Nova Scotia Journals

Day Trips from Halifax, Nova Scotia

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An August 2010 trip to Nova Scotia by tvordj

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Quote: This journal is going to describe various day trips you can make while based in Halifax Nova Scotia. All destinations will be within a 2 hour drive or so from the city.

Oaklawn Farm Zoo

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Oaklawn Farm Zoo Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Did you know there's a zoo in Nova Scotia? Not a lot of people do. It's in the Annapolis Valley in Aylesford and while it's not to the large scale of the London Zoo or the Metro Toronto Zoo, there are a few exotic animals in addition to lots of other birds, animals and creatures. It makes a nice day trip from Halifax, too. You can get there in about an hour and a half. Take a picnic or have lunch in nearby Berwick. To find the zoo, head down Highway 101 into the valley and take exit 16. There will be blue zoo signs to lead you on. Entrance fees are $7.00 for an adult with discounts for children, students and seniors. They're open from Easter to Mid-November, 10 a.m. to dusk. Most of the si...Read More

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Oaklawn Farm Zoo
Aylesford
Nova Scotia, Canada
(902) 847-9790

Chester and Mahone Bay

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Cheesecake Gallery cafe, Mahone Bay Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Also on the south shore of Nova Scotia are the towns of Chester and Mahone Bay. Both are picturesque and attract artists and photographers to their pretty lanes and waterfront views. Both have craft shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes and you can spend a few hours in each as a combined trip from the city. Chester comes first as you head down Highway 103 (or pick up the pretty coastal road, Highway 3 from around exit 5). Chester has a large marina and has annual festivities such as a classic car and boat show in the summer as well as a large regatta, the famed Chester Race Week. You can also take a ferry to Tancook Island though it's...Read More

Windjammer Motel and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Unassuming and Excellent"

Windjammer Motel and Restaurant Photo, Chester, Nova Scotia
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The Windjammer restaurant has been in place for decades. I haven't been there for over 20 years but I went recently and it's still as good as it ever was, possibly better. It's unassuming, with a nautical decor, but with nice tablecloth covered tables and wooden chairs. The menu has lots of fresh Nova Scotia seafood as well as other standards, burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches.The newish owners have also added some traditional Lebanese dishes to the menu and though I've not tried these yet, I have no doubt it will be up to their ongoing standard of excellence. I had a cup of seafood chowder that was all fish, shrimp, lobster, scallop and cream. Not one potato in the bowl and ...Read More

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Windjammer Motel and Restaurant
4080 Highway 3
Nova Scotia, Canada
(902) 275-3714

Lunenburg and Area

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Blue Rocks, Lunenburg county Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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The south shore of Nova Scotia was settled by German immigrants. The town of Lunenburg on the South Shore is now a World Heritage Site, due to it's lovely architecture. It's a very good example of a planned British colonial settlement as well. The town is full of Victorian homes, some of which contain wonderful little shops and galleries featuring local artisans' and craftspeople's works. There are many pretty cafes and restaurants as well, some overlooking the waterfront. You can get to Lunenburg by taking exit 11 off the 103 highway or follow the old number 3 highway along the shoreline from Halifax. That's a very pretty drive. Lunenburg has a fine history of ship building and the famous...Read More
Martinique Beach, Halifax County Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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There are quite a few beaches within an hour and a half drive from Halifax harbour, both east and south along the Atlantic coasts of the province. Some have picnic facilities, toilets and canteens. Some are hugely popular and generally always crowded and some are a bit further away but worth the drive. Most have supervised areas in summer. None of them are going to have warm water. This is the North Atlantic but by August you won't go blue quite so fast. You may, however, make the trip on a hot sunny day from the city to find fog at the beach.Cole Harbour (turn off Cole Harbour Road at Bissett Road, Dartmouth): Rainbow Haven, has boardwalks, facilities, tends towards families and younger p...Read More

Enjoying the Annapolis Valley

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Against the wall of FarFetched antiques Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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My mother and I decided to spend a long weekend away in the lovely Annapolis Royal in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. The weather stayed spectacular for all four days which was very lucky! The skies were nearly cloudless, the temperatures were in the mid 20s but there was always a cool breeze blowing off the Bay of Fundy so it never got too warm.Annapolis Royal is about a 2 hour drive from Halifax and you could drive down and back as a day trip, taking in the town and Port Royal, which is about a 15 minute drive past Annapolis Royal. We decided to base in Annapolis Royal and do several day trips from there in the region. The Annapolis and Port Royal region is the oldest cont...Read More

Port Royal and the North Shore

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St. Mary's interior Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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(note, this is part of a "long weekend journal" but Port Royal could be visited as a day trip from Halifax, as well. It's about a 2 and a half hour drive on the highway, a little bit far but still doable)We were up at 8 and down to the dining room for breakfast which was wonderful! Julie and Greg are great hosts and are very friendly and Greg is a fabulous cook! The dishes always arrive looking like works of art, too!Our first destination is Port Royal, on the other side of the river. This is the site of the original settlement in 1605 making it the oldest permanent settlement north of Florida. It was recreated in the 1930s from original plans. It's not really a fort as such, i...Read More

A Day in Grand Pre

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Evangeline Beach at low tide Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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The Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia has a lot of interesting towns and sights. One of these is the Grand Pre National Historic Site near Wolfville. It's about an hour drive from Halifax and there are several other things in the immediate area that will make a full day outing from the city. There's a garden/gift shop, a coffee museum and cafe, a winery, a beach and a motel with a great restaurant.To get here, take Highway 101 from Halifax. Take exit 10 to the older Highway 1 and head left towards Wolfville. You will pass a Just Us cafe and coffee museum not far from the highway exit. Here you can buy Fair Trade coffee and...Read More

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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia