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November Visit

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November Visit

Dear Forum,

I would like to undertake a round trip tour from Quebec to Halifax by rental car for 6 days in November. Would there be any advantage in doing this in the first week of November instead of the second week? Which towns should we overnight in for the 6 nights?

OR

Should we not drive to Halifax but take train/bus and tour from there?

Many thanks for your advice.

Edited: 29 June 2014, 07:45
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1. Re: November Visit

You can certainly drive, but it will take you one long day each way, leaving you only four days here. The train or bus would be slower. There is a slight possibility of snow so you will have to be aware of that. I don't think it would make much difference which week you come.

You can go here to research what you want to do when here and then come back with more questions: www.novascotia.com

http://goo.gl/maps/hvyKO

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2. Re: November Visit

First off most seasonal attractions will be closed at that time of year ... most things close up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend ( second weekend in October). November tends to be a rather grim month for travel everywhere in Canada - weather wise it is grey, cold, with the possibility of the first blast of winter. So if you have to travel then, the first week of November is better.

Six days is really not a lot of time to get there and back. You may be better off flying to Halifax and renting a car to travel about. Obviously all the "natural" attractions - ocean, cliffs, seascapes - will all be there and open, but some other activities are seasonable and not available.

Do you have experience driving in winter conditions? If not, then you need to re-think a road trip ... it could be just fine - clear with no snow ... or the first snowfall could occur ... and even those of us who are used to travelling in winter have a bit of a shock when we encounter that blast of winter ... memory is short sometimes...

Note - you can take a train from Quebec City to Halifax and back, but there is no train to travel "around" the region. Bus travel is limited also.

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3. Re: November Visit

Thanks for your advice.

My current thinking is to travel from Montreal to Halifax by train and spend 4/5/6 November sightseeing.

Then return by train and visit Quebec and then Montreal. Or fly to Quebec?

Any tips re 3 day itinerary?

Hire a car?

Many thanks.

Edited: 02 July 2014, 02:29
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4. Re: November Visit

Hiring a car would give you the most freedom, making the most of your limited time...

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5. Re: November Visit

The train does not run every day and it is much slower than driving.

You will not see much in three days. You could stay and tour around in the area between Halifax, Lunenburg and Wolfville: http://goo.gl/maps/sLL6s

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6. Re: November Visit

Thanks for the great map, maryann.

I'm gradually getting my thoughts together.

My updated plan, based on the advice is to fly from Ottawa to Halifax on Porter Air ( are they OK?).

Then spend 6 full days touring. Wife wants to go to PEI - Ann of Green Gables tour at http://www.tourismpei.com/pei-anne-itinerary

then back to Halifax stopping on the way.

Could we go to PEI through Chester and Lunenburg and return via Maitland or New Glasgow?

Thanks for your advice.

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7. Re: November Visit

Are you still coming in November? If you check out the places you want to visit on your Anne tour in PEI I think you will find they are all closed. The tourist season there ends with the Labour Day weekend at the beginning of September.

Porter is a fine discount airline.

The way Nova Scotia is shaped you will see that almost all places connect through Truro.

You can drive to PEI by taking the bridge from New Brunswick and return to Nova Scotia by ferry. If you do the reverse you will save money as you pay to get off PEI and the bridge is less expensive.

Here is the basic loop you could take and of course you can extend it in various directions: http://goo.gl/maps/CJqA4

You could go back to Halifax via our fabulous Fundy and Minas Basin shores on your way there or back:

http://goo.gl/maps/2nHN7

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8. Re: November Visit

Many thanks maryann, they are fantastic maps.

Here is my plan:

Day 1 ( November 2nd) - Fly to Halifax, collect car, night in Halifax;

Day 2 - Tour locally, Lunenburg? and?, night in Halifax;

Day 3 - Drive to Charlottetown via the ferry, in accordance with your map - any recommended stops on the way?;

Day 4 & 5 - Tour PEI, nights in Charlottetown (on Day 5 Green Gables Heritage Place Open for cruise ship)

Day 6 - Return to Halifax via bridge and Fundy shores ( one day for this or should we o'night on way?)

Day 7 - Sightseeing Halifax city - do we need a car??

Day 8 - Take Ocean Train to Quebec.

Is this plan doable?

Any suggestions from the forum to improve?

Many thanks for your advice.

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9. Re: November Visit

Here are a few comments:

Day 2 - OK you can get to Lunenburg and back easily in a day. Take the coastal roads.

Day 3 You could take this route and stop where interested: http://goo.gl/maps/udKB8

Tatamagouche is an interesting village.

Day 4&5 OK Drive along the north shore in the National Park where possible.

Day 6 Many places will not be open though I believe the geological museums are. You could do this without an overnight but it will be a fairly long day.

Day 7 You do not need a car in Halifax. You can walk, bus or taxi.

Day 8 Is the train running on this day?

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