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Ultimate Guide – Things to Do in Atlantic Canada This Summer

By Sandra Roussy April 30, 2024 Travel

Have you ever considered putting Atlantic Canada on your bucket list? If not, you definitely should! I might be a bit biased since it’s where I was born and raised, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Atlantic Canada, which includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, offers an eclectic range of experiences for those seeking natural beauty, cultural richness, and outdoor activities.

Having grown up in the Gaspé Peninsula (which is part of the province of Québec) located north of New Brunswick, I’ve always felt a profound bond with the Atlantic Canadian provinces because of our shared coastal lifestyle.

During my childhood, our family vacations were spent exploring the wonders of the Bay of Fundy, camping adventures in PEI, and cherished visits with relatives in Nova Scotia.

Last summer, I road-tripped three of the Atlantic provinces with my adult daughter and was reminded of how beautiful and unique this part of Canada really is.

History of Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada holds a diverse history shaped by Indigenous peoples, European explorers, settlers, and later waves of immigration.

Indigenous peoples, including the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Innu, and Inuit, have inhabited the region for thousands of years, sustaining themselves through fishing, hunting, and agriculture. European exploration of Atlantic Canada began in the late 15th century, with John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland in 1497. This marked the beginning of European contact and eventual colonization.

In the early 17th century, French and English settlers established permanent settlements, with the French predominantly settling in present-day Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, while the English focused on Newfoundland and parts of Nova Scotia. This led to centuries of conflict and competition between France and Britain for control of the region, culminating in the Seven Years’ War, during which Britain gained control of all of present-day Atlantic Canada.

In the late 20th century, Atlantic Canada underwent significant social and economic transformation, with the decline of traditional industries leading to efforts to diversify the economy. Tourism, information technology, and renewable energy emerged as key sectors, contributing to the region’s continued growth and development.

Today, Atlantic Canada is known for its stunning natural landscapes and welcoming communities. While each province retains its own unique identity and history, they collectively form a region that holds historical significance in North American history.

Explore Coastal Gems

Atlantic Canada is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes. Here are a few things you can do in each province in the summer months.

Coastal Activities in New Brunswick

There are plenty of coastal activities to enjoy in New Brunswick. Here are just a few.

Bay of Fundy Exploration

Witness the dramatic highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. You can explore the ocean floor during low tide and then kayak or take a boat tour when the tide rises again.

Fundy Coastal Drive

Take a scenic drive along the Fundy Coastal Drive, which stretches along the Bay of Fundy coastline. Enjoy stunning views, charming coastal towns, and opportunities for whale watching and birdwatching.

Hopewell Rocks

Visit the iconic Hopewell Rocks, also known as the Flowerpot Rocks, where you can walk on the ocean floor at low tide and marvel at the towering rock formations sculpted by the tides.

Coastal Hiking Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and explore coastal hiking trails such as the Fundy Footpath or the Cape Enrage Trail. These trails offer stunning coastal views, rugged terrain, and opportunities to spot wildlife such as seals and seabirds.

St. Martins Sea Caves

Discover the sea caves and sea stacks at St. Martins, where you can explore the rocky shoreline, take a guided sea kayaking tour, or enjoy a beach picnic with stunning ocean views.

Coastal Golfing

Tee off at one of New Brunswick’s coastal golf courses, such as the Algonquin Resort Golf Course in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea or the Fundy National Park Golf Course, which offer scenic views of the Bay of Fundy.

These are just a few of the coastal activities you can enjoy in New Brunswick, where the rugged coastline and the Bay of Fundy provide endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.

Coastal Activities in Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s shores offer opportunities for whale watching, iceberg spotting, and hiking along the East Coast Trail.

Whale Watching

Experience the thrill of whale watching along Newfoundland’s coastline, particularly in areas such as St. John’s, Trinity Bay, and St. Anthony. Catch sight of humpback whales, minke whales, orcas, and even rare blue whales during the summer months.

Iceberg Viewing

Witness the majestic beauty of icebergs drifting along Newfoundland’s coast, especially along the Iceberg Alley, which stretches from the coast of Labrador to the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Take a boat tour or hike along coastal trails to get up close to these natural wonders.

