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The Saltscapes and Seaways of the Canadian Maritimes

Program Number: 12368RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/11/2013 - 8/18/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $1,695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 19; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Experience the landscapes, relive the history and explore the maritime way of life in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Learn about shipwrecks, rumrunners, lobster fishing, shorebirds, Longfellow's “Evangeline” and the Halifax Explosion. Join in celebrating Celtic song and dance at a local ceilidh. Savour the region’s seafood and farm products and experience world-renowned Maritime hospitality.


• Explore beaches, back roads, coastal villages and cities with naturalists and historians.
• Visit Green Gables, Pier 21 and Yankee Gale cemetery.
• Journey on the famous Confederation Bridge, along the Bay of Fundy and ferry across Northumberland Strait.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, slight incline; getting on, off bus; some standing.

Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 3 nights; coach to Sackville, New Brunswick, 1 night; coach to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 1 night; coach to Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1 night; coach and ferry to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 1 night; independent departure.


The second-largest city in Prince Edward Island, Summerside boasts a beautiful revitalized waterfront complete with a boardwalk, colorful shops, museums and a lighthouse, as well as grand Victorian homes built with the profits of the old silver fox fur trade. Guests flock here for fresh seafood and to explore the province’s beaches and back roads.

Summerside: Country inn overlooking bay. Sackville: Hotel in university town. Wolfville: Hotel with water views. Halifax: City hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Stanley Bridge. PE 3 nights
   Coastal Inns Sackville
  Sackville, New Brunswick 1 night
   Old Orchard Inn
  Wolfville, Nova Scotia 1 night
   Quality Inn Dartmouth/Halifax
  Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 night
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Stanley Bridge. PE 1 night
 Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located in the quaint village of Stanley Bridge overlooking beautiful New London Bay and the Cavendish Sandspit. Close to the Stanley Bridge wharf and near local boutiques, golf courses, PEI National Park.
  Contact info: RR #6
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0 Canada
phone: 800-361-2882
  Room amenities: Rooms are extra large and all have water views
  Facility amenities: Beautiful grounds with gardens, on-site restaurant, antique store and boutique, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, meeting rooms, laundry, fitness centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for info Call for information and current rates
  Check in time: 1:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for info Call for information and current rates
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

 Coastal Inns Sackville
Type: Hotel
  Description: On-site meeting room, continental breakfast, close to Waterfowl Park and Mt. Allison University
  Contact info: 15 Wright St.
Sackville, NB E4L 4P8 Canada
phone: 506-536-0000
  Smoking allowed: No

 Old Orchard Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Spectacular panoramic view of the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy, close to vineyards and orchards and the beautiful university town of Wolfville.
  Contact info: 153 Greenwich Rd
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R2 Canada
phone: 902-542-5751
  Room amenities: phone, radio, coffeemaker, iron and board, in-room movies
  Facility amenities: Non-smoking, air conditioned, on-site excellent dining room and lounge, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, full-service spa, laundry
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Quality Inn Dartmouth/Halifax
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 313 Prince Albert Rd
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1N3 Canada
phone: 902-469-5850
  Facility amenities: Smoke-free, spacious air-conditioned rooms, free wireless Internet, in-room coffee, hairdryer, iron and board, free newspaper, licensed restaurant and lounge, fitness center, close to waterfront and parks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm in Meeting Room. You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 am following breakfast at inn. You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada. January 2008 a valid passport or original birth certificate along with a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID card will be required for land and sea border crossings to and from Canada. Passport requirement for land and sea entry is subject to change. Visit for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking. Cars can be left at Stanley Bridge while the group is in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Stanley Bridge. PE
  Nearest city or town:  Kensington
  Nearest highway: Rte. 6
  Nearest airport:  Charlottetown
  From End of Program
  Location: Stanley Bridge. PE
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Yellow Cab
phone: 902-566-6666


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


40 minutes 


If more than one person uses the cab, the per person fare is cheaper.

