I don't know who planted the idea of going to Nova Scotia into our heads- but I think it was myself. As a lover of Canada, I will take any excuse to visit.
We started our trek up to Nova Scotia on a Thursday, but since it is 14+ hours away, we needed to break it up. We also took the dog with us, and at 6 months old, we needed to be super mindful of him.
Our first stop was Maine. We traveled for about 6 hours until we reached our Air BNB for the night. It was a quiet shoreline town, and we welcomed the rest. We didn't do much adventuring here, although I'm sure there was enough to be done in neighboring Acadia (stay tuned for our journey there).
In the morning, we traveled on the 8hour+ journey to our Duncan's Cove, just outside of Halifax. The trip took us through Maine, but when we got into New Brunswick we started taking scenic routes. This made the route more like 10 hours but hey, who's counting.
Our veer offs took us to a few key places that we feel are an important hit. The Bay of Fundy (for the tides) and Fundy National Park. We happened upon the Bay of Fundy when it was the lowest of low tides. It was so cool to see the ships at the bottom of the sea. It is one of the most treasured phenomenons, and I wasn't disappointed in the least.
Fundy National Park is also very beautiful. We coasted through, taking a few stops to check out the view, but if you have more time, we recommend a quick hike.
It was dark when we reached Nova Scotia, and pretty late when we finally made it to Duncan's Cove. This is also a place you must see. About 40min from Halifax in a secluded little cove. It's quiet, local vibe with hikes right outside your door. We took advantage of this spot quite frequently to catch one of the most stunning sunrises of my life, as well as a days end walk with bear that lead us to a rocky shore line filled with elephant seals.
These seals were just hanging out, bobbing their heads - no matter who was on the shore line. They did't get close, but they were big enough to be able to spot them clearly. I am not sure how often they come out, but there were at least 6 at the time we were there.
Other days, we explored the shoreline around Halifax. We heard Peggy's Cove was a must - so we took a gander. The rock formations were almost space-like, and the lighthouse was definitely a sight. We didn't stay there long, though. Instead we made our way to a hike not far by to get some alternate views of the coast. I cannot remember the name of the hike but it was right outside of the access road to Peggy's Cove.
That day we explored around by car, catching any shoreline we could, until the sun set. The dog was so exhausted, so we took advantage of that and went out for a drink in downtown Halifax. They do have some great restaurants, so we recommend heading that way if you have the time.
The next day it was time to head back. This may have been one of my favorite trips back because no only were we heading to our first love, Vermont, but we took the Trans Canada highway through New Brunswick. It was rainy, gloomy and lonely on the road - but it was such a cool experience riding for that long on such a desolate stretch. We counted what must have been 15+ moose signs, but not one moose was spotted.
It was about 10pm when we reached Vermont. It was a long drive for only a full day of exploration - but it was an experience!