a decadent lobster lunch. Later, cruise the Bay of Fundy on a whale-watching expedition, where you can see humpback, minke and fin whales.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Halifax

A mix of sea breezes and cultural charms, Halifax is a quintessential maritime destination evident in its waterfront, historic sites and ongoing maritime activities. Learn how it became a maritime destination due to its strategic natural harbor, making it a crucial naval and trading hub. Relax at your downtown hotel next to the waterfront. Perhaps get out and explore this capital city, home to five National Historic Sites including The Halifax Citadel, Georges Island, Fort McNab, York Redoubt and the Prince of Wales Tower. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.

Harbour in Halifax, Canada
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

About the Hotel

Halifax, Canada

As the only hotel along the Halifax waterfront, the Marriott Harbourfront offers quick access to shops and dining along the boardwalk, as well as the sights of the downtown area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Welcome Dinner in Halifax

Relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at 18:00. You’ll soon see why Halifax tr...

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Day 2

Sightseeing and Relaxation in Halifax

From British rule to naval battles, Halifax is a historical haven. Kick off your Canada guided tour and delve into the city's nautical history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where your Local Expert shares stories of key historic events. Learn about the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the world’s largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima, and the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Your Local Expert then reveals the eclectic city on a guided tour before an afternoon of Insight Choice. Visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site exploring the history of the fortress and the soldiers who were stationed there. Art lovers will want to explore the Maud Lewis Gallery to see the artist's famous carefully restored painted house. Or, choose to visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, historically the nation's primary immigration gateway, shedding light on Canada's intricate relationship with the immigration process.

Citadel Hill National Park Halifax, Canada
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Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

About the Hotel

Halifax, Canada

As the only hotel along the Halifax waterfront, the Marriott Harbourfront offers quick access to shops and dining along the boardwalk, as well as the sights of the downtown area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax

Immerse yourself in Nova Scotia's rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Discover history, including the Halifax Explosion ...

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Top Rated Highlights Aerial view Halifax Waterfront, Halifax, Canada
Halifax Guided Tour

Embark an exploration of this cosmopolitan, eclectic port city of Halifax with your Local Expert. Travel to the local cemetery where many of the Ti...

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Insight Choice Halifax Citadel, Halifax, Canada
Visit the Halifax Citadel

Halifax’s historic citadel will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. This strategic hilltop location with a  commanding view of the Halifax ha...

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Insight Choice Visit Maud Lewis Gallery, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visit the Maud Lewis Gallery

Get up close and personal with the works of one of Canada's best-known folk artists, Maud Lewis, at the Maud Lewis Gallery. View the nearly 19,000 ...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Visit Canadian Museum Immigration Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visit of the Canadian Museum of Immigration

Halifax’s history will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. Visit Pier 21 -- an ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971 --...

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Day 3

Historic Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg conjures up images of brightly painted houses and a picturesque waterfront. Join a Local Expert for a walking tour of one of the best surviving examples of a planned British Colonial settlement in North America. Gain insights into the fishing industry's impact on the region at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic before visiting Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay and the site of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, an iconic Canadian image. 

Waterfront view of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

About the Hotel

Halifax, Canada

As the only hotel along the Halifax waterfront, the Marriott Harbourfront offers quick access to shops and dining along the boardwalk, as well as the sights of the downtown area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Lunenburg Walking Tour, Lunenburg, Canada
Lunenburg City Tour

The hand-picked UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg invites you to discover its storied streets. Experience one of the best surviving examples ...

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Top Rated Highlights Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Halifax, Canada
Visit to Peggy's Cove

Visit scenic Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay southwest of downtown Halifax. Take in the bre...

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Day 4

Cape Breton Island and Blooming Baddeck

The legends & traditions of the Mi'kmaq people will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. At Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on your Canada guided tour as interpreters share insights of history and culture as they weave stories relating artifacts to a way of life, cosmology and a changing relationship with European settlers. Further your discovery this afternoon on a guided cruise across Bras d'or Lake spotting iconic lighthouses, a bird estuary and historic properties including the mansion of Alexander Graham Bell. After a big day of exploring, experience warm hospitality and Cape Breton-style home cooking at your waterfront hotel, featuring tempting seafood favorites and hearty dishes that are sure to satisfy. Continue your night with traditional music and song at a Ceilidh, a Celtic Evening full of Acadian hospitality and entertainment.