Driving Directions
  Charlottetown, PE Take Rte. 2 west to Hunter River. Turn right on Rte. 13 (Irving station at the bottom of the hill) towards Cavendish. Turn west (left) on Rte. 224 in New Glasgow. Continue through the stop sign in Stanley Bridge and across the wharf. The Stanley Bridge Resort is on the right just up the hill from the wharf. (Look for the red roofs.)
  Confederation Bridge Take the Trans Canada Highway (Rte. 1) until it intersects with 1A. Take 1A towards Summerside. Follow 1A to Rte. 2. Take Rte. 2 east toward Kensington. When you come to the traffic light in Kensington, continue straight through the light (past the Petro Can gas station) which then becomes Rte. 6 through Margate, Clinton, and New London to Stanley Bridge. The Stanley Bridge Country Resort will be on your left, overlooking the harbour. (Look for the red roofs.)
  Wood Island Ferry Terminal Car/Passenger ferry that travels from Nova Scotia to PEI (14 miles/75 minutes). Take the Trans Canada Highway, 1A, to Charlottetown, then Take Rte. 2 west to Hunter River. Turn right on Rte. 13 (Irving station at the bottom of the hill) towards Cavendish. Turn west (left) on Rte. 224 in New Glasgow. Continue through the stop sign in Stanley Bridge and across the wharf. The Stanley Bridge Resort is on the right just up the hill from the wharf. (Look for the red roofs.)
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: Orientation to your Road Scholar program and participants
(Sunday, August 11)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to Stanley Bridge Country Resort for check in after 3:00 pm.
 Dinner: There are two restaurants on site that provide lovely meals, or you may choose to eat prior to your arrival at Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
 Evening: Orientation for your Road Scholar program will be held at 7:00 pm in one of the meeting rooms at the Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort

