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Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

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Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

I am taking my other half on a 10 day (it's possible we take 2 weeks) vacation from Albuquerque to Portland, ME. I want to take a scenic drive to Nova Scotia. I know we should go to Bar Harbor and to Acadia Nat. Park (I was there in the 80's) and drive up and around. I know we can't see everything, so I want to be realistic. I want to see Bay of Fundy and would like to know best place to stay for that. My question is should we drive the Western loop from Halifax, or head North East loop. Or a combanation of the two?

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Dave

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1. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Hi and congratulations on your first post here on Trip Advisor.

I have a couple questions: Is your entire trip from Albuquerque and return in ten days or two weeks?

When are you coming?

What is your travel style? Interests?

What places you see in Nova Scotia depends upon your interests.

Check out the Nova Scotia website: http://www.novascotia.com/

Send for free guides and maps and meanwhile spend some time on this site. It is packed with information.

Are you aware that there is a new ferry service from Portland to Yarmouth Nova Scotia starting May 15 this year? novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/…sea

Check out previous trip reports here: tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c157554/Nova-S…

Use the search feature below, putting in key words such as "ten days" or Bay of Fundy.

I am a big fan of Nova Scotia's Fundy shore which is more remote and less touristy than that in New Brunswick.

Here are some links:

http://www.novashores.com/wheretostay.html

http://www.bayoffundy.travel/

novascotiaparks.ca/parks/cape-chignecto.asp

www.fundyfun.com/what-to-see/sea-kayaking.php

http://wildcaraway.com/Home.html

http://www.capedor.ca/

http://jogginsfossilcliffs.net/

http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca/

spiritreinsranch.com/trail_riding_adventures…

http://fundyforce.ca/visit/

hikebiketravel.com/26604/…

Do come back with more questions.

Edited: 26 March 2014, 17:23
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2. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Thank you for your quick response. The news about the ferry is great to hear! This means we can save a couple of days and also not have to back track! We can do Bar Harbor and Acadia Nat’l Park on the return, taking the coast route. How long will the ferry take?

Depy is 71, I am 58. She is just recovering from Breast Cancer, hence the trip. She is an artist, both of us like photography, she paints landscapes from her photos. We don’t like B&B’s, but have no problem with inns (especially if it is connected to a tavern!). We won’t be doing long hikes or adventure trips like kayaking. Although whale watching would be cool. I would like to visit a distillery.

We will be coming in July. I am using airline miles to get us there. I think we get into Portland rather late at night. I would think we rent a car there at the airport and hit the ferry first thing, leaving a day at the end for Portland.

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3. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Here is the website for the brand new ferry service. It is an overnight service from Portland so you can book a berth and sleep while you travel. If you arrive in Portland too late for the ferry you could spend your day in Portland then.

If you take the ferry then you are not far from the whale watching in the Digby/Brier Island area:

Whale watching companies in Brier Island area:

http://bayoffundy.com/about/whales/

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154967-i326-k45585…

http://goo.gl/maps/MszQ

http://www.brierisland.com/ Brier Island

http://www.brierislandwhalewatch.com/ Brier Island

http://www.novascotiawhalewatching.ca/ Westport

http://www.oceanexplorations.ca/ Tiverton (They use Zodiac or similar inflatable craft.)

www.ppww.ca East Ferry

www.piratescove.ca Tiverton

You should consider staying in Cape Breton. You can whale watch and visit a distillery and the scenery is wonderful.

http://nstravelguide.com/what/whalewatching

Cape Breton

Cabot Trail Review and information

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154972-d18…

http://www.cabottrail.travel/thingstodo.cfm

Ceilidh Trail

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154972-d29…

Baddeck: http://www.visitbaddeck.com/

http://www.cbchoices.com/

http://redshoepub.com/

pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx

cbc.ca/news/…ns-louisbourg-travel-site.html

http://www.minersmuseum.com/mine_tour.htm

www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/grahambell/index.aspx

museum.gov.ns.ca/hv/en/home/default.aspx

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796950

http://goo.gl/maps/uXEl

http://bit.ly/18hnnsp

http://www.cheticamphookedrugs.com/

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154967-i326-k65572…

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154972-d18…

http://www.novascotiawhales.com/

www.whalecruisers.com/gallery/index.html

www.whalecruisers.com/gallery/index.html

http://www.loveboatwhalecruises.ca/

http://www.whalecruisers.com/

http://limbocove.com/

http://www.fiddlinwhaletours.com/

http://www.whaleandsealcruise.com/

for places to stay check Trip Advisor listings. In Nova Scotia, B&Bs are up to four rooms with the owner present. Inns can be larger. Some will have restaurants.

You may want to stay at the Glenora Distillery. I have walked around there and seen the dining room and would love to stay there sometime. http://www.glenoradistillery.com/

Lunenburg and Wolfville have good restaurants and pubs. Check the Trip Advisor listings.

I am sitting here now in the middle of the worst snow storm of the season so it is great to dream of summer!

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4. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Yeah, up to 50cm of the white stuff Maryann-ns, good luck with that...lol

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5. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

All is fine snug at home. Pretty well everything is shut down, including a major highway.

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6. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Wow! This is the first time I have reached out to anyone for information…THANK YOU!

Yes, I’m afraid we get in too late, but a day in Portland or even driving up to L.L. Bean would be just fine. The Ferry would save us at least two days. So, should we concentrate on the Western circle, or would we have time to see the Eastern half as well? BTW it was 68 and sunny here.

Cheers,

Dave

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7. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Would you advise against driving around without reservations for accommodation? Or would we find places as we went along in July?

Cheers,

Dave

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8. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

We are also looking at the ferry option. It seems that the rates were just published a few days ago which seems late for a May opening. Our trip is in late May. Do you think that the start of the service may be delayed again?

It seems that it will cost us (2 people) about $400 US including vehicle to make the crossing from Portland to Yarmouth. Reclining chairs or cabins are additional. We could save money by not bringing the vehicle and renting one in Yarmouth. However, we are concerned about making plans to rent the car there if the ferry service is delayed again. We want to firm up our plans in the next few days.

Any thoughts on the reliability of the ferry to get up and running by mid-May?

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9. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

Check www.novascotia.com & order the free tour guide "Doers & Dreamers"

Wolfville & Lunenburg are good choices; as well Annapolis Royal which has some lovely inns & would be a good area to stay after whalewatching.

www.wolfville.ca

www.lunenburgns.com (recommend Knots Pub)

www.exploreannapolisroyal.com

You shouldn't have any real problem finding accommodations as you go along if there are no big events in the area at that time. However, if you find something that you really like as you browse through the above websites, I'd suggest doing an advance booking.

Make sure to make use of the local tourist info centres during your travels; they can help you find an accommodation & update you on any local events plus give you directions.

Don't hesitate to post any further questions that you might have.

From Yarmouth, take Rte 1 along the Acadian Shore for a beautiful drive towards Digby.

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10. Re: Scenic drive from Portland to Nova Scotia

I think the ferry will start on May 15 OK. The big delay was getting guarantees in place to ensure refunds. The Nova Scotia government looked after that.

You should be OK without reservations in most places, but call ahead once you know where you want to be for the night. 1 800 565 0000

If you want to stay in a particular facility it would be best to book ahead.

go2abbo, how many days will you have in Nova Scotia now?

Coming by ferry you should have time to see some of what we call the southern part of the province and then take a quick trip to Cape Breton.

What places do you really want to see?