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 (4.9)
Program No. 3788RJ
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12 days
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4.9 Average
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!

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.

Ellen
(5)

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

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.

Beverly
(5)

Excellent program for solo travelers. If you plan on traveling solo, do not hesitate. This trip is ideal for those who travel alone.

Joe
(5)

This was the first of, what I hope will be many more trips with Road Scholar. One of the older gentlemen on our trip had been on 53 trips and was planning his next one. Amazing...Oh, and use their travel plan for flights for lot$ of reasons besides not having to worry about connections.

Michael
(5)

Before we left for the program, my wife asked if I was eager to go. I answered that my hopes were high but my expectations were low because we usually travel independently, and the thought of traveling with 34 other people was dampening my enthusiasm. But having had one other Road Scholar experience (in Alaska with a smaller group), I thought that if anyone could make this sort of tour work, it was Road Scholar. It turned out that my high hopes were exceeded, and my low expectations were unfounded. We had tried to plan a trip to the Maritimes on our own, and the distances seemed daunting. We realized during the trip that doing all of that driving by ourselves would have been exhausting. We were happy to be in a comfortable bus that even had WiFi to do additional research as we traveled. Yes, as others have commented, the bus rides on a few of the days were very long, but the three provinces of the Maritimes have distinct characteristics, and to experience them all, you have to cover a lot of kilometers. And if we had been on our own, we would certainly not have had the experiences that the leader and instructors provided. As for all of those other people, at the closing dinner one of them commented, "There was nobody on this trip that we wished had not been." We agreed. We had that feeling after our Alaskan trip, and we had thought it was just a isolated experience. But we are now seeing a pattern of Road Scholar's attracting what Anne of Green Gables would have called "kindred spirits." Some bits of advice: plan to arrive in Halifax a day or so early or stay a day or so after the trip. We did, and we were glad to have time to explore the unique Halifax Public Gardens, the very interestingly designed new library, and the waterfront. We also tacked on a leisurely, B&B oriented, seven day self-driving "vacation" to Chester, Annapolis Royal, and Wolfville (at the end of what we correctly felt would be an “rolling college course”), and we enjoyed that very much.

Wesley
(5)

awe are "Flatlanders" and this area is the opposite.

Cheryl
(5)

This was an interesting, active trip, with dynamic, excellent leader Anne Matheson and several very knowledgeable, entertaining local experts. We went to a variety of locations, from the sea to the highlands, learned about local customs, and made new friends.

Ralph
(5)

A great follow-up to Road Scholar's 'Best of Scotland'

Anne
(5)

For nearly 40 years, I have wanted to visit the Maritime Provinces of Canada. After researching a number of other touring opportunities, I selected this Road Scholars program. It did NOT disappoint! Anne Matheson was one of the best group leaders that I've ever experience with RS or any other tour. Expert guides, and comprehensive program, and an awesome group leader made this a most delightful adventure. I'm ready to visit again!

Dave
(5)

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes is a fabulous program. I wish I had done it sooner!

James
(4)

Overall, it was a very interesting and informative program. What else can you say about a land that doesn't allow billboards to shield the beauty of the land, and what it meant to those who crossed an ocean, survived and thrived. Our leaders were as "old" as seventh generation Maritimers.

Susan
(5)

This truly was "the best" of the Maritimes - scenery, accommodations, tours, guide, lectures all terrific.

Judith
(5)

An active program that covers the history,scenery and beauty of the Maritime Provinces.

William
(5)

Very good program, especially if you have Rod Green as Group Leader.

Janet
(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Canadian Maritimes. Because of this experience we expect to return on our own one day to explore those places we visited on our own time. Tamsyn & Susan were wonderful guides.

Walter
(5)

We rely on Road Scholar to provide well-planned well-managed programs to lots of interesting places. Go R/S!

Steven
(5)

This program will provide a wonderful overview of the Canadian Maritime provinces. The influence of French, Scottish and British settlers enriches the tapestry of eastern Canada. You will see the beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands, the charm of historic Lunenberg, the maritime history of Halifax, the Fortress of Louisburg and the beloved Green Gables home on Prince Edward Island. You will marvel at the 8-mile long Confederation Bridge, the Acadian masterful rug-hooking art and the tidal variance of the Bay of Fundy. Walking on the ocean floor among the Hopewell Rocks at low tide is a memorable experience. You will enjoy great food including a lobster dinner and you will meet inquisitive travelers like yourself. Arrive early to enjoy the bounty of Halifax.

Stephen
(5)

well organized program focusing on the highlights of each region. If you like meeting other people with similar interest this really will enhance your experience!

Mavis
(5)

You can't go wrong with Road Scholar trips. They are very educational. They're like field trips for adults - all the fun and excitement of learning something new and doing it with a great group of peers.

Audrey
(5)

This is a great program and is really helpful for those who can walk some but need dome opportunity to rest a bit.. Riding the coach for long periods gives opportunity to see the country and changing landscape. Two highlights were the musical "Anne of Green Gables" and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Lots of history here and some interesting anecdotes of the Titanic and how Nova Scotia helped during the World Wars. It's a great program!

Lauren
(5)

This program provides a wide variety of experiences to learn about the many cultures living in the Maritimes. Our tour leader, Rod, was a wonderful combination of warmth, humor, adaptability and organization that really helped our group gel together better than many other RS groups in which we have participated. The special evening entertainments, the Ceilidh in Baddeck and the performance of Anne of Green Gables on PEI were very good. The hotel accommodations were well situated so we could walk to many of the area attractions. The many arranged meals were very good, much better than we have had on other RS tours. Our lecturers and step-on guides were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Be prepared to be busy, tired but quite fulfilled at the end of each day.






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