The provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick make up this historic and culturally diverse region on Canada’s East Coast. Stunning parks, spectacular beaches, national historic sites, and the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada, are just some of the reasons to visit this dynamic region. Gros Morne National Park, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Landscape of Grand-Pré, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Mistaken Point, Old Town Lunenburg, and Red Bay Basque Whaling Station are highlights to consider for your itinerary.
As well, Parks Canada maintains the Atlantic Canada National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation areas, such as Terra Nova, Signal Hill, Sable Island, Halifax Citadel, L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish and Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland, to name just a few.
The rainbow flag also proudly flies throughout major cities, as well as in some of the delightful smaller urban centres throughout the summer months. It can be an added delight to schedule a visit to coincide with one of regions LGBTQ2+ Pride celebrations. Halifax is home to Canada’s fourth largest LGBTQ2+ cultural festival, Pride Parade and Community Fair, and colourful celebrations are also held in St. John’s, St. John, Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown, and Summerside, among others.
Celebrated as the Birthplace of Confederation, as a result of the Charlottetown Conference back in 1864, historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is a popular international tourist and cruise ship destination.
A year-round schedule of events at the stylish Confederation Centre of the Arts, the 2018 Charlottetown Festival, fabulous golf courses, and easy access to stunning beaches with the warmest salt water bathing north of Florida, are also why hundreds of thousands of visitors, and close to seventy major international cruise ships will visit Charlottetown in 2018. To accommodate this influx of international visitors, Charlottetown offers a wide array of accommodation, amenities and services, and a thriving culinary scene, comparable to larger cities in other parts of the world.
The Pride PEI Festival, which is now a signature summer event, will celebrate its 24th year of festivities in 2018. To highlight this celebration, starting in 2016 the City of Charlottetown painted four rainbow crosswalks at one of the busiest intersections downtown, as an outreach to the LGBTQ2+ community. Naturally, this was welcomed by the local community, but also impressed many visiting tourists, including the team from Gayvan.com during our visit in summer of 2017.