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Hiking Nova Scotia: Lunenburg to Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Program #21494RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Some elevation gain/loss on hikes in Cape Breton National Park.

Equipment Requirements
Good walking/hiking boots; comfortable clothing for daily hikes, rain gear, refillable water bottle, daypack.

Itinerary for Aug 15 — Aug 22, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This is the place. The place to stay in downtown Halifax. Here, dining is divine, weddings are wonderful and meetings form the foundation for something more. It's a four-star experience where guestrooms are thoughtful and warm, the staff goes above and beyond to please, and the best our city has to offer is close at hand. This is Atlantica Hotel Halifax. A downtown different way to dream, dine, meet and unwind.

Contact info:
1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3G5 Canada
phone: 902-423-1161
web: www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com

Room amenities: Guestrooms are spacious with room to work, relax, or do whatever your heart desires. Warm, inviting décor marries classic and contemporary styles. Friendly housekeeping staff ensures everything is fresh and clean. Complimentary high speed Internet, 2 telephones, key card system for security, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, cable TV, hair dryer, vanity mirror, individual climate control, private bath with full size tub, shower and sink.

Facility amenities: Leisure facilities (indoor pool, wading pool, sauna, whirlpool), outside deck, air conditioned fitness room, gift shop, ATM machine, on-site restaurant (Seasons), wine bar, seasonal concierge services, information on local tourist attractions, business centre services, credit card accessible computer and printer, heated underground garage, dry cleaning pickup, on-site guest self-laundry facilities, free local phone calls, safety deposit box available at Front desk, room service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the Atlantica Hotel directly for availability. 902-423-1161 reservations@atlanticahalifax.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, August 15 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Arrivals to the hotel in the afternoon. Check-in after 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 5:30 p.m. followed by introductions and a review of the schedule. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: At the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island, we celebrate the spectacular setting that is Nova Scotia’s south shore. A perfect escape nestled between Chester and Mahone Bay along Nova Scotia's southwest shore -- a place to catch your breath, enjoy a well-deserved massage, or cruise the islands of Mahone Bay. Just a 45-minute drive from Halifax, our seaside hotel effortlessly blends the comforts of a scenic retreat with all the fun of an elegant, full-service resort. The resort offers a fantastic view of Mahone Bay and the famed, yet mysterious, Oak Island, believed by some to be the hiding spot of Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure. We invite you to discover the unique character and casual luxury of our seacoast resort. Explore the marvels of unspoiled nature you’ll encounter here. And create memories that entice you to return to the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island again and again.

Contact info:
36 Treasure Drive
Box 6
Western Shore, NS B0J 3M0 Canada
phone: 902-627-2600
web: www.atlanticaoakisland.com/

Room amenities: Influenced by our seaside location, our four-star accommodations offer everything you need for a cozy stay. Rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, clock radios, cable television, Aveda bath products and complimentary Starbuck’s coffee service.

Facility amenities: Enjoy our east coast hospitality, pamper yourself in our spa, and enjoy three local championship golf courses, a marina and top-notch accommodations. Sample the inventive menu of La Vista, raise a toast in the intimate ambiance of the Fireside Lounge or enjoy the outdoors and grab a bite or beverage at Burgers N’Brew, our seasonal Tiki Bar. Facility features includes mini golf, horseshoes, tennis court, basketball,bonfires, indoor & outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna and fitness centre. Bike & kayak rentals at the Kayak Shack.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, August 16 - Walking Historic Halifax/Peggy's Cove/Hiking the ...
Note: Halifax: Walking at a moderate pace, approximately 2 miles, some hills. Peggy's Cove Preservation Area: Hiking up to 2 hours on narrow paths along the coast.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: A presentation by a local historian will introduce you to the history of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax. This area was finally settled by western European immigrants, principally Scottish, Irish, English and French, creating a magical mosaic of cultures, both old and new. With local experts, learn about the rich history and culture of this region from folklore music, rugged coastline, remote fishing villages and Acadian farms, to 21st- century cities

