3788
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.
Rating (4.93)
Program No. 3788RJ
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12 days
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4.93 Average
Linda
(5)

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes was a fabulous tour. I learned so much and saw things I never thought possible. Great guide and knowledgeable educators. Very comfortable coach and wonderful driver. I highly recommend this tour.

Charlotte
(5)

What a wonderful tour!! We saw so much in such a short period of time. The long bus rides were made fun with several interesting movies and fun conversation. I highly recommend this trip!

Linda
(5)

A very good trip! A challenging itinerary with lots of walking on a variety of surfaces and climbing several steps but a well- balanced program and very worthwhile.

Barbara
(5)

This is a terrific program! Many hours on the road in a coach, but the sites that we visited and the things we experienced were worth it (plus, time on the coach was managed well). A great introduction to the Maritimes.

Nan
(5)

Our leader, Rod Green was fabulous. His depth of knowledge was so appreciated. He was organization personified. He was supportive of all. The places we visited were certainly interesting - and I most enjoyed Peggy's Cove and areas around the Bay of Fundy - However for me, there was way too much time on the bus. There was repetition regarding the Titanic. The food was mostly okay - though the lobster dinner on the "cruise" was fabulous. Since I had loved the canyonlands tour and Canadian Rockies, I guess I found that I enjoy more time outdoors in nature - and seeing natural beauty. Our fellow travelers were, as usual, bright, interesting, and very friendly.

Steven
(5)

The Canadian Maritime Provinces are a beautiful part of this world and it will be worth your while to participate in this program.

Donna
(5)

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes tour we just completed was exceptional on every level... we learned about many fascinating historical cultures that are being preserved in this picturesque part of North America. The long history of the provinces, the exquisite land of varying types, the dramatic, powerful seas and the warmth of people deeply impacted our minds and our hearts. A soulful, enjoyable and rejuvenating experience... you will be glad you did this trip!

Robert
(5)

just the best organizational, educational, and wonderful experiemce.....thank you for your professionalism, road Scholar.....and Rodd Green was the best....

Jane
(5)

Very thorough

Maxine
(5)

The "Best of the Canadian Maritimes" is a must-do! We had no idea how beautiful and interesting that part of the continent is! The area is rich in history and natural phenomena. Don't miss it!

Rita
(5)

This was by first Road Scholars Trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plan to take more trips w Road Scholar.

Jacquelin
(5)

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes was wonderful! Each day was well-paced. The tour Director Rod Green was thorough, humorous, Kind and easy to communicate with. I liked being part of a group of 24. The learning experiences were great and fun. Food was excellent! A great value!

John
(5)

Excellent trip.

Caroline
(5)

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes provided a broad perspective of the geography, history and culture of the Canadian Maritimes. Accommodations were very comfortable and most of the meals provided were also very good. The trip featured some outstanding diverse experiences, such as a lobster dinner aboard a lobster boat, the musical Anne of Green Gables, a caleigh and rug making demonstration. Our tour leader, Rod Green, enhanced the trip with his knowledge, humor and organizational skills. He often went above and beyond to make our trip more enjoyable.

Dennis
(5)

This was a great program that easily blended fun and learning. Our group leader Rod Green was terrific, as were the narrators and guides.

Marilyn
(5)

Delightful program, covers a lot of territory in 11 days that was beautiful to see and interesting to learn the history and economy of.

Allen
(5)

The basic Road Scholar was good .I had travel problems and got NO help from the airline department.All flights were booked with them but when United caused me to miss a flight and I was forced to stay at a hotel,I got NO help from Roads Scholars to get a refund for the hotel .Why would I want to deal with the airline Dept in the future?

Road Scholar
Allen, we understand that you have found a resolution to the situation with Travel Services but please reach out if we can assist further. We hope to see you on another RS program soon!
John
(5)

We enjoyed our visit to this beautiful and historic part of Canada. We did not expect such a varied and delightful experience. We found interesting and fun traveling companions, great hotels, great food, and loads of interesting tours and information. The tour manager was the best we've experienced.

Lloyd
(5)

LOVED THE PROGRAM. I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT CANADA AND ITS EARLY HISTORY. AND, THE SCENERY WAS FANTASTIC

Linda
(5)

I loved the fact that Road Scholar booked my plane flights and took charge of everything. Thank you Road Scholar.

