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Art Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: The tour will begin in Halifax. Departing Halifax, Musquodobit Harbour,Fox Island, overnight Sydney

Artists: Luigi Costanzo (sculptor), Robert Rutherford (print maker), Steven Rhude (print maker).

Halifax is the business, educational and cultural center of Maritime Canada. Here you'll find first-class accommodations, fine dining, nightlife, art galleries (Zwickers and Argyle Fine Art), museums, universities and all the action of big city life. But there are also beaches, parks, walking trails, restored waterfronts and a small-town atmosphere that make Halifax-Dartmouth the ideal cosmopolitan experience. There's plenty of living history here--from the firing of the noon gun at the Halifax Citadel to the restored locks of the Shubenacadie Canal. Historic churches, houses and fortifications make Halifax-Dartmouth an explorer's delight. Go for a boat ride, a motorcoach tour or a rickshaw ride. Discover our seafaring and military past. Or simply spend the day watching the hustle and bustle of the world's second-largest natural harbour.
(Right: picture of Halifax Harbour)

DAY 2: Fortress Louisbourg in the morning, Cabot Trail , Pleasant Bay ,Cheticamp ,overnight Margaree Harbour.

Artists: Teena Marie Saunders (print maker and home decor artist), Bruce Aitken (water colorist), Dozay (native artist), Kim Floyd (abstract painter).

There's so much to explore along the Cabot Trail. Cheticamp, on the western coast, is the center of Acadian French heritage in the area; the Acadian Museum there has fascinating displays highlighting the early Acadian history of the area. At St. Ann's, North America's only Gaelic College features displays on the region's early Scottish settlers in the Great Hall of the Clans. More recent history comes alive in Baddeck, at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where visitors will marvel at the scope and variety of Bell's genius.

(Left: picture of Pleasant Bay)

DAY 3: Ceilidh Trail Inverness, Mabou Overnight Truro.

Artists: Berni Thorneycroft (painter), Christene Sandeson (painter and sculpture), Carolyn Ritchie Bedford (painter)

At Margaree Harbour the Ceilidh Trail, Route 219, on the left, leads to Route 19 and the Canso Causeway. The Cabot Trail continues by crossing the Margaree River into Belle Cote, where they celebrate Belle Cote Days in late July, and going along the coast through Terre Noire and Cap Lemoine. At Cap Lemoine the scarecrow Theatre, an outdoor attraction which consists of scarecrows depicting various walks of life. Along the way through St. Joseph du Moine, Grand Etang and Point Cross, you will find a variety of gift and craft shops.

(Right: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton)

DAY 4: Rawdon Hills to Windsor, Annapolis Valley, Bear River Overnight Digby

Artists: Charles Couper (Pastel artist), Nancy Foster (Bear Artist), Irene Scott (Bear Artist)

Artists have long been attracted to the Valley's beauty, and their many studios, shops and galleries offer fascinating diversions along the way. Inland, the lovely rolling countryside holds special surprises. Like the legendary lakes and rivers of Kejimkujik National Park.

( Left: Alma on the Fundy shores)

DAY 5: Yarmouth , Lunenburg, Halifax Tour terminates

Artists: Roger Beaudry (color pencil artist), Lori Secouler-Beaudry (photographer), Paul Hannon (painter), Anna J. Scanlan(painter)
Galleries: Bay Life Art (painters on Slate), Laurie Mireau (watercolorist), Zwicker's Gallery.

The Lighthouse Route weaves a special magic for nature lovers. Stroll on warm, secluded beaches where the air shimmers with salt spray and the only footprints in the sand are yours. Hike past quiet inlets where herons stand motionless in the shallows, or along a sandy cove where grey seals bask on the offshore rocks.

(Right: Sunset in Nova Scotia)