The winding Cabot Trail road seen from high above on the Skyline Trail at sunset in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Walking the Canadian Maritimes

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Trip code: 
TFC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–13

This dedicated walking tour of New England and the Canadian Maritimes is a trip to remember. Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and secrets to the intrepid traveller. Stunning natural beauty serves as a backdrop to coastal communities defined by their strong cultural identities. From hiking a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail, to an included whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, this coastline promises a unique adventure with something to entice all interests. Get off the main thoroughfare and discover the highlights!

Highlights

  • Whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Dedicated and guided hikes on most days
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg

Key information

  • 12 nights in hotels, motels and guesthouses
  • 8 days trekking
  • Altitude maximum 510m, average 145m

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Day by day breakdown
Day 21.5km/1.0miles
Day 47.0km/4.2miles
Day 56.5km/4.4miles
Day 63.5km/2.4miles
Day 73.2km/2.5miles
Day 84.4km/3.1miles
Days 9-102.0km/1.24miles
Days 11-1211.0km/6.8miles
Point Wolfe at Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

Itinerary

Halifax
to
Halifax
  • Day 1

    Halifax

    Welcome to Halifax and the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, well-known for its maritime history. With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard. You are free to arrive at any time today ahead of the welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs, where you’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travelling companions.

    Should you arrive early, why not visit some of the many parks, museums, landmarks, art galleries and waterfront cafes of Halifax. The Maritime Museum in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) tells the story of the city's seafaring origins whilst the fortress on Citadel Hill with its iconic Town Clock overlooks the modern glass towers of the city, providing that link between the past and the present. 

    Hotel included

  • Day 2

    Peggy’s Cove – Lunenburg – Digby

    This morning, you drive to the iconic area of Peggy's Cove to see the lighthouse which is always a prominent feature of the area and makes for some excellent holiday pictures. For a different perspective of this iconic sight, your guide will lead you on the Polly’s Cove Trail. Next you travel to the World Heritage listed historic town of Lunenburg. A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town’s position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding. You then overnight in Digby, Nova Scotia.

    Admiral Digby Hotel (or similar)

    Trail: Polly’s Cove Trail

    Altitude: 50 meters

  • Day 3

    St John

    You catch an early morning ferry across the Bay of Fundy to St John, the largest city in New Brunswick. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore.

    Chateau St John and Suites (or similar)

  • Day 4

    Acadia National Park

    Leaving Canada, your destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. On day four, you’ll wander along the Ocean Path to see the jagged pink granite formations long the parks beautiful coastline. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. 

    Edenbrook Motel (or similar) 

    Trail: Ocean Path Trail

    Altitude gain: low

    Altitude: 150 meters

  • Day 5

    Acadia National Park

    There are some hikes that are a must. When deciding between the myriad of trails in Acadia National Park, it would be hard not to include Cadillac Ridge. Cadillac is the highest point on Mount Desert Island, and without a doubt offers wonderful views in every direction, as well as offering wildflower displays. The trail features numerous scenic viewpoints over Frenchman Bay and interesting pine displays. The lower tree line on Cadillac means that a decent portion of the final ascent is open rock face.

    Edenbrook Motel (or similar)

    Trail: Cadillac North Ridge Trail

    Altitude: 460 meters

  • Day 6

    Baxter State Park

    You have two nights in Baxter State Park; the largest and most remote natural preserve in Eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square km. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin, which has many peaks; at 5,267ft Baxter Peak is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities you can enjoy in this rare and wonderful wilderness including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights.

    On arrival, you will enjoy a nature hike along the Little and Big Niagara Falls trail and you’ll be treated to not one, but two waterfalls on this hike. The water gushing over the rocky ledges of Big Niagara Falls is sure to be awe-inspiring. After beginning, you cross over a footbridge before winding your way south between rocks and over roots, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Continue onwards until you are standing in front of a magnificent stream, set against a mountainous backdrop.

