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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2016
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia  (2 Answers)

We are travelling from Winter Harbor, Maine to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia the week of Sunday, 9/18/16 and leaving out on Thursday 9/22/16. What are the MUST SEE's. We know that we want to go to the Bay of Fundy and Peggy's Cove. We are looking at going from Moncton to Halifax to Peggy's Cove. Wondering about driving Hwy 3 around Shelbourne and then Hwy 1 back to Halifax. We only have several days - want to see as much as possible but not so rushed. Want to enjoy what time we have in this area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2014
Travel to NS in October?  (2 Answers)

Is EVERYTHING closed in October ? We'll be there at the end of the month. What is there to do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2014
Antigonish to PEI ferry  (1 Answer)

Hi, does anyone know if there is a bus or shuttle from Antigonish to the PEI ferry or even from New Glasgow to the ferry? thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2014
Halifax to Lunenburg  (3 Answers)

Are there any buses or shuttles that leave from halifax and go to Lunenburg? I don't drive and am looking at heading down to Lunenburg for some fishing.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2014
PEI transportation  (3 Answers)

We will be staying in Brackley Beach and want to find out if it is very far from Charlottetown.
If so Is there public transportation that will go there?
Are there restaurants in Brackley Beach -- I didn't see any listed in Brackley Beach only those in Charlottetown were mentioned.

Thanks for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
Wool Sweaters  (2 Answers)

Are there outlets or shops where i can get woolen sweaters in Halifax or around that area?
Thanks for any suggestions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2013
Travel experience from Halifax Nova Scotia to Montreal  (3 Answers)

What is the best way to obtain this - train - bus - hire car or just take a flight and not bother with scenery etc?
Cheers. Dave

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2013
Weather vs clothes to pack October 13-23  (4 Answers)

Will be on bus tour of Halifax with walking along water front morning and afternoon, Peggy's Cove, Louisburg Lighthouse, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton,and Prince Edward Island. Is going to be warm enough for caprees and T-shirt with light jacket?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2012
Car rental in Halifax

Hi All,

I am hoping someone can help me. I am a Brit who very excited to be coming to Halifax in June. I am looking to hire a car. I have looked on all the usual big company sites and their cars are good but standard.

Does anyone know of any specialist car rental places that might hire out someting like a Mustang or a vintage car?

All help appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2011
Are pets allowed on grounds of Highland Games in Antigonish  (1 Answer)

We have a small Bichon Frise dog and wanted to take him with us as we have a cottage in PEI and have no one to leave him with. Will the Games allow us to take him on leash into the grounds?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2011
3.5 days in Nova Scotia  (5 Answers)


My wife and I will arrive in Halifax this Friday, around 9pm and will leave on Tuesday, around 6 pm. What will be the best itinerary to see as much of Nova Scotia as we can and the most enjoyment out of it?

We plan to rent a car. Is is better to spend the first night in Halifax or leave it immediately?

Never been there, know almost nothing about the region.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2010
scenic bay of fundy  (3 Answers)

My husband and I are driving to Nova Scotia for the first time. We plan 2-3 days seeing the Bay of Fundy shore, and I'm wondering whether to go to Advocate Harbor, Cape D'or area in Nova Scotia or to the New Brunswick side of the bay from St. Martin to Alma and Hopewell. We are an artist and a photographer, in our 60s and unable to hike a lot (about a one mile limit). Which will offer more beautiful scenery that will be easy for us to access?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2010
Nova Scotia, Cape Breton & St. John's itinerary help  (6 Answers)

My wife and I are in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Nova Scotia and St. John's in 2011, to include Cape Breton (I think we can skip PEI). We are in our mid-30's, like beer & pub grub, traditional Celtic music sessions (but we prefer to have a pint and listen rather than contra or square dance). We also like picturesque cities and villages on water (rivers, bay, coast or beaches), some hiking/outdoors, scenic drives, and nice but inexpensive lodging. I don't plan on renting a car for the days spent in Halifax or St. John's but would rent a car to explore the rest of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Should I try and include PEI or is it OK to skip? I think we'll get our fill of music, culture & pubs in Halifax and St. John's, and the scenery in Nova Scotia & Cape Breton easily equals or exceeds PEI, right?

A tentative itinerary is below. Does it look OK? Could any days be cut out? I'm wondering if I really need to overnight in either Wolfville or Lunenburg?

-Fly from home (Virginia, USA) to Halifax
-3 nights Halifax (music, pubs, culture, etc.)
-rent car
-1 night Mabou, Cape Breton (music, Red Shoe pub, distillery nearby)
-1 night Ingonish area, Cape Breton (beaches, along Cabot Trail)
-1 night Iona area, Cape Breton (river nearby & Cabot Trail)
-1 night Wolfville, Nova Scotia (wineries, college town, Bay of Fundy)
-1 night Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (picturesque small village)
-Return car
-Fly to St. John's Newfoundland - 3 or 4 nights in St. John's (music, pubs, culture, etc.)
-Fly from St. John's to home


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2010
Driving from Grand Pre to Moncton via Joggins  (1 Answer)

Hey everyone, had a directions questions for my upcoming trip to the maritimes. I will be spending a night in Grand Pre and the next night in Moncton. On the way, the plan is to stop at Joggins, check it out, then head to Moncton.

