Solo travellers know the benefits of vacationing independently. They have discovered the alluring freedom of designing the perfect getaway without making compromises that can occur when travelling with others. Being able to tailor make your travel’s pace, activities, and dining preferences is an indulging experience every traveller should do at least once in their lifetime. Atlantic Canada is a great destination to plan a solo adventure. The Maritime provinces are full of natural beauty, friendly culture, rich history, and urban conveniences. It is a perfect place to customize your ideal vacation. Read on to discover 6 Atlantic Adventures for the Solo Traveller!
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Take a trip to a piece of charm filled heritage with a visit to Old Town Lunenberg, a designated UNESCO heritage site. Get perfect pictures of colorful painted buildings along the wharves, learn about Canada’s iconic tall ship “The Bluenose”, and enjoy watching ocean waves roll up on sandy shores. Explore the rugged terrain and breath-taking viewpoints on your own or as part of a guided hike. Try kayaking for a quiet afternoon paddle and the chance to view wildlife up close! Before leaving visit an art gallery to choose a locally made masterpiece to take home with you.
Tidal Bay Sip and Stay
Tidal Bay, one of only eight wine appellations in Canada, is a must try for wine enthusiasts. Found in Nova Scotia’s lush Annapolis Valley, several vineyards offer Tidal Bay and other fine selections. Sip your way through five of the region’s wineries in Wolfville, NS. Leave the driving to someone else; rely on a double decker bus tour to take you from tasting room to tasting room! When you’ve had enough tasty samples for the day savour some “me time” for the night in a charming and historic inn. Not ready for a rest after finding your new fave wine? Enjoy a serene stroll through botanical gardens, visit a funky art gallery, or eat a hearty meal at a local eatery.
Solo travellers in need of relaxation and pampering are sure to feel refreshed after a stay at a 4-star B&B and spa on Canada’s east coast. Terra Bella by the shore, in Port Elgin, New Brunswick, puts travellers in an ideal spot from which to explore the picturesque scenery of the Maritimes. Relax with a book on the banks of the Gaspereau River, ease your tensions with a massage at the on-site spa. Or, venture into the quaint town of Sackville, NB for an afternoon of shopping and local tea. Hop on the Trans Canada highway and drive over Confederation Bridge to spend the day in Charlottetown, PEI.
Peggy’s Cove Point Lighthouse, an icon of Nova Scotia, is not to be missed while travelling the Canadian Maritimes. See this beacon up close as it keeps watch over the powerful Atlantic Ocean, just as it has done for the past one hundred years. Located outside of Halifax in the South Shore region of the picturesque province. Join a guided tour from Halifax for an immersive day trip or, spend a night or two at a nearby inn and explore the adjoining fishing village’s unique character.
Green Gables, Your Pace
Green Gables Heritage Place, a National Historic Site, brings the world of “Anne of Green Gables”, created by Lucy M. Montgomery to life. Situated in an idyllic setting with soft sand beaches and gentle trails near by, one can easily get lost in the dreamy world of the beloved red-headed girl the park is named after. Visiting the area solo will give you the freedom to explore the buildings, interpretive trails, and interests at a relaxed pace. For an indulgent accommodation with old world charm, stay at Dalvay-by-the-Sea. After you’ve settled in one of their luxurious rooms, take advantage of the onsite bike rentals and go for a seaside spin.
Fun in Fundy Bay
The Bay of Fundy is home to the largest tides in the world! An unforgettable place to experience this natural wonder is at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick. Stroll the ocean floor at low tide and be awed by unbelievable rock formations carved out by the Atlantic’s pulling tides. Later, when the tide is high, join a guided kayaking tour and paddle around the same rocks you saw earlier from below! While waiting for the tides to shift explore the rest of the Fundy region. Spend your time with a visit to Cape Enrage, a historic lighthouse overlooking spectacular cliffs. The visitor centre at Cape Enrage is full of activities to choose from. Check out the view and tasty treats in the tea room, walk the sandy beaches, or entertain your inner dare devil by rappelling down the cape’s cliffs!
Travelling solo can be an empowering and enjoyable experience. It can be a time of self-reflection and relaxation, a weekend of indulging in your favourite foods and bevvies, or a trip filled with adventure and new experiences. Solo vacations should be as unique and memorable as the person planning it. Choose Canada’s Maritime for your next independent trip; with world class attractions, natural beauty in abundance, and some of the friendliest people in the county, it’s guaranteed to be just what you’re looking for.