Outdoor Native Experience
Between sky and sea!
A warm invitation during fall foliage
from Novacadie & your group organizer
Day 1 Your flight departure location ---Bangor, Me.
Group flight. Your tour director is pleased to greet everyone at the airport. Arriving just on time for freshening up at our Hotel nearby and to enjoy our Welcome dinner together on this lovely tour ahead.
Meals included: D.
Day 2 Bangor - Bar Harbor
Our deluxe motor coach is all set and so are we all! Departure from Bangor in the morning Direction! Acadia; The birthplace of Europe in America.
Getting in town early enough to fully enjoy this picturesque New England community with so much history and charms.
Acadia National Park, with its bare summit enables us to admire miles and miles of sea coast (Frenchman Bay) bordered by the mighty Appalachians. Many place names around this gorgeous site remind us of the early presence and contributions of the French explorers such as Champlain (1604) and later Cadillac (future founder of Detroit) to the region. It is still referred as Acadia regardless of today's U.S and Canadian ownership. It was the time of the founding of lt; La Cadie > in theearly 1600's. Canada did not exist. French colonists planted roots and befriended with the Natives. On most friendly terms the two groups shared their ways, the land and sea together. This is the story of this land, although it is not recognized as a defined country on our world maps, somehow, Acadie still occupies an undisturbed place in the heart of millions worldwide. This tour will undoubtedly provide us with a glimpse of its magic!
Free time to browse and shop along the quaint streets of this eastern seaboard community.
The night is spent in the Bar Harbor region.
Meals included: B.D.
Day 3 Bar Harbor---Yarmouth--Church Point--Annapolis Royal
A very good morning to all!
It's now time to board our deluxe ferry the Cat, which will "hop us" over the Golf of Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; <Canada's Ocean Playground >
Departure: 9:00am. Enjoying the scenery while traveling at 55 mph in all comfort and playing a little Casino is quite an experience. One of the best of its kind in the world. Quite a contrast to the Age of Sails of those days of long ago. Time to have Lunch on our own on the ship and, here we are!
-< Bienvenue en Acadie! >
Historically, this region was known as < Cap Sable > to the Native Mi'kmaqs and early French settlers from the early 1600's on.
Appreciate the town of Yarmouth nicknamed the "Gateway to Nova Scotia" as we tour through it.
The lighthouse, the charms of the water front street, its historic buildings, museums and boutiques remind us of the legacy of the Schooners, then, to "the Steamers" and now to the ferries who have been bringing people here, from all over the world for centuries.
Continuing on a lovely drive along Ste-Mary's Bay, claimed to be "the longest street in the world" takes us to the very Acadian region of Clare. The area, famous for its churches will seduce you in many ways. This is the most populous provincial French Acadian region.
Of course we will visit "l'Église Ste-Marie"; the largest wooden church in North America and the "cathédrale" of St-Bernard, a massive granite structure. Both monuments are testimonies of a people's deep faith after their return from exiles.
These churches stand proud, overlooking the sea which has sustained the faithful Acadian community for a long long time.
This is where the land of Belle Évangeline begins, and never ends, at least, in your heart
So much to "sea", and so little time
On our way, we will appreciate the site of the first water mill in America done by the industrious French peasants in 1607, three years before the founding of Jamestown, Virginia.
Next is the Port Royal area. Referred as the "Cradle of the Acadian culture" worldwide. After this morning treat, let's explore this region which is where France's explorer Samuel de Champlain, sailed in 1604, claiming the possession of New France "La Cadie and other lands of Canada". Here also, a few years later, the very first pioneer peasants from France, will plant permanent roots to become the Acadians. The site of The Historic Gardens gathers, presents and convinces us, in countless smells and colors, that the foresight of the first settlers and their leaders in selecting the Annapolis Valley as a farming region has been justified by time, it, remaining to this day, one of the most fertile parts of Canada.
After our meal in the Garden, discover with pleasure, the fascinating culture of Acadie, past and present. The Acadians reclaimed meadows, is a scene of inspiration for all men. The marshes created by the over flowing of the bountiful ocean for thousands of years, have lead men to be ever so creative, and hearty
We will visit the marvellous replica of 1605 Port Royal Habitation. Next and last is the Fort of Port Royal, renamed Fort Anne after the last British conquest of 1710.