Coastal Hiking Trails

Explore the rugged coastline of Newfoundland on scenic hiking trails such as the East Coast Trail near St. John’s, which offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, sea cliffs, and hidden coves. Don’t miss the chance to hike along the Skerwink Trail in Trinity East or the Green Gardens Trail in Gros Morne National Park.

These coastal activities offer a glimpse into the natural beauty and diverse marine ecosystems of Newfoundland.

Coastal Activities in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s coastline offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy.

Beach Exploration

Nova Scotia is home to numerous beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, and picnicking. Some popular beaches include Lawrencetown Beach, Crystal Crescent Beach, and Martinique Beach.

Lighthouse Tours

Explore Nova Scotia’s maritime history by visiting its iconic lighthouses. Take guided tours or simply admire these picturesque landmarks, such as Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Cape Forchu Lighthouse, and Louisbourg Lighthouse.

Whale Watching

Set sail on a whale watching tour to catch a glimpse of majestic marine mammals, including humpback whales, minke whales, and even the rare North Atlantic right whale. Digby Neck and Brier Island are known for excellent whale watching opportunities.

Coastal Hiking

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails along Nova Scotia’s coastline. Explore coastal paths like the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail, Duncan’s Cove Trail, and the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Sea Kayaking

Paddle your way along Nova Scotia’s picturesque coastline, exploring hidden coves, sea caves, and wildlife-rich waters. Join a guided sea kayaking tour in destinations like Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay, or the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Coastal Golfing

Tee off at one of Nova Scotia’s coastal golf courses, offering stunning ocean views and challenging fairways. Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs, and Fox Harb’r Golf Resort are among the top choices for coastal golfing experiences.

Coastal Camping

Spend a night under the stars at one of Nova Scotia’s coastal campgrounds, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Kejimkujik National Park, and provincial parks along the Eastern Shore offer excellent camping spots.

These coastal activities offer a wonderful way to experience Nova Scotia’s natural beauty and maritime heritage.

Coastal Activities in PEI

Prince Edward Island (PEI) offers a charming coastal experience with a variety of activities to enjoy.


Explore the island’s beautiful sandy beaches and search for treasures like sea glass and driftwood. Popular beaches for beachcombing include Cavendish Beach, Brackley Beach, and Basin Head Beach.

Clam Digging

Join a guided clam-digging tour and learn how to dig for clams along PEI’s shores. Experience the thrill of harvesting your own shellfish and enjoy a traditional clam boil with freshly caught clams.

Hike The Island Walk

The Island Walk is a multi-day hike through various landscapes of PEI including beaches, cliffs, forests, and farmland. Starting from coastal towns like Charlottetown, walkers explore the Confederation Trail, a 400-kilometer route passing through charming villages and offering opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and cultural landmarks. It’s a memorable way to experience PEI’s natural beauty and rich heritage.

Coastal Cycling

Rent a bike and explore PEI’s coastal trails, including the Confederation Trail and the Gulf Shore Way. Cycle past sandy beaches, rolling dunes, and charming fishing villages while enjoying beautiful Atlantic ocean views.

Lighthouse Tours

Visit PEI’s historic lighthouses to discover its maritime heritage. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the coastline and learn about the island’s rich seafaring history. Don’t miss iconic lighthouses like the West Point Lighthouse and the East Point Lighthouse.

Sailing Cruises

Set sail on a sailing cruise and enjoy the beauty of PEI’s coastline from the water. Join a guided sailing tour or charter a private boat for a personalized coastal adventure.


Explore PEI’s coastal habitats and observe a variety of bird species, including migratory birds, shorebirds, and seabirds. Birdwatching hotspots include the Greenwich Dunes Trail, the North Cape Coastal Drive, and the Souris and Basin Head areas.

Seaside Golfing

Tee off at one of PEI’s world-class seaside golf courses, offering challenging fairways and stunning ocean views. Don’t miss iconic courses like Crowbush Cove, Links at Crowbush Cove, and Brudenell River Golf Course.

These coastal activities offer a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty and maritime charm of Prince Edward Island.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Sample Atlantic Canada culinary delights, from freshly caught seafood to artisanal cheeses and craft beverages. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a traditional lobster boil in Prince Edward Island or savor a bowl of creamy seafood chowder in Saint John, New Brunswick. Visit farmers’ markets and local eateries to taste the flavors of the region’s rich culinary heritage.

