Exploring Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

Gentle Adventures & Charming Inns – Meandering Canada’s East Coast

Perhaps it’s time to slow down and spend time with those you love? Beautiful coastlines, quaint fishing villages, lobster dinners and a wealth of culture and history are just a few of the delights of this relaxing driving vacation exploring the national parks of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island: Fundy National Park, Prince Edward Island National Park, Cape Breton, and Kejimkujik National Park. We have also arranged for you to stay in historic inns and included a choice of daily adventures to suit most people (and we can always arrange others if you wish).

  • Starting From

    $3,590 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    16 days

    15 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Halifax Regional Municipality, Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal, Saint Martins, Hopewell Cape, Charlottetown, Baddeck

Carefully Curated Daily Activity Options

Our other road trip innovation is to include a selection of daily activity options, because we don’t want you to get to a place and spend half a day figuring out the best things to do. And if the options we have shown are not quite right just ask us and we’ll find something better. After all, personalizing your Canadian trip is what we do best.

The Perfect National Park Road Trip

We’ve re-imagined road trips, to keep the best parts and improve the not so great parts – like scrambling for a place to stay at the end of a long drive. Instead, we book you into the nicest inns, to suit your taste and budget.

Maritime History and Culture

This coast is rich in history and culture – from Halifax’s Maritime and Immigration museums to a night of Celtic music in a local pub. But because our goal is to help you travel like a local, maybe the best cultural experience of all will be the chat you have with the woman in the coffee shop or the banter with a fisherman mending his nets….


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Your Adventure Begins in Halifax

Welcome to Halifax, the friendly Atlantic Ocean port city and capital of Nova Scotia. After your pre-arranged transfer drops you at your hotel, head out and explore what makes this city so great.

Discovery Parks Pass

(1 of 3 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Private Transfer from Airport

(2 of 3 activities)

A private driver will take you from Airport to your downtown hotel.

Dinner in Halifax

(3 of 3 activities)

Tonight we have taken the guess work out of where to dine and included a delicious dinner for you at one of our favourite restaurants in downtown Halifax.

Overnight in Halifax

Overnight in an Inn or B&B, such as the Waverley Inn. These character properties include clean, cozy accommodations plus the hospitality of your local hosts.

Day 02

Explore Halifax and the South Shore

Take time today to explore this vibrant and historically rich city, where the survivors of the Titanic landed. Stroll along the cobbled streets exploring the museums and shops, but most of all be sure to experience the delicious fresh lobster, the local delicacy.

Private Historical Halifax City Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Discover historic Halifax on a privately guided tour. In a vehicle, visit the city's highlights including the Citadel, Public Gardens, Titanic Burial Site, Maritime Museum and Pier 21 immigration museum. Learn about the war of 1812 and the Halifax Explosion, as well as Nova Scotia's unique culture.

Halifax Food Tasting Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Engage the senses with a food tour of Halifax! Visit historic landmarks, stroll along the waterfront, and taste the best local food in Halifax. Tour locations and food tastings will vary depending on day of the week you are exploring Halifax's culinary scene.

Peggy’s Cove Sunrise Photo Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Photograph one of Canada's icons with the beautiful dawn rising up over the North Atlantic – Peggy's Cove! At this time of day, you have the site all to yourself to explore with your guide – a local, professional photographer.

Day 03

Halifax to Lunenburg

Enjoy a leisurely drive this morning on the Lighthouse Route on the South Shore. Continue past Peggy’s Cove to Mahone Bay, a relaxing seaside town known for its quiet beauty and churches. Further along the route you will arrive in Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Lunenburg Bay Sailing Nature Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Board the 48 foot wooden kech - the Eastern Star and set sail on this wind powered Classic Sailboat. Lunenburg's painted buildings provide the perfect backdrop - with lighthouses to photograph and porpoises and seals along the shores. Sail by the birthplace of Canada's legendary racing schooners, Bluenose and Bluenose II, and tall ships, the Bounty and the Rose. We cannot think of a finer way to explore the area.

