Closer Than You Think: Atlantic Canada is located on the east coast, and is made up of the scenic provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Travel to the region is easy, with direct flights to both Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. An Atlantic Canada holiday is just a 5-6 hour flight from the UK.
Coastal Destination: With over 43,000 kilometers of coastline, there’s something for everyone. Prince Edward Island features red sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches and warm salt water for swimming. Newfoundland & Labrador has a rugged coastline and a long seafaring history. The province is famous for iceberg viewing by boat tour, kayak and from land. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick share the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world at 50 feet. Twice a day, over 160 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the Bay with each tide cycle.
Whales and Wildlife: Whale watching tours are available in Newfoundland and Labrador, Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, and in the Bay of Fundy. From land, visitors can spot puffins and other seabirds, moose, black and brown bears, deer, caribou and more, all in their natural habitat.
Fresh Seafood: The freshest lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops, clams, crab, halibut and salmon make Atlantic Canada a haven for seafood lovers. Eateries encompass a wide range of culinary experiences, from roadside stands serving fish & chips to renowned fine-dining restaurants where menus reflect the day’s best offerings from land and sea.
Festivals: Atlantic Canadians know how to throw a party, with culinary, musical and cultural festivals taking place year-round. Some notables include the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Iceberg Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and the Fall Flavours Festival in Prince Edward Island.
Urban Experiences: Halifax is the vibrant seaport capital of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada’s largest city. Stroll the waterfront boardwalk past historic sites, shops, museums and attractions. Take a city or harbour tour and then enjoy live music in one of many pubs and restaurants.
Outdoor Adventure: For outdoor lovers, Atlantic Canada has the perfect adventure for every comfort level. There are eight national parks in Atlantic Canada, offering hiking, cycling, sea-kayaking, canoeing, warm-water swimming, and more. Those interested in RVing will discover many options in the provincial and national parks in the region.
Autumn Colours: In late September and into October, the temperature is still very comfortable for exploring, and there’s the added bonus of spectacular autumn foliage. The fiery reds and stunning yellows and golds rival those found in New England, but without the crowds.
Heritage: The region is made up of a diverse mix of French Acadian, Scottish, Irish, German, African and First Nations people – each with their own customs, legends and legacies which makes for great stories, lively music and delicious cuisine.
Warm Welcomes: Atlantic Canada is known for its friendly people, and there are plenty of experiences on offer to mingle with the locals and go home with a story worth telling!