Nova Scotia Journals

Nova Scotia's Scenic Travelways

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A May 2002 trip to Nova Scotia by Re Carroll

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Quote: The best way to explore Nova Scotia is by driving the scenic routes that encircle the province. As well as the capital of Halifax, these routes take you into small fishing villages and towns packed with historical significance. This is Maritime scenery and hospitality at its best.

Nova Scotia's Scenic Travelways

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Nova Scotian Tartan Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Whomever came up with idea of dividing the province into scenic travelways deserves a medal. It’s a perfect choice for a leisurely holiday - uncrowded roads, wonderful scenery and small towns that are easily explored. On this trip, my sister and I explored Halifax, Dartmouth and the routes west - the Lighthouse, Evangeline and Glooscap Trails. We weren’t in any hurry and stopped constantly - to walk along the shore, visit lighthouses or to try and spot marine life. The scenery was rugged and at times stark, along the Atlantic. The north coast, along the Bay of Fundy was dramatic too since it is home to the highest tides in the world. We overnighted in the “large” towns,...Read More

Halifax Metro Area

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Halifax skyline Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Although this travelway covers the least distance in terms of mileage, there is enough to see and do that it kept us busy for days. As well as Halifax which is Nova Scotia’s capital, the metro area includes the suburbs of Sackville and Bedford where I lived as a child as well as Dartmouth, a five minute ferry ride across the harbour. Most of our relatives live in the metro area so there was lots of visiting, card games and big family dinners although we managed to get in quite a bit of sightseeing too. Halifax is a small city and most of the main tourist sights are within easy walking distance if you don’t mind some hills. The Harbour is lined with restaurants and shops, especi...Read More

Lighthouse Route

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Peggys Cove Light Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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We started in Halifax and headed west on the south shore along Route #3. This is known as the Lighthouse Route because of the many lighthouses that were built along the coast to guide sailors past the rocky shores . Our first stop was Peggy’s Cove, one of the most photographed places in Nova Scotia. The weather was horrible - rain and strong winds that had us struggling to stay on our feet. Not pretty but very atmospheric with the lighthouse standing guard as the ocean pounded the boulders and sent plumes of spray into the air. We stopped for lunch in Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This restored shipbuilding village from the 1800s is now a major tourist attractio...Read More

Evangeline Trail

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Evangeline memorial Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Heading north from Yarmouth, we switched to route #1 and the Evangeline Trail. It has a large population of Francophones and is also called the Acadian shore, named for the descendants of the French who first settled here. The name Evangeline was taken from Longfellow’s epic poem about the deportation of the Acadians. From Yarmouth we took a short detour west to visit Cape Forchu lighthouse. Signs along the cliff by the light proclaim "Rogue Waves" and there are memorials to two local girls who were swept away during a heavy storm. Definitely a reminder of the power of the ocean. We stopped at Pointe de l’Eglise (Church Point) to see Universite Sainte-Anne, Nova Scotia’s only Fr...Read More

Glooscap Trail

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Glooscap statue Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Glooscap also follows the Bay of Fundy and is the best place to get out and explore the Fundy shore. The route follows highway #2 and is marked by signs showing the head of an Indian brave. He represents Glooscap who was a great spirit of the Mi’kmaq tribe and the legend is that he could control the Fundy tides. One of the best places to walk along the shore and check out the rock formations is at Burntcoat Head on Highway 215 near the small town of Noel. Burntcoat has a reconstructed lighthouse that acts as an Interpretative Centre for the area. The guide here was very helpful and explained that Burntcoat Head is the official site of the World’s Highest Tides. The lighthouse is not a...Read More