Since time immemorial, the rugged shores of the maritime provinces have been home to the Mi'kmaq people. This self-driven Canadian Maritime Package Tour has you meandering your way through historic fishing villages and breathtaking landscapes of the East Coast and immersing yourself in traditional cultures and communities spread along the coastline.
$1,280 per person*
Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
Mi’kmaq Maritime Experience Itinerary
Pick up your reserved vehicle from National Car Rental System, Inc. for a smooth and easy start to your East Coast travel.
Located on the city’s dynamic harbourfront, this first-class hotel offers upscale comfort, newly-renovated rooms with sweeping harbourfront views, 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. 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.Website: Marriott.com
Learn to communicate with your horse and understand it’s body language on this ‘Talking Horse Tour’ before saddling up and heading out. The hour-long ride will start out in an indoor ring before venturing out t0 the trails through the beautiful countryside of PEI.
When you arrive back from your relaxing ride, you will be greated with delicious Acadian treats made by Marc Bastarache. A perfect end to a perfect day.Website: VentureStables.com
Help prepare a delicious and authentic PEI meal with Jim Conohan while you learn the stories of the history of fishing on the East Coast. You will make and enjoy an incredible Island meal including mussels, lobster, and potato salad. A true East Coast experience.Website: ExperiencePEI.ca/MusselLobsterBoil
Stop by for a visit at MicMac Productions on the Lennox Island First Nation on Prince Edward Island. This stunning gallery houses creations that are locally made by Indigenous artists. See traditional and contemporary handwoven baskets, ceramic pottery, and figurines all marked with traditional Mi’kmaq designs.
Stay the night in the beautiful Hampton Inn in Sydney, Nova Scotia which is conveniently connected to the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. Eat a lovely meal at Kiju’s, one of Sydney’s top restaurants, and relax in the pool at the end of the long day of East Coast travel.Website: HamptonInn3.Hilton.com
Visit the 5-acre Membertou Heritage Park to experience the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq peoples through interactive tours, basket-weaving courses, and more. Stop by the Petroglyph Gift Shop at the end of your visit to purchase mementos and Indigenous Mi’kmaq art.Website: MembertouHeritagePark.com
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
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.
- Membertou Heritage Park admittance
- Talking with Horses trail ride
- Indigenous art studio visit
- Return airfare between Toronto and Charlottetown / Sydney*
- 4 nights deluxe accommodation
- 4 day self drive car rental
- Shore boil lobster 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.
Mi'kmaq Maritime Experience Image Gallery
Mussel and Lobster Shore Boil
Talking With Horses trail ride
Membertou Heritage Park
Hampton Inn by Hilton in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward