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When the summer resorts of New England are crowded, Michael Holtz of SmartFlyer, a member of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council, has a secret he shares with his loyal clients: the provinces of Atlantic Canada. Here even at the height of the season, you’ll find quiet fishing villages and nature trails waiting to be explored. Here are some of Michael’s favorite spots in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. For more details of his itinerary and other trips to Canada, visit AFAR Journeys.
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1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (also known as simply 'Pier 21') is the location where over one million immigrants entered Canada for the first time from 1928-1971. Similar to New York's Ellis Island, today Pier 21 has been...
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1293 Grand Pré Rd, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R3, Canada
Phone Box Red, charcuterie plates on the patio, harvest season grape crushing, free world-wide phone calls from the red phone booth in the middle of the vineyard, views of Blomidon and the Bay of Fundy. General wonderful. Of course the Chupadedos...
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The tides at the Bay of Fundy are on many must-see lists with reason. This unique natural wonder, which takes place twice a day, is one for the world-record books. The bay, which sits between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, sees tides rise (or...
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Bay of Fundy, Musquash, NB, Canada
On the fourth day of Michael’s itinerary, you’ll cross the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick and head to St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea. This seaside town has been one of Canada’s most popular resort destinations for more than a century. It will also serve...
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Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the rest of Atlantic Canada, have always had their eyes focused on the sea. Fishermen and sailors shaped these provinces, from their lighthouses along the coast to the sea shanties you’ll hear sung in...