The Maritimes: Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick

Trip Type: Explorer
Canada | 6 D | 1 - 12 People
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NZD 3,312.00 /Person

Experience the seaside charm of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick on this 6-day Maritimes trip from Charlottetown to Saint John.

The Maritimes: Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick

Experience the seaside charm of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick on this 6-day Maritimes trip from Charlottetown to Saint John. Start at the birthplace of Canadian Confederation, then visit the home of Anne of Green Gables, enjoy dinner on board a working lobster boat, and meet with a Mi’kmaq guide. Stop at the iconic Hopewell Rocks for a stroll along the Bay of Fundy’s ocean floor at low tide before finishing up in Canada’s oldest city.

Welcome to Prince Edward Island! Your tour kicks off in historic Charlottetown, the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation. Meet your group at 10am for an orientation meeting, then head out with your leader for a walking tour of the town. Finish with a tasting at Upstreet Brewing – a fellow B Corp business that brews a mix of classic, seasonal and experimental craft beers. Your afternoon is free to wander on your own before regrouping in the evening for a truly special dinner. Head out along the stunning Points East Coastal Drive (approximately 45 minutes) to meet a local fisherman and enjoy a traditional lobster and mussel boil on his private property.

Drive from Charlottetown to the Greenwich section of Prince Edward Island National Park, home to a rare parabolic dune system as well as miles of pristine white sand beaches. Located along the famous Points East Coastal Drive, Greenwich is the perfect place to discover the small towns, beaches and wildlife that make Prince Edward Island so unique. As you walk the dune trail and dip your toes in the surf, look out for rare coastal plant species and a variety of seabirds.

This morning visit Lennox Island First Nation to meet with a Mi'kmaq guide for a tour of the cultural center and St. Anne church. Immerse yourself in Mi'kmaq culture and history, and learn the traditional way of preparing bannnock at a campfire. Settle in with a cup of tea and soak up the stories about life on Lennox Island. Then drive to nearby Cavendish where L.M. Montgomery famously drew her inspiration for the “Anne of Green Gables” novels. Visit Green Gables Heritage Place and explore the area on a walking tour (with a focus on Anne, of course!). Then, check out the very cool Bottle Houses – a village of buildings, including a tavern, a chapel and gift shop, that are literally made out of thousands of bottles. At spectacular Thunder Cove Beach the sandstone cliffs, sea stacks and caves make for an otherworldly landscape that most visitors to Prince Edward Island totally miss. Spend the night in the coastal city of Summerside.

Enjoy a free morning exploring Summerside on your own. You may want to check out the local museums, galleries and cultural centres, or you can just wander through the neighbourhoods of historic homes. Then get your sea legs ready! Today you’re cruising the waters of Shediac Bay on a working lobster boat with local fishers. Get a hands-on demonstration of lobster fishing and enjoy a delicious freshly caught lunch on board. After lunch, drive to Moncton and your hotel for the night.

Cross over into New Brunswick and make your way to the postcard-perfect Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. Arrive for low tide and join a naturalist guide for a walk right out onto the sea floor and get up close to the towering sandstone formations known as the Hopewell Rocks, or Flowerpot Rocks. When the tide comes in, waters in the bay can reach up to 16 metres, so a trip here is all about timing and your local leader will make sure you get the most out of your visit. In the afternoon, take a quick detour to spectacular Cap Enrage with its charming lighthouse before continuing on to explore Fundy National Park. Then it's a short drive onwards to the historic seaport city of Saint John, where you’ll stay for the night.

Your tour ends today, and you are free to leave at your leisure. Or, if you like, stick around and explore the city of Saint John and more of the Maritimes on your own.

Meals
4 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(s), 2 Dinner(s)

Transport
Private Vehicle

Accommodation
Hotels (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Points East Coastal Drive – Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
  • Charlottetown-Leader Lead Walking Tour
  • Charlottetown – Upstreet Craft Brewing Beer Tasting
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Cavendish – Bottle House Leader Led Tour
  • Thunder Cove Beach
  • Cavendish – Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Lennox Island First Nation Experience
  • Summerside – Lobster Boat Cruise with Lunch
  • Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park - Walk
  • Bay of Fundy - Fundy National Park
  • Bay of Fundy - Cap Enrage
  • Meet a Prince Edward Island fisherman and enjoy a traditional lobster and mussel dinner on his private property along the shore.
  • Meet with a Mi'kmaq guide at Lennox Island to learn how to make bannock and listen to traditional stories.
  • Hear the stories behind “Anne of Green Gables” with a walking tour through Cavendish, where L.M. Montgomery drew her inspiration.
  • Cruise the waters of Shediac Bay on board a lobster boat, with a hands-on demonstration of lobster fishing and a delicious, locally caught dinner.
  • Wander the Bay of Fundy’s sea floor at low tide and get up close to the sandstone “flowerpots” at Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park.

Some of the best scenery in the Canadian Maritimes is found on walks. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.

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Canada | 6 D | 1 - 12 People
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