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Experience the very best of summer in Atlantic Canada

- Belle DeMont
- Belle DeMont

Still looking for recommendations on what to do, see or explore in Atlantic Canada this summer? As most locals know, there’s so much more to experience in our region than Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, Green Gables Heritage House on PEI, and getting Screeched in in St. John’s. We asked all of the entrepreneurs, tourism operators and interviewees featured in this month’s articles to weigh-in on their favourites and create this can’t-miss list.

It might take you more than one season to do it all, but it can’t hurt to try (or dream)!

1. Cook your own fresh catch on PEI

Jamie Simpson fishes for mackerel at one of his favourite (secret) spots, brings along a stove and cooks up his catches right on the rocks. In the warmer months, he swims and gets in some rock climbing too, it's "Wonderful," he says. "One of the best experiences.”

Although he won’t gave away the details of his go-to location, maybe you can do one better and scope out a fishing hole of your own!

2. Experience Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail

This 300-kilometre footpath is made up of 26 wilderness trails that connect more than 30 local communities. Lori McCarthy suggests getting chatting up the locals to get started - they can point you to the nearest path. And many are within a five-minute drive of St. John’s!

"It really gives you a chance to see the landscape," she says. "And you're always gonna run into people on the trail. It's a great opportunity to talk about what else you should get up to while you're here.”

3. Hike the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton

Tanya Hinkley, who operates True North Destinations in Cape Breton, admits there are many cool adventures to be had, but you simply can’t beat the hiking trails. It’s a timeless favourite and the sunset from the Skyline Trail can be breathtaking!

4. Tour the wineries of the Annapolis Valley

As operators of Trout Point Lodge near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Pamela and Patrick Wallace admit they don’t really get a chance to see other parts of the province or region during the summer months. Of what they have seen, the wineries in the Annapolis Valley are the favourite!

“I’m an amateur wine enthusiast, but I was absolutely blown away by the variety, quality, innovation and experiences offered by the Nova Scotia wine world,” said Patrick. “I have to admit before moving here [a couple of years ago] I did not know about this — and I’m so glad I do now!”

5. Book a boat tour on Newfoundland’s west coast

According to Ryan Waddleton of Newfoundland, a Western Brook Pond Boat Tour simply can’t be beat.

“If you venture to the west coast of Newfoundland, the Western Brook Gorge has an absolutely breathtaking view,” he says, emphasizing that being on the water is the best way to take it all in. “It’s one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen.”

When it comes to planning or envisioning the perfect summer in Atlantic Canada, what makes your “best of” list? We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to @NowAtlantic on social or email us at

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