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Dive into Acadian Culture, Heritage and Scenic Beauty!
Place of departure
Saint Mary's Bay, Yarmouth, Par-en-Bas, Halifax, Pomquet, Isle Madame, Louisbourg, Chéticamp, Grand-Pré, Annapolis Valley & Bay of Fundy
Note : The distances to be covered and the time required to do so are approximate. They are based on driving according to the speed limits in force. The distances between the regions represent the shortest distance between them from their respective limits, unless otherwise noted.
Day 1 and 2: St. Mary’s Bay (Clare region)
Region: Saint-Mary's Bay
Travel distance: 42 km
Travel time: 34 minutes
Begin your exploration of St. Mary’s Bay by stepping into historical landmarks such as the vast St. Mary's Church, North America's largest wooden edifice, and the Rendez-vous de la Baie, an enlightening Acadian cultural centre at the Université Sainte-Anne campus in Church Point. Delight in local Acadian cuisine, trying traditional Rappie Pie, a hearty potato and chicken dish, surprisingly best enjoyed with molasses! Extend your culinary adventure at Belliveau’s Cove wharf, where Acadian lobster and shellfish dinners are served every Friday during summer.
Experience the Bay's musical heritage with local musicians performing during the summer in various eateries as part of the Music of the Bay events. Lose yourself in the tranquility of pristine beaches like Mavillette Beach and Cape Sainte-Marie Lighthouse, or challenge yourself with an unforgettable hike in Les Petit Bois. Add a dash of thrill with the Gran Fondo cycling event in late September, offering a fantastic coastal outdoor experience. Round off your day with a visit to the new lighthouse, learning about the area's rich history and wilderness secrets through interpretive panels. Revel in the unique blend of cultural richness, adventurous spirit, and tranquil landscapes of St. Mary’s Bay.
Day 3 and 4: A stop into Yarmouth and continuing onto Par-en-Bas (Argyle region)
Travel distance: 35 km
Travel time: 25 minutes
Embark on a rich cultural journey through Yarmouth's highlights. Begin by exploring the Frost Park, a tribute to lost fishermen and sailors, reminding us of the sea's power and the resilience of its people. Discover local ingenuity at Sandford Drawbridge and the courage of firefighters at the Firefighters Museum. Dive into art at the Art Gallery of NS Western Branch, and uncover history at Yarmouth County Museum & Archives. Wander through the historic charm of Yarmouth's Heritage District, catching glimpses of sea captain's homes and mercantile heritage.
Whether you're seeking to discover your Acadian roots, explore North America's early European settlements, gaze at the mesmerizing night sky, indulge in the thrill of fishing, or immerse yourself in Acadian history, Par-en-Bas and Argyle offer something for everyone.
Don't miss the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival, where you can witness the excitement of this thrilling sport. Engage in enlightening conversations with fishing experts at Dennis Point Wharf and immerse yourself in the vibrant fishing culture.
Golf lovers will delight in picturesque courses nestled in stunning landscapes. Tee off amidst breathtaking views and enjoy a round of golf in this idyllic setting. For hiking and wilderness enthusiasts, explore the region's plethora of trails (Pubnico Point Trail and Wedgeport Nature Trail), immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and its rich biodiversity.
Experience the magic of Acadian culture with the self-guided Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour, and visit the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de Recherche and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse for a deeper understanding of Acadian heritage.
No matter your interests, a visit to Argyle promises abundant Acadian moments. Plan your adventure now and create lasting memories in this enchanting destination.
Day 5 and 6 : Your visit of the capital city of Nova Scotia - Halifax!
Travel distance: 375 km
Travel time: 5 hours
Nestled on the Atlantic coast, the South Shore of Nova Scotia provides a mesmerizing travel tapestry, weaving together stunning sea views, golden beaches, and quaint coastal towns. As you embark on a journey from Yarmouth to Halifax, the picturesque landscapes that unfold will enchant and beckon, making the scenic route not just a drive, but an experience.
As the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is brimming with historic sites, cultural attractions, and natural beauty. Start your day with a waterfront stroll, taking in boutique shops, seafood restaurants, and the historic Seaport Farmers' Market. Then, immerse yourself in maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Don't miss the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a star-shaped fort with stunning city views. As the day winds down, sample the diverse cuisine in the trendy North End and enjoy live music at local pubs.Halifax also offers green havens in the city, like the Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park, or venture out to Peggy's Cove for scenic coastal views.
