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Bay of Fundy Explorer Fly Drive

Halifax * Wolfville * Digby * Saint John * Alma * Parrsboro * Halifax

The Bay of Fundy is one of the most dramatic and unusual attractions on Canada’s East Coast. The world’s highest tides rise and fall up to 16 meters twice each day. In addition to the drama of the tides themselves, naturally this huge current has created many interesting landscape features and attractions. Huge ”flowerpot rocks” have been formed, fossils exposed and ocean-going boats rest on the empty flats when the tide is out. For those interested in wildlife, world class whale watching (15 species) is to be found here and each summer hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds feed on the tidal edge. A highlight of this tour is Grand Manan, a small island south of St. George, to be reached by ferry from Black Harbour. Grand Manan is one of the hidden treasures of New Brunswick.

15 days from £2,156 per person including flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Halifax
Depart on a scheduled Air Canada flight to Halifax. On arrival collect your car and drive the short distance to your centrally located hotel. This is Canada’s traditional gateway to the world, combining charming old wooden homes and Victorian parks with modern shopping centres. The largest city in the region, it is home to 5 universities and several colleges and has the ambience of a lively university town. Ships, from tall ships to naval vessels, can still be seen in the harbour, and old warehouses and shipfitters’ shops have become part of the exciting boardwalk along the waterside.
Overnight(1): Halifax - Hampton Inn and Suites

Day 2 - Halifax – Wolfville (240km)
The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides. A Mecca for migrating birds, the large tidal rivers expose broad expanses of mud banks and salt marshes at low tide; hours later they are covered with 12m of water or more! Take-in the wonderfully scenic views of pastoral valleys from the surrounding forested hills. Visit Burncoat where the world’s highest tides ever were recorded. Wolfville, home to Acadia University, is an elegant small town with many fine examples of Victorian architecture. A small park provides views of the tidal river banks and access to the historic Acadian dykes
Overnights(2): Wolfville - Blomindon Inn

Day 3 - Wolfville Area
A good place to observe the changes in tides and get a scenic view of the region is the look-off at Cape Blomidon (about 20 km north of Wolfville). If you wish to hike for part of the day, go to the Provincial Park, or to Scots Bay, where a day-long hike leads to Cape Split. The Wolfville and Grand Pre region is also very well known for its excellent wines. Lobster dinners, which have a long tradition in this area, can be joined at one of the tiny fishing villages along the coast.

Day 4 - Wolfville – Digby (120km)
The Annapolis Valley is the oldest settled part of Canada and the lushest agricultural area of Eastern Canada. This is reflected in the ornate, aristocratic wooden houses common to the area, a result of the 300 years of prosperity farmers and forest owners have enjoyed here. One of the best examples is Annapolis Royal, the oldest continuously settled town in Canada. Digby is very well known for the world’s famous scallop fleet.
Overnights(2): Digby - Harbourview Inn

Day 5 - Digby Area
Take an optional whale watching tour from Brier Island or Long Island on the Bay of Fundy, one of the best whale watching areas in the world. More than 15 types of whales and dolphins are regularly seen. A trip down Digby Neck to Long Island and Brier Island is an interesting excursion in itself. There are two small ferries linking the islands and a hiking trail leads along the shore.

Day 6 - Digby Area – Ferry – Saint John (10km excluding Ferry)
A Ferry (included) takes you from Digby, Nova Scotia to Saint John, New Brunswick carrying you across the Bay of Fundy. Watch for whales and seabirds on the 3 hrs crossing. Saint John was founded in 1783 by refugees from the United States who wished to remain citizens of the British Empire. These “Loyalists” created a new city in the wilderness, and their descendants have proudly preserved the heritage and architecture of the period. Visit the Old City Market or experience the Reversing Falls (located in an industrial area). Twice each day, these large, rocky rapids at the mouth of the Saint John River reverse their direction as the Bay of Fundy tides rise and force the water to run up the river.
Overnight(1): Saint John - Hilton Hotel

Day 7 - Saint John – Grand Manan (95km)
Please check the schedule for the crossing to Grand Manan as this ferry cannot be pre-booked. Grand Manan is one of New Brunswick’s best kept treasures. Explore this small and peaceful island with its tiny fishing villages where people still make their living from scallops, lobster, salmon and seaweed gathering.
Overnights(2): Grand Manan - The Compass Rose Inn

Day 8 - Grand Manan
Today you could enjoy an optional whale-watching cruise – maybe on a sailing boat! You may want to try one of the beautiful hiking trails along the island’s shore, stroll along secluded beaches, enjoy the gorgeous view from the top of a steep cliff or visit tiny Machias Seal Island where the number of visitors is limited to 15 per day.

