In our recent announcement of new Adventures by Disney destinations beginning in 2024, the stunning Eastern Maritimes of Canada are sure to be a guest favorite! This new departure to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which is available to book now, is full of natural beauty and outdoor activities for the entire family. Bring your spirit of discovery when embarking on this delightful experience of the Canadian coast.
“The Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island itinerary for Adventures by Disney was created for families wishing to discover the beautiful coastal regions of eastern Canada,” said Bernadette Johnston-Peck, program development manager. “The outdoor adventures, exploration of historic sites, and learnings from the indigenous Mi’kmaq people are sure to become an unforgettable part of our guests’ life stories. We look forward to welcoming families to Eastern Canada’s Maritimes!”
Let’s take a closer look into what you’ll experience.
Adventure Begins in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, located on the east coast and almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, is home to three national parks and is known for its historical appeal. Upon arriving in Halifax, just one look out the airplane window and you’re immediately transported to vacation mode. The magnificent ocean and the lush landscape give a peek into what you’ll experience over the next eight days.
This land adventure begins at the Sugar Moon Farm and tasting authentic maple syrup tapped on site. You’ll learn the process that takes this deliciousness from tree to table. Yum!
The Charm of Prince Edward Island
The adventure next features a picturesque ferry ride to Prince Edward Island, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence – meaning endless beaches and fresh sea air. The stunning white shingled tower and red iron lantern of the Wood Islands Lighthouse, built in 1876, are striking contrasts against the beautiful blue skies. Local guides will lead a tour and share the history of the lighthouse, plus you’ll learn about the area’s sea life and sea glass which support the area’s aquatic ecosystem.
Junior Adventures will have their own kite making and flying activity on the shore, and it will be a beautiful site to watch the sea breeze carry the kites high in the sky.
Fans of the “Anne of Green Gables” stories will recognize Avonlea Village, the fictitious name author Lucy Maud Montgomery gave to Cavendish. Here, you’ll explore the historic buildings and visit the museum dedicated to the noted author and the schoolhouse where she taught. Avonlea Village is dotted with replications of houses and shops from the time of the novels. You can even opt to roll up your sleeves to plant and dig potatoes, take a carriage ride, and have tea with a descendant of her family.
The Confederation Bridge, an Engineering Marvel
En route to the mainland, you’ll stop at the Confederation Bridge, a magnificent display of Canadian engineering, before embarking on a relaxing boat cruise on the calm waters of Shediac Bay. An expert in lobstering will share about sustainable and responsible fishing practices, followed by lunch onboard.
More fun awaits at the Funday Bay (pun intended!). During low tide, you’ll embark on a privately guided tour of the open ocean floor and hear stories about the origin of Hopewell Rocks Park. At Hopewell Rocks, select from a variety of activities, such as kayaking, horseback riding, or bike riding followed by canoeing. Not to be missed is watching high tide come in that evening. And be sure to look up after sunset to see a beautiful star-filled sky.
Let’s Explore Halifax
Our next stop is the Millbrook Cultural Center to learn about the Mi’kmaq people, their traditions and ceremonies, and the significance of the Talking Stick. Historically and culturally, the Talking Stick is a tool to keep order and teach respect for others. You’ll even select your own stick to take home and personalize it with accessories such as beads, paint and feathers.
The final day of this inspiring trip will include exploring the Trans-Canada Trail and hiking along the renovated railway trail. What I appreciate about traveling with Adventures by Disney is built-in on-your-own time to dine, shop or explore like locals. I highly recommend lunch at a café on the waterfront – what a view!
Following the morning and early afternoon activities, everyone will gather for a sailing on a 130-foot schooner called the M/S Silva. The tall ship, constructed in the 1930s, will sail through Halifax Harbour with views of historical landmarks and beautiful scenery. The farewell dinner is in a restored 1800s warehouse converted into a nautical-themed pub. Celtic entertainment and a hearty, authentic Nova Scotia meal will leave everyone with memories to last a lifetime.
As with every Adventures by Disney trip, our Disney-trained Adventures Guides lead every step of the way and take care of all the details, ensuring a fun-filled, hassle-free vacation. They even plan activities for the Junior Adventures (younger guests)!
I hope you enjoyed this closer look into one of the newest itineraries offered by Adventures by Disney. We can’t wait for you to discover Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island!
Departures begin in June 2024 and run through the summer months. For a complete itinerary and list of activities, visit Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Land Adventure. To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation visit AdventuresbyDisney.com, call 1-833-223-0103 or contact a travel agent.