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Dive into Acadian Culture, Heritage and Scenic Beauty!
Place of departure
Par-en-Bas, Halifax, Grand-Pré, Annapolis Valley & Bay of Fundy, Saint Mary's Bay, Yarmouth
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: Par-en-Bas (Argyle region)
Travel distance: 60 km
Travel time: 60 minutes
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 2: Finishing off your visit of the Argyle region and continuing on for an arruval in the early evening to the capital of Nova Scotia– Halifax!
Travel distance: 375 km
Travel time: 5 hours
Embrace the enchanting nightfall in Halifax, where the city comes alive with a myriad of experiences. Start your evening with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque waterfront boardwalk, soaking in the glittering lights and serene harbor views.
Dive into Halifax's rich history by visiting the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, where evening hours bring a unique ambiance to this iconic landmark. Feel the echoes of the past as you explore its historic ramparts and learn about the city's heritage. As night falls, immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene. Enjoy live music performances at one of the city's charming pubs or music venues, where local talents showcase their melodies.
Indulge in a delightful dinner at one of Halifax's renowned restaurants, savoring exquisite seafood dishes or diverse culinary creations. The Historic Properties area is a perfect spot to find a cozy eatery and enjoy the city's culinary diversity.
Don't miss the chance to gaze at the stars in the clear Maritime night sky. Head to a local observatory or simply find a cozy spot in the city where you can appreciate the celestial wonders above. As the evening winds down, take a leisurely stroll back through the city streets, relishing the blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy that defines Halifax's night scene.
Day 3: Visit of Halifax
Begin your day with a sunrise journey to the Acadian community of Chezzetcook, a gem tucked to the east of Halifax Regional Municipality. As you approach, the etymology of Chezzetcook - "the place where water quickly spreads in many directions" - becomes evident in the sprawling water bodies that greet you.
Your first stop is the Maison Acadienne de Chezzetcook, a cornerstone of Acadian history and culture. As you sip on a freshly brewed coffee, immerse yourself in the tales and traditions of Chezzetcook, narrated passionately by local guides. The museum, with its well-preserved artifacts, paints a vivid picture of the ancestral way of life in this community. Enhance your experience with the delightful Acadian culinary treats on offer. As stories of folklore and legendary Acadian tales fill the air, you'll feel deeply connected to this charming community.
Step outside and be beckoned by the nearby trails that lead to tranquil beaches. The serene beauty of Chezzetcook's coastline is a balm for the soul, and a leisurely walk along the shores will etch memories that last a lifetime.
Post-lunch, pivot to the maritime essence of Halifax. A visit to the Titanic cemeteries is a solemn reminder of the city's deep-seated nautical history. Let the stories of those who perished in the tragic sinking of the Titanic resonate with you as you walk amidst the gravestones.
Further your maritime exploration with a visit to Halifax's renowned nautical museum. Delve into the tales of seafarers, the city's immigration history, and the ships that have anchored here.
As the sun begins its descent, embark on the iconic oceanfront walk. The 4 km stretch is more than just a walk; it's an experience. With views of the pier and McNab Island, you can watch ships majestically sail by. Pause to browse quaint shops, and when hunger strikes, the waterfront's diverse restaurants promise to satiate your palate with delicious offerings.
Day 4: Grand Pré National Historic Site
Region: Grand Pré
Travel distance: 87 km
Travel time: 49 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 5: The Annapolis Valley and Bay of Fundy
Travel distance: 116km
Travel time: 1 hour and 15 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
Days 6 and 7: St. Mary’s Bay (Clare region)
Region: Saint-Mary's Bay
Travel distance: 64 km
Travel time: 47 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 8 and final stay: Visit of your destination port -Yarmouth
Embark on a rich cultural journey through Yarmouth's highlights in just a day. Begin by exploring the enlightening Fisheries Museum - Sweeney Fisheries Museum, gaining insights into the area's maritime heritage. Pause at the moving 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.
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.