Eating in New Brunswick

New Brunswick offers a mixed culinary scene with a range of restaurants, cafes, and eateries serving up delicious dishes influenced by local ingredients and global flavors.

Saint John

  • Britt’s Pub & Eatery – Known for its cozy atmosphere and traditional pub fare, including fish and chips and hearty burgers.
  • Port City Royal – A trendy spot offering creative dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, with a focus on seafood and craft cocktails.
  • Billy’s Seafood Company – A waterfront restaurant specializing in fresh seafood dishes, such as lobster rolls, seafood chowder, and fish tacos.


  • The Lunar Rogue Pub – A popular spot for pub food and an extensive selection of craft beers, whiskies, and spirits.
  • Isaac’s Way– A cozy restaurant serving up comfort food classics with a twist, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
  • 540 Kitchen & Bar – Known for its upscale atmosphere and innovative dishes, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and creative cocktails.


  • Tide & Boar Gastropub – A gastropub offering a diverse menu of elevated comfort food dishes, craft beers, and cocktails.
  • Les Brumes du Coude – A charming French bistro known for its classic French cuisine and extensive wine list.

St. Andrews

  • Rossmount Inn – A renowned restaurant located in a beautiful country inn, known for its gourmet cuisine featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
  • Honeybeans Coffee Tea & Treats – A cozy cafe serving up delicious coffee, teas, and baked goods, perfect for a morning pick-me-up or afternoon treat.

Fundy National Park

  • Alma Lobster Shop – A must-visit for seafood lovers, offering fresh lobster, scallops, and other seafood delicacies.
  • The Cinnamon Soul Cafe – A quaint cafe serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods, with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients.

These are just a few examples of the many fantastic dining options available throughout New Brunswick. Whether you’re craving seafood by the coast, international cuisine in the city, or cozy comfort food in a small town, New Brunswick has something to satisfy every palate.


Newfoundland offers a unique culinary experience influenced by its coastal location and rich cultural heritage.

Ask about how you can get screeched while in Newfoundland!

St. John’s

  • Mallard Cottage – Located in a historic fishing village, this restaurant serves up traditional Newfoundland dishes with a modern twist in a cozy, rustic setting.
  • Chinched – A popular spot for charcuterie boards, small plates, and craft cocktails featuring locally sourced meats and seafood.


  • Bonavista Social Club – Situated in a restored historic building, this restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Also known for its homemade bread and pastries.


  • Georgie’s Restaurant  – A family-owned restaurant offering classic Newfoundland comfort food, including fish and chips, seafood chowder, and homemade pies.

Fogo Island

  • Fogo Island Inn – A luxury hotel known for its world-class dining experience, featuring seasonal menus crafted with ingredients sourced from the island and its surrounding waters.


  • Dildo Brewing Co. & Museum – Enjoy craft beers brewed onsite paired with delicious pub fare, including burgers, fish tacos, and seafood poutine. Don’t forget to explore the attached museum which showcases local history and artifacts.

These are just a few examples of the many fantastic dining options available throughout Newfoundland.


Prince Edward Island is renowned for its fresh seafood, vibrant agriculture, and culinary creativity.


  • Water Prince Corner Shop– A local favorite for fresh seafood, including lobster rolls, chowder, and steamed mussels.
  • The Pilot House – Enjoy waterfront dining with views of Charlottetown Harbor while indulging in classic seafood dishes and Island-inspired cuisine.
  • Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar – Known for its extensive selection of fresh oysters and seafood dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

North Rustico

  • Blue Mussel Cafe – A charming spot overlooking the harbor, serving up delicious seafood dishes, including PEI mussels, lobster, and fish tacos.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers – Experience a traditional PEI lobster supper in a rustic setting, complete with all the fixings and homemade desserts.

New Glasgow

  • New Glasgow Lobster Suppers – Another popular spot for a traditional PEI lobster supper, offering all-you-can-eat mussels, salads, and desserts in a historic church setting.

Stanley Bridge

  • Carr’s Oyster Bar – A must-visit for oyster lovers, offering a variety of fresh PEI oysters served with homemade sauces and condiments.


