Join us as we travel through three Provinces, learn our history and culture, explore spectacular scenery, and indulge in Maritime hospitality.

Upon your arrival in Nova Scotia, we will collect you from the airport, transfer you to your hotel, provide a familiarization tour and time to relax…then let the fun begin!

Day 1: Halifax and Rugged Coastlines

The rugged coastline of Peggys Cove.

We will introduce you to this historic city by visiting the Citadel, Public Gardens, York Redoubt, Dingle Tower and in honor of Confederation, perhaps tour Province House. 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion – let us tell you about it and explain why Nova Scotia sends a Christmas Tree to Boston every year.

An afternoon drive will take us along the rugged coastline to visit Peggy’s Cove – an iconic landmark in Nova Scotia. If time allows, we will also visit the Swiss Air memorial and the quaint fishing village of Dover, before we head back to Halifax for the evening.

Day 2: Tides, Vines and Valleys

Fishing boats sit on the muddy floor of the harbour at low tide.

Today will revolve around the tides and the spectacular Bay of Fundy. We will begin by visiting Hall’s Harbour at low tide (if timing allows), meander our way to Blomidon Look off, then down the mountain to explore the Valley floor. A visit to Grand Pre is a must so we can look at the life of our Acadian ancestors and learn of their sad history. We’ll visit the University town of Wolfville and perhaps enjoy a little shopping or cider tasting before we head to one of the numerous wineries in the area. A quick trip back to Hall’s Harbour will let you see the dramatic tidal range of the Bay of Fundy. Boats which lay in the mud earlier are now floating on the ocean.

As we return to Halifax, we may detour through the town of Windsor and visit the British Blockhouse of Fort Edward and Haliburton House Museum – once home to Thomas Chandler Haliburton. Haliburton was a politician, lawyer, judge and author and played a significant role in Nova Scotia prior to its entry into Confederation.

Day 3, 4 and 5: Cape Breton Charm

Two red adirondack chairs still on a grassy hill overlooking the Bras D'Or Lake.

Leaving Halifax, we’ll travel the major highway to Cape Breton with a stop en-route at the Millbrook Heritage Centre to explore the fascinating history of our First Nations. Our base in Cape Breton will be in Baddeck, from which we can explore this beautiful part of Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail, Ceilidh Trail and Fortress Louisbourg are all on our itinerary. Perhaps we’ll find a Celtic Kitchen Party or sail on the Bras d’Or Lakes…or both. Relax and let yourself ‘be taken’ by the Cape Breton hospitality.

Day 6, 7 and 8: The Birthplace of Confederation

 Convention at Charlottetown, P.E.I., of Delegates from the Legislatures of Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island to take into consideration the Union of the British North American Colonies.

Leaving the rugged highlands of Cape Breton behind, our next port of call will be the town of Pictou - The Birth Place of New Scotland. Enjoy a short stroll through this quaint village, perhaps “adopt a lobster” or board a replica of the ship Hector, which once brought Scottish settlers seeking a better life. We’ll take the ferry to Prince Edward Island, the Birthplace of Confederation and affectionately known as the Gentle Island. Charlottetown is the capital of PEI and home to Province House where theCharlottetownConference of September 1864 setConfederationin motion. It is a bustling little city, lots to see and learn. We’ll also get our feet wet and visit some of the gorgeous beaches PEI has to offer and of course, will learn about Anne of Green Gables. PEI has some amazing locally sourced produce – perhaps a visit to Malpeque for fresh oysters or to Deep Roots Distillery for maple liqueur…the choice is yours – let your palette explore and body relax.

Day 9: Confederation Bridge – PEI to New Brunswick

The Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.

Opened in 1997, this 8-mile long bridge was named Confederation Bridge and connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, it truly is a sight to behold. We’ll travel through New Brunswick and some of the awe inspiring Fundy National Park as we head to Saint John. Here, we’ll board the ferry and travel to Digby, Nova Scotia which is where we’ll spend the night. Be sure to step outside on the ferry and have your camera on hand, you never know what spectacular sights and views you might capture. After a whirlwind few days, today will offer a time to relax.

Day 10: Step back in time

Fort Anne's Officer residence.

Leaving Digby, we’ll visit Bear River “The Tidal Village on Stilts” before we reach Annapolis Royal which is where we will spend much of our day. We’ll step back in time and tour the Habitation, Fort Anne and historic gardens. Travelling across country, through the heart of Nova Scotia, we’ll spend the afternoon and evening in Liverpool. A beautiful town and home to two private museums owned by Sherman Hines – Rossignol Cultural Centre and the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography, both of which are worthy of a visit. From Hunting and Mi’Kmaq, Apothecary and Out House exhibits to Provincial photography, personal collections and a Yousuf Karsh collection. Both are truly an experience not to be missed and fun for all ages.

Day 11: South Shore

Lunenberg waterfront.

Our first stop will be in the Town of Lunenburg – one of only two UNESCO World Heritage towns in North America. It was founded in 1753 and to this day, maintains its unique identity. Take time to explore its quaint streets, art galleries and stroll along the board walk – perhaps the Bluenose II will be in port for you to explore?

Mahone Bay is a short drive away and has been described as one of Nova Scotia’s most romantic villages – it’s also a great place to find that perfect gift for someone and indulge yourself in one of its many cafes.

Chester will be our final stop before heading back to the city. It is a beautiful, unique community which was a one-time fishing village and currently, home to the largest keelboat regatta in Canada. It is also home toThe Fo’c’sle – Nova Scotias oldest pub, dating back to 1764. Locally known as “Chester’s Living Room”, why not pop in for a drink, sit back and wonder what you would hear “if walls could talk”?

Day 12: Farewell

We will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport. You came as strangers but will leave as friends and we hope to see you here again.

As with all Blue Diamond Tours, this tour can be modified to your interests and time allowance. Add or take away a day or two, change the itinerary, or include some of the festivals and events going on to mark our 150th anniversary. We will work with you to create your memorable vacation to help us celebrate this milestone. Contact us today to start planning your celebration vacation.


Photo Credits:

Peggy's Cove Halifax By JDunn007 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21008830

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia By Madereugeneandrew - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49259665

View over Bras d'Or Lakes from Alexander Graham Bell Museum By Boomervoice.ca - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50530315

Charlottetown Conference Delegates, September 1864 By George P. Roberts - This image is available from Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number C-000733 and under the MIKAN ID number 3623696This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.Library and Archives Canada does not allow free use of its copyrighted works. See Category:Images from Library and Archives Canada., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4674739

Confederation Bridge to PEI By chensiyuan - chensiyuan, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7869492

Annapolis Royal - NS - Fort Anne By – Wladyslaw, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19037559

Lunenberg waterfront from the deck of the Bluenose II By Alex S. Bayley, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19507302

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