For those of you who have been to the east coast of Canada, you will know what I mean when I describe it as charming.
No matter which Atlantic province you find yourself meandering through, it is pure charm.
From the misty shores of St. Andrews, through to Saint John, Moncton and Truro you travel through bush conditions not unlike the west coast, with awe inspiring coastal views of the Bay of Fundy, and Hopewell Rocks.
Just past Halifax you will arrive in picturesque Lunenburg and the coastal feel returns with the enchanting Mahone Bay, and sunsets at rustic Blue Rocks. Spend a few days exploring the area nearby and maybe head farther west down the coast.
A day trip to Peggy’s Cove and Halifax, then leaving the area through Dartmouth, and Sheet Harbour on the way to Antigonish.
The coastal highway is slow but you stumble upon worthwhile scenery, from enormous boats in backyards, brightly painted houses in historic villages, to dramatic cliffs.
From Antigonish, head up to Baddeck to the Alexander Graham Bell museum and marvel at his immense intellect and endless inventions. Equally impressive is his wife, Mabel who was deaf and inspired Alexander, and organized the business end of his life, along with family, home, and well, everything else.
Continue by circling counterclockwise on the Cabot Trail- for the best views! Travel as far east as Meat Cove, (there is no farther East in NS) then circle down to Ingonish and stop at the Glenora Distillery for the best seafood you will ever eat.
Then reluctantly wave goodbye to Nova Scotia and cross the 12 km bridge to PEI.
By the time you settle in Cavendish, driving through Stanley Bridge past the French River’s colourful lobster shacks, and spend a day or two in Charlottetown, you will never want to leave. It is best to do PEI last, we discovered and book at least a week.
Sit on the abundant red sand, visit some ‘Anne’ sites, explore the rolling hills dotted with immaculate farms, coastal villages, sand dunes, rock formations and lighthouses.
What we learned most from our East Coast trip is that three weeks isn’t enough, and we need to go back. We only saw a small portion. Perhaps a month on Cape Breton, a month on PEI, a month to explore southern Nova Scotia, would be enough…
and then we need to get to Newfoundland and Labrador!