  • 1 Breakwater Restaurant – Enjoy casual waterfront dining with panoramic views of Souris Harbor while savoring fresh seafood dishes and Island specialties.


  • Malpeque Oyster Barn – Indulge in freshly shucked PEI oysters and other seafood delights at this rustic waterfront eatery.


  • Dalvay by the Sea – Dine in elegance at this historic Victorian mansion overlooking the ocean, known for its upscale dining experience featuring locally inspired cuisine.

Wood Islands

  • Trailside Cafe & Inn – A hidden gem offering live music and delicious food, including seafood chowder, fish and chips, and homemade desserts, in a cozy, intimate setting.

If you’re craving fresh seafood, farm-to-table cuisine, or a traditional lobster supper, PEI has something for you.

Nova Scotia

Here are some top places to eat in Nova Scotia.


  • The Bicycle Thief– Located on the waterfront, this upscale Italian restaurant offers fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and stunning views of the harbor.
  • The Press Gang – Housed in a historic building, this fine dining restaurant specializes in steak and seafood dishes, complemented by an extensive wine list.
  • Five Fishermen Restaurant & Grill – Enjoy seafood classics and prime cuts of meat in a historic building known for its ghostly history.


  • The Salt Shaker Deli – A cozy spot in the heart of UNESCO–listed Lunenburg that offers delicious seafood chowder, lobster rolls, and other Maritime specialties.
  • Grand Banker Bar & Grill – Enjoy casual waterfront dining with a menu featuring fresh seafood, steaks, and pub fare, accompanied by local craft beers.


  • Le Caveau Restaurant– Located at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery, this award-winning restaurant offers seasonal menus offering local ingredients paired with estate wines.
  • The Port Pub – A gastropub housed in a historic building overlooking the Cornwallis River, known for its creative dishes and craft beer selection.


  • Fundy Restaurant – Enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Fundy while dining on fresh seafood dishes, including scallops, lobster, and Digby clams.
  • Evelyn’s Seafood Restaurant – A local institution known for its seafood platters, fish and chips, and homemade pies, all served in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

Annapolis Royal

  • Fort Anne Cafe – A cozy cafe offering homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods, as well as a selection of local beers and wines.
  • Garrison House Inn – Dine in elegance at this historic inn, known for its seasonal menu featuring local ingredients and creative culinary flair.

Cape Breton Island

  • Chanterelle Inn & Cottages – Dine in style at this award-winning inn, known for its gourmet cuisine and extensive wine list, with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
  • Governors Pub & Eatery – A lively place offering a menu of pub classics and seafood dishes, along with live music and a selection of local beers and spirits.

Immerse Yourself in History

Atlantic Canada holds a rich history shaped by Indigenous peoples, European settlers, and maritime industries. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, with its colorful wooden houses and historic waterfront. Step back in time at the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, a meticulously reconstructed 18th-century French fortress. ALso, learn about the region’s maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.

New Brunswick

Here are some museums in New Brunswick worth visiting.

Village Historique Acadien

Village Historique Acadien is a living history museum recreating Acadian life from the 18th and 19th centuries. It features over 40 authentic buildings, interactive exhibits, cultural events, and educational programs, offering visitors an immersive experience of Acadian culture and heritage against the backdrop of the picturesque Acadian coastline.

New Brunswick Museum (Saint John)

This museum shows the natural and cultural heritage of New Brunswick, featuring exhibits on marine life, geology, First Nations artifacts, and the province’s industrial past.

New Brunswick Railway Museum (Hillsborough)

Explore the history of railways in New Brunswick at this museum, which houses a collection of vintage locomotives, railcars, and artifacts.

Kings Landing (Prince William)

Step back in time at this living history museum, where costumed interpreters bring the 19th-century rural village to life. Explore historic buildings, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about traditional crafts and trades.

Albert County Museum (Hopewell Cape)

Discover the history of Albert County at this museum, which features exhibits on local industry, transportation, and early settlers. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the historic buildings and grounds.

York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton)

This organization operates several museums and heritage sites in the Fredericton area, including the Fredericton Region Museum, which features exhibits on the history and culture of the region.

