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Nova Scotia has been on our list of places to visit for some time. Hali had been there many years ago with her friend Eva, and has been anxious to return. We picked the very end of the summer season in hopes that we might miss the worst of the summer tourist crowd. We began driving up through Maine in the last week of August. We spent a couple of nights in Camden, Maine and then drove to St John, New Brunswick. After a night there, we caught the ferry over to Digby, Nova Scotia. Two nights in Digby, then on to Shelburne for one night. Then 3 nights up near Peggy's Cove before heading on to Truro. After 3 nights there, we drove back to St John for one night there. Then a final one night stay back in Camden before heading home! We put about 2700 miles on the car!

Nova Scotia is so beautiful! One beautiful seaside town after another, all along the south coast. And we were lucky with the weather. We only had one day that was a total wash-out, and we used that as our 'down-time' day. More than once we heard people saying it was the best weather they had seen all summer. The fog can roll in fast and thick, but the end of summer is much better than the beginning of summer.

Of course, the seafood was incredibly good. Many places favor the fried foods, but other places can be found. We have listed some of our recommendations below, for anyone that may be traveling to that area. If you enjoy scenic coastal towns, south-western Nova Scotia is a must-see destination for you! As you might imagine, we took a few photos along the way. We have included some on this web page to share our trip with you. We hope you enjoy them!

Happy trails, Mike & Hali


Birchwood Motel, Camden, Maine.
Simple, clean, and convenient. Okay, incredibly clean. A nice place run by very nice folks.

57 Bayview Bar & Bistro, Camden, Maine.
A little eclectic, but we loved this place for dinner!

Dots Cafe, Lincolnville, Maine.
A nice breakfast cafe with really good coffee (and tasty baked goods, too).

The Maine Grind, Ellesworth, Maine.
A great lunch place, but very very busy.

Churchill's Pub & Steakhouse, St John, New Brunswick.
When our dinner salads eventually came, they were outstanding. Apparently our attitude-laden waitress lost our order? The salads were really very good, but we were not anxious for a return visit.

Harbourview Inn, Digby, Nova Scotia.
A very nice place run by some very nice folks. It's a stone's throw away from the Digby/St John ferry, but feels like it's off the beaten path.

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Watch, Brier Island, Nova Scotia.
A great little outfit. Nice folks. We found the boat/crowd size very nice compared to whale watches out of Cape Cod.

Old World Bakery, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Great sandwiches!

Charlotte Lane Cafe, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
Great dinner place but make a reservation! We ate outside on the patio, and had a wonderful meal there. Nice staff, too.

Harbour View Cottages & Guestrooms, West Dover, Nova Scotia.
Great little place. Super clean and cozy. Super nice staff.

Sou'wester, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.

Beales Bailiwick, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
Great DECAF cappuccinos, and baked good. Eclectic gift $hop.

Rhubarb Restaurant, Indian Cove, Nova Scotia.
Super restaurant. Easily the best in the area. Try the hell bay pale ale draft. Oh, and the best seafood chowder -- ever!

Kiwi Cafe, Chester, Nova Scotia.
A great little cafe with all kinds of coffee drinks and delicious food.

Tulips and Thistle B&B, Truro, Nova Scotia.
Very nice B&B, with super nice hosts. Amazing breakfasts, too!

Shubencadie River Runners, Maitland, Nova Scotia.
Very fun company that does rafting trips on the tidal bore. Everything you wear will probably get wet (very wet). And maybe a bit red from the clay, too. A super fun time.

A1 Tires, Ltd, Truro, Nova Scotia.
Pulled out the nail and patched our tire. Then refilled it with nitrogen. Also gave us a free re-torque after 100km. All for a very reasonable price.

Billy's Seafood Company, St John, New Brunswick.
A wonderful dinner place right across from a nice park (King Square).

Fresh Market, Camden, Maine.Excellent egg sandwiches for breakfast. Decaf iced lattes, too. However, all staff looked (and behaved) liked their puppies just died. Oh wait, there was 1 smiling face in there.
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