Explore a classic route through fishing villages and port cities, French fortifications and colonial British settlements on a scenic and history-infused journey.


  • Spend a day visiting Nova Scotia’s South Shore; once the domain of privateering pirates, the region is now home to countless photogenic fishing villages and tiny hamlets.
  • Experience a panoramic tour of Saint John–the first incorporated city in present-day Canada–passing by steep King Street, the hilltop fortification of Carleton Martello Tower, and the Old City Market.
  • Visit the Bay of Fundy and witness a full tidal cycle at Hopewell Rocks, famous for having the world’s highest tides.
  • Admire the scenic red cliffs, white-sand beaches, gently sloping dunes, and green fields of Prince Edward Island National Park, stopping along the way to tour the Green Gables Heritage Place.
  • From St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, embark on a whale-watching cruise, looking for the bay’s 12 species of whale.

Itinerary at a Glance

May 17Depart U.S. for Halifax
May 18Halifax
May 19–20St. John
May 21Shediac
May 22–23Charlottetown
May 24Iona, Cape Breton Island
May 25–26Iona
May 27Halifax
May 28Depart Halifax for U.S.

Trip Scholar

Stephen Pruett-Jones

Steve Pruett-Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on evolutionary biology and animal behavior, primarily involving studies of wild birds. For more than 40 years he has conducted fieldwork in Australia and New Guinea on birds of paradise, bowerbirds, and fairy-wrens. During the academic year, he teaches classes in animal behavior and field ecology at UChicago and is also actively involved in the study of introduced parrots in the United States. Steve has previously led alumni trips to Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and New Zealand.