See the quieter side of Canada on this unusual fly drive through the Maritimes.
Boasting a rich Celtic heritage, stunning coastal scenery, picturesque fishing towns and a gentle pace of life, the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada form the dream destination for a fly drive holiday. Using local ferry routes and quiet country roads this gentle journey hops between islands and the mainland while following the most scenic coastal trails from town to town.
UK to Halifax
Arrive into historic Halifax and collect your car before heading downtown to your hotel. With plenty of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance of your hotel, enjoy a leisurely evening while getting your bearings. Spend a day discovering the historic sites of Halifax with a short walk from your hotel to the Halifax Citadel. Next, drive out to the York Redoubt National Historic Site where this 200 year old fort sits majestically overlooking the harbour.
Halifax to Lunenburg
Join the coastal road as you head out of town and make a stop at Peggy’s Cove. This photogenic area has a distinctive lighthouse perched defiantly on the headland and intriguing houses built into
the granite rocks. End your drive in the
UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Lunenburg, where a carefully restored
Victorian town invites visitors to explore.
Distance approx: 99 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1 hour 15 minutes
Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal
Head inland and cross the Nova Scotia peninsular, stopping at the fascinating Kejimkujik
National Park en route. Take yourself on
a walk or join one of the ranger-guided tours to discover lakes, forests and ancient petroglyphs. Finish your day at the small coastal town of Annapolis Royal.
Distance approx: 86 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1 hour 50 minutes
Annapolis Royal to St. Andrews
Board the ferry at nearby Digby and cross the Bay of Fundy on the local ferry. From here it is a scenic drive south on the Fundy Coastal Drive to the lovely seaside resort town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. With an array of things to do both in the town and on the water, visitors can enjoy a fun-filled day in and around St. Andrews. Join a whale watching tour, visit the art galleries and shops, kayak up the coast or visit the Blockhouse, a museum and monument to a time when Canada was at war with the nearby USA.
Distance approx: 130 Mi
Time to travel approx: 4 hour 15 minutes (Inc. Ferry)
St. Andrews to Moncton
Follow the bay north east, through pristine forests and along the rugged coastline, to Hopewell Rocks. Here you can witness the highest tidal surge anywhere in the world as the waters flood the beach and fill the gaps between the towering rock pinnacles.
Distance approx: 130 Mi
Time to travel approx: 2 hour 30 minutes
Moncton to Charlottetown
Before leaving Moncton make a stop at Magnetic Hill. For a small fee visitors can park their car in neutral and let it roll up hill! From there head to the coastal
town of Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World, where you can enjoy a lobster fishing cruise with a meal dining on fresh lobster. Back in the car, head to the longest bridge in Canada and make the crossing to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Spend a day exploring intriguing Prince Edward Island with its long swathes of beach and small friendly towns. This is also the birthplace of the Canadian nation and there are plenty of references to this pivotal time in the country’s history. Alternatively just relax in Charlottetown’s well-kept streets with shops and cafés offering a welcome break from driving.
Distance approx: 102 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1 hour 55 minutes
Charlottetown to Baddeck
Catch the morning ferry back over to Nova Scotia and head to the town of Pictou. Pictou boasts a replica of the Hector, a Scottish ship that landed in Nova Scotia in 1773 carrying 189 settlers. From there continue north to the Canso Causeway which links Nova Scotia to its island outpost: Cape Breton Island. This scenic town overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes and boasts some unique museums. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in the town or head out to the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest historical reconstruction in North America where there is a recreation of an entire 1700s French garrison town.
Distance approx: 276 Mi
Time to travel approx: 5 hour 05 minutes (Inc. Ferry)
Baddeck to Ingonish
Today’s drive takes you along one of the most scenic roads in Canada – the Cabot Trail. The road meanders through forests and hugs the coast, taking you to the town of Cheticamp. Stop and discover the town’s unique French Acadian heritage before continuing through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where even a short walk will deliver stunning views to the ocean.
Distance approx: 65 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ingonish to Liscomb Mills
Set off early to follow the coast road across the Boularderie Islands to the town of Sydney before heading south, back across the causeway onto mainland Nova Scotia. Taking the scenic Marine Drive Route means about 7 hours of driving today but gives you the chance to stop at Sherbrooke, an 1860s village where the interpreters dress in the period costume.
Distance approx: 197 Mi
Time to travel approx: 4 hours
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