Kidston Island Lighthouse, Baddeck, Cape Breton, Canada
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Inverary Resort

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Baddeck, Canada

Waterfront resort accommodations meet Cape Breton's warm hospitality at The Inverary Resort. The Inverary Resort is a family owned and operated, full-service property located on the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in Baddeck. Centrally located, Baddeck is the perfect place to experience all the finest attractions which world-famous Cape Breton Island has to offer.

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Make Travel Matter Visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre in Baddeck, Canada
Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center

Enrich your journey exploring the history and culture of the Mi'kmaq people at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center. You will be greeted wi...

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Make Travel Matter

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Bras d'Or Lake Cruise

Sail aboard the Winstar, a new double decker Catamaran, for an educational tour of the Bras d'Or Lakes. Take in unparalleled views of Baddeck and a...

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Insight Experiences Celtic Evening Baddeck, Canada
Celtic Evening

Cape Breton Island’s music and traditions of its Gaelic settlers has been preserved and shared since the early 1800's. Become part of the story as ...

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Day 5

The Natural Beauty of the Cabot Trail

Gaelic and Celtic cultures are revealed over a unique experience at The Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of these rich cultures. At this school offering traditional arts, including Cape Breton fiddle, piano, guitar, step-dancing, and piping, highland dancing, weaving and Gaelic language, you have the opportunity to learn about the tradition of fabric milling and get up close and personal watching a kilt-making demonstration in action. After this one-of-a-kind learning experience, drive along the Cabot Trail, a world-famous highway running along coastal borders on both sides of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and crossing highlands. With views of dramatic cliffs and mountains abound passing charming coastal villages, you’ll love reflecting on another grand day of hand-picked sights.

Cliffside views along the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Canada
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Inverary Resort

About the Hotel

Baddeck, Canada

Waterfront resort accommodations meet Cape Breton's warm hospitality at The Inverary Resort. The Inverary Resort is a family owned and operated, full-service property located on the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in Baddeck. Centrally located, Baddeck is the perfect place to experience all the finest attractions which world-famous Cape Breton Island has to offer.

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  • Resort
Top Rated Highlights Visit Gaelic College, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visit The Gaelic College in Baddeck

Satisfy your curiosity as you immerse yourself in a unique experience at The Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic an...

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Top Rated Highlights Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, offers a spectacular driving experience through the stunning landscapes of Cape Breton Island. Enjo...

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Day 6

Baddeck and Charlottetown

Go behind the scenes on your Canada guided tour with a Local Expert at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site to discover the stories behind the inventor of the telephone and one of history's most influential members. Ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island and quaint Charlottetown, where you'll spend the next three nights. In this nautical gem, dotted with colorful fisherman’s cottages and picturesque harbor. Your hotel, The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel and just steps away from enticing shops and restaurants.

Richmond Street in Charlottetown, Canada
Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown View Hotel Details
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown

About the Hotel

Charlottetown, Canada

The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel, just steps away from charming shops and restaurants, making it a top choice in Charlottetown. Enjoy the perfect combination of sophistication and convenience during your stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Overlooking Bras d'Or Lake, take a glimp...

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Day 7

Prince Edward Island Sightseeing

No trip to Prince Edward Island is complete without a visit to Green Gable's Heritage Place including the Green Gables House, the fabled home that provided inspiration for L.M. Montgomery's children's classic, 'Anne of Green Gables'. With your Local Expert, discover the cliffs, wind-whipped dunes and Covehead lighthouse of Prince Edward Island National Park before heading on to Cavendish. This afternoon is free to explore Charlottetown at your leisure. Perhaps tour the Victorian Beaconsfield Historic House and feel like you’ve stepped into Downton Abbey. Or, visit nearby Victoria Park’s boardwalk taking you past the Prince Edward Battery and the Victoria Floating Dock and Brighton Beach lighthouse.

Prince Edward Island Waterfront Bike Path, Charlottetown, Canada
Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown View Hotel Details
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown

About the Hotel

Charlottetown, Canada

The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel, just steps away from charming shops and restaurants, making it a top choice in Charlottetown. Enjoy the perfect combination of sophistication and convenience during your stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Green Gables House Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prince Edward Island Sightseeing

Discover picturesque Prince Edward Island with a Local Expert. Visit Prince Edward Island National Park with its sand dunes adorned by beach grass ...

