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Canadian Maritimes

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes

Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park, learn about maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and visit the Hopewell Rocks in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
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Program No. 3788RJ
Length
12 days
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Canadian Maritimes

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes

Explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park, learn about maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and visit the Hopewell Rocks in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
Length
12 days
Starts at
3,199
Program No. 3788 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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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. 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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk on the ocean floor with naturalists to see the tidal range of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Rocks.
  • 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.
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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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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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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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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’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.
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.
The Ice Bridge
by D. R. Macdonald
MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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12 days
11 nights
28 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Halifax, Nova Scotia
D
Hotel Halifax

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

Afternoon: Arrive to Halifax, Nova Scotia and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer.

DAY
2
Intro to Nova Scotia, City Coach Exploration, Free Time
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L
Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on pavement and on field trips. Approximately 2 hours on the coach for city exploration and transfers.

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, giving us an overview of how the province and city came to be what they are today. Visit Fairview Lawn Cemetary, known as the final resting place of over one hundred of the RMS Titanic's passengers. We will also learn a bit about the rest of the Maritimes, including New Brunswick and Maine. Next, head to 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 afternoon to explore Halifax on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
3
Hector Heritage Quay, Baddeck, A.G. Bell Historic Site
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Auberge Gisele's Country Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. The drive from Halifax to Pictou is about 103 miles and from Pictou to Baddeck is about 132 miles, approximately 4.5 hours including stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Set out for Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, stopping en route in the town of Pictou at Hector Heritage Quay on the scenic waterfront for a presentation by a local expert. This award-winning site offers a unique glimpse into the journey of early Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia and their life in the new world. The centerpiece is a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship “Hector” that brought the first group of Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia in 1773 and established Pictou as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.”

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arriving in the town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, we’ll take a field trip to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Bell (1847-1922), an inventor and humanitarian, considered himself first and foremost a teacher of the deaf. He visited Baddeck in 1885, fell in love with it, and the next year built a vacation home where he and his wife spent as much time as they could until his death. The Bells were active in the local community and had a significant impact on its development. We will see how air and water captured Bell's imagination and learn more about the amazing life and his many accomplishments of the man who invented the telephone including his work to bridge the world between sound and silence by teaching the deaf to speak.

Dinner: We'll enjoy dinner in the hotel dining room

Evening: Enjoy music and culture at a local Ceilidh in Baddeck. The Gaelic word is pronounced "kay-lee", for a gathering of people. The event promotes the music and the musicians that make Cape Breton Island and its music unique.

DAY
4
Cape Breton Highlands Park, Acadian Culture, Rug Hooking
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Auberge Gisele's Country Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on groomed trails, some uneven ground. Total driving time is 3.5 hours, 155 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Explore the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and see why Travel+Leisure named Cape Breton the #1 island destination in the continental U.S. and Canada. Our local expert will discuss the Acadians of Cape Breton and provide expert commentary as we wind our way through the Park's majestic highlands and coastlines. We will stop in Cheticamp, a coastal town famous for its rug-hooking tradition and observe a demonstration. The internationally renowned Cheticamp hooked rugs have a colorful history, popular due to the high quality workmanship, rich pastel colors, and diversity of design. As we walk through Atlantic Canada's oldest national park, we will learn about the varied habitats support numerous species of mammals, birds, fish, and more, as well as human stories of French and Scottish settlement. Watch for whales from viewing decks and keep our eyes peeled for moose and bald eagles. Return to Baddeck. Then we will go for a leisurely, expert led walk in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, one of the most significant landscapes in Canada, covering nearly 367 square miles (950 square km).

Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in a scenic spot en route

Afternoon: We continue to explore parts of the Cabot Trail, 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.The forested highlands end dramatically in cliffs on the ocean.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional lobster supper (other options available) with all the trimmings, fresh and locally sourced, at a local restaurant in Baddeck

Evening: At leisure

DAY
5
Fortress Louisbourg
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Auberge Gisele's Country Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on pavement, cobblestones, grassy areas. Total driving time is 3 hours, 150 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We’ll head out for a field trip to the remarkable Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, where a Parks Canada interpreter will reveal the history of Nova Scotia's role in the battle between the French and the British 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: At the historic Hotel de la Marine in Louisbourg, we’ll have a meal featuring the kinds of foods 18th century working people would have eaten on a regular basis.

Afternoon: As our field trip continues, see that the fortress is alive with reenactors in costume and character. Visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, explore the King's Bastion Barracks, the largest building on site and one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. Strolling through the fortress streets, we’ll see the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes, and formal gardens.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel dining room

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
6
Ferry to PEI, Overview of PEI, Performance
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
B,L,D
The Hotel on Pownal

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and ferry. Walking up to 1 mile on pavement, docks. Total driving time is 3.5 hours, 170 miles; ferry crossing is approximately 1.5 hours. Ferry has washrooms, viewing platform, gift shop, and cafes. The ferry may close due to high winds (upwards of 50 mph) or severe weather conditions. In the event of a ferry closure, a motorcoach will drive participants to PEI by rerouting and taking the bridge. This drive will be an hour in duration.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We will depart from Baddeck and travel to the ferry dock in Caribou, NS (near Pictou), with stops along the way.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch en route.

