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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Women's Outdoor Adventures on Canada's Atlantic Coast

Want to bond with your girlfriends in the great outdoors? How about learning to surf, fly fish or survive in the wilderness — and gorge on lobster and fresh fish — without gaining a pound? Opt for a night of Gaelic fiddling, Acadian music or square dancing with the friendly locals — all for a price that won’t break the bank! 

Gathering Wood
Gathering Wood for Wilderness Survival

Outdoor activities are the big draw here. These activities can please those who are looking for basic nature activities and those who are a bit more adventurous. The four provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island also boast stunning scenery, a fascinating history and culture that’s a mix of Scottish, Irish, English and Acadian French. 

Thinking of trying out for next season’s “Survivor?” Newfoundland and Labrador has been called “North America’s last unexplored wilderness.” On the Northern Peninsula of western Newfoundland, Tuckamore Lodge has an “Outdoor Woman” package that teaches sea kayaking, orienteering and wilderness survival, with plenty of time left for taking in the surrounding natural beauty. You can visit the 1000-year-old Viking site at L’Anse aux Meadows, or simply watch the whales and the icebergs float by. The unspoiled setting and delicious meals featuring fresh scallops and mussels and garden vegetables are the perfect antidote after a rigorous day in the wilderness and here, you won’t have your torch snuffed out.

Experts and aficionados say fly fishing requires zen-like concentration, that the experience is almost mystical and that women are particularly adept at it. There’s no better place to learn the art than on the renowned Miramichi River in New Brunswick. With almost 20,000 miles of pristine rivers and streams and more than 3,000 uncrowded lakes filled with Atlantic Salmon, smallmouth bass and brook trout, the province is a fisherwoman’s dream!  Every year, some 100,000 Atlantic Salmon ranging up to 30 pounds make their way up the Miramichi which boasts nearly half of all the rod-caught salmon in North America. The Ledges Inn, a rustic 4-star Canada Select lodge, offers a two-bedroom cottage with a fishing guide available.  For dinner, there’s cedar planked salmon and fiddlehead soup on the menu. 

Hitting the Surf
Hitting the Surf

Surfing in Nova Scotia? Who knew? One Life Surf, the first all-woman surf school in Nova Scotia, offers friendly and affordable instruction that combines safety, surfing etiquette and respect for the environment — not to mention the warmest waters north of Virginia.  Grab a couple of your best pals, your boogie boards and baggies and hit the surf off Lawrencetown, just outside of Halifax. Massages, yoga and Reiki are also available. After a hard day of hanging ten, you’ll feel amped and ready to enjoy a delicious lobster dinner and check out the music scene in Halifax. At the Seaboard Bed & Breakfast, two girls can share the twin-bedded Irish Rover Room, which has ocean views, and private bath. Another option is the Moonlight Beach Inn on a mile-long sandy beach, where two can share the "Suite Next-a-Sea" that includes a kitchenette and private bath with whirlpool tub.

Prince Edward Island was named Canada’s top golf destination by ScoreGolf Magazine two years in a row and the 5-star Links at Crowbush Cove designed by Tom McBroom, was heralded as Canada’s best new course by Golf Digest when it opened in 1994. And, golfing here is affordable, with some courses offering same-day unlimited golfing when you pay for one round of golf. 

It’s easier than ever to get to Atlantic Canada from most Eastern and Midwest gateways with six international airlines offering daily service from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Detroit. Air Canada, American, Delta, Continental, Northwest and United offer flights to Charlottetown, Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s. Maxxim Vacations has activity packages with air, hotels and car rental to all four provinces.

Travelers can find more information by going to: New Brunswisk Tourism, Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism, Nova Scotia Toursim and Prince Edward Island Tourism.

If You Go…

Tuckamore Lodge
Barb Genge
P.O. Box 100
Main Brook, Newfoundland
A0K 3N0 Canada

Ledges Inn
30 Ledges Inn Lane,
 Doaktown, New Brunswick
E9C 1A7 Canada
(877) 365-1820

One Life Surf

Prince Edward Island Golf
Rodd Hotels & Resorts
P.O. Box 432
Charlottetown, PE Canada C1A 7K7
(800) 565-RODD

Seaboard Bed & Breakfast
2629 Crowell Road
East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
BZZ 1P4 Canada

Moonlight Beach Inn
Calvin & Jane Dominie
2 Wyndenfog Lane
East Lawrencetown, NS
B2Z 1P7 Canada

Maxxim Vacations
Suite 200, 251 Empire Avenue
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1C 3H9 Canada

New Brunswick Tourism
Department of Tourism and Parks
PO Box 12345
 Campbellton, New Brunswick
E3N 3T6 Canada

Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, Newfoundland
A1B 4J6 Canada

Nova Scotia Tourism
Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
PO Box 456
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2R5 Canada

Prince Edward Island Tourism

Sources: New Brunswisk Tourism, Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism, Nova Scotia Toursim and Prince Edward Island Tourism

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