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Wonders of the Maritimes & Scenic Cape Breton with Ocean Train to Montreal

Wonders of the Maritimes & Scenic Cape Breton with Ocean Train to Montreal

12 Day Tour from Halifax to Montreal

Vacation overview

This tour of the Canadian Maritimes and Cape Breton has cooked up plenty of unique experiences in this picturesque part of the world. Get your camera ready for Canada’s most photographed lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove, your windbreaker zipped for the highest and widest tides at Hopewell Rocks, and your taste buds ready for a traditional fish cake breakfast, sugar camp lunch, and fresh lobster dinner. Visit the world of a red-headed girl in a straw hat and braids to meet one of Canada’s most loved fictional characters, Anne of Green Gables. Throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, tiny fishing villages, giant whales, and the grandest of scenery will be calling your name, as will Cape Breton’s historic Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Hello, coastal Canada! Say goodnight to coastal Canada and good morning to French Canada as you board the overnight Ocean train in Halifax for Montréal. Aboard the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America, you’ll sleep in comfort before awakening to the dream sights of Québec’s largest city. An included hop-on/hop-off trolley tour will put a spring in your step on this extension to your tour of Eastern Canada.

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA Welcome to Halifax! At 6 pm, meet your travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

HALIFAX. EXCURSION TO PEGGY’S COVE & LUNENBURG Lighthouse Beams, Bites & Brews Visit Peggy’s Cove, one of Canada’s most charming fishing villages. Enjoy a traditional [LF] Nova Scotian Breakfast. We then venture to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a walking tour with a Local Guide. During your free time, explore the quaint Main Street, shop for souvenirs, or spend time at the Fisheries Museum to learn more about this major fishing port. The rest of the day is at leisure. Maybe visit the Maritimes Museum, which explains the area’s seafaring past, or perhaps tour Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which has been making the home-grown favorite since the early 1880s. (B)

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES & TRADITIONS Discover the tastes and traditions in the charming fishing village of Peggy’s Cove to select from local specialties of fish cakes and a traditional Nova Scotian breakfast. You’ll find many magnificent views for taking photos of the famous lighthouse and panoramic sea views.


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Day 3

HALIFAX–SUGAR MOON FARM–MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK Nova Scotia Treats & Treasures Take an orientation tour of Halifax, including the public gardens and harbor area. Before arriving in New Brunswick, we’ll stop at [LF] Sugar Moon Farm to enjoy a Maritime sugar camp lunch, along with a guided tour and traditional sugar camp treat. Spend the evening in Moncton, originally founded by a group of Acadians and then Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best way to spend your evening. (B,L)

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Indulge in the sweet tradition of Nova Scotian sugar shacks! Each year when maple syrup is produced, locals frequent “sugar shacks” for sweet treats and hearty meals that really stick to the ribs! Join a Maritime sugar camp lunch at Sugar Moon Farm in the woods of Nova Scotia and see why locals love it. True comfort food!


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Day 4

MONCTON–HOPEWELL ROCKS–CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI Low Tides & Local Treats Travel to Hopewell Rocks to explore the dramatic sculpted landscape on the sea. Then, drive across 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge, the longest of its kind. Cross onto Prince Edward Island, stopping for a local treat at Cow’s Ice Cream Factory before continuing to Charlottetown. Tonight, enjoy a [LF] lobster supper at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)

LOCAL FAVORITE
SEA TREASURE For more than 150 years, Prince Edward Island lobster fishers have been waking up before the dawn to set their traps and haul in the sea’s bounty of delicious, red-shelled crustaceans to share with customers around the world. More than one thousand hearty island lobster fishers continue the tradition today out of more than 40 ports to share these sea treasures as they have for generations. Put on your lobster bib and get your butter ready to dive into a cracking good feast!

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Discover the ever-changing seascape on the beaches of Hopewell Rocks. Learn about the highest and wildest tides in the world, which rise and fall up to 52 feet each day. Time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees.


