I stayed here once and loved it. Great chef and accomodations. Allow yourself twice the travel time as it looks on the map. One caution: Not handicapped accessable, It's a good hike down to the inn. Make sure you make a reservation.
Sinclair Inn, built in the early 1700's is one of the oldest examples of Acadian construction techniques in Canada. It has been used as a Masonic Hall, tavern, inn and a court house. The current building is actually two brought together in 1780. The front part of the building dates back to 1710. The building is open to the public and open from June 1 to mid September.
232 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal
A national historic park and museum, Sherbrooke Village is a living history museum that reflects life from 1869 to the early 19th century in Nova Scotia. There are 25 of the 80 buildings open to the public and there are weekend events, family days, concerts and demonstrations. The village is seasonal from June 1 to October 15 but is open for a special event at Christmas. They have various price ranges. The village is a bit out of the way but well worth a visit, combined with a visit to Cape breton which is very near.
Take Highway 107 from Dartmouth (Opposite side of the harbour from Halifax) to the Number 7 highway. Alternatively, the Trans Canada 104 , taking exit 26 to route 347 and pick up the 7. You can also get onto highway 7 at exit 32 of the 104 at Antigonish.
A small community near Digby and Annapolis Royal, Bear River is an old settlement, founded after the American Revolution by the Loyalists. The area had been settled previous to this by the First Nation Mi'kMaq and the French. It has evolved into a small community filled with artists and craftspeople and you can purchase their wares in local shops. The area is very pretty and well worth a side trip.
A few of the shops on the main street at the river are actually built on stilts because of the high tides. (The river is tidal).
There's a First Nation heritage center nearby, a heritage museum in the village and an Ethnographic museum featuring a private collection of folk costumes. Unfortunately the windmill pictured here is now torn down.
I highly recommend the bay near Meat Cove in Cape Breton. There are great hikes near there, kyacking, a good oyster farm, a great resort (the Markham) and a wonderful guide who can gear you up with mountain bikes, kyacks, and all else. They are http://www.cabot-trail-outdoors.com/ and are really fantastic - they do winter and summer sports.
The beauty of this northern point is amazing - wild and not like the tame parts of nova scotia. Plus, it's nestled in the large park area at the tip of the Cape, which is less touristy than the other parts. I highly recommend it!
Located in Cape Chignecto on the Fundy Shores are the rock formations The Three Sisters . If you come at low tide you can explore along the coastline and see sea caves, and as well as the sea stack formations known as "Three Sisters". No pictures can do justice to this rugged beauty!!
Near Advocate Harbour, bay of Fundy
Llama are starting to get more common in Nova Scotia . There are lots of farms raising these wonderful animals . There is even one place in Annapolis Valley offering Llama treks. I haven't done it myself but it looks like fun!!
3661 Hwy. 358 Canning NS CAN B0P 1H0
We had a very enjoyable and relaxing walk on Ingonish beach, it is pretty quiet here with no mass crowds of sunbathers, just the sea, sand and each other for company. The beach has fine white powdery sand a perfect carpet to walk upon. We did meet other walkers here, but not many, we were greeted by a cheery hello from the Canadian's and a Hi from the Americans. Beaches and the sea have a special place in my heart and Nova Scotia beaches hold fast in my heart.
This tip is about Sherbrooke village in Nova Scotia. It is a couple of hours away from Halifax. You can't miss it when you drive along the east coast to the north (route 7).
Sherbrooke village is a living museum with restaured buildings. In each building there is someone in period costume that will tell you a bit more about how live was in this little town in the late-1800's. It was quite fun to walk around in this village and take a look in all the old shops, the black-smith, post office, school, etc.
June 1st - October 15th: daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Admission for 2005-2006
Adult - $9.00
Child - $3.75
Family - $25.00
Senior - $7.25
You can read much more about this destination on my Sherbrooke page
There is a small, one room museum attached to a retail shop on St. George Street in Annapolis Royal that features a brief history of personal computers, video games and robots. we really enjoyed seeing the old PC's and portable computers and gaming machines. You'll probably recognize them too if you've worked with desktop computers for 10 years or more and wonder how you ever managed!
Vintage computers from teh 70's to mid 80's including the first desktop computer, the Kenbak-1! There were only 40 Kenback's made from 1971 to 73 and sold mainly to schools. There is quite a bit of information on this computer on the museum website, very interesting reading.
302 St. George Street
No admission, donations welcome.
In the picturesque little town of Mahone Bay, about an hour's drive south of Halifax, there's a small blue house that contains a little gem of a museum. It's a community museum run by a non-profit foundation. See things like ceramics, antiques, displays on the local ship building heritage, as well as temporary exhibits.
Located on the main street of Mahone Bay near the main intersection.
Open June through September, closed Mondays
Free admission, donations welcome.
O'Dell House used to be a Victorian Stagecoach inn on the Annapolis Royal waterfront near the wharf that was the terminus for the train. It has rooms on the main floor that are furnished with period antiques and the second floor has some temporary exhibits and a toy and doll collection.
There is also a geneology research facility here.
Free entrance, donation accepted.
136 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal. The house is near the far end of St. George Street.
While touring the Cabot Trail in August 2002, we took a side trip from Cape North and headed out to Meat Cove. It was incredibly scenic, though the half-hour or so of gravel road was a bit jarring and rather slow-going! Excellent views, though...
This place is overpriced. The are nice places to stay in Halfax that are cheaper than this.more
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96 Starrs Rd, Yarmouth, NS B5A2T5
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