Our fist visit to Nova Scotia, we toured the whole province, going from one Bed and Breakfast to another. We were considering, at the time, purchasing a Bed and Breakfast but after speaking to many Bed and Breakfast owners, we decided that, not only are they very difficult to sell as the market would be minimal, but it just wasn’t the kind of work we wanted to do. This would tie us down, which is the last thing we wanted.
However, on this journey we discovered all of Nova Scotia. Starting by taking an overnight Ferry from Portland Main, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Saves alot of time and wear and tear on your vehicle. There is even a faster ferry, The Cat Ferry, now, that only takes 5.5 hours to go from Portland Main to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia just had a bad storm going through, so on on our arrival we saw trees down, debris and lights out everywhere.
Our first stop was Digby, where we stayed at Summers Inn. The power was out and fallen trees everywhere. There was nothing working but one restaurant had a generator so needless to say, everyone was there, enjoying drinks, food and music.
Digby is known for its world-famous Scallops.
We did visit Digby again, from Charlottetown, this year, summer of 2018.
We found out the hard way, that in peak season, July and August, you must book a place in advance. We arrived and could not find a place. Everything was booked. We didn’t end up having to sleep in our truck, however, we found a place in Annapolis Royal, also a very quaint little town, which was approx 30 mins from Digby.
Digby is a great little place to visit, with lots of great scallops, and sea food. One of the places, The Crow’s Nest, has the best sea food chowder, with lots and lots of great chunks of seafood.
Golf at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, is another great way to spend the day.
Annapolis valley is full of wineries which we explored and purchased 12 bottles of wine. Great to tour and taste all the different wines, as there are so many close together. Stayed in Wolfville and explored from there. Also went for a great 16 k trail walk on Cape Split Trail, on the Nova Scotia Side of the Bay of Fundy.
If you’re a golfer, bring your clubs, you can golf at many of the golf courses in the Annapolis Valley and one of the beautiful ones that we played was in Wolfville, Ken-Wo Golf Club.
Cabot Trail (click on the link to view the beauty of the Cabot Trail) is one of the most amazing drives. The town of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, is at the beginning and end of the Trail, and a great place to stay the night. We stayed at the Lynnwood Inn, two times now and both times had a great experience. As this is the beginning and end of the Trail, it is a great place to begin your drive first thing in the morning and spend the whole day on the trail exploring, and seeing the beautiful landscapes. It truly is magnificent and the pictures cannot do justice to the beauty.
In Baddeck, there is a great family owned restaurant, Baddeck Lobster Suppers, that features, locally fished lobster, salmon, crab and more! With each entre, you also receive all you can eat mussels and chowder, plus a non-alcoholic beverage and a home made desert.
Highly recommend driving the Cabot Trail in the fall, late October as the colours are truly magnificent.
The Northumberland ferry can be taken from PEI Caribou, Nova Scotia, to P.E.I. Pictou is not far from Caribou and there is an amazing little diner called Sharon’s Place in the town that is super friendly with the most amazing breakfasts and lunch. This is highly recommended before embarking on the ferry to PEI. The ferry is approximately hour and half to PEI. You do not have to pay to go on the ferry to PEI but always leaving the island there is a toll.