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    Go out to Point Prim Lighthouse

    by CdnJane Written Jun 22, 2007

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    I stopped at the Tourist Information office on the road from town to the ferry dock to locate a particular gas/petrol company station, and also to find out how far the ferry was. The very helpful ladies in the tourist office asked me, after providing the info, if I liked lighthouses, and if they could give me directions to their local lighthouse. Well, I was more than glad to get the information, and followed their directions. It was worth the drive - not that you could go up the lighthouse, but the view from the point was spectacular!

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    Tiverton Lighthouse

    by King_Golo Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Tiverton Lighthouse

    Tiverton is a small village about 50km from Digby, but as Digby is the main town in the area, I put it on this page. Before I went whale-watching, I stopped at Tiverton's lighthouse which is a very nice place. Located on top of a cliff, you can enjoy nice vistas on the harbour and the village of Tiverton. The area is a good spot to go birdwatching, too, and as there are hardly any people near the lighthouse you're likely not to disturb the birds.

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    The Balancing Rock

    by King_Golo Written Oct 20, 2007

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    The Balancing Rock

    Near Tiverton, there is a sight that is something very special and probably considered a wonder in the area (at least the nice woman of the VIC sounded so): The Balancing Rock. It's a slim rock of approximately 3m height which really balances on another one. Despite looking as though every gust of wind would blow it from its base, it has never happened. It's just standing there, braving the elements, and has done so "forever" as I was told.
    To reach the Balancing Rock, you have to leave Tiverton and go on for maybe 10km until you find a parking lot on your left. From there it's a 1km walk. On the last meters you have to climb down steep and slippery stairs, so make sure you've got the right shoes with you.

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    Water Street

    by King_Golo Written Oct 20, 2007

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    World War I monument in Digby

    Water Street is Digby's main street and the place where you find the most sights of the town - some monuments, the harbour with its boats rocking on the waves, several restaurants, souvenir shops and a promenade with benches to sit on. It's very enjoyable to stroll along this street as Digby is a nice little town.

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    Whale-watching

    by King_Golo Written Nov 6, 2007

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    Humpback diving in the Bay of Fundy

    Whale-watching easily is the number one reason why people come to Digby. The small town is located at the Bay of Fundy which is famous for the world's highest tide differences of up to 21m! These enormous energies work like a giant whirlpool - they mix the waters of the bay with incredible powers. This means that the bay is a paradise for krill and plankton who again are the favourite food of a number of whales. Thus, whale sightings are quite common.
    I did a whale-watching tour of 3 hours with Petit Passage Whale Watch. The company's office is located at Tiverton on the Digby Neck, roughly 50km from the town. Two young fellows offer tours for $45 which is a reasonable price. The tour boat is a former fishing boat and suitable for probably 20-25 people. You will leave Tiverton's harbour and go out to the more open waters of the bay, constantly on the lookout for whales. Suddenly, someone with sharp eyes will shout out "There!" and all heads will turn into the pointed direction. A small fountain, hardly visible against the overcast sky, on the water and a second later a giant black body will glide through the waves before disappearing again in the depths. This will happen several times until the whales go down again to get some more krill for lunch. Our captain always aimed to get as close as possible to the whales who didn't care at all that a large boat was approaching them. The closest whale we saw, a humpback, was only like 5m away.

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    ~ A Drink on the Dockside ~

    by RavensWing Updated Jul 3, 2014

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    We stopped in for a few drinks at the Fundy Restaurant early one evening. Deciding not to miss out on the beautiful weather we went out to the upper patio where there is a gorgeous view of the Bay of Fundy. The restaurant also has a lower deck where you can dine or sip your drinks on picnic or patio tables under umbrellas, or stand at the railing right beside the water and take in a beautiful sunset.

    The staff is very friendly and always helpful.

    If you are sitting in the Club 98 side the bathrooms are downstairs, only slightly inconvenient but very clean.

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    Whale watching.

