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MAY 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E is considered the lobster capital of Canada, and they have terrific seafood." Nova Scotia borders on the Bay of Fundy as well, and groups can experience coastal hiking, tidal bore rafting and bird-watching on its shores. At the Fundy Geological Museum, groups can help paleontologists dig for dinosaurs on a behind-the-scenes tour at the Fossil Research Lab. Museum experts lead ocean floor walks. Guided beach tours highlight tides and geology. The annual Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show and Sale takes place August 18-20. W W W. N OVA S C O T I A .C OM P R I N C E E D WA R D I S L A N D : I S L A N D C H A R M A N D G R E E N G A B L E S Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is known for its scenic beauty, bucolic charm and significant history. In 1864, representatives from Britain's Canadian colonies gathered on the island to declare their independence from the Crown and form a new nation. Today, visitors can relive ele- ments of those historic events when visiting Charlottetown. Interpretive guides dressed in period costume, known as the Confederation Players, take groups through historic downtown. Visitors learn about PEI and Canadian history and chat with re-enactors who portray locals who lived here over a century ago. Province House National Historic Site, the birthplace of the Confederation and the seat of PEI's provincial legislature since 1847, is a significant landmark. At the Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Charlottetown Festival has entertained audiences for more than 50 years. From June through September, live theater, free outdoor performances, gallery exhibitions, dining and shopping are available. The 2017 lineup includes "Million Dollar Quartet," "Anne of Green Gables: The Musical," "Bittergirl" and the world premiere of "A Misfortune." Fall Flavours Festival, a monthlong September celebra- tion, offers signature events created exclusively for the festival and hosted by celebrity chefs. Groups can also join local hosts to pick potatoes, catch lobsters or harvest oysters. Each experience offers an educational component, plus a tasting and/or cooking opportunity. From Charlottetown, three scenic coastal drives offer opportunities for daylong sightseeing excursions. The North Cape Coastal Drive features Mi'kmaq culture, Acadian music and theater, and museums highlight potatoes to ship- building. The Central Coastal Drive includes Cavendish, spectacular views along Route 20, fishing ports, lobster suppers and quaint Victoria-by-the-Sea. The Points East Coastal Drive features the dune system at Greenwich in PEI National Park, beautiful beaches, wildlife and the Railway Museum in Elmira. Most groups don't leave PEI without visiting Cavendish, WALKING THE NOVA SCOTIA COAST By Paul Baglole, courtesy Tourism PEI By John Sylvester, courtesy Tourism PEI Courtesy Tourism Nova Scotia PICTURESQUE SPRINGBROOK GREEN GABLES ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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