Karen
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes tour has such wonderful variety of places and activities. We learned about the history, music, food, architecture, agriculture, fishing, tides, and literature of the area, with some musical theater and learning how to crack open a lobster added, too!

Sarah
(5)

This was our first RS tour and we chose it because we wanted to go to the Nova Scotia area and couldn't decide on where to focus our time. There were so many choices of Nova Scotia tours, but this seemed like the best to get a survey of all the Maritimes, without feeling like we skipped anything of real importance. We were truly on the go every day with scenery every step of the way. it was a longer trip than we initially wanted, but we would not have eliminated any destination. Some of our evening activities were unforgettable.

Dianne
(5)

Wonderful trip! If you like to be in nature, you'll this trip!

Ron
(5)

To truly experience the times/smells/ foods of the French, the Acadians, the other early settlers of the Canadian Maritimes then this programs is a must for your "Bucket" list!

Virginia
(5)

Excellent program! Early mornings and lots of bus time which is necessary to cover so much distance. Beautiful scenery, great music, lots of history and culture! Hotels were comfortable and convenient. Meals were good (plenty of lobster). Our tour leader, Rod and bus driver, Steven made this one of my most enjoyable trips.

Patricia
(5)

Truly "the Best!" The program is very well planned, the scenery stunning, the Canadian people welcoming. Our guide Pam Coffin and Routes Canada driver Norm were a superb team and enhanced our trip by who they are. Thank you! I usually prefer independent travel in English-speaking countries, but am very grateful I did this with Road Scholar.

Carol
(5)

The Best of the Maritimes is a wonderful trip. Full of history and wonderful scenery. Lots of great science and opportunities to get out and really get closer to nature and lovely smaller Canadian communities. The pace is busy but its worth it.

Frank
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Tammy Pickering did a great job as tour guide and I would like to be on her tours in the future. All our meals were good and we had good hotel accomodations. My only complaint about hotels was the difficulty of getting the room doors open at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax. No matter how many times they rekeyed the cards or had a maintenance person look at the locking mechanism it always took a lot of tries to get the room door open. I did not have this problem at any other hotels. The amount of free time was good but some of the days were too long. We normally left our hotels at 8:00 inspite of a previous night check-in of 9:30 and a 10:00 PM which is too long of a day. These were 14-15 hours days when getting up at 6:30 for a 7:00 breakfast and a 8:00 departure. The Canadian people were great wherever we went and the 32 people in our tour group were great to travel with. The Bay of Fundy, our ferry ride, the Fortress of Louisbourg, the ceildh music and other events were great but I did not feel the same need as some folks might have to go to Green Gables.

Nancy
(5)

Definitely worth a try. I expect to be back for many more. Excellent first experience!!!

Joel
(2)

I would not recommend this trip to anyone seeking a good balance between riding on a bus and walking. The bus covered 2250 miles in about 10 days, with some stretches exceeding 4 or 5 hours. The seating on the bus was rather cramped (almost no excess leg room), and the toilet was inadequate, although rest stops were offered at least every 2 hours. Fortunately, the bus had several excess seats. Although the trip was advertised as "active," there were no planned hikes exceeding about 45 minutes and little opportunity for extended walks outside of "free" time, usually in the larger cities. The trip basically tried to cover too much territory and allocated too much time to relatively trivial venues, such as boring and very limited museums (Alexander Bell Graham, a maritime museum in New Brunswick consisting of 2 small rooms). Some of the venues were quite interesting, such as visit to Pictou, a mansion on PE Island, and a state park in NB to observe tide movements, but I would have appreciated more time at other sights (Halifax Maritime Museum, Lunenberg, St. John) instead of being herded on a forced march. We had no more than 3 daytime hours to explore St. John, the largest city in NB. Not that much to see or do on P.E.I, although we were there for a couple of days. The quality/quantity of the food was uneven. Some very good dinners interspersed with a few inadequate lunches, although the general quality of the hotels was quite high. The most satisfying part of the trip was lectures by local guides, who were very well-informed about the subject matter. Our tour leader was also very accommodating and well-organized. If you are reasonably able-bodied, have a low threshold for boredom, and curious enough to want to want to do some exploring on your own, this is not the trip for you.

