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Cultural Adventures on Cape Breton

Program Number: 20535RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/13/2013 - 6/19/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Price starting at: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Science & Nature
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Go off-the-beaten path in one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful coastal regions as you paddle through its unique waterways, hike along scenic trails and meet residents who share the region’s cultural traditions and history. Participate in outdoor adventures such as kayaking, canoeing, yoloboarding. Spot indigenous wildlife, and enjoy the Gaelic culture as you take in live performances.




Highlights

• Participate in expert-led interpretive walks on local fauna & flora.
• Immerse yourself in Gaelic language & culture.
• Participate in expert-led conversations about heritage, healthy, active aging and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; optional hiking, canoeing or kayaking suited to ability levels.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Halifax

Nova Scotia’s capital is a modern port city with 18th-century elegance. Once the prime fortress in British North America, this vibrant destination on Canada's east coast offers architectural and cultural reminders of Halifax’s early European days, and also boasts a gorgeous harbor, quaint jazz clubs, live theater and abundant fresh seafood.



Cape Breton

An island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is known for its majestic Highlands region — an extension of the Appalachian Mountains — and distinct blend of British, Irish, Acadian, Scottish and Mi’kmaq cultures. The island was once home to Alexander Graham Bell, whose experiments in hydrofoil technology enabled the first hydroplane flight for the British Empire.



Accommodations
Wilderness resort with views of the Atlantic Ocean. All 2013 dates include free shuttle for four-hour drive from Halifax airport to Cabot Shores.
Meals and Lodgings
   Cabot Shores
  Cape Breton Island 6 nights
 Cabot Shores
Type: Lodge
  Description: Cabot Shores, sitting on the edge of the Atlantic Indian Brook and the French River Wilderness. It has four star comforts by night and all kinds of adventures, from mild to wild, by day. Cabot Shores is becoming a “green” eco friendly Wilderness Resort. Add great local food, music and guides to friendly staff, and you have the makings of a great gathering place for life long learners enjoying adventure experiences. Outdoor and cultural--with great stories and memories guaranteed.
  Contact info: 30 Cuchanan Drive & Buchanan Dr
Indian Brook, NS B0C1H0 Canada
phone: 866-929-2585
web: www.cabotshores.com
  Room amenities: Depending on the number of enrollments, the group will be staying in either the lodge or chalets. Both of these accommodations are 4 stars and have private baths.
  Facility amenities: Cabot Shores is a 55-acre private Cape Breton Island sanctuary with breathtaking views, a 2000-foot ocean beachfront, a waterfall fed Indian Brook, and all modern conveniences. Services and amenities include: fire-pits, laundry service, high speed wireless internet access in lodge,
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $125 for food and lodging Participants can register for pre and post nights at Cabot Shores. Cabot Shores offereing Road Scholar participants special rate of $125 per day all inclusive lodging and food for Road Scholar participants (not including alcohol, tax, optional gratuity). Please contact Cabot Shores directly at 866-929-2585 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Additional nights after: $125 for food and lodging Participants can register for pre and post nights at Cabot Shores. Cabot Shores offereing Road Scholar participants special rate of $125 per day all inclusive lodging and food for Road Scholar participants (not including alcohol, tax, optional gratuity). Please contact Cabot Shores directly at 866-929-2585 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
1:30 pm at Halifax Int'l Airport if you are taking the complimentary shuttle OR 3 - 6 pm at Cabot Shores if you are arriving independently. You will be staying at Cabot Shores that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 am if you are taking the complimentary shuttle to Halifax Int'l Airport OR 11:00 am if you are departing independently. You will be staying at Cabot Shores the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please return the Shuttle and Flight Information form inlcuded in this packet.
  Parking availability:
There is free parking available on site at Cabot Shores.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape Breton Island
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape Breton Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Halifax Airport to Cabot Shores

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary with Program
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

375 km

   

The shuttle will depart from Halifax Int'l Airport at 1:30 pm on the first day of the program. Please see the letter towards the end of this packet for more information. Please return the shuttle and flight information form included in the letter.

