Fly from London to Halifax. Collect your hire car and check into your hotel situated in the heart of downtown Shediac, where your journey begins. This picturesque coastal town boasts the title of the ‘lobster capital of the world’, so is the perfect place to indulge in some fine seafood. You can take a stroll along Parlee Beach, while your hotel is conveniently located just steps from the town’s cultural and historical landmarks.
Stay: Two nights in a king room at Maison Tait House – bed & breakfast
The Bay of Fundy
Next you’re off to explore the Bay of Fundy and its dramatic 15 metre tides which carve out a stunningly wild shoreline. At low tide, you can walk out for over a kilometre along the ocean floor. Experience these tidal wonders at the Fundy National Park which also has excellent hiking trails, kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Stay: Two nights in a standard room at The Falcon Ridge Inn – bed & breakfast
Spend one night in Saint John, a charming city situated at the edge of the Bay of Fundy within Saint John Harbour. The city is filled with beautifully restored Victorian buildings and some great seafood restaurants; however, the main attractions are the New Brunswick Museum and the famous Reversing Falls.
Stay: One night in a king room at Hilton Saint John – bed & breakfast
St Andrews by the Sea
Today you drive off to one of Canada’s oldest seaside resort towns and a designated Canadian National Historic District. Situated in Passamaquoddy Bay, St Andrews is a great place to go whale watching whilst fishing and kayaking tours are also popular. You can spend a day at Campobello Island or drive your car over the sea floor to Ministers Island – both are superb ways to take in the area’s rich history and scenic surroundings.
Stay: Three nights in a king room at The Algonquin – bed & breakfast
Your final stop is at Fredericton, the provincial capital of New Brunswick. The city is a hub of art and culture, so why not spend the day exploring its superb collection of galleries and museums, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Fredericton Region Museum. Your old-world style heritage hotel overlooks the Saint John River which flows through the heart of the city. It’s the perfect place to end your holiday, with tranquil reading rooms, a library and a bright breakfast room with pretty garden views.
Stay: One night in the quatermain suite at Quatermain House B&B – bed & breakfast
Fredericton – Montreal – London
Drop off your hire car at the airport before checking in for your overnight flight back to London.
It was a great experience and now I have dipped my toes in the Ultimate waters I shall be back for more.- JE, October 2014