Canada's Maritime Provinces



• Unparalleled whale and bird watching
• Cruise across the Bay of Fundy
• Historic Halifax
• Exploration of rugged coastlines and early settlements
• Vineyard and distillery visits 

Staff host

Jim RobinettJim Robinett’s 37 years of experience at Shedd Aquarium include animal care, research and animal rescue in the wild, and currently, as senior vice president of external and regulatory affairs, oversight of aquarium and zoo legislative matters. He is also Shedd’s representative on the binational Great Lakes Commission. His work has taken him from Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Chile and the Falkland Islands. He’s been involved in beluga whale field research and sea otter rescue, and led many Shedd natural history trips. This new opportunity to lead an exploration of Canada’s ruggedly beautiful Maritimes is a dream come true.

Why you want to go!
The Maritime provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—offer some of the most dramatic seaside and country vistas in all of Canada. Voted one of the Top 50 destinations to “discover, explore and experience” by Natural History magazine, the phenomenal Bay of Fundy is home to world-class cultural and coastal experiences. This trip, arranged in collaboration with the University of Illinois Alumni Association, is truly a journey of discovery!

Getting there and getting home

Please plan to arrive at Bangor International Airport no later than 3 p.m. on Aug. 28, and depart from Halifax International Airport no earlier than noon on Sept. 4. Our partners at Classic Escapes can help you choose the best possible air arrangements for your travels.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary may occur. 


Aug. 28−30: Algonquin Resort
Aug. 31−Sept. 1: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
Sept. 2−3: Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax 


Acadia and the Bay of Fundy

Group Size

20 people


• Superior accommodations as indicated or similar
• All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
• Services of an experienced Canadian driver/guide
• Services of Shedd guide Jim Robinett
• Airport transfers
• Comfortable ground transportation
• All park and admission fees
• All applicable hotel taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
• Complimentary baggage tags
• One complimentary sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership per household, beginning the month of your trip

Not Included

• Round-trip airfare from home city
• Meals other than those specified and all beverages
• Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
• Gratuities to driver/guide, etc.
• Laundry and other personal services or items
• Personal and baggage insurance
• Cost for anything not specifically mentioned above

Physical Requirements

• You should be able to walk moderate distances at an easy pace.
• Walking may be on uneven ground or uphill, often at higher elevations and altitudes that many people are not used to.
• You should have an interest in and willingness to appreciate a destination with a modest infrastructure and a bending definition of comfort. That being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.  

Price per person*

Limited Reduced Pricing:
$3,745 double occupancy (Usually $3,995)

$4,740 single occupancy (Uusually $4,990)

($600 estimated airfare from Chicago to Bangor, Maine) 


Tuesday, Aug. 25
Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine

Wednesday, Aug. 26
Acadia National Park

Thursday, Aug. 27
Campobello Island and St. Andrews By-the-Sea

Extension price per person
$1,595 double occupancy

Fact Sheet

Download this fact sheet on Shedd's trip to Canada's Maritime Providences.


Cheryl Mell

Other Travel Opportunities

This trip is one of five offered through Shedd Aquarium in 2015. See where else you can venture.