September 23, 2020
The leaves are changing colours, we’re buttoning up our flannels, and pumpkin-spiced everything has hit the menus — fall has finally arrived in the Maritimes. Fall means new beginnings, and there is no better way to welcome a new season than with a trip through the beautiful Atlantic provinces. Whether you want to immerse yourself in local cuisine, try out a new activity, or simply take in the breathtaking Atlantic landscapes on a scenic drive, fall in the Maritimes is unforgettable. Here are some getaway ideas to fuel your fall-filled adventures in the Maritimes.
When it comes to fall foliage, no one does it quite like Cape Breton. Hit the road to the Cabot Trail where you’ll wind through colourful cliffs and into the spectacular Highlands. There are countless look-offs with prime photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera! Complete the loop in just over 5 hours or take a few days to stop and explore Cape Breton island along the way. Regardless of which option you choose, with all that driving, you’re bound to get hungry. We recommend stopping at L’abri in Chéticamp for a flavour-filled dining experience. This new addition to the Cape Breton cuisine scene has been making its mark and trust us when we say you’ve got to try it for yourself!
Although the legendary Celtic Colours International Music Festival isn’t happening in-person this fall, you can still get that foot-stomping fun! Their modified Celtic Colours at Home online event is taking place from October 9-17.
Heading to your accommodations for the evening doesn’t mean you have to stop taking in the beautiful sights. Why not book a stay at the True North Destination Geo-Domes? Each luxury dome features ceiling to floor windows to soak up those dramatic ocean sunsets and mountain sunrises. Not to mention, each dome home includes its own personal hot tub!
After sailing on Fundy Rose from Digby, you’ll arrive in Saint John. Stay here and explore the vibrant downtown culture or keep heading North-East to Hopewell Rocks, where you can view the highest tides in the world. Wait until the tide goes out and spend the afternoon strolling along the ocean floor — a truly surreal experience. The tides go in and out twice a day, every single day, so be sure to check the tide times in advance to catch the tidal view you prefer.
What would a fall getaway be without treating yourself to the flavours of the season? Lucky for you, New Brunswick is home to the Indulge Food and Wine Festival, happening October 13-18 in St. Andrew’s by-the-sea. As we all know, it’s been a challenging year for small restaurant owners so this year’s festival theme is “Support your Local Restaurant”. Fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, and delectable wines? Sounds fine by us!
There is something about the crisp autumn air and dramatic foliage that inspires you to get moving and get outdoors. Why not take a hike on the Carriage Road Trail in Rockwood Park or challenge yourself on the Mount Carleton Trail in the Mount Carleton Provincial Park. Regardless of the hike difficulty, either option is guaranteed to boast breathtaking fall landscapes. Fun for the whole family awaits at TreeGO in Moncton or Mactaquac where you can get a birds-eye view of the changing leaves. Climb from pine to pine, swing across ropes and zip over the tree canopy all while safely strapped in and attached to continuous safety cables.
While most people think of summer when they envision an escape to PEI, we think autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Gentle Island. With fall harvests aplenty, and endless events, it’s time to get planning! A proper trip to Prince Edward Island always begins with a voyage on mv Confederation or mv Holiday Island. When you arrive, head to Green Gables Heritage Place for a stroll. These grounds inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery in creating Canada’s most beloved fictional character, Anne Shirley. Sip on a bottle of delicious raspberry cordial while exploring Lovers Lane and the Haunted Wood trail. Visits in October and November are by appointment only so be sure to book your spot in advance!
Fall is peak harvest season on the Island, so that means farmers’ markets and restaurants are overflowing with locally sourced flavours. Head to The Gahan House for a pint of their craft pumpkin ale — complete with a brown sugar rim, this brew is the definition of fall! Pick up some island-grown spuds at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market and try your hand at making some potato soup, potato fudge, or a potato pie!
If you’ve overdone it in the potato and pumpkin department, how about a burger? PEI Burger Love is an annual event that allows local restaurants to flex their burger-making skills and patrons to show off their burger-eating abilities — it’s a win-win! PEI Burger Love is celebrating their 10th anniversary this fall from September 1 to October 15.
Finally, if you’re looking for something spooky (but not too spooky) this fall on the Island, check out Charlottetown’s first-ever Scarecrows in the City event! Taking place October 9–18, this festival is transforming Charlottetown into a scarecrow sanctuary! Not only that, there’s also going to be live music, ghost walks (boo!), wine tasting, psychic readings, and more. You can even learn how to make your own scarecrow in a special workshop.
We’re so excited about the Scarecrows in the City festival that we’ve partnered with the event to offer folks a special deal. Just use the promo code SCARE10 when booking your return ferry trip with Northumberland Ferries for dates between October 8–20, 2020, and, just like that, you’ll save $10. No tricks, only treats here! This offer is valid for standard passenger vehicles less than 7’ tall and 20’ long.
From unforgettable landscapes to mouthwatering local cuisine, there are endless possibilities when it comes to exploring the Maritimes this fall. Regardless of where you’re headed, make sure your journey includes setting sail on one of our ferries! To get started, book your voyage today!