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Nova Scotia Canada
Book a vacation in Canada with Caravan Tours to see the Canadian Maritime Provinces and your all inclusive trip will include a guided tour of Nova Scotia.
Spearheads and stone knives used by the Paleo-Indians are the oldest evidence of human presence on Nova Scotia. The artifacts have been radiocarbon dated to around 10,600 years BC! Mostly the Mi’kmaq tribe subsequently inhabited Nova Scotia and during the first 150 years of European settlement, colonies consisted of Mi’kmaqs and Catholic Acadians.
Latin for New Scotland, Nova Scotia eventually evolved into one of the four founding provinces of Canada in 1867.
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The Culture of Nova Scotia
The varied wildness of the landscape here is home to some of the most hospitable people you’ll every meet. Music and dance are also an inherent part of the culture and many legendary musicians like Hank Snow, Anne Murray, and Sarah McLachlan have their roots in Nova Scotia. Alexander Graham Bell and equestrian jumper Ian Millar were also both from Nova Scotia.
This Maritime province is home to countless artisans who work in leather, glass, wood, pottery, pewter, and stained glass. As well, pulsing strongly just beneath the surface, Nova Scotia is alive with authentic Canadian art, Acadian music, and live theatre.
Geographic Sights of Nova Scotia
From the Bay of Fundy and the Cabot Trail to the seaside vineyards and restored fortress towns, Nova Scotia has a flavour all its own. Nova Scotia is home to two national parks and three UNESCO world heritage sites including the Old Lunenberg, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and the Grand-Pré National Historic Site. The province is also noteworthy for its famous museums celebrating maritime traditions.
Bay of Fundy – This bay between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has the world’s highest tides (ranging from 55 to 70 feet). It is also one of the few places in the world that has 2 high tides and 2 low tides every 24 hours! It’s not unusual to witness a “tidal bore” where the tidal wave travels up river, against the natural flow of the river.
Sable Island – Located about 190 miles southwest of Halifax, Sable Island is a small 12 square mile island that is famous for the wild Sable Island horses that roam there. There are over 550 wild horses that are protected from human interference by the National Park Reserve.
Peggy’s Cove – Although just a small rural fishing community, Peggy’s Cove, which is just 26 miles southwest of Halifax, is famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is still active and will be 150 years old in 2018.
Cape Breton Island – This large island is located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the Northern tip of Nova Scotia. Cape Breton makes up nearly one fifth of the province and is connected to the mainland Nova Scotia by near-mile long Canso Causeway.
Cabot Trail – Wonderfully scenic and stretching 185 miles, Cabot Trail is the highway that loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. The highway where the mountains meet the ocean is named after John Cabot, the famous explorer who first visited the Maritime coast in 1497, just 5 years after Christopher Columbus.
Halifax - Dominated by a star-shaped Citadel, the city of Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia. Known for having more clubs and pubs per capita than almost any other city in Canada, Halifax is a perfect location to tip a pint to Alexander Keith. Keith was the legendary and historical brew master who was also mayor of Halifax not once, but three times. Use your beer to wash down one of Nova Scotia’s famous donairs — the official food of Halifax — as you marvel over the waterfront boardwalk alongside the second largest ice-free harbour in the world.
Natural Wonders of Nova Scotia
Surrounded by over 3,800 coastal islands, Nova Scotia is home to puffins, otters, harbour seals, and quite often, whales that can be seen in the Bay of Fundy.
On land, the Nova Scotian wildlife includes snowshoe hares, woodchucks, northern flying squirrels, beaver, muskrats, porcupine, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, black bears, mink, cougar, lynx, white-tailed deer, and moose.
About Caravan Tours
Started in 1952, Caravan Tours now offers fully guided, all inclusive tours in Canada, the United States, and in the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. We are now a second-generation family run Chicago based Tour Company.
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).