The first thing we did when we entered Nova Scotia, was to visit the NOVA SCOTIA WELCOME CENTER. Got lots of brochures and information. The center is divided into sections - Purple - Bay of Fundy - Yellow - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - Orange - South Shore - Blue - Eastern Shore - Green - Cape Breton Island. Also be sure to get your copy of the "Doers and Dreamers" book as it is such a valuable resource for finding accommodations, restaurants and things to do during your visit to Nova Scotia. I used it a lot for finding a motel, as you look up the area you're visiting - go to accommodations - program the address into my GPS and we're good to go.
Also got lots of brochures for my scrapbook.
Just outside of Wolfville, in the Annapolis Valley, is Grand Pre. This area was a center for French Acadians and it was from here that the Acadians were expelled by the British in 1755. Grand Pre has been restored as a historic park and several buildings reflect life in the 1700's including a school house and a chapel. Henry Longfellow invented a tale of separated lovers, Evangeline was his heroine. In the park there is a statue of Evangeline looking mournful as she waited years to find her lost love.
Near by is Evangeline beach, on the Bay of Fundy with it's world record high and low tides. There is a wonderful view of Cape Blomidon jutting out into the bay and there are walking trails and campgrounds all along the road and up into Blomidon park.
Open seasonally May to October.
All around the Nova Scotian coast there are opportunities to enjoy boat trips out on the Ocean in the hope of spotting whales. We took 3 such trips. Our first was off Ingonish on the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island. This was on a schooner under sail. We were not so lucky that time and we returned to harbour just having enjoyed the trip but thinking we'll hopefully have better luck next time. Sure enough we did!
Pleasant Bay on the north west side of Cape Breton has a resident pod of Pilot Whales in the summer. We saw them at close quarters and even listened in to their click noises because the boat had some hydrophones.
Third time was off Lunenburg further south on the eastern seaboard. On that trip we were in a bigger, faster boat and the captain managed to track down a Minke Whale.
On crossing the Bay of Fundy from Digby to St John we saw whales off in the distance through our binoculars. They were spouting and surfacing then diving. I wished we'd had a chance to go to Brier Island at the southern end of Nova Scotia; that's where you get to see the Humpbacks really close.
Another great place to spend a little time on your visit to Nova Scotia is the eastern shore town of Parrsboro. Located some 50 km west of Truro and 30 km south of Amherst, Parrsboro is another friendly Fundy Bay town.
If you'd like to experience the natural power of the massive Fundy tides, Parrsboro is an excellent place to view. And, since the tides have been so high and strong for so long, it's not surprising that Parrsboro is another location in Nova Scotia famous for its fossils and geological sites. The Fundy Geological Museum is just one example of the town's commitment and involvement in prehistory and geology. And, if you're into crystals and stone jewelry, there are local festivals and experts who share your passion.
Last of all, let's talk about what the folks down in Maine call LOBSTAHHHHH rolls. Parrsboro, like many of the small towns that dot the maritimes coasts features some of the freshest and sweetest lobsters you'll ever find on your plate. And, for those times when you need to eat and run, maybe you'll skip the drawn butter feast and move on to a simple lobster roll. This is fast food maritimes style, a nice conconction of lobster meat and mayonnaise, nicely seasoned and smeared onto a crusty roll. Man oh man, that's good eating.
You'll like Parrsboro - a REAL friendly town. Please do visit my Parrsboro page on VT.
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Set on one of the most beautiful and dramatic coasts in Nova Scotia Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, offers either day passes, campsites or bunkhouses. Towering 600-foot cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy while the world’s highest tides lap at their base. Cape Chignecto is a 4,200-hectare natural environment park on a coastal peninsula. The park features 29 kilometres (18 miles) of pristine coastline, some of Nova Scotia’s most significant geological features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, remnant old growth forest, scenic views, and a rich cultural heritage. They offer wilderness camping in secluded coves and ravines
Entry - Day Pass Entry - Season Pass Camping (Sites) Cabin Bunkhouse
Cost $5.00(per person) $25.00(per person) $21.00(per site night) $53.40(per night based on 4 person occupancy) $53.40(per night based on 4 person occupancy)
We drove from Halifax to Cape D'Or and this portion of the Bayside scenic tours along the shore of the Bay of fundy. It took 3 and a half hours travelling time. Actually it was a funny story because we were rushing through the incredibly winding streets, rising and falling on a rainy day! We followed the scant signs for Cape D'Or onto the gravel roads that then diving down as we dodged the numverous death traps on this trail such as a deep ridge almost damaging the car shocks, a deep pit with sharpened pikes and large tree trunks sicking out the side of the rode, hairpin turns, until we finally reached Cape D'Or, our destination. We had hurridly researched the tidal bore and marked down the times for the high tide at Cape D'Or, expecting a great rush of water filling the ocean floor just seconds before empty and dry. BUT, the bay of fundy is miles across and we saw the high tide alright. basically an ocean...i get it. And it was raining all week in the bay of fundy. shiza!
It was still beautiful, and then we went to Cape Chicnecto Provincial Park, which has excellent hiking trails which had not opened yet, and the bear came out of hibernation hungry, so the tourist guide told us "we are on our own". camping and hiking here would be swell...
you must consider that mother nature here is God, and it take a certain type of person to like it. Personally i wanted to see the tidal bore, which i found out is seen at Truro or other lakes which a hard to find wise old man must know, but i still dont know. Its the second time i tried to see this 'incredible rush of water". !!@#!$
Just past Truro on the shores of the Bay of Fundy we watched the tides come in. It is pretty amazing. Within a few minutes the sea-weed-covered field in front of us went from brown mud to being full of brown water. The other thing about this park is that in September there are quite a few trees with apples - not very good apples - lots of worms, etc. I tried to chew on a couple (apples, not worms), and was amazed by how salty they were. I guess the constant wind and tides blow a salt mist on the apple trees.
You can see the height of each wave (approx. 1 foot high). This effect is heightened depending on how narrow the bay is where you are (its higher in Truro and Moncton, NB).
If you happen to be going by the Bay of Fundy at high tide, by all means stop and watch the tide come in, but I would not go out of my way to see it. High tide comes twice a day (approximately 12 hours apart), and times are posted at Info booths.
Une visite de la Baie de Fundy du côté de la Nouvelle-Écosse est aussi intéressante que du côté du Nouveau-Brunswick. Pour ce faire, on emprunte la "Gooscap Trail" et on peut ainsi voir le mascaret.
Ce phénomène survient lorsque la marée monte et il fait en sorte d'inverser le courant des rivières se jetant dans la Baie de Fundy; il faut le voir pour le croire.
Il faut donc se procurer une charte des marées pour profiter pleinement du spectacle.
These tides are the highest in the world.If you plan on hiking to one of the many islands ,you best be sure you can make it back before high tide!