@mjoyelle: My family is from Digby so yay! I’m excited for you to see this beautiful little pocket of the world. If you want cute little coastal towns, Digby and Yarmouth are great day trips. I’m not familar with Yarmouth, but Digby has a beautiful waterfront with lots of restaurants and gift shops. There is a stunning inland town called Bear River (very close to Digby) and it has wineries and a lovely cafe, lots of artisan shops. It is a beautiful drive back there.
One thing I think you should definitely do is drive down the Digby Neck and take the ferry over to Long Island. On Long Island you can go to Balancing Rock – it is a trail through the woods and then you view this incredible feat of nature, hovering over the Atlantic ocean. Wear sneakers though! You can also do a whale watching tour off of Brier Island (the island AFTER Long Island) – I’ve done these and they are incredible. Sometimes the whales will breech right next to the boat. Such an amazing sight.
Honestly, the drive down the Digby Neck is worth it. It is truly one of my favourite places in the entire world. Sometimes you come around a corner and the red cliffs laid out in front of you just take your breath away. There are several ways to get to the Neck but I will recommend the Marsh Road to you (access it off highway 101). Sometimes it isn’t passable because of water, but if you go in the summer it should be okay. When you drive over the Marsh Road, you are driving across 200 year old Acadian dykes. It truly is an incredible little peice of history.
Other places you might want to visit are Weymouth (just a beautiful small town) and Annapolis Royal. At Annapolis Royal you can visit the first settlement of the New World – Fort Anne . Annapolis is awesome, it is steeped in history and it is a shopper’s dream (or was the last time I was there). There are a lot of little artisan shops, and a cool farmer’s market on saturday.
Another place you might want to visit is Mavilette Beach. So much beautiful sand. Oh! And Gilbert’s Cove lighthouse, near Digby.
Okay, ONE MORE. Maud Lewis is one of Canada’s most loved folk artists – a metal sculpture of her house is just off of Highway 101. The real house is in the NS Art Gallery in Halifax. BUT – I don’t know if this is still around…but near Digby there is a man who knew Maud and Everitt Lewis, and he has built a total replica of Maud’s house – with all her paintings intact. It is beautiful. His name is Murry – you might have to ask locals about this though. He doesn’t charge money, but he does sell some merchandise.
Other general things…go to Frenchy’s!!!!! Leave extra room in your luggage. Eat lots of Farmer’s Ice Cream….and, this is the most important thing I can tell you: Get some fried fish and scallops at Ed’s in Digby. It is the BEST fish and chips you will ever eat. You will thank me. It looks like a shack, but it is incredible food.
I realise that is more than you can possibly do in 5 days, and I’ve probably totally overwhelmed you. PM if you want to ask more questions or want to ask a more specific question.