Morning: Explore Halifax on a guided walk along the historic waterfront. Along the way, hear about some of the important events in Canadian, Nova Scotian and local history. On Water Street, visit North American's oldest working brewery; and see the city's 19th century Citadel. Learn about important people who shaped the area's history and why Halifax was settled. Examine the city's role in the Titanic aftermath and the famous Halifax explosion.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Depart for Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village on Nova Scotia's South Shore, and one of the most popular stops in Atlantic Canada. At Peggy's Cove Preservation Area, we hike along narrow paths through low-growth barrens along the coast, with big ocean views. There is an abundance of glacial erratics - large granite boulders left behind by retreating glaciers. Distant landmarks will include the iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and the church spire of West Dover.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: At the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island, we celebrate the spectacular setting that is Nova Scotia’s south shore. A perfect escape nestled between Chester and Mahone Bay along Nova Scotia's southwest shore -- a place to catch your breath, enjoy a well-deserved massage, or cruise the islands of Mahone Bay. Just a 45-minute drive from Halifax, our seaside hotel effortlessly blends the comforts of a scenic retreat with all the fun of an elegant, full-service resort. The resort offers a fantastic view of Mahone Bay and the famed, yet mysterious, Oak Island, believed by some to be the hiding spot of Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure. We invite you to discover the unique character and casual luxury of our seacoast resort. Explore the marvels of unspoiled nature you’ll encounter here. And create memories that entice you to return to the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island again and again.

Contact info:
36 Treasure Drive
Box 6
Western Shore, NS B0J 3M0 Canada
phone: 902-627-2600
web: www.atlanticaoakisland.com/

Room amenities: Influenced by our seaside location, our four-star accommodations offer everything you need for a cozy stay. Rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, clock radios, cable television, Aveda bath products and complimentary Starbuck’s coffee service.

Facility amenities: Enjoy our east coast hospitality, pamper yourself in our spa, and enjoy three local championship golf courses, a marina and top-notch accommodations. Sample the inventive menu of La Vista, raise a toast in the intimate ambiance of the Fireside Lounge or enjoy the outdoors and grab a bite or beverage at Burgers N’Brew, our seasonal Tiki Bar. Facility features includes mini golf, horseshoes, tennis court, basketball,bonfires, indoor & outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna and fitness centre. Bike & kayak rentals at the Kayak Shack.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, August 17 - Hiking: Lunenburg/Gaff Point
Note: Lunenburg: Walking is on the hilly paved roads of the town; approximately 1.5 hours. Hirtle's Beach: Hike is 2 -3 hours, terrain is a mix of large-pebbled beach and forest track, with some damp sections.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we start with a guided walk in Lunenburg, explore and discover this UNESCO site's history, architecture and significant buildings. The town's picture-postcard harbor, its colorful waterfront and the homes of flamboyant sea captains reflect its seafaring heritage. Many of these beautifully maintained homes were on the original town plan, established in 1753, the first British colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside Halifax. Visit the Fisheries Museum, commemorating the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Housed in brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharfside, exhibits explore shipbuilding, rum-running, life in fishing communities and old marine engines. Daily demonstrations of fish filleting, lobster traps and traditional crafts.

Lunch: Lunch in Lunenburg.

Afternoon: From the delightfully secluded Hirtle’s Beach, you will walk out to the headland of Gaff Point and savour the views of the nearby LaHave Islands. Gaff Point is the last undeveloped headland within 70 miles in either direction and was purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada to ensure its natural state.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Lynwood was built in 1868, and owned by Charles Hart. In the mid-1800s the Hart family were prominent local business people and merchants. The house has three tall triangular gables and a handsome central entrance way. For many years a private house, it was later a prominent local store, selling art, antiques and collectibles, and has recently been extensively renovated and now operates as an inn and restaurant. Located within the heart of Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Lynwood is within walking distance of the waterfront, shops & restaurants, and of course the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Contact info:
441 Shore Road
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada
phone: 902-295-1995
web: www.lynwoodinn.com

Room amenities: Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, alarm clock, phone, cable TV, high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Our restaurant serves a wide selection of meals, including lobster (in season), halibut, mussels, scallops, as well as steak, pasta and sandwiches and our world famous fish and chips! Laundry facilities on site. Lynwood Inn is 100% non-smoking.

