Maritime Discovery Itinerary
Welcome to Nova Scotia, your new favorite vacation spot. Maritimers are known for their friendly disposition and laid-back lifestyle.
There’s something bewitching about the way the shoreline meets the wide-open sea here and there is a world of cultures, flavors and experiences waiting to be discovered.
Make the most of your Maritime Ferry Trail adventure with our Maritime Discovery Itinerary.
Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, Nova Scotia
Your arrival point is Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the hub of the Acadian shore and the heart of the world’s largest lobster fishing grounds. It’s easy to see the way Maritime life is tied to the sea in Yarmouth. Stroll the boardwalk, visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and fuel up on the freshest lobster you’ll ever try, immerse yourself in the sounds and tastes of Acadian Culture with classic Acadian dishes such as creamed lobster and rappie pie.
- Cape Forchu lightstation, Yarmouth’s most famous landmark.
South Shore, Nova Scotia
Discover rugged coastlines, quaint coastal villages and South Shore Nova Scotian charm as you make your way to Halifax along what’s commonly called the Lighthouse Route. The South Shore was named one of the Top 10 Coastal Destinations by National Geographic Traveler, and as you navigate its winding roads and breathtaking beaches we think you’ll see why. Liverpool has a great mix of history and charm.
Explore the historic waterfront and stop by Lane’s Privateer Inn for lunch. Set in a privateer mansion dating back to 1798, this inn and restaurant has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. A must-stop is beautiful Lunenburg, one of five UNESCO sites in Nova Scotia that boasts steep hills, a maritime museum, one-of-a-kind local shops and incredible restaurants! Check out the replica schooner the Bluenose II, sample local spirits at Ironworks Distillery and enjoy a memorable meal overlooking the harbor at the Salt Shaker Deli.
- Peggy’s Cove, home of one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada and some truly tasty gingerbread.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Capital of Nova Scotia has the perfect mix of urban activities and maritime charm. See an impressive collection of Titanic memorabilia at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, stroll the bustling boardwalk, take in a play at Neptune Theatre and imbibe at one of many of the downtown core’s Irish Pubs, restaurants and cocktail bars. Stop by the Seaport Market to sample local food and pick up some items made by talented local artisans.
- Taking in the view from atop Citadel Hill or stopping by Nova Scotia Crystal, North America’s only hand-cut, mouth-blown crystal maker
Northumberland Shore, Nova Scotia
The Northumberland Strait boasts some of the warmest salt waters in Nova Scotia and some of the province’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll love exploring this stretch as you make your way towards Cape Breton.
- Melmerby Beach Provincial Park
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton’s world-renowned Cabot Trail is well worth a detour. Breathtaking views and winding coastal roads stretch as far as the eye can see. Stop and play one of Golf Digest’s World Top 100 Golf Courses, head out on a whale watching tour, or climb to the top of the world in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep an ear out for fiddlers – there’s always a party happening somewhere in Cape Breton.
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Prince Edward Island
We know that once you’ve visited Nova Scotia, you may not want to leave, but there’s plenty to explore on Prince Edward Island, so hop aboard NFL Ferries to Wood Islands, and spend some time relaxing on PEI’s stunning red-sand beaches.
There’s always something going in PEI in the summertime! Immerse yourself in Anne of Green Gables, with a trip to Avonlea to see Lucy Maud Montgomery’s home and the inspiration for her beloved heroine. Anne & Gilbert: the Musical, live at The Guild is a show that’s definitely worth seeing. Drive the Points East Coastal Drive and feel yourself relax as you take in the stunning beach views and rolling sand dunes.
- Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish
From Prince Edward Island your options are endless! Head to vibrant and adventure-filled Saint John, New Brunswick, where you can visit Canada’s oldest farmer’s market, and learn about the region’s history and culture at the New Brunswick Museum.
- Saint John City Market
Digby, Nova Scotia
A quick ferry ride from Saint John takes you to Digby, Nova Scotia – famous for its scallops. Play a round at Digby Pines Golf Resort, and head out on a whale-watching expedition! The Bay of Fundy is home to dozens of whale populations throughout the year, making it one of the best spots for whale watching in all of North America. If you’re a bike fan, Digby hosts Canada’s largest motorcycle rally, The Wharf Rat Rally every Labour Day weekend.
- Whale watching on the Bay of Fundy