These are just a few examples of the many museums waiting to be explored in New Brunswick.


Newfoundland has a rich history, unique culture, and stunning landscapes, all of which are showcased in its museums. Here are some must-visit museums in Newfoundland.

The Rooms (St. John’s)

This provincial museum and art gallery complex houses exhibits that highlight Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural and cultural heritage. Explore displays on local history, art, archaeology, and more.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site (Northern Peninsula)

 Step back in time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which preserves the only authenticated Norse site in North America. Learn about the Viking presence in Newfoundland through interactive exhibits and reconstructed buildings.

Grenfell Historic Properties (St. Anthony)

Discover the legacy of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a medical missionary who provided healthcare and social services to Newfoundland’s coastal communities. Visit his restored home, the Grenfell Interpretation Center, and the Grenfell Handicrafts Gift Shop.

Johnson GEO CENTRE (St. John’s)

Discover the geological wonders of Newfoundland and Labrador at this interactive science center. Through hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, learn about the province’s unique geology, fossils, and natural history.

Ryan Premises National Historic Site (Bonavista)

Step into the past at this restored 19th-century merchant premises, which provides insight into Newfoundland’s fishing industry and the role of fish merchants in the local economy. Explore exhibits, artifacts, and historic buildings.

Red Bay National Historic Site (Labrador)

Learn about the Basque whaling industry and Newfoundland’s early maritime history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore archaeological remains, reconstructed buildings, and interpretive displays.

Cupids Legacy Centre (Cupids)

Discover the history of one of North America’s oldest English settlements at this interpretive center. Learn about the early European settlers, archaeological discoveries, and ongoing research at the Cupids Cove Plantation archaeological site.

These museums offer fascinating insights into Newfoundland’s history, culture, and natural heritage, making them essential stops for visitors to the province.


Prince Edward Island offers a variety of museums that introduce its rich history, culture, and natural beauty.

Anne of Green Gables Museum (Cavendish)

Explore the world of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel at this museum, which is located in the original home of Montgomery’s cousins, the Campbell family. Discover artifacts, exhibits, and memorabilia related to Anne Shirley and the author’s life.

Green Gables Heritage Place (Cavendish)

Step into the fictional world of Anne of Green Gables at this National Historic Site, which inspired Montgomery’s famous novel. Tour the restored Green Gables house, explore the Haunted Woods, and stroll through the Balsam Hollow Trail.

PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation (Charlottetown)

Visit the main museum facility in Charlottetown, which houses exhibits on the island’s history, culture, and natural heritage. Explore displays on Mi’kmaq history, early European settlement, agriculture, and more.

International Shellfish Museum and Hatchery (North Rustico)

Learn about PEI’s shellfish industry at this museum, which features exhibits on lobster fishing, oyster farming, and shellfish conservation. Explore interactive displays, aquariums, and a hatchery facility.

Acadian Museum (Miscouche)

Discover the history and culture of PEI’s Acadian community at this museum, which has artifacts, photographs, and exhibits on Acadian life, language, and heritage.

Orwell Corner Historic Village (Orwell)

Step back in time at this living history museum, which recreates a 19th-century rural village. Explore historic buildings, participate in hands-on activities, and interact with costumed interpreters.

Basin Head Fisheries Museum (Souris)

This museum features exhibits on lobster fishing, boat building, and the cultural heritage of coastal communities, and it is the perfect place to discover the history of the fishing industry on PEI’s eastern shore.

Nova Scotia

Here are some notable museums to explore in Nova Scotia

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Halifax)

Discover Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage at this museum, which features exhibits on shipwrecks, pirates, the Titanic, and the Halifax Explosion. Explore historic vessels, including the CSS Acadia and HMCS Sackville.

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (Halifax)

Learn about the province’s natural history at this museum, which features exhibits on geology, wildlife, and ecosystems. Explore displays on dinosaurs, fossils, and the Mi’kmaq people.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (Halifax)

Explore the history of Halifax and its military heritage at this historic fort, which offers guided tours, reenactments, and exhibits on the British military presence in Nova Scotia.

