Sample Itinerary
Lighthouses, Coves and Cliffs of the East Coast
From harbor villages to lighthouse-studded coastlines, this winding journey takes you through the best of Canada's east coast.

7-14 days

Best in June to October

Nova Scotia to New Foundland

Arrival in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Arrival in this beautiful maritime city. Halifax is a major business center and known for its maritime history. The city is dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850's. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax's days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812. Explore this vibrant hub of live music pubs, summer festivals and historic architecture.

Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay:

See one of the most picturesque spots in all of Canada - beautiful Peggy's Cove. The highlight here is a near-perfect lighthouse perched on a billow of bare granite boulders with crashing waves below. Take a tour on the local history and geology, or wander around this fisherman's seaside village. Visit Mahone Bay, the sunniest town on the coast. Browse small craft shops in colorful 19th-century buildings or rent sea kayaks to trip around the 100 or so islands in the bay.


Picturesque Lunenberg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its distinctive 18th and 19th-century architecture. Take a sailing cruise, hire bikes to tour the beaches of the peninsula, hop in a horse carriage to tour the town or just wander around the antique streets to see what you'll find. 

Wolfville, Bay of Fundy & Saint John, NB:

Spend a day crisscrossing the country roads and grassy hills of Cape Blomidon to catch some of the most dramatic views of the Fundy tides. Explore the awe-inspiring Fundy Trail, marveling at the spectacular views of the famous tides. Make stops along the way that not only reveal breathtaking views but also the chance to savor authentic Maritimes dulse (seaweed), fiddleheads and traditional fiddle music. Travel along the sea-sprayed shoreline to the amazing Hopewell Rocks, a New Brunswick icon.

Prince Edward Island:

Cross the stately Confederation Bridge and arrive in the rolling landscapes of Prince Edward Island, the backdrop of the acclaimed novel, Anne of Green Gables. See Prince Edward Island National Park's picturesque beaches. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum and meet a farmer who teaches you the art of potato farming, the island's leading industry. Discover seaside Charlottetown with a tour along its narrow streets lined with quaint homes and hidden treasures. 

Cape Breton and Cabot Trail:

Travel to Cape Breton, along the circuitous roads of the Cabot Trail, over high sea vista points, where whales breach offshore and you have to watch for moose on the road. You will fall in love with its rugged terrain and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the famed St. Peter's Church in Cheticamp. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Even more beauty awaits as we pause at fishing villages and experience the culture of Gaelic communities along the coast.

Newfoundland and Viking Trail:

Take an overnight ferry to Newfoundland and continue on the Viking Trail that links the fjord-filled Gros Morne National Park with Leif Eriksson's historic Viking settlement, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.