19585
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. 19585RJ
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DAY
1
Arrivals and Welcome to Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
D
Holiday Inn By the Bay

Afternoon: 3:00-5:00 PM: Arrivals in Portland, ME, check into hotel Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the hotel lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. 5:30-6:30 PM: Program Orientation and Introductions Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Following orientation, start off this program the right way with a delicious lobster welcome dinner at your hotel!

Evening: Get acquainted with your fellow participants.

DAY
2
Old Port District Walking Field Trip
Portland, Maine
B,L
Holiday Inn By the Bay

Activity note: Walking on cobblestone and paved streets and standing on a guided visit, beginning at the hotel, through the Old Port district, with listening devices, for 1.5 hours over a total of approximately one mile.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local expert who will provide an overview of Portland's history. Originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by the Native Americans who first inhabited it, the Portland peninsula was established by the British in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement. Industry grew and Portland's waterfront became a mecca for shipping and trading companies. The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, aptly symbolizes Portland's legendary rebirth after the Great Fire of 1866 leveled the city for the fourth time. Almost completely rebuilt during the Victorian era, Portland has maintained much of its 19th century architecture and flavor. We’ll then depart the hotel for a walking field trip to the historic waterfront known as Old Port and learn why this is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Old Port district along Portland Harbor, we will have a plated meal, plus a soft drink and water.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Portland independently. Suggestions provided by your group leader.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Fresh seafood, farm to table, classic New England, the options are plentiful at Portland’s “foodie” scene.

Evening: At leisure. Go out to explore more of this charming small city at your own pace. Stroll down to the water and watch the boats venture in and out of the harbor or simply relax.

DAY
3
Historical Connections of New England and the Maritimes
Bucksport, Maine
B,L,D
Fort Knox Park Inn

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motor coach today is 120 miles. Walking and standing on unpaved terrain for one hour at the Maine Maritime Museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart Portland to view the oldest lighthouse in Maine, the Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth. We'll then continue up Maine’s scenic coastline, to Bath, renowned for shipbuilding since 1743. More than 5,000 vessels have been launched in the area, which at one time had more than 200 shipbuilding firms. At the Maine Maritime Museum, learn how Bath became the nation's fifth largest seaport by the mid-19th century, producing clipper ships that sailed to ports around the world.

Lunch: At the Maine Maritime Museum, we'll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Continue to “Downeast Maine” where you will stop en route to visit the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory at historic Fort Knox. Experience the thrill of the tallest bridge observatory in the world! After, we will head to the second hotel to check in.

Dinner: In a local restaurant across the street from your hotel.

Evening: Enjoy the water views from your balcony or stroll along the river.

DAY
4
Castine and The Settlement of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
B,L,D
St. Andrews Motor Inn

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 165 miles. Cross the border into Canada at Calais, Maine. Time moves ahead one hour to Atlantic time. Standing and walking on paved terrain with some small inclines, up to 1 mile over 1.5 hours on the visit of Castine.

Breakfast: In a local restaurant across the street from your hotel.

Morning: Depart to Castine, one of the oldest communities in North America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its 18th century architecture. Begin with a lecture at the Castine Historical Society and then take a step back in time on an exploration of this iconic New England coastal village on a self-guided walk.

Lunch: In a cafe near Castine's waterfront.

Afternoon: Depart Castine and drive to the border in Calais, Maine. Cross the Canadian border and continue to St. Andrews.

Dinner: Enjoy the hospitality of town residents by sharing in a typical Martime Saturday evening meal prepared by a local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy a lecture from a local historican Jeannie Stinson, whose family left the Thirteen Colonies in 1783 to take up residence in a new colony, then called Nova Scotia, later to break away to create the colony and eventually the province of New Brunswick, the “picture province” of Canada. She spins a “little fact, a little fiction” into the story of her home town, recognizing that Saint Andrews’ story is a microcosm of the story of Canada but also recognizes the interconnectedness of the story of the United States with that of Canada.

DAY
5
The Bay of Fundy Tides
Hopewell Cape, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Hopewell Rocks Motel & Country Inn

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 178 miles. Standing and walking on paved paths in Kingsbrae Botanical Gardens.*Day 5 & 6 schedule may be adjusted based on tides at Hopewell Rocks, depending on tides we may see the Rocks at low tide and high tide or only low tide*

Breakfast: In a nearby inn.

