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

Program Number: 13894RJ
Start and End Dates:
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: $1,845.00 - 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, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

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
   Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
  Summerside, Prince Edward Island 3 nights
   Maritime Inn
  Antigonish, Nova Scotia 1 night
   Telegraph House
  Baddeck, NS 2 nights
   Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
  Summerside, Prince Edward Island 1 night
 Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: With only 94 rooms and beautiful indoor courtyards, the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf is small enough to provide guests with a degree of intimacy, attentiveness and comfort that would be impossible to find in one of the Island’s larger hotels. Just across the street from the hotel, guests can experience a taste of Celtic culture at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts. Just down the street, guests can enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances at the Harbourfront Theatre or strolls along the waterfront boardwalk.
  Contact info: 618 Water St. East
Summerside, PE C1N 2V5 Canada
phone: 902-436-2295 xor8002655551
web: www.qualityinnpei.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are non-smoking. Flat screen TV, DVD player, pillow-top mattresses, iron/ironing board, free high speed internet, free local calls, hairdryer, daily newspaper.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor and outdoor pool, 9 hole par-3 waterfront golf course (free golf, clubs available for free use), indoor exercise/fitness room. On-site meeting rooms (new in 2013) and on-site lovely breakfast room serving hot and cold breakfast items. Adjacent restaurant. The hotel provides copy and fax service. An ATM is available next door to the hotel at the Brother's Two Restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact Hotel Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact Hotel Contact the hotel for availability and reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 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:
7:00 pm in Meeting Room. You will be staying at Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am check out (following breakfast at hotel) You will be staying at Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf 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 Quality Inn. Cars may be left safely while the program is in Nova Scotia.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Summerside, Prince Edward Island
  Nearest city or town:  Summerside, Prince Edward Island
  Nearest highway: Rte #1 (Trans Canada Hwy), Water St.
  Nearest airport:  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  From End of Program
  Location: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Summerside

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 902-566-6666

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$97 total for cab split by # of passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

Price may be reduced with additional passengers.

 
Driving Directions
  Charlottetown Airport: Upon exiting the airport, take the traffic circle left onto Brackley Pt. Rd (rte 15) Bear right onto theTrans Canada Hwy/perimeter hwy west toward Summerside. The Trans Canada becomes Rte 1 just outside Charlottetown. In Albany, use PE 1A North (this is still theTrans Canada Hwy). Follow all signs to Summerside. At traffic light in Summerside, bear left onto Water St/Rte 11. The Quality Inn is 2.3 km from the traffic light. It will be on your left across the street from the College of Piping.
  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. At the traffic light upon entering Summerside, bear left onto Water St./Rte 11. The Quality Inn is 2.3 km from the traffic light. It will be on your left across the street from the College of Piping.
  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. Continue on the Trans Canada/perimeter rd through Charlottetown and head west toward Summerside. In Albany, use PE 1A North (this is still theTrans Canada Hwy). Follow all signs to Summerside. At traffic light in Summerside, bear left onto Water St/Rte 11. The Quality Inn is 2.3 km from the traffic light. It will be on your left across the street from the College of Piping.
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 21)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals to Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf in Summerside after 3:00 pm. After checking into your room, enjoy a walk, a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool or some exercise in the on-site exercise room.
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00
 Dinner: Due to the fact that many flights into Prince Edward Island arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, we do not schedule a formal "welcome dinner". However, we will have some snacks and dessert available during orientation. Please plan to have dinner on own prior to 7:00 pm orientation or plan to eat afterward (The Brothers Two Restaurant is located next door to the hotel).
 Evening: Program orientation will be held at 7:00 pm in one of the meeting rooms at the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf. At orientation, you will receive your name tag, detailed program itinerary, a list of participants, area maps, etc. You will meet your Road Scholar program staff along with all the other program participants. You will also receive specific program information regarding hotels, restaurants, transportation, site description, policies, etc.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf

