Why you should embark on a coastal road trip in Canada

, Lifestyle

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

Four scenic provinces and one amazing road trip will have you soaking up Celtic, French Acadian and First Nations culture, succulent fresh seafood and wild nature along the way.

Raise a glass of Nova Scotia’s finest award-winning L’Acadie sparkling wine to start your trip. Explore Halifax’s Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, then stroll the waterfront boardwalk before the first of many lobster dinners watching the sun set over.

Snap photos at the picturesque British colonial settler town of Lunenberg. Layered with hundreds of years of Canadian history, discover important maritime links on a tour of this Unesco World Heritage Site.

 

Sample dark rum with a hint of caramel and spice at the Ironworks, Nova Scotia’s first microdistillery.

Walk with the Mi’kmaq First Nations on an Eskasoni Cultural Journeys guided trail through the forest, meeting elders and learning more about this vibrant community.

Feel the wonder of history at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a Unesco World Heritage Site and see 300-millionyear-old fossils and uncover the world’s most complete fossil records of the Coal Age.

 

 

Reach New Brunswick and launch your kayak from a red sand beach and paddle past curious rock arch formations, worn away by the world’s highest tides at the Bay of Fundy.

Tour the holiday home of one of the US’s most famous presidents at Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Over cookies and “tea with Eleanor” learn about the Roosevelts’ life there.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

In just five hours direct from London, arrive in Newfoundland and Labrador, where humpback whales slap their tails as they breach the water and icebergs slowly drift past on the horizon.

Explore the quaint streets of the capital St John’s with its Celtic crafts, delicious restaurants and live music bars.

Dig into the history of the province and its people at The Rooms – three floors of fascinating exhibits with a killer view of the city and sea.

Marvels await at Gros Morne National Park, when you head out with a ranger to explore the Tablelands where the Earth’s crust lies exposed.

 

 

Camp overnight in this World Heritage site and wake to a sunrise you will remember for ever. Board the ferry to Fogo Island, considered to be one of the four corners of the Earth by the Flat Earth Society. Here, Fogo Island Inn, set on a rocky cliff, overlooks the wild ocean.

Take an island tour with a friendly and knowledgeable local and discover how this inn breathed life into what was at one stage a dying community, unwind in a wood-fired hot tub overlooking the sea, feast on tart, juicy partridgeberries and pork loin charred with a birch wood fire cooked on the beach, before settling down to sleep soundly underneath a hand-embroidered quilt.