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Day 8

Flavors of Charlottetown

The flavors of Prince Edward Island will delight your palate today in the quaint seaside fishing village of Georgetown. Meet a local fisherman and exceptional storyteller who will regale you with tales of life at sea and teach you all about the area's lobster and mussel industry. Then taste the flavors over a delicious Highlight Lunch of island blue mussel cooked fresh by the fisherman. A visit to a maritime province wouldn't be complete without a lighthouse tour. Head out to the first lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, Point Prim, and end your day with a tasting at Rossignol Winery, the first winery on Prince Edward Island specialising in table and fruit wines.

Colourful Shops in Charlottetown, Canada
Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown View Hotel Details
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown

About the Hotel

Charlottetown, Canada

The Delta Prince Edward is Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel, just steps away from charming shops and restaurants, making it a top choice in Charlottetown. Enjoy the perfect combination of sophistication and convenience during your stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Prince Edward Island Mussels
Meet a Fisher Highlight Lunch

Delicious cuisine in a quaint seaside village. In Georgetown in eastern Prince Edward Island, you will be greeted by a local fisher who shares thei...

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Top Rated Highlights
Lighthouse Tour and Wine Tasting

The east coast conjures up notions of lighthouses and fine food and drink. Experience both today visiting a winery and two lighthouses. At Rossigno...

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Day 9

The Tides of Hopewell Rocks

A highlight awaits this morning as you cross the Confederation Bridge. This engineering feat connects Prince Edward Island to the mainland and, spanning eight miles, is longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters. With the waters of Shediac Bay as your playground, board a lobster boat (weather permitting) for insights into the fascinating world of these sea creatures and the lobster industry. Further your discovery indulging in a delicious lobster Highlight Lunch as you cruise the waters of the bay, taking in the scenery and warm Acadian hospitality. Your coastal exploration continues at Hopewell Rocks on the shores of The Bay of Fundy where you'll meet your Local Expert who introduces you to the bay, one of seven wonders of North America boasting the highest tides on Earth because of its specific shape. This remarkable tidal range not only shapes the area's landscape but also creates a rich ecosystem. Conclude this day of your Canada guided tour arriving in the fun hub city of Moncton.

The Tides of Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, Canadian
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Crowne Plaza Downtown

About the Hotel

Moncton, Canada

Conveniently located in downtown Moncton, the Crowne Plaza is nearby local shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. An indoor pool, onsite restaurant, 24-hour fitness facility and 24-hour business center will ensure you a comfortable and active stay.

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  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, Canada
See Hopewell Rocks

The Bay of Fundy is one of the seven wonders of North America. The highest tidal range on earth, the rarest whales in the world, semi-precious mine...

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Authentic Dining
Highlight Lunch in Shediac Bay

Enjoy a fisherman's lobster feast and Highlight Lunch, as you cruise the waters of the bay, taking in the charming scenery and warm Acadian hospitality.

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Authentic Dining

Day 10

Lively Moncton to Digby

Embark on a coastal drive on the Fundy Trail Parkway, nestling you between the greens of the forest and the blues of the coast with stunning views in every direction. This important thoroughfare, completed in 2020, connects Alma to St Martin lined with hiking trails, beaches, overlooks and an Interpretive Center. Take to the water crossing the Bay of Fundy from St. John to Digby by ferry (seasonal). Breathe in fresh salt air from the outdoor area and keep a keen eye on the Bay of Fundy for whales and other marine life. Arrive at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, overlooking the Bay of Fundy since 1929, known for its incredible tides. Grab a local craft beer or wine at the 19th Hole restaurant overlooking the Stanley Thompson designed course or treat yourself to a service in their spa featuring sustainable and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic products.

Coastal landscape in Fundy Trail Parkway, New Brunswick, Canada
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Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

About the Hotel

Digby, Canada

The Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is a Nova Scotia resort with casual elegance overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Digby Pines is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia vacation with its breathtaking beauty.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights
Fundy Trail Parkway

The Bay of Fundy’s natural, unspoiled beauty will inspire the mind of any nature-lover. Travel the Fundy Trail Parkway, which nestles you between t...

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Day 11

Delightful Digby and Annapolis Royal

Continue your exploration of the Bay of Fundy on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching optional cruise (weather permitting) in search of rare species of whale while learning about these majestic sea mammals. In the historic town of Annapolis Royal, join a Local Expert and costumed interpreter for a stroll in the National Historic District. In the evening, meet a former scallop fisher for a culinary demonstration to learn about the region's maritime heritage. Gain insight into how fresh scallops are shucked before they are cooked to perfection for your seafood dinner.

