Road Trip Nova Scotia

No books or movies today–”just” a trip.

Although if you would like to know about some movies made in Nova Scotia, there are quite a few, not to mention a current TV SyFy channel show, Haven. which was partially filmed in Lunenberg, and other Nova Scotia locations.

Lunenburg

Lunenburg

Earlier I wrote about Campobello Island, the International park where FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and family stayed in the summer (That site is in New Brunswick, but was on our way to Nova Scotia).

Then I talkedĀ  a bit about Baddeck and about Glooscap Heritage Center and Kejimkujuk.But I need to go back to our first stop in Nova Scotia, which was in Annapolis Royal. Getting there was half the fun. That was our three-ferry day. We waited on the pebbly beach of Campobello and listened to the seagulls wheel and scold. Keeping up the rhythm in the bass section, a fog horn bleated soulfully from time to time.

Ship emerging from fog Campobello

Ship emerging from fog Campobello

Then a Canadian transportation department ferry from Deer Island to the mainland at Letite. A short drive to St. John, New Brunswick, and a large ferry to Digby.
Digby is a very touristy town and the scallop festival started that evening. But we stayed up the road a piece at Annapolis Royal at the gorgeous 19th century Hillsdale House Inn.

Hillsdale House, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Hillsdale House

Not only are the 13 rooms filled with antique furniture:

Room in Hillsdale House

Room in Hillsdale House

 

Bathroom, Hillsdale House

our Bathroom, Hillsdale House

But, they also have WIFI:

That's me tweeting from an antique table!

That's me tweeting from an antique table!

This was a delightful place to start our “sister’s trip” to Nova Scotia. In Anapolis Royal we took in the Historic Gardens two doors down, and saw the oldest wooden structure in Nova Scotia right next door. It is a house that is still lived in, with lawn maintained as it would have been in the early 18th century. The village streets just beg to be explored with all that history, including Ft. Anne with its exhibits of the struggles between France and England. (more about that later).

The Tourism Office of Nova Scotia kindly organized our tour and arranged for complementary stays for the six nights we were there. But IĀ  will not rave about a place unless we found it raveable–as Hillsdale House clearly is. Nova Scotia tourism operates handy tourism centers where friendly people will give you great advice on how to get the most out of your visit. Here’s the one we visited fresh off the ferry from St. John.

Tourism office near Digby ferry port

Tourism office near Digby ferry port

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler’s Library, recreating her family’s past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

Vera Marie Badertscher – who has written posts on A Traveler's Library.


About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

3 thoughts on “Road Trip Nova Scotia

    1. I sincerely urge everyone who loves to travel, loves beautiful scenery, good music, seafood, nice people, history–you name it–to go to Nova Scotia. Jessie, you will LOVE Hillsdale House. But be sure and tell them you don’t want to stay on the third floor. We did, and it was lovely, but OH, those stairs!

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