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Discover Nova Scotia in a RV

Welcome to Nova Scotia! Hit the road aboard your RV to discover this seaside region and its kilometres of coast, its fishing villages and lighthouses, as well as its beaches and the untamed scenery of Cape Breton. This long and thin peninsula has played key historical roles thanks to his geographical situation. Discover the symbolic and historical site of Grand-Pré, bursting with Acadian culture, as well as the fortress of Louisbourg. With so many sites, the province is a cultural mosaic (Celtic, Acadian, Aboriginal…) filled with spectacular open spaces giving way to the sea.

Location:

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (YHZ)
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
9  Days | 8  nights

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Halifax (if flight and hotel option selected)
  • First night accommodation in a 3-star hotel near the airport
  • Transfer from hotel to RV rental center
  • RV rental for 7 nights (includes 1600km, pick-up between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 2nd driver, amenity kits and lawn chairs)
  • The last night of camping is next to the rental centre (3 services provided)
  • Transfer from RV rental centre to airport
  • Earn Aeroplan® points

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrival in Halifax and transfer to the hotel. The provincial capital is brimming with historical and architectural treasures. First inhabited by the aboriginal Micmacs, who named the territory “Chebicto” (biggest port), Halifax is built around the second greatest natural port in the world. The city feels as if it stands at the edge of the world. Make sure to visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and its remains of the Titanic. Most of the population has Scottish or English roots, Halifax being the city with the greatest number of pubs per capita. The Canadian Museum of Immigration offers a superb and interactive exhibit that recounts the lives of immigrants in the early 20th century. The Citadel, a star-shaped fortress built by the British in 1856, is a national historical site overlooking the city. Colourful homes, public gardens, the beautiful shops of the Historic Properties market mall and the boardwalk are all hallmarks of the city. And activities abound! Why not hop on a cruise or a kayak?

Days 2 to 7

Discover Nova Scotia

Follow the coast west to reach Peggy's Cove, known for its historical lighthouse built in 1868 on a granite block. It has inspired painters and photographers since the 19th century — why not try and take the best photo possible?

Follow the Lighthouse Route to reach Mahone Bay and its three neighbouring churches facing the sea. Lunenburg, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a charming fishing village and a true Nova Scotia wonder. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for a taste of the fisher lifestyle. Its naval shipyard is where the schooner Bluenose II, a true Canadian symbol, was built in 1921.

Then, either head north to the Bay of Fundy or keep driving west along the Acadian coast.

Make way to Annapolis Royal, a splendid town of Victorian homes where you can go for a riverside stroll. Old capital of the province, Annapolis Royal was also once the capital of French Acadia back when its name was Port Royal. These are historical Acadian lands, and where the first European settlers lived. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Grand Pré commemorates the Great Upheaval of 1755, during which more than 10,000 Acadians were expelled out of the country. This poignant visit pays homage to the Acadian people.

Follow the coast towards Cap Split, where you'll overlook the Bay of Fundy and witness the world's highest tides. Wolfville is a village amidst the vineyards of the Annapolis Valley with a charming Victorian ambience. It is also the academic centre of the region. Award-winning wines like the AOP Acadie Blanc and the Tidal Bay are a sure source of delight for your palate.

The coast off of the Bay of Fundy is home to splendid landscapes like the Chignecto isthmus land ridge that links Nova Scotia to the Canadian continent. The scenery is wild and not very crowded. Go for a hike that'll make you feel all alone in the world.

The scenic Glooscap Trail is worth the trip thanks to its reddish landscapes and fishing villages. Let the breathtaking views of the bay surprise you! Head to Minas Basin, where you can walk on the ocean floor and see its renowned tidal bore and landscapes, all results of the area's great tides. Parrsboro is a renowned tidal observation site and the home of a myriad surreal photos. For great trails worthy of a superb natural site, Five Islands Provincial Park is just around the corner.

Further north, hit the Sunrise Trail towards Cape Breton Island, located on the Northumberland Strait. There you’’ll find beautiful beaches, warm waters and charming fishing villages. Make sure you stop by Pictou, where lobster is king and is easily sampled in all its delectable forms. It's also the landing site of the first Scottish settlers, who set their ship, the Hector, to shore in 1773.

Head to Port Hastings, your entryway to the natural jewel filled with stunning vistas known as Cape Breton Island. Let the scenic roads take you around the island, stopping by Port Hood for a dip in its warm waters. Head in Acadian lands to the charming village of Cheticamp and its craft shops. Consider hopping aboard a whale-watching cruise while you're there! Cheticamp is also neighbour to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where forests, streams and lakes shape the land. For your best photo op yet, head to Skyline Trail, which is at its best around sunset. Additionally, Cabot Trail is considered, with reason, one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Reach the end of Cabot Trail to find beautiful Baddeck on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake. There you'll find the summer residence of one Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and an excellent area to spot bald eagles.

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is the most important historical reconstitution in North America. Louisbourg, in true historical city fashion, will take you back in time with its authentic buildings and architecture. Take part in proposed activities like musket shooting or folk dancing. Follow the coast westward to visit Acadian lands.

The Acadian Coast and Yarmouth are your go-to for total immersion in Acadian culture. From Luneburg, follow the coast to Pubnico and visit the Village Historique Acadien. Delve into the daily life of Nova Scotia's francophone population from the 17th to the 19th century. Nearby Yarmouth, meanwhile, is one of the most lively ports of the province. Take part in activities that'll let you enjoy the sea like never before. Seasonal visits to Cap Fourchu's lighthouse are a must and come with breathtaking views.

