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  • Ingonish Beach

    Welcome to the rugged headlands, sandy beaches, lush green valleys and wild, open barrens... a destination point for all ages in all seasons and the starting point for your adventure into the Cape Breton Highlands.

    • Ingonish Coastline

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    • Ingonish Harbour

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    • Cape Breton's Louisbourg Lighthouse

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    • Moose on Cabot Trail

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    The area known as Ingonish is actually a cluster of five small communities on the Cabot Trail, nestled between the National Park, Highlands and Atlantic Ocean covering16 kilometers.

    In the summer visitors can choose between a comfortable swim in fresh water lakes or a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Scenic cruises and whale watching are also available during the summer. Ski Cape Smokey offers scenic lift rides to the top of its summit, providing a gorgeous panoramic view of the Highlands and the ocean. From late May through mid-October the challenging Highlands Links Golf Course is open. One of the top courses in North America, it offers a breathtaking vista from each tee box.

    Freshly caught lobster are available from mid-May until mid-July, followed by the snow crab season which usually lasts until mid-August.

    Winter in Ingonish offers a whole new array of experiences including downhill skiing at Ski Cape Smokey. With a vertical drop of 1,000 feet, it is one of the finest ski slopes in the Maritimes.

    On Cape Breton Island, known as the only living Celtic culture in North America, they certainly know how to put on a Ceilidh that will keep you on your toes. It is also the home to the world’s largest fiddle.

    The coastal playground will delight those who are as comfortable afloat as afoot. Explore the shores, lakes and rivers by sail, kayak or canoe. Enjoy relaxing paddles on gentle waters, or an exciting journey over rolling swells for a close encounter with some friendly whales. If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the view, take a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet with endless coastline horizons.

    The Bras d'Or Lake, Canada's largest in-land sea, is unique - not quite sea, not quite lake, but a unique and unusual blend of both. UNESCO has declared the Bras d’Or a Biosphere reserve. Whether you charter a sailboat in St. Peters, paddle silently in Baddeck Bay or hike along its enchanting shores, embrace the magic of the Bras d’Or Lake.

    Explore trails that takes you through a spectacular tapestry of rolling terrain, hardwood and softwood forests plus gently flowing brooks and streams.

    You will discover every kind of artisan at work here—makers of kilts and quilts, baskets and glass, along with art created from old industrial labours—blacksmithing, leather and woodworking.

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  • Maritime Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Halifax

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

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    • Docked Fishing Boats

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    • Tait House Inn, Shediac

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    Day 01

    Halifax

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Halifax. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, located in the heart of town.

    Hotel: The Prince George Hotel

    62Mi/99Km

    Day 02

    Lunenburg

    You have a short, but beautifully scenic journey this morning. We suggest a stop at Peggy’s Cove; a small fishing village built into the granite rock and protected by its historic lighthouse, and at the pretty town of Mahone Bay. The Victorian town of Lunenburg, lovingly restored to its historic splendour, provides your accommodation for this evening.

    Hotel: The Mariner King Inn

    97Mi/156Km

    Day 03

    Annapolis Royal & Digby

    Today you cross from the south to the north of the island, accompanied by beautiful scenery provided by Kejimkujik National Park. Before arrival into Digby, we suggest a slight diversion to Annapolis Royal. Founded in 1605, it boasts 150 heritage buildings offering numerous unique shops, artists’ studios and galleries and is home to Fort Anne National Historic Site, a location of great historical significance.

    Hotel: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

    110Mi/175Km

    Day 04 Day 05

    St. Andrews

    This morning, take the three hour ferry journey from Digby to Saint John and the short drive to St. Andrews. We’ve allowed two full days for you to enjoy St. Andrews, a lovely seaside town full of character and old world charm.

    Hotel: The Algonquin Resort

    160Mi/258Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Fundy Trail Parkway & Moncton

    Following the coastline and make a stop at Saint John to experience the reversing tide boat ride. Hugging the coastal cliffs, the 16 kilometre Fundy Trail Parkway is one of the itinerary's highlights. Be sure to stop at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick's most famous attraction. At low tide you can walk the sea floor, whilst at high tide the waters flood the caves. Your destination is Moncton, where a visit to Magnetic Hill provides the illusion of being pulled uphill by a magnetic force.

    Hotel: Delta Hotels Beausejour

    103Mi/165Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Charlottetown

    New Confederation Bridge brings you to the smallest province in Canada - Prince Edward Island. Enjoy two days exploring the sand dunes and beaches, Prince Edward Island National Park and the island's many other attractions. Explore Province House National Historic Site in Charlottetown, the site of Canada’s birthplace in 1867, and absorb the great charm of this colonial seaport.

    Hotel: Delta Hotels Prince Edward

    212Mi/341Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Ingonish Beach

    Take a short drive from Orwell Corner Historic Site to the southern tip of Prince Edward Island, where the ferry carries you across to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Your journey continues with a scenic drive to Cape Breton Island, which is reminiscent of a small Scottish island. Take the Cabot Trail into the highlands of northern Cape Breton, aligned by the lochs and glens once settled by Scottish Highlanders, and hugging the scenic coastlines settled by Acadians. From your resort, you can enjoy easy access to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which is filled with moose, deer, lynx, bear and beaver.

    Hotel: Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

    115Mi/185Km

    Day 12

    Dundee

    It's an easy driving day today, so you can set off at your leisure for a short but beautiful journey to Dundee. View spectacular vistas, rolling seaside terrain and breathtaking seascapes as you approach Baddeck, a picturesque village on the shores of Bras d'Or Lakes. We suggest a stop for a scenic cruise on the lake or simply wander the boardwalk, before arrival into Dundee

    Hotel: Dundee Resort

    213Mi/343Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Halifax

    Today, your final drive brings you back to where your journey began in Halifax. The rugged Atlantic coast accompanies your journey, dotted with small fishing villages and many photo opportunities. First settled in 1749, today Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and the largest city in the Maritime Provinces. Visit Fort Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour, or Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for terrific views of the city.

    Hotel: The Prince George Hotel

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    This morning take the short ride back to Halifax Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2059 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.