Day 9 - Grand Manan – Hopewell Cape (265km)
Today you sail back by ferry to the mainland (not included) and travel to Hopewell Cape. You may want to stop at St. Martins, the entry to Fundy Parkway, with excellent viewpoints, walking trails and an interpretive centre. Hike the Fundy Trail along sea cliffs to secluded beaches and picnic spots or paddle past the same cliffs through stone arches and around flowerpot rocks in a kayak. Here you will get some of the best views of the Bay’s coastline.
Overnights(2): Hopewell Cape - Innisfree B&B

Day 10 - Hopewell Cape/Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park, 206sq.km in area, is a sanctuary of steep coastal cliffs and clear streams, with oceanside forests, green meadows, sparkling rivers and gorgeous hiking trails. The Hopewell tidal experience site (a Provincial Park) is the best place to witness and understand the tides. Iron stairs lead down the cliffs to the beach and at low tide you can walk through nearby Hopewell Rocks, shaped like giant vases, which are almost covered by the tide every six hours; a large clock warns you to leave as the tide comes in.

Day 11 - Hopewell Cape – Parrsboro (180km)
Moncton is one of the most bilingual cities in Canada, English and French are spoken everywhere. Close to the border with Nova Scotia huge wetlands are an important breeding site and major stopover for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds annually. Visit the Maritimes’ newest UNESCO World Heritage Site at Joggins and explore the carboniferous era in a brand new visitor centre and along the cliffs. Here, of the Bay of Fundy has exposed the largest cache of fossil bones in North America. The fossilized footprints of creatures over millions of years can be seen along the shore. Amethyst and agate can also be found on the beaches.
Overnights(2): Parrsboro - Gillespie House Inn

Day 12 - Parrsboro/Cape Chignecto
Take a drive along the ruggedly scenic coast of Cape Chignecto and enjoy wonderful vistas over the Bay of Fundy from cliff-top hiking trails. The Provincial Park features towering 185m cliffs, deep valleys, sheltered coves, remnant old-growth forest and a rich cultural heritage along the 29 kilometres of pristine coastline.

Day 13 - Parrsboro – Halifax (185km)
Return to Halifax and enjoy a last day in Nova Scotia’s capital.
Overnight(1): Halifax - Hampton Inn and Suites

Day 14 - Halifax to UK
Time for last minute shopping before you return your hire car to Halifax Airport before checking in for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 15 - Arrive UK

 BRITISH AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS DOMESTIC ADD-ONS
Available in conjunction with your trans-atlantic Air Canada flights between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Air Canada Upgrade to Executive First
Designed to provide you with your own personal space that is ideal for a good night sleep, each Executive First Suite* reclines into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. Armed with a comfy pillow and duvet and fully equipped with all the latest in-flight amenities, you will arrive at your destination completely refreshed and ready to start your day.

SPECIAL OFFERS

1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on from £265 per person.

Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from Toronto Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Niagara Falls including a boat ride o­n the Hornblower Cruises to view the Horseshoe Falls (seasonal) and lunch.

2) Enjoy a Montreal and Quebec City add-on from £299 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from MontrealAirport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Quebec City.

 
Departure Dates 2017 Prices
Twin Share
 
20 May - 21 June 2017 £2156 Quote
22 Jun - 30 Jun £2494 Quote
01 July - 31 July £2584 Quote
01 Aug - 16 Aug £2584 Quote
17 Aug - 31 Aug £2246 Quote
01 Sep - 10 Oct £2156 Quote

Standard Hotels
HalifaxHampton Inn by Hilton Halifax
WolfvilleBlomidon Inn
DigbyHarbourview Inn
Saint JohnHilton Saint John Trade and Convention Centre
Grand MananCompass Rose Heritage Inn
Hopewell RocksInnisfree B&B
ParrsboroGillespie House Inn
HalifaxHampton Inn by Hilton Halifax

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Halifax
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Compact hire car with Unlimited Mileage/LDW/Taxes/1 Extra Driver
  • 13 nights accommodation in a combination of good Hotels, Country Inns or bed & breakfasts
  • Ferry Digby - Saint John(1 car/persons booked)
  • Customized information kit, Including Route description, Maps, information material
  • 24-hour Customer Service support within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to renters under 25 years of age
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Attractions and activities
  • Bridge/Ferry charges
  • Weekend flight supplement £30 each way (Friday-Sunday)


Our Price Guarantee

All offers are subject to availability. once a booking is confirmed your holiday price is 100% GUARANTEED against any increase in price such as currency exchange fluctuations or fuel surcharges. Other companies may surcharge you by up to 10% more!


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