Afternoon: Catch the ferry to Prince Edward Island, and during the relaxing ferry ride, breathe in the bracing sea air and have the chance to photograph the picturesque views. Disembarking the ferry at Wood Island, PEI, we’ll travel to Charlottetown. As we ride, the Group Leader will provide an overview of Prince Edward Island. The Island is a small stretch of land with a broad and diverse past; filled with rich green pastures, brilliant red cliffs, and cool blue water. Learn about PEI’s diverse landscape and history – and the people who help make Prince Edward Island the special place it is.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: We’ll attend a performance at a local theatre. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
7
PEI Culture and People, Charlottetown Guided Walk, Free Time
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
B,L
The Hotel on Pownal

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on pavement and sidewalks, 2 – 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Learn about Prince Edward Island's history, people and culture in a presentation by our local expert. This island’s cultural heritage is a mix of First Nations, French, English, Irish, and Scottish. Archeologists have found evidence of Mi’kmaq settlements that date back thousands of years. Then set out on an expert-led walking field trip in Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. We’ll gain an appreciation for the historic architecture of this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. Hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic buildings as we walk along Great George Street, visit St. Dunstan Cathedral, and see the location of the last public hanging. We’ll also learn about some of the city’s high-profile people, the prosperity and “boom-and-bust” of its merchant economy; and of course, the Fathers of Confederation.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: 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 your own to enjoy what you like in Charlottetown.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
8
PEI National Park, Green Gables, Transfer to Moncton
Moncton, NB
B,L
Delta Beausejour

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on pavement and boardwalks, some uneven terrain and stairs at historic site. Total driving time is 3 hours, about 135 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we will walk along the beach in Prince Edward Island National Park. Notable for its diverse habitats including forests and wetlands, the park provides a home for a variety of plants and animals, and is popular 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.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: We head to Green Gables Heritage Place — part of L. M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site — where Parks Canada staff will present its history and significance to Canadian literature. Green Gables was the famed fictional home of Anne Shirley, the red-haired heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, “Anne of Green Gables.” It was inspired by Montgomery’s real life Cavendish home. We’ll learn about the history of the house as well as Montgomery herself. Depart by motorcoach for Moncton at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner on own in Moncton.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Hopewell Rocks, Fundy National Park
Saint John, New Brunswick
B,L,D
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on boardwalks and sand, uneven terrain, slippery rocks. Total driving time is 3 hours, 132 miles. Flights of stairs to reach ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Head to Hopewell Rocks, where a local 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, also called the Flowerpot Rocks, have been formed by the clash of continents, carved by melting glaciers, and sculpted by the highest tides in the world. Weather and tides permitting, embark on a tidal walk at Hopewell Rocks with a local naturalist. As we walk along the ocean floor at low tide, learn about New Brunswick's most famous geological feature.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Following lunch, travel along the New Brunswick coast through Fundy National Park with impressive views of seaside cliffs and colorful forests. Arriving in Saint John, set out on an expert-led walking field trip into the city and market. We will learn about the early significance of Saint John, including its history and early architecture. The only city on the stunning Bay of Fundy, Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick and the second-largest city in the Maritime Provinces. Having become the first incorporated city in Canada in 1785, Saint John is home to many other firsts including, the first public museum in Canada, the first chartered bank, Canada's first YWCA, and the first public playground in Canada.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to see some of Saint John on your own or just relax at the hotel.

DAY
10
Loyalists & Shipbuilders, Sea Caves, Return to Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,L,D
Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles, some uneven and rocky, pebble-like terrain. Total driving distance approximately 300 miles, 5.5 hours including stops en route to Halifax.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the Sea Caves and tidal harbor at the village of St. Martins. Led by a local expert, explore quiet beaches, cliffs, sea caves, lighthouses, and covered bridges Walk on the ocean floor while learning about the tides, geology, and history of the area. The tide rises and falls every 6 hours (plus a few minutes), a change of up to 38 feet at St. Martins. People are amazed to learn that the amount of water flowing in and out of the Bay of Fundy with each flood tide is over four times all of the water pumped into all of the oceans by all of the rivers of the earth in the same 6 hours. We’ll also take a walk through the historic village, surrounded by rugged red cliffs, where life is governed by the tides. St. Martin’s — originally named Quaco — has retained much of its appearance from earlier times.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart by coach for Halifax with some stops along the way; arriving in time for dinner.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, Farewell Dinner
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B,D
Hotel Halifax

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on field trips; on pavement, some rocky/slippery terrain, some hills. Total driving time is 3.5 hours, 150 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Nova Scotia's South Shore with a field trip to Peggy's Cove, one of the most picturesque, charming fishing villages on the East Coast with 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 best-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.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in one of the many harborside restaurants in Lunenburg. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Take a walking field trip with a local expert to explore Lunenburg's narrow streets, visit historic churches, and examine the Victorian architecture of the Old Town. The picture-postcard harbor, colorful waterfront, and homes of flamboyant sea captains reflect its seafaring heritage. Many of these beautifully maintained homes were on the original town plan, established in 1753 as 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 1921, as was the replica Bluenose II in 1963. This beloved symbol of Canadian maritime history is on the Canadian dime.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

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

DAY
12
Program Concludes, Departure
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Program concludes

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