Canada’s four Atlantic provinces seem subtle, quiet, peaceful on the outside — old-fashioned lighthouses, Scottish lilts in the villages, fresh seafood gathering communities around the dinner table. But don’t get used to the slower pace — this is also the land of icebergs, of the world’s most extreme tides, of humpback whales, fjords, and red-sand beaches. This is the Canada outside your back door.
Matador has teamed up with Atlantic Canada to show you just how wild your next road trip could be. When you’re done with the travel tips and inspiration below, just hop in the car and head north.
Atlantic Canada’s complex (and awesome) geography takes a bit of study to get your head around. There are four provinces—New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island—each with extraordinary landscapes, adventure options, and, as Taylor Burk and Hayley Gendron found out, some of the kindest people you’ll meet anywhere.