RVC Atlantic Canada FAM Tours

Message from our hosts, Tourism Nova Scotia

Tourism Nova Scotia and our partners wish to convey sincere appreciation and thank you for your overwhelming interest in experiencing Atlantic Canada.  We were both excited and humbled by the unprecedented number of registrations we received for our FAM tour program.   We made every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible however capacity issues beyond our control meant we have disappointed some people.   For those who have not been confirmed, we do apologize we could not host you as this time.  We will keep in touch should the status of any of the tours change.

If you have any questions, please contact RVC2018@agendamanagers.com , or call our FAM Tour registrar at 902-422-1886.   We sincerely thank you for your support and appreciate your enthusiasm for our destination and tourism products.   The Host Committee has been working hard to plan a memorable experience for you at RVC 2018 in Halifax and hope you will enjoy your time with us!

 

TOUR 1: ESSENTIAL NOVA SCOTIA

<<May 9-12, 2018 (3 nights)>>

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In Nova Scotia, cultures combine to form a wonderful tapestry of experiences.  That there are three World Heritage Sites in the province (a total of five if you count the biospheres) speaks to a vibrant history that’s been wonderfully preserved with our founding cultures.  This 3 night / 4 day tour takes you through a one of the province’s most popular driving routes with overnights in Halifax, Annapolis Royal and Western Shore.

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Tour Highlights

  • Annapolis Valley wine region
  • 2 UNESCO world heritage sites – Landscape of Grand Pre and Old Town Lunenburg
  • Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Historic candlelight graveyard tour

 

TOUR 2: Nova Scotia – TIDAL HIGHS & LOWS

<<May 9-12, 2018 (3 nights)>>

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Did you know that over 160 billion tonnes of water move in and out of the Bay of Fundy, every day, twice a day?  That’s more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers on our planet. It’s also home to the highest recorded tides in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. A visit to Nova Scotia is not complete without seeing this remarkable phenomenon and the unique seascape it has created.  This 3 night / 4 day tour takes you along some off-the-beaten track roads to experience how these phenomenal tides affect our landscapes and every day way of life.  Overnights in Halifax, Truro and Wolfville.

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit to a maple syrup farm
  • Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre
  • Burntcoat Head Provincial Park
  • Flying Apron Cookery
  • Tidal bore rafting
  • Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound
  • Blomidon Lookoff
  • Masstown Market

 

TOUR 3: Nova Scotia – HALIFAX HUB & SPOKE

<<May 9-12, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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Welcome to Halifax, a city that deftly blends the past with the present to produce a skyline dotted with elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture alongside ultra-modern towers of glass and steel. The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with tree lined streets, international restaurants, galleries, libraries and museums and makes an easy base for daytrips outside of the urban centre.  This 3 night / 4 day tour will be based in Halifax but each day will showcase how easy it is to see a different side of Nova Scotia, all within easy driving distance.

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Tour Highlights

  • Annapolis Valley wine region
  • 2 UNESCO world heritage sites – Landscape of Grand Pre and Old Town Lunenburg
  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Tidal bore rafting on the Bay of Fundy

 

TOUR 4: PEI – EVERYTHING ANNE

<<  May 9-12, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable

When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. As the book became popular around the world, it’s likely that many readers had no idea where Prince Edward Island was. They may have even wondered, “Is it a real place?” Today, millions of the book’s fans have made the trip to PEI and discovered the land that captivated Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories. And for those who just can’t get enough of their favourite red-headed girl, or the woman who created her, there are Anne-related attractions all over the Island. You will also learn why Canada’s smallest province is known as the Birthplace of Canadian Confederation. You can explore the historic downtown area of Charlottetown including Victoria Row, Peakes Wharf waterfront and the many features which make this city a top tourist destination.

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Tour Highlights

  • Green Gables Heritage Place, including the Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane
  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • The site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish home, where the author’s relatives still reside
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthplace. Here you can see a replica of the writer’s wedding dress and personal scrapbooks containing some of her stories and poems
  • Anne of Green Gables Museum overlooking the Lake of Shining Waters

 

TOUR 5 – PEI – ISLANDNESS

<< May 9-12, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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May is a perfect month to visit Prince Edward Island. The rich and vibrant colours provide an excellent backdrop for visitors … the brick red soil contrasts beautifully with the deep blue ocean and the emerald green grasses of spring.  Don’t forget your camera!

