I just got back from my honeymoon adventure in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and it was AMAZING. Your suggestions led us to such wonderful things, and I just wanted to say thank you. We ended up spending our Nova Scotia half of the trip based in a secluded lodge in Keji, with amazing food all day long and kayaks for borrowing and lovely hikes in the woods. They also had an astonomy student on staff who was able to point some stuff out for us (we couldn’t arrange a full tour as he was out doing dark sky readings to get the area declared as protected). But I saw the Millky Way! And my husband an I laid out on the dock of the lake at night and saw several shooting stars as we were on the cusp of a meteor shower. We also took a short trip to Yarmouth from there for dinner and to see a couple of lighthouses and tons of fishing boats.
The best part of the Nova Scotia trip for us was Brier Island – we saw a few light houses there and played on the rocks, and then went whale watching with a marine research company and saw tons of whales and tons of dolphins and tons of Greater Shear Waters. At least 6 whales got up and close and personal with us, several tail breeches from each, and one peaked its head up to say hello. There were a few more humpbacks off in the distance, and a huge pod of dolphins came up to jump and swim in the boat’s wave. It was nothing short of delightful. We were the warmest people on board, and I’m so glad I brought my winter cap and some little gloves! I felt so terrible for the teenage girl in flip flops and a light sweater. She looked miserable.
Also, non-drowsy dramamine works. I didn’t get seasick at all, and I ALWAYS get sea sick.
After a rainy day reading, writing, and playing with the wood stove at the lodge in the forest, we headed to Newfoundland!
WHICH WAS AMAZING.
The drive into Gros Morne National Park was breathtaking, right after a rain, with cloud streaming up out of the hills over the bay. Then we got into Rocky Harbour, had dinner, and checked into our CUTE little bed and breakfast. Yay B&Bs! We summited Gros Morne (it took us the full 8 hours, we were feeling our five course meals from the fancy lodge!), we saw Lobster Cove Light House, and took the Western Brook Pond tour, which was was magical. It’s a former Fjord and I swear there’s magic in it. Everything in Gros Morne made me feel like I was in a mythical place – it was so unreal!
Then we drove up to coast to L’anse aux Meadows. The drive itself was an event! 430 goes right up the coast, and we had such fun. Then we had the best day ever at the National Park site of the Norse remains. The tour was amazing, the interpretation center just so incredly informative and well laid out, and the reenactors were phenomenal. We hung out with the blacksmith for a while, and he let us run the bellows while he made us a hook and nail for a honeymoon present. After dinner out, we came back for Sagas and Shadows, and it was DELIGHTFUL. It was such an amazing day! We stayed at a little B&B up there, and our room had a view right over the inlet to the Atlantic, with a light house and everything. It was too good! We drove back to Rocky Harbour, hung out at the Tablelands (SO COOL), and then alas, the trip was at it’s end.
We saw so many cool things, avoided driving at night, wore plenty of layers, ate tons of excellent seafood, and met many wonderful people. We’ll definitely be going back! There’s so much more we want to see!!!
Thank you to
@This Time Round: