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Coastal Communities of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton

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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Sep 20 — Sep 27, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With only 94 rooms and beautiful indoor courtyards, the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf is small enough to provide guests with a degree of intimacy, attentiveness and comfort that would be impossible to find in one of the Island’s larger hotels. Just across the street from the hotel, guests can experience a taste of Celtic culture at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts. Just down the street, guests can enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances at the Harbourfront Theatre or strolls along the waterfront boardwalk.

Contact info:
618 Water St. East
Summerside, PE C1N 2V5 Canada
phone: 902-436-2295 xor8002655551
web: www.qualityinnpei.com

Room amenities: All rooms are non-smoking. Flat screen TV, DVD player, pillow-top mattresses, iron/ironing board, free high speed internet, free local calls, hairdryer, daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pool, 9 hole par-3 waterfront golf course (free golf, clubs available for free use), indoor exercise/fitness room. On-site meeting rooms (new in 2013) and on-site lovely breakfast room serving hot and cold breakfast items. Adjacent restaurant. The hotel provides copy and fax service. An ATM is available next door to the hotel at the Brother's Two Restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 20 - Check-in, Registration, Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals to Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf in Summerside after 3:00 pm. After checking into your room, enjoy a walk, a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool or some exercise in the on-site exercise room.

Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00

Dinner: Due to the fact that many flights into Prince Edward Island arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, we do not schedule a formal "welcome dinner". However, we will have some snacks and dessert available during orientation. Please plan to have dinner on own prior to 7:00 pm orientation or plan to eat afterward (The Brothers Two Restaurant is located next door to the hotel).

Evening: Program orientation will be held at 7:00 pm in one of the meeting rooms at the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf. At orientation, you will receive your name tag, detailed program itinerary, a list of participants, area maps, etc. You will meet your Road Scholar program staff along with all the other program participants. You will also receive specific program information regarding hotels, restaurants, transportation, site description, policies, etc.

Lodging: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With only 94 rooms and beautiful indoor courtyards, the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf is small enough to provide guests with a degree of intimacy, attentiveness and comfort that would be impossible to find in one of the Island’s larger hotels. Just across the street from the hotel, guests can experience a taste of Celtic culture at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts. Just down the street, guests can enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances at the Harbourfront Theatre or strolls along the waterfront boardwalk.

Contact info:
618 Water St. East
Summerside, PE C1N 2V5 Canada
phone: 902-436-2295 xor8002655551
web: www.qualityinnpei.com

Room amenities: All rooms are non-smoking. Flat screen TV, DVD player, pillow-top mattresses, iron/ironing board, free high speed internet, free local calls, hairdryer, daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pool, 9 hole par-3 waterfront golf course (free golf, clubs available for free use), indoor exercise/fitness room. On-site meeting rooms (new in 2013) and on-site lovely breakfast room serving hot and cold breakfast items. Adjacent restaurant. The hotel provides copy and fax service. An ATM is available next door to the hotel at the Brother's Two Restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 21 - Intro. to PEI, Summerside, Green Gables, Yankee G...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: An introduction to Prince Edward Island history with a local historian, always a Road Scholar favorite presenter! Learn all about the incredible wealth that was generated on PEI as a result of fox farming and view the beautiful architecture of the famous "fox houses", mansions built with money from raising and selling foxes. Re-live the famous Summerside fire and discover the historic connections of this city to the United States.Travel a short distance into Cavendish, or "Avonlea" from the novel Anne of Green Gables. No trip to Prince Edward Island is complete without a visit to Green Gables National Historic Site. This site is administered by Parks Canada and your visit will be with one of their excellent interpretive staff members. You will learn all about Lucy Maud Montgomery and the book, Anne of Green Gables, which launched her writing career and introduced many people world-wide to Prince Edward Island.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a lovely inn prepared by a Culinary Institute chef.

Afternoon: After lunch, take a scenic drive along the coast to the French River area. There you will get to find out about the famous Yankee Gale while visiting the beach and cemetery overlooking New London Lighthouse and the Cavendish Sandspit. Learn about the ecology of this fragile coast. This is always a wonderful spot for taking photos and walking on the beach. Cherish some free time back at the hotel before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a charming inn located in Kensington known for its great food and excellent service.

