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Huddled on the Eastern Seaboard, Nova Scotia is a charming province of lupine-studded pastures, weather-beaten lighthouses and gingerbread-style cottages. The coastal region is home to migrating whales every summer, and enjoys an amazing breadth of wildlife, sweeping seascapes and beautiful bays, with mirror-still coves and more than 100 beautiful beaches. Along the 7,500 kilometres of coastline you'll find some of the freshest air on the planet, with a placid quietness and salty tang that is unmistakably Atlantic Ocean. The province is home to a wealth of natural attractions; at the Bay of Fundy, where the world's highest tides rise and fall, you can walk on the ocean floor amid towering sea cliffs and sea stacks. Out in the bay, humpbacks breach the glittering ocean surface, which can be viewed by boat or kayak. If it's nature you're seeking you're in the right place, but for something more cosmopolitan head to the bustling city of Halifax for top-notch dining and an eclectic music scene, or visit charming coastal communities to enjoy food from the land and sea, against a backdrop of sunsets that will stay with you forever.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Welcome to the most easterly edge of North America, where the sun rises first and the Vikings first landed over 1,000 years ago. Canada's easternmost province is home to the oldest settlement and city on the continent, but is country's youngest province. It's practically in a world of its own, with its own time zone (half an hour ahead of the mainland) and dialect. Life seems slower here, possibly due to the offbeat time zone, but mainly because very little has changed here over the years. Icebergs are still toothpaste-blue, the population is still relatively small, and the people are some of the friendliest you'll meet. There's a reason why it's known as Big Land, however: 293,000 square kilometres sprawl north towards the Arctic Circle, with a primeval landscape that immerses the visitor in both wilderness and solitude. Rich in history and stunning natural wonders, the temperate climate makes for the perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking, or snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The old, good-time capital of St John's is full of antiquity and colour, but outside the city you'll find countless quaint fishing villages peppering the coast, with welcoming residents eager to offer an authentic slice of Canadian history.
Looking for a hidden gem? Look no further than New Brunswick, a great slab of natural beauty on Canada's Atlantic Coast. It's a country of diverse cultures, from French Canadian, to British, Irish and Scottish influences, as well as the indelible impression of the First Nations Mik'mag and Maliseet heritage. While its cultural diversity adds a little spice to the region, it's the dramatic coastline that remains the initial draw. Bordering Nova Scotia in the south, the Bay of Fundy coastline is home to the highest tides in the world - rising an incredible 20 metres. At Hopewell Rocks it's possible to walk on the ocean floor at low tide, where great rock formations have been carved from the sheer power of the incredible tides. Just six hours later, you can kayak in the very same spot. The bay is also home to 12 species of whale, including the endangered North Atlantic right whale. In complete contrast to the intense Fundy coastline, the tawny sand beaches of the Acadian Coast are home are some of the warmest saltwater beaches in Canada and the freshest seafood, from lobster to salmon, mussels to scallops.
Prince Edward Island
Cradled by the waves of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada's smallest province is known for its vivid colours, rolling landscapes, miles of unspoiled beaches and red sandstone cliffs stained vermillion by the sunset. Yet, despite its recent nomination as one of Canada's natural wonders, the island isn't just about glorious scenery. Its tiny land is dotted with myriad authentic experiences that allow you to participate in the local culture. Try catching and cooking your own lobster, learning an Acadian step dance, or discovering your own private inlet by kayak or boat. Golf lovers will find plenty of challenges at 10 of the top 100 golf courses in the country, and those looking to stretch their legs can do so on the Confederation Trail, offering 400km of tracks to explore. And when you've worked up an appetite, you can savour culinary masterpieces from the multitude of award-winning chefs, creating your own flavourful experience at one of the dozens of food events, from shellfish festivals to Fall Flavours.
Best time to be there
The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.
For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.
For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.
Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.
Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.
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