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What to do in November

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What to do in November

We are a couple from Singapore with 10 days to spare, flying in to Moncton from Toronto on 29 Oct 12. We are into natural scenery, so will be renting a car to cover Nova Scotia and perhaps PEI.

This is what we hope to achieve in our driving itinerary:

- Fundy Costal Drive from Moncton to St John

- Ferry from St John to Digby

- Digby to Halifax

- Calbot Trail

- Caribou to Woods Island, PEI

- PEI back to Moncton vis Confederation Bridge

We will take it easy and see how much we can cover, and enjoying the attractions along the way.

Unfortunately, research suggests that November is off season, with most attractions closed.

We have some questions:

- Are there still operators doing whale watching tours?

- Is it still possible to dine on lobsters?

- What are the not to be missed places in Nova Scotia?

- Are our route too ambitious for a 10 day trip?

Thank you

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1. Re: What to do in November

You are coming during a part of the year that can be very tough weather-wise in the Maritimes. While you can experience some nice days, there are also a lot of windy rainy days. Due to that wind, most water based activities become very difficult to plan. So whale watching would not be something to plan for. You can get lobster year round.

A suggestion. looking at what you like to do, would be to come out to one of the most spectacular areas in eastern Canada, where the towering sea cliffs of the Avalon highlands meet the largest tides on this planet of the Bay of Fundy. For photography, it is one of the mast dramatic places you will ever discover. A great place to stay, and to have some of the best meals you will experience in your travels is the Wild Caraway - which plans to be open the 1st couple weeks of November. www.wildcaraway.com Great place to hang your hat for a few days and experience a authentic fishing village and enjoy the warmth of the wood heated old home overlooking the huge tidal harbour. You can spend several days there on the trails in Cape Chignecto - those trails are always open, even if the interpretive center is closed. www.capechignecto.net Its the largest, wildest provincial park in Nova Scotia.

For a overview, www.fundyfun.com

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2. Re: What to do in November

Depending on your interests and priorities your days could all be spent in NS, PEI particularly would be quiet and alot of places closed by then their Tourist season is really the summer months piggy backing on their fabulous beaches and resorts golfing etc.

Suggestions above are great and obviously you have mentioned Cape Breton just be careful and listen to forecasts if heading up to Highlands can be snowing or then it could be warm and sunny!!

There are a plethora of places to visit. NS has such diverse vistas all amazing in their own right.

f you are driving or renting a car Iconic Peggy's Cove can be spectacular at that time of year., There is a wonderful spot just past called Ryers lobsters which are steamed fresh to order delicious and very reasonable. You could continue on and Visit. Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.( UNESCO World Heritage Sight )wander around there- maybe visit Ironworks Distillery and the Bluenose which is going through refit there. There are a number of excellent inns, restaurants most will be still be open, they usually don't close until after Xmas.

You could then cross over to the Valley and various Vineyards in and around Wolfville would be another great trip stopping in Grand Pre (Also UNESCO Heritage site)where the Acadians were expelled from Nova Scotia by the British also the inspiration for Longfellows poem Evangeline.-Unfortunately the Gift Shop and interpretive Center would not be open but you can still walk around. other areas.

Tour Halifax, take a great walk in point Pleasant Park excellent view of MacNabs island and Hangmens Beach ( Thomas H Raddall) and Dingle Tower ( Sir Sanford Flemming)you could wander around the Citadel.

Historic Properties, Maritime Museum, Pier 21, Seaport Market and off course the Harbour Water front boardwalk.

Hope that gives you food for thought,, please come back with more specific questions once you've had a chance to review

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3. Re: What to do in November

The Village of Cavendish on the North Shore of PEI when we were there two years ago was completely closed as of Oct. 1 (no restaurants and perhaps no places to stay.)

However the scenery would still be there. That being said ten days is not much time.

Halifax and the south shore of Nova Scotia (Lunenburg, etc.), Wolfville and the Annapolis Valley will have lots to see and do.

