Halifax is the kind of town that people flock to, not so much for the opportunities, but for the quality of life it has to offer. Sea breezes off the harbor keep the air clean, and parks and trees nestle between heritage buildings, cosmopolitan eateries and arty shops. Several universities ensure that the population is young and the bars and nightclubs full. Stroll the historic waterfront, catch some live music and enjoy the best of what the Maritimes have to offer. In summer, never-ending festivals ignite the party ambience that much more.
Peggy's Cove is one of the most visited fishing towns in Canada and for good reason: the rolling granite cove highlighted by a perfect red-and-white lighthouse exudes a dreamy seaside calm. You'll find it surprisingly easy to chat with the friendly locals (there are only 45 of them) and settle into fishing-village pace.
Cape Breton Island
Floating over the rest of Nova Scotia like an island halo, Cape Breton is a heavenly, forested realm of bald eagles, migrating whales, palpable history and foot-tapping music. Starting up the Ceilidh Trail along the western coastline, Celtic music vibrates through the pubs and community centers, eventually reaching the Cabot Trail where more-eclectic Acadian-style tunes ring out around Chéticamp.
The 300km (186.4 miles) Cabot Trail continues around Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It winds and climbs around and over coastal mountains, with heart-stopping ocean views at every turn and moose on the roads (watch out!)
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is as pretty as a storybook, and it just so happens that the island's depiction in a storybook - Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - is what has made the place famous. And like Anne Shirley, the heroine of that book, the island is a red-head - from tip to tip, sienna-colored soil peeks out from under potato plants, and the shores are lined with rose and golden sand. Meanwhile the Green Gables-esque landscape is a pastoral green patchwork of rolling fields, tidy gabled farmhouses and seaside villages.
Anne of Green Gables Museum
Cavendish is the home town of Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), author of Anne of Green Gables. Here she is simply known as Lucy Maud or LM. Owned by her grandfather's cousins, the now-famous House of Green Gables and its Victorian surrounds inspired the setting for her fictional tale. In 1937 the house became part of the national park and it's now administered as a national heritage site, celebrating Lucy Maud and Anne with exhibits and audio-visual displays.
The Hopewell Rocks are located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World, and is the site of some of the World 's Highest Tides. Walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flower-pot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years. Experience tides rising up to 4-stories high, making it possible to kayak, at high tide, over the same area you may have recently walked at low tide.
The Fundy Trail opens up previously unreachable areas of the Bay of Fundy coastline and panoramic views. The 16 km (10 miles) trail begins just outside St. Martins, New Brunswick and is less than an hour 's drive from Saint John or Sussex on Route 111. Hugging cliff tops above the world 's highest tides, the Fundy Trail winds its way along one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Florida and Labrador. The area is the breeding habitat for Right Whales and is one of he best places in the world for viewing marine and wildlife.
The largest of the South Shore fishing villages is historic Lunenburg, the region's only UNESCO World Heritage site and the first British settlement outside Halifax. The town is at its most picturesque viewed from the sea around sunset, when the boxy, brightly painted old buildings literally glow behind the ship-filled port. Of note is the distinctive 'Lunenburg Bump,' a five-sided dormer window on the 2nd floor overhanging the 1st floor.
Rugged and pristine beauty. Fun-loving Acadian and Gaelic culture. Fun and adventure awaits. Uncover the treasures of the Canadian Maritimes, from the Cabot Trail to the amazing Fundy tides, Nova Scotia 's Peggy 's Cove and beautiful Prince Edward Island. Delve into a friendly culinary contest and undertake a competition to cook the best mussels. See the four-story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks. Savor a traditional Maritimes lobster feast and learn how to eat lobster like a local. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum and learn about potato farming. Immerse yourself in the region 's Gaelic heritage and travel along the striking Lighthouse Route. Be inspired by the many inventions of Alexander Graham Bell at his own museum. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, board a boat and learn to shuck scallops. Don 't miss the rugged beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and rich seafaring history of the amazing Canadian Maritimes.