Morning: Explore St. Andrews more expansively on a guided walk with a local expert who will introduce you to some of the places you heard about the night before. Conclude at Kingsbrae Gardens, one of North America’s premier botanical gardens. Enjoy a guided visit of the 27-acre horticultural masterpiece that is home to over 2,500 species of perennials, as well as, a wide variety of trees and shrubs. You may also discover exotic species around the site. Keep your eyes peeled for peacocks, pygmy goats, alpacas and Canada's first Jurassic living fossil Wollemi pine!

Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch meal with a choice of juice, soft drink, tea, coffee, or iced tea at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Head up the coast of New Brunswick to experience the Bay of Fundy’s phenomenal tidal changes at Hopewell Rocks, walk on the ocean floor with a naturalist, around the towering “flower pots”.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Prince Edward Island and Green Gables Heritage Place
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
B,L
Rodd Charlottetown

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 125 miles. Descend stairs to sea floor. Walk and stand on packed sand for approximately 1 hour on a guided walk of Hopewell Rocks. Walking on unpaved terrain on self-guided visit of Green Gables. Stairs are unavoidable to access the second floor of the house.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Return to Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Center to learn about the Bay of Fundy Tides, and view the bay during high tide. Depart to Prince Edward Island.

Lunch: At the Iceboat Landing Restaurant at Cape Jourimain Nature Centre you will have the choice of a full sandwich on home made bread, dessert, coffee, tea, water or lemonade. You may wish to climb up the observation tower stairs for an encompassing view of the Bay of Fundy and the Confederation Bridge.

Afternoon: Cross the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. Since 1997, the bridge has joined the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Its eight miles in length extends to form the longest bridge in the world to cross ice-covered waters! Once on PEI, we'll make our way across the province to stop at Green Gables Heritage Place. This National Historic Site is an inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous tale, “Anne of Green Gables”. Here you will learn about Canada's most loved fictional character and relive her youthful adventures and shenanigans within the memory-filled rooms of her Victorian home. Later, we will continue southeast to Charlottetown, the largest city on and the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Explore Charlottetown's local fare with suggestions provided by your group leader.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
History of PEI
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
B,L
Rodd Charlottetown

Activity note: Walking up to ½ Mile & standing on paved side walks, stopping at historic sites during walking tour.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning you will visit the Beaconsfield Carriage House. This home, built in 1877 is the perfect example of the Victorian architecture of the time. with many of it's original features still in fact, see what home life was like on PEI in the 19th century. Afterwards, we will continue to explore Charlottetown with a guided walking tour of Great George Street. One of only two national historic streets in Canada, a costumed historical interpreter will lead us through history up to the Province House National Historic Site.

Lunch: Enjoy the products of Prince Edward Island, featuring your choice of fresh mussels, island-raised sliced roast turkey or fresh vegetarian selection.

Afternoon: Experience North Rustico, a small fishing community on the north shore of PEI. Norman Peters, also known as, the Bearded Skipper, will host you at the Rustico Harbour Fisheries Museum. As a lobsterman since the 1960s, Bearded Skipper will guide you through history telling tales of fishing traditions and how the industry has evolved over the years. There will be free time for you to explore Rustico. You may want to stroll the picturesque boardwalk in the tiny village of North Rustico. Later, we'll head back to Charlottetown for an evening on your own.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
From PEI to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Gisele's Inn

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 280 miles. 75-minute ferry crossing. Walking and standing at Hector Quay Museum, including walking aboard a docked tall ship, for 1 hour.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Travel across Prince Edward Island to take the ferry to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, whales or dolphins along the way!

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn the story of the Scottish settlement at Hector Quay and aboard the docked replica of the Ship Hector. The Hector, a three-masted cargo vessel, was the first ship to directly transport passengers from Scotland to Nova Scotia. This historic voyage marked the beginning of a massive wave of immigration that would shape the future of North America and gave Pictou the honor of being called “the birthplace of New Scotland”. A two and a half hour motor coach ride will bring us into Baddeck, on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, on Cape Breton Island. We will check in to the sixth hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
The Beauty of the Cabot Trail
Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Gisele's Inn

Activity note: The Cabot Trail drive is 189 miles, with frequent stops that include short walks and visits.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today is spent exploring the gorgeous coastal views and tiny villages of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail. Since the completion of the initial route in 1932, the Cabot Trail has served as one of Canada's most famous drives and encompasses many cultural heritage sites, scenic overlooks and whale watching hiking trails. We stop at les Trois Pignons for an expert-led visit of the Museum of Antiques, which depicts the early life of Acadian ancestors who settled in the village of Cheticamp over 200 years ago. We also see the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery of Hooked Tapestries at this site.

