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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. )
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.