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Intergenerational Adventures on Cape Breton

Program Number: 20536RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/9/2013 - 7/15/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Price starting at: $1,349.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; History & Culture
Standard
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 14 years of age.

Share with your grandchild the adventures of Cabot Shores/Cape Breton nature sanctuary, where eagles and other seabirds wait to be discovered and early-morning walkers may photograph a distant moose on the path. Set out by canoe, kayak or standup paddle board in the sanctuary’s tidal pond, visit Bird Islands by boat to see puffins, seals and eagles, and savor local lobster and other delectables, including early vegetables harvested from the organic garden. Make and bake your own personal pizza in an outdoor, wood-fired oven, immerse yourself in Gaelic language, local history and lively music at an authentic Cape Breton Ceilidh, and gather with Mi'kmaq friends around a fire to explore their culture and hear their stories.




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in Gaelic language and culture with story-telling, crafts and an evening Ceilidh of Celtic music and dancing.
• Venture into the beautiful surroundings through a variety activities including, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, all suited to your ability.
• Meet local Elders from the Mi'Kmaq tribe who will guide you through traditional ceremonies, crafts, language, drumming and singing



Activity Particulars

Up to four hours of moderate physical activity daily.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Cabot Shores
  Cape Breton Island 7 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 
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 lakefront on Church Po1nd, 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:
7:30 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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Complimentary Shuttle
phone: 902-929-2584
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

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Complimentary Shuttle
phone: 902-929-2584
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 7:30 am on the last day of the program. Please arrange your flights after 2pm. 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 Airport to Cabot Shores: Take Provincial Highway 102 in direction of Truro. Follow it for 45 miles until Truro. Then take the Trans Canada 104 east for 100 miles in direction of Antigonish-Cape Breton. After the Canso Causeway, go north on PH105 towards Baddeck. About 20 miles after Baddeck, take exit 11 and follow the Cabot Trail (north) for about 25 miles until you reach Indian Brook. Cabot Shores’ entrance is on your right after the bridge and the fire station. You shorten the last part of the trip by taking the exit 12 to the Englishtown Ferry and then follow the Cabot trail from the other side of the bay. (Count $5 for the ferry)
  From Sydney to Cabot Shores: Take PH125 in direction of Sidney Mines until you reach the PH105. Go West on PH105 in direction of Baddeck. Take the exit 12 to the Englishtown Ferry and follow the Cabot trail north, from the other side of the bay for about 15 minutes. You can also take the Cabot Trail a bit further, from the exit 11 (it makes the trip slightly longer but offers beautiful view of Saint Ann’s bay).
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: Welcome to Cabot Shores
(Tuesday, July 9)

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.



   
 Afternoon: Arrival at Cabot Shores after 3pm Afternoon Tea and snack followed by introduction to the grounds of Cabot Shores
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner - Lobster at Cabot Shores Lodge
 Evening: Live local music
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Water & Beach Adventures
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day off with optional Qi Gong, meditation or morning walk followed by Breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Meet in Lodge for an orientation of the day. Set out with your guides across the Eagle Feather Ferry onto the Cabot Shores beach. Observe eagle, search the beach for heart shaped rocks and interesting drift wood, learn about seaweed mulching.
 Lunch: Cook-out on the beach, build a fire site using beach rock, collect drift wood for fire
 Afternoon: Walk along the beach for guided beach combing. Start collecting things for your memory box; collect a beach rock to paint. Return to Cabot Shores to relax and enjoy tea and snack. Optional: Laughter Yoga
 Dinner: Dinner in the lodge
 Evening: Journal about your experiences of the day & share what you learned and found that day. Sharing Circle: What’s your family history?
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Native Mi'kmaq Immersion -Experience the Local Culture
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Optional Qi Gong, meditation, Nature walk followed by Breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Today Elders from the Wagmatcook Band will guide us through traditional ceremonies, crafts, language, drumming and singing. Prepare to be filled with extensive knowledge of the local indigenous people who have so much to offer.
 Lunch: Enjoy soup, salad & a sandwich bar in the lodge
 Afternoon: The Elders will continue to present activities. Later, tea and snack followed by free time.
 Dinner: BBQ Dinner around the fire
 Evening: Stories around the fire (or in the tipi); Journal about your experiences of the day & share.
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Medicine Walk & Church Pond- kayak and canoe
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with an Optional Qi Gong, mindfulness meditation or nature walk followed by Breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Participate in a Medicine Walk with Barbara, open your senses to the natural environment, learn about local flora, identify plants & flowers, collect flowers to press, collect mementos and work on your memory box.
 Lunch: Lunch at Cabot Shores Lodge
 Afternoon: Explore Church Pond by canoes and kayaks (includes instructions for those needing it). Observe a variety of ducks, geese, cormorans, gulls and the occasional bald eagle. After return to Cabot Shores for tea and snack.
 Afternoon: Orientation to the Ceilidh.
 Dinner: Dinner at Cabot Shores
 Evening: Attend local Ceilidh
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Celtic Immersion and Local Specialties
(Saturday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with optional Qi Gong, mindfulness meditation, nature walk followed by breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Gaelic language immersion story-telling, local Celtic history
 Lunch: Lunch of local Cape Breton specialties
 Afternoon: Learn to bake Cape Breton Oatcakes. Followed by tea and snack time
 Dinner: Local Specialties
 Evening: Music, singing, step dancing
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Adventures in Outdoor Cooking
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Optional Qi Gong, mindfulness meditation, nature walk followed by Breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Participate in a scavenger hunt & kayak/canoe during free time
 Lunch: Enjoy soup, salad & sandwich bar at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Adventures in Outdoor Cooking -Learn to make pizza dough, prepare pizza toppings; build fire for cooking dinner, bake bread and pizza in outdoor wood-fired oven.
 Dinner: Make your personal pizza in the outdoor wood-fired oven. Pizza Extravaganza!
 Evening: Journal about your day, share what you learned today and during your entire stay. View the “week in review”. Present your memory box to your grandparent or grandchild. Closing Circle
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Recap Adventures of the Week
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Optional Qi Gong, mindfulness meditation, nature walk followed by Breakfast in Cabot Shores lodge.
 Morning: Free time to walk, pack, kayak or canoe... end of program. For those who wish to take the complimentary shuttle to Halifax Int'l Airport, it departs at 7:30 am.
   
Accommodations: Cabot Shores
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


Down North : The Book of Cape Breton's Magazine


Author: Ron Caplan


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.



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.



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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