Atlantic Canada Holidays
Atlantic Canada's provinces
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia's capital city, Halifax, is under a 7-hour flight from the UK, making it one of the closest spots in Canada to visit! It means Nova Scotia is the perfect province to fly into and start exploring Atlantic Canada. Highlights of the province include Cape Breton Island with its stunning coastal drive, and seafood in fishing towns like Digby (famous for its scallops). Join a whale watching tour, hike along spectacular coastal cliffs or simply relax on an unspoiled beach.
New BrunswickNew Brunswick is full of quaint, old-world charm. Witness the world’s highest tides at Hopewell Rocks, from four storeys tall at high tide to the ocean floor at low tide. The Bay of Fundy is fantastic for kayaking and New Brunswick is home to the warmest saltwater along Canada's Atlantic Coast, making it great for swimming and water sports. The province is also home to two national parks, both of which provide hiking among the gorgeous natural landscape.
Prince Edward IslandConveniently connected to Nova Scotia by ferry and New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge; Canada's smallest province is known for its vivid colours, rolling landscapes, miles of pristine beaches and red sandstone cliffs. A Prince Edward Island holiday offers authentic PEI experiences that let you participate in the local culture. Imagine catching and cooking your own lobster or learning an Acadian step dance. Don't forget to visit Anne of Green Gables' house.
Newfoundland & LabradorThe island of Newfoundland and coast of Labrador are rich in history and natural wonders. You can visit the only authenticated Viking site in North America at the National Historic Site of L'Anse aux Meadows. Iceberg Alley sees giants of the Arctic drift down past the capital of St. John's (perfect for a city break). You can also visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park.
Things to do
A coastal way of lifeAtlantic Canada has endless coastline so there is plenty of water to enjoy. Try tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River, located along the Bay of Fundy, or kayaking in Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park. Whale watching cruises depart from New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia, and will get you close to humpbacks, fin whales and rare right whales, as well as dolphins, porpoises and seabirds.
Maritime HeritageAtlantic Canada is rich in Canadian history, apparent in the hundreds of lighthouses dotted around the provinces. Join an excursion to picture-postcard Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, or discover Joggins Fossil Cliffs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to 300 million year-old fossils. In Prince Edward Island you can stroll the cobbled streets of picturesque Charlottetown.
The great outdoorsGet outdoors to appreciate those stunning coastal views! The continental climate means warm summer months that are perfect for exploring national parks and pristine beaches. The fjords of Gros Morne in Newfoundland & Labrador are stunning for any lover of walking. Greenwich in PEI National Park is home to enormous dunes and soft sand beaches.
Flying to Halifax & St. John's
Fly into HalifaxIt couldn't be easier to get from the UK to Nova Scotia. We can offer direct flights into Halifax from the UK. This is the closest point in Canada to the UK and the flight takes less than 7 hours! Once in Nova Scotia's capital city, it's easy to explore the rest of the province or further into Atlantic Canada by car, coach or motorhome. Visit between June and September to get the most from the province as attractions close outside of the summer months.
Fly into St. John'sIf you fancy exploring into the Canadian Maritimes and Atlantic Canada, we've got you covered. We offer flights from the UK into St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador. This gives you another option when planning your tour of the region. We can arrange connecting flights from other airports with a range of airlines. Just give us a call if you have a certain trip in mind and we can help you find the perfect flights.
Discover Atlantic Canada
See more of Canada's coastThe four coastal provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador together make up the region of Atlantic Canada. A maritime heritage, stunning views and sublime seafood unite these provinces, but each one maintains a unique flavour. Our tours offer unique adventures into this region. Join a bear watching trip in New Brunswick's Acadieville or spot icebergs and whales on a cruise off Newfoundland's St Anthony.
How to get aroundIt couldn't be simpler to indulge in Atlantic Canada's fascinating seafaring culture. These roads are made for driving, with some of the most iconic and beautiful routes in the world. Hiring a car to drive around the provinces is a great choice. For even greater freedom, choose a motorhome. Or if you'd prefer to sit back and leave the driving to someone else, opt for an expert escorted tour. Ferry crossings add another dimension to getting around too!
