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2 days in Digby for whale watching ?

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2 days in Digby for whale watching ?

Hi there;

We are flying to Halifax & renting a cottage near Chester this August. We have several small day trips planned during the week(Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, back in to Halifax to explore).We would love to go whale watching, so we were thinking of flying to Halifax a couple of days early and driving right to Digby(maybe Wed night). Then we would have Thurs & Fri to try to get good weather for a whale wtching tour. We are worried about going all that way for a day (when the weather might be bad). It would mean 3 nights in Digby before we drive down for our Sat check in. Is there enough to do in Digby other than the tour? Also it seems that the tours book up ahead of time. What if we arrive on Thurs and they cancel the tour re: weather.....wouldn't the next day be already all booked up? How does that work? Do most people just pick a day months ahead & drive out there and take a chance?

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. First time in NS.


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1. Re: 2 days in Digby for whale watching ?

Two to three days in Digby may feel a little long, I'd be prepared for a part of a day trip, maybe to Yarmouth....some nice scenery and lighthouses....

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2. Re: 2 days in Digby for whale watching ?

I would agree with td superstar's assessment of 3 nights in Digby. Digby is a very quiet area, best known for its fishing fleets and scallops. Not a lot to see in town but there are nice restaurants.

Most folks do pre book their tours in advance and as a reminder, if you do go, dress for it! The weather can be cold and damp on the boat, so bring the appropriate clothing

As suggested by td superstar, you can always use Digby as your base and do day trips. Yarmouth and its lovely Cape Forchu lighthouse http://capeforchulight.com/ are an easy hour's drive, through the stunning Acadian area known as the French shore. If you are interested, stop in and visit the church at Saint Mary's in Church Point www.flickr.com/photos/whitebeard/3658819716/ the largest wooden structure in North America.

Heading east from Digby, you can also visit Annapois Royal, http://www.annapolisroyal.com/ one of the first English speaking settlements in North America, and home to Fort Anne and the Historic Gardens http://www.historicgardens.com/

The community of Bear River http://bearriver.ca/ and its winery is nearby as well.

If you manage to head down towards Brier Island, and Long Island, take time to check out the Balancing Rock annapolis-valley-vacation.com/balancing-rock… for a great photo op. Not sure which whale watching tour you were planning on booking, but if it is the one from Brier Island remember Digby is still an hour and a half drive from Brier Island, and you will be taking two small ferries to get there so plan accordingly.

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3. Re: 2 days in Digby for whale watching ?

Just give the whale watch operator a call the day before the day your tour is booked to go - they would usually have a good idea if it looks like a go or not for the next day. You can call from wherever you decide to stay and if you are close enough you can drive out if it is a go. Take a look at their cancellation policy, if they cancel there is no charge, but if you book a couple of days and cancel if your first choice works and you no longer need the second choice, as long as you cancel within thier time stated in their policy you are fine. There are a lot of operators in the area so check which works best for what you want.

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