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Nova Scotia Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Peaceful rambles on country and coastal lanes, past weathered lighthouses and colorful fishing villages
  • Stroll on one of Nova Scotia's well-kept secrets, an old coastal cart path
  • Explore World Heritage-status Lunenburg
  • Succulent lobster and Domaine de Grand Pré wines
  • Cruise to idyllic Big Tancook Island, where time seems to stand still

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Journey from the Bay of Fundy to the South Shore

One of the warmest places on earth. Where sleepy fishing villages huddle close in hidden coves. And hardy, friendly folks invite you to linger awhile in the brisk ocean air. The rocky shorelines practically pose for your photos. The hotels still have the character of centuries past. Unbelievably fresh seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables reveal their harvesters' love of the land and of the sea. And award-winning wines tempt you at every turn. Can a week-long trip add years to your life? In Nova Scotia, it's not hard to imagine.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Accommodations

Nova Scotia is a land of rich heritage and rustic charm, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, history and character outweigh elegance and luxury in this Maritime province. While our hotels offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Nova Scotia is a land of rich heritage and rustic charm, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, history and character outweigh elegance and luxury in this Maritime province. While our hotels offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region.

Days 1-2 Tasting, tour and dinner at Domaine de Grand Pré winery  Walk along a historic dike system to the Grand Pré National Historic Site  Hike atop the jaw-dropping Red Cliffs of Cape Blomidon and take in views of patchwork farmland and stunning seascapes  Stand in awe of Minas Basin and the wild Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides. 

Day 3 White-sand beaches and historic fishing hamlets  Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct has it all: coastal tundra forests, salt marshes, bogs and pristine seashore - diverse ecosystems that provide the ideal stopover location for Canada geese and black ducks  Like catching rays? Harbor seals do too - see them sunning at Harbour Rocks  And make sure to keep an eye out for the carnivorous pitcher plant! 

Day 4 World Heritage-status Lunenburg, "the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America" Stroll on one of Nova Scotia's well-kept secrets, a century-old seaside cart path, keeping an eye out for sandpipers, gulls, ducks and geese Hike to the unspoiled headland of Gaff Point, where gorgeous vistas of the rugged coastline await.

Days 5-6 Peaceful rambles on shoreline paths, car-free roads and the beaches of Big Tancook Island, where lobstermen and artisans provide cultural color  Stunning coastal panoramas, rolling grasslands and quaint fishing villages - just another beautiful day's stroll  Journey back to Lunenburg by private charter boat and enjoy a historic walk through the 18th-century seafaring town.

Casual Inns

Victoria's Historic Inn & Carriage House
Victoria's Historic Inn & Carriage House

Wolfville (2 nights) A Victorian antique-adorned bed-and-breakfast built for an apple baron in 1893.

White Point Beach Resort
White Point Beach Resort

White Point (1 night) A private fishing lodge in 1928, this charming retreat is set against a white-sand beach. (pool, spa)

Lunenburg Arms
Lunenburg Arms

Lunenburg (2 nights) This graciously appointed inn is situated in Old Town Lunenburg, overlooking the harbor. (spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Our leaders were fantastic - very knowledgeable and flexible. The casual inns were great, the food fantastic, and the hikes well thought out. We saw tons of humpback whales, and one breached three times - incredible! Nova Scotia was a very interesting place and easy to get to from the U.S. This was our fourth trip and many more will be planned in the future. Keep up the good work and thanks again!
Bari Freiden - Overland Park, KS
I am so impressed with Backroads - your company is the most customer-friendly and supportive travel company I have ever had the opportunity to interact with. Your company deserves off-the-chart marks on all levels of your service from calling to sign-up to the actual trip quality and quality of leaders.
Patsy Gleason - Green Valley, AZ

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 100
2 4 200 6 700 8 1000
3 3 200 6 200
4 4 100 4 300
5 5 0 8 0
Sailing from Lunenburg Harbour (2 Hours)
6 4 200
Lunenburg Historic Walking Tour (1 Hour)
 
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The terrain on this trip includes historic coastal cart paths, sandy seaside walks and wooded trails.

Some of the routes are made more challenging by muddy sections, rocky and rooty terrain, and water on the trail (due to tides or rain).

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,698 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Nova Scotia tour experts. See our award-winning Canada walking tours and hiking tours, Canada biking tours and Canada multisport tours.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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