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Old 05-11-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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Nova Scotia this summer

My wife and I are thinking about a trip to Nova Scotia this summer.
We are retired with no time schedule.
Many questions...How much time should we allow for the adventure?
Best route to take from New York/Vermont state line (route 4) at Fair Haven, Vermont to Nova Scotia?
Must see attractions in Nova Scotia and best places to camp with hook-ups etc.

Any help would be appreciated!!

Thank You.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:36 AM   #2
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There used to be a ferry from Bar Harbor ME to NS but they are not operating anymore. You can take a ferry from Saint John NB to Digby, you'd save some driving, but you'd miss Fundy Natl Park.
Nova Scotians on this board will probably chime in, but in NS I would recommend:
-Cape Breton Island: the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
-Louisbourg fortress (plan an entire day to visit)
-Baddeck, and the A. Graham Bell museum
-Downtown Halifax
-Lunenburg historical village and the Mahone Bay area, Swissair 111 memorial, Peggy's Cove
-Grand Pre, Port Royal and Fort Ann National Historic Sites.
-Shelburne historic village

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Old 05-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #3
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Been awhile since we've been there but it is gorgeous. Stay along the coast and see it all. Recommend circling Cape Britain one way and then reversing. Sorry to hear about the ferry at Bar Harbor. It sure pretty there and enjoyed the crossing.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:39 AM   #4
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I believe the ferry service resumed last summer. Don't forget the LaHave Bakery in LaHave, NS and the Maritime Painted Salt Box Art Gallery in Petite Riviere, NS. Oh and by the way its Cape Breton at the north end of Nova Scotia.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:51 PM   #5
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Fyi, there is a ferry that runs from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, NS. Saves 720 miles of driving, about a 12 hour sail. The ship has full facilities, plus gambling after crossing the "3 mile line". The ship runs daily, east at night, returns to Portland by day.
I live 25 miles from Portland.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:12 PM   #6
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For what it is worth, here is a journal of a trip to New Brunswick & Nova Scotia I took with friends during June, 2013.
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Carl did well with his suggestions. I would not take the ferry. The drive is worth it particularly since you're not time pressed. I would definitely stop at Hopewell Rocks in NB. Plan on spending two days. We always stay at the same campground just before the rocks, I'll ask Ginny for the name. There are some interesting dikes near the camp ground. You need a day at Hopewell to experience the marvelous transition of the tides.

On the Cabot Trail keep your eye out for the Clucking Chicken, great desserts, soup and sandwiches.
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Forget the ferry, go through New Brunswick, and pre-learn about St. Andrews, the Reversing Falls at St. John, Hopewell Rocks. Then into Nova Scotia to discover the Halifax Explosion, Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, Boylston Provincial Park, The 'Men of the Deep' and especially the Fortress at Louisburg.....as you circle the Cabot Trail. You'll love the entire trip. We've repeated the entire 'camping route' several times, with three generations. And if you're into 'geocaching', the oldest Canadian cache is near Peggy's Cove. Have fun.
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Good vineyards in the Annapolis Valley. Cape Breton as mentioned.

Take the Ferry from Portland to Yarmouth, and drive back through NB on the return.

We Enjoy Dollar Lake Provincial Camp Ground, within an hour of Metro Halifax, but it's non serviced sites.

Had Acquaintances at Klahanie Kamping in Aylesford NS. Nice spot. Full service sites.
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All of what Carl suggested plus others - take your time there is just way to much to see and do!

Halifax is worth spending a few days in as well.

Halifax holds a International Busker Festival in Late July/Early August each year - the acts are amazing they come from around the world so not your average street buskers and it runs all along the water front - all day and into the late evening. They also have movie nights down on the pier in Halifax.

A couple of other things to do in Halifax especially if you are a history buff is visit the Halifax Citadel National Site, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic & Pier 21, Visit one of the grave yards where the victims of the sinking of the Titanic are buried. An last but not least visit the Alexander Keith Brewery.

Phil is correct the La Have bakery is a must stop and a drive out to the La Have Islands is worth while as well. Lots of history out there. There is a very cool cable ferry that crosses the La Have River as well that is interesting to take.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:26 AM   #11
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Many different attractions for all that of different tastes.
Having received full of suggestions, that we made a note, we go to the Club " AAA ", which we make left, and by discussing with an agent, we are built "TripTik", guides with the attractions to be seen on our road.

For us it is a very good method, we create our route with the suggestions and our preferences.

At "AAA" they suggest us to command our "TripTik" very near our date of departure to identify us the zones of works on the route.

We always had good results with this association.

Besides you can obtain reductions in many businesses, campsites, restaurants, hotels...

Even if the business does not announce to make party of the Club, only by presenting the membership card we grant us a discount...

Bons voyages vous deux.
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Don't forget a ride to Meat Cove, the most northerly village of NS. Feels like the end of the world!

I don't know if you plan on towing the trailer on the Cabot Trail, but be aware there are some pretty steep grades along this road, like 12 to 18% for 5 or 7 km with tight switchbacks. Tow vehicle needs to be in good shape (with proper transmission cooler) with good brakes.

There is a Natl Park campground at Cheticamp, which is near the entrance of the Cabot Trail. Starting in the morning, you can drive the Trail with just the tow vehicle, and be back to the campground at the end of the day, stopping at the numerous lookouts (where you'll probably see many cars with overheated engines and brakes!). Then you can decide if you want to tow the trailer on the Trail or not (don't plan on towing the trailer to Meat Cove though!!)

Wait for a sunny day to do the Cabot Trail. On a foggy day you will not see much.

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Very good notice Carl, that to inform not to attach the trailer for Cabot Trail.
We shall return to it in 1 or 2 years.
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Well I've done it myself with my popup and minivan, and I've seen larger RVs on that road too, even semis and larges buses. It can be done safely, it's just a matter of managing the brakes properly.

But if a tow vehicle already has its hands full just towing a trailer on flat land, I wouldn't recommend trying the Cabot Trail.
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