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. It’s just the right size to allow you to experience all that we have to offer. There’s an authentic Island experience for everyone. Join us to explore our unique culture, exceptional culinary adventures and spectacular coastal beauty.

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Tour Highlights

Tour Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation. Find out how and why Canada became the great country it is today while you stroll the streets of this historic city. You will also visit Peakes Wharf waterfront and the many attractions that make this city a top tourist destination.

Known as Canada’s Food Island, the land is rich and produces an endless bounty. The waters teem with lobsters, oysters, and other shellfish. Ask almost anyone in the world where the best mussels come from, and they’ll tell you Prince Edward Island. The farmers and fishermen provide the ingredients and the award-winning chefs turn those fresh ingredients into culinary masterpieces – pack your appetite!

A trip along our coast delivers new vistas at every turn. Charming communities, each with its own unique flavor, are tucked away, their secret treasures quietly awaiting discovery.

 

TOUR 6: Nova Scotia – YARMOUTH & ACADIAN SHORES

<< May 17-20, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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The southwestern tip of Nova Scotia is a region renowned for its Acadian roots, colourful fishing villages and towering churches. Yarmouth is the hub of this region and is a great stopping point for hiking, fishing and seafaring adventures, while cultural enthusiasts can discover a coastal bounty of local music, theatre, crafts, museums, galleries and historic architecture.  This 3 night / 4 day tour includes overnights in Halifax, Yarmouth and Digby.

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Tour Highlights

  • Oldest Acadian regions in the province
  • Walking tour of Yarmouth
  • Photo opportunities at Cape Forchu and Church Point
  • Digby, home of the World Famous Digby Scallops
  • Fort Anne National Historic Site and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
  • Authentic lobster dinner at Hall’s Harbour

 

TOUR 7: Nova Scotia – PRISTINE & MARINE

<< May 17-20, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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The warm, sparkling blue waters and wide sandy beaches of the Northumberland Strait make this region a vacation paradise. The Northumberland Shore offers more warm water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. Freshly caught lobster, wild blueberries from Oxford and maple syrup are just a few of the delicacies found in the area.  Meanwhile, the Eastern Shore area boasts pristine, rugged coastlines and more glorious beaches – the ideal setting for outdoor adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts will make the Eastern Shore their playground with surfing, kayaking, birding, hiking, and even sunbathing.   This 3 night / 4 day tour includes overnights in Halifax, Pictou and Liscomb Mills.

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Tour Highlights

  • Tidal bore rafting
  • Maple syrup farm visit
  • Hector Heritage Quay
  • Distillery tour and tasting
  • Sherbrooke Village
  • Photo opportunities at Fisherman’s Cove and Cape George Lighthouse

 

TOUR 8: Nova Scotia – STRAIT TO THE BAY OF FUNDY

<< May 17-20, 2018 (3 nights) >>

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This is a place where life is shaped by the sea and fertile soil. Together they tell a captivating story. The world’s highest tides carve the dramatic cliffs and caves that paint the Bay of Fundy coastline, revealing stories of life that is over millions of years old. This climate also lends itself well to the local wine industry and not surprisingly, fresh local seafood, including lobster. It’s a great part of the province to get off the beaten path and find an unexpected discovery. This 3 night / 4 day tour includes overnights in Halifax, Fox Harbour and Parrsboro.

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Tour Highlights

  • Jost Vineyards
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site at Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  • Fundy Geological Museum
  • Masstown Market
  • Unique dining experience at Tatamagouche’s Train Station Inn

 

TOUR 9: Nova Scotia – CAPE BRETON ISLAND

<< May 17-21, 2018 (4 nights) >>

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Travel + Leisure magazine has called Cape Breton Island, home to the world-renown Cabot Trail, one of the world’s must-see islands. The natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as golfing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and whale watching. A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, is like taking a step back in history to a time when the French and English crowns fought for control of the New World and all of Nova Scotia was a battleground.  This 4 night / 5 day tour takes you to a few of the province’s most icon attractions and locations with overnights in Halifax, Baddeck, Ingonish and Louisbourg.