 

To Halifax Airport from Cabot Shores

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary with Program
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

375 km

   

The shuttle will depart Cabot Shores for Halifax Int'l Airport at 9 am on the last day of the program. Please arrange your flights after 3pm. Please see the letter towards the end of this packet for more information. Please return the shuttle and flight information form included in the letter.

 

From Halifax Airport to Cabot Shores

 

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Various Car Rental Companies at Airport

   

The Halifax airport has car rental companies. Please reserve in advance.

 
Driving Directions
  From Halifax to Cabot Shores 1. Take 102 north toward Truro 2. Take TransCanada east just before Truro toward Cape Breton/Canso Causeway 3. Once on Cape Breton, head towards Baddeck on TransCanada 105 east 4. Take left hand exit 12 (says Englishtown Ferry/Ingonish) 5. This car ferry takes 5 minutes, runs 7x24 and costs $5.25 per car or $12.50 for a book of 8 tickets 6. Once across ferry drive north on 312 towards Ingonish (only way to drive) and Cabot Shores is 10km (6 miles) on the right 7. Turn into Cabot Shores driveway (Buchanan Drive) and head for lodge (big green roof)
  From the Sydney Airport to Cabot Shores 1. Take the 125 west 2. Take the Transcanada 105 west to exit 12 (right hand exit saying Englishtown Ferry/Ingonish) 3. Take Englishtown ferry and then drive 10km (6 miles); Cabot Shores is right toward the ocean.
Equipment Requirements: All equipment for activities will be provided.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival at Cabot Shores and Welcome Activities
(Thursday, June 13)

Note: The complimentary shuttle will leave the Halifax International Airport at 1:30 pm to make the 4 hour drive to Cabot Shores. Those travelling independently should plan to arrive at Cabot Shores between 3 pm and 6 pm.



   
 Arrive To: Registration and Welcome at Cabot Shores followed by a guided exploration of the Wilderness Resort
 Dinner: Dinner in the Great Room of Whiff's Lodge
 Evening: Introductions, Introduce Staff, documenting, books, journaling, sharing circle.
Orientation to lodge, chalets, grounds, where things are, who to go to, housekeeping questions
Sharing circle: What are you most interested in learning about while you are here? What have you learned so far (journey to get here, arrival etc)
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Birding, Eagle Feather Ferry and Beach Combing
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk
 Morning: Enjoy a birding adventure with naturalist - Sheila Kent. Afterwards take the ferry to the beach with Paul, Barbara & Chef.
 Lunch: Beach Cookout. Help build a fire site using beach rock and collect drift wood for firewood.
 Afternoon: Beach Combing, Collect treasures, learn about tides, moon cycles, floods, drift wood, and about seaweed uses.
Return to Cabot Shores, free time around 2pm
 Afternoon: After returning to Cabot Shores enjoy Tea & Snacks followed by an acupuncture presentation. Optional auricular group acupuncture session
 Dinner: Dinner at Whiff’s Lodge
 Evening: Guided Conversation – Exploring Our Heritage
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gaelic & Celtic Immersion Day
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy an optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk
 Morning: Experience Gaelic language immersion, story-telling, local Celtic history with a local writer and historian Amber Buchanan
 Lunch: Lunch at Whiff’s Lodge
 Afternoon: Visit the local artisan galleries and learn about the artists' work and how it's created.
 Afternoon: Tea & Snacks in the lodge
 Dinner: Lobster Dinner at Whiff’s Lodge
 Evening: Live Music
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Puffin Tour and Water Adventure Day
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy an optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk
 Morning: Depart to Englishtown, transfer to Puffin Tour boat - field trip with an expert on local histrory and wildlife. Go through St.Ann's Bay past Glooscap Cave to the Bird Island to view Puffins, Eagles and Seals. .
 Lunch: Lunch at Whiff’s Lodge
 Afternoon: Explore Indian Brook, Church Pond & along the Beach via ferry, walking, canoes, kayaks and yolo boards (there will be instructions for those needing it). Ride the gentle current along Indian Brook into Church Pond Observe a variety of ducks, geese, cormorans, gulls and the occasional bald eagle and explore inlets with oyster patches.
 Dinner: Dinner at Whiff’s Lodge
 Evening: Slide show about Gampo Abbey and brief talk about Basic Goodness, with Barbara.
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Native Mi’Kmaq Immersion Day
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy an optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk
 Morning: Mi'kmaq arrive - Welcome ceremony, drumming, songs, history, sharing
 Lunch: Lunch at Whiff’s Lodge
 Afternoon: Tea & Snacks
 Afternoon: Participate in a Medicine Walk and learn about local flora.
 Dinner: Cookout, followed by bonfire and stories around the fire
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hike the Red Island Trail
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk
 Morning: Walk along the beach to the Red Island Trail & explore the Barachois River & Beach. Go on a 4km hike and a 1km walk along the beach to discover hidden lakes only accessible by hiking or by boat.
 Lunch: Eat lunch on the trail and then return to Cabot Shores
 Afternoon: Free time to pack, start saying goodbyes etc. Learn about using the wood-fired pizza oven, help start/feed the fire for the outdoor pizza oven
 Afternoon: Tea & Snack
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at Cabot Shores. Make your own pizzas
 Evening: Closing Ceremony, including a slide show of week in review, Good byes
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Group breakfast in Great Room of Whiff's Lodge. For those who wish to take the complimentary shuttle to Halifax Int'l Airport, it departs at 9 am.
 Morning: Prior to breakfast, enjoy optional Qi Gong stretching, meditation or morning group walk.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Waterfalls: Nova Scotia's Masterpieces


