The Best of the Canadian Maritimes, 11 days, 8-19 Oct 2018 was an excellent program! We closed the tourist season which was nice as it was very uncrowded and the fall colors were at their peak. They rolled up the sidewalks after we left. The weather was chilly and occasionally windy and we even had a snow shower one day. Our group leader, Rod Green, was outstanding. He had been doing this all summer but was just as enthusiastic for this last trip as I'm sure he was for the first. We saw sights and received guided tours that you could never get on your own. A real surprise was the wireless listening devices provided to each of us which really enhanced the tours. They fed us well, more than we needed; I'm sure everyone gained little weight. Two lobster suppers and a lunch at Fort Louisberg were the highlights. The group of 36 fit nicely on the very modern tour bus that seated 54. It had WiFi, flat screens TVs and 110v. and HDMI power outlets. The group was from a large variety of backgrounds and quite friendly. Regarding "Keep the Pace" we expected more walking. Keeping the pace meant keeping up with the daily schedule which was very full. Breakfast at 7:00. on the bus at 8:00 nearly every day. Then we drove and were off/on the bus all day with a break for lunch finishing typically at 5:00 and then dinner was at 6:00. There were two afternoon/evenings when we had free time and were on our own. We would have liked more free time but it would have meant giving up a couple of activities. Would have been had to pick what to leave out. Every venue we visited was interesting even though some didn't sound that great on the schedule, like rug hooking, which turned out to to be great. Overall we would highly recommend this tour for those who want to see the highlights of the Maritimes and be immersed in the history of eastern Canada.