(Closed) Nova Scotia and Newfoundland – need ideas!

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Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I grew up in NS and currently live in St. John’s, NL so maybe I can help…

 

Do you know where you will be in Nova Scotia (which towns)?

Are you driving through NS and taking the ferry to NL or are you flying (into St. John’s or somewhere else?)

They are both beautiful spots!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m in Corner Brook, NL – just an hour or so from Gros Morne.
What would you like to do? Are you driving and taking the ferry into NL? 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mjoyelle:  I have family on the French Shore in NS, and spent a lot of my childhood there. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world…I know you will love it! 

Where are you staying, what are you hoping to do? Feel free to ask me anything! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

L♥VE Canada’s Maritime Provinces… and no doubt so will you.

Sadly, to be honest 5 Days in Nova Scotia and 5 Days in Newfoundland you will discover is hardly enough (truly would have been better if you have dedicated 10 Days to one or the other)

BUT, too late now… your plans are made (glad to hear you are flying tho… because the Ferry would have sucked up valuable time)

Your WBee Profile says your Wedding is in August… which is great, means you have plenty of time to do some reading & research…

Here are some great places to start:

Wikipedia is a good place to start for a General Overview.  And GOOGLE MAPS in invaluable for getting a sense of where things are, and times & distances for driving (not to mention the cool features like Satellite & Street Views)

Then there are the Official Tourism Websites:

Nova Scotia Tourism = http://www.novascotia.com which has a TON of great info.  And they are really helpful in assisting you with info / ideas.  Start by ordering their GORGEOUS Travel Planning Guide called “Doers & Dreamers” and a Road Map !!

Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism = http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com again be sure and get a Road Map !!

As well check out TripAdvisor… the BEST Travel Planning Website on the Internet.  Lots of great info to be gained there in its various sections… Travel Guide – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions)… and especially in the Discussion Boards (they call them Forums) where you can chat one on one with folks, including Destination Experts and Locals who know the area best.

TripAdvisor – Nova Scotia(Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g154967-Nova_Scotia-Vacations.html

TripAdvisor – Newfoundland(Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g3563882-Newfoundland_Newfoundland_and_Labrador-Vacations.html

Personally, I don’t plan any sort of Getaway / Vacation any more without consulting TA first !!

Hope this helps,

PS… if you want more info on my own experiences, you can always send me a PM (Personal Message) here on WBee

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m from NL and my FH is from NS, i’m pretty familiar with both.  I agree with PP that you really haven’t given yourself enough time to really enjoy either province.  Curious when you’re taking your honeymoon – time of year is important for east coast vacations – looks ike your wedding is in August so that’s geneally a good time of year out there!

 

feel free to PM me, I could go on for hours about all the wonderful things to do out east!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mjoyelle:  I’m so glad that you found this helpful!! It was really fun to think about all my favourite places and spaces. I keep thinking of more now, lol.

 

Our home down there is rented out so we can’t go there this summer, which is sad. Clearly I need to plan a trip too! I’m happy you are going in August as the weather is the best. Probably still can’t swim in the Atlantic, but you know 🙂 

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@This Time Round:  This is exactly what I was going to say. The tourism boards have great ideas and often good discounts too! My Fiance is a Newfie and we were planning on going back for a visit a couple years ago (plans fell through 🙁 ) but I still have all the info and we will go sometime after the wedding. The one place I really wanted to get to but probably too far a drive was L’anse aux Meadows…the Viking Settlement.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Luayne:  Newfoundland & Labrador is the only Province I haven’t been to yet… partly because it is sooo far away, partly because it is BIG, and we want to do it justice.

We plan to visit in the next couple of years after Mr TTR retires… we are figuring on a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks just on the Island (not counting the drive to and fro… or the fact that I’d like to see Labrador and the Quebec Maritime Region)

Lol, the trip could easily be 7,000 Kms and in need of more than a month’s time if I get my wish to make a circle route using the newly completed Trans-Labrador Highway… OR equally fascinating using a series of “seasonal” ferries that make their way along the Quebec Northshore and the isolated communities along the route.

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@This Time Round:  That sounds awesome! My parents went a few years ago…drove out from Ontario, took the ferry across and drove all around the island…on their motorcycle (and they’re in their 70s!!!). They enjoyed it so much and have told everyone that they should go at least once in their lifetime. I have been to every province except Newfoundland and Labrador as well so when our plans fell through I was so upset (Although looking back it was for the best). I will still get there someday!

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