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History & Culture of the Canadian Maritimes

Program Number: 3788RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/20/2014 - 8/30/2014; 6/10/2015 - 6/20/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/18/2015; 8/5/2015 - 8/15/2015; 8/19/2015 - 8/29/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/19/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/26/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Price starting at: $2,695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 26; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embrace the colorful history of the Canadian Maritime provinces on this journey to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Delve into the history of the port city of Halifax and the old town of Lunenburg. Gain insight into the intriguing Celtic and Acadian cultures including their music and customs. And absorb the natural beauty that awaits in the Maritimes.




Highlights

• At Hopewell Rocks, walk on the ocean floor with naturalists to see the tidal range of the Bay of Fundy.
• Explore Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and learn the role of this fort in the development of the capital.
• Enjoy a performance of Celtic music and dancing.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs.




Date Specific Information

8-20-2014, 6-10-2015, 7-8-2015, 8-5-2015, 8-19-2015, 9-9-2015, 9-16-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Halifax, 1 night; coach to Baddeck, 2 nights; coach to Stellarton, 1 night; coach to Charlottetown, 2 nights; coach to Saint John, 2 nights, coach to Halifax, 2 nights; departure.




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.



Charlottetown

Charlottetown, the historic capital city of Prince Edward Island, was the site of the 1864 discussions to unite the country by delegates from Upper and Lower Canada. Visitors may re-live the “Charlottetown Conference” in local museums and on historic Grand George Street, as well as enjoy the colorful boardwalk and harbor on Peake’s Wharf.



St. John

The largest city in New Brunswick is also the first incorporated city in Canada. Situated along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy and at the mouth of the Saint John River, the city is the site of a unique phenomenon known as the Reversing Falls, where at high tide each day the flow of the Saint John River is reversed for several hours.



Accommodations
Halifax: Modern four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Baddeck: Historic inn with lake views. Stellarton: Comfortable hotel. Charlottetown: Modern downtown hotel. Saint John: Modern Uptown hotel with indoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
James White

Dr. Jay White holds a doctorate in Canadian history from McMaster University. He currently teaches Canadian military history in Halifax for the Department of Continuing Studies at Royal Military College, Kingston. His research interests include social, nautical and military topics spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, with a focus on Atlantic Canada. Jay has published articles on Titanic "instant books," Halifax in WWII and the origins of tourism in Nova Scotia. His latest research project for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic investigated transatlantic cables and the ships that maintain them.
 
Boyde Beck

Boyde Beck is a curator with the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. He also has a regular history column on MainStreet, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s afternoon radio show on the Island, and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Napoleon Chiasson

Napoleon Chiasson has a passion for enlightening others about his beloved Cape Breton and has led walks on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for 14 years, offering his historical expertise to visitors. A retired educator with 29 years in the public school system, he has taught both French and English. Napoleon currently heads the cultural association in Cheticamp, a fishing camp of 4,000, a large number of whom are Acadians, on the Cabot Trail.
 
