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Nova Scotia: Maritime Lyrics & Lore

Nova Scotia
history • 6 days, 5 nights

Nova Scotia: Maritime Lyrics & Lore

Nova Scotia
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $2,825 USD per person
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Trip Overview

The sea has always been a deep and generative source of narrative inspiration, and nowhere is that clearer than in Nova Scotia. Over the course of six days, we’ll wade through the mythos, mysteries, and oral histories spun along these shores, hearing from various local voices and perspectives. From a poetry reading in Halifax to an exploration of precolonial history—and perhaps even a shoreside sea shanty or two—travelers will cast an ear to the pulsing maritime melodies, history, and lore that flow through the veins of this lively coastal province. Bring an appetite for stories, and more generally, an appetite, as we’ll be sampling some exceptional seafood along the way.

  • Seafood feast at a converted lighthouse
  • Women’s poetry night in Halifax
  • Foraged dinner with a Mi’kmaw educator
  • 300-million-year-old cliffside fossils
  • Sailing tales at a rum distillery
  • Maritime tunes at a beachside cookout


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Alexandre “A.P.” Bergeron
A.P. is a musician, performer, tourism advisor, and overall enthusiast. Born to Québécois and Newfoundlander parents, he grew up in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, just a short drive from where this trip will take you. His pursuits and interests have often strayed toward the strange and obscure, with several of his story-filled musical endeavors garnering praise internationally. Having spent the last decade touring Canada, Europe, and the U.S., Bergeron continues to keep one foot firmly planted in the Atlantic Provinces, where he worked as a tour guide for many years. He looks forward to showing you some of his favorite local spots, and spinning plenty of yarns along the way.
Caitlin Stall-Paquet
Caitlin is a Montréal-based writer, editor, and translator who eats, sleeps, and breathes stories. From writing fiction, personal essays, and journalistic articles to translating French into English, you can usually find her tinkering with words in one way or another. She served as the associate editor at Air Canada enRoute magazine, and her work has appeared in Elle Canada, Daily Xtra, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, Vice, Paste and Matrix. Though she grew up in the forests of southeastern Québec, she loves the ocean and subjected several of her undergraduate creative writing workshop peers to her seaside tales. She can’t wait to hear what Nova Scotia has to say.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $275. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with an afternoon welcome drink in Halifax. We recommend you arrive in Halifax by 1 p.m. on Day 1 so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guides and group in time for a drink, followed by a poetry reading and dinner. Our trip concludes the morning of Day 6, and we can provide transportation back to the Halifax airport and city center that day. You'll be back in Halifax around 11 a.m.; if departing by air on this day, we recommend booking flights departing after 2 p.m. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be happy to provide suggestions for places to stay and things to do in the area on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Since this is a maritime trip, you should also be comfortable on and around water.

  • Five breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, some alcoholic beverages, and all transportation during the trip. Travel within Nova Scotia will be by foot and car.
  • Five nights of accommodations.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you throughout the trip, as well as storytellers and special guests.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
  • Transportation to and from Nova Scotia.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

August in Nova Scotia is usually the most pleasant month for sailing. Daytime temperatures can reach up to around 75°F, dropping to the high 50s in the evenings, while humidity can reach 75 percent. You can expect some rain during the week.

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