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Here is a guest blog by popular travel blogger Rob Barham
If you want to hike in Nova Scotia, whether you are an experienced hiker or not, you can easily take a tour which starts and ends in Halifax, the capital of this ocean influenced Canadian province. Although the hike is primary, tours also include experiences that will give you insight into Canadian history and culture. It’s possible to get tours which transport your bags from point to point to save your back too if desired.
Accommodation on the trekking tours is typically at cozy Bed and Breakfast hotels where you will get a warm Nova Scotia welcome.
Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s maritime provinces and can easily be reached by a flight from the UK to Halifaxwhich only takes about 6 hours with a direct flight. Nova Scotia has a very diverse nature and is ideal for hiking adventures. Also recommended for active holidaymakers is cycling, kayaking, fishing and sailing.
It is easy to find your way around Halifax and most of the city’s attractions are within walking distance. The harbour area is pleasant with old restored warehouse buildings. It is also where the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has their home.
Crystal Crescent Beach, about 40 km south of Halifax. From the beach you can see the lighthouse on Sambro Island, which is the oldest functioning in North America.
White Point Beach Resort, located by the sea. Our resort is full of history and was once (1928), a private hunting and fishing lodge. Today it is a well-functioning resort with many activities. Try the tasty lobster, which Nova Scotia is so famous for.
Kejimkujik National Park, enjoys a coastal landscape with tundra-like vegetation an dramatic rock formations along the beach. Look for seals and beautiful orchids. Go inland and explore the huge wilderness area with forests, many lakes and rich wildlife. You will walk in a in a relatively flat terrain between 300 years old trees.
Brier Island – Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy. An awe inspiring experience. There is no guarantee you will see them but there is a good chance you will see whales and dolphins.
If you have not bought any equipment for the hiking tour, you have a good opportunity here in Halifax. Canadians are good at “outdoor wear”, and you get great value for money on brands like The North Face and of course Canada Goose.
At night the city tour Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax is highly recommended. It need not be booked but the meeting place is to gather at the Old Town Clock, located halfway up the hill to the Halifax Citadel – an old British fort.
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Nova Scotia has some of the best planning sites in all of tourism, anywhere. The planners make it easy to put together a custom-made motorcycle trip of a lifetime.
It all starts out with the “Doers’ and Dreamers’” guide, a 384 book filled with pictures, descriptions and maps that divides the province in to seven sections:
Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley
Cape Breton Island
Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
These even tourism regions highlight the diverse landscapes, roads and seaside vistas of Nova Scotia. In all, there are more than 7,600 km (4,750 mi) of coastline that encompasses the mountainous Cape Breton Highlands, the wide open landscape of the Annapolis Valley to the Bay of Fundy shores, the rugged “moonscape” of the Peggy’s Cove area and the coves and points of South Shore. There has never been a better test of motorcycling than the great roads that follow thsi incredible seascape.
The other great thing about Nova Scotia is that you can get off the highway anywhere and take a road that leads to the ocean in less than 30 minutes. And if you get tired of weaving around the bays and inlets a highway is always the same distance the other way.
It is also easy for New England riders to get here on the high-speed Cat Ferry or up and around on the New Brunswick highways. For Quebec and Ontario riders its it just over sixteen hours in the seat. In addition you can join a group tour with others in a customized tour package.
Here are some ideas:
*The 300 km (187 mi) Cabot Trail, especially in autumn when the trees are in full color.
* Whales Watching along the Digby Neck area of the Annapolis Valley
* The Eastern Shore up from Halifax to Cape Breton
Click on this link to order your >Doers’ and Dreamers’ Guide
A tidal bore is a wall of water that moves up certain low-lying rivers due to an incoming tide. Tidal bores form when an incoming tide rushes up a river, developing a steep forward slope due to resistance to the tide’s advance by the river, which is flowing in the opposite direction. Thus we have the phenomenon of the river changing its flow before your very eyes, flowing in overtop the outgoing river water.
he height of the tidal bore increases with the range of the tide and may very in height from just a ripple to several feet.Bores occur in relatively few locations worldwide, usually in areas with a large tidal range (typically more than 20 feet between high and low water), and where incoming tides are funneled into a shallow, narrowing river via a broad bay. The funnel-like shape not only increases the height of the tide, but it can also decrease the duration of the flood tide down to a point where the flood appears as a sudden increase in the water level.
There are approximately two high tides and two low tides within a 24-hour period in the Bay of Fundy. The time between a low tide and a high tide is about 6 hours and 13 minutes. Therefore visitors to the Fundy coast can realistically expect to see at least one high and one low tide during daylight hours.
Tide times move ahead approximately one hour each day, and tide times vary for different locations around the Bay. One of the best ways to experience the full impression of the Bay of Fundy’s tides is to visit the same coastal location at high tide, then return about six hours later at low tide (or vice versa).
The Bay of Fundy tidal bore is a three hour drive from White Point Manor and White Point Beach Resort.
Did you know that birding is the number one sport in America? According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are currently 51.3 million birders in the United States alone, and this number continues to grow!
– Audubon Society
My short answer is, no I didn’t.
Like almost everyone I know, I like birds. I grew fond of ducks, geese and pheasants because I used to hunt them. Now, many years after I put away my shotgun, I like to watch snowbirds at the birdfeeder, and eagles and ospreys soar but I wouldn’t consider myself a true birder.
Birding in Nova Scotia
I guess the most famous attraction for birds in Nova Scotia is the annual eagles watch in Sheffield Mills. A few years ago we went for two Sundays in February and saw the great raptors tearing at chicken parts. Usually they just grabbed their lunch and ate it in the trees just out of camera range. But it was great all the same. One of the best parts of spending a February day in the Valley is going through the hall to see the display of stuffed birds and photographs.
However, this is by far not the only draw for birds in this area. Birders come at different times of the year to watch events that most of us would never notice. For example, the annual shorebird and warbler migration is an annual event for birders as far away as England and the southern United States. Books abound on the subject, many written by Nova Scotia birders like the late Robie Tufts.
Birds Important to Tourism
In fact the government of Nova Scotia has statistics which show that 9% of the travellers to the province in 2006 were birders, which puts the activity above golf, whale watching, cycling and sea kayaking. In all fairness to these other activities the bird watchers did not only come for avian events but our fowl friends did put a lot of money into the province. Here is the full report: Birding as a Tourism Product
So, tip your hat to a jay or chickadee.
*A few eagles have been sen at Sheffield Mills so they might be congregating early this year. For more updates:
Sheffield Mills Eagles Watch: Information and updates on the eagles in Sheffield Mills
Flying Like an Eagle in Eagle Country: author -Jodi DeLong, Editor of The Canning Gazette