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Canadian Maritimes

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes

Program No. 3788RJ
Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park, learn about maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and discover the dynamic coastal sand dunes of Prince Edward Island.
Length
12 days
Rating (4.68)
Activity Level
Starts at
4,149

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DATES & starting prices
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Jun 19 - Jun 30, 2023
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4,799
Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2023
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4,199
Jul 3 - Jul 14, 2023
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4,799
Jul 10 - Jul 21, 2023
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4,199
Jul 24 - Aug 4, 2023
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4,799
Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2023
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4,799
Aug 7 - Aug 18, 2023
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4,199
Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2023
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4,799
Aug 21 - Sep 1, 2023
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4,799
Sep 4 - Sep 15, 2023
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4,199
Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2023
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4,199
Sep 25 - Oct 6, 2023
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4,149
Sep 30 - Oct 11, 2023
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4,749
Oct 7 - Oct 18, 2023
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4,749
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 19 - Jun 30, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2023
Starting at
5,189
Jul 3 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Jul 10 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
5,189
Jul 24 - Aug 4, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Aug 7 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
5,189
Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Aug 21 - Sep 1, 2023
Starting at
5,779
Sep 4 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
5,189
Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
5,719
Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
5,189
Sep 25 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
5,109
Sep 30 - Oct 11, 2023
Starting at
5,719
Oct 7 - Oct 18, 2023
Starting at
5,719

At a Glance

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. Discover the historic seaport of Charlottetown and absorb the natural beauty that awaits in the Maritimes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs. Getting on/off busses and ferries. Some days are full 12 hour days, including bus rides of 4-5 hours.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the dynamic nature of coastal sand dune ecosystems in Prince Edward Island National Park.
  • Step back in time to 1744 at the Fortress of Louisbourg and 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.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Paul Hanna
Paul is a retired Cape Breton University professor who served on the Board of Directors of CHIRE International Committee. He was also a member of Nova Scotia and Canada’s Human Resource boards for over 30 years. Paul volunteers with many organizations including the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is an avid hockey fan and coach, and his team won the Canadian Championship in 1978. With a love for travel and meeting new people, Paul can’t wait to share his knowledge with you in Nova Scotia!

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

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Paul Hanna View biography
Paul is a retired Cape Breton University professor who served on the Board of Directors of CHIRE International Committee. He was also a member of Nova Scotia and Canada’s Human Resource boards for over 30 years. Paul volunteers with many organizations including the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is an avid hockey fan and coach, and his team won the Canadian Championship in 1978. With a love for travel and meeting new people, Paul can’t wait to share his knowledge with you in Nova Scotia!
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Ralph Getson View biography
Ralph’s ancestors came to Canada in 1753 and became harvesters of the sea. He spent three decades on the Lunenburg waterfront delving into the province’s rich fishing history as curator of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Ralph’s keen interest in the early Canadian history is evident as he shares its storied past. A collector at heart, his passions include all things oxen, Lunenburg symbols, antiquing, fishermen's handicrafts and hearty German cooking.
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James White View biography
James (Jay) White is an expert in history, having earned his PhD in Canadian History from McMaster University in 1994. After a two-year stint at Western Washington University, Jay migrated home to Nova Scotia where he has lived ever since, teaching a variety of historical subjects. He even instructed members of the Canadian Armed Forces in military history. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and photography, is a Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Canadiens fan, and is of Loyalist and Acadian descent.
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Cameron MacDonald View biography
Cameron Bennett MacDonald was born in Charlottetown, as a 9th generation Islander. Being between the theatre and history of the Island his entire childhood, it only made sense that Cameron joined the Confederation players in 2013, a historical reenactment troupe. The troupe combined a knowledge of history and group leading experience, with a theatrical side as well, a job to honor both his parents. As the troupe’s artistic supervisor, he writes historical vignettes and shares his knowledge with those around him.
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The Whale
by Philip Hoare
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.
Atlantic
by Simon Winchester
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.
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.
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.
Why I Hate Canadians
by Will Ferguson
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.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Anne of the Island
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Eighteen-year-old Anne leaves P.E.I. for college in Kingsport in this third heartwarming book about red-haired Anne Shirley.
The Ice Bridge
by D. R. Macdonald
MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990
Bradt Guide Nova Scotia
by David Orkin
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.
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.
No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod
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.
The Grey Seas Under
by Farley Mowat
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.
Four Fish
by Paul Greenberg
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.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
by Jon Dunn
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.
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.
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.
Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island
by Karla Zimmerman
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.
Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, With New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador
by Inc. (EDT) Fodor's Travel Publications (Editor)
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.





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