Planning a trip to Atlantic Canada in June. What should we get around and what should do once we're there?
My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Atlantic Canada in June and would love advice on how to get around and where to go. We're traveling from Vancouver, so air is really our only choice for getting there (any advice on how to score cheap tickets would be appreciated). We can only get a week off work, so we're planning on flying out later Friday/early Saturday and returning the next Sunday.
We're planning on flying into Halifax, spending a day or two there and then renting a car to go to PEI via New Brunswick and then heading for Newfoundland. I grew up in the mountain west, so driving for a bit of a ways isn't something I'm particularly adverse to. But if the driving is going to consume a huge portion of our time, then we might scale back the itinerary a bit.
In general, we're huge fans of celtic/folk fiddle-y bands (Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly, Chieftans, Ashley MacIsaac, et al.), so if there are festivals/performances we wouldn't want to miss, our dates are a bit flexible. We're also more pub and history types than of fancy foodies or major outdoors people, but we're not adverse to a day or two of beautiful hiking.
We're purusing wikitravel and the Lonely Planet guide, but are there any things we absolutely shouldn't miss or definitely should?
Additionally, how difficult would it be to get tickets that fly us into Halifax but return to Vancouver from St. John's? Seems like buying two one-way tickets is quite a bit most costly than a round-trip, but avoiding returning to Halifax by car or ferry just for the airport might be better timewise.
Any other information about traveling to Atlantic Canada is more than welcome. I saw this
thread, but it's not a direct overlap. Thanks!