ATLANTIC CANADA, June, 2011 – Atlantic Canada is a paradise for active travelers. The region boasts some of North America’s last unexplored wilderness, lots of beautiful, and very accessible, scenery, thousands of miles of untouched coastline and the opportunity for life-changing experiences.
From sea kayaking on the Bay of Fundy with the world’s highest tides and diving with whales in Conception Bay, to cycling the Cabot Trail, one of the world’s iconic coastal roadways and hiking the rugged Torngats, visitors will find a rich selection of soft adventure opportunities – all just around the corner from New England.
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (PEI) are closely tied to the sea – so it’s no wonder there are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy. Learn wreck diving off Newfoundland or surfing in Lawrencetown in Nova Scotia, try kite boarding off New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast in the warmest waters north of Virginia or reel in a tuna off the waters of PEI.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Where in the world can you see humpback whales (some 5,000 pass this way each year) and 10,000-year-old icebergs only two hours from New York? Head for Newfoundland and Labrador which offers some of the last unexplored frontier in North America. From June to August, the best whale watching is in Conception Bay, just 20 minutes to the west of St. John’s. Another great place is half hour south of the capital at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. That’s also the best area for puffin-viewing as up to 2.5 million Atlantic Puffin gather here – the largest concentration in North America. To hear the snap, crackle and pop of icebergs, between April and July, it’s a safe bet that the further north you go, the better your chances. Head to St. Anthony and Twillingate in Newfoundland or further north up the coast of Labrador. When Rick Stanley of Ocean Quest Adventures says you can get eye level with a humpback, he’s serious. The company offers snorkeling and diving with whales (about $199 for a half-day snorkeling) and a half-day “Iceberg Close Encounter” is about $149. If wreck diving’s your thing, the company will guide you to Bell Island with some of the world’s best preserved shipwrecks, 400-feet-long ships sunk by German torpedoes. A seven-night package costs about $1,359 per person, double and includes seven nights’ accommodation in a 4-star lodge; five days of diving (two dives a day); tanks; air; breakfast; lunch aboard the boat, and roundtrip airport transfers. Nitrox and equipment are extra.
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