The Maritime Magic Treasures Tour begins in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a host of historical sites, including the Citadel, along with taking in the sheer beauty of the rugged coastline. Your next stop is Western Shore, and you’ll follow a route that takes you through stunning St. Margaret’s Bay in order to get there.
The most talked about attraction in Western Shore is Oak Island, which looms enigmatically across the waters. The island is privately-owned and shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that it’s home to buried treasure hidden in the dense forests centuries ago by Captain Kidd himself.
You’ll depart Western Shore the following day and head to Digby, which is peacefully perched on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy and best known for its extreme tides. En route, you’ll have the chance to hike the scenic hiking trails of Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site.
Your journey will also take you to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. This tranquil oceanic countryside is where you’ll want to indulge in a mouth-watering meal of mussels and other fresh, home-grown produce. Visit St. Dunstan’s Basilica and the Confederation Centre of the Arts before moving on to the student town of Antigonish and, eventually, beautiful Baddeck. There, you’ll hop aboard a Love Boat (June to September only) in Cheticamp for a mesmerising tour.
Stop offs in West Bay and Liscomb Mills are last on the itinerary before you make our way back to Halifax to board a return flight home.
- Gaze in awe at the mysterious Oak Island from Western Shore
- Board a covered Love Boat in Cheticamp for a mesmerising guided tour of Baddeck’s bountiful waters
- Hike your way through the richly inhabited Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site
- Uncover Canadian culture in Charlottetown with a visit to the Confederation Centre of the Arts
Start your Journey
Upon landing at Halifax International Airport, you’ll collect your car hire before driving to your downtown hotel. Take the remainder of your day to relax or get an early start on exploring this stunning seaside city.
Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It offers the perfect balance between historical charm and contemporary flair. Visit the hilltop fort known as the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th century. Also, be sure to immerse yourself in the wonders of the seaside by making a stop at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and marvelling at the 30,000 various oceanic artefacts.
Halifax - Western Shore
Today, you’ll enjoy a leisurely drive across the Halifax coastline towards Western Shore. During your journey, you’ll pass through St. Margaret’s Bay where you’ll have the opportunity to admire its rocky shoreline and breathe in its refreshing seaside air.
On your way to the sparkling waters of Western Shore, you’ll be able to spot the enigmatic Oak Island. The island is privately-owned and is shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that buried treasure was hidden in the dense forests centuries ago by Captain Kidd himself. Unfortunately, it is no longer accessible to the public – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t admire the view. Aside from Oak Island, another must-see is the popular seaside trail, which promises exciting marine vistas and possible sightings of humpback whales on their way to the shores of Tancook Island.
Western Shore - Digby
The next leg of your tour through Canada leads you to Digby, which is peacefully perched on the southern shores of the Bay of Fundy. En route, you will move through the wilderness, keeping a close eye out for the numerous woodland animals that call the coast their home. Stretch your legs halfway through with a lengthy hike at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site. You can access the scenic hiking trails and canoe routes from Kejimkujik Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia, which is known for its flitting fish and tranquil waters.
Digby - Truro
Take an hour or two in the morning to visit The Admiral Digby Museum, which is quaintly housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area. Soon after, begin your journey to Truro, taking in the full extent of the beauty of the Bay of Fundy as you drive. Make the most of the trip by stopping off at various landmarks for a crash course in Canadian maritime history. The Grand Pré National Historic Site is a must-see attraction, as it provides an insight into the history of the Acadian settlement. Meanwhile, the lush greenery of the commemorative park makes it the ideal spot for a laid-back picnic.
Truro - Charlottetown
Your journey picks up quickly again as you head to Pictou, which is known as the ‘birthplace of New Scotland’. Here, you’ll have the chance to discover the Hector Heritage Quay, where the first Scottish settlers arrived in 1773. Afterwards, hop aboard a ferry and float across Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. This island is Canada’s smallest province, and it is celebrated for its attractive and peaceful charm, as well as its fruitful, low rolling countryside. The ‘cradle of Canada’s confederation’, officially known as Charlottetown, is your final destination for the day. This is a province in which various fresh, nutritious ingredients are sourced, so be sure to settle down to a hearty meal before bed. Most locals will agree that Charlottetown is best known for its deliciously fresh mussels.
Awash with Victorian architecture, Charlottetown is a dream to explore. At the top of your itinerary should be a visit to St. Dunstan’s Basilica. The cathedral is a breath-taking stone structure and a Gothic Revival masterpiece. Also be sure to stop by the Confederation Centre of the Arts nearby. The cultural centre is a hub for theatre goers and visual art lovers alike. It is also known for its fine dining and abundant gift shop, where you’ll find a selection of collectible art pieces and memorabilia to take home to your loved ones.
Charlottetown - Antigonish
Travel today is short and sweet as you bid farewell to charming Charlottetown and say hello to the quaint student town of Antigonish. En route, you’ll move through small settlements as you delve even deeper into Nova Scotia’s magical mishmash of Scottish, Native and Acadian heritage.
Antigonish - Baddeck
This morning, you’ll continue your travels along the Northumberland Strait until you reach the narrows of the ocean at the doorstep of the island. You’ll also find the commercial centre of Ports Hawkesbury here, near the tip of St. Georges Bay. The beautiful bay eventually transitions into the pristine Bras D’Or Lake lowlands. Before you know it, you’ll arrive in pretty Baddeck, which is fondly referred to as the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands.
The bustling village of Baddeck is often considered to be the beginning and end of the revered Cabot Trail. Choose to take a scenic drive along the trail to really appreciate the scenery that this community is so famous for. You’ll pass by peaceful lochs and glens that formed part of the settlements of the original Scottish Highlanders and Acadians. Vistas of sea-swept headlands and steep, craggy cliffs also await you.
Transition from land to sea as you board a covered Love Boat sailboat in Cheticamp for a mesmerising guided tour. While gazing at the extensive landscape before you, remember to keep an eye out for whales and seals as they dance enthusiastically beneath the surface of the water.
Baddeck - West Bay
A short trip southward is in order this morning, as you make your way towards West Bay, a friendly rural community just a few miles from Baddeck. On your way here, you’ll move through many maritime settlements rich in Scottish heritage, and explore the Fortress of Louisbourg - one of the most historically significant locations in all of North America. Indulge in a lunch with a twist at one of the authentic 18th century-themed restaurants before continuing onto Bras d’Or Lake, which is one of the best sailing and boating venues in all of Canada.
West Bay - Liscomb Mills
Drive through Port Hawkesbury and along the Canso Causeway onto the western shore. You’ll hurtle alongside the rugged, crashing Nova Scotia coastline as you weave your way through beach parks and lush greenery before arriving in Liscomb Mills. This little rural community is sure to welcome you with open arms.
Liscomb Mills - Halifax / End of Tour
Make one last stop at the Liscomb Game Sanctuary, which is home to a mix of amazing wildlife, including moose, deer, mink, and muskrat. Finish your Maritime Magic Treasures adventure by continuing along Marine Drive back to Halifax International Airport where you can check-in for your onward flight.
- International flights and airfare taxes
- Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 13 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
- Board basis: Room only
- Excursions in Baddeck and West Bay
- Visa arrangements and fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
- Attractions and excursions
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