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Coastal Communities of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton

Program Number: 13894RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/29/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/28/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/6/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/27/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $1,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

From Canada’s smallest province to the heart of “New Scotland” and onto Cape Breton Island, journey the red clay roads, coastal byways and historic city streets that combine to create the unique Maritime character. Discover the rich Celtic and Acadian history and culture of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Experience the French joie de vivre and Scottish pride of Nova Scotia and be charmed by Islanders who make their living from the land and sea.




Highlights

• Witness Cheticamp’s famous rug hookers in action and enjoy local music at a “ceilidh.”
• Discussions and field trips showcase local lifestyles and highlight historic and current issues.
• View 300 million-year-old fossils at the Bay of Fundy, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on mostly flat, paved sidewalks, some slight inclines.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island, 3 nights; coach via the Confederation Bridge to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1 night; coach to Baddeck, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, 2 nights; coach and ferry to Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island, 1 night; independent departure.




Stanley Bridge

Located at the junction of the Stanley River and New London Bay southwest of Cavendish, the historic village of Stanley Bridge was a bustling point of commerce in the 19th century for farmers who brought their goods to the coastal wharves. Author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited this quaint community as a child growing up nearby.



Accommodations
Stanley Bridge: Charming inn overlooking New London Bay and Cavendish sand dunes. Antigonish: Lovely inn with restaurant in charming university town. Baddeck: Historic inn with water views.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Stanley Bridge, PEI 3 nights
   Maritime Inn
  Antigonish, Nova Scotia 1 night
   Telegraph House
  Baddeck, NS 2 nights
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Stanley Bridge, PEI 1 night
 Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located in the charming village of Stanley Bridge about 1/4 mile from the Stanley Bridge wharf. This small, quaint yet full service resort and conference center overlooks beautiful New London Bay. There is an on-site pool and hot tub, craft boutique, laundromat, 2 restaurants and over-sized guest rooms.
  Contact info: Rte 6 in Stanley Bridge
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0 Canada
phone: 902-886-2882 xor8003612882
web: www.stanleybridgeresort.com
  Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool and hot tub, craft boutique, meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, easy access to the Stanley Bridge wharf area (oyster bar, antique store, deep sea fishing) and 1/2 mile from Stanley Bridge corner (gas station, community hall with musical entertainment each night, craft boutique, small grocery).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for information. Limited number of additional night rooms available. Call for reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for information. Limited number of additional night rooms available. Call for reservations.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

 Maritime Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: A quiet location open year round in the heart of downtown Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Maritime Inn Antigonish is an ideal base when exploring the Antigonish area or northern Nova Scotia - close to summer theatre, golf, parks, shopping and entertainment.
  Contact info: 158 Main Street
Antigonish,, NS  Canada
phone: 902-863-4001
web: www.MaritimeInns.com
  Facility amenities: Most rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet, dining room and meeting rooms, on-site, easy walk to park, shops, university.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Telegraph House
Type: Inn
  Description: Located in the heart Baddeck, this historic inn features a Victorian-style house with sitting room, library and restaurant as well as modern, attached motel units. Known for fine food and excellent service and Cape Breton hospitality.
  Contact info: 479 Chebucto St
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada
phone: 902-295-1100
web: www.lauries.com
  Room amenities: phone, cable tv, hairdryer,
  Facility amenities: Dining room, wireless Internet, library, decks with great view of Bras d' Or Lakes.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island. You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island. You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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 www.cbp.gov for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
On-site, free parking available at the Stanley Bridge Country Resort. Cars may be left safely while the program is in Nova Scotia.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Stanley Bridge, PEI
  Nearest city or town:  Kensington
  Nearest highway: Rte 6
  Nearest airport:  Charlottetown
  From End of Program
  Location: Stanley Bridge, PEI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charlottetown Airport ( YYG) to Stanley Bridge

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 902-566-6666 x6

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$56 total for cab split by # of passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Price may be reduced with additional passengers.

 
Driving Directions
  Charlottetown Airport: 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: From the province of New Brunswick, travel across the Confederation Bridge. (Note: bridge toll is only collected upon departure from Prince Edward Island). 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.)
  Ferry-Caribou, NS to Wood Islands, PE 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: Check-In/Orientation
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals to Stanley Bridge Country Resort. Check in after 3:00 pm
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00
 Dinner: Two restaurants are located on-site or participants may eat elsewhere prior to arrival at Stanley Bridge Country Resort. Please have dinner on own prior to 7:00 pm.
 Evening: Program orientation will be held at 7:00 pmin one of the meeting rooms at Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort

Day 2: Introduction to Prince Edward Island history/Seaside villages/ museum dedicated to local fishermen and farmers/Green Gables National Historic Site/Community Ceilidh
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on-site
 Morning: Be introduced to the history of Prince Edward Island by a favorite Road Scholar presenter. He will use humor and an engaging presentation style to showcase the unique place Canada's smallest province has had in Canadian history. Then you are off to Cavendish where a Parks Canada interpretive guide will explain and show you all there is to know about the Island's most beloved Green Gables National Historic site.
 Lunch: Lunch in the charming village of Cavendish
 Afternoon: Take a field trip to visit several seaside villages and to share in some of their stories.Experience the way of life of fishermen and farmers during an interpretive visit to a local museum. You'll then enjoy a bit of free time back at Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
 Dinner: Dinner will be enjoyed at a charming inn located in Kensington known for its great food and excellent service.
 Evening: Attend a community ceilidh (traditional music, dance, stories, songs)
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit to an Island farm/lunch and walking tour in historic Charlottetown/Province House National Historic Site.
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: Travel to an Island farm to learn about one of PEI's most important economies.
 Lunch: Lunch in downtown Charlottetown
 Afternoon: Site visits and walking tour in historic Charlottetown, the capitol of Prince Edward Island. Lectures include the relationship of Charlottetown to the British Crown and the significance of the city to Canadian Confederation. The walking tour will showcase the wharf area, various historic sites, architecture and you'll enjoy interesting stories along the way. You will also have a guided visit to Province House National Historic Site.The rest of the afternoon will be free time for you to explore the downtown on your own and to enjoy supper on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own in one of the many fine restaurants in downtown Charlottetown
 Evening: Free Evening at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Crossing Northumberland Strait on Confederation Bridge/Guided tour of history and natural history Bay of Fundy area/Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO Heritage site on Bay of Fundy/Travel to Antigonish
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Stanley Bridge Resort
 Morning: Departure from Stanley Bridge for Nova Scotia. Travel across the Northumberland Strait of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the world-famous Confederation Bridge. After a scenic stop at Cape Jourimain, the group will then travel to the Bay of Fundy with an expert historian and naturalist on the way to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site for a presentation and tour.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy in the cafe at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs site.
 Afternoon: The Joggins visit will conclude and then your naturalist and historian will guide the group back to the town of Amherst. The group will then travel to Antigonish, the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia".
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Free Evening in Antigonish
   
Accommodations: Maritime Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Antigonish/Cape Breton Island/lunch and tour at distillery of single malt whiskey/Gaelic College of Celtic Performing Arts
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Maritime Inn
 Morning: The morning will start off in the town of Antigonish. The history of the area will be presented at the Antigonish Heritage Museum followed by a tour of town including St Ninian's Cathedral which is a provincial heritage property with Romanesque architecture, and the campus of St Francis Xavier University. Travel on to Cape Breton Island with a stop at the Canso Strait. You'll learn about the incredible feat of building the Canso Causeway. Take a guided tour of North America's only single malt distillery located in the "highlands" of Cape Breton.
 Lunch: Enjoy a wonderful lunch in the beautiful Mabou highlands.
 Afternoon: From Mabou, you will head to the Gaelic College of Celtic Performing Arts for tours and demonstrations, then on to the lovely community of Baddeck on the Bras d'Or lakes for two nights.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Inn in Baddeck
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Telegraph House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site/Baddeck/History and culture of the Acadians in the beautiful coastal town of Cheticamp/Guided Cabot Trail tour and Cape Breton Highlands National Park/Cheticamp Rug-Hookers
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Telegraph House Inn
 Morning: Your morning starts in Baddeck where you will learn about the community's most famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell. Bell conducted considerable research in the Baddeck area and did many experiments and inventions here. A National Historic Site dedicated to Bell is always a highlight for Participants. You will then travel to the Acadian community of Cheticam on Northumberland Strait to enjoy a traditional Acadian meal.
 Lunch: Lunch in local Acadian restaurant
 Afternoon: A lecture, presentation and a visit to the historic Cheticamp church will enhance your knowledge of the Acadians of Cheticamp. The rest of the afternoon will be spent enjoying a guided tour along the Cabot Trail within Cape Breton Highlands National Park from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay.Experience the craftsmanship of the famous Cheticamp rug-hookers and learn about the culture of the area.
 Dinner: Dinner in Cheticamp
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Telegraph House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hector Heritage Quay to learn about arrival of Scots to Nova ScotiaCross by ferry to Prince Edward Island/tour of eastern PEI/traditional lobster supper
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Telegraph House Inn
 Morning: Travel back across the Canso Strait from Cape Breton onto mainland Nova Scotia to the town of Pictou. A Field trip and presentation at the Hector Heritage Quay will explain the significance of the port city of Pictou and the tiny ship Hector that brought the first Scottish settlers to the Canadian Maritimes.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on-board the ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island
 Afternoon: Cross by ferry from Nova Scotia back to Prince Edward Island. Travel back to Stanley Bridge with a guided field trip of Eastern PEI on your way from the ferry.
 Dinner: Traditional Lobster Supper (other options provided)
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided at Stanley Bridge Resort
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Independant departures.
   
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


Anne of Green Gables


Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery




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