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Whale watching near Digby Neck.
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    This is a great area for whale watching either from Digby or even better from Long Island or anywhere on Digby Neck. We went on a zodiac tour Ocean Explorations who are the first place that you see on Long Island after coming off the ferry. We went early morning and it was still really misty but fortunately it cleared just in time. The ride on the zodiac was worth the money so the whales were a bonus as far as I was concerned. All the boats along this part of the coast are in radio contact and update each other with the latest sightings.

    We were lucky enough to have some good sightings but unfortunately my pictures don't really do justice to the experience. It was a memorable experience and one that I would thoroughly reccommend to anyone with a half decent pair of sea legs. Our trip was part of a package arranged by The Harbourview Inn at Smith's Cove. ( Details in my Digby accommodation tips. )

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    Pay the Admiral a visit.

    by planxty Written Jul 17, 2014

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    Admiral Digby Museum, Digby, Canada.
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    The Admiral Digby Museum is one of a type very common in Nova Scotia, namely an old period house restored and filled with artefacts either from the premises or, more commonly, typical of the time being represented. It is rather well done if not overly large with the usual friendly and knowledgeabe member of staff on hand. You are given a leaflet to self-guide but the young man asked if we would like him to show us around one or two of the rooms. I suspect the poor guy was bored stiff as there did not seem to be a lot of visitors the day we went albeit that it was in high season and he confirmed in conversation that he didn't get too much traffic through. Don't let that put you off, however, as it is well worth the effort.

    Again typical of this region the Museum is largely the result of local people getting it off the ground rather than Government and this venue is the work of the Digby Library Association which purchased the premises in 1968 - 1969 so well done them. To have a relatively short history, Nova Scotians seem to be determined to preserve it and show it to it's best advantage. The house was known as the Woodrow / Dakin House and dates to the 1840's being of a Loyalist / Georgian style which indicates it's beginnings as a dwelling for Loyalists fleeing North from the USA followng the American Revolution.

    The town was originally named Conway but was re-named Digby in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby (1732 - 1815) who had brought Loyalists here aboard his ship. Not only that but, together with a chap called Sir Guy Carleton, he informed Goerge Washington that if he did not honour his promise to allow Loyalists to move North unmolested that they would resume hostilities without even consulting London!

    So much for the Admiral then but what of the Museum that bears his name? Well, it really is a bit of a treasure trove with differently themed rooms. The Museum boasts a textile room, Loyalist room, Victorian parlour, marine room, costume Room, bedroom and an exhibit concerning the Mi'qmak (the indigenous local tribe) and African Canadian matters. Do watch your head as you go upstairs as it is a pretty low beam.

    Several of the star exhibits are the James Keen grandfather clock, the (still functioning) pump organ and several excellent boat models reflecting the maritime influence here. You may also be interested in the excellent loom and spinning wheel or the china cabinet with it's fascinating collection of ceramics from various periods or even the original costumes. Whatever your interests, the chances are you'll find something here to interest you.

    Regrettably, due to the very nature of the building did not appear to be fully wheelchair accessible athough one tourist website states that they are. I would advise checking beforehand.

    Opening hours are Jun 13–Aug 27 Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Aug 30–Oct 14 Tue–Fri 9am–5pm; O/S Wed & Fri 9am–4:30pm. Admission is by donation and you can further help by patronising the gift shop. There is also an excellent geneaology resource for which there is a fee.

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    Lest we Forget.

    by planxty Written Jul 17, 2014

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    War memorial, Digby, Canada.
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    Readers of many of my other pages will know that I have an interest in military graves and war memorials and I will generaly stop to have a look at any I pass. I also write tips here about them which are often pretty short as there is not really much to say about them because everyone knows what they are and what they represent. I make no apology, however, for including them here as I feel it is important that we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by those that went before us and, indeed, are still being made.

