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On Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail is breathtaking and you can start early in the morning having spent a night in the charming Acadian village of Chéticamp. The Fortress of Louisburg on the other side of the island is also a gem that is worth a day's visit. The Miner's Museum in Glace Bay is incredible and tells the story of mining in the province from the perspective of the miners. Visitors can actually visit two mines built on the site.
In Halifax, Pier 21 tells the stories of many immigrants to Canada who came into the country through the famous Pier 21. It is well worth a visit. The Martime Museum of the Atlantic in the historic properties is a great place and has some facinating exhibits on both the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion. Be sure to take the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry to enjoy an inexpensive cruise of the harbour. The world-class Art Galley of Nova Scotia has its main museum in Halifax and a branch in Yarmouth.
The Bay of Fundy has the world's highest tides. These tides have carved a geological wonderland that makes for interesting outdoor activities such as sea kayaking and hiking. The Bay of Fundy also hosts one of the world's largest gatherings of whales including the Humpbacks, Fins, Right, and Minke, best seen on tours from Brier Island. The village of Advocate Harbour is another awe inspiring destination surrounded by the towering cliffs of Cape d'Or and Cape Chignecto, which is also home to the largest provincial park in Nova Scotia. For the geologist, visit Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is renowned for being off the beaten track so you will find deserted beaches, friendly small villages and fantastic outdoor adventures in pristine settings.
Many visitors miss Nova Scotia's only UNESCO-recognized Biosphere Reserve-- the Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere-- which encompasses inland areas like Keji National Park and the Tobeatic Wilderness. One good access point is in Kemptville, Yarmouth County or through Keji in Lunenburg County. Hiking, wildlife, kayaking, canoeing, and pristine rivers and lakes make for a nice change from the coastal areas. Nearby is Shelburne, which has a beautiful 18th century historic district with several museums adjacent to one of the world's largest natural deep-water habours. Yarmouth is the landing point for The Cat, one of North America's only high-speed car ferries, and beautiful Cape Forchu, named by Champlain in 1605 and the equal to the more famous Peggy's Cove.
Just off the southern tip of Nova Scotia, near Yarmouth, lie the Tusket Islands, an unusual formation of over 300 islands of varying sizes renowned by boaters, sailors, and sea kayakers alike. Also in this area is the tidal Chebogue River and the Chebogue Salt Marsh--the largest salt marsh in the province and a wonderful place for bird watching.
Peggy's Cove is a great tourist desitination and has a pretty lighthouse; there is also a restaurant and several gift shops close by; don't miss the view of the picturesque cove.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a charming and pretty town and well worth a day's visit. Be sure to visit the Fisheries Museum and just outside of town the Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museumhas a working layout of the Lunenburg area.
Pictou is a pretty town close to the PEI ferry terminal and features a reproduction of the Hector, the ship that brought the first settlers to New Scotland.
Chedabucto Bay is the largest bay on the Atlantic Coast with more than 600 kilometres of shoreline. This beautiful seacoast region offers a diverse range of activities encompassing both the southern shore of Cape Breton Island and the northern region of the Eastern Shore, also known as Marine Drive. The Authentic Seacoast website gives travellers an insider's look into this beautiful region with an extensive festivals & events calendar as well as a list of more than 101 things to do when people visit the Chedabucto Bay region.