Q – Sara H of Weston, MA inquires: We need help in planning a trip to Nova Scotia for 5 days in late August with our 11 and 13-year-olds. We'd like to explore what is unique to this region; don't like things that are “touristy” and are interested in touring, easy hiking and biking, and a pool.
A – Upon your arrival in Yarmouth, you have a choice of two main routes to follow:
The Evangeline Trail lies along the northern shore of the island, paralleling the Bay of Fundy. You will drive through many Acadian fishing villages, and at Digby Neck you can enjoy birding and whale watching. This region also celebrates hundreds of years of military history, and fishing and farming are the way of life.
The Lighthouse Route lies along the Atlantic Ocean on the south shore of the island. Traveling this way, you will be able to enjoy incredible coastal vistas, and hear seafaring legends, while experiencing the influence of the past on everyday life. Watch farmers and fisherman going about their chores, and visit a working blacksmith in the town of Lunenburg. Named as such for a reason, you can visit over 20 working lighthouses, so vital to the life of the island, along the way.
If you are interested in visiting Halifax, either of these routes will take you there. To give you an idea of the distance – without any stops along the way – the drive between Yarmouth and Halifax is about 4 hours. Halifax is a wonderful city for families which you can read about on FTF:
Visit Nova Scotia’s informative website at www.novascotia.com for more information.
Once you have decided which route to follow, we can do some more research for you.
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