Road Scholar : Home
History & Culture of the Canadian Maritimes

Program Number: 3788RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/10/2015 - 6/20/2015; 8/5/2015 - 8/15/2015; 8/19/2015 - 8/29/2015; 8/26/2015 - 9/5/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/19/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/26/2015; 6/20/2016 - 6/30/2016; 7/11/2016 - 7/21/2016; 7/25/2016 - 8/4/2016; 8/1/2016 - 8/11/2016; 8/15/2016 - 8/25/2016; 8/29/2016 - 9/8/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/15/2016; 9/12/2016 - 9/22/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Price starting at: $2,545.00 - 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; Low Fat; Low Salt    

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.
• Step back in time to 1744 at the Fortress of Louisbourg; learn about the battle between the French and the English for control of North America.
• Enjoy local delicacies such as lobster and mussels; and revel in East Coast traditional music and entertainment at a local Ceilidh.



Activity Particulars

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




Date Specific Information

6-10-2015, 8-5-2015, 8-19-2015, 8-26-2015, 9-9-2015, 9-16-2015, 6-20-2016, 7-11-2016, 7-25-2016, 8-1-2016, 8-15-2016, 8-29-2016, 9-5-2016, 9-12-2016

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



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Halifax, 2 nights; coach to Baddeck, 3 nights; coach to Charlottetown, 2 nights; coach to Saint John, 2 nights, coach to Halifax, 1 night; 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. 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.
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 2 nights
   Silver Dart Lodge
  Baddeck, Nova Scotia 3 nights
   Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 2 nights
   Delta Brunswick
  Saint John, New Brunswick 2 nights
   Atlantica Hotel Halifax
  Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 night
 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: Contact hotel directly. Contact the Atlantica hotel directly for availability. Toll Free: 1-888-810-7288 or email reservations@atlanticahalifax.com
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel directly. Contact the Atlantica hotel directly for availability. Toll Free: 1-888-810-7288 or email reservations@atlanticahalifax.com
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Silver Dart Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Silver Dart Lodge is conveniently located on 90 acres of nature, just on the outskirts of the bustling village of Baddeck, at the beginning and end of the famed Cabot Trail. Toll Free: 888-662-7484
  Contact info: 257 Shore Road
Baddeck, NS B0E 1BO Canada
phone: 902-295-2340
web: www.maritimeinns.com/en/home/silverdartlodge/default.aspx
  Room amenities: Cable TV, telephone, free Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: Our onsite amenities include a gift shop, heated swimming pool, fitness centre, private beach, walking trails, lakeside gazebo, McCurdy's Dining Room, Observation Deck Lounge, and best of all - a gorgeous view of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. Whether you want to sit and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery or get active and take a hike on the walking trails, kayak on the lakes, or tour around the Cabot Trail, we're sure your stay at Silver Dart Lodge will be most enjoyable.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Type: Inn
  Description: The Quality Inn & Suites Downtown is ideally located in the centre of Prince Edward Island, just a 10 minute walk to the historic Charlottetown waterfront. This Charlottetown hotel provides easy access to many local attractions, including the Confederation Centre of the Arts (Centre des Arts de la Confédération), Jean Canfield, Information Technology Centre, University of Prince Edward Island, Province House National Historic Site of Canada and the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre. Nearby, the Charlottetown Boardwalk meanders along the shoreline, allowing visitors to stroll along its pathways, relax on a park bench or enjoy a picnic on the water.
  Contact info: 150 Euston Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1W5 Canada
phone: 902-894-8572
web: www.choicehotels.ca/en/quality-inn-&-suites-downtown-charlottetown-hotel-cn669
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed wireless internet, cable television, air conditioning, refrigerator, microwave, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker.
  Facility amenities: On site restaurant and lounge, business centre, free weekday newspaper. Free coffee and tea is available in the lobby. Room service available. Complimentary passes to the CARI Facility, which features two swimming pools and waterslide, hot tub and a fitness centre.
  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 6:00 p.m. at the hotel. 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. Independent departures from Halifax after breakfast. Hotel check-out is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Atlantica Hotel Halifax the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Airport terminal - CAD$70 per week - call 902-873-1423 or contact the hotel for parking information.
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
 

Airport Transfers

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Travel Services
phone: 800-241-1404

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included if flights are booked through Road Scholar Travel Services
Prices are subject to change.