Evening: Attend a community ceilidh (traditional music, dance, stories, songs)

Lodging: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With only 94 rooms and beautiful indoor courtyards, the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf is small enough to provide guests with a degree of intimacy, attentiveness and comfort that would be impossible to find in one of the Island’s larger hotels. Just across the street from the hotel, guests can experience a taste of Celtic culture at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts. Just down the street, guests can enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances at the Harbourfront Theatre or strolls along the waterfront boardwalk.

Contact info:
618 Water St. East
Summerside, PE C1N 2V5 Canada
phone: 902-436-2295 xor8002655551
web: www.qualityinnpei.com

Room amenities: All rooms are non-smoking. Flat screen TV, DVD player, pillow-top mattresses, iron/ironing board, free high speed internet, free local calls, hairdryer, daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pool, 9 hole par-3 waterfront golf course (free golf, clubs available for free use), indoor exercise/fitness room. On-site meeting rooms (new in 2013) and on-site lovely breakfast room serving hot and cold breakfast items. Adjacent restaurant. The hotel provides copy and fax service. An ATM is available next door to the hotel at the Brother's Two Restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 22 - Stories and Songs, Island Farm visit, Historic Ch...
Stories and Songs, Island Farm visit, Historic Charlottetown, Lobster supper

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Start the day with and engaging presentation of poetry, short stories and songs that will showcase the way of life of Islanders. Travel to an Island farm to learn about one of PEI's most important economies.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own in downtown Charlottetown. A Cow's Ice Cream cone is on us for dessert!

Afternoon: Start the afternoon with some free time. Explore the Confederation Centre of the Arts or walk down Victoria row and find unique Island crafts. You might also like to walk along the waterfront or enjoy shopping in one of the boutiques. Explore historic Charlottetown, the capitol of Prince Edward Island, on a walking tour. Lectures include the relationship of Charlottetown to the British Crown and the significance of the city to Canadian Confederation The walking tour will showcase the wharf area, various historic sites, architecture and you'll enjoy interesting stories along the way plus explore the beautiful Victoria Park area of the city.

Dinner: Experience a famous Prince Edward Island Lobster supper. (non-seafood options available)

Evening: Free Evening upon your return to Summerside

Lodging: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A quiet location open year round in the heart of downtown Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Maritime Inn Antigonish is an ideal base when exploring the Antigonish area or northern Nova Scotia - close to summer theatre, golf, parks, shopping and entertainment.

Contact info:
158 Main Street
Antigonish,, NS Canada
phone: 902-863-4001
web: www.MaritimeInns.com

Facility amenities: Most rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet, dining room and meeting rooms, on-site, easy walk to park, shops, university.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, September 23 - Confederation Bridge, Bay of Fundy, Joggins Fossi...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Departure from Summerside for Nova Scotia. Travel across the Northumberland Strait of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the world-famous Confederation Bridge. After a scenic stop to view the bridge, we'll travel with an expert historian and naturalist to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site for a presentation and tour. Learn about this unique area located along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Presentations and a guided walk will showcase the incredible fossils found here along the cliffs.

Lunch: Lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy in the cafe at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs site.

Afternoon: The Joggins visit will continue after lunch. We'll travel with our naturalist and historian guide to the town of Amherst and onwards to Antigonish, the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia". Visit the Antigonish Heritage Museum which is housed in the former Inter-Colonial Railway station. Built in 1908, the museum features exhibits depicting and promoting the cultural heritage of Antigonish.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free Evening in Antigonish. The hotel is located in a great area for walking and near St. Francis Xavier University (STFX)

Lodging: Maritime Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located in the heart Baddeck, this historic inn features a Victorian-style house with sitting room, library and restaurant as well as modern, attached motel units. Known for fine food and excellent service and Cape Breton hospitality.

