Atlantic Canada’s wide-open spaces and pristine natural beauty make the perfect stage for a memorable and inspiring post-lockdown escape.
After a year of restrictions and indoor incarceration, the great outdoors has never been more tempting and the need to experience the remarkable never more powerful. When the time is right to travel again, book your clients a trip to Atlantic Canada, just a five or six- hour flight from London, and they can tick off bucket list experiences like taking a helicopter for a picnic and watching whales.
Kayak through the wild
Thrill seekers will love paddling through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Newfoundland and Labrador, past the rugged coastal shallows of Bonne Bay. Sturdy sea kayaks will carry beginner and expert paddlers through fjords and float above colourful underwater worlds. Kayakers can see seals sunbathing, whales and porpoises playing and eagles scouting for fish while guides tell the history of Bonne Bay, including how indigenous cultures have fished there for centuries.
Walk a rural idyll
Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail is for all levels of fitness, gently rambling through the rural island’s prettiest spots. The 278 miles of rolling stone dust trail runs east to west, from the French/Irish fishing community of Tignish to Elmira, once the end of the line for the island’s railway. Branch trails reach to the capital Charlottetown and many quaint small towns. The trail is at its green and leafy best in spring but woods, farmland and coast can be explored all year by bicycle or foot.
Take a bird’s eye view
This Nova Scotia tour is a picnic like no other for the adventurous at heart. Guests helicopter from the urban core of Halifax, over the spectacular coast to the remote and rocky Sambro Island, home to the oldest working lighthouse in North America. The Heli Picnic Island Escape includes views of Halifax’s star-shaped fort and an indulgent feast of local cheese, charcuterie and wine on a private beach frequented only by seals and seabirds, where guests learn the secrets of Sambro.
A whale of a time
New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy is visited by some of the world’s rarest whales – and no wonder. Its sheltered habitat is the perfect place to raise a calf and it’s home to the world’s highest tides, which bring an abundance of seafood. On a whale-watching trip in Fundy you could spot finbacks, humpbacks, minkes and the endangered right whale as well as playful porpoises, supple seals and wheeling seabirds – all from a respectful distance of course.