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Wondrously diverse and endlessly beautiful, Atlantic Canada is where Mother Nature runs wild. Restlessly weaving her way through the grass-covered mountains and steep-sided fjords, there’s an ‘aliveness’ to this landscape that can’t quite be described. Combine this with the surprisingly-short flight time, and it’s easy to see why Atlantic Canada holidays are more popular than ever.

Shouldered by the Atlantic Ocean, this easterly region encompasses four different provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. You can hop between them pretty easily by car, ferry, or plane. So, you don’t have to restrict yourself to just the one place during your Atlantic Canada holiday. Each province has its share of tiny coastal towns, historical landmarks, and, of course, jaw-dropping natural scenery. In Nova Scotia alone, you’ll find 18th-century citadels, pine tree-packed national parks, and one of the region’s top attractions, the Bay of Fundy. Take a trip here to see the rugged rock formations, before embarking on an exciting boat expedition to spot dolphins and seals.

The most northernly of the four provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador has its own unique pull. After all, there aren’t many places in the world where you can watch astronomically-sized icebergs float by whilst you sip your morning coffee.  And, if you time your trip right, you may also see a humpback whale or two. Spot their V-shaped tails peeking above the water or, if you’re lucky, marvel at these majestic creatures as they playfully launch themselves above the waves. In Newfoundland and Labrador, there’s plenty to see and do away from the ocean, too. With enchanting scenery across almost 700 square miles, Gros Morne National Park is well-worth a spot on your itinerary. Spend your day exploring this natural masterpiece, before setting up camp beneath the milky, star-scattered sky.

Fancy experiencing it all for yourself? Have a chat with one of our Travel Specialists and start planning your amazing Atlantic Canada holiday.

Things to do

National parks

History & culture

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Things to do in Atlantic Canada

One of Atlantic Canada’s top attractions, the Bay of Fundy is a great way to kick-off your North American adventure. Wedged between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, it’s best known for its unusually-high tides and fossil-rich, rocky cliffs. You can take a walk along the coastline, stopping to take a look at the stacked rock formations at Hopewell Rocks. Or, you can venture over to Grand Manan Island form the chance to see whales, puffins, dolphins and grey seals swimming in the surrounding water.

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If you’re looking for an even chiller trip, Iceberg Alley is a fitting addition to your itinerary. Over 400 gigantic icebergs float along this stretch, some of which are over 10,000 years old. There are lots of spots where you can sit and watch them drift by, with Twillingate being the most popular. Or, you can go on a kayak or boat tour if you fancy getting a bit closer.

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National parks

If you’re planning an Atlantic Canada holiday, chances are you’re wanting to see some of the incredible scenery the region has to offer. Over in Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park is sure to impress. Home to dramatic, flat-topped peaks and striking, dark blue fjords, the views here are incredible. You can take your pick from a plethora of hiking routes, from tough mountain climbs, to beginner-friendly trails. And, you might even spot some moose or caribou along the way.

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Further south, in New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac National Park is another must-visit beauty spot. A wildly-diverse, coastal landscape, you need more than a day here to do it justice. Explore the park’s beaches, lagoons and sand dunes, before finishing up at your campsite for a campfire-cooked meal and some stargazing.

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History & culture

During your Atlantic Canada holiday, It’s likely you’ll spend most of your time exploring the region’s great outdoors. But, if you ever want to switch things up, the cities here have a lot to offer, too. In particular, Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, is great if you’re wanting to dive into some history and culture during your trip. An impressive citadel dating back to 1749, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is well-worth a visit. See costumed enactments and noon-hour gun firings, or visit at night for a spooky ghost tour.

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Also in Halifax, positioned right beside the harbour, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a fantastic spot for history buffs. See how the city was affected by the sinking of the Titanic back in 1912, or learn all about indigenous history and the Mi’kmaw people.

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Best time to go to Atlantic Canada

If you want to experience temperatures above freezing during your Atlantic Canada holiday, then between May and October is the best time to go. The warmest months of the year are July and August, with average temperatures ranging from 12°C to 23°C. This weather is perfect for a high-activity holiday. So, if hiking, biking, camping, and even swimming sound like your sort of thing, then you’re in the right place. Whale-watching is at its best during the summer months, too, so a trip to the Bay of Fundy should definitely be on your itinerary.

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However, if you’re prepared to tackle the cold weather, winter does also have its perks. Whilst it’s not an ideal season for self-drive holidays, there’s lots happening in the way of winter sports. Marvel at the snow-covered scenery, as you try your hand at snowshoeing, skiing and winter surfing (if you’re brave!).

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Atlantic Canada

One of Atlantic Canada’s top attractions, the Bay of Fundy is a great way to kick-off your North American adventure. Wedged between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, it’s best known for its unusually-high tides and fossil-rich, rocky cliffs. You can take a walk along the coastline, stopping to take a look at the stacked rock formations at Hopewell Rocks. Or, you can venture over to Grand Manan Island form the chance to see whales, puffins, dolphins and grey seals swimming in the surrounding water.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re looking for an even chiller trip, Iceberg Alley is a fitting addition to your itinerary. Over 400 gigantic icebergs float along this stretch, some of which are over 10,000 years old. There are lots of spots where you can sit and watch them drift by, with Twillingate being the most popular. Or, you can go on a kayak or boat tour if you fancy getting a bit closer.

Show More
Show Less

National parks

National parks

If you’re planning an Atlantic Canada holiday, chances are you’re wanting to see some of the incredible scenery the region has to offer. Over in Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park is sure to impress. Home to dramatic, flat-topped peaks and striking, dark blue fjords, the views here are incredible. You can take your pick from a plethora of hiking routes, from tough mountain climbs, to beginner-friendly trails. And, you might even spot some moose or caribou along the way.

Show More
Show Less

Further south, in New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac National Park is another must-visit beauty spot. A wildly-diverse, coastal landscape, you need more than a day here to do it justice. Explore the park’s beaches, lagoons and sand dunes, before finishing up at your campsite for a campfire-cooked meal and some stargazing.

Show More
Show Less

History & culture

History & culture

During your Atlantic Canada holiday, It’s likely you’ll spend most of your time exploring the region’s great outdoors. But, if you ever want to switch things up, the cities here have a lot to offer, too. In particular, Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, is great if you’re wanting to dive into some history and culture during your trip. An impressive citadel dating back to 1749, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is well-worth a visit. See costumed enactments and noon-hour gun firings, or visit at night for a spooky ghost tour.

Show More
Show Less

Also in Halifax, positioned right beside the harbour, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a fantastic spot for history buffs. See how the city was affected by the sinking of the Titanic back in 1912, or learn all about indigenous history and the Mi’kmaw people.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Atlantic Canada

If you want to experience temperatures above freezing during your Atlantic Canada holiday, then between May and October is the best time to go. The warmest months of the year are July and August, with average temperatures ranging from 12°C to 23°C. This weather is perfect for a high-activity holiday. So, if hiking, biking, camping, and even swimming sound like your sort of thing, then you’re in the right place. Whale-watching is at its best during the summer months, too, so a trip to the Bay of Fundy should definitely be on your itinerary.

Show More
Show Less

However, if you’re prepared to tackle the cold weather, winter does also have its perks. Whilst it’s not an ideal season for self-drive holidays, there’s lots happening in the way of winter sports. Marvel at the snow-covered scenery, as you try your hand at snowshoeing, skiing and winter surfing (if you’re brave!).

Show More
Show Less

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