Photo: Tyler Cave

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.

This series is proudly produced in partnership with Tourism New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Tourism Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Tourism, and Destination Canada.

Atlantic Canada: Routes to adventure

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.

series articles

Road trip itinerary for seeing the best of New Brunswick

Traveling green in New Brunswick: Your eco-friendly trip guide

Road trip itinerary for seeing the best of Nova Scotia

Whales, seabirds, and icebergs: How to see the Newfoundland and Labrador “Big 3”

9 moments you’ll remember forever from your trip to New Brunswick

6 awesome yet undiscovered spots in Nova Scotia

7 incredible experiences you can only have in Newfoundland and Labrador

9 moments you’ll remember forever from your trip to Prince Edward Island

4 provinces, 1 unforgettable trip: Atlantic Canada

9 incredible places you probably didn’t know were in New Brunswick

9 trip-defining food and drink experiences to have in Prince Edward Island

Hiker’s guide to Gros Morne National Park

9 experiences in Nova Scotia you’ll never forget

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