The Magnificent Seven National Parks – 20 Nights

Highlights

A comprehensive self driving tour of Atlantic Canada taking in all seven national parks of the region.  A chance to explore the contrasting beauty and landscape of all four provinces.

Included

Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
20 Nights Accommodation
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee, Drop Fee & Taxes)
Halifax City Tour
Digby to Saint John Ferry incl. Vehicle Charge
North Sydney to Port aux Basques Ferry incl. Vehicle Charge
Western Brook Pond Cruise
St. John’s City Tour

Not Included

All Meals (unless stated)
Flights
Travel Insurance
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Confederation Bridge/Wood Islands to Caribou Ferry (Payable locally only)
Car Parking Fees
Gratuities
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated

 

Day 1 – Halifax

Arrive Halifax. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s Provincial Capital. This attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centered around the picturesque waterfront.  Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British. Overnight Halifax.

Day 2 – Halifax

This morning enjoy a city tour of Halifax – take in the sights of Halifax Historic Properties, Spring Garden Road, Province House and much more. Later, why not visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery as well as the excellent Maritime Museum – See the unique collection of the memorabilia collected after the tragic Titanic disaster. Also be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military Personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21—Atlantic Canada’s only national museum! This evening you should experience the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre – Entertaining Halifax for more than 22 years, The Grafton Street Dinner Theatre provides audiences with a unique dining experience. Music, comedy and interactive characters set the mood as you dine on the flavors of Nova Scotia. Overnight Halifax.

Day 3 – Halifax/Kejimkujik National Park

Depart Halifax and drive the south shore along the Lighthouse Route. En route visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village and home to Nova Scotia’s most visited lighthouse and Lunenburg – a unique town in terms of architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Drive north along the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive via the Kejimkujik National Park – a spectacular inland national park with walking trails to suit all levels and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada.  Overnight Kejimkujik National Park.

Day 4 – Kejimkujik National Park/Annapolis Valley

Today you can explore this magnificent Park. Be sure to visit the excellent visitor centre, which houses replicas of the native tools found by archaeologists dating back 4500 years. Depart Kejimkujik and drive north to the Annapolis Valley Region, “The Gateway to New Brunswick” – highlights in the area include Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, the O’Dell House Museum, Sinclair Inn National Historic Site a delightful waterfront boardwalk and much more. Continue to Digby. Overnight Annapolis Royal. 

Day 5 – Annapolis Valley/Fundy National Park

Board the morning ferry from Digby – a crossing of approximately 3 hours over to Saint John, New Brunswick. Saint John is New Brunswick’s largest city and is steeped in history with lots to see and do. Places to visit include Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, the Old City Market, Loyalist House, the New Brunswick Museum and probably the most famous – the Reversing Falls. Then drive along the scenic Fundy Coastal Drive to Fundy National Park. If time permits take a short side trip and visit Sussex – a quaint town nestled in the beautiful countryside of New Brunswick, and perhaps visit the excellent Agricultural Museum. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, rolling meadows. Overnight Fundy National Park. 

Day 6 – Fundy National Park

Day at leisure to explore this magnificent park. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. Other sightseeing suggestions include visiting Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Overnight Fundy National Park.

Day 7 – Fundy National Park/Kouchibouguac National Park

Depart Fundy National Park and drive via the fascinating Hopewell Cape home of Hopewell Rocks. Visit the excellent interpretive centre on site before exploring this natural phenomenon. Twice each day the highest tides in the world — up to 46ft/14m — flood the beach, and twice each day you can explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide! Created over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces, the Flowerpot Rocks are a natural wonder not to be missed. Continue on along the Acadian Coastal Drive, north through coastal towns and villages en route to Kouchibouguac National Park. The Park is a stunning display of beaches and sand dunes sweeping over 26 kilometres. Overnight Kouchibouguac National Park.

Day 8 – Kouchibouguac National Park/Summerside

Depart Kouchibouguac National Park and drive back along the Acadian Coastal Drive via Shediac and Cap Pele to the dramatic Confederation Bridge, your gateway to Prince Edward Island. Be sure to visit Gateway Village conveniently located at the end of the bridge. A unique adventure awaits as you experience the legends of the land, sea and people of this small Province. Continue along the Red Sands Shore north to Summerside. Rich in heritage, the stately homes gracing the downtown residential core were once home to many a wealthy shipbuilder. Visit Spinnakers’ Landing, an attractive waterfront area with a lively boardwalk providing visitors the opportunity to shop and dine beside the ocean. Overnight Summerside.

Day 9 – Summerside/Dalvay Bay

Depart Summerside and drive along the Green Gables Shore which offers the perfect combination of island scenery and culture. Enroute, visit Kensington and the old stone railway station, a National Historic Site, as well as well as Indian River to view the dramatic church of St. Mary. Continue on to Cavendish – the home of Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea – the village of Anne of Green Gables. Visit Anne of Green Gables Chocolates – they are handmade before your eyes at Avonlea Village. Continue on to Dalvay Bay. Overnight Dalvay Bay.

Day 10 – Dalvay Bay/Baddeck

Depart Dalvay Bay and continue along to visit Prince Edward Island National Park and then onward to Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island’s capital; where you could visit sure to visit Founders’ Hall – Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion or the National Historic Street called Great George. Continue on through the Points East Coastal Drive South, on to Wood Islands Ferry Terminal. Board the NFL Ferry, a crossing of approximately 75 minutes, which takes you over to Caribou, Nova Scotia (payable locally). Drive east along the Sunrise Trail via the historic town of Pictou – the birthplace of New Scotland. Continue on to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway the onwards to Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell – you can visit the National Historic Site named after him. Overnight Baddeck. 

