Atlantic Canada – the Home of the Whale Camp, 10,000 Year-Old Icebergs, Snorkeling with Whales, Surfing, Kiteboarding, Shark Fishing & Canada’s Longest Zipline


ATLANTIC CANADA, February 23, 2015 – Atlantic Canada has enough outdoor activities and soft adventures options to keep adrenaline–seeking travelers happy for weeks.  Many of those are related to the sea that surrounds almost all four of the provinces.

And this year, Americans will find Atlantic Canada more attractive, as the U.S. dollar is worth 15 percent more than in 2014.


New Brunswick

New Brunswick sits on the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world.  One hundred billion tons of seawater flow in and out twice a day, taking six hours and 13 minutes to go from low tide to a high of up to 53 feet.  During summer and fall, the Bay’s nutrient-rich waters attract 12 species of whales, including half of the world’s endangered North Atlantic Right whales.

For almost 30 years, the Fundy Marine Science Institute’s Whale Camp has been offering hands-on learning experiences and face-to-face encounters with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and puffins for children ages ten to 17.  Located on Grand Manan, an island home to fishermen and dulse gatherers, Whale Camp offers programs from mid June through mid August.  Sessions include exploration at sea to observe and research whales and other marine life, eco-tours, discussions and other activities – all geared to learning about the Fundy tides, whales, marine biology, coastal ecology, geology, sailing, navigation and the fishing industry.  A coastal kayak tour and a trip to Machias Seal Island to closely observe puffins, razorbills and Murres are optional.

And for an adrenaline-pumping option, the St. Andrews Sport Fishing Co. offers shark fishing.  In this tag and release expedition, participants learn how to fish for bait, prepare the chum and then catch and release a shark, helping with the conservation and preservation of the sharks through a partnership with the Canadian Shark Conservation Society.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Iceberg Alley stretches from Labrador south to the northeast coast of Newfoundland.  Located in that northeast corner, Twillingate is one of the best places to see the 12,000-year-old icebergs that journey from Greenland.  Mid- to late-June is the best time for iceberg viewing.  The waters around Newfoundland and Labrador have the largest concentration of humpback whales in the world, plus dozens of other whale species. Iceberg Quest takes passengers on two-hour excursions, and in addition to whales, there are dolphins and a host of seabirds including the Atlantic Puffins, murres, black guillemot and shearwaters.

The province’s 10,000 miles of coastline offers some of the best sea kayaking in the world.  And, for an adrenaline-pumping

activity, visitors can ride Canada’s longest zipline in Petty Harbor right outside of St. John’s.

Nova Scotia

Surrounded by 4,600 miles of coastline, Nova Scotia has a wealth of water sports options for visitors.  Just 25 minutes outside

of Halifax, Lawrencetown Beach has some of the best surfing in North America with consistent waves and breathtaking views.  Long

sandy beaches combine with large storm-fed swells rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean to attract surfers from around the

world.  From June 15 to October 1, experienced instructors at the East Coast Surf School, who are also certified lifeguards, offer

daily surf lessons.  Wetsuits and boards are available for rent.  Aspiring surfers will be hanging ten in no time.

For travelers who like a slightly less adrenaline-inducing experience, but one that still delivers some thrills, Nova Scotia offers tidal bore rafting on the world’s highest tides.  In the funnel-shaped Bay of Fundy, the tide pushes inward towards the head of the

bay – and the rivers that flow into it – squeezed by the narrowing sides as the bottom becomes shallower.  On the Shubenacadie

River, the immense force of the incoming ocean tide will reverse the outgoing river sending it almost 25 miles backwards.  This

creates a flurry of white capped waves, or tidal bore, ten feet in height and traveling seven miles an hour.

Want to get up close and personal with whales? Captain Zodiac takes snorkelers to the waters off Cape Breton to float around

Fin whales and large pods of Pilot whales.


Prince Edward Island

Hikers and cyclists know Prince Edward Island (PEI) for its 174-mile Confederation Trail where they can travel the island tip to tip through picturesque landscapes.   With sixteen 18-hole golf courses, the island is one of Canada’s top golf destinations.  Active travelers can also kayak from inn to inn, staying in charming seaside accommodations.   And for an adrenaline rush, visitors can head to the north shore around Cavendish where the conditions are perfect for kiteboarding.

Canada’s smallest province also happens to be the Bluefin Tuna Capital of the world.  Tuna, lobster, crab and mackerel thrive in the cold, clean waters surrounding PEI.  Off MacLeod’s Ledge, herring go to spawn and pods of 1,000-pound bluefish tuna follow to feed and fatten up.  From early August to October, Captain Kenny McRae offers a unique “Feeding the Giants” experience for the whole family.  Visitors hop aboard a 44-foot fishing boat in Tignish harbor and learn to fish for mackerel.  Then, as the “giant” tuna swim by the boat, passengers hand feed their mackerel catch to the tuna.  Minke whale sightings are also frequent and watching the gannets dive into the water is an amazing sight.

About the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership

This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP).  ACTP is a nine member pan-Atlantic partnership comprised of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism industry Associations and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism.  For further information about the four provinces, contact your travel provider or go to, New Brunswick Tourism (1-800-561-0123), Newfoundland and Labrador (1-800-563-NFLD), Nova Scotia (1-800-565-0000) and Prince Edward Island (1-800-463-4PEI).

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