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    Get the information first.

    by planxty Written Jul 15, 2014
    Visitor Information Centre, Digby, Canada.
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    I have to say that in my travels round Nova Scotia (I am writing this whist still there) I have been hugely impressed by the quntity and quality of Visitor Information Centres, certainly in season (I have been here June and July). I understand that tourism brings in much needed revenue to an area where the fishing industry that once made the place very affluent is in somewhat of a decline but notwithstanding that they relly do seem to make a serius effort at it.

    I believe there is a Visitor Information Centre in th centre of Digby itself but we had managed to get ourselves a little bit lost (not for the first time!) and this one is out the Shore Road twards the St. John's, New Brunswick ferry which probbly accounts for it's location as it is a bit out of town.

    The ladies here could not have been more helpful. Not only did they give us detailed instructions as to how to get where we wanted to go and offered to supply us with further literature (which we already had) they even took the time to assist us with a small mechanical problem we had on the RV (not the first and I suspect not the last). Service indeed for the visitor and thank you ladies. If you are arriving in Nova Scotia off the ferry, you could certainly do worse than pop in and see the excellent staff here.

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    Excellent place for a drink, lovely view.

    by planxty Written Jul 15, 2014
    Fundy restaurant, Digby, Canada.
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    I should preface this tip with a small caveat as I do like to report honestly on Virtual Tourist. The place in question, namely the Fundy Restaurant / 98 Club (same premises) is owned by a friend of my current travelling companion VT member RavensWing (Lynne) and the reason we went there was to meet her and her husband who both turned out to be delightful company.

    I was somewhat surprised when we entered the bar / restaurant as it was late June and I expected it to be fairly full as it is supposed to be tourist season but the place was nearly empty except for a few diehards playing the gaming machines in the side room. It was even the night of a World Cup football (or soccer as they insist on calling it here) game. We were greeted in typical Nova Scotian friendly style by a young Asian lady (of Vietnamese origin at a guess) who promptly served Lynne a Caesar with all the trimmings and myself with a very well poured pint of Red.

    After a while my nicotine cravings got the better of me and so I went downstairs to the gorgeous deck area which you can see in the main image for a smoke. This area affords excellent views over the harbour which for so long was the "raison d'etre" of the town and to a certain extent still is.

    Although we did not eat here, the visitor may dnie either in the main bar upstairs or in the downstairs restaurant or on the decking there. There are plenty of places to eat in Digby but not too many "pubs" and this one seems to be a good choice.

    Recommended.

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    ~ Admiral Digby Museum ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 21, 2014
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    The Admiral Digby Museum started out as a small library in 1966. In 1969 the “Woodror/Dakin house” – an 1840’s Loyalist/Georgian house was purchased by the Admiral Dibgy Library Association and opened to the public. In 1972 a few antiques were placed in the Library, thus began the Admiral Digby Museum .

    Digby was originally named Conway, in fact there is still a sign stating ‘Conway’ as you drive through the town. Conway was renamed Digby in 1787 to honor Admiral Robert Digby.

    As you walk in the entrance, to your right is the Victorian Parlour room. This was the center of the home where you would sit to enjoy a book, music, playing the organ or to entertain guests.
    To your left is the Marine Room. There’s a video showing visitors how fishermen fish and the types of fish that are caught in the Bay of Fundy. Also there are some exquisite ship models that were built by some locals. The craftsmanship is amazing.
    In the back there is a Military Room with some items and uniforms from World War I, pictures of soldiers who went away to war, and wreaths in memory of those who have served.

    Upstairs you will find a ‘Costume’ room. These are pieces from the Victorian Era. The Bedroom – how the Victorians and Edwardians lived. Mi’kmaq and African Exhibit featuring crafts and pictures.

    There is also an archive library. These records date back to the mid 1700's. There is a fee for any research done here.

    You can choose to do a guided tour or a self-guided tour. Admission is free although they do accept donations.

    For hours of operation go to the Admiral Digby Museum website.

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    Check out the Water Front

    by CdnJane Written Jun 26, 2007

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    Shop along the main street, and stop to look at the harbour. Maybe you want to have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants along the way.

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