Pier 21 National Historic Site (Halifax)

Learn about Canada’s immigration history at this museum, which served as the gateway to Canada for over one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Explore exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that tell the stories of newcomers to Canada.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (Lunenburg)

Discover the history of Nova Scotia’s fishing industry at this museum, which features exhibits on dory building, scallop fishing, and the famous Lunenburg fishing fleet. Explore historic vessels, including the schooner Theresa E. Connor.

Sherbrooke Village Museum (Sherbrooke)

Explore a restored 19th-century Nova Scotian village at this living history museum, which features over 25 historic buildings, costumed interpreters, and hands-on activities.

Fundy Geological Museum (Parrsboro)

Learn about the geological wonders of the Bay of Fundy at this museum, which features exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, and the unique rock formations of the Fundy coastline.

These museums offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of Nova Scotia.

Attend Festivals and Events

Summer in Atlantic Canada is marked by an array of festivals and events celebrating music, culture, and local traditions. Experience the lively rhythms of the Celtic Colors International Festival in Cape Breton, where world-class musicians come together to celebrate Celtic heritage. Join in the festivities at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St. John’s, featuring performances by traditional musicians and storytellers. Explore the vibrant arts scene in Halifax during the Halifax International Busker Festival or the Halifax Fringe Festival.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the summer.

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton)

Held annually in September, this multi-day event features live performances by local and international jazz, blues, and rock artists. Enjoy outdoor concerts, club shows, and street performances in downtown Fredericton.

Atlantic Balloon Fiesta (Sussex)

Experience the magic of hot air balloons at this annual event, held in September. Watch as colorful balloons take to the sky during mass ascensions, night glows, and balloon rides over the countryside.

Shediac Lobster Festival (Shediac)

Celebrate the iconic lobster industry of New Brunswick at this annual festival, held in July. Enjoy lobster dinners, seafood competitions, live music, and family-friendly activities in the “Lobster Capital of the World.”

Miramichi Irish Festival (Miramichi)

Experience the spirit of Ireland in Miramichi at this lively festival, held in July. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dance performances, cultural workshops, and a parade celebrating the city’s Irish heritage.

New Brunswick Highland Games Festival (Fredericton)

Celebrate Scottish culture and heritage at this annual event, held in July. Enjoy traditional Highland games, pipe band competitions, Scottish dancing, and cultural displays.

These festivals and events offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique culture and hospitality of New Brunswick.


Here are some notable festivals and events in Newfoundland during the summer months.

George Street Festival (St. John’s)

Held annually in August, this week-long event is one of the largest street parties in Canada. Enjoy live music, outdoor concerts, food vendors, and lively crowds on George Street, known as the “biggest little street in North America.”

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival (St. John’s)

Celebrate the province’s rich folk music tradition at this annual festival, held in August. Enjoy performances by local and international musicians, workshops, jam sessions, and storytelling sessions.

Bonavista Biennale (Bonavista Peninsula)

Explore contemporary art in a stunning coastal setting at this biennial event, held in alternate years. Discover art installations, exhibitions, and performances by local and international artists throughout the Bonavista Peninsula.

These festivals and events offer a wonderful opportunity to experience Newfoundland.


Here are a few notable festivals and events in PEI.

PEI Festival of Small Halls (Various Locations)

Experience traditional music and community spirit at this annual festival, held in June. Enjoy concerts and ceilidhs in historic small halls and community venues across the island.

Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish)

Rock out to top country music acts at this annual festival, held in July. Enjoy live performances by Canadian and international artists, food vendors, and family-friendly activities on the shores of Cavendish Beach.

PEI Shellfish Festival (Charlottetown)

Celebrate PEI’s world-famous shellfish industry at this annual event, held in September. Enjoy cooking competitions, seafood tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations, and live entertainment in downtown Charlottetown.

Charlottetown Festival (Charlottetown)

Experience world-class theater at this annual festival, held throughout the summer months. Enjoy musicals, plays, and cabaret performances at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, including the iconic production of “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.”

These festivals and events offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique culture, music, food, and hospitality of Prince Edward Island in the summer.

Nova Scotia

Here are some noteworthy festivals and events in Nova Scotia.

Halifax International Busker Festival (Halifax)

Held annually in August, this lively festival brings street performers from around the world to Halifax’s waterfront. Enjoy acrobatics, music, comedy, and circus acts.