A humpback whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa View Hotel Details
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Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

About the Hotel

Digby, Canada

The Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is a Nova Scotia resort with casual elegance overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Digby Pines is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia vacation with its breathtaking beauty.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Bay of Fundy Whale Watch, Hopewell Cape, Canada
Experience a Whale Watching Cruise in the Bay of Fundy

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy. In your cozy boat, you can get closer than in a larg...

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Top Rated Highlights Annapolis Royal Walking Tour, Annapolis Royal, Canada
Visit the National Historic District in Annapolis Royal with a Costumed Interpreter

Victorian homes, quaint shops and oak, elm and chestnut trees dotting the lawn of the historic courthouse, it must be Annapolis Royal. Take a strol...

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Authentic Dining Scallops, Digby, Canada
Celebration Dinner in Digby

Digby, Nova Scotia, is known as "The Scallop Capitol of the World." The town is famous for the scallops harvested from the local waters and thus co...

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Authentic Dining

Day 12

Farewell Halifax

It’s time to wave goodbye to Halifax and your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. A complimentary Airport transfer will be made at Halifax International Airport at 12:00pm, followed by a stop at the Marriott Harbourfront Halifax for guests wishing to extend their stay.

Aerial view Halifax Waterfront, Halifax, Canada
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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax

Immerse yourself in Nova Scotia's rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Discover history, including the Halifax Explosion ...

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Halifax Guided Tour

Embark an exploration of this cosmopolitan, eclectic port city of Halifax with your Local Expert. Travel to the local cemetery where many of the Ti...

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Insight Choice
Visit the Halifax Citadel

Halifax’s historic citadel will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. This strategic hilltop location with a  commanding view of the Halifax ha...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit the Maud Lewis Gallery

Get up close and personal with the works of one of Canada's best-known folk artists, Maud Lewis, at the Maud Lewis Gallery. View the nearly 19,000 ...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit of the Canadian Museum of Immigration

Halifax’s history will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. Visit Pier 21 -- an ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971 --...

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Top Rated Highlights
Lunenburg City Tour

The hand-picked UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg invites you to discover its storied streets. Experience one of the best surviving examples ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit to Peggy's Cove

Visit scenic Peggy's Cove, a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay southwest of downtown Halifax. Take in the bre...

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Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center

Enrich your journey exploring the history and culture of the Mi'kmaq people at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Center. You will be greeted wi...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bras d'Or Lake Cruise

Sail aboard the Winstar, a new double decker Catamaran, for an educational tour of the Bras d'Or Lakes. Take in unparalleled views of Baddeck and a...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Celtic Evening

Cape Breton Island’s music and traditions of its Gaelic settlers has been preserved and shared since the early 1800's. Become part of the story as ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit The Gaelic College in Baddeck

Satisfy your curiosity as you immerse yourself in a unique experience at The Gaelic College, devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic an...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, offers a spectacular driving experience through the stunning landscapes of Cape Breton Island. Enjo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Embark on an insightful visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Overlooking Bras d'Or Lake, take a glimp...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Prince Edward Island Sightseeing

Discover picturesque Prince Edward Island with a Local Expert. Visit Prince Edward Island National Park with its sand dunes adorned by beach grass ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lighthouse Tour and Wine Tasting

The east coast conjures up notions of lighthouses and fine food and drink. Experience both today visiting a winery and two lighthouses. At Rossigno...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Hopewell Rocks

The Bay of Fundy is one of the seven wonders of North America. The highest tidal range on earth, the rarest whales in the world, semi-precious mine...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Fundy Trail Parkway

The Bay of Fundy’s natural, unspoiled beauty will inspire the mind of any nature-lover. Travel the Fundy Trail Parkway, which nestles you between t...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Experience a Whale Watching Cruise in the Bay of Fundy

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching cruise (weather permitting) on the Bay of Fundy. In your cozy boat, you can get closer than in a larg...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the National Historic District in Annapolis Royal with a Costumed Interpreter

Victorian homes, quaint shops and oak, elm and chestnut trees dotting the lawn of the historic courthouse, it must be Annapolis Royal. Take a strol...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Welcome Dinner in Halifax

Relax next to the waterfront before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at 18:00. You’ll soon see why Halifax truly is a foodies’ town. The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, established in 1750, is the longest continuously operating market in North America.