My first question is what's the best route to Truro? Google maps suggests Hwy 236. I'd like something scenic but not so far out of the way, that I'll be driving several extra hours. Is Hwy 215 worth the drive?

When I get to Truro, I will was thinking heading up 104 to Amherst, then exiting and heading to Amherst. Is that the best route?

Like I said, if there is a scenic route that isn't extremely far off the beaten track, I'd take it. We're driving the Cabot Trail a few days before this, which will likely satisfy the need for a really scenic drive.

Thanks for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2010
Two weeks in Nova Scotia cant do it all but what shouldn't we miss?  (5 Answers)

After some indecision earlier in the year we have sorted travel plans and have managed to fit in two weeks in NS after visiting friends on Vancouver Island.We are coming in September, have booked a hire car from Halifax and have 2 weeks. We are interested in music, wildlife and scenery. We would like to spend some time on the Cabot Trail. We would like to stay in B&B's but want to spend two or three nights in some places rather than all one night stops. We do want to catch some live music (hubby is a musician) and perhaps the odd Ceilidh. I have found 'the NormawayInn' at Margaree which looks as if it might be a good place to stay for a couple of nights - Anyone been there?
I would be really grateful for ideas for possible itineries. We want to see as much as we can, but also want to have time to enjoy the area, and the people rather than doing a whistle stop tour driving miles every day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2010
Fundy Shore  (3 Answers)

We have 2 nights & 3 days to spend exploring nature and wildlife around the Bay of Fundy before heading east to a beach house on the Northumberland Shore for a week. Prior to our beach stay up east. we want to experience the Bay of Funding, whale watching, birdwatching, short scenic light hikes, and exploring the bay shore and rock formations at low tide, etc. Would it be best to stay in Digby, or somewhere along Digby Neck? Or possibly Brier Island?

What place would have more opportunities for the types of things we like.

Also, what can we expect from the weather in terms of daily highs and lows. Will we need anything beyond windbreakers?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2010
exploring the Bay of Fundy  (8 Answers)

hi, 3 of us are going to NS this aug. we want to see the tidal bore and would like to know where the best spot is. Also, which provincial park is better, Cape Chignecto or Five Islands. thanks, Garrett

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2010
prince edward island or halifax  (5 Answers)

I am planning a trip to cape breton island on my motorcycle in mid-july. I will have two days to take a small diversion trip, my question is should I jump north and spend a couple of days on Prince Edward Island? I hear the beaches there are great to swim in. Or should I head south to the halifax/peggys cove area? My main priority is photographing landscapes. Thanks for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2010
Hotel suggestions?  (4 Answers)

Need some help, What are the best places to stay in Baddeck and Digby. I know this sounds crazy, but Digby's so close it's a day trip, and the only times I've stayed in Baddeck, it's been with a tent. B&B's hotel, motel. Doesn't matter

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2010
Help with Cape Breton Trip Aug 12-19 2010  (3 Answers)

I have airline need to plan the trip. We will arrive in Halifax by 3:00 on the 12th. Is it reasonable to try to drive on to the Cape at this late an hour? Also, am thinking of beginning the trip near Judique, since there is a large festival there that weekend. Has anyone been to this area...any it worth it...or should we bypass it? Also, if it is, any suggestions on where to stay. We are looking at moderate priced B&Bs..but, this may just be an overnight, so might just take a small chain hotel. I have a keen interest in Irish/Scottish/Celtic music since I am in a stringband here in Georgia. Thought this might be a good start for the trip...get us reved up and in the mood.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2009
Are we on the right track for photographing fall colors in Nova Scotia?  (14 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Nova Scotia this fall and are very interested in viewing and photographing the fall colors while we are there. We expect to arrive in Halifax on or about Oct. 10, stay in that area for three days, and then drive to Baddeck, remaining in that area for two days. Have we chosen a good time and locations to observe the fall foliage at the peak?

Incidentally after we depart Nova Scotia we will be driving across Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick on the way back to Maine.

Our schedule is flexible, so we could arrange to arrive earlier or later if that would be advisable to catch the fall colors at their peak.

Any advice in this subject will be greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2009
I could not decide if I need to drive around central east of island at all when I am visitng NS  (1 Answer)

I am planning to be in NS from oct 2 - 11th and I will be staying in cape breton island area for maybe 2-3 nights.
my questions, do I need to bother to drive from halifax to
212 to Dollar lake park , then Detour to 357, then to 7 to spry bay and Taylor head park Continue to sherbrooke
then to Port Bickerton to see the lighthouse
then stay somewhere at Antigonish

or should I do halifax, truro, economy, five island park, Parrsboro, Joggins
then Amherst and stay at wentworth for a night, then next day drive up to cape brenton?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2009
Need to know if my plan at cape breton island is good enough  (4 Answers)

I am planning to stay in cape Breton Island for 2 nights, one night at pleasant bay and another at Baddeck.

