2018 Maritimes, Newfoundland & Labrador
September 13th - October 14th, 2018 (Motor coach tour) Tour Directors: Colin & Dianne Markusson
*Meals as indicated: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner, (S) social.*
Day 1, Thursday, September 13th - SK - Winnipeg (Lose 1 hour): Meet your fellow passengers along the way as you head east.
Day 2, Friday, September 14th (B) - Winnipeg - Thunder Bay (Lose 1 hour): Watch for "Husky the Muskie" along the road today. Admire Kakabeka Falls which has some of the oldest fossils in existence.
Day 3, Saturday, September 15th (B) - Thunder Bay - Sault Saint Marie: Visit the Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout overlooking Lake Superior. It offers a panoramic view of Thunder Bay and surroundings. While in White River see where Winnie-the-Pooh originated. Stop at Agawa Crafts, a "trading post" that showcases talent and wares of local artists.
Day 4, Sunday, September 16th (B) - Sault Saint Marie - Ottawa: Enjoy the view as you drive through some of the oldest French settlements in North America, along Lake Huron, with stops in Blind River, Sudbury - home of the Giant Nickel, North Bay, Pembroke and arrive in Ottawa for 2 nights.
Day 5, Monday, September 17th (B) - Ottawa: Guided tours of the Parliament Buildings and the nation's capital. The step on costumed guide will take you to Rideau Canal, Prime Minister home, Rockcliffe District and Byward Market. Later you will tour the Canadian Mint, a 1908 Castle-like headquarters with the world's biggest coin and gold bars on display. Free evening.
Day 6, Tuesday, September 18th (B) - Ottawa - Montreal - Quebec City: Travel along the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. A step on guide will give you a tour of Montreal including Notre-Dame Basilica, St-Helen Island, Mont-Royal, the Old Port, and Place Jacques Cartier. Then off to Quebec City for 2 nights.
Day 7, Wednesday, September 19th (B/L/snack) - Quebec City: Full day tour of Quebec City. Enjoy a traditional French Canadian meal with live folk music. Taste Maple Taffy on snow and see how Maple Syrup is made. Sights includes Plains of Abraham, Cape Diamond, Place Royal, Joan of Arc Garden, Montmorency Falls and visit Old Quebec City. Free evening.
Day 8, Thursday, September 20th (B) - Quebec - Fredericton (Lose 1 hour): Farewell to Quebec. Cross into New Brunswick which lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range, a chain of ancient, eroded mountains which have created river valleys and low, gently rolling hills throughout large parts of the province. This afternoon you will visit King's Landing, a historical site nestled in a majestic setting, a living history village. Free evening.
Day 9, Friday, September 21st (B) - Fredericton FREE DAY: You are on your own to explore, shop or rest.
Day 10, Saturday, September 22nd (B/L) - Fredericton - Charlottetown: Catch some sites in St John NB. The Reversing Falls, where the Bay of Fundy tides force the flow of water to reverse against the current. The City Market, oldest farmers market in North America. Martello Tower, oldest building in the city. Visit Moncton's Magnetic Hill, an optical illusion makes it seem like vehicles roll up hill. Photo "op" stop at Shediak, the "Lobster Capital of the World". Quick stop at "look out point" before crossing the Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown. This evening you will attend a top-notch performance, the never-ending passion and imagination of Anne of Green Gables.
Day 11, Sunday, September 23rd (B/L) - Charlottetown: Target Tours gives you a guided tour of PEI and Charlottetown including North Rustico harbour, a fishing village, Anne of Green Gables house, the Bluffs, Stanley Bridge, and Founder's Hall. Enjoy a Lobster lunch. Free evening.
Day 12, Monday, September 24th (B) - Charlottetown - North Sydney: Explore the history of the singer Anne Murray in Springhill, nestled in the Cobequid Mountain Range. Stop at the Westray Miners Memorial Park. Travel along the shores of Bras d' Or Lake. Option to shop or tour the Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck on your own. Get a glimpse into this world famous inventor and his legacy. Short drive to North Sydney for the next 2 nights.
Day 13, Tuesday, September 25th (B/L) - Cabot Trail Sightseeing: A step on guide takes you along the Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway passing through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We follow the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of the ocean. Enjoy your Mountain view lunch. Return to North Sydney.
Day 14, Wednesday, September 26th (B) - Sydney - Port Aux Basques (Lose 1/2 hour): Board the Marine Atlantic Ferry and sail to Newfoundland, one of the best-kept vacation secrets, nestled into the northeast corner of North America. The province offers a leisurely "Old World" pace and is one of the most romantic places in Canada.
Day 15, Thursday, September 27th (B/S) - Port Aux Basques - Clarenville: Travel across the island to the east coast with stops in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander. View the "Silent Witness Memorial" then onto Clarenville. This evening's social is a traditional "Newfie Screech-in", a welcome you will never forget.
Day 16, Friday, September 28th (B/L) - Clarenville - St. John's: This morning you get a Fisherman's Experience. Starting in Bonavista, where proximity to the rich fishing and sealing grounds made it a major commercial centre. Tour Ryan's Premises, learn of the salt fish trade economy. Lunch in Port Union at the William Coaker Factory. Then off to St. John's for 2 nights.
