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post #1 of 13 Old 03-25-2008, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Touring Nova Scotia - Tips?

Planning a 5-6 day trip from VT to Nova Scotia in June with a few friends for our annual escape from the wives. We were thinking of taking the Cat from Bar Harbor, ME on the way over to save some time, hit the Cabot Trail, and (gasp) do some camping a few nights, weather permitting. Anyone done this and have any suggestions?

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http://www.bamarider.com/Trip%20Jour..._maritimes.htm

Guy has done some great long distance rides, and his reports are pretty decent, his East Coast trip was a few years ago, but I suspect the info is still relevant. Day 9 is about "the cat" The only bad thing is... he doesn't ride a Strom
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Planning a 5-6 day trip from VT to Nova Scotia in June with a few friends for our annual escape from the wives. We were thinking of taking the Cat from Bar Harbor, ME on the way over to save some time, hit the Cabot Trail, and (gasp) do some camping a few nights, weather permitting. Anyone done this and have any suggestions?
The CAT isn't going to save you time, all things considered. RedAnt, Mrs. RedAnt, and I did the trip last August. It appears that those threads are gone now.

My suggestion is to ride the coastal roads and my only comment is that Nova Scotia is bigger than you think. I'm planning on going again this coming August.

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If you have time, plan to include these roads in your trip:

The "Marine Drive" (Hwy 7) route along the eastern shore from Halifax through Clam Harbour, Sheet Harbour, to route 211 through Country Harbour, then on to route 316 through Guysborough, to route 344 past Boylston up through Mulgrave, until you reach the Canso Causeway. Be aware the ferry at Country Harbour only runs once an hour, on the hour I believe when travelling NE.

Get on Portland Street in Dartmouth and keep going. Nice possible stops along the way: Lawrencetown beach (prov. park -you can't miss it), the Chezzetcook dykes, Martinique beach (prov. beach park) take E Petpeswick road out of Musquodobit Hbr), Clam Harbour beach (prov. park), and basically anwhere along the coast you see a sign for a provincial park. NS is loaded with them. Just stick to the coast. From Dartmouth to C.B. is the better part of a day's ride in itself, though.

If you're more pressed for time, take the #7 as far as Musquodobit Hbr, and then turn left on to the 357, up the Musquodobit river valley, through Meaghers Grant and Elderbank to Middle Musquodobit. From there take the 224 to Upper Musquodobit, the 336 to the 289, and on to Stellarton/New Glasgow.

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Coming towards CB from Truro along the 104/#4, just past New Glasgow, is the exit to hwy 245 through Merigomish, up towards Malignant cove on hwy 337. Parts of it are somewhat boring inland, but up towards the tip it is very entertaining and great scenery. Bring you back out at Antigonish, eventually.

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If you're coming into NS from NB, you might want to go up Hwy 16 (the TCH) to Baie Verte and then take the minor road closest to the north shore (I don't have a good map handy) to the 366 in NS, to the #6 in Port Howe, on through Pugwash, Wallace, Malagash, Tatamagouche, River John, etc, on to Pictou.
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Well, eastern Nova Scotia is more my old stomping grounds, and all the above are worthwhile, time allowing, on the way to CB. All of NS's marked scenic trails, such as the Evangeline Trail up to the Minas Basin (take in Cape Scot(Scott?), the one that sticks up into the Minas Basin and "The Lookoff" if you do that one, too. The Lighthouse route is also good. I also recommend the trip up the eastern shore of CB, inclduding the Fleur De Lis Trail, to Marion Bridge, and on to Louisbourg. I recommend getting off the 104 past St. Peter's and taking the 247 through L'Ardoise to Point Michaud, although continuing on from there to Grand River and back on to the trail will involve some unpaved roads.
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I visited Nova Scotia in 2001... Here's what I remember off the top of my head...

I guess Peggy's Cove is the classic NS photo-op... lots of people and tour buses there but still worth seeing. It was disappointingly foggy when we were there though. I imagine on a sunny, windy day the sea spraying off the rocks would be spectacular.

The Cabot Trail is, of course, a beautiful drive on a sunny day or two and would be great on bikes (I was driving the cage in 2001).

We stayed at the Glenora Distillery on Cape Breton Is. My kinda place but not much else in the area IIRC.

We went to a maritime museum in Halifax and saw some artifacts from the Titanic. That was pretty cool.

If you're planning to stay overnight in one of the nicer hotels in Halifax, better reserve well in advance or you may not get a room. We got stuck at a fairly crummy motel in a not-so-nice area of Dartmouth, in a room next to a couple with a whiny baby. Couldn't wait to get outta there.

I regret not getting to Newfoundland but hope to make up for that by making an epic East Coast trip on the Wee some year.

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Drop me an email and I'll send you my write up on my trip last year........

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Four of us traveled up from NC in early June. We did the cat and split up for a day in from Yarmouth. My wife and I spent the night on the end of Digby Neck. The rest of the time we traveled together. Mostly stayed in motels and B&B's. Enjoyed the local food, well preserved turn of the century homes, and the locals. Enjoyed all of NS. I would go back.

Saint John has a reversing waterfall that is pretty cool. If you have time have a meal at the restaurant overlooking the falls. My biggest suggestion would be to take your time, watch out for the moose, enjoy the food, do a whale tour.
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Don't forget Louisbourg

On the Northeast coast of Cape Breton Island is the reconstructed fortress and settlement of Louisbourg. Much of it looks and acts as it did in 1743.

In 2007, I had time for a short visit, hardly three hours. A few years ago, my daughter spent a whole day walking around in it and photographing people and buildings and artifacts. She and I each wished we had spent three times as long.

I recommend you study its web site and decide for yourself if this attraction deserves a miss or a dedicated day or more. It's a very subjective decision.

Some of it is endearing. The two guards at the gatehouse try to tease the visitors, for example by pretending a very young visitor is the leader of a group of warriors. When I walked up to them, all alone and looking much like my picture up there on your left, they asked me to try to find some rum and bring it back to them. What the heck? I reached into my pocket and handed them a 2-ounce airline bottle of rum. Speechless is the word.

Anyway, I enjoyed Louisbourg.

Make the letter C with your left hand. Inside the C is the protected harbour. The fortress and its walled city occupy your left thumb. Your left forefinger can be reached by a 6 Km gravel road out of the modern day town of Louisbourg, and on that prong of the harbour you can see one existing lighthouse and the ruins of two older lighthouses. You can walk on concrete that was cast over 100 years before Canada existed. I found that idea quite fascinating, and I gazed at those ruins for quite a while.

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I lived in Halifax for a couple of years while attending university. I can confirm that Fort Louisbourg is very worthwhile. Another good stop for someone who is interested in things mechanical (aren't all motorcyclists?) is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck, on Cape Breton Island. A third thing to do is to check out downtown Halifax, both for the Historic Properties area and also for the nightlife.

And if you meet any Newfoundlanders, all you have to know is four words: whale oil beef hooked
But you have to say it fast.

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Another good stop for someone who is interested in things mechanical (aren't all motorcyclists?) is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck, on Cape Breton Island.
And if you're in Baddeck, make sure to eat at the Lobster Supper restaurant. Interesting place.


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