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  • u2traveller 4w

    Live in Nova Scotia! Love to travel to Europe.

    aoshust68

    I would love to hear of your favourite places to visit in Nova Scotia. Especially those that are "off-the-beaten path". Never having been east of Toronto, I hope to spend at least a week in each of the Maritime provinces when I do my coast-to-coast motorcycle trip.

    u2traveller

    Well, Cape Breton and the Cabot trail are a must see - not really 'off the beaten path'.

    All of these suggestions are really a day (I won't mention Halifax, because you'll probably end up there)

    I usually recommend Annapolis Valley and Wolfville (tho I haven't been there for a few years). The Lookoff has some amazing views over the Valley. We like Oaklawn Farm Zoo. Annapolis Royal and Grand Pre. This is all in the 'Valley'. Not sure if it's still open, but we enjoyed the few times we ate at Farmer's Family Diner which is near the Zoo, but off the beaten path if you aren't going to the Zoo. Don't think it is open every day.

    On the South Shore - well, Peggy's Cove is a must. Take ten minutes to visit the Swiss Air memorial in memory of the plane crash that happened some years back. I hear Chester is nice (never been!). We always spend time in Mahone Bay and Lunenburg a few times a year. Again - a well planned day can take all these sights in. We enjoy eating at a few places - Salt Shaker Deli and The Grand Banker in Lunenburg (make sure to swing by the Lunenburg Academy for a quick look-see).

    Sadly, we haven't really gone to the Eastern part of NS - so can't really recommend anything there. I hear Kejimkujik National park is lovely - would depend on time of year.

    I haven't been Parrsboro way in forever, but some fossil cliffs there, and some good hikes along the way. If it was a Saturday, Tatamagouche has an interesting Farmer's Market at Creamery Square, and not sure if it still runs, but have a 'community train' that circles around the village...http://www.tatamagoucheroadtrain.ca/ Pictou can be nice for a few hours just to wander. New Glasgow...meh. Well, we only ever went there for the shopping...lol.

    (I am trying to do this in sections/areas).

    OK, Truro - my town, has a lovely park with lots of hiking trails - most pretty easy...and two waterfalls - usually a trickle in the summer, but nice in the autumn after some rains, or winter and spring with the ice melt. Not to far from Truro is Masstown - you MUST go off the highway and go to Masstown Market - great place to stop for food - they have a fish market, lots of home baked goods and also do soups/sandwiches and that kind of thing. It is usually super busy. Also in our area - Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. If you like getting wet, you can look into Tidal Bore rafting (again - only certain times of the year). People enjoy Burntcoat Head park - check tide times - if low tide you can walk out across the floor of the Bay...alas, when we went, it was high tide...

    Places we like to eat towards/in Halifax - Curly's Portables in Elmsdale. Truckside Food truck Food Court - Cheese Curds poutinerie (the BEST poutine/burgers - triple bacon poutine...drool), Italian, Asian, Fish and Chips and Habaneros. Oh - just checking their page - looks like Italian has been replaced with East Coast BBQ. Anyways, it's an interesting concept! http://www.truckside.biz/

    u2traveller

    Oh - the park in Truro is called Victoria Park...

    aoshust68

    Thanks so much for your time in contributing some great information. I better get serious about my planning! :)

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2017-07-09

  • hasbeen 6w

    Long time Canada resident here .. I look forward to following you as you progress across the country.

    Steve

    aoshust68

    Thanks for joining! Lots of Ottawa folks on my summer baseball team. :) Feel free to contribute any Ontario travel suggestions for my trip. Though I do plan to hit Ottawa, I intend to give Toronto a miss and will be doing my best to travel secondary roads rather than high-traffic highways, wherever possible. I am particularly interested in lesser-known destinations of interest.

    hasbeen

    The road from Ottawa to Montreal on the Ontario side is an extremely boring divided highway .. much nicer to do that journey on the Quebec side & even then there are a couple of options for routes. Ottawa itself is worth a few days, maybe 3 or 4 .. for the Canada Capital stuff .. although I had a friend stay for a long weekend & we spent most of the time on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River

    aoshust68

    I was planning to cross Ontario via the northern Hwy 11, assuming it is paved. Then dropping down to North Bay to Montreal. Would it be a nicer ride then to go through Val-D'Or to Montreal and then back-track the short distance to Ottawa via Hwy 50?

    aoshust68

    Actually, it looks like I can drop back town to Ottawa via 117 without having to backtrack.
    Then, my plan was to head to Trois-Rivieres and go north again to Shawnigan and Saugenay before crossing the river to Edmunston. I am still so much in the planning stages, my route is easily changed.

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2017-07-08

  • aoshust68 6w

    Greetings everyone. I am Canadian - now living in Victoria, British Columbia. I would like to welcome anyone, Canadian or otherwise, to share their experiences while living in or visiting Canada. Tell me about your favourite Canadian places - especially the hidden gems.

    For those of you who are from other places in the world and hoping to visit our beautiful country, I hope that this group might provide you with helpful information on what to see and where to go and how to make the most of Canadian hospitality.

    aoshust68

    So far I've been using Travellerspoint to plan motorcycle road trips and really like the tool. Next year, I hope to go coast-to-coast in Canada with my motorcycle. This trip is not about getting from one end to the other as fast as I can, but to explore the provinces and territories and learn more about the history, industry and tourism of the areas I visit. It is currently a 15,000 km trip with the objective of staying off the big highways.

    I am looking for input on what to see and do, particularly in the eastern provinces (Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes). I am quite familiar with the west, being born in Alberta, raised in Manitoba and many trips across the west since moving to British Columbia.

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