Atlantic Provinces Canada – The Maritimes

Atlantic Provinces Canada - The Maritimes

Update 5. October 2020


Round trips Atlantic Provinces Canada. Nova Scotia – New Brunswick – Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Icebergs, lobsters and following the traces of the Vikings – round trip 3-6 weeks through the Maritimes, 2000 – 6.500 km

If you are interested in the Atlantic Provinces Canada – The Maritimes, please give yourself 4 weeks time. It is also working in 3 weeks, but many interesting locations you would leave it lying on your left. Starting point of this trip is Halifax in Nova Scotia, which is regularly served from Europe. If time is not important, start in Montreal and drive through Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula. If you want to include Newfoundland, fly to St. John’s and start your journey there. From Halifax through Newfoundland to St. John’s and back it’s 3000 km without side trips. It is definitely advisable to plan an extra holiday for Newfoundland. Plan your tour carefully – there is a lot to discover.

Guide book Eastern Canada – The Best of the Great Trail

A guide book for the planning and the backpack is very helpful. Information for planning and preparing an East Canada trip on your own. A guide book about the on the Trans Canada Trail.

Atlantic Provinces Canada - Old Town Lunenburg, South Shore

Old Town Lunenburg, South Shore, Full Rights Tourism Nova Scotia, Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Guidance for route planning

These suggested routes are for orientation and include two ferry passages (to New Brunswick and from PEI to Nova Scotia). The fee for the Confederation Bridge to PEI is currently CAD 47.75 for a two-axle vehicle. The Ligthouse Route to the south and the Cabot Trail to the north of Nova Scotia you should not miss. On Prince Edward Island, there are tours created by the Tourist Board that will take you to the island’s attractions. They are between 200 and 400 km long and extend the trip accordingly. All three routes together add up to about 1000 km.

This tour requires intensive detailed planning work, or you can simply get started. Basically I recommend to enjoy this trip (as every trip) without time pressure, because the coastal roads are of course very interesting but also time consuming. So always following the motto: Less is more!

Track plan Atlantic Provinces Canada – NS-NB-PEI approx. 2,300 – 3,300 km

The track is divided into sections (these are not stage sections). Select a section with the track pictogram on the map. You can scan the distances in the diagram. If you click on the markers, you ‘ll get more information with links. Ok – despite responsive, on a fiddly cell phone this is of course a pesky groping. Plan relaxed on your PC or tablet.



Plan your own round trip here

Links to the round trip Maritimes – Nova Scotia

Destination Link Destination Link
A/N Halifax G Cap Pele

Lunenburg H Charlottetown PEI

Bridgewater
Trips PEI

Liverpool I Caribou
B Barrington
New Glasgow
C Yarmouth
Antigonish

Weymouth
Port Hawkesbury
D Digby J/K Cabot Trail

Ferry passage L Sydney

Bay Of Fundy M St. Peter’s
E Saint John N Truro-Halifax
F Frédericton


Fundy Natl. Park


The Rocks Prov. Park


Moncton





Further informations
Confederation Bridge PEI
Peggy’s Cove 
Kings Landing (west of Frédéricton)
Whale watching Bay of Fundy

“Be in the loop” Cape Breton – ca. 400 km

Atlantic Provinces Canada - Cape Breton

Cabot Trail in fall – Cape Breton, Full rights Tourism Nova Scotia, Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia without the loop around Cape Breton (Cabot Trail) would be a tourist fiasco that you should definitely avoid. At least this could be a good enough reason to visit this wonderful country again. You have to include this trip in your plans.

The loop around Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is already included in the route plan above.

Loop around Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Loop around Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Destination Link
A Port Hawkesbury
B Port Hood
C Pleasant Bay
D Neils Harbour
E Victoria, NS
F Sydney, NS

Round trip Maritimes – Newfoundland

Newfoundland – one way additional 1500 km without side trips.

Please note that the ferry passage from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland takes about 7 hours. Please check the departure times. If you include Newfoundland in your travel itinerary, start the tour in St.John’s. St. John’s is served regularly from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal or Halifax and it should be no problem to get a connecting flight from Europe. Here, depending on your travel plans, be sure to book an open jaw flight.

Generally I recommend to travel separately for Newfoundland. The island is a very large natural region with mountain ranges, fjords and forests. Here, nature lovers and individualists get their money’s worth. You will not find hectic city life, amusement and leisure parks here. Friendly people, small fishing villages, forests rich in game and the magnificent Gros Morne National Park will remain in your memory. This way, several thousand kilometres can easily be travelled here. I do not believe that it does honour to check off this island in a speedy manner. There is simply too much to discover.

Track Newfoundland – from St. John’s toHalifax with side trips, 2.400 – 3.400 km, 3-4 weeks, depending on planning

The track is divided into sections (these are not stage sections). Select a section with the track pictogram on the map. You can scan the distances in the diagram. If you click on the markers, you ‘ll get more information with links. Ok – despite responsive, on a fiddly cell phone this is of course a pesky groping. Plan relaxed on your PC or tablet.



Links to the round trip Maritimes – Newfoundland – Iceberg Alley

Destination Link Destination Link
A St. John’s
L’Anse aux Meadows

Avalon Wilderness R. G Ten Mile Lake

Trinity Bay
Corner Brook

Placentia
Stephenville

Bonavista H Channel Port aux Basques

Bonavista Bay
Sydney

Terra Nova Nat. Prk. I Port Hawkesbury
B Gander J New Glasgow
C Grand Falls-Windsor K Truro
D Springdale L Halifax
E Deer Lake

F St. Anthony

Further Informations
Newfoundland 
Rocky Harbour 
Baie Verte 
Bonne Bay

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