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Tour Highlights

  • World famous Cabot Trail, including a hike on the Skyline Trail
  • Eskasoni Cultural Journey (Mi’kmaq culture)
  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
  • Cape Breton Gaelic College
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Authentic Seacoast Distillery tour and tasting

 

TOUR 10: New Brunswick – DISCOVER, EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE BY LAND & SEA

<< May 16-20, 2018 (4 nights) >>

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Join us to experience “a great taste” of what makes New Brunswick truly special! Depart Halifax Wednesday evening & relax on the 2.5 hour drive to Moncton, where our French Acadian “joie de vivre” comes to life. Thursday, journey along the River Valley Scenic Drive to Fredericton – our provincial capital, rich in culture, history & home to the highest concentration of craft breweries in the Canadian Maritimes. Get ready for tasting & tapping at Kings Landing! Friday, explore St. Andrews by-the-Sea & the National Historic District, named by USA Today as the “best destination in Canada” in 2017. We’ll cross the ocean floor at low tide to explore Ministers Island, summer home to Sir William Van Horne, who directed the construction of Canada’s first transcontinental railroad. Overnight in Saint John, Canada’s first incorporated city & the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Saturday, we’ll browse the Saint John City Market & the New Brunswick Museum before continuing along the Fundy Coastal Drive to one of the last remaining pristine coastlines along the Eastern Seaboard – The Fundy Trail. Our grand finale will be at Hopewell Rocks where we will experience the highest tides in the world! Sunday, time to say goodbye as flights depart from Moncton (YQM), New Brunswick.

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Tour Highlights

• Walk on the ocean floor during low tide at Fundy Trail
• Taste the “best of” local Craft Beers Fredericton has to offer
• Cross over to historic Ministers Island (accessible only at low tide)
• Saint John City Market “taste New Brunswick” where the locals go!
• Play the spoons in Moncton at a French Acadian Kitchen Party

 

TOUR 11: Newfoundland & Labrador – EASTERN ENCOUNTERS

<< May 17-20 (3 nights) >>

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Stand at the eastern edge of North America and become part of the spectacle! It’s no wonder this stretch of coastline was awarded “Top Coastal Destination in the World” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

The historic port city of St. John’s, one of the oldest European settlements in North America, also lays claim to being one of the most vibrant arts and cultural scenes in Canada. See where Marconi received the first transatlantic signal at Signal Hill in 1901 and experience the place where the sun first rises at Cape Spear National Historic Site.

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Tour Highlights

Immerse yourself in Newfoundland’s stunning natural beauty and incredibly accessible wildlife on the doorstep of the city. You’ll get a bird’s eye view at The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to North America’s largest Atlantic puffin colony. May is typically iceberg season so keep your eyes peeled for these incredible works of natural beauty along Iceberg Alley.

Heart’s Content (yes, that’s the name) connected the world when the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable was landed 1866. Experience firsthand the age-old skills of the wooden boat builder that are being handed down to a new generation at the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador located in Winterton.

 

TOUR 12: Newfoundland & Labrador – GROS MORNE & THE VIKING TRAIL: UNESCO JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

<< May 17-20 (3 nights) >>

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Walk the land and meet the folk that are inspired by some of the oldest archaeology, geology and folklore in all of North America amidst the spectacle of expansive land and seascapes.

Western Newfoundland and the Viking Trail are celebrated with 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Dating back 1.25 billion years, the geology of Gros Morne National Park, reveals the story of plate tectonics and continental drift.

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Tour Highlights

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America and where, over 1000 years ago, the first Europeans arrived on these shores.  Explore this “Vinland” where life’s trials and tribulations are reflected in the ancient Viking Sagas and relived in the sod huts on site. Learn also of the influences of the Basques, French and English who fished along these shores for almost five centuries.

For more recent history you’ll be fascinated by the life of Sir Wilfred Grenfell whose legacy as a medical missionary to Northern Newfoundland and Labrador serves as a global benchmark in bringing economic and social wellbeing to remote communities during the beginning of the 20th Century. His legend unfolds for you in St. Anthony.

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