Introduction
Everybody in your family in favor of having National Geographic moments, please raise your hands. A Nova Scotia family vacation is for you! That’s whale-watching, bog-hopping, lobster-fishing, sea kayaking, coastal walking Nova Scotia. Our kids love it here, not least because the trip to Canada’s wild and lovely maritime province doesn’t wear them out. There’s a ton of fascinating history, but you don’t feel like you’re in a museum. The towns we visit are some of the continent’s oldest settlements. And the landscapes—emphasis on rugged coastline and piney forests—are as pristine as they were when the first settlers arrived. In true Family Journeys style, our local guides enable the generations to go their separate ways once in a while. So as you get in some shopping or study the Victorian architecture, they’re taking in a butterfly garden or hearing tales from an old salt. Whether you’re canoeing in the wake of the native Mi’kmaqs or sprawled on the deck in the crazily late sunset, you’ll all have a fantastic time together.
The kids will love...
  • Sea kayaking in a scenic bay
  • Discovering 5,000-year-old Indian stone paintings
  • A cool sailing cruise
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - HALIFAX / LUNENBURG
Our family vacation in Nova Scotia meets in the capital of Halifax, where we grab some ice cream on our walk of the historic town. Later we eat dinner by a famous lighthouse and settle into Lunenburg (3 nights), an 18th century fishing village that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a lesson from our local guide, we climb into sea kayaks to paddle out for a picnic on an almost uninhabited island in Mahone Bay.

DAYS 4-6 - ANNAPOLIS ROYAL / HALIFAX
Annapolis Royal, Canada’s birthplace, is our home for 2 nights. From our Victorian inn, we’ll strike out for beautiful Kejimkujic National Park to follow in the footsteps of the native Mi’kmaq tribe and spot wildlife on a canoe trip or woodland hike. And we’re just at the right season to spot humpback, Minke and other whale species as they feed in the Bay of Fundy. On our final day, the kids play capture the flag while the rest of us take a walking tour of Annapolis Royal. Before returning to Halifax, we take a final forest and coastal walk to Halls Harbour, scene of the Bay of Fundy’s awesome 45-foot tides.
Nova Scotia
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada—1:00 pm—lobby of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Ending Point: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada—12:00 pm— lobby of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

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Guest Reviews
“Our guide was delightful! The trip was a good combination of exercise and learning about the local culture.”
Stephen & Diane E., Lutherville, MD

“Beautiful scenery - postcard picture scenes everywhere. Also, the sailing adventure in Lunenburg -- great fun!!!!”
Steve G., Houston, TX

“I was especially struck by the richness and depth of our guide's knowledge and love for Nova Scotia and Canada. She was fun, interesting, and flexible when she needed to be.”
Peggy C., Denver, CO

“The hotels were good choices in giving us a feel for the area and its history.”
Andrew B., Cottonwood, AZ

“We loved that we didn't have to plan anything and our days were filled with fun activities, opportunities for learning and quality time spent together everyday.”
Leslie N.

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6 Days / 5 Nights

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Far Far away, Close to home
Nova Scotia is made for a family vacation. Its wild coastlines and historic villages are like another world, but it’s all so easy to get to. And there’s variety for everyone — from sea kayaking to shopping, whale watching to a candlelit walk in a 400-year-old cemetery, from lobster bakes to homemade ice cream. If you want to make a break from the everyday, without crossing many time zones, our family vacation in Nova Scotia is for you!
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Nova Scotia family vacations. Travel with an experienced company like Classic Journeys and we can offer you activities that fire kids’ imaginations, alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Jun 26-Jul 1, 2016$3295.00$595.00
July 24-29, 2016$3395.00$595.00
June 25-30, 2017$3395.00$595.00
July 23-28, 2017$3495.00$595.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Nova Scotia
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
Nova Scotia has a temperate, maritime climate very similar to coastal New England. We suggest packing clothes that can be worn in layers, as early morning and evening can often have a chill that during the middle of the day is quickly replaced with warm sunshine.

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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
Hotels
The Mariner King Inn

Dating back to 1830, this colorful and historic inn is actually a collection of three Victorian style homes in the heart of Lunenburg. A recent renovation updated the accommodations to blend contemporary décor and amenities with warm, classic details.

Queen Anne Inn

In the heart of Annapolis Royal, this elegant inn was built in 1865 as a wedding gift for a wealthy merchant's son. The grand staircase leads to gracious guestrooms delightfully furnished with antiques, paintings and beautiful bathrooms.

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Far Far away, Close to home
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Our small groups offer more options
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