Maine & Canadian Maritimes

On the Road: New England and the Canadian Maritimes

From Portland, Maine to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, explore unique ecosystems, maritime history, idyllic villages and world-famous cuisine with local experts.
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Program No. 19585BFT
15 days
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15 days
14 nights
35 meals
14B 13L 8D
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At a Glance

On this cross-border adventure, discover the bustling cities, serene harbors and beautiful wild spaces of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes — learning about the connections between them. En route to Canada, stop in Maine towns such as historic and eclectic Castine. Experience the wild beauty of the Cabot Trail and Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia as well as the Bay of Fundy tides and fabled Hopewell Rocks. In Acadia National Park, breathe in the crisp air while taking in the lush, untainted landscape. Discover why this corner of the world is like no other, all while enjoying unique accommodations and local delicacies such as lobster and mussels!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Climbing a few flights of stairs, standing for up to one hour, walking on paved and unpaved surfaces up to two miles over the course of the day. Getting on and off coach.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Examine the world's highest tides with naturalists on the Bay of Fundy.
  • Delve into the historic beginnings of the cities of Portland, Saint John, Charlottetown and Halifax.
  • Explore the Cabot Trail, looking for vast wildlife among the dense forests that meet with the ocean coast.

General Notes

This is an On the Road program that stays at nine different hotels, traveling about 1,500 miles over fifteen days. We try our best to explore each individual area as best we can and allow for plenty of stops. Please be aware that bus time is crucial and travel may take up to a few hours at a time.
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Seth Goldstein
Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed a love for New England maritime history. He received his B.A. in history from The University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s in world history from Northeastern University. He teaches history at Southern Maine Community College. Seth has also worked with Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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.
Down East, A Maritime History of Maine
by Lincoln Paine
Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history.
Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada
by Andrew Hempstead
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.
The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History
by Harry Thurston
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.
Historic Acadia National Park, The Stories Behind One of America's Great Treasures
by Catherine Schmitt
In a vibrant collection of true tales, Schmitt sketches the entire history of Acadia National Park, from its glacial origins to the first tourist flocks that descended on Bar Harbor.
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
by Colin Woodard
A fascinating cultural history of coastal Maine as seen through the lobstering industry.
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
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.
Island, The Complete Stories
by Alistair MacLeod
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.

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