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Peggy's Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Maritimes

The Maritimes Holidays

Known for dramatic coastal drives, strong whale populations and adrenaline sports, the Maritime regions are breath-taking but relatively little-explored.

Housing some of the world’s most epic unsung road trips and countless opportunities for biking, hiking and sailing, Canada’s Maritime regions of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are spontaneous places where maps are optional (but discovery is obligatory).

Think salty sea air, scenic wine regions, miles of untouched coastlines and proud locals who still live in stilted houses. Then add a spattering of delicious local cuisine, a fascinating cultural heritage and a selection of secret fossil-rich coves. This is a place that is still relatively little-visited, so explorations are inescapably immersive and authentic.

Kayaking, Trout Point Lodge, Maritimes, Canada
Trout Point Lodge

Self-Drive the Canadian Maritimes

Encompassing the iconic trio of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – which are Canada’s three smallest provinces – this impressive self-drive itinerary incorporates properties perched on dramatic cliffs, eclectic island cities, and sustainable backwood wildernesses that will appeal to travellers with an enduring sense of adventure.

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Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova scotia, Canada, Maritimes
Nova Scotia, Canada

Drive the Cabot Trail

Pass tiny towns, take in far-reaching views, and relish in the inevitable feeling of remoteness while cruising along the dramatic Cabot Trail. Pass the rural community of Ingonish, stop for passing moose or perhaps head off on a detour in search of puffins.

Halifax, Moored Yachts, Sunset, Maritimes
Halifax, Moored Yachts, Sunset, Maritimes

Halifax: Heli-Flights & Champagne Picnics

Boasting great stories and even better ales, the city of Halifax is made up of tall ships, farmers markets, historic forts and skating rinks. Perhaps walk down the lively waterfront as the sun sets or head off the beaten track on a private photography tour. For a real treat, take an exhilarating helicopter flight from Halifax Harbour to Sambro Island. Then sip champagne on a private beach and picnic on a cheeseboard with a lighthouse for a backdrop.

Humpback Whale, New England, USA
Humpback Whale

Whale-Watching with a Marine Biologist

In the company of an experienced Captain and marine biologist, sail out on a 360-degree sailing boat in search of humpback and minke whales. For a touch more adrenaline, don a survival suit and head out on fast-moving zodiacs to follow the marine mammal. Those wishing to stay on dry land can visit the Gaskin Museum of Marine Life, perhaps meeting its in-house researchers.


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Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Waterfront, Canada, Maritimes

Sail & Tour Lunenburg

Go on a private sailing voyage from Nova Scotia to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, perhaps learning to hoist the sails, tie knots and navigate a vintage schooner.

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Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Bay, Canada, Maritimes

Kayak Hopewell Rocks

Kayak in the “Mount Everest of the Marine World’ in the company of a private adventure guide, learning about the tidal phenomena around the renowned Hopewell Rocks.

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Horse, Cape Breton, Canada, Maritimes

Maritimes Horse Experiences

Go on a breathtaking horseback ride between the mountains and the sea on Cape Breton Island or learn to understand their body language during a private wrangler session on Prince Edward Island.

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Blacksmith, Artist, Maritimes

Private Blacksmith Workshop

Be introduced to blacksmithing during a one-on-one lesson in the company of an artisan on Cape Breton Island, who will show you all the tricks and technique of this tradition.

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Atlantic Puffin, Canada, Maritimes

Look for Puffins

Head out to sea cliffs in search of the breeding grounds of the Atlantic puffin.

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Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, New England, USA

Bay of Fundy Whale-Watching

Board a zodiac and set sail in search of whales and other marine creatures, staying on the lookout for potential fishing net rescue missions.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy’s love for Canada is limitless and she has returned on an almost yearly basis since her first visit as a child. From hiking the high alpine trails, riding with local cowboys to kayaking with humpbacks, she has likely been there and done it.

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Paul Bird

Watching bears interacting without any care of his presence was fascinating for Paul, and being a privileged onlooker in their natural habitat created a lifelong fascination with Canada.

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I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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