Historic Sites, Maritime Museum, Natural Wonders
September 27–October 5, 2017
Ahhh—smell that good sea air? There’s nothing healthier! Join us for an eight-night journey through Maine into Canada to explore craggy coastlines and quaint villages, while sampling some of the freshest seafood there is!
We’ll begin our journey by traveling across New Hampshire to Portland, Maine, where we’ll embark on a high-speed ferry that will bring us to the southern tip of Nova Scotia in only six hours. In Yarmouth, we’ll settle into our hotel for the night, an hour later than usual due to our crossing into Atlantic time.
After breakfast the next morning, we’ll travel along the Evangeline Trail, made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote of it in his poem, “Evangeline”:
THIS is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic…
We’ll learn the history of the mass deportation of the Acadian people in the 1700s when we visit the Grand Pre National Historic site, a monument that unites the Acadian people all over the world. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the village of Peggy’s Cove and visit Peggy’s Cove Light, which houses Canada’s only post office located in a lighthouse!
The next day brings a visit to the Maritime Museum, where we’ll learn the history of the region and see a comprehensive exhibit about the Titanic. After enjoying lunch on our own on the waterfront, we’ll take a tour of Halifax, including the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where many victims of the Titanic were buried. We’ll also visit the Halifax Public Gardens, the oldest and finest Victorian garden in North America, designed by Richard Power, the former gardener to the Duke of Devonshire in Ireland.
Next stop—Prince Edward Island! We’ll take the ferry across Northumberland Strait and head to Charlottetown for an afternoon tour, including the Province House, where the Fathers of the Confederation met in 1864 to plan the creation of Canada. We’ll end the day with dinner together as a group.
You can’t visit Prince Edward Island without a stop at Green Gables! Anne of Green Gables is one of the most-beloved heroines of children’s literature, and generations of readers and viewers visit the place that inspired Lucy Maude Montgomery to write her iconic series. Plus, it’s absolutely beautiful. Red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches, and rolling green fields make this area stunning.
The next day, we’ll cross the Confederation Bridge, which spans 9 miles of the Northumberland Strait and connects PEI to New Brunswick. We’ll spend the day exploring the Acadian coast from Shediac to Bouctouche and discover more about the culture at Le Pays de la Sagouine, a recreated Acadian village. Afterward, we’ll take an educational cruise and enjoy a lobster lunch with Captain Ron Cormier, who will explain the history and significance of the lobster industry. We might even get to help pull in the lobster traps, the New Brunswick way!
The town of Moncton awaits us with its famous geological structure, the Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy. Here, we’ll walk on the ocean floor at low tide and learn about the region’s natural history. The Bay of Fundy was one of two North American finalists in a global competition of top natural wonders, tying with the Grand Canyon! In fact, 100 billion tons of sea water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day, an amount of water that could fill the Grand Canyon!
Before we begin our journey home, we’ll stop at the Reversing Falls/Rapids where the rising tide forces the Saint John River back up stream until the tide lowers below the level of the river—a truly rare phenomenon! Then we’ll head to Bar Harbor for our final night and a farewell dinner before heading home the next day!
Fee (per person): $2,784 double member • $3,084 double nonmember • $3,523 single member • $3,823 single nonmember
Includes: eight nights hotel accommodations, baggage handling of one large suitcase per person, all attraction admissions and fees as outlined in the itinerary, lodging and meal taxes and gratuities, nine days professional guide service, 14 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, and 2 lunches including a Lobster Luncheon cruise), gratuities for the professional tour guide and motorcoach driver, nine days New England-based motorcoach transportation, comprehensive travel insurance
To book your trip, contact Doreen McKinney, Platinum Passport Club Director, at (603) 443-8685 or e-mail Doreen.McKinney@mascomabank.com.
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