Shelah Allen

Shelah Allen was born and raised in the picturesque World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. A seventh-generation Tanner on her mother’s side, she has a passion for genealogy, folklore, superstitions and stories. “I’m not so much a history buff … but I do love stories, and there’s a big difference.” Shelah loves to entertain Road Scholar participants on walking explorations of her town — and on her own time, loves road trips, music and a deep interest in Cuba.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Atlantica Hotel Halifax
  Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 night
   Lynwood Inn
  Baddeck, Nova Scotia 2 nights
   Holiday Inn Express
  Stellarton, Nova Scotia 1 night
   The Hotel on Pownal
  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 2 nights
   Delta Brunswick
  Saint John, New Brunswick 2 nights
   Atlantica Hotel Halifax
  Halifax, Nova Scotia 2 nights
 Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A landmark hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the corner of Quinpool Road and Robie Street, the Atlantica provides a modern, urban hotel experience in the heart of Halifax while still offering the warmth of East Coast hospitality.
  Contact info: 1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3G5 Canada
phone: 902-423-1161
web: www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed Internet, two telephones, key card system for security, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, hair dryer, vanity mirror, individual climate control, iPod compatible docking station.
  Facility amenities: Leisure facilities (indoor pool, wading pool, sauna, whirlpool), seasonal 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. The hotel is 100% non-smoking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $124 + Tax per room Contact the Atlantica hotel directly for availability. Road Scholar group rate applies to 2 days prior to scheduled program start and 2 days after scheduled departure. Participants can either call 1-888-810-7288 or email reservations@atlanticahalifax.com to make pre and post reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $124 + Tax per room Contact the Atlantica hotel directly for availability. Road Scholar group rate applies to 2 days prior to scheduled program start and 2 days after scheduled departure. Participants can either call 1-888-810-7288 or email reservations@atlanticahalifax.com to make pre and post reservations.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Lynwood Inn
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, free Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: Laundry facilities on site. Lynwood Inn is 100% non-smoking.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Holiday Inn Express
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located close to the PEI Ferry, Pictou, and New Glasgow.
  Contact info: 86 Lawrence Blvd.
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 Canada
phone: 902-755-1020
web: www.hiestellarton.com
  Room amenities: Unlimited local and toll-free calling, coffeemaker with tea service, 32” LCD televisions, hairdryer, iron with board, easy-to-set clock radio
  Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet, indoor heated pool with waterslide and hot tub, on site fitness facility.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Hotel on Pownal
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 146 Pownal Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 3W6 Canada
phone: 902-892-1217
web: www.thehotelonpownal.com
  Room amenities: Rooms feature wireless high speed Internet, 40" flat screen TVs and alarm clocks with iPod docking stations.
  Facility amenities: Wireless high-speed internet Coffee, tea and treats are available 24 hours/day in the lobby. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are available every day after 3:00 p.m.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Delta Brunswick
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of uptown, above Brunswick Square shopping complex, the hotel is connected by an indoor walkway to Market Square, the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre and Saint John City Market.
  Contact info: 39 King Street
Saint John, NB E2L 4W3 Canada
phone: 506-648-1981
web: www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotels.php?hotelId=4
  Room amenities: All rooms have individual temperature control, hairdryer, telephone, iron and ironing board, 24 hour room service, 32" LCD TV, complimentary wireless high speed Internet access, AM/FM clock radios, iPod docking station, coffee/tea, small refrigerator and microwave, laundry/valet service available, guest room voice mail.
  Facility amenities: The hotel’s health club facilities are open seven days a week, 5:30 am to 12:00 midnight. They include an indoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, exercise room, full change rooms and showers. Access is complimentary to hotel guests. Drycleaning and laundry services are available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to Halifax, hotel check-in after 3:00 pm, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dinner is at 5:30 pm. You will be staying at Atlantica Hotel Halifax that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at the hotel at 8:00 am on the last day. Departures after breakfast from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hotel check-out is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Atlantica Hotel Halifax the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information.
  Parking availability:
Airport terminal - CAD$70 per week - call 902-873-1423. Parking available at parking lot across from the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Halifax, Nova Scotia
  From End of Program
  Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Halifax

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Metro Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$3.25 adult/$2.50 senior
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

Metro Transit operates its MetroX service Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) to downtown Halifax. The #320 bus operates every 30 minutes during peak (6 am to 9 am) and (3 pm to 6 pm). Regular schedule every 60 minutes. $3.25 for adults/students; $2.50 for children/seniors. Get off at the Duke & Albemarle stop - walk down Duke Street (2 minutes) to catch Bus #81 on Barrington St (Southbound) - bus drops you on Robie Street near the hotel. www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/metroexpress.html

 

Halifax International Airport (YHZ)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 - $65 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Taxis available curbside at the Halifax International Airport to take you to your hotel.