   

Participants who booked their air through Road Scholar Travel Services will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers. Please refer to your Road Scholar Travel Services Travel Packet sent 3 weeks prior to program departure for your finalized transfer information. If you have questions about the transfers, and you booked your flights through Road Scholar Travel Services please contact them at 1-800-241-1404 or by email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org

 

Halifax

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maritime Bus - Airport Express Shuttle Service
phone: 800-350-6945
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$22 pp
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

Maritime Bus offers daily scheduled transportation form the Halifax Airport to the hotel on our Airport Express Shuttle Service. We are a reliable, dependable, affordable alternative to taxis or public transit. Make a reservation with us online, by calling 1.800.350.6945, or at the Ground Transportation Booth at the Halifax Airport. We offer one-way fares at $22/person tax included, or return-trip at $40/person tax included (we accept Visa and MasterCard only). Reservations are required.

 

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
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:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maritime Bus - Airport Express Shuttle Service
phone: 800-350-6945
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$22 CAD
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

Maritime Bus offers daily scheduled transportation to the Halifax Airport on our Airport Express Shuttle Service. We are a reliable, dependable, affordable alternative to taxis or public transit. Make a reservation with us online, by calling 1.800.350.6945, or at the Ground Transportation Booth at the Halifax Airport. We offer one-way fares at $22/person tax included, or return-trip at $40/person tax included (we accept Visa and MasterCard only). Reservations are required.

 

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 (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/Dartmouth/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
(Wednesday, June 10)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Halifax, NS in the afternoon. Check-in is available after 3:00 p.m. Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the hotel to register and get your welcome packet; or pick up your package at the front desk if you arrive after 5:00 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: Dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Following dinner you will meet for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.
   
Accommodations: Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Lunenburg/Peggy's Cove/Introduction to Nova Scotia
(Thursday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for the South Shore to explore Lunenburg's narrow streets on foot; 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.
 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: Dinner at a local restaurant in Halifax.
 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: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Hector Heritage Quay/Baddeck/Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
(Friday, June 12)

Note: Coach from Pictou to Baddeck approximately 3 - 3.5 hours, with stops and interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We check-out of the hotel and set out for Cape Breton. 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 to Cape Breton.
 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Rest at your hotel or explore the area on your own.
   
Accommodations: Silver Dart Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Acadian Culture/Rug Hooking Demonstration/Cape Breton Highlands National Park
(Saturday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park as you journey through this spectacularly scenic area. Our local expert will provide a presentation on the Acadians of Cape Breton and interpretation along the way. 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.
 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.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: After lunch we go for a leisurely guided walk in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional lobster supper in Baddeck.
   
Accommodations: Silver Dart Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site
(Sunday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore The Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, a breathtaking 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 Hotel de la Marine. Enjoy a meal as the inhabitants would in 1744 featuring 18th century cuisine.
 Afternoon: Field trip at the Fortress continues. The fortress is alive with animators in full costume and character. Visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, or explore the King's Bastion Barracks, the largest building on site and one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. Stroll through the fortress streets amongst the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens. Return to Baddeck late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Silver Dart Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ferry to Prince Edward Island/Introduction to PEI/Walking Historic Charlottetown/PEI History, Culture and People
(Monday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel in Baddeck.
 Morning: We check-out of the hotel and travel by coach to catch the ferry to Prince Edward Island. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant en route.
 Afternoon: A local historian will guide you on a walking exploration of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. Visit Beaconsfield Historic House with its mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. Learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. Hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic properties as you continue along Great George Street and visit St. Dunstan Cathedral as well as location for the last public hanging in the city. Learn about the high-profile people of the city, the prosperity and bust of its merchants, and of course the Fathers of Confederation.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Green Gables National Historic Site/Dalvay-by-the-Sea/Prince Edward Island National Park/Traditional Kitchen Party
(Tuesday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 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.
 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 time to walk along the beach.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: This evening we will take part in a traditional Kitchen Party at King's Playhouse, located in historic Georgetown. The Playhouse has been bringing laughter, music and entertainment to Eastern PEI for over 120 years.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hopewell Rocks/Fundy National Park
(Wednesday, June 17)

Note: You will encounter a few flights of stairs to access the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge. The bridge joins these two eastern Canadian provinces, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.


An expert will discuss the significance of the Bay of Fundy and coastal New Brunswick at Hopewell Rocks. 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: Embark on a 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 9: Legacy of Loyalists and Shipbuilders/Quaco Museum/St. Martins Sea Caves and Tidal Harbor/Fundy Trail
(Thursday, June 18)

Note: During your morning field trip to St. Martins you will experience rocky, pebble-like terrain.



   
 Breakfast: 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.


See the sea caves and tidal harbor in St. Martins, followed by a historic walk of the village. 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: A second presentation explains the Bay of Fundy Tides, the highest in the world. Then explore the Fundy Trail with your local guide. The Fundy Trail opens up previously unreachable areas of the Bay of Fundy coastline. Skirting cliff tops above the world’s highest tides, it offers stunning ocean views above the caves of St. Martins to the deep pools and rapids of Big Salmon River.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Following dinner, return to Saint John.
   
Accommodations: Delta Brunswick
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Coach to Halifax/Citadel National Historic Site
(Friday, June 19)

Note: Coach to Halifax approximately 4.5 hours; rest and lunch stops en route.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we leave New Brunswick behind and make our way back to Halifax.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own en route to Halifax. Stops along the way will be provided.
 Afternoon: Explore the grounds of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Program Concludes/Departure
(Saturday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel at 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 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage than the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. From small craft boatbuilding to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic to the Halifax Explosion, you’ll discover the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea. For additional information, visit www.museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew/en/home/default.aspx
  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
  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


A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife


Author: Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)


Description: A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.



A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.



Anne of Green Gables


Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery


Description: This Norton Critical Edition of the immensely popular 1908 novel includes excerpts from Montgomery's journals, letters and juvenilia, as well as selections by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Louisa May Alcott.



Anne of the Island


Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery


Description: Eighteen-year-old Anne leaves P.E.I. for college in Kingsport in this third heartwarming book about red-haired Anne Shirley.



Atlantic


Author: Simon Winchester


Description: The subtitle tells it all -- Winchester squeezes "Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale.



Bradt Guide Nova Scotia


Author: David Orkin


Description: A comprehensive guide in the growing series by Bradt, noteworthy for its focus on culture, nature and responsible travel, with plenty of practical travel details.



Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, With New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador


Author: Inc. (EDT) Fodor's Travel Publications (Editor)


Description: With its many photographs, great introductory chapters and practical travel information, this book is an excellent overview of northeast Canada and its attractions for visitors. Featuring separate sections on suggested places to visit, recommended walks, practical information, descriptions of restaurants and hotels, ratings of sights and a chronology of historic events.



Four Fish


Author: Paul Greenberg


Description: New York Times journalist Paul Greenberg interviewed producers, fisherman and conservationists from across the globe for this eyewitness report on the past and future of wild fish, offering sensible alternatives to our current unsustainable interest in eating mostly sea bass, cod, salmon and tuna.



Island, The Complete Stories


Author: Alistair MacLeod


Description: Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/Malamud Award.



Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


Author: Karla Zimmerman


Description: This handy, 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.



Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada


Author: Andrew Hempstead


Description: 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.



National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


Author: Jon Dunn


Description: This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.



No Great Mischief


Author: Alistair MacLeod


Description: A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada.



Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Map


Author: ITMB


Description: This provincial map (1:400,000) includes Prince Edward Island and adjacent New Brunswick.



The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History


Author: Harry Thurston


Description: Thurston illuminates the geology, plant and animal life and nature of the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras in this illustrated, engaging survey.



The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland


Author: Jim Defede


Description: When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers.



The Grey Seas Under


Author: Farley Mowat


Description: Mowat captures the drama and courage of the men of the famous Foundation Franklin, an ocean-going tug involved in dozens of rescues at sea between 1930 and 1948.



The Ice Bridge


Author: D. R. Macdonald


Description: MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990



The Whale


Author: Philip Hoare


Description: A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.



Why I Hate Canadians


Author: Will Ferguson


Description: This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.





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