Lunch: Box lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue along the Cabot Trail.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
10
Alexander Graham Bell Museum and on to Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L
Delta Barrington or Delta Halifax

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motor coach today is 218 miles. Walking and standing on self-guided visit at Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site Museum. Ramp is available to access second floor.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Visit National Historic Site, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which contains the largest collection of Bell’s artifacts and inventions. Bell is well remembered for the telephone, but he worked on many different inventions throughout his lifetime. He first came to Baddeck in 1885 and returned a year later to establish a vacation home for his family. When Bell arrived to Baddeck, he had plenty of free time, due to his success of patenting the first telephone in the United States, and was able to delve into other areas of expertise like marine engineering, medicine, aeronautics and space-frame construction. Discover how Bell had a significant impact on Baddeck's economy during his time spent at Beinn Bhreagh.

Lunch: In a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: After lunch we continue to Halifax to check in to the seventh hotel on your journey.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Peggy's Cove and Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L
Delta Barrington or Delta Halifax

Activity note: Walking and standing on unpaved terrain and rock at Peggy’s Cove on a self-guided exploration. Walking and standing for short distances during the visit of Halifax. Walking and standing for 1 hour at the Museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Explore the picturesque, rocky coast of Nova Scotia on an excursion to Peggy’s Cove. This small community, known for its iconic light house, brings in hundreds of artists and photographers every year to capture this village's authentic beauty.

Lunch: In a local restaurant. This is an opportunity to try a Canadian specialty: poutine.

Afternoon: On a guided visit of Halifax, view the graves of those lost on the Titanic, learn the importance of the Citadel in the city’s origins and stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Learn the ties between Halifax and New England. At the Pier 21 Immigration Museum, learn of the city’s importance as the gateway to Canada as the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Nova Scotia's Acadian History
St. John, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: The total mileage traveled by motor coach today is 195 miles. Walking, standing on grass and sitting for up to one hour on a self-guided visit of Grand Pre. Two-hour ferry crossing.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart Halifax to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site to learn about the fate of the Acadians. Made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem "Evangeline," explore this vibrant site filled with multimedia presentations to learn more about the life of the 17th & 18th centuary Acadians.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: En route to the ferry we stop at the Annapolis Royal Visitor Center to explore the tidal stations and power station. Cross the Bay of Fundy on the ferry to St. John, arriving early evening.

Dinner: On board the ferry.

DAY
13
St. John, New Brunswick
Bar Harbor, Maine
B,L
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

Activity note: Guided visit of St. John. The total mileage traveled by motor coach today is 173 miles. Cross the border from Canada to the U.S. at Calais, Maine. Move back one hour to Eastern Standard Time.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Discover St. John on a guided visit with local author and folklorist, David Goss. The only city on the Bay of Fundy, explore what's booming from bands on the boardwalk to contemporary fine dining, and, of course, the magnificent tides. Depart to the Canadian-USA border.

Lunch: Lunch at a local favorite.

Afternoon: Continue to picturesque Bar Harbor. Home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor is internationally known for its natural beauty.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare. Suggestions will be provided by your group leader.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, Maine
B,L,D
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

Activity note: Full-day motorcoach exploration of Acadia National Park with frequent stops and short walks.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Discover Acadia National Park on a full-day field-trip. The oldest American National Park east of the Mississippi River was established in 1916 in congruence with the National Park Service. Today, the park protects more than 47,000 acres of Maine's beauty. Celebrate the park's 100th birthday by viewing some of the nation's most beautiful mountains, shorelines, and lakes.

Lunch: At the famous Jordan Pond Restaurant, enjoy their renowned hot popovers.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Acadia National Park.

Dinner: Celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner, featuring Maine Lobster.

Evening: Farewell wrap up of our program.

DAY
15
Departures from Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
B

Activity note: The transfer from Bar Harbor to Portland International Jetport is 170 miles, and takes approximately 4 hours with one rest stop.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart to Portland International Jetport, arriving at approximately 12:30. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m. The bus will also drop off at the Portland Transportation Center, following the Holiday Inn by the Bay (first hotel of program).