Choose from a range of accommodations, from luxury waterfront hotels to cozy downtown B&Bs. An early start ensures a full day of exploration in this vibrant, history-rich city.
Day 7 and 8: Stop in to Pomquet and continuing to Isle Madame for two nights
Travel distance: 228 km
Travel time: 2 hours and 23 minutes
Upon arrival in Pomquet, your first destination awaits: Pomquet Beach Provincial Park. Here, reconnect with nature along the serene, dune-dotted beach, a haven for the endangered Piping Plover. As you stroll the sands, let the bird's aerial ballet mesmerize you against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Continue your journey at Chez Deslauriers, an enchanting 19th-century home turned interpretive center, teeming with local artifacts and stories of Acadian heritage. Be sure to check ahead for the schedule of their popular cultural dining experiences and outdoor summer concerts.
Round out your day on the Acadian Trail of Pomquet, a stunning 4-kilometer hike through the breathtaking coastal vistas and protected lands of the Monks Head Provincial Reserve. A day in Pomquet promises a blend of rich culture, stunning natural beauty, and a deep dive into Acadian heritage.
Travel distance: 98 km
Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
On your second day, venture to the captivating Isle Madame. Begin at La Picasse community center in Petit-de-Grat to explore Acadian heritage, then discover the island's shipbuilding history at the LeNoir Forge Museum and Boat Barn.
Relish the traditional meat pie, and savor freshly harvested seafood at local spots. Stay at Clairestone Inn or Groundswell for memorable dining experiences, outdoor adventures, and stunning ocean views.
Mark your calendar for the Petit-de-Grat Acadian Festival in August, or the exciting Isle Madame Yacht Race in July. Enjoy music festivals like Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival and Codstock. With culture, history, food, and coastal beauty, your day in Isle Madame will be unforgettable.
Day 9: Visit of the Fortress of Louisbourg and your start through the Cabot Trail
Travel distance: 150 km
Travel time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Uncover the lifestyles of early French settlers in the New World as you traverse the Fortress of Louisbourg. This remarkable reconstruction transports you to the 18th century - meet community members, told through engaging interpreters in period attire. Be cautious not to speak English at the entrance, lest you're seized as an English spy!
The sprawling fortress, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, requires a minimum three-hour exploration. Afterward, embark on a coastal hike to Louisbourg Lighthouse and end your day with a remarkable 18th-century dining experience at the Beggars Banquet. Don't forget to check the trail's accessibility on-site. Enjoy this immersive journey into history!
After an enriching day exploring the Fortress of Louisbourg, continue your adventure by journeying to the Cabot Trail for your night's stay. This world-renowned trail, celebrated for its breathtaking vistas and diverse landscapes, is the perfect retreat to unwind and appreciate nature's tranquillity. Here, nestled in the heart of natural beauty, you can rest and refuel for the next day's explorations. Embrace the serenity of the trail and revel in the magic of an Acadian night under the stars.
Day 10 and 11: Continuing along the Cabot Trail with your arrival in Chéticamp, your destination for nights 10 and 11
Travel distance: 200 km
Travel time: 6 to 12 hours including frequent stops along the Cabot Trail.
Experience the thrill of the drive along the Cabot Trail, known as one of the world's most stunning scenic routes. With its awe-inspiring curves and exhilarating climbs and descents, the road unveils spellbinding vistas at every turn. Take your time, from 6 to 12 hours, to fully absorb the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings.
As your journey continues, anticipate an enthralling day of exploration along the Cabot Trail leading you to the vibrant Acadian Region of Cheticamp. This itinerary plans for a leisurely two-night stay in Cheticamp, giving you an entire day to delve into the unique charm of this captivating region. Get ready for a thrilling escapade that combines the thrill of an unforgettable drive with the richness of Acadian culture
Spend a perfect day in Chéticamp, immersed in the vibrant spirit of Acadian culture. Begin your morning at Frey and Thor, where you can enjoy a delightful coffee and explore their art gallery, surrounded by inspiring creativity.
Next, journey to the Mi-Carême Center, a whimsical hub of Acadian traditions. Immerse yourself in cultural experiences and uncover the fascinating facets of this cherished local tradition.
If the weather is favorable, make your way to St. Pierre Beach, a serene oasis where you can relax by the water's edge and bask in the beauty of the surroundings. As the day unfolds, explore the charming streets of Chéticamp, discovering local shops and boutiques that showcase Acadian crafts and arts.
For supper, head to Abri, where the authentic flavors of Acadian cuisine come alive. Indulge in delectable dishes that celebrate the region's rich culinary heritage. In just one day, you'll have woven a tapestry of Acadian experiences, from cultural immersion to culinary delights, in the heart of Chéticamp.
Day 12: Grand Pré National Historic Site & Wolfville
Region: Grand Pré
Travel distance: 453 km
Travel time: 4 hours and 45 minutes
Embark on a day dedicated to the captivating allure of Grand-Pré. Nestled amidst the scenic vistas of Nova Scotia, Grand-Pré is a blend of historical richness and natural charm. The heart of your journey lies within the Parks Canada National Historic Site, a testament to the resilience and legacy of the Acadian people.
From their establishment along the banks of the Minas Basin to their tragic deportation in 1755, the Grand Pré Interpretation Centre weaves a tale of courage and perseverance. It's not just a visit, but a voyage into the lives of the Acadians, their traditions, and narratives.
Let the whispers of the past guide you through this realm of Acadian heritage and Francophone communities. Allow the stories etched into the landscape of Grand-Pré to transport you through the corridors of time and immerse you in the indomitable spirit of its people.
Day 13: The Beautiful and Historic Annapolis Valley
Region: Annapolis Valley
Travel distance: 115 km
Travel time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Spend a delightful day exploring Annapolis Valley's stunning landscapes, from its bountiful farmlands to the magnificent Bay of Fundy. Savour the region's seasonal cuisine, highlighting freshly caught seafood and local produce, and don't miss the acclaimed wines and ciders crafted from the Valley's fruits.
Feed your spirit of adventure with treks through the picturesque Blomidon Provincial Park, or embark on boat tours from Digby for an exhilarating whale watching experience.
Immerse yourself in the rich Acadian history of Annapolis Royal, once Nova Scotia's capital. Traverse significant sites like Fort Anne and Port Royal National Historic Sites, and Melanson Settlement, each offering compelling tales of the area's French and British past.
Round off your day with a leisurely stroll in the charming downtown of Wolfville, brimming with quaint shops, eateries, and local crafts. Here, you'll enjoy the warm community spirit, as locals delight in sharing their vibrant cultural heritage and stories
Day 14: Returning to your original destination
Travel distance: 37 km
Travel time: 32 minutes
Emerging from the fertile grounds of the Annapolis Valley, with its lush vineyards and orchards, you'll be captivated by a landscape that has been shaped by centuries of farming. The aroma of blossoming apple trees and fresh wine may linger as you make your way to the enigmatic Bay of Fundy. Known for its world-renowned tides, the Bay of Fundy is an ever-changing canvas of marine wonders, where the dance between the sea and the shore is perennially captivating.
As you coast towards Smiths Cove, you'll be greeted by a picturesque seaside village. It’s a place where time seems to slow down, and every wave that laps at the shore tells a tale of maritime legacy. You might be tempted to take a detour, to walk along the sandy beaches and let the gentle breezes carry away your cares.
Next on your route is Digby, the scallop capital of the world. Its vibrant harbor is a hive of activity, with fishing boats unloading their fresh catches and the aroma of seafood wafting through the air. It's the perfect spot to indulge in a seafood feast, with Digby scallops taking center stage.
Driving further southwest, you'll come upon the unique tidal village of Bear River. Often referred to as "The Switzerland of Nova Scotia", its picturesque houses and studios are perched on stilts along the river's edge. Bear River is an artist’s enclave, and a stroll through its lanes reveals a plethora of galleries and workshops, echoing the community's creative spirit.
As the sun sets, casting a golden hue over the waters, you can reflect on a journey filled with nature's wonders, gastronomic delights, and the timeless allure of Nova Scotia's coastal communities.
We hope your stay was pleasant and our itinerary was to your satisfaction, feel free to plan your next trip to Nova Scotia by using our other itinerary selections.