    Baxter Park Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Little and Big Niagara Falls trail

    Altitude: 390 meters

  • Day 7

    Baxter State Park

    Today you hike another section of the famed Appalachian Trail on the Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. This brings you right to the base of Mount Katahdin, where the waters of Katahdin Stream thunder beneath the northernmost bridge on the Appalachian Trail.

    Baxter Park Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Katahdin Stream Falls trail

    Altitude: 510 meters

  • Day 8

    Fundy National Park

    Cross the border into Canada and stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world with an average variance of 47.5ft and an extreme variance of an amazing 53.3ft.

    The main features of this park include the seaside habitats and the highland Acadian forests, which you have time to explore, as well as the beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon, your guide leads you on the Coppermine Trail which delivers you to an old copper mine site. Beginning at the car park, your hike meanders through a field and then through predominantly spruce woodland, climbing uphill and further into the woods. You’ll traverse over several streams on wooden bridges until finding the remnants of the old copper mine along with interpretative signs. This trail offers great views across the bay.

    Alpine Motor Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Coppermine Trail

    Altitude: 180 meters

  • Days 9-10

    Hopewell Rocks – Prince Edward Island

    This morning, you visit the beautiful Hopewell Rocks where these incredible rock formations make for some amazing photographs. It may be possible to walk (1.5 kms) to Demoiselle Beach, a picturesque and quiet sandy cove. Your next stop is Prince Edward Island; the smallest of all the Canadian provinces with a total population of 141,000. Often referred to as 'PEI', the province actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island, as well as a collection of smaller islands. It's also referred to as the 'Birthplace of Confederation', as the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 was one of a few events that established the framework which led the British colonies to confederation in 1867.

    Prince Edward Island was the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel, 'Anne of Green Gables' (published in 1908), was set here. It's possible to join a tour of Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.

    On day 10, you explore some of Prince Edward Island National Park on foot, following its beautiful sandy beaches and landmarks, starting from the Dalvay-by-the-sea historical mansion. Experience the sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, forest and more. The distance is variable but will be approximately 6.2 miles (10 kms) with a low elevation and suitable for most.

    Bay Vista Motel (or similar)

    Trail: Cape Rocks Trail

    Altitude: 50 meters

  • Days 11-12

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    During your time on Prince Edward Island, you’ll hike beside the many forested lakes and to the top of the various rugged peaks for outstanding views or take to the sea for some fantastic kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline. Consisting of Acadian and boreal forests, this park is home to various species of wildlife such as Black Bear, coyote and moose. If you're lucky you may see Bald Eagles circling overhead or perched high up in the trees.

    From Prince Edward Island, it’s a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park, before driving towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline.

    On day 12, you have a brief reprieve from walking as we have included a whale watching activity. This unique experience provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of northern Cape Breton and marine life near the coastlines. By using smaller Zodiacs, this allow us to blast along the rugged shores in search of whales, dolphins, seals, leatherback turtles, puffins and eagles.

    In the afternoon, it’s back to the wild coastline again to hit the trails. This coastal and scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail, then continues along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. 

    Castle Rock Country Inn (or similar)

    Trail: Coastal Trail

    Altitude: Sea level

  • Day 13

    Halifax

    Today you enjoy a leisurely pace before making your way back towards Halifax where your tour end at the hotel upon arrival. Your guide will stop at points of intertest along the way.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you  have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

No meals included.

On hotel based tours, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.
Your tour leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Leaders will fully explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America and Canada certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and, although the province is almost surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. Due to the ocean's moderating effect, Nova Scotia, on average, is the warmest of the provinces in Canada. Average daytime temperatures are 20ºC in August and 18ºC in September. Night temperatures will be as low as 8ºC in August and 5ºC in September. Although summers are fairly dry, the odd rainy day can be expected.

Nova Scotia weather chart

Nova Scotia weather chart

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers a well-paced mix of walks for all levels of fitness. Most walks are of leisurely/moderate difficulty. For the more adventurous activities there are often optional, moderate to strenuous hikes in some locations. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, motels and guesthouses

5 hotel nights, 5 motels and 2 guesthouse nights (some smaller and more basic accommodation used due to remote location). For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936