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7 day car trip from Boston- New Brunswisk -Nova Scotia

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7 day car trip from Boston- New Brunswisk -Nova Scotia

Unfortunately we don't have a lot of time. We would like to hear thoughts on the best route for capturing the highlights of NB and NS. We love seafood(food!), quaint fishing villages, arts and crafts, scenic beaches. We would love to hear quaint places to stay and eat along the way.

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welcome to the forum - the way the game works is that We will need a lot more information than you have given to give you back something about something (-:

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Hi Pocasset!

You're hoping for marine scenery, with fishing villages? Here's my favorite in Nova Scotia: The Atlantic coast and the LaHave River valley, from Peggy's Cove, west of Halifax, west to Bridgewater.

I'll set out the route if you are following it eastward, starting from Bridgewater. You start out by following Route 3 and then Route 332 southeast from Bridgewater in the direction of Riverport. We'd consider it as a candidate for the most pleasing marine scenery anywhere.

The road follows the LaHave River, winding its way right along the shore. Very few houses have been allowed to get built on the waterfront side so there's little to block your view. This river is navigable, so it's like an extension of the coast. Every turn in the road leads to a new vista.

From Riverport, Route 332 turns north. It passes through villages like Rose Bay and Bayport. Along this way is the Ovens, a park with several sea caves and blow holes, worth the visit, and better than the ones you've heard about in Acadia National Park, Maine.

Next comes Lunenburg town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a 19th century fishing town that has kept its exterior unchanged. You'll enjoy your visit more if you manage to come on a clear day. As it happens, late August and September are the months when you're most likely to get clear, mild days.

In Lunenburg town, you could stay at B&Bs in the historic center, or at motels on the western outskirts. The motels bet a better view of the water, but the B&Bs ooze the town's atmosphere and are walking distance from the little streets, because they're actually on those streets.

North of Lunenburg, on the way to Mahone Bay, turn right on the road to Sunnybrook and Mader's Cove. This winding waterfront road takes you through pretty little villages like Sunnybrook on Princes Inlet. Don't stay on Route 3 here: the main highway doesn't follow the water.

Mahone Bay is another charming fishing port, with its signature sight its three side-by-side churches. Mahone Bay is the more oomphy-cosy as old fishing towns go. Not many people there still earn a living from the sea, at least not by going out in boats. They make their money from tourists who come to see the sea!

For the best view of the town's three churches, follow the road along the water to Oakland. Continue on this paved side road along the shore of Mahone Bay to Indian Point. This loop follows the shore in a way the main highway can't.

About an hour west of downtown Halifax is Chester. Chester is an old fishing town with charming back streets and a boat-lined waterfront. Chester, away from the waterfront itself, is how a real traditional Nova Scotia small town looked in the days before I was born.

Eastward from Chester, follow Route 3 to Upper Tantallon. This used to be a string of fishing villages clinging to the coast, but it's been overtaken by ex-urban commuters who work in Halifax. If you're mindful of this fact, you won't be disappointed. If you wanted to add another coastal loop, Route 329 follows the shore for about an hour around to Bayswater and Blandford.

At Upper Tantallon, turn right on Route Route 333 for Peggy's Cove. You'll find more suburban fishing villages, until you come to Peggy's Cove itself. Peggy's Cove had been preserved from suburban development, a tiny fishing village in its original state. There's a vast expanse of huge granite boulders along the water that you can clamber over for quite some distance, and a little lighthouse converted to be a post office. Peggy's Cove draws throngs of tourists, especially on sunny summer afternoons, but the visitors seem to think it's worth it. You'd regret missing it, we think.

You should try to get a good road atlas to help with this trip. The best is Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas, produced by MapArt Publishing. It sells for about $15 plus our 15% sales tax.

Happy travels!


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3. Re: 7 day car trip from Boston- New Brunswisk -Nova Scotia

Thank you for taking the time to reply. It was extremely helpful and you certainly captured exactly what we would like to see!!

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