 

Halifax

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxi from the Via Rail station to the hotel is approximately $15.

 

Halifax

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Metro Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$3.25 for adults/students; $2.50 for children/seniors
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

Catch bus #81 on Robie Street and get off at the Barrington Street stop. Walk to the corner of Duke & Albemarle Street (2 minutes) to catch #320 bus to the Halifax Airport - it operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6 am to 9 am) and afternoon(3 pm to 6 pm) times. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. Fares are $3.25 for adults/students and $2.50 for children/seniors. www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/metroexpress.html Taxi to airport approximately $60 - $65.

 

Halifax

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 - $65 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Taxis available to take you from the hotel to Halifax International Airport.

 

Halifax

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxi from the hotel to the Via Rail station is approximately $15.

 
Driving Directions
  Halifax International Airport (YHZ) Leaving the airport, head SOUTH on Bell Blvd / Boulevard Bell toward Silver Dart. Stay right on Bell Blvd/Boulevard Bell. Take the Highway 102 S ramp towards Halifax/Dartmouth. Take the Highway 118 exit on the left towards Highway 103/Darthmouth/Highway 111/Halifax. Turn left onto Victoria Rd/Highway 322. Turn right onto Nantucket Ave. Nantucket Ave becomes Angus L Macdonald Bridge, which then becomes North St. Turn right onto Agricola St, and then left onto McCully St.; left again at Robie St. and end at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS B3H 3G5, CA.
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 and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation/Nova Scotia History
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Halifax, NS in the afternoon. Check-in is available after 3:00 p.m. 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.
 Dinner: The welcome dinner will commence at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel. Following dinner you will meet for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation. The remainder of the evening is free to explore the neighborhood or simply relax at the hotel.
 Evening: An evening presentation by a local historian will introduce you to the history of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax.
   
Accommodations: Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hector Heritage Quay/Traditional Entertainment/Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: En route to Baddeck, we will stop at the Hector Heritage Quay, located on the scenic Pictou waterfront. The site offers visitors a unique glimpse into the journey of early Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia and their life in the new world. The proud centerpiece of the award-winning attraction is a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship Hector that is renowned for bringing the first wave of Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia in 1773. It was this historic voyage that established Pictou as the "Birthplace of New Scotland".
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Cape Breton Island to the town of Baddeck and visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Discover how air and water captured Alexander Graham Bell's imagination. Explore the amazing life of the man who invented the telephone and his many accomplishments, including his work to bridge the world between sound and silence by teaching the deaf to speak.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a lively, toe-tapping performance provided by a local group.
 Dinner: At the inn.
 Evening: Free evening to relax or explore the village of Baddeck on your own.
   
