In July of this year our family will be traveling into Maine, driving over into New Brunswick, then around to the Fundy Coastal Drive, the Evangeline Route, stopping off in Brier Island and then around the Lighthouse Route into Halifax for a business meeting. We are planning this trip with a two-week timetable. We have visited Maine before so are only spending a day there. What are the definite "do not miss" areas on this journey?? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I've heard Halifax is a pretty nice coastal city to visit, and will surprise most on how much more sophisticated it is than is thought of. That would be a definite spot to visit (as you plan to).
I was in New Brunswick 6 years ago and we stayed in Shediac. We visited The Hopewell Rock in the Bay of Fundy, which in my opinion is something to see for nature lovers, as high tide takes on a completely new meaning. The water actually rises so high above the rocks that half are covered and the whole thing takes about an hour (if memory serves). During low tide, you can go down by the rocks and you will be walking on the actual sea bed, with "bushes" of seaweed surrounding you everywhere. Another really nice thing to do is whale watching. There are plenty of expeditions in New Brunswick. Also, try the lobster!
Yes, Hopewell Rock is a must. Also, from Halifax you have to drive to Peggy's Cove. It is such a beautiful drive the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Lunenberg, just a little on the west is also a must see if you are in the area. If you're lucky the Bluenose (well known vessel)may be docked.
I drove up the east coast from Portland to Nova Scotia and I must recommend Acadia National Park in Maine and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Both places have an amazing scenery of cliffs, forests, and ocean. If you do go to either place, I recommend camping if at all possible. A great way to soak up the fresh air!
Hey! I live in New England, and my family is from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia so I'm there all the time! You MUST visit Prince Edward Island while you're in the Maritimes. In P.E.I., please take the Confederation Bridge from Cape Tormentine over to Borden-Carleton. Make sure you check out Cavendish and eat at the Fisherman's Wharf in North Rustico.
In Nova Scotia, just west of Parrsboro, there is this very nice spot known as Cape d'Or. Take NS-209 west from Parrsboro and after about 12 miles, there is a left turn for "Cape d'Or". There are many places to stay in Advocate and Parrsboro.
Hope I helped out!