A July 2007 trip
to Nova Scotia by Norman
Quote: I traveled to Nova Scotia, Canada as a volunteer with Earthwatch. There I participated in field research and visited some of the area‘s sights.
I visited Nova Scotia, Canada in July when the temperatures were lows around 60°F and highs in the middle 70s. I was on the east coast where there was daily fog. The roads are well-marked with many information signs. Drivers were quite courteous and the roads were not crowded. You can visit the Bay of Fundy on the west coast and experience the highest tides in the world.
I visited Halifax, Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg; and participated in a Conservation Research Initiative through Earthwatch, www.earthwatch.org. The project was ‘Mammals of Nova Scotia’ a study of a forest environment.Halifax airport is about 20 miles from downtown Halifax. There are two airport hotels with free shuttle service, a Quality Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn.
In Nova Scotia you can hike, canoe, kayak, enjoy the ocean, go on a whale-watch tour, visit museums, and see the beauty of nature. While it may be a bit off the beaten tourist paths, it is a nice destination.Nova Scotia’s Official Tourism Website: http://novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx Nova Scotia Map PDF: www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/pdf/maps/map_of_nova_scotia.pdfNova Scotia Highway 103 List of Destinations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Scotia_Highway_103
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2007
Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport
200 Pratt & Whitney Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia B2T O2A
Peggy’s Cove is a small quaint village about a half hour’s drive from Halifax. There you will see a small fishing village with rocky shores and a lighthouse. You can walk to a small cove where lobster and fishing boats dock.There is a large gift shop and restaurant.
The Swissair Flight 111 Memorial is about 1/2 mile northwest of Peggy’s Cove on the main road. I visited early in the day, around 9am, and saw more fog than scenery. It did clear a bit later. The drive to the area and it’s unique beauty make this a worthwhile destination.
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggys_Cove,_Nova_Scotia
(45 minutes down the Halifax shoreline)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attraction | "Lunenburg"
Lunenburg is a small fishing town 57 mile southeast of Halifax. Upon visiting, you will find a full day of activities all within walking distance of the main dock.
Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, is an outstanding example of British colonial settlement in North America, in terms both of its conception as a model Town plan and its remarkable level of conservation. The Town's cultural evolution based on shipbuilding and the fishing industry can be seen in the buildings and spaces that exist throughout the Town. (Lunenburg’s Heritage www.town.lunenburg.ns.ca/view.php?history-heritage) Lunenburg is designated as a National Historic District and a World Heritage Site
During my one-day visit in mid-July I saw buildings of various colors and architecture, went on a whale-watch tour, visited the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and ate dinner at the Knot Pub. You can also walk around the harbor and visit caves along the shore.
On the whale-watch tour we did see a few minke whales, 25 to 30 feet, seals, and a puffin. The boat ride included a brief harbor tour and wonderful scenery. The whales were near the harbor, so a long ride into the ocean was not necessary. While this was a nice experience, if you are looking to see many animals, I have been on other whale-watches tours in other places that were much better. Along the docks were other cruises and tours available for varying lengths of time, such as a one-hour harbor cruise.
The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is a wonderful place to visit, commemorating the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. You could easily spend two hours and not see it all. The museum includes fresh and saltwater aquariums, boat building displays, whaling, displays of life in the 1800s, and of course a great deal of information on the area’s fishing and history. The museum includes two vessels at its wharf side that will give you the feeling of what it was like to live and work aboard a ship.
There seemed to always be staff nearby that were willing to answer questions and help describe what you were looking at.
I am certain there is plenty here to interest both children and adults.For more information visit: www.lunenburgns.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=69Explore Lunenburg www.town.lunenburg.ns.ca and www.lunenburgns.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org View all the World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2007
Old Town Lunenburg
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Attraction | "Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Sit"
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Maitland Bridge, Nova Scotia B0T 1B0
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