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Old 06-16-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh Metro
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Somewhat-long post, sorry in advance

Some friends and I are planning a long road trip up to Nova Scotia all the way from Pennsylvania in a few weeks. We've actually been planning this trip for about two years, but each of those years we were not actually able to make the trip.

Back when we were first planning the trip, the CAT ferry was operating, and we were really looking forward to taking it. Since it's no longer in service, we'll be taking the ferry from St. John, New Brunswick, and we'll be stopping at some places in Maine beforehand. Once we get to NS, we'll be stopping in Keji-whatever park (still don't really know how its pronounced) which looks really incredible, but we'll only be able to stop for a few hours -- just enough for a quick couple-kilometer hike. From then we'll be headed to Halifax for a few nights and then on to Quebec City and another part of the road trip.

In another iteration of this trip, we were planning to spend a lot more time in NS, including visiting Cape Breton for a few days, but because of scheduling we won't really make it north of Halifax (at least on this trip).

So just a few quick questions in case anyone is feeling like answering (even if you just answer one that'd be great!):
  • How is the vibe in NS different from southern Canada (such as Ontario and the GTA), if at all? I'm from Pittsburgh, which is close enough to Ontario that we go several times per year to various places. I've also been to Quebec.
  • Is Peggy's Cove worth visiting? Looks like an interesting place.
  • Is there anything particularly interesting or must-see on the drive from Digby to Halifax (besides Keji)?
  • What's the best bar in Halifax?
  • Anything else we should know?
Thanks so much -- we are so excited to visit at least a few maritime provinces!

TL;DR Driving to Nova Scotia from Pittsburgh on a road trip, have a few quick questions.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:03 AM
 
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Did the whole trip a few years ago on Motorcycle,very scenic drive,, What stood out?

The drive through Joggins to Parrsboro amazing scenery =
http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=NS-...&via=1&t=m&z=9
.If you have kids Joggins is known for its fossils,
The Drive through the Annapolis valley on rt101 to Digby.
Luninburg to see the tall ships.
Small seaside restaurants all over the island that served the best seafood chowder.
Peggy's Cove, very scenic,restaurants a bit price though.
The only disappointment in the trip was the Eastern Shore Route going north from Halifax, very bumpy road and even though it looks close to the water you never quite see it,i'd skip that part if i did it again =
Robie St to Trans-Canada Hwy/NS-104 E/NS-4 Trunk E - Google Maps.

Cape Breton island is very scenic all over,Dont miss the Fort in Louisberg,,Brador lakes area, and the Margaree Valley area.
Kayak rental places abound.

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Old 06-17-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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I'd check out antigonish, it's home to a major canadian university, has a nice camp ground(during the weekdays) overcrowed on weekends. Nova Scotia I'd say is very similar to maine, it has that new england vibe although it is a bit different.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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Halifax is home for me. Here are some of my thoughts....

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  • How is the vibe in NS different from southern Canada (such as Ontario and the GTA), if at all? I'm from Pittsburgh, which is close enough to Ontario that we go several times per year to various places. I've also been to Quebec.

    The Maritimes are fairly unique. Halifax won't feel like Toronto.
  • Is Peggy's Cove worth visiting? Looks like an interesting place.


  • I think so. It has a rep for being a bit of a tourist trap, but the village isn't too commercial. I have always enjoyed walking on the rocks and watching the waves come in. I would skip it the weather is bad though. Gray rock, gray skies, and gray sea....could be kind of dreary. The Peggy's cove excursion should be a quick trip. There isn't a lot to do other have a quick look around. There is a restaurant and gift shop, but the food isn't great.

    Is there anything particularly interesting or must-see on the drive from Digby to Halifax (besides Keji)?

    Which direction are you going? If you are driving through keji to the atlantic shore, Lunnenburg is a must see.

    If you are returning to the fundy shore, i think the town of wolfville is pretty nice. There is also some good hiking in blomidon park.

  • What's the best bar in Halifax?


  • The Lower Deck. Definitely check it out.

    The Henry House is also very nice.

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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first of all congrats on a road trip, and your great adventure. i lived most of my life in ns you will have a great trip, sign onto the NovaScoita.com web site to plan your trip, the things to see and do section is valuable. Nova Scotians, are a friendly lot, ask any questions and the locals will give you a straight forward honest answer.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh Metro
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Thanks very much everyone!
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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are people in nova scotia nice?
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If you can make it to Cape Breton, the you will be in for some really nice scenery specially along the Cabot Trail. Down Town Halifaz is always happening in the summer. Don't forget to go to pizza corner and try a donair.

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How is the vibe in NS different from southern Canada
maybe a bit more rural, less farmland and a bit poorer looking compared to southern ontario. But Nova Scoita is still a beautiful place, specially around the lunenburg mahone bay area and even more in Cape Breton.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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Might I suggest, when you cross from ME to NB, stop at St-Andrews? Lovely town.
St. Andrews by-the-Sea New Brunswick
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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are people in nova scotia nice?
they're just as nice as new brunswickers
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