With a rugged, wind-whipped and wave-battered coastline, Canada’s Maritime Provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – promise breezy, salt-air adventure by the bucketful.
There are jagged, cliff-lined and lighthouse-dotted coastlines; sandy beaches, pebbly bays and craggy coves; challenging coastal hiking trails and boardwalks perfect for sunset strolls; countless whale-watching hotspots; as well as some of the prettiest edge-of-the-world fishing villages known to man. Not to mention some seriously good shellfish – think out-of-this-world oysters and lip-smacking lobster.
But this isn’t a region that just coasts on its looks. The Canadian Maritimes also have a rich Gaelic and Acadian heritage. It’s a place where people like to have fun, and it’s not uncommon to witness a local whip out a banjo or a fiddle for an impromptu music and dance session.
Enjoy the epic mountain and sea vistas of the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Steer your way around the wonderfully wild, cliff-fringed and fog-prone Fundy Coastal Drive
Go deep-sea fishing on local trawler from historic Charlotteville
Witness live ceilidh sessions along Cape Breton’s Ceilidh Trail
Wait for low-tide to walk barefoot across the ocean floor at the oft-photographed Hopewell Rocks
Enjoying a peaceful, secluded setting in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area in southwest Nova Scotia, Trout Point Lodge offers rustic-chic digs in a spruce-log structure. By day, guests can whale-watch, sea kayak or tour historic towns, before returning to the lodge to make use of the wood-fired hot tub and barrel sauna. A bonus? It’s a certified Starlight Hotel, with stargazing opportunities par excellence.
Set in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Fleur de Sel sits inside an Instagram-friendly butter-yellow cottage. The head chef here, Martin Ruiz Salvador, is a Nova Scotia native who cut his teeth in Michelin-star kitchens in Lyon before returning to open his own fine-dining endeavour. Local ingredients are used in simple yet sophisticated dishes that include the likes of butter poached lobster and seared Atlantic halibut.
Charter a luxury superyacht for a day of sailing, sightseeing, sunbathing on the deck and sipping drinks with your nearest and dearest.