Begun in 1636, the Vauban earthen star shape structure is the oldest and best preserved fortification of its kind on the North American continent. Canada's destiny was played on these shores. A tour of the museum to appreciate the master piece tapestry and other displays. They teach us vividly and all about the past four centuries here before checking into our Hotel close by.
The night is spent in Greenwood
Meals included: B.D.
Lunch: on our own on the ship
Day 4 Annapolis Royal - Grand Pré---Peggy's Cove---Halifax
Good day all!
Heading towards the heart of the Valley, we are invited to ride gently in our motor coach taking in the countryside and the rich history of this land. Let us look into the Acadian Dykeland Culture, for, this is the cradle, or, where its entire amazing story begins!
Your host takes you on a complete tour of the Grand Pré National Historic Site and surroundings.
Once known as Acadie's "bread basket", the Grand Pré area is the mythical land of Evangeline as it was so inspired by H.W.Longfellow in 1847.
His classic poem "A Tale of Love in Acadie" comes alive for us! Welcome to the "Mecca" site of the Acadian culture world wide.
The road calls us to make our way across the Nova Scotia peninsula from the Bay of Fundy side to the Atlantic coast. Visit and lunch at immortalized Peggy's Cove -one of Canada's most visited attractions. Its famous lighthouse "planted on the rock" is the only true and functional Post office of the kind in the country. Mail yourself or friends a post card from this awesome location.
Here is a site of mysteries, shipwrecks and renowned buried treasures
(5:30-6:00) Time to check into our Hotel for a great meal and the night spent in the City of Lakes, Dartmouth.
Meals included: B.L.D.
Day 5 Halifax---Stellarton---Baddeck
Good day all!
Our first exploration of the day is capital Halifax, "the city of trees" with a lot of character and jovial citizens. Learn about how this city was settled in 1749 within a complex of British defence against the French and the Natives... We will take a drive by tour of the Port of Halifax; the second largest natural harbour in the world which also hosts the Canadian Naval headquarters. On this tour you'll learn about the famous "1917 Halifax Explosion", see the Parliament, site of the first elected assembly of the country, explore the buzzing commercial street of Spring Garden and relax in the oldest Victorian Public Gardens in the country nearby.
We now plan on traveling north along the "Sunrise Trail". Visit the Museum of Industry in Stellarton and look back in time through countless household, commercial and industrial items of the past, including the two first steam powered locomotive in Canada designed and constructed in this province in the 19th century. The road takes us along the Bras d'Or Lake; known as the "Inland sea" of Nova Scotia. Our destination and night stay is Baddeck.
Visit this charming village and National historic site dedicated to genius and great humanitarian Alexander Graham Bell. Inventor of the phone along with multiple other commodities including the fastest boat in the world of his era, he spent many years of his life and deceased here.
Night in the Baddeck region
Meals included: B.L.D.
Day 6 Baddeck - Chéticamp--Cabot Trail - North Sydney
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at our Hotel.
Our first stop of the day is in the, as Acadian as it gets, Chéticamp a bilingual speaking community greeting us with smiles you've never seen before.
This region is blessed by its seacoast beauty but also by the summer presence of magnificent whale's species along the shores. Our friendly professional Acadian captain is all set for us and to take us on a fabulous whale watching boat tour. A truly overwhelming experience!
Hop on the bus! We are off to one of the prettiest stretch of highway in the world; the Cabot Trail
More then just a travel way, it is a "Grand" experience that will move you through nine hundred and fifty square kilometers of an incredible variety of wildlife and landscape: a glorious highland plateau with windswept barrens, deep-walled canyons, picturesque waterfalls, sandy beaches, and spectacular cliffs.
Lunch is served folks! Enjoying the scenery of the Cape Breton National Park while filing our belly during an outdoor picnic "en route" at the most easterly portion of continental Canada?&Sounds like a good plan! Get your cameras rolling folks!