Day 17, Saturday, September 29th (B) - St. John's: Guided city tour of St. John's. Its harbour is enclosed by rugged hills. Downtown known for its colourful row houses. Above the city is Signal Hill, site of the first transatlantic wireless communication. Your tour will include Gibbet Hill, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Petty Harbour, George Street, Quidi Vidi and time permitting, shopping and a stroll. Free evening.
Day 18, Sunday, September 30th (B) - St. John's - Rocky Harbour: Travel from the most eastern point to the western coast of Newfoundland, to a wide range of natural and cultural experiences. Scenic drive to Terra Nova National Park. Take in the interpretive centre with film, exhibits and touch tank. Visit Deer Lake's Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. Overnight in Rocky Harbour.
Day 19, Monday, October 1st (B) - Rocky Harbour - L' Anse au Clair: Travel along Viking Trail, quick stop at SS Ethie. On to St Barbe to catch the ferry over to Blanc-Sablon. Drive into Labrador, "the Big Land" which is one of the last untamed, unspoiled places left on Earth. Overnight in L' Anse au Clair.
Day 20, Tuesday, October 2nd (B) - L' Anse au Clair - St Anthony: Ferry back to Newfoundland. Walk through the Thrombolites at Flower Cove. These are very rare fossils, remnants of bacteria and algae about 650 million years old. Tour Norstead - a full living village and port of trade as it may have looked during the Viking era. See the Viking knarr "Snorri" ship. Wander through the excavated 11th century remains of a Viking settlement in L' Anse aux Meadows. Overnight in St Anthony.
Day 21, Wednesday, October 3rd (B/L/D) - St Anthony - Port aux Basques : Drive south along the western coast of Newfoundland. Lunch along the way to Marine Station with interactive exhibits and Visitor Centre. This evening is an option of a traditional Jigg's dinner in Corner Brook. Overnight in Port aux Basques.
Day 22, Thursday, October 4th (B) - Port aux Basques - North Sydney (gain 1/2 hour): Sail back to the mainland on the Marine Atlantic Ferry. Overnight in North Sydney.
Day 23, Friday, October 5th (B/L) - North Sydney - Halifax: Enjoy your coffee/tea and sweetbread at Rita's Tea Room, a converted one-room schoolhouse which was originally built in 1939. Arrive in Halifax, tour Pier 21 and the Farmer's Market.
Day 24, Saturday, October 6th (B) - Halifax: Tour the Citadel, a fortified summit restored to the Victoria period. Guided tour of the "lighthouse route" to Peggy's Cove. Visit the authentic 19th-century fishing village of Lunenburg, then to Mahone Bay, to see one of the most iconic views of the Three Churches. Return to Halifax. Free evening.
Day 25, Sunday, October 7th (B) - Halifax - Grand Sault : To the highest tides in the world, Hopewell Rocks. If the tide is right you will have the opportunity to walk on the sea floor. Overnight Grand Sault.
Day 26, Monday, October 8th (B) - Grand Sault - Kingston (gain 1 hour): Leave New Brunswick, enter Quebec along the scenic southern shore of St Lawrence River to St Jean - Port Joli. Visit the most prestigious museum of wooden sculptures in North America.
Day 27, Tuesday, October 9th (B) - Kingston - Toronto - Niagara Falls: This morning is a "drive by" tour of Kingston sites, such as Fort Henry, Royal Military College, Bellevue House and Penitentiary. This afternoon is a guided city tour of Toronto and the Rogers Centre. Some sights you will see: Skydome, trendy Yorkville, Chinatown, CN Tower, Financial District, Queen's Park, St Lawrence Market, Eaton Centre, Old and New City Hall and much more. Following your city tour, take in the Toronto views from a different perspective on a narrated harbour cruise. Evening drive around Niagara.
Day 28, Wednesday, October 10th (B/D) - Niagara Falls (driver day off): Double Decker bus and guide will pick you up at the hotel, stop at three major Niagara attractions. The "Whirlpool Aero Car," you are transported by cable car above Niagara River, offering a wonderful view of Niagara Whirlpool, where the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge. "Journey Behind the Falls", a unique view of the Falls from below and behind, by access to outdoor observation decks and portals. "Hornblower Boat Cruise," takes you close the the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist. Tonight is your Windup Banquet.
Day 29, Thursday, October 11th (B) - Niagara Falls - Sault Saint Marie: Your journey is coming to an end. Stops in Barrie, Parry Sound, Sudbury and Blind River.
Day 30, Friday, October 12th (B) - Sault St Marie - Thunder Bay: Travel along Lake Superior and Wawa where Canada Geese stop during migration. Stop at Agawa Crafts, White River, Schreiber and overnight in Thunder Bay, home of the largest Canada Goose.
Day 31, Saturday, October 13th (B) - Thunder Bay - Winnipeg (gain 1 hour): The harbour at the city of Thunder Bay is Canada's westernmost port on the Great Lakes. The bay is about 50 km long and 22 km wide. Stop at Upsula, Dryden, Kenora and overnight in Winnipeg.
Day 32, Sunday, October 14th (B) - Winnipeg - Home (gain 1 hour): Homeward bound, cherishing all the wonderful memories of your travels with your new friends.