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August visit?

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August visit?

Hi. I'm just starting to plan family vacation for August. We're two parents and a 19-year-old. Husband is suggesting options since we can't find $400 fares to Paris. That totally changed my thinking and I wonder what it's like in Nova Scotia in August. We're coming from Boston so would take the Cat Ferry. When we travel all together we usually go to a big city because that's what my son loves--culture, shopping, museums, lots of walking around. What would Nova Scotia in August be like? I imagine driving, hiking, eating, kayaking. Would someone like to share with me? Thanks.

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1. Re: August visit?

Adding to the post: interested in really easy biking . . . I bike every day, son biked through Vietname, and husband hasn't biked in years. I see some tours that are 5 days long. I would love to find a day trip or overnight trip.

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2. Re: August visit?

August is a peak time for tourists as it is summer. The weather will be similar to Boston though perhaps a bit cooler. How much time will you have?

To start your research check out these links. The first one has the main NS website and you can search there for cycling. You are likely best taking daytrips, perhaps with one of you driving while two of you bike.

Please do a bit of reading and come back with ideas and questions:

http://bit.ly/2ltXQbm Planning your trip

http://bit.ly/2mfOrsd Trip Reports

http://bit.ly/2nKbbyK Cape Breton

http://bit.ly/2lGS07p Bay of Fundy

http://bit.ly/2Ehz7Al South Shore

http://bit.ly/2mfMDiD Annapolis Valley

http://bit.ly/2libRZF Northumberland Shore

http://bit.ly/2qorRyf Eastern Shore

www.destinationhalifax.com

Boston, MA
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Thank you. This will help me get started.

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and on the way to NS there is Acadia Nat Park that is often on a lot of posters list https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm so you could go there first then to Alma for the 30 ft tides at Hopewell Rock NB

then either take the CAT ferry or even the Digby to Saint John NB ferry to get back. https://goo.gl/maps/xJVNPZGEgCk

Halifax and maybe Saint John is about the only cities that will have a bit of "city" architecture with Historic Properties in Halifax a must see when look for interesting restorations.

Boston, MA
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That's good advice about driving up and ferry back. I was thinking about that earlier today. Thanks for the link.

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Researching here and on the Facebook group Travel Community has made me realize how much time one could spend in NS. We have one week off from work, coming from Boston, so I know we can't do everything. Cbaarch's idea about driving through Acadia sounds wonderful, and I also think that seeing Acadia, Saint John, Cape Breton, and Halifax area may be too much. Each drive is 4-5 hours. My husband needs to be in one place for a number of days to just rest and read by the water.

We know we want to go to Cape Breton to see puffins. I'm interested in Hopewell Rocks and don't know if that's a must see. We'd like to experience a range of kayaking-- Bay of Fundy, Sea kayak, river kayak. We're interested in surf lessons near Halifax. And to save some time on our end we'll definitely take the Cat Ferry back home.

So given all this I need to strategize around how to get up there (drive the whole way, take the Cat Ferry, or take the Digby Ferry) and where to stop and spend some time. Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks so much.

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7. Re: August visit?

Maryann just blew my mind on another post, mentioning that there were warm water beaches in Northumberland.

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8. Re: August visit?

You have listed way more places and activities than you have time. You have to eliminate a lot of it. Consider flying here and renting a car.

The Advocate Harbour and Cape Chignecto Park area are good for hiking, seeing the Bay of Fundy tides and sea kayaking.

It does not save time taking the Cat ferry if you do not plan to be in the southwest of Nova Scotia. The way the schedule is you have to spend your first and last nights near Yarmouth.

If you are going to Cape Breton or the Advocate Harbour area or Hopewell Rocks then next to flying, driving is the best way to get here. https://goo.gl/maps/RcCqoBF6i4R2

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FYI I am coming in August as well to Cape Breton and I checked with the puffin boat tour company and they said the following:

"Usually by the middle of August the main colony heads out to sea and there are a few stragglers around until the latter part of August . You might see single digit numbers at that time"

So, with this info we decided against doing the puffin boat tour as I feel it would be a waste of money.

Just my two cents!

Edited: 30 March 2018, 03:27
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10. Re: August visit?

With just a week, you can choose EITHER Nova Scotia or Acadia, but certainly not both.

Edited to add: saw your note on another thread about 'warm water' - since you're from Boston, you can get to Cape Cod for warm beach water easily, don't go to Nova Scotia for just a week and then use it for beach time!

Edited: 30 March 2018, 04:09
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