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Nova Scotia Walking & Hiking Tour

The Bay of Fundy to the South Shore

From $2,698 - $2,798 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$430 for sgl. occ.)

One of Earth's most welcoming places. Where folks invite you to linger awhile. Rocky shores practically pose for your photos. Local wines and unbelievably fresh produce and seafood reveal their harvesters' love of the land and ocean. Can a week-long trip add years to your life? In Nova Scotia, it's easy to believe it.

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Nova Scotia

Start/End Halifax

Nova Scotia Walking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Ramble over peaceful country and coastal lanes, past colorful fishing villages, verdant scenery and dramatic seascapes
  • Stroll on one of Nova Scotia's best walking trails, an old coastal cart path
  • Explore the British colonial settlement and World Heritage site of Lunenburg, a relic of 18th-century seafaring culture
  • Cruise to idyllic Big Tancook Island, whose quaint villages, shoreline and forests feel untouched by time
Nova Scotia

Start/End Halifax

Nova Scotia Walking Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Walk along a historic dike system to the Grand Pré National Historic Site | Take a coastal hike with views of Cape Blomindon's Red Cliffs | Stand in awe of Minas Basin and the wild Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides | Relish a tasting, tour and dinner at an award-winning winery.

Day 3 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 endangered piping plovers | Like catching rays? Harbor seals do too—see them sunning at Harbour Rocks.

Day 4 Visit 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 where you might spot sandpipers, gulls, ducks and geese | Hike to the unspoiled headland of Gaff Point, where gorgeous vistas of the rugged coastline await.

Days 5-6 Enjoy peaceful rambles on shoreline paths and the beaches of Big Tancook Island, where lobstermen and artisans provide cultural color | As you walk, take in views of stunning coastal panoramas, rolling grasslands and quaint fishing villages | Journey back to Lunenburg by private boat and enjoy a historic walk through the 18th-century seafaring town.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,698 - $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$430 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

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

Wolfville (2 nights)

Quarterdeck Beachside Villas
The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas

Summerville (1 night)

Lunenburg Arms
Lunenburg Arms

Lunenburg (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Nova Scotia

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Casual Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Victoria's Historic Inn

Victoria's Historic Inn & Carriage House

Wolfville (2 nights)

A Victorian antique-adorned bed-and-breakfast built for an apple baron in 1893.

Quarterdeck Beachside Villas

The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas

Summerville (1 night)

A beautiful property set on Summerville Beach with modern beach lofts perched on the hillside overlooking the water. (pool)

Lunenburg Arms

Lunenburg Arms

Lunenburg (2 nights)

This well-appointed inn overlooks the harbor and is set in the stunning World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 (drag to see full )

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 8 1000
3 3 200 6 200
4 4 100 4 300
5 2 100 5 300
Sailing from Lunenburg Harbour (1.5 Hours)
6 4 200
Lunenburg Historic Walking Tour (1 Hour)
 

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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. Although our hotels offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region.

Why Travel with Backroads in Nova Scotia

Take Us to Your Lobster

We arrange a trip to Tancook Island, where a group of local women we've gotten to know welcome you with a traditional lobster boil accompanied by their wonderful homemade pies. And getting there is half the fun: we cross over from historic Lunenburg in a private boat crewed by fishermen who are more than happy to tell you about their way of life and share some of the local lore. It's all part of the Nova Scotia less traveled.

The Best Leaders in Nova Scotia

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Nova Scotia, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Nova Scotia you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Nova Scotia live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Nova Scotia trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Nova Scotia that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

We Know Our Neighbours Well

Backroads first headed up to Canada in 1980, when an older Trudeau was prime minister, and we've been exploring its spectacular landscapes ever since. Our leaders are Canadian and many are proud to make their homes in Nova Scotia—where we offer more trips than any other active travel company and have spent many more years finding the best ones.

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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. Although our hotels offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region.
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