I will drive from Halifax to cape breton Island going through road 19 to cabot trail to meat cove, then back to pleasant bay, stay the night.
then the next day go to east side of cabot trail to 105 to 215 to 22 to the Fortess of Louisburg, we are planning to get up really early, so hopefully we get to see some sunrise on the east side of CAbot Trail?? maybe?
then after the fort, we will go back and get around the south side of cabot trail, then back to stay at baddeck.

is that enough time? I will be there sept 26-27th, will the fall color be great then?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2009
Sept 25 - oct 4th is that a good fall color time to go?  (5 Answers)

I was thinking of going initially oct 2 - 11th, but then realize 9-14 is the celtic festival, I really do not want to go there when there are that many people... but I still want to go when the fall color is great.. will this second choice going to be ok? as well?

also even if I go oct 2nd I will be cape breton around 3-4th and then go somewhere else, will it just be very crowded in cape breton area or throughout island it will be crowded?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2009
Tips for 1 week in Nova Scotia  (2 Answers)

My mother, sister, and I are traveling to Nova Scotia at the end of May. We are flying in and out of Halifax and it is important for my sister to spend one day on P.E.I. (an Anne fan). Besides that we have no set plans. Does anyone have any suggestions for an automobile tour of the province? Any specific hotel or B&B recommendations? Any towns we should definitely not miss? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2009
6 days in mid May  (2 Answers)

What would be a good trip for 6 days. I think we would spend the first night in Halifax. The next day drive to Lunenburg but stay in Anapolis Royal. We would like to spend at least three days in Cape Breton. Does this sound reasonable. If so where should we stay in each night. We like to see the local sites, walking, etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2009
quebec city - nova scotia - montreal in a week or so  (3 Answers)

I'm coming to Canada with my girlfriend in late April and need some itinerary advice. We're spending 10 - 14 days on the Niagara-Quebec city axis (visiting the major cities) and we're left with 7-10 days for NS before flying home from Montreal. So I'm wondering how to see the best of NS. I was thinking on renting a car in QC, driving north to Tadoussac, ferry across to New Brunswick and driving to Cape Breton. From there we'd drive south to Halifax and finally take an overnight train back to Montreal.

Is this reasonable? I'm thinking it's a lot of driving (specially through New Brunswick).
We definitely want to see Cape Breton and Halifax, the tidal waves at Bay Fundy sounds nice, but other than that we have no itinerary yet.

Given that we're staying in big cities in the first part of our Canadian tour, we'd like to drive around NS and see some nature (Cabot trail), whales perhaps (or would we be better off trying to see them from the shore in Tadoussac)?.

Please comment. Thanx.
Klemen /Slovenia ()

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2009
Three Days In Nova Scotia  (4 Answers)

Hello! My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this Spring and we're leaning toward spending it in Nova Scotia! Neither of us has ever been there before though and I'm wondering what the best itinerary might be. We'll probably be there in mid-June.

Unfortunately, we'll probably only have 2 or 3 full days (I'm hoping for 3) to spend so, although I'd love to see the entire province, it seems like the best bet is probably to focus on a specific region and save the rest for another time.

We're planning to take the high-speed ferry (The Cat) from Portland, ME to Yarmouth and I'm wondering if we should just stick to the southwest coastal region or if it's feasible to go as far as Halifax in that amount of time.

The two possibilities I was considering are: 1) heading directly for Halifax and working our way back to Yarmouth or 2) staying in Yarmouth and doing day trips from there. We'd really like to see some of the great scenery and experience some of Nova Scotia's culture and history and it'd be great to visit larger cities like Yarmouth and Halifax but also enjoy some of the smaller towns. And we definitely want to see the Bay of Fundy.

Obviously, I'm doing my own research as well but any recommendations or suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2009
GPS POI's For Nova Scotia  (4 Answers)

Howdy All,

My Wife and I are planning our much awaited trip to Nova Scotia in September and have recently gotten a GPS and was wondering if anyone has any good NS POI Sites or any POI to share. We love to plan have been really "WOWed" at all the wonderful History, Scenery, Great Food, and of Course the Warm and Friendly people.

Also, we love to take pictures so anything or anyplace that ya'll enjoy or have found would be great.

Kindest Regards,


Burleson, Texas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2008
Anyone know about Aspotogan Peninsula?  (2 Answers)

The name Aspotogan Peninsula came up recently when I was researching the history of hooked rugs. It seems they are building a museum there for the craft of rug hooking. Did you know that it was the fishermen of Nova Scotia who first started the craft using worn out sails for their backing fabric? I'd like to get a location for the peninsula and the museum, if anyone has info. Thanks in advance.

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