Sticking close to the shoreline will take you to St. Mary's Bay, rooted in Acadian history going as far back as the 17th century. Make sure to visit St. Mary's Church, the oldest wooden church in North America.

Head inland on the west side of the province to reach Kejimbujik National Park. Once home of the indigenous Mi'kmaqs, the park is nowadays filled with trails where one can admire petroglyphs and stone engravings.

Day 8

Return to Halifax

Head back to Halifax and stay at the camping site near the rental centre.

Day 9

Fly Home

Drop your RV off at the rental centre and board your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (YHZ)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport(or similar)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Deluxe Van Camper(or similar)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (YHZ)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport(or similar)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Run of Fleet 4 People(or similar)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (YHZ)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport(or similar)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Run of Fleet 6 People(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels. Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children 0–17 years old)
Deluxe Van Camper maximum occupancy: 2 people (2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child 0-17 years old)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Daily departures between May15 to October 03, 2021

MORE TO KNOW

Package Exclusions:

  • Meals, unless otherwise indicated
  • Parking fees
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • Additional km on RV rental: any additional km above 1600km will cost $0.41 per km, to be paid locally and subject to change.
  • Northern Surcharge: There is a surcharge of $625.00 (to be paid locally and subject to change) for all RVvacations with permission to travel on/in the following:
    • Quebec & Labrador north and east of Sept-Îles
    • Newfoundland

Campsites:

Passengers are responsible to book their own campsites for nights 2 through 7 of the itinerary. The only pre-booked campsite is the last night of the RV rental, this campsite will be located within a 1-hour drive if the RV rental office.

Powered sites can be difficult to manage during high season. We recommend Guests make a reservation forat least a 33ft RV, irrespective of the size of the motorhome reserved to avoid problems due to possible upgrades.

It is the guests responsibility to book and secure a campsite during their trip.  Space is based on availability and it’s recommended you call as soon as possible to book your campsite.  ACV cannot be held responsible if the campsite requested is not available.                                                        
Hotel Rooms:

When booking for 5 people or more, passengers will be accommodated in 2 hotel rooms for the first night of their stay.

TRANSPORTATION

RV Rental

Inclusions:

  • $5,000,000 public liability and property damage
  • Vehicle preparation fee
  • 24/7 on-road support
  • First fill of propane
  • Full tank of fresh water
  • Minimum quarter-tank of fuel
  • CanaDream Club membership

Driver's license/age of driver:

All drivers must have a driver’s license that is valid for the entire rental period.

If the driver’s license of your own country is in English, you do not need an international license. If the license is in another language than English, we strongly recommend that you have an international license, as well as the license from your own country. For translation purposes, an international driver’s license guarantees ease of use in Canada and the United States. Please note that an international driver’s license is not valid on its own to drive in Canada and the United States. The international driver’s license must be accompanied by a valid driver’s license delivered to your own country.

The minimum age to rent is 21 years old. Only drivers mentioned in the contract are authorized to drive the vehicle.

Terms and Conditions:

  • RV rental is for 7 nights minimum
  • Return of vehicle between 8 and 10 a.m. Plan for afternoon flights.
  • Expect an additional fee of $375 for a late return (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • Expect an additional fee of $300 if you pick up or return a vehicle on Sundays between October 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021
  • It’s possible to drive to the United States for an additional fee of $10 per day

Alternate location drop-off fee:

Consumers are able to drop-off their vehicle at a different location, if they prefer. This is available upon quotation via our call centre.

RV Insurance:

At CanaDream vehicles are insured with $5M public liability and property damage. A security deposit of $1000 is required on a major credit card for the collision and comprehensive insurance deductibles as outlined in our full insurance policy. The deposit will be processed to that credit card at pick-up and refunded to the same credit card upon the return of the vehicle in the same condition as it was received and not involved in any incident claims. Please read full insurance details.

Insurance coverage and the guest are responsible for all damages, related expenses and costs. The guest is also subject to a $1500 penalty. CanaDream reserves the right to restrict access to specific geographic areas at any time. These restrictions may be applied at the time of pick up. The guest assumes all responsibility for any expense or loss.

Prohibited Travel Areas:

When operating an RV, the below roads/regions are always prohibited:

  • Mexico
  • Logging and non-public roads
  • Any and all unnumbered roads and highways
  • Crossing any Manhattan, NY bridges or tunnels
  • Denali Highway in Alaska (Highway 8 from Paxson to Cantwell)
  • North Canol Highway in the Yukon
  • Dalton Highway (north of Livingood)
  • Eagle, Alaska (Hwy 5 north) from the junction of Hwy 9 (Top of the World Highway) and Hwy 5 West
  • McCarthy Road between Chitina and McCarthy, Alaska
  • Northway Road (off AK-2) to Northway
  • Nabesna Road (off AK-1) to Nabesna
  • Highway 500 (Trans Labrador Highway) from Goose Bay to Labrador City
  • Highway 389 from Labrador City to Baie Comeau
  • Highway 510 from Red Bay to Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Highway 167 north of La Doré
  • Highway 109 and Baie James Road, Quebec.
  • Dempster Highway in the Yukon between September 15 and May 15, due to road conditions. (Guests can travel on this road between May 16 and September 14).

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.