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


Day Four: Monday, August 18 - Transfer to Baddeck/Cape Breton Island/Hike to Ui...
Transfer to Baddeck/Cape Breton Island/Hike to Uisge Bhan Falls/Cape Breton Island History and Culture

Note: Uisge Bhan Falls Trail: Hiking 1 - 1.5 hours on dirt trails, can be muddy after rainy periods.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel across the Canso Causeway on the way to Cape Breton. Travel & Leisure magazine rates Cape Breton Island #2 in World’s Best Islands and National Geographic named Cape Breton Island one of the world's top 20 places to see.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Following along the banks of the North Branch Baddeck River, hike through beautiful hardwood forest alongside streams and rivers to Uisge Bhan Falls, Gaelic for “white water". The gorge is home to a diverse Acadian old growth forest. Travel on to Baddeck where you will learn about Cape Breton Island, settle in and prepare for tomorrow’s hikes.

Dinner: Lobster dinner at the inn.

Evening: Discover the traditions and history of Cape Breton Island in an evening presentation. The Island's first inhabitants were the Mi’kmaq people, who have lived here for well over 2,000 years. Throughout the next few centuries, settlers came from England, France, Ireland and Scotland. In the early 18th century, French settlers built the Fortress of Louisbourg along with the first lighthouse in Canada, Louisbourg Lighthouse.

Lodging: Lynwood Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Lynwood was built in 1868, and owned by Charles Hart. In the mid-1800s the Hart family were prominent local business people and merchants. The house has three tall triangular gables and a handsome central entrance way. For many years a private house, it was later a prominent local store, selling art, antiques and collectibles, and has recently been extensively renovated and now operates as an inn and restaurant. Located within the heart of Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Lynwood is within walking distance of the waterfront, shops & restaurants, and of course the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Contact info:
441 Shore Road
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada
phone: 902-295-1995
web: www.lynwoodinn.com

Room amenities: Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, alarm clock, phone, cable TV, high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Our restaurant serves a wide selection of meals, including lobster (in season), halibut, mussels, scallops, as well as steak, pasta and sandwiches and our world famous fish and chips! Laundry facilities on site. Lynwood Inn is 100% non-smoking.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, August 19 - Hiking Coastal Nova Scotia/The Lighthouse Trail/F...
Note: Louisbourg: Hiking on the Lighthouse Trail, approximately 2 hours on dirt road, narrow coastal tracks; lightly hilly but fairly easy.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: At the Fortress of Louisbourg, discover why this French fortress was built, how it functioned, and why it failed. The original fortress, constructed mainly between 1720 and 1740, was one of the most extensive (and expensive) European fortifications constructed in North America. Today it is an 18th-century adventure nestled on the edge of the sea - a place where muskets and mortars, women in hoop skirts and men in wigs, town criers and the 'iron collar' are a part of re-enacted everyday life.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Fortress where costumed staff in period restaurants prepare and serve delicious food and beverages based on 18th-century tradition and recipes.

Afternoon: This afternoon’s hike will take you along the coast on the Lighthouse Trail's rugged rock-lined shoreline, and desolate coastal barrens. Few trails offer such a combination of historical record and scenic magnificence. Hike to the site of the first lighthouse in Canada in 1734, through Gun Landing Cove, where British besiegers of Fortress Louisbourg landed artillery.

Dinner: Dinner at the inn.

Evening: Optional ceilidh in Baddeck; enjoy traditional Cape Breton music at a kitchen party where everyone is welcome to perform if they wish!

Lodging: Lynwood Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: We are located in the heart of the Acadian village of Chéticamp by the sea on the world famous Cabot Trail. Our inn has been welcoming guests to this scenic area since 1938. Your Cape Breton experience begins in Chéticamp where Acadian hospitality, exceptional cuisine, the fluke of the whales and nature's abundance greet you and your family.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 1
15456 Laurie Road
Cheticamp, NS B0E 1H0 Canada
phone: 902-224-2400
web: www.lauries.com/index.php

Room amenities: Comfortable rooms with basic amenities.

