Nova Scotia Journals

Road Trip Part I - Still in NS

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An August 2006 trip to Nova Scotia by grannola

Peggys Cove Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: Mom, the three kids, and I decided to take a road trip from Halifax, NS, to Washington, D.C., and back.

Midtown Motel Yarmouth

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Hotel | "Midtown Motel"

2 Double Beds Photo, Yarmouth, Maine
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We went to the Midtown Motel in Yarmouth after I found it on the Check-ins Nova Scotia Website. The price for a double room (two double beds) was C$75, and they advertise that they are 2 minutes away from the ferry terminal to the US. Sounded good to me.We arrived at the hotel, and it lived up to its Internet promises. At check-in, the clerk tried to sell me on getting two adjoining rooms instead of the one she had reserved for me (two adults, three kids). The two adjoining rooms had one double bed and one single bed each and a bath shared between them. Although this would have been nice, I couldn’t justify the extra $50 at this point, so we stuck with the room we had booked.Althou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Midtown Motel Yarmouth
13 Parade St
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 3A5
(902) 742-5333

Carta Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Carta"

Carta Restaurant Photo,
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Carta is cute little restaurant in a mall (which consists of about four stores) in Chester. As the owner pointed out, Carta is Spanish for map, which is reflected in both the décor and the menu. The ceiling is covered in maps and National Geographic magazine covers. The menu lists items from around the world, including Mediterranean, Indian, British, and North American dishes.The restaurant is very small, with only eight tables, and the kitchen is in the corner, separated from the rest of the restaurant by a half wall, so you can see in and out, but not much of the actual cooking. The chef is the restaurant owner and the waiter. The only other staff member is the greeter/cashier—the chef’s w...Read More

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Carta Restaurant
54 Queen St.
Chester, Nova Scotia
(902) 275-5131

Peggy's Cove

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Peggy's Cove Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Mom, the kids, and I made a stop at Peggy’s Cove on our trip around the south shore of Nova Scotia. Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed areas of the province, and with good reason. The natural rock formations are amazing.Before you get to the actual village, you enter the Peggy’s Cove Preservation area, where you can see the natural rocky terrain, and it is quite an unusual site in NS. A little farther along, you reach the turn to Peggy’s Cove village, population 40 according to the sign at the entrance.There is a visitor’s information centre where you can get brochures and read the history of the area. In a separate building there are washroom facilities of a sort. In fac...Read More

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Peggy's Cove
(45 minutes down the Halifax shoreline)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Old Town Lunenburg

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Attraction | "Lunenburg, Nova Scotia"

Old Town Lunenburg Photo, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
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Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only one in Nova Scotia. It is a lovely historic village and is most famous for being the birthplace (OK, building site?) of the Bluenose, that famous schooner that shows up on the Canadian dime.We decided to stop at Lunenburg on a whim as we drove past all the signs on the Highway saying things like “World Heritage site”, “Home of the Bluenose”, and “Bluenose II in port”.The Bluenose II is a replica of the original Bluenose and you can take a tour on it or charter it. Tickets are on sale just outside of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Museum. The time of day we were there however, the ship was not in port. I heard someone else say that she...Read More

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Old Town Lunenburg

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Catferry

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Attraction | "Bay Ferries"

Catferry Photo,
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The Cat is a fast ferry that travels between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and either Bar Harbour or Portland, Maine. We chose to travel to Portland.The trip takes about 6 hours, which is much quicker than driving, but it took us all day to drive to Yarmouth, so I’m not sure we save much time. The Cat traveled about 41 mph during our voyage. On board the Cat there are several lounge areas where you can get snacks, watch movies, or play cards. It is important to always have a deck of cards when you get on a ferry. You have lots of time to kill. We were sitting in the aft deck, which was fine for the most part. The 4-year-old selected the table based on the colour of the chairs, so we ended up sitt...Read More

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Catferry
58 Water Street
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1K9
(902) 742-6800