Cape Breton would still be scenic even without the leaves on the trees. Check the weather and know where there are places to stay ahead of time.

Go here and explore, and be sure to ask for the Doers and Dreamers guide to be sent to you: www.novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx

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4. Re: What to do in November

Thank you Kayakdover, Lulu C & maryann-ns for your advice.

Since we are from the other side of the globe, which is a pretty long way to Canada, we hope to maximise our visit by covering the more interesting places within our limited time frame.

The responses till date seems to suggest that we should stay in NS and forgo PEI. Well, we were toying with the idea of giving up Calbot trail for PEI. This will mean forgoing Cape Breton, Cape Chigneto and other interesting locations we have yet to discover along the route leading us back to Moncton for a drive from Halfax - New Glasgow - Caribou - ferry - PEI - bridge - Moncton. So between these 2, which route should we go for, in terms of scenery?

Thank you once again

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5. Re: What to do in November

For scenery, Nova Scotia has much more to offer than PEI. PEI is primarily a rural farming province with some nice beaches, which is irrelevant in November. For rugged Maritime scenery yo cannot beat Nova Scotia - or Newfoundland, which would be quite cold that time of year. If you do choose PEI, Cape Chignecto is 2 hours from the bridge to PEI.

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6. Re: What to do in November

I'm just a first time visitor to NS, but if I were flying into Moncton I would skip Saint John and the ferry to Digby and drive first to the Parrsboro/ Advocate Harbour/Cape d'Or area. It is absolutely awesome. I should leave the advice to the experts but I was so impressed with that area.

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7. Re: What to do in November

You are an expert now, you just spent a considerable amount of time there experiencing nearly all the sights and sounds minus the Fossil Museum at Joggins lol !!!

Edited: 07 September 2012, 11:41
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8. Re: What to do in November

(Angie, the advice from visitors who have been to a place is very valuable to others.)

For madbirdy: Here is a map of a possible route to take: http://goo.gl/maps/fjTQ8

As part of your Halifax area visit you could go to Peggy's Cove and on to Lunenburg.

You probably don't need to book places to stay except for Advocate Harbour or Parrsboro and Cape Breton. The PEI part you can do in one day.

Day 1 Drive from Moncton to Advocate Harbour stopping in Joggins to see the Fossil Museum (but you would need to make an appointment to visit: http://jogginsfossilcliffs.net/centre/ ) Stay in Advocate Harbour area.

Day 2 Explore in this area including Cape D'Or.

Day 3 Drive to Halifax and explore

Day 4 Drive to Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg and back to Halifax

Day 5 Drive to Cape Breton staying somewhere in Mabou, Inverness, Glenora area.

Day 7 Continue onto the Cabot Trail. Perhaps stay in Ingonish area.

Day 8 Continue around the Cabot Trail and on towards Pictou. Take late ferry to PEI and find a place to stay (reserve ahead?)

Day 9 Drive around PEI especially along the north shore

Day 10 Drive to Moncton

You can see from the above that you would have very little time to see Halifax or Cape Breton. Skipping PEI would make this whole trip easier. Here is an alternate map. The Northumberland coast of Nova Scotia is scenic and has many ocean views and beaches. There are places to stay all along the way, including Pictou, Tatamagouche, Pugwash, and Amherst Shore.

http://goo.gl/maps/UeigL

Edited: 07 September 2012, 15:28
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9. Re: What to do in November

Dear all,

Thank you for your kind advice, and more so for maryann for your detailed recommendations on the route.

There seems to be some back tracking from Halifax to Port Hawkesbury. Any reason for not hugging the southern coast to this sector?

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10. Re: What to do in November

It is a much longer and slower road and there are few people or services. However it is very scenic. Here is the map:

http://goo.gl/maps/JSs6L

Or here where I have put in some of the towns:

http://goo.gl/maps/q6myM