Author: Allan Billard


Description: Waterfalls have long been prized for their beauty and awesome power, and Nova Scotia holds some of the most charming falls in the country. Hidden away in the province’s forest and rocky land, they are small but dazzling natural treasures. In Waterfalls, forty-two of Nova Scotia’s loveliest falls are profiled. Breathtaking images by acclaimed photographer Donna Barnett are paired with lyrical descriptions of the waterfalls by Allan Billard, transporting the reader to places they may not otherwise be able to go. Included in the book are driving directions to the sites, as well as detailed descriptions of the access points and surrounding trails, so the adventurous reader can explore each waterfall in person. But these wild waters can be full enjoyed with Waterfalls.



Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia


Author: Michael Haynes


Description: Michael Haynes is Mr. Hiking in Nova Scotia. The 7th edition of his Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia sold 15,000 copies, and his eight-year series of CBC Radio spots has been so popular that people he meets on the trails recognize him by his voice. Eager to supply the best information about the delights (and possible hazards) of self-propelled excursions into the woods and mountains and along the shores of his province, he has now prepared Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia, 8th edition. The 8th edition of Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia is completely revised and updated. More than 30 of the 50 trails are new, and 25 of these new trails did not exist when the 7th edition was published. Haynes re-hiked and updated the descriptions of about 20 trails, and he charted the current condition of 7th-edition trails. Users will find the new 8th edition of Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia as trustworthy a guide as ever to hikes long and short, challenging and easy, in all corners of the province. As well as instructions for finding each trail and descriptions of the trails themselves, Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia, 8th edition, includes maps and synoptic information on length, time, difficulty, other uses, facilities, and the correct topographical map to use. New to this edition are trailhead GPS listings for all hikes, and, for those who carry cellphones as safety devices, information about the often-uncertain reception in Nova Scotia's mountains and woodlands. Also new to this edition are sidebars on plants, animals, historic sites, and other interesting features of the trails.



Down North : The Book of Cape Breton's Magazine


Author: Ron Caplan


We Are the Dreamers: Recent & Early Poetry


Author: Rita Joe


Description: Order of Canada recipient, Rita Joe, creates poems that speak of quiet determination and gentle heart.These poems try to bring us to understand and share her native spirituality and her Christianity. 80 new poems





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