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Old 02-01-2016, 12:39 PM   #11
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We did a trip to the Canadian Maritimes in 2013. I highly recommend the Cabot Trail, Fortress Louisburg, Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. If you're going through New Brunswick to get there, be sure to see the Hopewell Rocks at Bay of Fundy National Park.
I'm from NB Capital city and Funday park itself very nice. its a 50 km hiking trail system through mountains, valleys, to the coast line, excellent golf course and home of the best Sticky Buns , oh and the worlds highest tides PERIOD!

When you get to the NS Cabot Trail ask the locals which way to drive it and be aware of some very very steep hills and tight corners.
The Fortress is amazing and has original (not reproduction) paintings from when the original fort was in use. be prepared to experience a way of life recreated flawlessly.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:30 PM   #12
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Meat Cove

Agree with all recommendations so far and have been to most. I'll add the quaint little village of Meat Cove. It's off of the Cabot Trail and just about as far north and east as you can get in Nova Scotia. You can camp there - it was dry camping in 2001 (see picture) and the campground was still there in 2009. Absolutely nothing fancy about the campground and not much there but....

The view is spectacular. Kayaking among the seals and eagles was awesome.

On the way there on "Bay St Lawrence Road" there is a nice fishing village where you turn left towards Capstick. In 2009, the road turns to dirt in Capstick to Meat Cove but was fine for my Class C. If not with a camper, still I recommend a visit with a toad/car.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:40 PM   #13
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We stayed in Maine only over there for a day trip. It's like going back in time. Do make sure you carry what you need. Weren't many stores from what I seen, but very nice place to visit
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did you take the CAT ferry to Yarmouth on the south shore (Peggy's Cove area)?

The ferry is supposed to be back on this summer (think it leaves Bar Harbour Me.) but its not the high speed one following a marine incident years ago.

From Maine you can come in through Houlton which is the end of the I-95 and it's almost 9 hours to the Cabot Trail through NB and part of NS. its about 9 hours from there to the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
the old airport road from Maine goes to St. Stephen another border community where the Ganong chocolate factory is headquartered.
Chicken bones a christmas favorite...

http://www.chocolatemuseum.ca/

Saint Andrews by the Sea is another summer time community with amazing shops, crafts, and eateries serving local seafoods caught and prepared in house
they have a Botanical Gardens which is amazing.

http://standrewsbythesea.ca/

Currently only one toll on the highway in Nova Scotia but they are releasing information in NB tomorrow about tolls being added in NB.
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And this year is probably the best time to visit for those that live south of the 49 th parallel, as we are offering our sights and services for a discount of 30 %. Stay safe.
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And this year is probably the best time to visit for those that live south of the 49 th parallel, as we are offering our sights and services for a discount of 30 %. Stay safe.
closer to 35% today and shooting for lower this summer according to economists. Possibly 60 cents or a 40 % exchange rate.
we paid 41.5% at the Houlton border 2 weekends ago bringing back my duck decoys and camping gear.
but it was still 25% cheaper than Canadian prices.
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Cabot Trail is amazing. We did it on the wife's CanAm Spyder. It was just spectacular.
That must have been fantastic!! When we drove the Cabot Trail in our F-150 I told my DW that I'd love to ride it on our GoldWing. She said she'd be too scared to ride it on the bike. She had to close her eyes a couple times just in the truck!

For us, the Cabot Trail was the highlight of the 2.5 weeks we toured NB, NS and PEI. The kids loved it, too, and they thoroughly enjoyed Fortress Louisburg - we spent the entire day there.

I knew about Kelly's Bake Shop in Alma, NB before we left home but it didn't work out that we passed by it when they were open. We stayed at the Chignecto Campground in Fundy NP and left early to catch the highest tide and came back through in the evening after the lowest tide, with a side trip to Moncton in between. We found a great roadside ice cream place on the road up to Moncton. I probably really didn't need the Sticky Buns, too, but it would have been nice.

In Lunenburg we got to see the Bluenose II in dry dock and at Peggy's Cove we met a very nice man from Germany who was touring the area with his son. The boys loved running around on the rocks.

There's just so much to see down there. We definitely want to go back some day.
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I have found the best way to see the Cabot Trail is to leave from Baddeck cross St. Anne's Bay at Englishtown (using ferry$) and going as far as Cheticamp turning around and back tracking to Baddeck. I have found this is the best way to see the Cabot Trail easy to do in one day. Because most of the Cabot Trail is a NP there are few services along the way. Leave with a full tank of gas and enjoy the views. Also try to take a few of the side trips along the way.
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If you like to hike, take time for at least one trail. We did the 7.5 km Skyline Trail. I have some pics in my album. Absolutely spectacular, except for the public toilet.
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We did two weeks in Sept. Stayed just east of Annapolis Royal the first week and it allowed us to tour all of the sites on the northern shore; Fort Ann, Digby (home of Scallops), fishing villages on the north shore where you can by all of the fresh fish you want, and all of the wineries. The town itself has several items of interest and one of the best restaurants, "Compose". Also, N. America's only tidal generating station (tours avail.). The town was just perfect!
The second week, we moved to a campground just south of the causeway and toured CBI. All of the tour spots have already been mentioned. Our longest day doing it this way was the 250 mile trip all the way around the CB Trail. Peggy's cove was nice but definitely a huge tourist trap with a parking lot set up for buses out of Halifax. I'm told the best way to see it is when the weather is stormy: no tourists and the waves start breaking over the cove rocks!

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