Atlantic Canada and fantastic seafood go hand in hand. Fresh off the boat, in local markets and served up in stunning restaurants… Around all the four provinces of Atlantic Canada, great food is easy to find.
Hop in a car and enjoy a road trip to explore the beautiful countryside of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. An Atlantic Canada holiday lets you indulge in all the local goodies!
Last year, the Canadian Affair team travelled out to Atlantic Canada and savoured every moment.
“If you like seafood then you will be in seventh heaven when visiting Atlantic Canada. I had the pleasure of trying lobster, scallops, mussels, oysters and halibut in my short time in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They were all fresh that day and totally delicious. My first evening in Halifax was spent at a fabulous restaurant called the Five Fisherman, home to some of the tastiest seafood in Halifax.”
If we’ve got your mouths watering, then start planning your foodie holiday in Atlantic Canada. Book up a rental car or explore Canada by motorhome, and add these to your shopping list:
Shediac Lobster Festival, New Brunswick
A festival seafood lovers have to visit is the Shediac Lobster Festival in New Brunswick. The 68th annual festival will be taking place from July 5th-9th in 2017. The festival is an enormous lobster feast where 1,000 lobsters and 1,000 people eat at a 1,000 foot table. Crowds watch as participants aim to make the longest lobster roll in the world.
Autumnal Culinary Extravaganza, PEI
If you’re visiting between September and October, Prince Edward Island Tourism recommends heading to one of the autumnal culinary extravaganzas to see first-hand why Canada’s Maritimes are celebrated for superb seafood. Fall Flavours highlights the best gourmet creations and skilled chefs, taking you to venues throughout Prince Edward Island between September and October 2017.
International Shellfish Festival, PEI
Likewise, the PEI International Shellfish Festival is touted as the “biggest kitchen party in Atlantic Canada” and is not to be missed if you’re a fan of live music and a connoisseur of oysters, clams, lobster and the like. In 2017 it is taking place from September 14th until 17th.
For some fresher-than-fresh eats in Atlantic Canada, we’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants and dining spots. Nautical theme optional, fantastic seafood guaranteed.
East Coast Bistro, Saint John
When we visited Saint John in New Brunswick, we chose the East Coast Bistro for dinner… and what a great choice it turned out to be! The lovely owners and head chefs, Tim and Kim (yes really), have a fabulous bistro-style menu to choose from. All of the seasonal ingredients are locally sourced or made in-house. It makes for undeniably tasty food.
Catch: #local Smelts w. Jalapeño Aioli & Romaine Salald
Soup: Roasted Tomato w. Goat Cheese
Sandwich: House Corned Beef on Rye pic.twitter.com/3AZ7RYknyT
— East Coast Bistro (@eastcoastbistr0) 13 January 2017
Saint John City Market
This wonderful old building is built on an incline and runs for a whole city block. The Saint John City Market has stalls for country vendors and greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers, souvenirs and craftspeople. Plus you can find some great little cafés which are perfect for a spot of breakfast or brunch.
Acadian Maple, Nova Scotia
Talk about spoilt for choice! At Acadian Maple they have all different grades of maple syrup (the grading is done by age and colour). Their other maple-based delicacies include maple infused coffee, maple butter, maple sugar and lots more besides. The staff at the shop are more than happy to explain how the maple syrup is made from the sap of the trees. And, for some products, they let you try before you buy.
mmm…A perfect gift for the maple lovers on your shopping list! pic.twitter.com/RWNX7PBOCp
— Acadian Maple (@acadianmaple) 5 December 2013
If your mind’s made up and you’re ready for some lobster rolls, we’ve got some great ways to explore this beautiful corner of Canada. Taste Atlantic Canada for yourself on a driving holiday:
Scenic Splendour of Maritime Canada
Motorhome holiday – 15 nights, 16 days
This remarkable itinerary tours across the three provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, known as the Maritimes. Although each province has its own unique cultural identities for you to discover, all three share stunning seacoasts, charming lighthouses and the whale migration. This journey explores the mix of French, Aboriginal, Irish and Scottish ancestry, the plentiful maritime wildlife, and the outstanding tides in the Bay of Fundy – the highest tidal range in the world.
Bay of Fundy Explorer
Fly drive holiday – 13 nights, 14 days
Follow our route through the Maritimes in your own time with a rental car. Begin in colourful Halifax before traversing Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing villages and rugged coastal landscapes at the Bay of Fundy. Explore Grand Manan Island, one of the hidden treasures of New Brunswick. A small, charming island with unspoiled nature, where local people make their living from fishing. You are guaranteed to find the freshest seafood in the area – delicious lobsters, scallops and more. Then make your way to Hopewell Cape, the best spot to enjoy the unique and world’s highest tides. Finally, drive along the breath-taking coast of Cape Chignecto before returning to Halifax.
Beaches, Islands, Lobster, Moose and More
Fly drive holiday – 17 nights, 18 days
This fly drive adventure will walk you through the most magnificent vistas of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Expect thrilling adventures, charming villages, fascinating cities and unspoiled nature. Highlights include the spectacular Cabot Trail, the Bras d’Or Lake, Prince Edward Island, the Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and its world famous Hopewell Rocks, Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. You will seek out whales, seabirds, the world’s highest tides, sparkling lakes and rivers, rugged highlands, sand beaches and delicious seafood.
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