Tailoring your tripOur carefully packaged tours are curated by our experts. That means you'll get a seamless experience detailed with insider knowledge of Atlantic Canada's provinces. Book our packages as you see them, or use them to inspire your own trip. Just give us a call and we'll help to build a unique holiday tailored to you. Whether it's the hotel with the best view, the yummiest lobster roll or a starfish walking tour with a local fisherman, we'll find it for you.
The freshest seafood aroundAtlantic Canada is arguably the country's most delectable region! The fresh seafood is legendary - sample local lobster, the famous Digby scallops or the mussels from pristine Mahone Bay. A holiday here wouldn't be complete without a hot, buttered lobster roll! Also home to wineries and vineyards, you can taste the flavours of the Atlantic in the local vintage or in a glass of traditional ice wine. Sipped whilst looking across the water, this is a really relaxing way to end your day.
Lobster Tales TourIf sampling the local lobster is high up on your list, we've got the perfect excursion for you. On this ocean cruise from Nova Scotia's Shediac you will learn to haul real lobster traps, prepare them in the traditional Shediac way, and finally savour a mouthwatering lobster dinner on board an authentic Atlantic fishing boat.
This tour lasts 2 1/2 hours and is the perfect addition to your holiday. You can book onto it by giving our advisers a call.
Taste the Town TourCharlottetown is the quaint and charming capital of Prince Edward Island. If you're touring Atlantic Canada, you shouldn't miss a visit here to join in the Taste the Town Walking Tour. History and food unite on this leisurely stroll through historic downtown Charlottetown. Sample some of the Island’s most unique foods and beverages while also meeting some of the people who produce or prepare them.
This tour lasts 3 hours. Give our experts a call to book your excursion.
Atlantic Canada Holidays
See the beauty of this coastal region with our hand-crafted tours through the Maritimes & Atlantic Canada. Visit between June & September for the best experience.
- Visit the crown jewel of Canada's East Coast where each stretch of the coastline has its own 'ocean'
- Tour & Tasting at Grand Pre-Winery
- 14 nights' accommodation
- 15 days' car hire
- International flights from the UK
- Visit Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island
- Flights, transfers & modern coach travel included
- Includes whale watching tour, sightseeing tour & winery tour
- Entry to national parks & historic sites
- Travel VIA Rail's 'The Ocean' route between Halifax & Quebec City followed by 'The Corridor' route to Toronto
- Flights, hotels & VIA Rail included
- See the vibrant cities of Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City & Halifax
- Montreal sightseeing tour
Explore Atlantic Canada
The provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador together make up Atlantic Canada.
See Atlantic Canada for yourself
Discover Atlantic Canada...
Atlantic Canada is one of Canada’s most diverse and historic regions. The four provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador combine to create a vibrant region. It is filled with colour; with the sea salt smells and tastes of the ocean; with the friendliest fishing communities waiting to welcome you in. Each province has its own unique flavour, with cultures ranging from Scottish to French, British to Acadian with plenty of First Nations native heritage in the mix. Dive in with guided tours of lighthouses and villages. Get stuck into the local restaurants and al fresco dining. And explore like a local by bike or on foot.
Atlantic Canada is renowned for its delicious seafood. Explore the winding coast roads for the day and when you’ve filled up on the views, tuck into the food. Every pitstop offers palm-sized scallops, fresh juicy lobsters and clam bakes fresh from the shore. You can explore miles of sandy beaches with the warmest oceans in Canada. The provinces boast no fewer than 8 stunning national parks between them and 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From cycling to hiking, kayaking to cruising, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the stunning landscapes. Plus, Atlantic Canada is one of the best places on Earth for whale watching. The rich waters of the Bay of Fundy attract up to 15 species of whale and no holiday in Atlantic Canada would be complete without an iconic photo of a humpback’s fluke.
Blogger Loren Christie gives a first-hand account of driving along this stunning route.
From juicy lobster to enormous scallops, enjoy scrumptious cuisine in Atlantic Canada.
St John's, Newfoundland is a truly stunning city on the coast.
This seaside community in New Brunswick is absolutely charming.
Discover breath-taking beaches in PEI, New Brunswick and more.
Newfoundland & Labrador is home to some fascinating historic sites.