Halifax Jazz Festival (Halifax)

Experience world-class jazz performances at this annual festival, held in July. Enjoy concerts by local and international musicians at indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Halifax.

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (Lunenburg)

Celebrate the rich tradition of folk music at this annual festival, held in August. Enjoy performances by local and international artists, workshops, jam sessions, and community dances in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg.

Nova Scotia Highland Games (Antigonish)

Experience Scottish culture and heritage at this annual event, held in July. Enjoy traditional Highland games, pipe band competitions, Scottish dancing, and cultural demonstrations in Antigonish.

These festivals and events offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the hospitality of Nova Scotia.

Stay in Charming Accommodations

Experience the charm of Atlantic Canada by staying in cozy bed and breakfasts, historic inns, 5-star resorts, boutique hotels, or seaside cottages. Choose from a wide range of accommodations, from elegant Victorian mansions in Lunenburg to cozy cabins overlooking the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore or enjoy a sunset stroll along the waterfront, immersing yourself in the region’s tranquil beauty.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick offers a variety of accommodations to suit every traveler’s preferences and budget, from luxury resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts.

Hotels and Resorts

Bed and Breakfasts

  • Mahogany Manor Bed & Breakfast (Saint John) – Stay in a beautifully restored heritage home and enjoy charming accommodations, homemade breakfasts, and personalized service.
  • Carriage House Inn (Fredericton)– This Victorian-era bed and breakfast offers comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts, and a convenient location near downtown Fredericton.

Cottages and Vacation Rentals

Campgrounds and RV Parks

  • Fundy National Park Campgrounds (Alma) – Camp in the heart of nature at one of Fundy National Park’s campgrounds, offering wooded sites, hiking trails, and access to the world’s highest tides.
  • Mactaquac Provincial Park Campground (Fredericton) – Set along the shores of the Saint John River, this campground offers spacious sites, outdoor recreation opportunities, and family-friendly amenities.

Unique Accommodations

  • Ridgeback Lodge (Kingston) – Stay in a cozy wilderness lodge or a luxurious geodesic dome and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing.
  • Gaspereau River Houseboats (Gagetown) – Experience life on the water with a houseboat rental on the scenic Gaspereau River. Explore the river at your own pace and enjoy fishing, birdwatching, and relaxation.

These are just a few examples of the diverse accommodations available in New Brunswick.


Here are some options to consider when traveling to Newfoundland.

Hotels and Resorts

  • Jag Boutique Hotel (St. John’s) – Located in the heart of downtown St. John’s, this modern boutique hotel offers stylish rooms, a rooftop patio, and easy access to restaurants, shops, and attractions.
  • Fogo Island Inn (Fogo Island) – Experience luxury and tranquility at this iconic inn situated on the rugged shores of Fogo Island. Enjoy contemporary design, gourmet dining, and breathtaking ocean views.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • The Inn by Mallard Cottage (St. John’s) – Stay in a beautifully restored heritage home and enjoy cozy accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and warm hospitality in the historic Quidi Vidi Village.
  • Artisan Inn (Trinity) – Experience the charm of Trinity at this collection of historic homes and cottages offering comfortable accommodations, homemade breakfasts, and personalized service.

Cottages and Vacation Rentals

  • Dockside Suites (Woody Point) – These waterfront suites offer modern amenities, fully equipped kitchens, and stunning views of Gros Morne National Park.

Campgrounds and RV Parks

  • Gros Morne National Park Campgrounds (Rocky Harbour) – Camp in the heart of Gros Morne National Park and enjoy stunning landscapes, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Pippy Park Campgrounds (St. John’s) – Located just minutes from downtown St. John’s, this campground offers wooded sites, recreational facilities, and access to hiking and biking trails.

Unique Accommodations

  • Tuckamore Lodge (Main Brook) – Experience wilderness adventure at this remote lodge located in the forests of Northern Newfoundland. Enjoy guided outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, you’ll find the perfect place to stay during your visit to the island.


Prince Edward Island offers a range of accommodations, from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious resorts.

