Mi’kmaq Maritime Experience

Indigenous Art, Seafood Cuisine and Trail rides
5 days | Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
Since time immemorial, the rugged shores of the maritime provinces have been home to the Mi'kmaq people. This self-drive excursion has you meandering your way through historic fishing villages and breathtaking landscapes and an opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional cultures and communities spread along the coastline.

Start Price

$1,280 per person*

Duration

5 days

Region

Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia

Activity Level

Moderate

Availability

Year round

Trip Highlights

Talking With Horses trail ride
Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
MicMac Productions
Membertou Heritage Park
Marriott Prince Edward

Region: Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia

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Itinerary

Day 1

Flight To: Charlottetown Airport
Car Rental: National Car Rental System, Inc.
Check-In: Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward

Located on the city’s dynamic harbourfront, this first class hotel offers upscale comfort, newly-renovated guest rooms and lobby, with sweeping harbourfront guest rooms, and unparalleled Island hospitality. In the heart of downtown, amid plenty of culinary delights, minutes to the best beaches in North America, performing arts centers and the vibrant Victoria Row scene, The Delta Prince Edward is the perfect destination for your every need. Inside, décor invokes nature through modern materials, and is complemented by amenities including distinct dining experiences at Water’s Edge Resto Bar & Grill, as well as Brakish, your local dockside seasonal eatery. Our locale is becoming renowned for culinary delights and inspired menus using local purveyors of farm and garden products including our own Chef Javier Alarco. Guests can find the a wellness spa, a spacious indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and on-site massage services. 

Website: Marriott.com
Activity: Talking With Horses

This ride is about learning to communicate with your horse before heading out for a journey through the countryside. Horses must use their body language to tell us what they want. Since Jasmine Bastarache has been around them all her life, she will show you how to recognise what your horse is feeling and thinking. 

Once you have become well acquainted with your horse’s social cues, Jasmine will teach you how to put the bridle and saddle on. Then into the indoor ring for a practice ride. Next, you’ll head out on the trail for a fun hour long ride and when you get back Marc Bastarache will have a delicious Acadian culinary treat waiting for you. A great ending to a special experience. 

Website: VentureStables.com

Day 2

Activity: Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil

Join fisherman Jim Conohan as he prepares fresh mussels from the river and explains how PEI has become the largest producer of mussels in North America. You’ll help him clean them and then he’ll cook them along with a 1 1/4 pound lobster. 

Add in potato salad and a roll and you have a traditional Island lobster supper in a beautiful setting. We’ll provide water with dinner but you’re welcome to bring your own juice or soft drinks if you like. 

Website: ExperiencePEI.ca/MusselLobsterBoil

Day 3

Activity: MicMac Productions

Inside a studio on a small island in Malpeque Bay, artists are getting ready for a busy summer season, creating ceramic wares, pots and figurines based on the stories of the legendary figure, Glooscap. The handmade pots are marked with traditional Mi’kmaq designs. Close by, handwoven Mi’kmaq baskets await their future owners, too. 

Located on the Lennox Island First Nation on Prince Edward Island, Micmac Productions is a company creating regional Indigenous art. It formed in the mid-1990s, when Charlie Sark Sr. retired and realized there was a place in the market for locally made Indigenous artwork, and decided to do something about it. He hired a British artist to train local craftspeople in mould-making techniques. Then, they built a workshop and began producing ceramic pottery. Traditional and contemporary handwoven baskets also became part of the offerings. 

Today, these artworks are for sale at Indian Art & Crafts of North America on the Lennox Island First Nation. Both Micmac Productions and Indian Art & Crafts of North America are operated by Charlie’s wife, Doreen Sark and her family. 

Check-In: Hampton Inn Sydney Nova Scotia

Hampton Inn by Hilton in Sydney, Nova Scotia is centrally located near Exit 7A, off Highway 125, minutes away from downtown, local attractions, restaurants and shopping. Our hotel in Sydney, Nova Scotia is conveniently connected to the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre via a pedestrian walkway. Savor flavors at Kiju’s, one of Sydney’s top restaurants, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment, conferences and special events within the centre. 

Use our Sydney, Nova Scotia hotel as a base to explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park, home to the famous Cabot Trail. The park has spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and a human history that stretches back to the last Ice Age. The Cape Breton Miners Museum pays tribute to the region’s long and rich history of coal mining. After a full day of sightseeing or shopping, relax in our pool, then fall asleep in the crisp linens on your clean and fresh Hampton bed 

Website: HamptonInn3.Hilton.com

Day 4

Activity: Membertou Heritage Park

Experience Mi’kmaq culture first-hand at the Membertou Heritage Park through interactive tours, beading and basket weaving classes, and much more! The Mi’kmaq people of Membertou and their ancestors have lived in this area since the beginning of time, long before the arrival of the Europeans to these lands. The culture and history that the Mi’kmaq of Membertou maintain are gifts that have been passed on to them from their ancestors.

Website: MembertouHeritagePark.com

Day 5

Flight To: Lester B. Pearson International Airport

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

  • Indian Arts & Crafts of North America: owned by the Sark Family (Mi’kmaq)
  • Membertou Heritage Park: owned by Membertou First Nation, one of five Mi’kmaw communities on Cape Breton Island.

Package includes:

  • Membertou Heritage Park admittance
  • Talking with Horses trail ride
  • Indigenous art studio
  • Return airfare between Toronto and Charlottetown / Sydney
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodation
  • 4 day self drive car rental
  • Shore boil luncheon

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.

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