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Maritime Islands

An “exotic” trip close to home is going to be the Maritime Islands in Canada.  There is opportunity to see some amazing natural landscapes, beaches, and eat some amazing food.

New Brunswick

The primary attractions are Bay of Fundy and Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. Within the Bay of Fundy, the must see location is Hopewell Rocks. The low vs. high tide could vary by 50 feet. The time difference is 6 hour and 15 minutes between low and high tide.

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Prince Edward Island

Site: https://www.tourismpei.com

Prince Edward Island is an island in Canada’s Maritime Islands. Prince Edward Island is the home to beautiful beaches, cute towns, and world-class seafood. If this is part of a larger trip, I would spend 2-3 days on Prince Edward Island. I would initially focus on the east coast of PEI, the home of Prince Edward Island National Park. If your child is a fan of Anne of Green Gables, there are a number of locations.

  • Prince Edward Island National Park
    • Cavendish Beach
    • Gulfshore Parkway
    • Greenwich Dunes Trail
  • Anne of Green Gables (Based in Charlottetown)
    • Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (Confederation Centre of the Arts)
  • Scenic Drives
    • Points East Coastal Drive (411 km or 240 mile)
    • Central Coastal Drive (198 km or 120 mile)
      • Red Sands Shore
    • North Coastal Drive (300 km or 180 mile)

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Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is home of puffins, seals, whales, and beaches.  The top attractions include Halifax and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. From pictures, I think that Nova Scotia appears to be more beautiful than Prince Edward Island. This is probably more closely tied to 3 days.

  • Halifax
    • Citadell Hill
    • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Includes material on Titanic)
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
    • Cabot Trail
  • Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove
  • Lunenberg
  • Digby
    • Whale Watching
    • High and Low Tide (Time between tides is 6 hours and 15 minutes)

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Newfoundland

Newfoundland also seems like a wonderful location.

The highlights include the following:

  • Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park
  • Twillingate – Iceberg Boat Tours
  • St John’s (Capital of Newfoundland)
  • Cape Spear (most eastern spot in North America) – 20 minutes from St. John
  • L’Anse aux Meadows – Viking Village

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Suggested Itinerary

If you aren’t driving in from the U.S., the most likely starting point would be flying into Halifax.

Day 1 (Nova Scotia): Spend Day in Halifax
Day 2 (Nova Scotia): Lunenberg (1 hr from Halifax), Peggy’s Cove, and to Digby (Whale Watching)
Day 3 (Brunswick): Fundy National Park / Hopewell Rocks (3.5 hours from Digby)
Day 4 (Prince Edward Island): Charlottetown (2.5 hrs from Hopewell Rocks)
Day 5 (Prince Edward Island): Prince Edward Island National Park (1 hour from Charlottetown)
Day 6 (Nova Scotia): Drive to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (6 hours from PEI NP)
Day 7 (Nova Scotia): Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cabot Trail
Day 8 (Newfoundland): Drive to Gros Morne National Park (13.5 hours from Sydney)
Day 9 (Newfoundland): Gros Morne National Park
Day 10 (Newfoundland):  Twillngate / Iceberg Tour (4 hour drive from NP)
Day 11 (Newfoundland): St. Johns (5 hours to location)
Day 12: Fly Home

For perspective, it would take 32 hours to drive form St. John’s back to Boston, MA. If you are planning to drive from somewhere in the US, you will need to add days to the beginning and end of the trip.