22388
Nova Scotia
Exploring Maritime Canada, from Southern Nova Scotia to Campobello Island
Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of Maritime Canada, from historic communities and coastal cuisine to inspired architecture and Revolutionary intrigue —this place has it all.
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Program No. 22388RJ
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12 days
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12 days
11 nights
30 meals
11 B 9 L 10 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Halifax, Nova Scotia
D
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrive to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Program Registration 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to meet the Group Leader and register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Intro to Nova Scotia, City Exploration, Maritime Museum
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 20 miles, about 2 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local historian for a presentation on the history of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax. We’ll then depart by motorcoach for an expert-led exploration of the city of Halifax including the Citadel and “Titanic” cemetery. We’ll visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a field trip with local experts including a presentation on the maritime history of Atlantic Canada. The museum is Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum, first created by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a place where the nation’s naval past could be preserved. We’ll learn about the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, and World War II convoys. The museum also tells the story of famous historical events such as "The Battle of the Atlantic," the Halifax explosion of 1917, Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the “Titanic” disaster, various shipwrecks and more.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in Halifax.

Dinner: On own in Halifax.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Pier 21, Farmer's Market, Peggy's Cove, Oak Island
Chester, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles, about 2 hours, on pavement, boardwalks, some uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Morning: Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada through Pier 21. This was the entry point for one in five Canadians between 1928 and 1971. At the Museum of Immigration, discover how different waves of immigration have impacted our global tastes and pastimes. You may also want to take some time to visit the history centre, a free reference service to help you trace your own family's immigration story.

Lunch: At a local waterfront restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we leave Halifax and head for Peggy's Cove. 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. Continue to Chester and the hotel.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Lunenburg Walk, Mahone Bay
Chester, Nova Scotia
B,D
Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 70 miles, about 2 hours. Walking 2 miles, pavement, boardwalk, some uneven terrain. Use caution near the shoreline at Peggy’s Cove.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we depart for Lunenburg. We’ll explore Lunenburg's narrow streets on foot with a local expert, visiting its historic churches and examining the Victorian architecture of the Old Town, the first British colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside Halifax.

Lunch: On own in Lunenburg.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit Mahone Bay and see some of the galleries and art works from the area.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure. Take advantage of the on-site amenities such as kayaks, bikes and beach.

DAY
5
Ferry to Saint John, Transfer to Campobello, Head Harbor
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Getting on/off ferry. Ferry ride is about 2.5 hours. Docks may be slippery. Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 100 miles, about 2 hours. Walking approximately 1 mile, around 1 hour, on some uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We depart for Digby to catch the ferry to Saint John.

Lunch: Lunch on the ferry.

Afternoon: Arrive Saint John, New Brunswick and board a coach for Campobello Island, with a stop in St. Andrews.

Dinner: Dinner at Prince Cottage.

Evening: A local expert will deliver an evening presentation with video focusing on the restoration of Head Harbor Light, one of the oldest light stations in Canada established in 1829. The station sits on a rocky outcrop on the north of Campobello Island. It is one of the oldest wooden towers in Canada, and a major key to navigating the Bay of Fundy.

DAY
6
Campobello Library & Museum, Whale Watching or Free Time
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Walking 1 mile, about 1.5 hours. Getting on/off whale watching boat, cruising approximately 30 miles over 2.5 hours on board. The group will be divided for the whale watching activity, with free time either Day 9 afternoon, or Day 10 morning.

Breakfast: At one of the cottages in the park, we will enjoy our breakfast.

Morning: The Campobello Public Library and Museum evokes the memories of bygone days, from its construction over a century ago. We will discover why FDR called Campobello his “beloved island” during a presentation at the island’s library and museum by the museum’s historian. We’ll also learn how this became the 19th-century summer retreat of well-to-do families like the Roosevelts. The museum houses many other links to the past, such as the Owen Carriage and a dining room table once owned and used by Captain William Owen himself.

Lunch: On Campobello Island.

Afternoon: One half of our group will then head out into the Bay of Fundy by boat to look for whales. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for minke, finback, humpback, and the endangered North Atlantic right whales as we enjoy the fresh air and blue waters. Our second group with enjoy free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On Campobello Island.

Evening: An evening presentation from a local expert will focus on marine ecology and whale rescue.

DAY
7
Tea with Eleanor, Atlantic Charter, Lobster Dinner
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 110 miles, about 2 hours. Walking 1.5 miles, some uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Completing yesterday’s activities, the second half of our group will whale watch on the Bay of Fundy, while the other enjoys free time.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will visit the Roosevelt's summer cottage and have tea with Eleanor. Local experts will tell of Eleanor Roosevelt's life on Campobello Island and her life in activism and public service, accompanied by Eleanor's favorite tea and cookies. We’ll see a special exhibit of rare photos of Eleanor on Campobello Island and a sample of her My Day Columns. Next, we will enjoy a presentation about the Atlantic Charter, a personal victory for FDR and Winston Churchill, in which goals like self-determination, international cooperation, and commitments to peace and disarmament were laid out for the postwar world.

Dinner: Lobster dinner on Campobello Island.

Evening: We’ll enjoy a cookout and campfire under the stars, listening to the waves while sitting on the beach.

DAY
8
Depart for Saint John, Walking Exploration, Museum
Saint John, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 125 miles, under 2.5 hours. Walking 1 mile, about 2 hours, on some uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Depart for Saint John, NB.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arriving in Saint John we will embark on an expert-led exploration of Saint John, followed by free time at the New Brunswick Museum or the city market.

Dinner: At the hotel in Saint John.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Fundy Shore, Sea Caves, Fundy Tides & Trail
Moncton, NB
B,L,D
Delta Beausejour

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving approximately 75 miles, about 2 hours. Walking 2 miles, about 3 hours, on pavement, boardwalk, some slippery and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet.

Morning: We will drive to the Fundy shore to discover quiet beaches, cliffs, sea caves, lighthouses, and covered bridges, while also learning about the tides, geology and history of the area with a local expert. We’ll watch the highest tides in the world sweeping in and out and learn how they carve sea stacks and caves into the rugged red cliffs that surround the village. Our expert will also discuss the legacy of the Loyalists and the shipbuilding history of this area.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: With a local expert, we’ll explore the phenomenon of the Bay of Fundy tides, the highest in the world, and learn about this natural wonder that draws many each year. We will explore on foot the Fundy Trail and breathtaking areas of the Bay of Fundy coastline that were previously unreachable before departing for Moncton.

Dinner: At the hotel in Moncton.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Hopewell Rocks, Fundy National Park, Shediac Lobster Cruise
Moncton, NB
B,L,D
Delta Beausejour

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile, about 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Hopewell Rocks for a presentation and tidal walk with a Parks Canada naturalist.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After a short walk in Fundy National Park we will head back to Moncton.

Dinner: Lobster dinner cruise.

Evening: Return to the hotel in Moncton around 9:00 p.m.

DAY
11
Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Fundy Geo Mus., Ottawa House, Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 215 miles, about 5.5 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles, around 2 hours, on mostly paved roads.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Nova Scotia with our first stop at the Joggins Fossil cliffs. Visit the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.

Lunch: At Ottawa House.

Afternoon: Explore Ottawa House before departing for Halifax. Check-in to hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for checkout and departure in the morning.

DAY
12
Program Concludes
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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