Accommodations: Lynwood Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cape Breton Highlands National Park/Rug Hooking Demonstration
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Stop in Cheticamp, a coastal town famous for its rug-hooking tradition and enjoy a demonstration. The internationally renowned Cheticamp hooked rug enjoys a colorful history. Their popularity is due to the perfect workmanship, rich pastel colors, diversity of design and the distinguished owners who display them with pride of history and talent.
 Morning: Explore the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park as you journey through this spectacularly scenic area. The Cabot Trail is a paved road that loops 185 miles around the northern tip of Cape Breton. This remote rugged area passes through many charming Celtic communities, each with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable hospitality. Cape Breton Highlands National Park conserves and protects the majestic highlands and coastal wilderness stretching across the northern tip of Cape Breton Island between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Following your return to Baddeck in late afternoon, enjoy free time to explore this quaint town.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional lobster supper in Baddeck. Optional evening Ceilidh in Baddeck featuring Cape Breton fiddle music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Lynwood Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site
(Saturday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore The Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site with a Parks Canada interpreter to discover the history of Nova Scotia and the battle between the French and the English for control of North America. Founded by the French in 1763 and abandoned by the British in 1768, Louisbourg was a place of great importance in North America. It was the administrative capital of French holdings in Atlantic Canada and one of France's key economic and military centers in the New World. It was also a center for trade with France, the French West Indies, Lower Canada (now Quebec), Acadia and New England. This site is North America's largest historical reconstruction. Unlike most colonial settlements, no modern city was built here; thus, the site preserves a massive archaeological time capsule.
 Lunch: Lunch on site at the Fortress at Hotel de la Marine where costumed staff in period restaurants prepare and serve delicious food and beverages based on 18th century tradition and recipes.
 Afternoon: Travel to Stellarton, arriving mid-evening.
 Dinner: We will stop for dinner en route.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ferry to Prince Edward Island/Introduction to PEI/History, Culture and People/Highland Storm Performance
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The relaxing ferry ride to Prince Edward Island allows you to breathe in the bracing sea air and photograph the picturesque views. Gain an overview of Prince Edward Island in a presentation by your Group Leader en route. We disembark the ferry at Wood Island, then travel on to Charlottetown for a walking field trip and presentation on historic Charlottetown.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A local historian will discuss the early settlement of Prince Edward Island as well as the island's rich natural and cultural heritage.
 Dinner: We check into the hotel in Charlottetown before departing for Summerside for dinner and an evening performance.
 Evening: Celtic culture comes alive at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada! With a mandate to preserve and promote the Celtic heritage of Canada's most Celtic province, Prince Edward Island, The College ignites passion in the hearts and minds of students and visitors alike. Uplift your spirits and feel the exhilaration of Highland Storm, a Celtic music and dance show involving the very best in Island talent. Featuring a cast of over thirty, this high-energy show captivates visitors with the fast-paced feet of the Highland and step dancers, stirred by the sounds of the pipes and drums.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel on Pownal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Province House National Historic Site/Green Gables/Dalvay-by-the-Sea/PEI National Park
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: At Province House National Historic Site, discover the significant role this building has played in the history of Canada. The Charlottetown Conference was held here in 1864. The delegates were driven by fears of American expansionism and by Britain's growing desire that its North American colonies should look after themselves. Yet these men were gripped by the idea of a new, independent nation. After further conferences in Halifax and Quebec, the delegates hammered out the terms of Confederation, and Canada was born on July 1, 1867. Province House is also the seat of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Legislature since 1847.
 Morning: Parks Canada staff will present the history of Green Gables National Historic Site and its significance to Canadian literary history. Spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, "Anne of Green Gables". Discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of fiction. In real life, this farm was the home of David Jr. and Margaret Macneill, who were cousins of Montgomery's grandfather.
 Lunch: Lunch at Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Following lunch, explore the fascinating background of historic Dalvay-by- the-Sea, a National Historic Site of Canada. This elegant Queen Anne Revival home was built in 1895 by a Scottish-American oil tycoon
 Afternoon: At the Dunelands Trail area of Prince Edward Island National Park, you will discover its diverse habitats. Known for its wetlands and forests, the park provides a home for a variety of plants and animals, but more for its beaches, sandstone cliffs sand dunes, barrier islands and sand pits. The coastal area is inhabited by the endangered Piping Plover, whose nesting sites are protected. The park is a dynamic system of shifting sand carried by wind and waves, and is the finest example of sand-dune ecosystems in Atlantic Canada. Enjoy some free time at Cavendish Beach.
 Dinner: Return to Charlottetown for dinner on your own; an opportunity to discover one of Charlottetown's many fine restaurants.
 Evening: Free evening, one option is to attend a theatre presentation at Confederation Centre of the Arts.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel on Pownal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick/Hopewell Rocks/Fundy National Park
(Tuesday, August 26)

