Travel guide to Maritime Provinces

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The Maritime Provinces is the collective name for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, situated in the northeastern corner of Canada, bordering up to Newfoundland in the north. These four provinces comprise an interesting mixture of rocky coasts, sandy beaches, roaring rivers, dense forests, small fishing villages, fascinating history and whale-watching.
Saint John, the largest city in New Brunswick, has the world's highest tide (16 metres), which has formed caves and strange rock formations through the ages. You should also visit Port Royal, North America's oldest city north of Florida.


Local name
The Maritimes
1.326.000 (The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland)

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

The climate in the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland is very warm during the summer, which means that there are also many tourists. If you want to see whales, you have to go during the fall. The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland are great all year round, but if you want to go skiing, you should naturally go there during the winter.


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Local conditions


Time zone

When it is 12.00 in England, it is 07.00 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 07.30 in Newfoundland.

Culture and entertainment

Saint John, New Brunswick, celebrate the founding of the city every year in July with a colourful palette of dancing, performances and traditional costumes. Nova Scotia often has parades with men in kilts and bagpipes, and the so-called "Highland Games" are held in large numbers during summer. The greatest sport event in North America is the Saint John's Regatta that takes place every year on the Quidi Vidi Lake by the city of Saint John's in Newfoundland.

Accommodation / Hotel

The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland have excellent overnight accommodation, both in the expensive and the cheaper end of the scale. Some places you need to book in advance during the tourist season, though. Book your hotel in Maritime Provinces here

Local transport



There are taxis in the major cities of the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland, and the largest companies are the Yellow Cab and the White Cap Company.

Other transport

VIA-Rail operates across most of the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland. Most major cities also have local buses, and some places you have to take the ferry.

Special conditions

Many of the inhabitants of the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland only speak French, so it's nice to know a few phrases.

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