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lamarca BS: Honeymooning in Nova Scotia (16) RE: BS: Honeymooning in Nova Scotia 19 Mar 02

We went several years ago and circumnavigated Nova Scotia by car in about 10 days. Our wise friend Lucy said she wouldn't tell us where to go, because half the fun of such a trip is making your own discoveries.

That said, we had a few plusses and a few minuses on our trip:

Good Stuff
1. The Canadian Tourist Board-they have the most wonderful system of Provincial guidebooks which were free when we went. The "Tourist Info" booths have copies, or you can write to the Tourism Office. The Tourist Info kiosks had complete listings of every kind of lodgings including inns and B&Bs, and will book reservations for you on the fly.

2. Digby scallops-we took the car ferry from St. John, NB to Digby, home of "The World Famous Digby Scallops". If you love seafood, Digby is the place to start! (we basically ate our way around Nova Scotia, conducting an unscientific comparison of seafood chowders from different parts of the province - our conclusion was they were all wonderful!)

3. Camping at Meat Cove-on the very Northern tip of Cape Breton, there was a dirt road out to a minimalist private campground, where we pitched our two-person tent near the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea (getting up at night for a pit stop took some care...). The next morning we woke with the sun and watched the eagles fishing off the cliff from our tent door. Way cool.

Disappointments 1. The Tidal Bore at Truro-after reading about the excitement of tidal changes on the Bay of Fundy, we went to Truro to watch the river change direction on the incoming tide. We were expecting a magnificent wall of water progressing upstream. We checked the tide tables, and went to watch near sunset. What we (and the other tourists waiting along the riverbank) saw was a nice little 1" ripple moving upstream as the tide came in. We shrugged our shoulders and went to have another incredible seafood dinner at the Truro Inn.

2. Peggy's Cove-very picturesque light house that is visited by large tour busses full of American senior citizens on group holiday. Buy the post card.

3. Provincial campgrounds-the couple we looked at were mostly organized for RV camping, and the tent sites were all right on top of each other in exposed places, no privacy, no view.

My advice is to get some info on inns and B&Bs, book a couple nights in ones in different parts of the province and do day trips out to see the beauty and hear the music. Congrats!

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