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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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 09/16/15 - 09/26/15
The leaders, Lynne and Rick Kaane were well organized and pleasant. The program content was excellent with good local historians. The hotel and food were of average quality but on your own you could feast on lobster, haddock, clams and mussels. Oysters were not readily available when we were there. Read Ann of Green Gables before you go. It's written for adolescents but this adult found it enjoyable. You spend a morning at the Canadian Parks site dedicated to the author. The long bus ride was a necessary evil but made less onerous because the bus was spacious and had a restroom. I did not know that 3500 freed black slaves were given land in Halifax and settled there. I would have like to visit the site and learn more about them.

Deirdre from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/26/15 - 09/05/15
Exploring the east coast of Canada was my goal, and I was more than satisfied with the tour in that we saw something of 3 provinces and were given interesting information on history and culture by local guides. Food and accommodation were outstanding, and the pace, while it seemed relentless at times, covered a lot of territory. Kudos to our leaders, Rick and Linda, for being kind, organized and humourous.

Sarah Ann from Exeter, NH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/09/15 - 09/19/15
This program was well organized and thought out with full days and a great variety of topics and activities. Delicious food was also an important part of the experience. Our leader was exceptional and the group really came together. Sarah

Melanie from Badger Creek, VIC., NA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/08/15 - 07/18/15
This tour is a great way to experience the Maritimes. Anne is a committed and organised as the tour co-ordinator and the guest speakers added greatly to our understanding. A highlight for us was a visit to The Hector and hearing of its history. The mileage covered does mean you are in the bus for long periods and opportunity for active participation is limited. As with all road scholar tours you meet a range of new people.

Mary from River Forest, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/05/15 - 08/15/15
The 8/5 - 8/15/15 Maritimes tour was our first with RoadScholar and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Anne M., our group leader, was excellent. She was knowledgeable about the history, geography and culture of each area we visited. She was also very caring re all of our needs and interests. We've recommended this tour to many of our friends. Many thanks.

Jody from Overland Park, KS Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 08/05/15 - 08/15/15
This program is wonderful.

Karen from Cambridge, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/05/15 - 08/15/15
This was a wonderful introduction to the Canadian Maritimes! Most of us came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of this beautiful, important but demure part of the world. The group leader, Anne Matheson, was a wonderful ambassador for her region and our bus driver, Norm, kept us safe and sound, particularly along the curvy coastline roads of Cape Breton. Quick comments: - As others have observed, this was not an ultra-active tour - it accommodated travelers with mild mobility issues but isn't remotely going to challenge determined hikers. - While we spent three nights in Halifax, the tour didn't focus on that city much except for a visit to the Citadel fortress. Even a general busride through the city would have been welcomed. If this can't be accommodated, you should plan to spend a day before or after the tour to explore this very walkable city (the Public Gardens, the Harbor front, and the Maritime Museum are particularly noteworthy). - Anne did a great job of tending to food allergies and special dietary needs. However, one doesn't have to be vegetarian or vegan to appreciate a meat/fish free meal, such as a pasta dish, as a routine dining choice. Shellfish lovers will be in seventh heaven on this trip. - The hotels were generally pleasant and well located with very nice staff. They aren't luxury but were trying hard. One thing they all could do is to recognize that, in the era of rechargeable mobile devices, having table top outlet plugs is pretty important - only a few had sufficient plugs. Early August is a nice time to be here - it is about 10 degrees F cooler than in the northern part of the USA. Probably the early fall, when the trees are changing color, is also spectacular and several of us have vowed to return to attend the annual October Celtic Colours music festival!

Susan from Salem, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/05/15 - 08/15/15
Took the Aug. 5-15, 2015 trip and Anne M. was a terrific group leader. Yes, there is a lot of time on the bus, but the trip covers a wide area. I enjoyed everything we saw and did and learned a lot. The trip is a good mix of lectures, entertainment and free time. Food and accommodations were very good, as were the lectures and tour guides/park rangers. Would have liked more opportunities for walking. Overall enjoyed this trip very much.