Dr. Mark
(5)

This trip exceeded my expectations in every regard. Highly recommended!

William
(5)

Great trip to Nova Scotia with an exceptional guide, itinerary, driver and accommodations.

Kathleen
(5)

An aspect that makes Roads Scholar tours so special is the quality of people the tours attract. On this tour we had: a judge, doctor, FEMA person, scientist for Consumer Reports and security specialist. Along with the usual mix of middle management, health care and teachers of all levels that Roads Scholar attracts. Not only the wonderful sites we saw, but the people we saw in with made this trip special.

Richard
(5)

This is an outstanding program. We had never been to this area before and had high expectations. The program exceeded our expectations. The group leader, Rod Green, was as good as any of the others we have had on our nine previous trips. Rod was an exceptional organizer and people mover with a group of 36. This trip had the best hotels and restaurant meals of any that we have been on. There were several stops along the way that we would never have discovered or sought out on our own. The local instructors were all excellent and added greatly to our adventure. Our bus driver, Bob, was a true professional in every sense and was a great help with luggage handling. The fall foliage colors had not yet appeared, so if you are looking for the spectacular colors, take this trip in October. We were blessed with great weather and above average temperatures throughout the trip. Thanks again to Rod for making this a great experience for our group.

Valerie
(5)

To learn about the physical areas of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, sign up for the Canadian Maritime Provinces and enjoy the culture and foods of the area. The Road Scholar Maritime Providences trip was a truly delightful experience.

Richard
(5)

This was a great experience and very well done. The only complaint would be the air travel arrangements through Road Scholar, they required that the Comfort + portion be arranged through Delta which resulted in less than ideal travel on the return portion of the trip.

Marina
(5)

Great program, very beautiful location, fellow travelers and Canadians were all very friendly

Daryl
(5)

Very comprehensive Maritime Canada program augmented by expert instructors about amazing culture, history, and geology of this must see area.

Susan
(5)

Best of the Canadian Maritimes lived up to the description on the website. The trip was a delightful mix of history, architecture, culture, spectacular scenery, and delicious seafood. Our group leader, Rod Green, was excellent, as were the local guides. Do be prepared for some long bus journeys -- the trip covers about 1600 miles. However, if this a part of the world you want to see, it is definitely worth it. This was my first Road Scholar trip, but it won't be my last!

Ellen
(5)

This is a wonderful tip with an exceptional Group Leader, Rod Green. Great participants!

Elizabeth
(5)

Seeing the Canadian Maritimes was a treat, all 1700 plus miles! The scenery of the water, harbors, beaches and the green pastures in the countryside were serene, peaceful and a delight to view. Experiencing the Ceilidh in Baddeck and seeing the Anne of Green Gables musical were a fun experience. On this particular journey we saw the Tall Ships in three locations (Halifax, Louisburg, and Lunenburg)quite a special sight! Enjoying local seafood including special lobster meals and mussels was a treat, all fresh and delicious. The cliffs and hills surrounding the Bay of Fundy are especially of interest and exciting to see and learn about. Our leader, bus driver and local guides all enhanced the cultural experience with personal stories and perspectives.

Ron
(5)

Our 12 day tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces provided more interesting insight into the history of the area than I had ever expected. I have a new appreciation for political and economic process that lead to the Confederation of Atlantic Provinces!

Gail
(5)

We enjoyed every single day of this program. It covers a lot of ground, not only in terms of miles traveled but also in terms of subjects covered -- culture, history, geography, politics, art, music, and economy. Our group leader, all of the presenters and our bus driver were top-notch. I'd travel with any of them again in a heartbeat and I'm looking forward to another opportunity to visit the Canadian Maritimes. What a beautiful part of the world!

Karen
(5)

Tour leader David Foret and the driver Norm made sure that our group of 36 were comfortable and happy. The Canadian Maritimes were beautiful. I am glad that I went.

Ihor
(5)

Without a doubt this is the way to see the best of Canadian Maritimes without driving yourself. Keep in mind that there is much to see and therefore long distances to sit in the bus. But, you are not driving - you can look out the window and enjoy the fascinating scenery, or nap or read or listen to music on your device. A smaller group size will make your experience much more enjoyable.

Louise
(5)

This was my first trip with Road Scholar but it won't be my last. It is a wonderful way to go if you are traveling alone.






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