Note: Please note, you will encounter a few flights of stairs to access the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We depart for New Brunswick, crossing the Confederation Bridge. An expert at Hopewell Rocks will discuss the significance of the Bay of Fundy and coastal New Brunswick. Over thousands of years, the Bay of Fundy's mighty tides have shaped the landscape of coastal New Brunswick. The Hopewell Rocks are also called the Flowerpot Rocks and created by the clash of continents, carved by melting glaciers and then sculpted by the highest tides in the world. .
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Centre.
 Afternoon: Tidal walk with a local naturalist at Hopewell Rocks. Walk the ocean floor (weather and tides permitting) at low tide out to the Hopewell Rocks to learn about New Brunswick's most famous geological feature. Travel through Fundy National Park along the New Brunswick coast with its impressive views of seaside cliffs and colorful forests. Travel to Saint John and check into the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy the evening to explore Saint John on your own or relax at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Delta Brunswick
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Legacy of Loyalists and Shipbuilders/Quaco Museum/St. Martins Sea Caves and Tidal Harbor/Fundy Trail
(Wednesday, August 27)

Note: Please note, during your field trip to St. Martins Sea Caves and tidal harbor, you will experience rocky, pebble like terrain.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the legacy of Loyalists and Shipbuilders at the Quaco Museum in a session conducted by the curator and a local genealogist. Learn about the arrival of the Loyalists and the shipbuilding industry that at one time made St. Martins the second wealthiest community in the British Empire. Take an opportunity to explore the museum exhibits and archives.
 Morning: Visit the Sea Caves and tidal harbor in the Bay of Fundy, followed by a historic walk of the village of St. Martins. Discover St. Martins' quiet beaches, cliffs, caves, lighthouses and covered bridges while learning about the tides, geology and history of the area with a local expert. Marvel at the highest tides in the world sweeping in and out each day, carving sea stacks and caves into the rugged red cliffs that surround the village.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Tidal Watch Inn.
 Afternoon: Explore the Fundy Trail with your local guide and see the natural, unspoiled beauty of the Bay of Fundy coast. The trail has been carved out of the Fundy escarpment, one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Florida and Labrador. Most of the elements of the Fundy ecosystem exist within this area, including the dramatic Fundy tides.
 Afternoon: A second presentation explains the Bay of Fundy Tides, the highest in the world.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Tidal Watch Inn before returning to Saint John.
   
Accommodations: Delta Brunswick
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site/Maritime Museum
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Travel back to Halifax by coach with stops along the way.
 Lunch: Lunch on own en route to Halifax. .
 Afternoon: At Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, explore the grounds of the fort with a local expert and hear about the major role it has played in the development of Halifax and the importance of the city as a major North American port. The present Citadel, completed in 1856, is the fourth fort to occupy the hill overlooking Halifax Harbour. It was established to guard against a land-based attack from the United States. This massive, star-shaped masonry structure is an excellent example of a 19th-century bastion fortification.
 Afternoon: A guided visit of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic offers a great look into the maritime history of Atlantic Canada. The museum is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada and was first created by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a place where Canada's naval past could be preserved. You will be introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, and WWII convoys. The museum also tells the story of famous historical events such as "The Battle of the Atlantic", the Halifax explosion of 1917, Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, various shipwrecks and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Halifax.
 Evening: Opportunity to explore Halifax on your own, or catch up on your rest.
   
Accommodations: Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Historic Lunenburg/Peggy's Cove
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore historic Lunenburg's narrow streets on a guided walk, visit its historic churches and examine the Victorian architecture of the Old Town. 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. Later, a vibrant economy was built on farming, fishing, shipbuilding and trade, particularly with the West Indies. The renowned fishing and racing schooner Bluenose was built here in 1912, as was the replica Bluenose II in 1963.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to enjoy one of the many local harbor side establishments in Lunenburg.
 Afternoon: Travel to Peggy's Cove, one of the most picturesque and charming fishing villages on the East Coast with its rustic, weathered wharves balanced on huge granite boulders. The town is named after the sole survivor of a schooner shipwrecked on Halibut Rock off Lighthouse Point: Peggy (Margaret) of the Cove. The most well-known lighthouse in Canada, and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, was built here in 1914. Positioned on a granite ledge, it served as the local post office until November 2009.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Halifax.
   
