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7 fun activities to try if you’re going on a business trip to the Maritimes this summer

One of the best things about business travel is having the chance to experience great destinations across Canada, like the Maritimes.

The provinces facing the Atlantic are among the most beautiful in the country. Whether New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have been on your bucket list for a while or you’ve never given it much thought, the East Coast is worth a visit.

If you are going there for business, you can always turn your work trip into a getaway by renting a vehicle from National Car Rental. It’s as easy as adding a few days to either end of your itinerary or just wandering off for fun when there’s a break in your schedule.

And with an Emerald Club membership, you won’t waste time with member benefits that make renting a car quick and convenient. Plus, the more often you travel for work, the closer you get to earning free rental days.

The next time you have the chance to fly to the East Coast for work, here are seven activities to add to your itinerary.

Catch your own fish in Georgetown

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Address: 1 Kent Street, Georgetown, PEI

Why you should go: If you’ve never eaten fish you caught yourself, now is your chance. Tranquility Cove Adventures offers deep-sea fishing trips where you can catch mackerel, cook it on deck, and eat it on the spot.

Then you can also discover lobster traps, crab traps and mussel socks. Equipment and refreshments are provided, as well as free parking.


Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy

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Address: Rocks Road, Cape Hopewell, N.B.

Why you need to go: The Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world. Depending on your schedule, you can experience it at high tide, mid tide, or even after dark.

Explore the Hopewell Rocks by kayak with Baymount Outdoor Adventures. Guided tours last from 90 minutes to 2 hours and you don’t need any previous experience to go.


Cabot Trail Road Trip

Address: Cabot Trail Road, NS

Why you have to go: This scenic highway in Nova Scotia gives you great views of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The drive around Cape Breton Island takes about five hours, but you can take your time and stop at one of the many lookouts and hiking trails along the way.

The Cabot Trail is considered one of the best travel routes in Canada. And when you choose a spacious vehicle from the Emerald Aisle, you can cruise in comfort.


Stroll along the Halifax Boardwalk

Address: Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS

Why you have to go: Shop and eat to your heart’s content at the dozens of shops and restaurants along this four-kilometre promenade in downtown Halifax.

You can watch the sailboats glide through the water, spend time at the Canadian Museum of Immigration and end the evening at Casino Nova Scotia.


Cross Canada’s longest bridge

Address: Confederation Bridge, Borden-Carleton, PEI

Why you need to go: The Confederation Bridge, nearly 13 kilometers long, connects Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. It takes about ten minutes to cross this world record causeway, and it’s even more beautiful if you go at sunset.

Instead of taking a ferry, make your own schedule with a vehicle from National Car Rental. You can manage your entire reservation from the app, then simply drop off your vehicle when your trip is complete.


Dip your toes in the water at Cavendish Beach

Address: 590 Graham’s Ln., New Glasgow, PEI

Why you need to go: About half an hour from Charlottetown, Cavendish Beach is dotted with cozy cabins and, in the summer, bustling with festivals.

After spending a morning gazing at red cliffs and climbing sand dunes on the beach, you can check out nearby sites like the famous Green Gables heritage site or soak up the retro carnival vibe at the amusement park Sandspit.


Visit a lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove

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Address: 72 Peggys Point Road, Peggys Cove, NS

Why you need to go: Peggy’s Cove is a charming fishing village home to seafood restaurants, souvenir shops and the iconic Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. It is one of the most famous lighthouses in Canada, and the surrounding view is also very beautiful.

If you want to catch a sunrise or sunset, an Emerald Club membership can help you get there even faster. Simply bypass the National Car Rental counter, hop into your vehicle of choice, and you’re on your way.


Whether it’s your first or your 50th trip to Canada’s east coast, renting a car is a great way to enjoy all the activities you want to do after a busy work trip.

If you travel often, joining the Emerald Club gives you amazing benefits, including priority service and waived second driver fees.

If you’re looking to extend your next business trip and have a little fun, check out the National Car Rental website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.