Top Reasons to Visit Atlantic Canada

At just a six-hour flight from the UK, you could be in Canada a lot sooner than you may have expected. The country’s eastern coast comprises the four provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island which together are known as Atlantic Canada, and between them boast enough to entice almost any traveller with even the mildest sense of adventure. Travel to the region is easy, with direct flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and easy access to the other provinces.

Here’s a few of the reasons to get you excited about your next trip.

Wide Spans of Coastline

With over 43,000 kilometres of pristine coastline, you’re sure to find a quiet bay to call your own.

On Prince Edward Island, there’s red sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, and warm salt water for swimming, while Newfoundland and Labrador has an altogether more rugged coastline that marries with its long and storied seafaring history; the province is also famous for its iceberg viewing tours by boat, 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. 

The Wildlife

Whale-watching tours are easy to come by in Newfoundland and Labrador, Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, and in the Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, so ask your Travel Counsellor for advice on where to choose. From land, visitors can spot puffins and other seabirds, moose, black bears, deer, caribou and more, all in their natural habitat.

Bountiful Ocean Produce

The freshest lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops, clams, crab, cod, 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. 

Vibrant Festivities

Residents of Canada’s east coast sure know how to throw a party, with culinary, musical, and cultural festivals taking place year-round. Some notable events include the Harvest Music 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

With a plethora of historic sites, shops, and museums, Atlantic Canada’s vibrant towns and seafaring cities have so much to offer. Take a stroll along the waterfront to soak in the harbour views, fabulous architecture, and captivating galleries before enjoying live music in one of the may pubs and restaurants.

Outdoor Adventure

For lovers of the great outdoors, Atlantic Canada delivers adventure for every comfort level, from adrenaline junkies to the easy-does-it kind of traveller. There are eight national parks in Atlantic Canada, offering hiking, cycling, sea-kayaking, canoeing, warm-water swimming, and more. If you’re interested RVing, there’s a plethora of options across the region’s provincial and national parks.

Autumnal Colours

In late September and into October, the temperature is still very comfortable for exploring, the roads are uncrowded, and there’s the added bonus of spectacular autumn foliage of stunning yellows and golds.

Rich Cultural Heritage

The region is made up of a diverse mix of French Acadian, Scottish, Irish, German, African and Indigenous people – each with their own customs, legends and legacies which makes for great stories, lively music, and delicious cuisine. 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.

To book your trip to Atlantic Canada, call me today. You’ll benefit from full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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