Ten reasons to visit Atlantic Canada
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So close but so different
Atlantic Canada is the closest region of Canada to Britain. Halifax is the gateway to Nova Scotia and the neighbouring provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – barely six hours’ flight from the UK. Or fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador in 5-6 hours. An enchanting seacoast holiday awaits in Atlantic Canada.
Great scenery; easy driving
Atlantic Canada offers a huge variety of scenery in a
relatively compact area – perfect for a relaxing self-drive holiday. Drive the
famous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island, linked to Nova Scotia by causeway,
or take the Lighthouse Route from Halifax stopping in UNESCO town of Lunenburg
with its seafaring history and picturesque waterfront. Follow the Fundy Coastal Drive, where you will find Hopewell Rocks, Fundy National Park and magnificent views of the Bay of Fundy to the buzzing harbour city of Saint John. Or meander through Newfoundland to see the early summer spectacle of
History comes alive
French explorer Samuel de Champlain helped start the colony
of Acadie – Acadia – at Port-Royal in 1605 before heading off to kick-start
Quebec. The British followed close behind, struggling to establish supremacy,
before finally taking over in 1713 and renaming the colony Nova Scotia, or New
Scotland. Today, there are still
French-speaking communities like Chéticamp dotted through the province. Tour
the hilltop British citadel in Halifax; tread in the footsteps of the first
Scottish settlers at Pictou; and explore the Ceilidh Trail along the eastern
shore of Cape Breton Island. Witness the Acadian culture of New Brunswick, where French Acadians have a true 'joie de vivre', or love of life to share with visitors. Many communities celebrate with museums, festivals and unique Acadian cuisine. New Brunswick is Canada’s only bilingual province, with a 40% French-speaking population.
The birthplace of Canada
The Federation of Canada was born from a meeting in
Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in 1864 to discuss a possible
Maritime union. Politicians from the
Province of Canada asked to join in and after further conferences in Quebec and
London, the Confederation was launched on 1 July 1867 between New Brunswick,
Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Discover the full story at the Confederation
Centre of the Arts and take a walking tour of this delightful waterside city with
a costumed guide.
The sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in April 1912 still
fascinates people across the world, the victims and survivors brought ashore by
rescue boats from Halifax. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see artefacts recovered
from the wreckage and take a walk amongst the Titanic gravestones in Fairview
Lawn Cemetery. Discover too the Halifax Explosion of 1915 when the town was
devastated by a naval explosion, and visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, a museum and resource
centre to immigrants who arrived between 1928 and 1971.
Sublime seafood and winning wines
Shediac in New Brunswick is renowned as the lobster capital of
the world, but you can dine royally on scrumptious seafood throughout the region.
Digby on the Fundy shore of Nova Scotia is famed for its scallops, and Prince
Edward Island for its mussels and oysters. Something to drink with it? The
gentle slopes of the Annapolis and Gaspereau Valleys north of Halifax produce a
wide range of quality Nova Scotian wines.
World's highest tides
Twice a day, tides surge in and out of the Bay of Fundy, a
marine bottleneck 45 miles wide between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Tides
can peak here at 52 feet – officially the highest in the world - and
spectacularly fall to leave boats stranded on the rich red mud and reveal strange
‘flowerpot’ shaped structures like Hopewell Rocks. For a real adrenalin rush, go Tidal Bore Rafting to ride the Shubenacadie river at Urbania in
Outdoor adventures for all
Whatever your taste in the outdoors, you’ll find it in
Atlantic Canada. Spring and summer are best for water sports and whale
watching, whilst late September to mid-October brings autumn colours and a pumpkin
on every porch. Cruise the Bay of Fundy for the chance to see minke whales,
finbacks and even humpbacks. Try cycling along Prince Edward Island's tranquil trails, go sea
kayaking, or just relax on the island’s pristine sandy beaches.
Relive Anne of Green Gables
The painted clapboard houses, small farms and lighthouses of
Prince Edward Island inspired local author L M Montgomery to write Anne of
Green Gables in the early 1900s, still read across the world. Visit the heritage properties associated with
the writer for a glorious wallow in childhood nostalgia.
A warm welcome
One of the best things about Atlantic Canada is its people –
warm, friendly and always eager to show off their beautiful homeland. And who
can blame them? No wonder those early settlers called it Acadia!
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