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October Vacation in Nova Scotia or PEI

Old 06-14-2019, 11:08 AM
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Default October Vacation in Nova Scotia or PEI

Where (what area) would you direct me to visit if I wanted a 6-day maritime/hiking vacation in either Nova Scotia or PEI in October? I've never been to either. I've been to Maine and all over Mount Dessert Island/Acadia and really enjoy that area but I've been there and am looking for something different but along the same lines.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:21 AM
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I haven't been up there much as a tourist but have been working on a few projects the last couple of years - from what I have seen (essentially Halifax up through Cape Breton Island, wwould look into the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton, as well as the area near Lunenberg. Also world class golf in Cape Breton if thats something you are in to.

Interesting people that have hailed from the area - Captain Buffett (Jimmy's Grandfather) shipping line owner Sir Samuel Cunard, and Hank Snow...

https://www.novascotia.com/explore/top-25/cabot-trail
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:22 PM
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Never been to PEI but we did have a week in Nova Scotia and we digged it big time . Awesome scenery and the Bay of Fundy with the extreme tidal changes is extra awesome , also noticed several home where fishing boats appeared to be built in the driveway (Big fishing boats) . Swimming was the only con to Nova Scotia in July it was too cold to swim at the beach. If your into out doors I say go for it you'll probably enjoy it . BTW we took a supposed 4 hour ferry ride from Maine ran into rough water added 2 hours to the trip I was seasick the entire time on the boat
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:52 PM
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Don't rule out Newfoundland as a destination either. It's like stepping back in time when you visit the fishing villages. Some great hiking there too.
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Our next door neighbor has a home on Prince Edward Island. He warned me that when you get to Boston (from North Alabama), you're just about halfway to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. We flew to Manchester, NH and still put 2000 miles driving to Sydney, NS and back.

We were really looking for Celtic music and roadside lobster shacks. We didn't find either, as the musicians live down in Ontario and don't show up until July. The Cabot Trail was pretty, but the entire region has been logged and is without a beautiful forest. We didn't care to pay $12.99 a six pack for the cheapest beer and their 15% sales taxes.

What we were really looking for we found on our return in Camden, Maine. Its harbor is full of beautiful mahogany boats and schooners, and it's just a beautiful town. Lobster shacks abound. And the homes of the tall sailing ships' captains have been made into magnificent bed and breakfasts. We will return one day to spend more time in maritime Maine.
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We had a great time hiking in Newfoundland last year. We vrbo right on the ocean just out of St Johns so we could eat well at night and spent the days hiking on great trails with little company. Great trip.
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Originally Posted by BIGnUGLY View Post
We had a great time hiking in Newfoundland last year. We vrbo right on the ocean just out of St Johns so we could eat well at night and spent the days hiking on great trails with little company. Great trip.
thats exactly what I’m seeking. I’ll have to take a harder look at Newfoundland
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:34 AM
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When in October and what do you like to do? Oct is usually nice with days in the high single digit C, and nights close to 0C. Last year the temp dropped below freezing late Oct.

NS has a lot to see but a lot of tourist stuff may be closed by the end of Oct. Get on line with the NS Tourism Dept and download the Doers and Dreamers Guide. It’s good info. Halifax is the major center with about 1/3of the provinces population. Its a major shipping port, university town, and industrial center. Smaller towns include Amherst, Truro, Bridgewater, Liverpool, New Glasgow and dozens of towns and villages along the coast

PEI is only 60 mins from NS and worth a day trip for sure. The Confederation Bridge links New Brunswick to PEI and in itself is impressive. (Its only 45 minutes from the NS border thru NB to the Bridge).

As another member mentioned, Cape Breton is a great location for a vacation. Its remote and unspoiled. Late in Ot, make sure accommodations and any attractions you want to see are open.

If you can dial in what you want to do/see I’d be happy to give you some local knowledge.
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Spent the first 40 years of my life in NS before moving to FL, so this tag line struck home for sure! You don't see the words "Nova Scotia" very often in a THT thread...

If you can push your dates back a little bit, you'd have a better experience in my mind. I always tell people to visit between labor day and Oct 15.

All the good things are still up and running, but the kids are back in school and the traffic in the more touristy areas is gone.

There's lots to see and do for sure! For hiking and camping set your sites on the Cabot trail. The highlands are beautiful and rugged, well worth the trip.

There's also good camping and hiking along the Fundy shore. There are number of National and Provincial parks that have camp sites and that time of year will be VERY quiet.

Not sure if you like to fly flsh, but that time of year can be amazing for Salomon fishing as well...

Let us know what you're after and I'll try to help. NS depends highly on tourism as an industry, so there's lots of good websites etc. Get the doers and dreamers guide to get a feel and then zoom in on what floats your boat.
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