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Peggy Cove at Sunset, Nova Scotia, Canada

Atlantic Canada

Visit Halifax, The Eastern Shore, Cape Breton, The Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Bay of Fundy, Wolfville’s Wineries, Annapolis Royal, Lunenburg & Peggy’s Cove.

Superb coastal drives, colonial history and rural splendour

14 Nights from £1,799pp
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‘from’ prices are based on off peak travel, 2 people sharing a standard car, economy flights and 2-3* Hotels. All trips are completely bespoke so just tell your expert any requirements you have.

Explore the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Each offer superb coastal drives, colonial history and rural splendour. So, if you’re looking for quiet roads and natural wonders – then this might just be the trip for you!

Key road trip highlights:

  • Spend nine days exploring Nova Scotia’s must-see places.
  • Drive the famous Cabot Trail through Cape Breton.
  • Visit beautiful Prince Edward Island for two days.
  • Witness the highest tide in the world at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
  • Discover Nova Scotia Wine Country in and around lovely Wolfsville.
  • Walk around the UNESCO-protected photogenic town of Lunenburg.
  • Visit one of the most famous lighthouses on the planet at Peggy’s Cove.
  • What’s included? Direct flights with a premier carrier like Air Canada, accommodation to your desired standard and length of stay, car rental and a detailed road trip pack.
Atlantic Canada route with The American Road Trip company

Our Favourite Hotels

We’ll suggest properties to match your preferred budget, be it low-cost, mid-range or high-end luxury that you’re looking for. We can also mix it up so you’ll experience a range of standards and experiences along your road trip.

Ceilidh Country Lodge, Baddeck, NS

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Ceilidh Country Lodge

Location:

Baddeck

Keltic Lodge At The Highlands, Ingonish Beach

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Keltic Lodge At The Highlands

Location:

Ingonish Beach

The Evangeline Inn, Wolfville

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The Evangeline Inn

Location:

Wolfville

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages, Lunenburg

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Atlantic View Motel and Cottages

Location:

Lunenburg

The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

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The Westin Nova Scotian

Location:

Halifax

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax

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Marriott Harbourfront

Location:

Halifax

Lantern Hill and Hollow, Ingonish Beach, NS

Hotel:

Lantern Hill and Hollow

Location:

Ingonish Beach

The Sydney Boutique Inn

Hotel:

The Sydney Boutique Inn

Location:

Charlottetown

Road Trip Itinerary

All of our road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required.

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Start your Atlantic Canada road trip in the region's capital, Halifax

After a short flight from the UK, you’ll settle into your chosen Halifax hotel before enjoying dinner on the waterfront or at your hotel.

Location:

Halifax, NS

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Atlantic Canada
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Spend the day exploring historic Halifax

Halifax is dominated by a citadel which sits above the city; this former fort is a National Historic Site of Canada and a must-do for visitors. Next, we recommend you work your way down to the waterfront boardwalk via points of interest like the Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Public Library and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Finish the day with a cruise on the water or a meal on the boardwalk.

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Halifax, NS

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Halifax, Nova Scotia - Aerial image of Citadek and Downtown Halifax
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Head east along the shoreline to Liscomb

It’s time to get behind the wheel and set out on a calming road trip around coastal Nova Scotia. The amount of coastal driving on this particular holiday is astounding, and the first leg of this route along the eastern shore is a great place to start.

Location:

Liscomb, NS

Drive:

112 miles

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - Cabot Trail Scenic view
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East to the beautifully rugged Cape Breton Island

Technically an island, Cape Breton is linked to the rest of Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, you’ll head up the northern side of the UNESCO-protected Bras d’Or Lake before joining the world-famous Cabot Trail route in the northeastern tip of Nova Scotia.

Location:

Ingonish, NS

Drive:

190 miles

Cape Breton, Nove Scotia - The Cabot Trail winds it's way around the coast of Cape Breton Island
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A relaxing day enjoying the area's stunning scenery

Scenic highlights in this area include Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cape Smokey Provincial Park. If you’re a history lover, then consider heading south to the Fortress of Louisbourg Historic Site or the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum, which is located in Glace Bay.

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Ingonish, NS

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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada - Mary Ann Falls, Highlands National Park
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drive the famous cabot trail, before relaxing by bras d'or lake

The Cabot Trail is considered one of the best drives in North America. Today, you’ll spend the whole day completing this awesome loop past Cape Breton Highlands National Park and mile upon mile of epic coastal scenery. Once you’ve completed the drive and maybe a hike or two, you’ll finish off the day with a well-deserved beer or glass of wine on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake.

Location:

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Drive:

125 miles

Baddeck in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
7

Leave Nova Scotia and take a ferry to Prince Edward Island

It’s time to swap one pretty landscape for another slightly different but equally pleasing one. Firstly, you’ll head west to Pictou, your Road Trip Pack will advise you about the area’s highlights you can consider stopping at along the way. From Pictou, Nova Scotia, you’ll board a ferry and take a short ferry ride over to rural Prince Edward Island. Once you’re back on dry land, we recommend you swing by Point Prim Lighthouse on your way to your next stop… adorable Charlottetown.