Lunenburg Walking Tour

(2 of 2 options)

With spectacular sites around every corner in Old Town Lunenburg, your local guide will make the sites come alive with cultural tidbits like superstitions, folklore, and local facts, then weave it all together with lots of unique personal stories and recommendations.

Overnight in Lunenburg

Overnight in an Inn or B&B, such as the Boscawen Inn. These character properties include clean, cozy accommodations plus the hospitality of your local hosts.

Day 04

Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal

As you drive east to Annapolis Royal which boasts an incredible view of the Bay of Fundy, stop and explore spectacular Kejimkujik National Park. Wander through groves of 300-year-old hemlock trees, follow a trail to an abandoned gold mine, visit an overgrown farm or explore by canoe or kayak.

Join an unforgettable candlelight graveyard tour at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal. Explore the oldest English graveyard in Canada with internationally acclaimed heritage interpreter who is 8th generation Acadian!

Suggested Add-On: Canoe or Kayak Rental in Kejimkujik (Extra Cost)

(1 of 1 activities)

While visiting Kejimkujik National Park, a self-guided canoe or kayak rental can be added in to your itinerary. Enjoy the serene calm of the lake waters as you paddle through the park.

Overnight in Annapolis Royal

Overnight at the Queen Anne Inn. This grand Victorian Mansion is located along the Evangeline Trail in historic Annapolis Royal. The 1865 heritage property is set amongst stately Elm and Maple trees. The Inn offers posh, elegant rooms with antique furnishings, just a short walk from the Fort Anne National Historic Site. Included with your stay is a three-course breakfast served in the formal dining room each morning.

Day 05

Explore Annapolis Royal

Enjoy the many sights of the historic Annapolis Royal area at your leisure – visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Garrison Cemetery and the Military Museum, to name but a few.

Visit the Grand Pré Winery. Nova Scotia produces some of the best wines in Canada. Surprised? Convince yourself with a visit to the Grand Pré Winery - enjoy top quality local wines within a beautiful setting.

Brier Island Whale Watching Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Join a local and knowledgeable marine guide on a 3 hour boat tour around Brier Island in the Bay of Fundy. Teeming with rich food for marine mammals, makes it a privileged destination for an unparalleled experience with nature. When whales come into the Bay of Fundy, they are hungry and your experienced guide knows exactly where to take you to have the best opportunity to see these gentle giants feed and play.

Day 06

Annapolis Royal to St. Martins by Ferry

From Annapolis Royal, drive to nearby Digby and enjoy a 2-hour ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy. Keep your eyes open for whales! Upon arrival, drive to the charming village of St. Martins – gateway to the spectacular Fundy Trail. Take a stroll to see St. Martins’ mysterious sea caves or incredibly photogenic harbour.

Ferry from Digby to Saint John

(1 of 1 activities)

Today you will be making the cross water journey from Digby, NS to St. John, NB. The ferry is approximately 3 hours long and crosses the Bay of Fundy.

Stay at St. Martin's Country Inn

Situated in the heart of the magnificent Bay of Fundy, the St. Martins Country Inn boasts a commanding view of the ocean in the historic fishing village of St. Martins. Enjoy uniquely appointed rooms offering thoughtful amenities including a private bath. With complimentary Wi-Fi and a full breakfast, the property also features a gift shop, licensed restaurant and patio lounge.

Day 07

Bay of Fundy Exploration – St. Martins to Hopewell Cape via the Fundy Trail

A spectacular day awaits as you drive along the Fundy Trail to the Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Cape area. Admire untouched coastal wilderness, characterized by red craggy cliffs and the highest rising tides in the world. Consider adding a boat or kayak tour from St. Martins before you go, for an up-close experience on this natural wonder.

Timing of boat tours on the Bay of Fundy can vary according to tides and run in the late afternoon. Ask your Vacation Advisor for the schedule, and about adding another night in St. Martins.

Suggested Add-On: St. Martins Sea Caves Tour by Kayak (Extra Cost)

(1 of 2 options)

Marvel at the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy as you venture along the red rock cliff shoreline on a guided 2 hour kayak tour. The St. Martins sea caves are the biggest attraction in the area, best to be explored by boat.