Day 11 – Cabot Trail

Today you will follow the famous Cabot Trail clockwise – one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp – which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Continue onto Baddeck. Overnight Baddeck. 

Day 12 – Baddeck/Cape Anguille

Depart Baddeck and drive on to North Sydney – the gateway to Newfoundland. Board the Marine Atlantic Ferry for the crossing to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.  Drive north from Port aux Basques through the spectacular Codroy Valley to Cape Anguille.  Overnight Cape Anguille.

 Day 13 – Cape Anguille/Humber Valley Area

This morning while in the Codroy Valley, visit the Wetlands – home to a diverse resident waterfowl population. This area has become a major resting area for some 200 species of migratory birds during the year. Be sure to visit the interpretation centre which features information panels and bird displays.  Later depart Cape Anguille and head east.  Why not take a side trip and drive along the French Ancestor’s route to see why Port au Port Peninsula is a Mecca for nature lovers, photographers, artists and geologists. This area is the central focus of the French Community in Newfoundland and has been for 200 years. Depart Port au Port  and drive to Corner Brook, Newfoundland’s second city located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Highlights include Margaret Bowater Park, Captain James Cook Monument, Corner Brook Museum & Archives and the Newfie Bullet Historical Train. Further afield visit the spectacular Bay of Islands, the Humber Valley and Steady Brook – home to the Marble Mountain four season mountain ski area. Continue on to Steady Brook. Overnight Humber Valley Area. 

Day 14 – Humber Valley Area

This morning why not drive to Newfoundland’s second city – Corner Brook, located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit re the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield follow the Captain Cooks Trail following along the spectacular South Shore of the Bay of Islands – site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour. Continue back to Humber Valley – enroute, see Shellbird Island – best viewed from the rest area at the exit from Bay of Islands to Marble Mountain. According to local legend, the Spanish buried treasure on Shellbird Island in the Humber River and if you look closely, you will see the face of The Old Man in the Mountain in a rock formation “standing guard” over the island. Also be sure to visit Steady Brook Falls, one of the Humber Valley’s most scenic areas. Overnight Humber Valley Area. 

Day 15 – Humber Valley Area/Gros Morne National Park

Take a leisurely drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features, the 1805 km. sq. park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world. Take time to fully explore the south side of this beautiful area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Discovery Centre and the scenic communities of Woody Point and Trout River. Take time to view the magnificent ‘Tablelands’ – the reason Gros Morne was given its UNESCO status. Gros Morne is a hiker’s paradise catering to all abilities, with over 19 hiking trails to choose from covering over 100kms of the park. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 16 – Gros Morne National Park

Today explore the north side of the park. Highlights include the scenic community of Norris Point and Rocky Harbour – the service hub of the Gros Morne area. Take time to visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and Bonne Bay Marine Station. In the afternoon, enjoy a spectacular Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour – the only way, other than by helicopter, to see the spectacular Western Brook Gorge. Enjoy a 45min boardwalk stroll to the dock before enjoying a leisurely cruise into the gorge – be at one with nature as you see the dramatic ravine-like sides of this inland fjord tower over 600 metres above you. Overnight Gros Morne National Park. 

Day 17 – Gros Morne National Park/Twillingate

Depart Gros Morne National Park heading east to the central region of Newfoundland through a vast expanse of lush forest and onto Notre Dame Bay. Continue along the “Road to the Isles” route to Twillingate. There is a lot to see and do in Twillingate! Sightseeing suggestions include visiting the 1876 still-active Long Point Lighthouse, Twillingate Museum, Durrell Museum (The Polar Bear Exhibit), Auk Island Winery (famous for berry flavored wines), Iceberg Interpretation Centre, Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre to name a few. Overnight Twillingate.

Day 18 – Twillingate/Terra Nova National Park/Trinity

Depart Twillingate driving east through Terra Nova National Park – a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape. Terra Nova National Park is known as the ‘Fingers of the Sea’ as it protects remnants of the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. Continue on to the Bonavista Peninsula and into Trinity – the cultural architectural capital of Newfoundland. Places to visit in Trinity include the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum to name a few! Overnight Trinity. 

Day 19 – Trinity/St. John’s

Depart Trinity for St. John’s, visiting the charming village of Brigus enroute. Brigus is the residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Be sure to visit Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and The Tunnel. Continue along the scenic Conception Coastal route back to St. Johns. On arrival explore the oldest city in North America. This historical, vibrant city has many attractions with the added bonus of a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to traditional Newfoundland fayre. St. John’s also has the highest concentration of pubs per capita on the continent and a visit to the infamous George Street is a must! Overnight St. John’s. 

Day 20 – St. John’s

This morning, enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – You will visit the National Historic site of Cape Spear and will enjoy a beautiful view on top of Signal Hill. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John’s. This afternoon continue on to Bay Bulls and enjoy a cruise around the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, a protective sanctuary for kittiwakes, murres, puffins and other seabirds. The waters off Bay Bulls are home to the world’s largest population of humpback whales.  Later, drive along the south shore to Ferryland where you can enjoy a gourmet lighthouse picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse and visit the fascinating Colony of Avalon Archaeological site.  Return back to St. John’s. Overnight St. John’s. 

Day 21 – St. John’s

Today you can explore this delightful city. Sightseeing suggestions include visiting The Rooms, Johnson’s GEO Centre, the St. John’s Botanical Gardens, the Newman Wine Vaults or maybe taking a gentle stroll along sections of the Grand Concourse, which comprises of 40 km (25 miles) of spectacular trails and walkways within St. John’s, Quidi Vidi Lake and Rennies River.  Drive to St. John’s Airport where you will drop of your rental car ready for your onward journey.

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