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Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Let's Go to Nova Scotia", he said.

It's been more than a couple of weeks since I last posted. Time flies. We did have a very busy weekend here at the campground for Labor Day. Around here, it seems folks wait to see if the weather forecast is going to be good before making reservations, which gives a rather short lead time. The week before, we had what I call "the chamber of commerce forecast" for the holiday weekend: sunny and mild all weekend. The reservations started pouring in, and we were very busy the week leading up to the holiday with making up our info packets, assigning sites, making sure the grounds were ready and so forth. As we got closer to Friday, you can figure out what was happening. Yes, the weather forecast was slowly degrading all week, until the weekend finally arrived and it wasn't a very nice weekend after all. That does make for some crabby weekend campers, but overall, it was a much more pleasant holiday than July 4.

We have taken several walks, and I've started taking pictures of the bridges of Acadia National Park, but that will be a separate post. My nights were mostly taken up with researching the area of Nova Scotia. We had arranged for a few extra days off after Labor Day, and since we are pretty close to Canada up here, Al suggested we take a ride to explore Nova Scotia. Sounds good to me, so off I go.

First off, Nova Scotia is big!
Nova Scotia is a peninsula, connected to the province of New Brunswick by the Chignecto Isthmus. It is 360 miles long in total, with 21,425 square miles of land. I quickly realized I would have to concentrate on just one area, otherwise we'd be spending every day driving hundreds of miles and not stopping anywhere.

The problem with that, though, is that there is SO much to see, do, discover and hike in Nova Scotia. I googled "scenic drives" and there are 11 in total! I finally settled on exploring the area of Cape Breton Island at the north end of Nova Scotia, as the world famous Cabot Trail is located in this region. 

I had also debated the merits of taking the ferry from St. John's over to Digby, saving a few hours driving time and having a pleasant boat ride. However, Digby is in the southern region of Nova Scotia, so I would still have a few hours drive to reach Cape Breton. Also, the dogs would have to stay below deck in the truck for the crossing, which I didn't like, and when I figured out how much it was going to cost, it was excessively high compared to the fuel we would use, so I threw out that option and decided to drive.

The next decision was where to stay. I debated taking the trailer and staying in a campground and making daily excursions. I scratched that pretty quickly, again deciding it would involve a lot more driving than was necessary. So I started researching pet-friendly lodging, and planning a circular route on the Island. I decided to drive as far as Port Hawkesbury the first day, which ended up being about 10 hours driving time with rest breaks from our campground here in Bar Harbor. A long day indeed, and it was also raining pretty much the whole ride up. We stayed at The Maritime Inn, which was very nice, and had excellent room service dinner. We all settled in for the night, and got to sleep early for our adventure the next day.

The Cabot Trail is one of the world's most scenic highways. It was completed in 1932, and is considered an engineering marvel, 185 miles of rolling highway, dipping up and down, skimming over the heights of the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading about this trip. It has been over 35 years since I've been there.

  2. we are talking about going to Nova Scotia so will be very interested in finding out what you think of the area.

  3. That was a place Steve and I wanted to go on a motorcycle trip. It was back when we worked regular jobs with limited time off. Decided it was too far. Hopefully we'll make it there one day. Look forward to your pictures.

  4. That was a place Steve and I wanted to go on a motorcycle trip. It was back when we worked regular jobs with limited time off. Decided it was too far. Hopefully we'll make it there one day. Look forward to your pictures.

  5. We were there about 13 years ago and loved the Cabot Trail. You picked the best area to explore. We were there for several weeks and then on to Newfoundland for 1 week. Should have spent a week on the Cabot Trail and 3 weeks in Newfoundland. Much of the rest of Nova Scotia was just to touristy. IMO Can't wait to see your photos of the trail. It is spectacular!!