Michael from Somers, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/08/15 - 07/18/15
This was my first Road Scholar trip. It far exceeded my expectations. The leader, Anne Matheson, was so wonderful that we wanted to take her home with us!

Joanne from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 07/08/15 - 07/18/15
If you want to see as much of Nova Scotia, in-depth, as is possible in 10 days, this is the trip for you. Very well run and organized.

Mary from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 50
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/20/15
This was our 50th Elderhostel/Road Scholar program and we loved it. As with all the other programs, we appreciated being with kindred spirits and the high quality of the “formal” sessions providing background information. Three things, however, made our experience in the Maritime Provinces stand out. The scenery itself was worth the trip, particularly the rolling cliffs and hills, the tides in the Bay of Fundy and the lush greenery. Second, the very personal experiences shared by our presenters who had been residents for as many as eight generations. And third, the thoughtful and personal way our group leader, Anne Matheson, handled scheduling glitches and attended to the individual needs of the participants. No lowlights. We would highly recommend this adventure. Jim and Mary Kenny

Caricia from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/20/15
I agree with Sharon that the group leader and other guides were excellent and knowledgeable. But I also would have liked more exercise -- maybe an average of 3.5 miles per day rather than the advertised two (which I am not even sure that we had every day). But I signed up very late and only had three choices for this June date -- and one was seven mile hikes every day which I did not want. The people from CA tended to be too cold and the group leader recommended July for next year. But I layered up and found the ocean winds to be warm except for one day . . . I loved the gorgeous water views. Lunenberg (sp?) etc. on the first full day was great -- but we did not have enough time for the shops there. The gift shops in Baddeck (sp?) were mostly kitsch except for the yarn shop. Most people seemed to get gifts at the gift shops in the final days at the comfort station stops. Both the group leader and the bus driver were quite flexible esp. on the last day so that after a traffic jam we split into two groups so that some of us could see the Maritime museum and others the Citadel. . . But overall it was a wonderful holiday and I really needed to get out of the DC area for a bit.

Janice from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/20/15
If you love history and haven't been to the Canadian Maritimes, this is the trip to take. It was fun, educational where we met new friends and soaked up the beauty of this area of Canada. I have always wanted to see this part of the country and am thrilled that I signed up for this tour. Friends, food and facts, what could be better?

Sharon from Roseville, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/10/15 - 06/20/15
This trip was visually beautiful,lots of interesting sites to see.it is not as active as advertised..Very little exercise..lots of bus travel every day..the group leader and guest leaders were all very authentic and knowledgeable.

Roberta from Guelph, ON Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/17/14 - 09/27/14
Bobbi Porter from Guelph Ontario Canada This was my 6th road Scholar trip. The title of this trip describes it well. We had excellent lectures and guides throughout. The hearing devices were a great improvement over ones used 2 years ago in Alaska. This wasn't an active tour. It would have been good if we could have had time to walk in Cape Breton, and perhaps have a little less time in souvenir shops. Its too bad we has to miss Mahoney Bay. Perhaps we could have had less time at Peggy's Cove. Both Susan, our Road Scholar guide, and our coach driver, Jim were excellent. I would recommend this trip for a good overview of the Eastern Provinces.

Carol Ann from Sturgeon Bay, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/17/14 - 09/27/14
This was our third Road Scholar trip. We've always wanted to see Nova Scotia so we chose the History and Culture of the Canadian Maritimes tour. It was a wonderful experience with just the right amount of lectures and tours. Presenters were knowledgeable and share a wealth of information about the history of the area. We found the people of Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick to be very welcoming and friendly. Food and accommodations were excellent. I would not rate this as an active tour. The most walking we did was on our own.

Mary Sue from North Chesterfield, VA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/20/14
I must totally agree with my fellow travelers. This was a great trip. Nova Scotia is so beautiful and Prince Edward Island is as tranquil and lovely as you might imagine. Anne did a superb job of bringing everyone in the group into this great experience. She showed great kindness and shared wonderful and welcome humor. I would love to go back.