Day 2: Introduction to Prince Edward Island /Guided Tour of Summerside/Green Gables National Historic Site/Seaside Villages/Community Ceilidh
(Monday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: An introduction to Prince Edward Island with a local historian. He will use humor and an engaging presentation style to showcase the unique place Canada's smallest province has in Canadian history. Depart for Cavendish where a Parks Canada interpretive guide will walk us through the Island's most beloved Green Gables National Historic site.
 Lunch: Lunch in the charming village of Cavendish at a lovely inn. The owner of the inn is also a Culinary Institute chef and his meals are always a hit.
 Afternoon: A field trip to visit several seaside villages and share in some of their stories.Experience the way of life of fishermen and farmers during an interpretive visit to a local museum. Enjoy a bit of free time back at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner 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: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Island Farm/Historic Charlottetown/Province House National Historic Site/Lobster Supper
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Travel to an Island farm to learn about one of PEI's most important economies.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own in downtown Charlottetown. A Cow's Ice Cream cone is on us for dessert!
 Afternoon: Start the afternoon with some free time. Explore the Confederation Centre of the Arts or walk down Victoria row and find unique Island crafts. You might also like to walk along the waterfront or enjoy shopping in one of the boutiques. Explore historic Charlottetown, the capitol of Prince Edward Island, on a walking tour. 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 and explore the Victoria Park area of the city. The group will then travel to the seaside community of Rustico where lobster boats, a waterfront boardwalk, quaint homes and lovely views will be on the menu.
 Dinner: Experience a famous Prince Edward Island Lobster supper. (non-seafood options available)
 Evening: Free Evening upon your return to Summerside
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Confederation Bridge/Bay of Fundy/Joggins Fossil Cliffs/Antigonish
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Departure from Summerside for Nova Scotia. Travel across the Northumberland Strait of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the world-famous Confederation Bridge. After a scenic stop to view the bridge, we'll travel with an expert historian and naturalist to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site for a presentation and tour. Learn about this unique area located along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Presentations and a guided walk will showcase the incredible fossils found here along the cliffs.
 Lunch: Lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy in the cafe at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs site.
 Afternoon: The Joggins visit will continue after lunch. We'll travel with our naturalist and historian guide to the town of Amherst and onwards to Antigonish, the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia". Visit the Antigonish Heritage Museum which is housed in the former Inter-Colonial Railway station. Built in 1908, the museum features exhibits depicting and promoting the cultural heritage of Antigonish.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Free Evening in Antigonish. The hotel is located in a great area for walking and near St. Francis Xavier University (STFX)
   
Accommodations: Maritime Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cape Breton/Whiskey Distelllery/Cheticamp/Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Maritime Inn
 Morning: Depart Antigonish and travel on to Cape Breton Island with a stop at the Canso Strait. 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 beautiful "highlands" of Cape Breton.
 Lunch: Enjoy a wonderful lunch in the beautiful Mabou highlands at the Glenora Inn and Distillery. This meal always receives rave reviews from Road Scholar participants.
 Afternoon: From Mabou, we continue up the west coast of Cape Breton Island to the Acadian community of Cheticamp. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Cabot Trail within Cape Breton Highlands National Park from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay.Learn about the famous rug hookers of Cheticamp (and view them in action) on a visit to Les Trois Pignons, the Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the Acadian community of Cheticamp. Always great seafood!
 Evening: After dinner we travel to Baddeck where we spend the next two nights.
   
Accommodations: Telegraph House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site /Gaelic College
(Friday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Telegraph House Inn
 Morning: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day. Relax at the hotel, take a walk, do some shopping or sit and view the scenery in the lovely town of Baddeck, located on the Bras d Or Lakes. In the late morning learn about Baddeck's most famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell. Bell conducted considerable research in the Baddeck area and did many experiments and inventions here. We visit a National Historic Site dedicated to Bell.
 Lunch: Lunch in Baddeck
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Gaelic College, an educational institution offering year-round programming in the culture, music, language, crafts, customs, and traditions of the immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. The visit to the College is always a highlight of this Road Scholar program. Experience the crafts, music, history and culture.
 Dinner: Dinner at Telegraph House, known for outstanding meals.
 Evening: Free Evening....optional ceilidh (musical event) in Baddeck.
   
Accommodations: Telegraph House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hector Heritage Quay /Ferry to Prince Edward Island/EasternPEI/Prince Edward Island National Park
(Saturday, June 27)
   
 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: Lunch is on-board the ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island
 Afternoon: Cross by ferry from Nova Scotia back to Prince Edward Island. Enjoy a guided field trip of Eastern Prince Edward Island and PEI National Park on your way from the ferry. Take a walk on the beach and marvel at the iconic views of the coastline, Covehead lighthouse, and Dalvay by the Sea.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Summerside
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures
(Sunday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided at the hotel.
 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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