Arrive in Halifax for an overnight stay before picking up your RV in Elmsdale on Day 2. Depending on your arrival time in Halifax, you may be able to schedule in some sightseeing and exploration of this city. Of particular interest is the Clock Tower and a visit to the Halifax Citadel. This evening, wander the downtown and check out the menus at some of the city's best restaurants. If you haven’t already done your online check in with CanaDream, make a point of doing it before you arrive at CanaDream. You will then know the pick-up time for your RV.
After picking up your RV in Elmsdale, head to the coastal community of Peggy’s Cove to visit the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. Wander through this scenic active fishing village before continuing on to your overnight stop in Lunenburg. Stop on the way at Mahone Bay where you can view the three churches reflected in the water from the other side of the bay. Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North America. Established in 1753, Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada. It has retained its original layout and overall appearance for more than 250 years. RV camping is available close to the town centre making it easy to explore this colourful village on foot.
For the next two nights, base yourself at Jeremy’s Bay Campground in Kejimkujik National Park and set out to explore the South West Nova Biosphere Reserve. Located within the counties of Annapolis, Digby, Queens, Shelbune and Yarmouth, the Biosphere is home to an extremely diverse collection of species including rare plants, eagles, moose and trout.
Overnight in Jeremy’s Bay Campground.
Explore the park on a guided tour to explore the Mi’kmaq Petroglyphs. Another overnight in Jeremy’s Bay Campground.
En route to your overnight stop in Wolfville, take a break in Annapolis Royal where four national historic sites lie within its boundaries. While not a UNESCO site, the town has a defining presence in Nova Scotia history, changing hands many times in the 17th and 18th centuries before finally becoming British. Continue on to Wolfville to visit the Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site. To appreciate the full expanse of this Site, head to the View Park on Old Post Road. The dykelands and settlements established in the 1680s by the Acadians have been maintained here over the centuries by English, Scottish and Dutch immigrants. Visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site to learn more about Acadian settlement in the region and the significance of the New England planters who originally settled the area.
If you didn’t get to visit the Grand Pré World Heritage Site on Day 5, make a point of doing so before continuing today to the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, on the other side of the Minas Basin. The shortest route is via Highway 236, but we suggest a drive along Coastal Route 215 if you have time on your hands. From Truro, Highway 2 will take you to Parrsboro and the Fundy Geological Museum. The remarkable geological landscape of this Geopark offers a glimpse into Canada's ancient history, with the discovery of the oldest dinosaur fossils in the country. You'll also uncover fascinating Mi'kmaq legends that have been passed down through generations.
More coastal views will greet you today as you arrive at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Centre. The Cliffs comprise nearly 15km of coastline along the Bay of Fundy, revealing fossils dating back to the Coal Age. The Cliffs provide a snapshot of the ancient world, preserving fossils in their original setting including some creatures found nowhere else. As the world’s highest tides rise and fall, new fossils are constantly exposed by erosion. At low tide, a beautiful rugged beach is accessible. The Fossil Cliffs are publicly accessible free of charge however a guided tour is strongly recommended for an in-depth understanding of the site. Note that the Joggins Fossil Centre is a seasonal attraction, open from Spring to Fall only. Please visit their website for further information.
As the crow flies, today’s destination is just across the bay but in drive time, you should allow at least two hours. You’ll leave Nova Scotia to enter the province of New Brunswick. Time your arrival at the Hopewell Rocks to coincide with low tide. Peppered along two kilometres of shoreline are more than 23 free-standing sea stacks, accessible at low tide via three different places in the Park. The visitor centre is open between mid May and late October and access is not available outside of these times. An entry fee is applicable is and is valid for two consecutive days so you can experience the Park at both low and hide tide.
Travel on to Fundy National Park for an overnight stay in one of their five front country campgrounds.
Unlike many UNESCO sites Stonehammer is a region, with a geologic history going back a billion years. This 2500 square kilometre region showcases the connections between our natural history and the perspectives and experiences of our people and communities. A trip to Stonehammer offers experiences from beaches and waterfalls to hikes and museums. To truly explore this Geopark would take weeks, so we recommend you research in advance the things that interest you and plan your stay accordingly. Seasonal camping is available at Rockwood Park Campground.