In true Atlantic Canadian style, we take pride in sharing our region, waters and ports with the world. No matter who you are or where you go, you’ll find people ready to give you a warm welcome.
Easily accessible from the Eastern Seaboard ports, a visit to any part of our region is sure to be filled with:
One-of-a-Kind Experiences: Fresh tasting dinners, local wineries and breweries, uncrowded outdoor adventures, river and sea-side excursions, unique urban centres, festivals, and nightlife.
Rich Heritage and History: Rich history of Indigenous peoples and waves of African Canadian, English, French, Irish and Scottish immigrants, representing a remarkable blend of cultures and history with unique historical sites, architecture, and cuisine.
Real People: Diverse cultures, kind, and welcoming natures.
Atlantic Canada is made up of four captivating provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. And each port of call in every province has its own flavor, much like the charming, beautiful French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.
Our hosting duties begin now - we’ve compiled some key seasonal details and tips to keep in mind while packing for your next Atlantic Canadian adventure.
The summer daytime temperatures can range from a very comfortable 68°F to 77°F (20°C - 25°C) in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, with spring and fall temperatures being a tad cooler.
In Newfoundland & Labrador, May and early June have a mix of mild days and cool nights, with temperatures ranging from 55°F (12°C) in the day to 40°F (4°C) at night. Summer days range from cool to hot, with temperatures at 60°F - 75°F (15°C - 23°C). Labrador summers are shorter and generally cooler, but extreme high temperatures are not uncommon.
Keep an eye on Environment Canada’s website as your journey approaches.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are one hour later than Eastern Standard Time. It's called Atlantic Standard Time (AST). For example, if it's 9am in one of these three provinces, it's 8am in New York. Newfoundland & Labrador is even more unique - a half hour ahead of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Newfoundland Standard Time (NST). When you're here, just know that the sun rises in Atlantic Canada before anywhere else in North America.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar. While the difference between our dollar and the American dollar fluctuates, on the whole the American dollar is worth more. You'll find the best exchange rates at banks, large hotels and of course on your cruise ship.
While many stores, restaurants and attractions will accept American cash, if you require change, it will be given in Canadian dollars. Most ATMs in Atlantic Canada are on the Cirrus or Plus network.
Most major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted as payment throughout Atlantic Canada but please check with your bank before you leave home to see about any conditions or reasons why your card may not work here.
Most ATMs in Atlantic Canada are on the Cirrus or Plus network. But you may want to check with your bank before you leave to see about any conditions or reasons why your card may not work here.
There are two official languages in Canada – English and French. English is the most common, but many of the signs and literature are printed in both languages. Many of us are bilingual.