Speed Tour of Nova Scotia
The Blue Nose
Your 3 day tour to Nova Scotia starts once you arrive at 11:00 am at The Robert L. Stanfield International Airport. There you’ll be met by your driver and guide.
After your luggage has been loaded, we’re off to the Annapolis Valley, otherwise known as the Garden of Nova Scotia. We stop for a snack type lunch which will be on your own, and a rest stop as well at Just-Us-Coffee Roasters (a fair trade company).
Following lunch, it’s just a few minutes’ drive to the Grand Pré National Historic Site to learn about a “dark day” in Nova Scotia’s history - the Expulsion of the Acadians by the English in 1755. We’ll visit here for little over one hour.
Next, it’s off to tour through Wolfville, home to Acadia University, one of Nova Scotia’s many universities before we find our way to the “fishing capital” of the world, Lunenburg.
Lunenburg is the birthplace and home of the schooner, Bluenose, “the Queen of the North Atlantic”! While we’re in Lunenburg, we’ll visit the Fisherman’s Museum for a guided tour where we’ll learn about the cultural, economic and financial importance of the fishery in Nova Scotia. Later, you’ll enjoy a horse-drawn wagon tour of this very hilly town with it’s distinctive architecture. Lunenburg has been designated a ‘world heritage town’ by the United Nations.
Dinner tonight will be at the famous “South-Shore Resort”, Oak Island Inn, which does indeed over-look the world famous Oak Island. The treasure buried there has yet to be found, and while six men have lost their lives seeking it, many hundreds more have invested in numerous schemes to “get the treasure”, among them were Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Wayne of Hollywood fame.
Following dinner we drive to Halifax and our hotel.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel at 7:00 am. We’re on the road by 8:00 am as we head out for the St. Margaret’s Bay area and Peggy’s Cove, the most photographed spot in Canada. You will learn the “true” story of Peggy of the Cove.
As we continue on our way, we’ll head into the historic core of Halifax (the Warden of the North) and tour through this interesting community where we will arrive for a tour of the Citadel, a “star-shaped fortress” and fourth fort built on the site. Here we’ll witness the “firing of the noon gun”, a daily event since the 1700's. The 78th Highlander’s Pipe and Drum Corp generally entertains with a practice session following the noon gun ceremony.
Next, we’re off to the Harbour-side. Halifax Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, second only to Sydney, Australia. It is also the deepest natural harbour in the world, as well as being ice-free year round. The Harbour-side has a boardwalk approximately five miles in length with numerous attractions, eateries and exhibits, with the world of international shipping gliding by constantly.
Lunch today is your own, with ample time afterwards to explore this area of the city at your leisure. We’ll all meet up at approximately four o’clock to return to the hotel.
Dinner tonight is a Dinner Cruise on the Harbour, and yes, it’s a very different city from the one you toured by land. Following the dinner cruise (6:15 to 8:45 pm), we will be taking passengers back to the hotel, but if you prefer to stay and do some more exploring, you can make your way back to the hotel on your own when you are ready.
The final day of our 3 day tour to Nova Scotia takes us to Sherbrooke Village, a living museum.
We’ll be finished breakfast today by 8:00 am, and then we’re off again, this time to Route Seven, or as we call it, The Gold Coast. BDT thinks it is Nova Scotia’s most scenic drive.
We will stop at the Fishermen’s Life Museum and discover how they made their living in the days of old. The house on display is so small, it’s hard to imagine how the family who once lived there managed to raise twelve daughters in it! As we continue, we’ll have a rest stop at Sheet Harbour before continuing on to Liscome Lodge for lunch on your own.
Liscomb Lodge is one of three Signature Resorts owned by the Province of Nova Scotia and managed by the Westin Hotel Corporation. After lunch, we’ll stop and visit Sherbrooke Village which is a 19th century village preserved in it’s original state, and operated as a “living museum” by the Museums of the Province of Nova Scotia. While we’re here, you’ll learn all about the gold and gold mining that is part and parcel of the area’s history and present as gold is still mined in the area today.
Leaving Sherbrooke behind, we make our way to Pictou which is often called the Scottish Highland Heart of Nova Scotia. We will make time for you to explore this fabulous small town filled with interesting shops and wares, and a replica of the ship Hector that brought the first of the displaced Highlanders to Nova Scotia (yes, it is open to the public - for a fee!).
Our Farewell Dinner, will be at another one of Nova Scotia’s finest resorts Pictou Lodge, with both great food and scenery. Following dinner we’ll drive back to our hotel in Halifax.
Following breakfast, we’ll take to the airport for your flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your Speed Tour of Nova Scotia and that you’ll tell your friends and family all about your amazing and fun 3 day tour of Atlantic Canada!
- Transportation ( one pick-up only at start of your tour plus only one trip made to airport on day of departure):
- meals as outlined ( breakfast and dinner daily):
- entry fees to museums and the horse drawn wagon tour:
- services of tour manager guide: chilled bottled water while touring.
- Gratuities for driver and tour manager not included.