Suggested Add-On: Fundy Coastline Scenic Boat Tour by Zodiac (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

Explore the UNESCO designated Bay of Fundy and get up close to the beautiful coastline on a 2 hour scenic boat tour by zodiac. Enjoy views of the towering cliffs, enchanted caves and mossy caves and if your lucky, visits from some curious seals and porpoises.

Overnight at Hopewell Cape

Overnight at Innisfree Bed and Breakfast. The B&B is a beautifully restored 160-year-old farmhouse nestled on 10 acres with wonderful gardens and forested trails. Hopewell Rocks Park is within walking distance, or just a few minutes away by car. Enjoy the inn's cozy features, including front verandah and living room. Included in your stay is a full breakfast served in a dining room furnished with period antiques.

Day 08

Explore Hopewell Rocks and the Bay of Fundy

Visit the Hopewell Rocks – also known as “Flowerpots” – which slowly disappear and reappear with the dramatic rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides. See the world’s highest tide and later, enjoy the juxtaposition of walking on the seafloor.

Hopewell Rocks Park Admission

(1 of 1 activities)

Hopewell Rocks offers a unique natural experience of both high and low tides. In addition to the opportunity to walk on the ocean’s floor, they have two sandy beach areas at either end of the park and a number of well-marked walking trails.

Day 09

Hopewell Cape to Charlottetown via the Red Sand Shore

Drive the Confederation Bridge this morning and arrive on Prince Edward Island. Explore the red sand beaches and red jutting cliffs of the South Shore, and make sure to detour along the many pastoral rural roads. We recommend stopping for lunch in postcard-worthy Victoria-by-the-Sea, before arriving in Charlottetown.

If you prefer to stay in the idyllic countryside of Prince Edward Island, speak to your Vacation Advisor about changing your accommodations to a stay at St. Peter’s Bay, a 45-minute drive from Charlottetown.

Overnight in Charlottetown

Overnight in a Boutique Inn, such as The Great George. You'll enjoy the unique character of these properties, which are often in historic buildings. They feature intimate service, excellent restaurants, and modern luxuries.

Day 10

Discover Charlottetown

Take the opportunity today to immerse yourself in the charm and history this beautiful town and its people.

PEI North Shores Bike Tour

(1 of 4 options)

Join a knowledgeable guide and cycle along Prince Edward Island National Park’s beautiful North Shore on the new multi-use trail between North Rustico and Cavendish.

Charlottetown City Highlights Tour

(2 of 4 options)

Explore Charlottetown by double-decker bus through a fun and informative tour. The local guides will delve into Charlottetown's history as you pass the city's most iconic sites.

Charlottetown Food and History Tour

(3 of 4 options)

Spend a few hours today with a local guide tasting your way through the historic streets of downtown Charlottetown. As you sample the local cuisine your guide will provide insightful stories into the history of the town and its role in the formation of Canada.

Lobster Boil Cruise

(4 of 4 options)

Smell the salty air, feel the gentle breeze against your face, and enjoy the thrill of taking a lobster right out of a trap! Savour the experience of a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper while aboard the 45-foot fishing boat on this excursion.

Day 11

Day at Leisure in Charlottetown and PEI

Today is yours at leisure to explore Prince Edward Island’s small towns and picturesque landscapes. You might also enjoy exploring the dunes of Greenwich in Prince Edward National Park, savouring “Rick’s Famous Fish ‘n Chips”, or simply exploring historic Charlottetown.

Charlottetown in Summer

(1 of 2 activities)

Charlottetown is both the largest city on and the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island, and the county seat of Queens County. Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of the United Kingdom, Charlottetown was first incorporated as a town in 1855 and designated as a city in 1885. It was most famously the site of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, the first gathering of Canadian and Maritime statesmen to debate the proposed Maritime Union and the more persuasive British North American Union, now known as Canadian Confederation. From this, the city adopted as its motto "Cunabula Foederis," meaning the birthplace of Confederation.