Hotels and Resorts

  • The Holman Grand Hotel (Charlottetown) – Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this upscale hotel offers modern amenities, spacious rooms, and easy access to shops, restaurants, and attractions.
  • The Inn at Bay Fortune (Bay Fortune) – Experience luxury and culinary excellence at this historic country inn situated on PEI’s eastern shore. Enjoy elegant accommodations, farm-to-table dining, and beautiful gardens.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • The Great George Hotel (Charlottetown) – Stay in a collection of restored historic buildings and enjoy cozy accommodations, complimentary breakfast, and personalized service in downtown Charlottetown.
  • Dalvay by the Sea (Dalvay) – This picturesque inn offers charming rooms, gourmet dining, and stunning views of Dalvay Beach and the North Shore.

Cottages and Vacation Rentals

  • PEI Coastal Cottages (Various Locations) – Choose from a selection of cottages and vacation homes along PEI’s beautiful coastline. Enjoy fully equipped accommodations, waterfront views, and easy access to beaches and attractions.
  • Cavendish Bosom Buddies Cottages and Suites (Cavendish) – Stay in comfy cottages or spacious suites near Cavendish Beach and Green Gables. Enjoy an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities.

Campgrounds and RV Parks

  • Cavendish KOA Campground (Cavendish) – Camp in the heart of PEI’s tourism district and enjoy amenities such as swimming pools, playgrounds, and organized activities for families.
  • Red Point Provincial Park Campground (Red Point) – This waterfront campground offers beautiful views of the Northumberland Strait, sandy beaches, and hiking trails. Enjoy tent and RV camping, picnic areas, and beach access.

Unique Accommodations

  • The Gables of PEI Resort (Stanley Bridge) – Experience luxury and relaxation at this resort offering spacious cottages, golf course access, and amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and fitness facilities.

These are just a few examples of the accommodations available on Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotia

Here are some options for Nova Scotia.

Hotels and Resorts

  • The Westin Nova Scotian (Halifax) – This upscale hotel offers modern amenities, spacious rooms, and stunning views of Halifax Harbour. Enjoy on-site dining, a fitness center, and easy access to downtown attractions.
  • Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa (Digby) – Situated on the shores of the Annapolis Basin, this historic resort offers elegant accommodations, championship golf, a full-service spa, and fine dining.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • Halifax Bed and Breakfast Association (Halifax) – Choose from a variety of charming bed and breakfasts in Halifax, offering relaxing accommodations, homemade breakfasts, and personalized service.
  • The Cooper’s Inn (Shelburne) – Stay in a beautifully restored historic inn and enjoy Victorian-era charm, comfortable rooms, and a delicious breakfast served in the dining room.

Cottages and Vacation Rentals

  • White Point Beach Resort (White Point) – Stay in cottages or guest rooms, enjoy outdoor activities, and relax on the sandy beach.
  • Oceanstone Resort (Indian Harbour) – Located along the rugged coastline of St. Margaret’s Bay, this boutique resort offers cozy cottages, seaside suites, and oceanfront views. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, and bonfires on the beach.

Campgrounds and RV Parks

  • Kejimkujik National Park Seaside (Port Joli) – Camp in a coastal wilderness setting and enjoy ocean views, sandy beaches, and hiking trails. The campground offers tent sites, RV sites, and backcountry camping options.
  • Rissers Beach Provincial Park Campground (Rissers Beach) – This popular campground on the South Shore offers wooded campsites, beach access, and family-friendly amenities such as playgrounds and picnic areas.

Unique Accommodations

  • The Tidal Bore Inn (Truro) – Stay in a unique inn overlooking the Shubenacadie River and experience the natural wonder of the tidal bore. Watch the river’s dramatic tidal changes from the comfort of your room.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, you’ll find the perfect place to stay during your visit to Nova Scotia.


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My family visited Nova Scotia when I was in my early teen years. My uncle was born there, in Wolfeville, and my grandfather taught at university there in the 1930s. It’s a bucket list item for sure for a return visit.


This trip has been on my bucket list for awhile. Thank you for such a detailed article. Activities listed along with gorgeous scenery sound inviting. What is the best time to visit…..obviously not winter but for being outside what do you r ecommend?

Sandra Roussy

Hi Gmarie,

The best time to visit Atlantic Canada is in the summer and fall months. I recommend from June to September.

Enjoy the Atlantic provinces! :)

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