Day 2: Intro to the Canadian Maritimes/Stories of Shipwrecks and Rum Running//Green Gables/beaches, graveyards and the Yankee Gale/Organic farm visit/Community Ceilidh
(Monday, August 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: Enjoy an introductory lecture on the history and culture of the Canadian Maritime provinces. Hear some engaging stories about shipwrecks, rum running, and colorful stories of characters from Prince Edward Island history. Then it is off to Green Gables National Historic site to learn all about the facts behind the fiction of L.M. Montgomery's famous novel, Anne of Green Gables.
 Lunch: Lunch prepared by a Culinary Institute chef incorporating Island seafood and farm products. Always a hit!
 Afternoon: After lunch you will head to French River, one of the most picturesque and photographed spots on PEI. You will have a presentation and have a chance to walk on the beach and visit a seaside graveyard to learn about the famous Yankee Gale. This will be followed by a wonderful presentation and guided visit to an organic farm. Your presenter will capture your attention with his passion and engaging style. He is known for his farming skills along with being instrumental in growing the organic movement on Prince Edward Island.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local inn known for its wonderful food and outstanding service.
 Evening: Attend a community ceilidh (traditional music, dance, humour)
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Stories and songs/guided tour of Summerside's waterfront and historic areas/French and British history at Port la Joye-Ft. Amherst/ice creamery tour and tasting/Charlottetown exploration
(Tuesday, August 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: Have an engaging presentation about Prince Edward Islanders as shared through stories and songs. Travel to Summerside, the Island's second largest city, for a guided tour along the waterfront, to see historic "fox houses" and to learn about the history and stories of this port city.
 Lunch: Lunch will be prepared by a Culinary Institute chef in a lovely country inn.
 Afternoon: Visit Port la Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site on one of the most beautiful harbours on Prince Edward Island. Discover the rich history of settlement, conflict and change during the struggle for control of North America between the French and English. From there you will enjoy a tour (and some tasting of ice cream!) at Cow's Creamery followed by a tour of Charlottetown and some free time downtown.
 Dinner: Dinner at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Evening: Free evening after dinner.
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Crossing Northumberland Strait to New Brunswick/Cape Jourimain/ Ft. Beausejour/Sackville area/ learn about connections to the United States/visit to fishery
(Wednesday, August 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: Learn all about lobsters and mussels at a PEI fishery and then travel over the 9.5 mile Confederation Bridge to NB where you will meet your guide who will share the human and natural history of this very important part of North America. Learn about the significance of this region to the history of the United States and experience the landscapes and unique natural history for which this area is known. Visits include Cape Jourimain, Fort Beausejour, Acadian dykelands, and historic areas in Sackville.
 Lunch: Lunch in the quaint university town of Sackville, New Brunswick
 Afternoon: Guided exploration of the Tantramar region, Bay of Fundy and Sackville area including Mount Allison University. Check into the Coastal Inn, Sackville
 Dinner: Dinner will be enjoyed at one of the restaurants in the Sackville area.
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Coastal Inns Sackville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Travel to Nova Scotia/high-bush blueberries and a wonderful lunch/"Evangeline" and Grand Pre'/Just Us Fair Trade coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate/Annapolis Valley Region
(Thursday, August 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site at the Coastal Inn, Sackville
 Morning: Travel from Sackville, NB into the province of Nova Scotia. Experience the place and the story that influenced Longfellow to write the epic poem, Evangeline. Learn about the first Acadians to settle this region in the 1600's and about their tragic deportation by the British.View dykelands, gardens and historic buildings at Grand Pre' National Historic Site.
 Lunch: Lunch will enjoyed at a fine restaurant located in the middle of 60 acres of high-bush blueberries! The buffet meal is always a hit and the meal is followed by a presentation on blueberries.
 Afternoon: Learn all about Fair Trade and the impact Just Us has made on this movement. Wolfville is Canada's first Fair Trade town due to the initial efforts of Just Us. Learn how Just Us purchases and sells coffee, tea, sugar and cocoa and watch chocolate being made. Wolfville is known for its wonderful climate for growing fruits, vegetables and grapes for wine. Visit one of the wonderful farm markets for which Wolfville is known.
 Dinner: Enjoy a wonderful meal at your hotel for the evening, The Old Orchard Inn, where the meal always receives rave reviews.
 Evening: Free time on own in downtown Halifax after dinner on own. Motorcoach transportation provided back to hotel at designated time.
Accommodations: Old Orchard Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Guided exploration of Halifax/ Pier 21-Canada's "Ellis Island"/ Maritime Museum/Free time on Halifax waterfront/harbour-view restaurant for dinner
(Friday, August 16)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Old Orchard Inn prior to departing for Halifax
 Morning: Travel to Halifax where you will enjoy an on-board guided visit of this historic city. Learn all about the Halifax Explosion, the role the city played after the sinking of the Titanic, and enjoy a walk in the beautiful historic public gardens. Your guide will fill you with all kinds of facts presented with humor and intrigue....always a special experience for Road Scholar participants.
 Lunch: You will be enjoying lunch on your own along the beautiful Halifax waterfront followed by some free time to explore museums, craft studios and shops.
 Afternoon: Visit Pier 21-Canada's National Immigration Museum (similar to Ellis Island in the United States). Here you will learn all about the significance of this facility for immigrants to Canada, Home Children, War Brides and as a staging site for the military during two World Wars. Fascinating exhibits, a wonderful film and a dedicated guide make this site come alive. You'll also have a chance to explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (on your own) which houses boats and ships of all types and sizes along with artifacts from the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion.
 Dinner: Dinner in Halifax is always a special treat as you dine overlooking the Halifax harbour from the Dartmouth side. The food, the service and the view are second to none.
 Evening: Free evening after dinner
Accommodations: Quality Inn Dartmouth/Halifax
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hector Heritage Quay-Pictou, Nova Scotia/Ferry to Prince Edward Island/Tour of Eastern PEI/Traditional PEI Lobster Supper
(Saturday, August 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site at your hotel
 Morning: Travel from Halifax to Pictou where you will visit the museum and quay that highlights the Ship Hector. The Hector brought the first settlers from Scotland to Nova Scotia in 1733 which began the wave of Scottish migration that has had such an impact on the development of the province. Learn about the importance of their voyage and the influence of the Hector families on Pictou, and the rest of North America.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to enjoy while traveling on the ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island.
 Afternoon: Travel by ferry across the Northumberland Strait from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island then enjoy a guided tour of the eastern end of the Island as you make your way back to Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
 Dinner: Your last dinner of the program will be a traditional PEI Lobster Supper (other entree choices available).
 Evening: Free evening after dinner and farewells
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Independent Departures
(Sunday, August 18)
 Breakfast: Independent departures after breakfast. Need to check out of Stanley Bridge Country Resort by 10:00 am
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Stanley Bridge. PE Hiking
Abandoned railway trails that link the island tip to tip (Tignish to Elmira) totals over 270 kms. past landscape, woodlands and rivers between tiny Island communities
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

Anne of Green Gables

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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