Suggested Add-On: Guided Island Sightseeing Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 activities)

Sit back and relax today and let an insider take you on guided group tour around Prince Edward Island. Depending on the tour you choose you will have opportunities to make stops at quaint fishing villages, lighthouses, Cavendish Beach, Anne of Green Gables, wineries and more! Ask your Sales Advisor for more details.

Day 12

Charlottetown to Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Drive the scenic road to the Wood Islands ferry, then cross to Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue over to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway. Your journey ends in the little town of Baddeck, set on the shores of the gorgeous Bras d’Or Lakes. Located in the heart of Cape Breton, Baddeck is considered the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail.

Ferry From Wood Islands to Caribou

(1 of 1 activities)

The 75-minute ferry takes you from Wood Islands to Pictou - the birthplace of New Scotland.

Overnight in Baddeck

Overnight at The Water's Edge Inn. This property is situated across the street from the harbour and near the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Bell Bay Golf Course and the famous Cabot Trail. Enjoy traditional, understated rooms and a cafe and art gallery during your visit. Your stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Day 13

Explore Southern Shore of Cape Breton

Welcome to the southern shore of Cape Breton, places to explore today include the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, or explore the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. For boat enthusiasts, explore the beauty and nature on a guided kayak or boat tour.

Baddeck in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Baddeck is known as the beginning and end of the world-famous Cabot Trail. Stretching along the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes, Baddeck is a bustling village that maintains its essence as a quaint community. The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site offers exhibitions and interactive demonstrations. Visitors can also enjoy fully narrated tours of the Baddeck shoreline or see puffins in their natural habitat. Foodies will enjoy fresh lobster and a steaming cup of seafood chowder. And Nova Scotia’s newest Microbrewery, Big Spruce Brewing, is an 800-litre, certified organic, on-farm facility. Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park Trail is a beautiful and moderate hike, which passes through a hardwood forest comprised largely of maple, birch and beech woods; and leads to the 50-foot-high waterfall. The Falls Trail is approximately 3km (1.8 miles) in length and requires about one hour to complete.

St. Ann's Bay Sea Kayak Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Your half day tour will have you exploring the rich costal waters of St. Ann's Bay with eagles and other birdlife soaring overhead. Mid-day you will stretch your legs and enjoy a healthy and delicious snack on a small beach with a picturesque waterfall.Tour is suitable for beginners.

Puffin and Seabird Viewing Boat Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Get up close to the Atlantic Puffin on this one of a kind boat tour. Learn about their interesting behaviours as they take turns coddling their single egg and hunting for fish. Puffins aren't the only creatures you'll see at this wildlife hot spot!

Day 14

Cape Breton Highlands Discovery

Today explore the famous Cabot Trail – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendours of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For the more adventurous – Cape Breton Highlands National Park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes.

Cape Breton in Summer

(1 of 2 activities)

Nova Scotia is filled with idyllic fishing villages, as well as Atlantic Canada's largest metropolitan area, Halifax. Cape Breton Island in particular is known for its amazing natural beauty and captivating historical and cultural roots.

Suggested Add-On: Guided Cabot Trail Sightseeing Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 activities)

With so much to see and do on the Cabot Trail let a knowledge guide take you to visit the scenic hidden gems, provide insider knowledge about the area and local culinary experiences. This way you come back with many great memories, new friends, and fantastic photos!

Day 15

Baddeck to Halifax

A three to four-hour drive brings you back to Halifax today. Take your time to explore the charming towns along your drive before spending your final night in Halifax.

Overnight in Halifax

Overnight in an Inn or B&B, such as the Waverley Inn. These character properties include clean, cozy accommodations plus the hospitality of your local hosts.

Day 16

Depart from Halifax

Your Atlantic Canada vacation comes to an end today as you make your way to the airport to return your rental car. With fond memories made, leave the fresh air of Canada behind as you fly home.


Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


  • 15 nights' in superior level historic inns and B&Bs

Halifax Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Privately Guided Historical Halifax Tour
  2. Peggy’s Cove Sunrise Photo Tour
  3. Halifax Food Tasting Tour

Lunenburg Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Lunenburg Bay Sailing Nature Tour
  2. Walking Tour of Lunenburg

Kejimkujik National Park Suggested Add-On Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Kayak Rental (Extra Cost)
  2. Canoe Rental (Extra Cost)

Annapolis Valley Included Activity:

  • Brier Island Whale Watching Tour

Bay of Fundy Suggested Add-On Activities:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. St. Martins Boat Tour by Zodiac (Extra Cost)
  2. St. Martins Sea Caves Tour by Kayak (Extra Cost)

Hopewell Rocks Park Activity Inclusion:

  • Hopewell Rocks Park Admission

Prince Edward Island Activity Options:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 4:

  1. PEI North Shores Bike Tour
  2. Charlottetown City Highlights Tour
  3. Lobster Boil Cruise
  4. Charlottetown Food and History Tour

Day 2 – Suggested Add-On Activity Option:

  • Guided Sightseeing Tour of PEI (Extra Cost)

Cape Breton Activity Options:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 2:

  1. St. Ann's Sea Kayak Tour
  2. Puffin and Seabird Viewing Boat Tour

Day 2 – Suggested Add-On Activity Option:

  • Guided Cabot Trail Sightseeing Tour (Extra Cost)

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Halifax

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
  • Ferry from Digby, NS, to St. John, NB
  • Ferry from Woods Island, PEI to Pictou, NS

Car Rental Inclusions:

  • 2-week intermediate size car rental
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental
  • GPS
  • Airport surcharges
  • Unlimited Kilometers
  • Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million)
  • Fee for 1 additional driver
  • Vehicle licensing fee

Other Inclusions:

  • National Parks Pass
  • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Activities/tours are subject to availability and may not be available early or late in the season or run only on certain days of the week. Please confirm with your Vacation Advisor for more details.
  • Car rental exclusions: LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), fee for drivers under the age of 25, fuel and refueling fees.
  • Parking
  • Airfare to and from Canada
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended, ask us for a quote)
  • Canadian federal sales taxes


  • Lunenburg Nature Tour: Tour runs from mid May to mid September due to weather restrictions.
  • Whale Watching Tour: Tour operates from end of June to end of September as this is the optimal time for whale viewing.
  • Lobster Boil Cruise: Lobster tours begin in the second week of July and run until the end of August. Departures are dependent on weather conditions.


This trip is available for departures between May and September.

Starting From

$3,590 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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11 reviews
Carol & Peter

Carol & Peter


17 Jul 2018

Our Canadian experience was awesome

Our Canadian experience was awesome. Among our favorites were Kejimkujik canoeing, whale watching, Hopewell Rocks and Puffin Boat Tours. Our favorite bed and breakfast was Innisfree. The Great George hotel was the best ever.

William & Carol

William & Carol


26 Jun 2018

Our itinerary was wonderful

Outstanding experiences and outstanding accommodations. Our itinerary was wonderful and it gave us a chance to see every aspect of the Maritime provinces. We enjoyed a variety of foods by visiting local restaurants and trying local favorites.

Barbara & David

Barbara & David


28 Sep 2017

We had a wonderful trip in a lovely part of Canada

We had a wonderful trip in a lovely part of Canada. The itinerary was relaxing and allowed us to experience many areas, yet still left flexibility to personal exploration.

Margaret & Geoff

Margaret & Geoff


17 Aug 2017

The pace of the trip was excellent

The pace of the trip was excellent. We enjoyed the different attractions and planned trips, as well as the “surprises” such as the included meals. The highlight was our trip extension to Quirpon Island in Newfoundland, even though the weather was a bit tricky. The staff at Fresh Tracks were very helpful and quick to respond to inquiries – even… Read More

Nilofer & family

Nilofer & family


24 Jul 2017

All arrangements worked out seamlessly and hassle free

Great trip! Enjoyed our trip to the various locations. Lunenberg was simply amazing. The Geal, sailing and whale watching tours were very interesting. All arrangements worked out seamlessly and hassle free. The limo ride from the train station to our hotel was a very nice touch and big surprise. Breakfast at the Queen Ann Inn was fantastic. Accommodation selection in… Read More


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