Facility amenities: This award winning Inn has been operated by the McKeown family since 1938 welcoming guests with good food and the unique charm that is Laurie's. Main fishing wharf across the street plus nearby gift shops, museums & other amenities. Laurie's House Restaurant & Lounge offers award winning cuisine with Acadian smiles are the hallmarks of Laurie's. Serving both fresh seafood, traditional Acadian dishes and more modern dishes, the food at Laurie's is a the best in town. The views at Laurie's overlook the active harbor and the fishermen as they set out. On the second level, our Lounge is a great evening experience offering pub food and live Acadian music every night of the week.

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

Additional nights after:
middle of program


Day Six: Wednesday, August 20 - Hiking Cape Breton Highlands National Park: The C...
Hiking Cape Breton Highlands National Park: The Cabot Trail/Black Brook/White Point

Note: Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Hiking on coastal trails and well maintained park trails approximately 5 - 6 hours. Good sturdy foot wear is required. A walk down and up a steep hill, as well as some rough terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the day hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the renowned Cabot Trail. Hike along the coast from Black Brook Beach, and out to spectacular White Point. Take in the ocean views at one of our most popular beaches, bordered by a gentle waterfall on one end and intersected by a freshwater brook. Over the course of the year, the sandspit at the mouth of the brook shifts continuously, dependent on the tides and currents.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Hiking continues in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail is one of the most beautiful drives you can experience and where Alexander Graham Bell made his famous quote about simple beauty: “I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Lauries Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: We are located in the heart of the Acadian village of Chéticamp by the sea on the world famous Cabot Trail. Our inn has been welcoming guests to this scenic area since 1938. Your Cape Breton experience begins in Chéticamp where Acadian hospitality, exceptional cuisine, the fluke of the whales and nature's abundance greet you and your family.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 1
15456 Laurie Road
Cheticamp, NS B0E 1H0 Canada
phone: 902-224-2400
web: www.lauries.com/index.php

Room amenities: Comfortable rooms with basic amenities.

Facility amenities: This award winning Inn has been operated by the McKeown family since 1938 welcoming guests with good food and the unique charm that is Laurie's. Main fishing wharf across the street plus nearby gift shops, museums & other amenities. Laurie's House Restaurant & Lounge offers award winning cuisine with Acadian smiles are the hallmarks of Laurie's. Serving both fresh seafood, traditional Acadian dishes and more modern dishes, the food at Laurie's is a the best in town. The views at Laurie's overlook the active harbor and the fishermen as they set out. On the second level, our Lounge is a great evening experience offering pub food and live Acadian music every night of the week.

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

Additional nights after:
middle of program


Day Seven: Thursday, August 21 - Hiking Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Skyli...
Note: Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Hiking on the Skyline Trail, easy hiking up to 2 hours on well-groomed trail. Moose are common, and whales can sometimes be seen from the spectacular viewpoint at the far end. Hiking the Salmon Pools Trail, hiking 2 - 4 hours through beech woods into a gorge with deep salmon pools. Elevation gain approximately 1000 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: On our second full day in Cape Breton Highlands National Park we will hike two trails. A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of the Skyline Trail. Enjoy an eagle's view of the Cabot Trail as it winds its way down the mountain. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Hiking continues in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This afternoon we will hike the Salmon Pools Trail along the Cheticamp River into a gorge with deep salmon pools where black bears are sometimes spotted.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and entertainment.

Lodging: Lauries Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Friday, August 22 - Coach Transfer to Halifax/Program Concludes/Depar...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach transfer to Halifax/Halifax International Airport departs at 8:00 a.m. Coach drop off at the airport (and downtown if requested). Approximate arrival around 12:30. Participants should make flight arrangements for mid afternoon in case of delays on the coach back from Baddeck.

Afternoon: Departures from Halifax.This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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