Let us be your guide to a A breathtaking destination, filled with history and beauty everywhere you look, endless beaches and unique experiences.
Arrive at Halifax. airport meet & greet. transfer to hotel directly in the down town core and eight minutes’ walk to the water front at the four and a half star “Halifax Hotel”. Enjoy an orientation/familiarization tour around the historic core of the city. where your hotel is located. balance of the day at leisure with an evening sailing around Halifax Harbour at dusk on Nova Scotia Van Tours.
Day one – To the Gentle island
Following breakfast, we'll head for Prince Edward Island. Our first stop will be in Truro so we can learn about our 'First Nation's Peoples', the Mi'Kmaq. Next we’ll travel PEI ferry at Caribou for a ninety-minute crossing. Once we arrive in PEI, we'll explore part of the eastern area of the province including Murray River and Harbour, Montague (via Route 319) and Brudenell before going on to Charlottetown.
We'll tour Charlottetown, known as The Cradle of Confederation. We'll also visit Province House (where Confederation was conceived), and explore Founder's Hall where we'll learn all about Confederation. Next, it's a drive through the UPEI campus.
Depending on your accommodation requests we’ll allow for some additional self-exploration in Charlottetown and of course Your trip would not be complete without a trip to Canada’s Best, Cow’s Ice Cream – As Anne of Green Gables once said: there is nothing more delectable than ice cream!
Ending our day at our accommodator for a restful sleep for tomorrows day of touring.
Day two – Anne’s Land
Following breakfast at our hotel we're off to the Cavendish area of the province, known as Anne of Green Gables country. First, we’ll discover where it all began, Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, was born in 1874 in a modest white and green house, decorated with authentic Victorian period pieces and overlooking New London Harbour. Take into view the special exhibits include the replica of the writer's wedding dress and personal scrapbooks containing copies of her many stories and poems.
We will tour the national historic site, Anne of Green Gables House and explore 19th century gardens, farmyard, walking trails, including the Haunted Wood and much more. We’ll continue to tour part of the Central Coastal Drive and make our way to Cavendish Beach.
When visitors think of Prince Edward Island, many immediately imagine the smooth warm sand, red sandstone cliffs, soft blue skies, and white-capped waves of the surrounding seas. With 1,100km of shoreline, much of it in the form of pristine beaches, PEI is a beach lover’s dream destination and we want to share one of the most important one with you. It’s here at the Centrepoint of PEI’s north coast that all its natural attributes converge. Inviting white sand, crystal blue water warmed by the Gulf Stream, and red sandstone cliffs that fall from a carpet of green. Here, charming coastal communities lie in wait to welcome visitors new and old.
Take some time to self-explore and walk the boardwalk or the beach itself.
We’ll continue on our coastal drive passing through North Rustico a picture prefect community which is strongly connected to its proud fishing tradition, North Rustico residents pride themselves on their closeness to both land and sea.
Lastly, we are on to the original home of the first major groups of British emigrants who settled in P.E.I. in 1770, Stanhope is a very popular destination for many visitors. Once a local hotspot during P.E.I`s rum-running era, Stanhope epitomizes the beauty and tranquility of our North Shore.
Nearing the end of our touring day we hope you and your group are hungry because it’s a full course lobster dinner on us at Nova Scotia Van Tours!
After dinner we’ll return you to your accommodator for the evening.
*Time permitting on this day and based on your requests perhaps a visit to Malpeque Harbour and Bay (famous for oysters) or We can visit Saint Mary's Church which is the largest 'single-style' church on the island. PEI has approximately 250 churches which is more per capita than any other province in Canada.
Day Three – Western Prince Edward Island
Today following breakfast we’ll explore the western portion of the island with making our way to Prince Edward Island’s second largest city, Summerside caps off the North Cape Coastal Drive with a laid-back city feel. Here you will discover the College of Piping where pipe band demonstrations are done daily or If you have an interest in historical homes, explore Wyatt Heritage Properties, or perhaps some light shopping at Spinnakers’ Landing.
Our next stop the Canadian Potato Museum. in O’Leary. The Potato Kitchen is a hidden gem inside the museum and it wouldn’t be a trip to Prince Edward Island without learning a little about the industry the island is famous for, be sure to try their potato fudge, trust us we think it will surprise you!
we’ll make way for Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is home to beautiful beaches that stretch for miles and even if you’re not a lighthouse lover you’ll want us to stop at the West Point Lighthouse minutes away and Climb the 72 stairs and experience the coastal views of white-sand beaches and crashing waves from the lantern deck.
Commemorating one of Canada’s greatest folk and country singer/songwriters of all time, the Stompin’ Tom Centre Homestead & Schoolhouse will have your hands clappin’ as you listen to some classics like Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song. While there, be sure to check out one of the region’s best beaches, Skinners Pond Beach!
In North Cape, witness the meeting of the waters as the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait converge over the longest natural rock reef in North America.
Timing considered and based on your interests perhaps walk the Black Marsh Nature Trail or view impressive wind turbines and learn about renewable energy at the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre.
Before coming near to the end of our touring day a stop at Kildare Capes is a must to see the red cliff coastline, a photo op we highly encourage!
Day Four- Nova Scotia Bound
Following breakfast, we'll drive to Gateway Village at the Confederation Bridge Complex. After we cross the 13.8-kilometer bridge,
Depending on your interests and tide times while traversing New Brunswick to make our return to Nova Scotia we can visit Hopewell Cape….
The Hopewell Rocks is a place to pause…a place to appreciate a remarkable story interwoven through time, tide, and the intricacies of nature. These are the highest tides in the world. And they happen twice a day.... every day. Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. During periods of low tide, you can walk 2 km of beach and explore several coves filled with these flowerpot rocks.
Leaving New Brunswick behind us we’ll take a scenic drive and return you and yours to Halifax for a balance of leisure.
At the appropriate time we’ll transfer you and yours to the Halifax International Air Port and bid you farewell with fond memories of Nova Scotia.
Please note if you'd prefer accommodations directly in Charlottetown for self-exploration at the end of the touring day or a more relaxed sea-side beach accommodations for a more relaxed pace.
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