Right here at home, in Canada, there are beautiful places and unforgettable vacations. One of those destinations is Nova Scotia. We visited the island in June 2017.
We landed in Halifax in June 2017. We rented a car at the airport. Our trip was around half the island, taking 103 East all the way to the southmost end of the island, then continued on 101 to complete the round trip. All we did before the trip was to have reservations to B&B, hotels and motels along the way.
We did not take notes, only pictures. Our guide was just what we learned reading on the Internet about the places to visit. We followed the signs for hiking places in national parks, or places offering boats for rowing.
We love nature and we were plenty rewarded.
The rowing was stunning, actually, there are so many corners with beautiful landscaping, that any place offering boats for rowing are remarkable.
I would have liked to stay the whole day rowing…
What I remember is that we did not take rowing in sea-shore towns, but have to travel to rowing clubs, maybe 20-30 km away from towns, far from civilization, or taking a boat at those B&B sitting in remote locations on the seashore…
One rowing trip, going up on a river, took us by surprise; It was one of those rivers with a wide opening when spilling into the sea, we did not know if the islands were on the river or the sea. Well, the high tide pushed us up the river with a speed we could hardly manage, so, we directed the boat to the shore, to figure out how can we deal with the situation. When we understood what was going on, we decided to stay close to the shore all time, in the middle of the river the current was too strong…
The difference between high tide and low tide is remarkable, when we were on Bay of Fundi the difference was 16 meters, only 6 hours apart. The record in that place, as we read on a panel, was 21 meters.
Low tide in Bay of Fundy...
And the high tide few hours later when all that space was covered by water. We had to run to reach some stairs up
And the national park close by had more attractions. Seals and birds lived peaceful together.
Walking away from the shore in the national park we spotted a deer feeding its baby.
On the trail, we met a couple from France, who began to gesticulate frantically when they saw us. We stopped to talk. They were very excited to explain their experience a few minutes ago, they tried English with a strong French accent. My wife and I speak an acceptable French, so we switched to French. They saw a bear cross the track. The young couple was delighted, but all they had was their phone, and the picture was taken when the bear was already far away. Their story was compelling, the picture not so much. They were lovely.