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  • Writer's pictureJuliet Weller

Next Summer: A Nova Scotia Road Trip

A few weeks ago I wrote about some Canadian destinations in celebration of the renewed permeability of their border with the U.S, and to inspire your next journey north. Many readers noticed that I omitted the Canadian Maritime region, and right they were. So this week I am making it up to all of you whether you want me to, or not.

Your journey begins in Halifax, a city bursting with culture and rich history. Nova Scotia’s capital city has much to offer, so spend a day or two here before heading south to the vibrantly colored waterfront of colonial Lunenburg (a World Heritage site), for a guided walking tour. Make sure you visit Peggy's Cove, a fishing village renowned for its rustic charm. If you're looking to be active on your trip, there are many scenic bike tours that allow you to take in the Atlantic coastal lanes and the countryside.

At Port Royal, step back in time to 1604, and stay a while on Victoria Beach to witness the receding tide as it leaves fishing boats sitting on the ocean floor. The tidal change in the Bay of Fundy averages 52 feet, so don't get caught on the beach when it's coming in! By the time you get to Annapolis Royal you'll have worked up an appetite, So enjoy the jams, cheeses and breads offered by the local purveyors, unique varietals from an award winning winery, and ubiquitous fresh local seafood.

Head northwest to Prince Edward Island crossing the eight-mile Confederation Bridge. What's its claim to fame? It's the world’s largest continuous multi-span bridge to cross ice-covered water. Drive by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park; then before you head to Charlottetown, visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables books.

Your next adventure: ferry over the Northumberland Strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to Cape Breton Island, the Scotland of North America, to experience one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America. The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Look-offs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline so be sure to have your camera on hand.

These are a smattering of the highlights. If I tell you about all of the wonders of Nova Scotia, you won't need to go, so I'll stop here. I am often asked whether a road trip is worth being professionally planned. It is, if you want your vacation to exceed your expectations. Take advantage of your travel advisor's connections and keen eye for details t elevate your adventure. I look forward to planning yours.

'til next week!


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I create indulgent, transformative vacations for people who crave immersive travel. If you don't have the time to plan the details of your own well-deserved escape, don't know where to begin, or are simply longing to make unforgettable memories with those you love, then don’t wait another day. Let's talk.

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