Meet a Fisher Highlight Lunch

Delicious cuisine in a quaint seaside village. In Georgetown in eastern Prince Edward Island, you will be greeted by a local fisher who shares their experiences at sea and enlightens you about PEI’s famous lobster and mussel industry. Learn how these cultured mussels from the cool water surrounding PEI have become a popular seafood. Because they are grown in mesh stockings suspended ropes in the water and never touch the ocean bottom, they taste sweeter, more tender and are plumper, meatier and more nutritious. Then feast on a delicious lunch of Island Blue Mussel cooked by the fisher featuring fresh, locally grown produce.

Highlight Lunch in Shediac Bay

Enjoy a fisherman's lobster feast and Highlight Lunch, as you cruise the waters of the bay, taking in the charming scenery and warm Acadian hospitality.

Celebration Dinner in Digby

Digby, Nova Scotia, is known as "The Scallop Capitol of the World." The town is famous for the scallops harvested from the local waters and thus contributing to industries of fishing and tourism. Scallops are Nova Scotia's most valuable seafood catch and Digby is home to the world's largest inshore scallop fleet. Celebrate all things local and meet a former scallop fisherman for a culinary demonstration and Celebration Dinner par excellence, featuring these famous scallops.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Inverary Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward, Charlottetown
Crowne Plaza Downtown
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

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  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Canada.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather and climate in Canada vary significantly due to its vast size and diverse geography. In general, Canada experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The country's northern regions have a subarctic and arctic climate characterized by extremely cold winters and short, cool summers. The central and eastern regions have a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, while the western coastal areas have a milder maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Canada also has various microclimates due to its mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, which can bring significant variations in weather patterns. The Canadian Rockies encompass a large area that includes national parks such as Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay.

The weather in the Canadian Rockies can vary widely depending on the time of year and the specific location within the region. Typically, weather in the Rockies looks like this over the seasons:

  • Spring (March to May) is a transitional period, with temperatures gradually warming up. Snow can still be present in higher elevations during early spring. Weather can be unpredictable, with a mix of sunny days, rain, and occasional snow showers.
  • In Summer (June to August), the peak tourist season, expect milder weather and longer daylight hours. Daytime temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging from mild to warm. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evenings, especially at higher elevations.
  • Fall (September to October), is also a popular time for visitors due to the stunning fall foliage and fewer crowds. Daytime temperatures start to cool down, and nights can get quite chilly. September can still offer pleasant hiking weather, but by October, snow can start to fall in higher elevations.
  • Winter (November to February) brings colder temperatures, snow, and a popular skiing and snowboarding season. Daytime temperatures can range from chilly to very cold, especially at higher elevations. Winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating are popular. Be prepared for road closures and limited access to certain areas due to heavy snowfall.

Keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly in mountainous regions, so it's essential to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions regardless of the time of year. If you're planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast and pack layers to stay comfortable and adaptable to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, Canada is known for its heavy snowfall in many regions during winter, particularly in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. Canada offers a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities. We suggest shoes you can wear for light hikes or long walks. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the coastal regions, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: It's always a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).
  • Small travel hair dryer

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour of Canada, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. 

  • Voltage and Plug Type: Canada operates on a standard voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, which is similar to the electricity standards in the United States. This means that most American electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, will work in Canada without the need for a voltage converter.
  • Compatibility: In Canada, you'll likely only need a plug adapter to fit your American devices into Canadian outlets. A voltage converter is usually unnecessary because of similar voltage standards. While the voltage is the same as in the United States, the plug types in Canada might be different depending on the region. In most of Canada, Type A and Type B plugs are used. Type A plugs have two flat parallel pins, and Type B plugs have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin (like the standard US plugs).
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in Canada provide outlets compatible with American plugs. However, it's still a good idea to carry a plug adapter for convenience.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Most hotels in Canada, especially those in urban and tourist areas, provide hair dryers as a standard amenity in guest rooms or available upon request. Hair dryers are generally found in the bathroom or within the bedroom area. 

If you prefer to use your own hair dryer, it's essential to consider voltage compatibility. As Canada uses a standard voltage of 120V, similar to the United States, if your hair dryer is designed to work with 120V (as most American devices are), you should be able to use it without any issues. Make sure you have the appropriate plug adapter to fit your hair dryer's plug into the Canadian outlets.

If your hair dryer is not compatible with 120V or the local voltage, you might need a voltage converter to prevent damage or overheating. Alternatively, you could consider using the hair dryer provided by the hotel to avoid any voltage-related concerns.

You can check out your hotels' websites for specific details about the amenities they offer, including hair dryers, to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Canada.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in Canada, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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