A visit to Canada's maritime provinces brings to mind images of lobster and other fresh seafood, walking tours and dinners with hosts in historical period costumes, ocean kayaking, full-scale Maritime Ceilidhs, and cultural performances by First Nations, Acadian and Celtic groups.
The name for this region of Canada is derived its proximity to the ocean. It is not surprising that Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have superb seaside resorts.
Dalvay by-the-Sea (Prince Edward Island)
Groups that are coming to Prince Edward Islands for this year's events marking the Charlottetown Conference or for Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017, will want to spend some time at Dalvay by-the-Sea. They'll be in good company as, when Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an official visit to Canada in 2011, it was at Dalvay by-the-sea that they competed in a dragon boat race and enjoyed a lobster boil and clam bake on the beach.
This historic seaside resort has 25 rooms and 8 three-bedroom, private executive cottages with period furniture.
There is room for meeting space for 10 to 15 participants in the cottages and the main lodge has space to accommodate groups of 50.
Oceanstone Seaside Resort (Nova Scotia)
Located near Peggy’s Cove, Oceanstone Resort, which was renovated extensively in 2013, has 10 rooms and 5 suites in the inn and 8 one- to three-bedroom cottages. (5 cottages are seaside.)
Algonquin Resort (New Brunswick)
Algonquin Resort, which has just re-opened after a $30-million renovation, is located in St. Andrew by- the-Sea, which was Canada’s first seaside resort town. There are 234 rooms with flat screen TVs with complimentary movie channels as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet.
With 19,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort can accommodate groups of all sizes. Meeting and event facilities include 6 meeting rooms, 2 ballrooms, 2 large tented venues, a verandah, rotunda, and rooftop gazebo.
Doctors House Inn & Spa (Newfoundland)
This 10-room oceanside Tudor mansion on a 100-acre secluded estate is perfect for executive retreats. It was once the private country retreat of Dr. Charlie Boddie, an Irish doctor. The "Doctor’s Study" has been transformed into a 1,200-square-foot meeting room that accommodates 20 to 70 attendees.
For more information about Canada's maritime provinces, also read, Destination Halifax: Exotic Maritime Corner of Canada, Prince Edward Island: Regal Style on Canada's Emerald Isle, and For Saint John, New Brunswick, the News Is "Cruise".