Today's extraordinary journey unfolds as we head to our Hotel for Dinner and a comfortable night spent in North Sydney.
Meals included: B.L.D.
Day 7 North Sydney---Louisbourg - Prince Edward Island
Good morning everyone!
"Isle Royale" was, once upon a time, the name of this superb French island. It still has the largest historical reconstruction in North America to tell us about the fascinating era.
The fortress of Louisbourg is at our feet! The entire atmosphere of a French city of the 18th century is ours to relive, see and enjoy! Feast on a period meal as we mingle with the interpreters of all ages who carry on their daily lives in 1744 in period costumes
You may pinch yourself, you are not dreaming
The waters in the vicinity of this site hold many treasures of the past, where battles were fought between France and England, over the control of North America.
Early afternoon, let's hit the road for a pleasant drive southward to Caribou, specifically, to our ferry terminal.
Relax and enjoy the beauty of the sea and the sky, during a 75 minutes Ferry crossing to Prince Edward Island.
Welcome to Canada's smallest province, a precious secret of the Atlantic. We will drive into capital Charlottetown.
Initially baptized Isle St-Jean by the French who were the island's first European settlers, it was renamed in honor of Commander in-Chief of the British forces in North America; Edward, duke of Kent. This small but unique province is a window on our Canadian heritage, where the three founding cultures overlap.
It is now time to check in to our luxury Hotel close by, for a peaceful and relaxing night by the ocean waves.
The night is spent in the Cavendish area.
Meals included: B.L.D.
Day 8 Cavendish P.E.I. - Hopewell Cape - Bangor, Me.
Good morning all!
Our great journey continues as our comfy motor coach takes us on a smooth ride along the rolling hills and the red soil of the island to Anne of Green Gable's magical place. Here we are in the re-created ambiance as conceived by renowned author Lucy M. Montgomery. Re-live this world acclaimed masterpiece of 19th century innocence and romance as we tour the Museum, the farmstead and gift shop.
It is now time to head towards New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge; a marvel of engineering, this is the world's longest bridges (9 miles) to cross over a body of water that freezes during the winter months.
Once in New Brunswick Hopewell Cape is on the discovery agenda. Here is the best place to appreciate the phenomenal giant tides of the Bay of Fundy. Walk on the ocean floor and amidst giants "flower pots" sculpted by the sea's incessant flow. Lunch is served for us on site.
Hop on the bus folks, we are heading west
Say good bye Canada! Our itinerary brings us into the U.S of A. and back where this wonderful travel experience has begun a few days ago!
Late afternoon arrival at Bangor.
Meals included: B.L.D.
Day 9 Bangor, Me.---to your flight landing location
After breakfast, we plan on relaxing at our comfortable Hotel or proceed with these last minute purchases for the unfortunate ones who could not come along!
Assistance at airport check in and departure.
So sorry to see you go so soon!
Until next time!
Meals included: B.L.
This Exclusive Tour includes:
- A 56 Pax. De luxe motor coach transportation for entire tour program
- Tour director/guide for entire stay (Bangor to Bangor-9 days)
- Two Ferry crossings; (The Cat (U.S.-Canada-U.S.) + Ferry N.S. to P.E.I
- Passage-PEI-Confederation Bridge
- 8 nights accommodations in 3 1/2 stars Hotels or superior
- Entrance fees to over 10 national historic sites and/or major attractions
- An incredible whale watching experience
- 22 great meals, including a scrumptious lobster feast + 18 century Period meal
- All taxes and gratuities on supplied meals
- All luggage handling for entire stay
- A complete tour information kit
- Countless friends and much more
Tour cost per person for groups of 30 or more (U.S. funds):
NOTE: the above costs are provided to give an approximate idea to our clients.
Accurate and timely quotations need to be provided on a "per case" tour program.
P.S: Some taxes apply on your own personal purchases but qualify for partial refund through the Canadian "Visitor Tax Refund" policy. All accommodations and some meal choices are subject to minor changes.
Every detail has been looked at so that this holiday experience will be cherished by all guarantee!
A promise from Novacadie !
Looking forward to being with you in Atlantic Canada this coming fall!
President / tour director