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Atlantic Canada 2018 Bucket List Adventures


A mere five- to six-hour flight from London, Canada’s most easterly region is waiting to be discovered next year with a range of pristine nature, gastronomy, and sporting adventures. Kayaking around picturesque islands in the Nova Scotian moonlight, sampling the freshest oysters in Prince Edward Island, sleeping suspended in New Brunswick’s treetops, and hunting for magnificent icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, these once in a lifetime bucket-list adventures are highly sought after.

Newfoundland and Labrador – Hunt Icebergs from Land and Sea

Each year icebergs float down from the coast of western Greenland and appear off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. 2017 was a banner year for iceberg viewing. The size and quantity can be unpredictable so the best chance for travellers to encounter them in Newfoundland and Labrador is during the late spring and early summer months. Tour boats, zodiacs, and even kayaks promise iceberg fanatics the opportunity to experience these marvels of nature up close. Or perhaps a coastal hike along spectacular shoreline is in order. All offer a unique perspective of these magnificent formations, sculpted by nature and set against the backdrop of Newfoundland and Labrador’s charming coastal towns and fishing villages. To avoid missing out on seeing these glacial marvels, booking early is recommended.

Nova Scotia –  Explore Kidston Island by Moonlight

Exploring Nova Scotia by the light of moon and stars, this kayak adventure winds its way around the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake which is nestled on the picturesque Kidston Island. The lake, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve promises the most serene night time excursion before a captivating beach party with Cape Breton’s local musicians, and a mouth-watering dinner of Atlantic Canadian seasonal delicacies.

Nova Scotia – Dining on the Ocean Floor

One of the most popular culinary experiences in Nova Scotia, Dining on the Ocean Floor takes place on the magnificent Bay of Fundy, at low tide. The gastronomic experience includes a foraging adventure with the head chef and a traditional “Shore Boil” lunch. Later, guests can relax and enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings from local vineyards and a sunset campfire. The experience is based on the tidal movements created by the moon and so booking early is advised to avoid missing out on this unique dining adventure.

New Brunswick – Meet Atlantic Canada’s Bear Whisperer

Join in the search for one of North America’s most popular wild animals – the Black bear. There are few safe or easy places to meet these forest giants, but Little, Big Bear Safari takes you deep into their natural habitat.  Guests will meet the ‘Bear Man,’ an experienced guide who engages with the bears, helps interpret the sounds and calls the bears use to communicate and warn of possible danger. It’s a chance to see these intriguing creatures in the wild, all from the safe vantage point of an observation tower. Offered once per day, 7 days a week from mid-May until early October.

New Brunswick – Sleeping in an Enchanted Forest

Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, near the village of Alma, New Brunswick. The Park showcases a rugged coastline which rises up to the Canadian Highlands, the highest tides in the world and more than 25 magical waterfalls. The perfect location for nature and animal lovers, the park is home to 38 species of mammal including moose, bears, coyotes and raccoons. To guarantee that travellers are as close to the action as possible, the national park has a range of incredible accommodations nestled in the enchanted forests including luxurious chalets, traditional yurts with jaw-dropping views over the park, and a water-drop shaped house suspended above the trees. The quirky living spaces are high in demand, so booking early to secure a spot is always recommended.

Prince Edward Island – Sample the Best Seafood

With a “clean and green” approach to fishing and farming, Prince Edward Island offers tourists a wonderful opportunity to “tour and taste” some of the best seafood the island has to offer during the PEI International Shellfish Festival. The farmers and fishermen involved provide the ingredients while award-winning chefs turn those fresh ingredients into culinary masterpieces. The Festival is a lively three days filled with music, mussels and oysters and in September more than 75 events pack the Fall Flavours Festival agenda. Culinary enthusiasts can go from smoking and pickling workshops, to oyster tonging and potato picking, to spectacular fine dining with top chefs cooking up nine-course extravaganzas. The festival is popular with locals and visitors alike, so securing a guesthouse during the festival is recommended sooner rather than later. 

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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