Location:

Charlottetown, PEI

Drive:

185 miles

Prince Edward Island - Government House - Charlottetown
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Literature fans may want to spend the day in Cavenish

If you consider yourself a bit of a bookworm, then you’re probably familiar with the Anne of Green Gables series of books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The writer was a resident of a small town called Cavendish, which lies 20 miles northwest of Charlottetown. Fans flock from around the world to see the area the books were based on and to walk in the footsteps of the book’s lead character – Anne Shirley. If this doesn’t appeal, then you can simply enjoy the island’s scenery or explore Charlottetown’s charming streets and shops.

Location:

Charlottetown, PEI

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Prince Edward Island - Anne of Green Gables childhood home inspiration
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Explore the wonderful beaches of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park is a delightful coastal area north of Charlottetown. Walk the boardwalk in Greenwich, and then relax on one of the quiet beaches. In the evening, you can dine at one of the excellent restaurants found on or close to Queen Street. After dinner, we highly recommend you get into the “Anne of Green Gables ” spirit and enjoy a performance of the Broadway quality musical, which operates to critical acclaim each summer.

Location:

Charlottetown, PEI

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Prince Edward Island - Path to the beach at Basin Head
10

Go in search of the world's highest tide in New Brunswick

Today, you’ll cross the 13km long Confederation Bridge and enter your third province on this road trip – New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy awaits, with its record-breaking tidal activity and crazy “flower pot” formations. Our trip is designed to ensure you’ll witness both high and low tide, including the opportunity to walk on the ocean floor while the tide is out. Hopewell Rocks is simply a must-see stop as you make your way to charming Alma on the north side of the Bay.

Location:

Alma, NB

Drive:

150 miles

Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park, New Brunswick
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A second day to enjoy the natural wonders of this area

A full day to ensure you can walk on the ocean floor during low tide in the Bay of Fundy. Afterwards, we recommend you either go out on the water or enjoy a hike within neighbouring Fundy National Park.

Location:

Alma, NB

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Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick - Fundy Waterfall
12

Wineries, history and tidal bore rafting are on offer today!

Time to return to Nova Scotia, you’ll spend the morning driving to the south side of the Bay of Fundy. During the afternoon, you can opt to ride a tidal bore along the Shubenacadie River, see more Bay of Fundy “flower pot” formations in Burntcoat Head Park, step back in time at the UNESCO world heritage site of Grand Pre and enjoy a wine tasting experience in Wolfville.

Location:

Wolfville, NS

Drive:

248 miles

Wolfville, Nova Scotia - Rows of grapes at Blomidon Estate Winery
13

Historic Annapolis Royal awaits

Spend a leisurely morning in delightful Wolfville and neighbouring Grand Pre, before taking the short drive to history-laden Annapolis Royal to the west. Today is a relaxing day after a busy day 12, so find yourself a nice chair somewhere to finish off your holiday reading book, catch up on your holiday diary writing, or post those all-important social media updates.

Location:

Annapolis Royal, NS

Drive:

67 miles

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lighthouse overlooking the shoreline
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Unesco World Heritage protected Lunenburg & Peggy's Cove

At The American Road Trip Company, we like to finish our itineraries with a bang. Kejimkujik National Park, the Unesco-protected town of Lunenburg and nearby Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse will leave a lasting impression, and the numerous photo opportunities will soon wipe out any remaining memory on your camera or phone.

Location:

Lunenburg, NS

Drive:

86 miles

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia - Light House at Peggy Cove at Sunset

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find answers to most of your questions right here. If you still need assistance, Feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be sure to get back to you promptly!

Can I Add Extra Nights To The Road Trips?

Not a problem. If you are lucky enough to have extra time to explore more places or add more rest days, then just let us know and we’ll adjust your trip to match your preferred timescale.

Must I Have Travel Insurance?

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday to cover you against medical expenses, theft and other financial costs. Should you need to cancel before travelling, some insurance policies may pay out for any loss of funds that have been paid to us and which cannot be refunded under our cancellation policy.

Can I Do A One-Way Rental?

Many of our trips have a different end destination than the starting point, so this is not a problem. Please note a fee sometimes applies for one-way rentals between other regions or states, which will be paid to the supplier directly when collecting the vehicle. We’ll endeavour to inform you of this charge within your quote.

Am I Limited To Certain Hotels Or Chains?

No, far from it. We work with a range of properties from 3* to 5*, so we can adapt the trip to match most budgets. We have access to rooms in more than 800 hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs across North America.

How Old Do I Need To Be?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 in the United States or Canada, although, in addition, any drivers under 25 years of age will generally incur a surcharge.

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