Accommodations: Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Program Concludes/Departure
(Saturday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is scheduled for 8:00 a.m.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans; hotel check-out is 12:00 p.m. 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.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Halifax, Nova Scotia Pier 21
Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 —Atlantic Canada’s only national museum! Learn about the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, the vital role of immigration in the building of Canada and the contributions of immigrants to our country—all at one unique place. For additional information, visit www.pier21.ca/about
  The Citadel
The present Citadel was completed in 1856 and is the fourth in a series of British forts on this site. Today, the restored Citadel is a national landmark, commemorating Halifax’s role as a key naval station in the British Empire and bringing history to life in Atlantic Canada’s largest urban centre. For additional information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/index.aspx
  Baddeck, Nova Scotia Ceilidh
Cape Breton fiddle music and dance featured during live performances 7 nights a week. Casual setting, audience participation if willing, tea, Cape Breton oatcakes or cold drinks (non-alcoholic) for $1.00 all available For additional information, visit www.visitbaddeck.com/events/gathering.html
  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Confederation Centre of the Arts
Confederation Centre is open year-round and showcases the best in Canadian visual and performing arts. It houses several theatres, an art gallery, a restaurant and a gift shop. For additional information, visit www.confederationcentre.com/en/
  Peake's Wharf
Explore the historic waterfront merchants at Peake’s Wharf on the Charlottetown waterfront. Peake’s Wharf offers something for everyone: crafts, clothing, fine gifts, souvenirs and great live Island music. For additional information, visit www.peakesquay.com/
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Suggested Reading List


Wild Nova Scotia


Author: Len Wagg | Bob Bancroft


Description: NATURAL HISTORY, 2007, HARD COVER, 86 PAGES A collection of stunning color photographs of Nova Scotia's landscapes and wildlife, from butterflies and blossoms to rocky coastlines, river valleys and mist-shrouded lakes. (CND290, $29.95) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL22280.



My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries and Preoccupations


Author: Howard Norman


Description: TRAVEL NARRATIVE, 2004, HARD COVER, 208 PAGES Howard Norman returned to Nova Scotia over a period of 30 years to interview local legends and research the folklore of the area. Norman writes with an impressionistic intimacy to create a portrait of this enchanting place and its people. (CND204, $20.00) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html



Anne of Green Gables


Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery


Description: Paper, 464 pages This Norton critical edition of the immensely popular 1908 novel includes excerpts from Montgomery's journals, letters, and juvenilia, commentary from Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Louisa May Alcott, and cultural context. (CND39, $19.95) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html



Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada


Author: Mark Morris


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2009, PAPERBACK, 500 PAGES A comprehensive guide to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. With regional maps and detailed descriptions of St. John's and other points of interest, along with an overview of the people, wildlife and history of the region. (CAN02, $19.95). Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html



Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Map


Author: ITMB


Description: This provincial map of Nova Scotia at a scale of 1:400,000 includes Prince Edward Island and adjacent New Brunswick. With city and regional plans and index on the reverse. Two Sides. 27x39 inches. (CND45, $9.95) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html



Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


Author: Karla Zimmerman


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2011, PAPER, 272 PAGES This compact guide to Atlantic Canada covers Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island in detail, and includes a chapter on Newfoundland and Labrador. With maps, travel information and short essays on culture, attractions and nature. (CND291, $17.99) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html



Wild Nova Scotia


Author: Len Wagg (Photographer) • Bob Bancroft


Description: NATURAL HISTORY, 2007, HARD COVER, 86 PAGES A collection of stunning color photographs of Nova Scotia's landscapes and wildlife, from close-ups of butterflies and blossoms to aerial views of vast river valleys and mist-shrouded lakes. (CND290, $29.95) Available through Longitude. Call 1 (800) 342-2164 or go to www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/22280/r/RL/mcms.html





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