Edward from Sun City, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/20/14
Everything was very nice. Anne was the perfect leader and kept us informed of all the site activities and events. It was an especially wonderful adventure and both Doris and I enjoyed the leader, fellow passengers, and all the sites and lectures. The seafood was excellent. Ed and Doris

Barbara from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/20/14
This tour was my first with Road Scholar and I wasn't sure if it would meet my requirements - it did so and more. The leader and lecturers were exceptional(Anne raised the bar on group leadership to a level that it would be hard for others to meet), the program was very accurately described and met all the stated goals, the other participants were friendly and great fun to be with. As a single traveler I felt totally welcomed. We drove many miles but always had enjoyable things to see and do at the end of each drive. The bus was comfortable and there was plenty of room to spread out. The lodgings were first class and the food delicious. If you have never been to the Canadian Maritimes you are in for a treat.

Beverly from Waterford, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/20/14 - 08/30/14
This program will go down in our memories as highly rewarding and very beautiful! Who can beat stellar ocean views, fun activities, overall great food, fun conversations, and friendly natives! Our tour guide Anne Matheson kept us on point while still giving us opportunities to stretch, be on our own, enjoy new friends made on the trip and keep us updated on what we would see and where we were going. Local guides were well chosen! I was impressed with the eco-conscience of the area, the EVERY one recycles here attitude and the idea that the people OWE the land, not the other way around. Yes, we had to take the coach everywhere, but had plenty of breaks. With 34 peeps, you can't rent taxis to get you to ALL the great towns and sites we visited. This was a cultural and history "buffet" and for the amount of land we covered in the number of days, it was well planned and orchestrated. This was a good weather time to go as well. In fact, warmer than expected! Definitely "KEEPER" program!!

Susan P. from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/20/14
This program was a step back to simpler times, with fabulous vistas and welcoming Canadians, eager to show off their Provinces. It was a program that will not dissapoint.

Sharon from Grass Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/20/14 - 08/30/14
This was an absolutely wonderful experience! Local experts were knowledgeable, interesting, and fun. Group leader Anne, along with bus driver Terry, were amazing! We traveled approximately 1,800 miles which included some early a.m. starts with each day filled with multiple delightful activities. The reward was an unforgettable experience of incredible scenery, amazing people and places.

Bonnie from Saginaw, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/20/14 - 08/30/14
The trip gives a very comprehensive picture of this part of Canada. Lots of local color are included.

Katharine from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/20/14 - 08/30/14
Katharine from San Jose.I enjoyed looking at lush green trees, fields, and water views. Bay of Fundy most amazing. Happy to have seen "Anne, the Musical". Fortress and citadel impressive. Local guides knowledgeable. Tour leader Anne most helpful to me over some paperwork glitches.

Alice K. from Felton, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/20/14 - 08/30/14
This program provides a view of nature in its grandest majesty. It is definitely food for the mind and the soul!

Susan from Glendale, CA Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 08/06/14 - 08/16/14
The positive points of the trip were: 1. Outstanding tour leader Susan. 2. Awesome bus driver Terry. 3. Good food and hotels. 4. Lovely scenery. The negative aspect was the long bus ride-1500 miles and the many long days sitting on a bus watching the same scenery go by. If you like sitting on a bus for 4 to 7+ hours per day, then this trip is for you.

Florence from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 08/06/14 - 08/16/14
Wonderful scenery, good food and hotels but long hours on the bus. If you don't mind 4-7 hours daily on a bus, you would be happy with this trip.

Nancy from Morro Bay, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/06/14 - 08/16/14
I thoroughly enjoyed the program. But there were some people on the trip who complained about the long hours spent on the bus. I do not know how they expected to see all the sites we visited, driving 1500 miles without long travel times. But if this would bother you, maybe this is not your trip.

Barbara from Encinitas, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/11/14 - 06/21/14
Great trip with a lot of interest and beauty to see - But one should go no earlier than July so the environment and tourist facilities would be more conducive.

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