You don’t have to travel to faraway, exotic destinations for unforgettable discoveries; there are just as many hidden gems to discover closer to home—from the impressive depths of the Grand Canyon to the grandeur of Glacier National Park’s frozen peaks to Prince Edward Island’s coastal charms in the U.S. and Canada.
Here, Carol S., Dorothy & Wayne A., and Kristin B. share some of their favorite moments—and photos—from their Nova Scotia & the Canadian Maritimes vacations …
Just want you to know our first trip with Grand Circle was on your Nova Scotia & the Canadian Maritimes vacation. My husband had always said, “I'm not going on any tours with old people.” Well, that trip convinced him that tours were the way to go—and we would “leave the driving to them,” find the best places to stay and eat, and have contact with the locals.
Prince Edward Island was his favorite because he's retired from USDA Soil Conservation, and the farmland we saw was so beautiful. He thought tours were just museums and cathedrals! We recommend Grand Circle to everyone who talks to us about wanting to travel. Thank you for being there for our first taste of “touring.”
Grand Junction, Colorado
Our tour of Nova Scotia was fantastic. The only drawback was the lack of fall colors. We were just a wee bit too early, but you can’t predict the weather—and at least we had plenty of sunshine. Charlene MacKinnon was our Program Director, and she was excellent. Some of the highlights of our trip were: Peggy’s Cove; the cemetery where some of the victims from the Titanic were buried; the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Museum of Hooked Rugs & Home Life, and the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery; the Cabot Trail; Prince Edward Island; the Bay of Fundy; Kingsbrae Gardens; and the boat ride from St. Andrews across Passamaquoddy Bay to Campobello Island. Bar Harbor was also nice and our trip to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain was great. We highly recommend this tour.
Dorothy & Wayne A.
2-time travelers & Vacation Ambassadors
Santa Paula, California
My daughter, Tracey, and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of Nova Scotia & the Canadian Maritimes, but the highlight of our trip was a visit to Prince Edward Island, which recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the famous Anne of Green Gables novels.
During longer bus rides, our Program Director, Charlene MacKinnon, played videos to familiarize everyone with the headstrong and loquacious red-haired orphan.
We visited the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush, where we enjoyed a cup of tea in the cozy teashop and then joined Matthew (from the novel) on a horse and carriage ride around the property. Be sure to visit the gift shop: If you purchase an Anne book, they will happily autograph it for you.
Charlene also arranged for many of us to attend the delightful Anne of Green Gables musical that is Canada’s longest running musical production. This summer (2010) is the 46th season and you may see the musical at the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown from July 20 to August 28, 2010.
I am including a photo of Tracey wearing her Anne of Green Gables hat, with Matthew and the carriage. The other tour members fondly referred to my daughter as Tracey of Grand Circle because of her green Inner Circle jacket and her hat with braids, which she wore for the duration of our stay in Charlottetown.
14-time traveler & Vacation Ambassador
Grand Circle travelers also rave about the many majestic sites our own country has to offer, as evidenced on our Northwest National Parks and America’s Majestic National Parks vacations. Here, Mary & Dick W. share a beautiful photo during an impromptu stop on their National Parks tour and Rita S. explains what she loved best about her trip.
Viewing the Teton Mountains on a “pit stop” during our America’s Majestic National Parks tour (our sixth trip with Grand Circle).
Mary & Dick W.
Last summer, we had the ultimate pleasure of traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, and then up through British Columbia and Alberta. We circled around to Vancouver, and then back to Seattle. Our visit to Glacier National Park was a wildflower spectacular. The weather was perfect, the fields and meadows were full of blooms, and the drive on the highway was both beautiful and exciting.
Our tour was made even better by our Program Director, Robin Jarman. He played music, which was appropriate to each setting, told stories of the history of the different areas, and answered all of our questions about life in Canada.
5-time traveler & Vacation Ambassador
Yucca Valley, California