Staff on Tour: Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
November 28, 2023
I was thrilled when I was asked to accompany our travelers on our Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island tour! This is an area of the country that I had never traveled before, and I was so excited to experience the maritime history, lighthouses, the rugged coastlines, and local seafood! This tour did not disappoint.
We landed in Halifax and met up with our Tour Guide, Thelma, and our hilarious bus driver, Jim. To say that these two were a wealth of information is an understatement! Our group was so blessed to have their knowledge throughout the entire tour as they were born and raised in Halifax. Our group journeyed our way to Baddeck, Nova Scotia, for our two-night stay. Baddeck is a super charming little village full of stunning views, quaint shops, and restaurants.
While cruising on Bras d’Or Lakes, we got stunning views of the shoreline as well as Alexander Graham Bell’s summer estate he shared with his family. Our travels in this area also included a scenic drive through Cape Breton Highlands National Park to enjoy a picnic lunch and take in some local artisans' work.
Next, our travels took us to Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island. When I would envision my experience on this trip, Charlottetown and Price Edward Island embodied everything I imagined! I adored this beautiful Island. We had free time to roam the cobblestone streets, walk past charming homes, venture into the quaint bookstores, eat some amazing fresh seafood and sit and admire the beautiful sandy beaches. The visit to the Island would not be complete without a stop in Cavendish to tour Anne of Green Gables’ home, the setting for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous novel.
We also visited a Fishing Wharf to hear about lobster fishing with a local fisherman, Joey. Such a treat to hear his stories of life as a fisherman! After learning about lobster fishing, I had my first experience eating fresh lobster in the shell at Fisherman’s Wharf…an experience of its own!
Hopewell Rocks at the Bay of Fundy is a must-see natural attraction when visiting. We were visiting at a time when the tides were so low that we could walk on the ocean floor and get an up-close view of the rock formations. Our home for the next two nights was in Halifax, the capital and largest city of Nova Scotia. Halifax is very rich in history! A special stop was the Public Gardens, which was a beautiful Victorian-era garden in the heart of the city.
Halifax is also the resting place of 121 victims of the Titanic, the largest number in any cemetery. We visited Fairview Lawn Cemetery to learn the history surrounding the Titanic disaster. We ventured to Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village just outside of Halifax. Peggy’s Cove is known for lighthouses, rocks, and stunning coastal scenery.
We had a wonderful lunch at the famous Sou’wester Restaurant, did some local shopping in the village, and walked on the giant boulders that looked out at the cloudy sea. Peggy’s Cove was a highlight on this tour for me, it was the best way to end our trip!
This tour was everything I imagined it would be! The history and beauty of these provinces is something everyone should experience in their lifetime. P.S...when you are dining on the East Coast, make sure you order a Donair. It’s a MUST.
Shelby Moll is the Reservations Manager for Sunrise Tours. For more about Sunrise Tours, click here.Back to Blog