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Day 5

CHARLOTTETOWN Folk Songs & Sand Dunes A tour of the island includes a drive to the fishing port of North Rustico Harbour to learn about lobster fishing, the sand dunes and lovely beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park and a visit to the Green Gables Heritage Place with a Local Guide. Later, enjoy lunch at Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, do some shopping, or relax in one of Charlottetown’s fine restaurants. (B,L)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Visit the world of a red-headed girl in a straw hat and braids to meet one of Canada’s most loved fictional characters, Anne of Green Gables. Relive her mischievous escapades and mishaps within the nostalgic rooms of her home at Green Gables – where local author Lucy Maud Montgomery drew inspiration from the idyllic woodland farmstead.


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Day 6

CHARLOTTETOWN–BADDECK, NOVA SCOTIA Inventions of New Scotland This morning, board a ferry that whisks you across the Northumberland Strait, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.” It was here that the first ship of Scottish Highlanders landed in Nova Scotia in 1773. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site to learn about the famous inventor. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where fascinating exhibits trace the life and achievements of the iconic inventor of the telephone who spent his last years on Cape Breton.


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Day 7

BADDECK. EXCURSION TO CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK Legendary Landscapes Travel along the Cabot Trail, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Proceed along the coast, savoring magnificent vistas of the rocky shoreline and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enter Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Discover one of Canada’s most enchanting natural landscapes by the sea, where the mountains meet the ocean in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline you'll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-hued cliffs. Keep an eye out for wonderful wildlife that lives here, including moose, bald eagles, minks, or even pilot whales breaking the surface of the Gulf of St. Lawrence!


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Day 8

BADDECK–HALIFAX Strongholds & Celebrations Cross over the Canso Causeway and continue across Nova Scotia to Halifax and visit the Citadel Hill National Historic Site. Tonight, join your Tour Director and new friends at a festive farewell dinner—the perfect finale to your Maritimes vacation. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Visit the Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax with its early 19th-century, star shaped fort, majestically commanding an expansive hill overlooking the city. A series of forts highlight an evolution of defensive designs that protected Halifax Harbour from 1749 to 1906 - and never once attacked! Get a fascinating look into the region’s colonial past where the 78th Highlanders keep watch in their period uniforms of the day. The call of the bagpipes and rhythm of the drums harken back to a spirited Scottish tradition.



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Day 9

HALIFAX–VIA RAIL’S THE OCEAN All Aboard in Halifax! This afternoon, board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel while sleeping in comfort and awaken in a different region of Canada! Ride across New Brunswick to Québec’s largest city, Montréal with the comfort of a private Sleeper Plus car. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
TRAIN SPOTLIGHT VIA Rail’s The Ocean train is ideal for visiting Québec and Atlantic Canada. Guests will experience the mighty St. Lawrence River, the Matapedia Valley and Bay de Chaleur as well as the landscape of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Travel in superior comfort in Sleeper Plus class. Large windows let you admire passing landscapes. The Dining Car will charm you with its maritime ambiance, elegant table settings, and refined service for breakfast and a 3-course dinner (offered seasonally). Passengers aboard The Ocean train enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi service in the cars adjacent to the dining car.


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Day 10

VIA RAIL’S THE OCEAN– MONTRÉAL Fit for a Queen Morning arrival into Montréal for a 2-night stay in the historic world-renowned Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. During your stay, enjoy a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour of the city. With your leisure time, you may want to discover the excellent restaurants, lively nightspots, and charming boutiques and galleries. Visit Notre Dame Basilica, stroll the historic streets of Old Montréal, or try your luck at the Casino de Montréal. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Enjoy a 2-night stay in the luxurious ambiance of Montréal’s The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Just steps from Montréal’s legendary Sainte-Catherine Street, galleries, and shopping venues, you’ll find extraordinary comfort and first-class service in this historic hotel on the cobblestone avenues of Old Montréal.


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Day 11

MONTRÉAL Magical Montréal Full free day to explore Montreal on your own.

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE in Montréal with a free day to discover the tastes and traditions of this French-Canadian city. Explore the cultural capital of Canada where the traditional Québécois style is celebrated along its cobblestone streets and grand buildings in European flair. See the Basilique Notre-Dame with its stunning stained glass, and the Plateau Mont-Royal with spectacular views of Vieux-Montréal. Your Tour Director has suggestions for the best ways to make the most of your day. And your GlobusGO mobile app puts the maps and tips you need right in your hands.


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Day 12

MONTRÉAL Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Vacation Highlights

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Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


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