Contact info:
479 Chebucto St
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada
phone: 902-295-1100
web: www.lauries.com

Room amenities: phone, cable tv, hairdryer,

Facility amenities: Dining room, wireless Internet, library, decks with great view of Bras d' Or Lakes.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, September 24 - Cape Breton, Whiskey Distillery, Cheticamp, Cabot...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Maritime Inn

Morning: Depart Antigonish and travel on to Cape Breton Island with a stop at the Canso Strait. Learn about the incredible feat of building the Canso Causeway. Take a guided tour of North America's only single malt distillery located in the beautiful "highlands" of Cape Breton.

Lunch: Enjoy a wonderful lunch in the beautiful Mabou highlands at the Glenora Inn and Distillery. This meal always receives rave reviews from Road Scholar participants.

Afternoon: From Mabou, we continue up the west coast of Cape Breton Island to the Acadian community of Cheticamp. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Cabot Trail within Cape Breton Highlands National Park from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay.Learn about the famous rug hookers of Cheticamp (and view them in action) on a visit to Les Trois Pignons, the Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the Acadian community of Cheticamp. Always great seafood!

Evening: After dinner we travel to Baddeck where we spend the next two nights.

Lodging: Telegraph House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located in the heart Baddeck, this historic inn features a Victorian-style house with sitting room, library and restaurant as well as modern, attached motel units. Known for fine food and excellent service and Cape Breton hospitality.

Contact info:
479 Chebucto St
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada
phone: 902-295-1100
web: www.lauries.com

Room amenities: phone, cable tv, hairdryer,

Facility amenities: Dining room, wireless Internet, library, decks with great view of Bras d' Or Lakes.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, September 25 - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Gae...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Telegraph House Inn

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day. Relax at the hotel, take a walk, do some shopping or sit and view the scenery in the lovely town of Baddeck, located on the Bras d Or Lakes. In the late morning learn about Baddeck's most famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell. Bell conducted considerable research in the Baddeck area and did many experiments and inventions here. We visit a National Historic Site dedicated to Bell.

Lunch: Lunch in Baddeck

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Gaelic College, an educational institution offering year-round programming in the culture, music, language, crafts, customs, and traditions of the immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. The visit to the College is always a highlight of this Road Scholar program. Experience the crafts, music, history and culture.

Dinner: Dinner at Telegraph House, known for outstanding meals.

Evening: Free Evening....optional ceilidh (musical event) in Baddeck.

Lodging: Telegraph House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With only 94 rooms and beautiful indoor courtyards, the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf is small enough to provide guests with a degree of intimacy, attentiveness and comfort that would be impossible to find in one of the Island’s larger hotels. Just across the street from the hotel, guests can experience a taste of Celtic culture at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts. Just down the street, guests can enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances at the Harbourfront Theatre or strolls along the waterfront boardwalk.

Contact info:
618 Water St. East
Summerside, PE C1N 2V5 Canada
phone: 902-436-2295 xor8002655551
web: www.qualityinnpei.com

Room amenities: All rooms are non-smoking. Flat screen TV, DVD player, pillow-top mattresses, iron/ironing board, free high speed internet, free local calls, hairdryer, daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pool, 9 hole par-3 waterfront golf course (free golf, clubs available for free use), indoor exercise/fitness room. On-site meeting rooms (new in 2013) and on-site lovely breakfast room serving hot and cold breakfast items. Adjacent restaurant. The hotel provides copy and fax service. An ATM is available next door to the hotel at the Brother's Two Restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Hotel
Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, September 26 - Hector Heritage Quay, Prince Edward Island Nation...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Telegraph House Inn

Morning: Travel back across the Canso Strait from Cape Breton onto mainland Nova Scotia to the town of Pictou. A Field trip and presentation at the Hector Heritage Quay will explain the significance of the port city of Pictou and the tiny ship Hector that brought the first Scottish settlers to the Canadian Maritimes.

Lunch: Lunch is on-board the ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island

Afternoon: Cross by ferry from Nova Scotia back to Prince Edward Island. Enjoy a guided field trip of Eastern Prince Edward Island and PEI National Park on your way from the ferry. Take a walk on the beach and marvel at the iconic views of the coastline, Covehead lighthouse, and Dalvay by the Sea.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company

Lodging: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 27 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: Breakfast provided at the hotel.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Independant departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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