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Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

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Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Our family (with 2 -6 year olds) will be flying into Halifax on mid day Fri Aug. 9. We fly home on Frl. Aug. 23. Normally, we'd stay in the city, explore and acclimate for a couple of days. The Scallop festival in Dingby sounds fun and is that Fri Aug 9 through Sun Aug 11. If we were going there, we'd head directly from airport to Digby area and try to find a place to stay for a few days. After seeing festival, would try to go to see the Bay of Fundy tides from a convenient point, and maybe whale watching. we have two weeks. wondering if one week heading south and following shore in a circuit back to Halifax is worth doing for one week, and then heading to Breton for the next. Ideally we'd stay in only 3-4 hotels the whole time so we can stay put for several days in each place. Feedback on the festival, recommended central places to stay, and general itineray would be much appreciated. Looked at recommended week itineraries in Frommers and they seems to have you always on the move. Bay of Fundy tides, whale watching, kid-friendly sites, music in Breton and seeing shortt hikes, animals and beautiful views would all be great. I know this is very rough but trying to decide whether to first head to Digby and go from there, or not. Next, will want to think about finding 3-4 locations from which to see sites. I'm new to trip advisor al all advice welcome!

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1. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Hi. It's great you found us and we should be able to help a bit.

I have not gone to the scallop festival so I cannot help you there.

First of all go to the Nova Scotia website: www.novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx

there is lots of information there, including a map planner with driving times.

Also look below for the search bar and put in various key words to find previous posts. You have two weeks so put in that and see what comes up.

In terms of having only three or four places to stay, that will be difficult. Things to see are widely scattered as we are not as small as you may think. For example Digby and Cape Breton are at opposite ends of the province.

Whale watching is in the Digby area, but seeing the world's highest tides is not as they occur at the east end of the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin which is the inlet at the southeast of the Bay of Fundy. I think the best area for that is in the Parrsboro/Advocate Harbour area.

Cape Breton is an absolute must and you will want several days there. If you do a search below putting in 'Cape Breton' and 'base' you will find many previous posts.

I am going to be away the next couple days but others will have some ideas and then we can work on routing out a journey.

Here are some links to get you started:

http://www.thehighesttides.com/

http://www.bayoffundytourism.com/

Parrsboro Advocate Harbour sites

http://www.novashores.com/wheretostay.html

http://www.bayoffundy.travel/

novascotiaparks.ca/parks/cape-chignecto.asp

www.fundyfun.com/what-to-see/sea-kayaking.php

http://wildcaraway.com/Home.html

http://www.capedor.ca/

http://jogginsfossilcliffs.net/

museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/en/home/default.aspx

RAFTING

tidalboreraftingpark.com/...24f471e007fde6

adventurenovascotia.com/d...Bore%20Rafting

http://www.shubie.com/

http://www.tidalboreraftingtours.com/

Lots of videos on youtube

Cape Breton

http://www.cbchoices.com/ what’s on over next two months or so

Cabot Trail Review and information

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154972-d18…

http://www.cabottrail.travel/thingstodo.cfm

Ceilidh Trail

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154972-d29…

http://www.cabottrail.com/info/hiking.htm

http://redshoepub.com/

pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx

cbc.ca/news/…ns-louisbourg-travel-site.html

http://www.minersmuseum.com/mine_tour.htm

www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/grahambell/index.aspx

museum.gov.ns.ca/hv/en/home/default.aspx

Several day loop around CB including mabou, glenora distillery, louisbourg and glace bay http://goo.gl/maps/uXEl

And another one; http://bit.ly/18hnnsp

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: huffingtonpost.ca/adrian-brijbassi/…

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2. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Yes, go.

Stay at the Mountain Gap Inn, and take your kids to Upper Clements Park and the Aylesford Zoo while you are down there. There is also the Valley Drive Inn which is a lot of fun.

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3. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Hi SL

I've been to the Scallop Festival and really enjoyed myself, but I did not have kids with me. I do remember there being a number of events specifically aimed at younger children - the ones that stand out are the inflatable jungle gym, the parade, the fireman competition, and the scallop skipping contest. All of these events happened on the Saturday and Sunday, though, so if you arrived on Friday August 9th you could casually make your way to Digby (maybe stopping in Wolfville and letting the kids run around on the HUGE front lawn at Acadia University) and start participating in the festival on Saturday morning.

If you plan to stay in Digby, however, I suggest you decide and book immediately. Scallop Days are very popular with both tourists and locals, and it wouldn't surprise me if some of the accommodations are already fully booked.

Céad míle fáilte!

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4. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Here is the schedule of events for Digby Scallop Days, if you haven't already seen it: http://www.digbyscallopdays.com/events.html

You may wish to spend a little time in Annapolis Royal, which is a short drive (less than 1/2 hr) from Digby and has Fort Anne in the downtown area, which is very kid friendly. On the outskirts of Annapolis is Port Royal, another great historic site and a place where kids can run off a little steam.

As previously mentioned, if you haven't already made your reservations for the Digby area, do so now. I would also agree that Digby is a good distance away from anything else you have mentioned you wish to see. Digby is at least 2 1/2 hr drive from Halifax and I am not sure you find enough to occupy your time for 3 nights, unless you take advantage of Annapolis Royal, and possibly the Oaklawn Zoo in Aylesford, in the Annapolis Valley on your way to or from Digby. Upper Clements Park is an amusement park nearby http://upperclementsparks.com/ for you to consider.

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5. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

Thanks for the suggestions. I've been reading all the references on the sites. I'm a little uncertain about how one sees the tides at the Bay of Fundy. I see it's recommended to go at low tide to see the Ocean floor and whatever natural sculptures are there. but to see the tide moving, does one come back to the same place or a different nearby place 6 or 12 hours later? I had read from another post the Hopewell Junction was the "best" place to see the tides, and the natural sculptures there are really intriguing. But I see that's in New Brunswick and I'm not clear on the logistics of getting there and whether it makes sense. I'm trying to get a sense of what it's like from the towns you recommended. Any advice on how to "do" the tides and how to get to the viewing spots, etc. Would be much appreciated.

My other more immediate challenge is finding accomodations in or near Digby.

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6. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

There is 6 hrs difference between the lowest of the low tide & the highest of the high tide.

However, at Hall's Harbour near Wolfville, the harbour empties & you can see the boats sitting on the ocean floor aprox 3 hrs after high tide. That is because the water continues down the beach beyond the harbour before it reaches the lowest of the low tide.

www.hallsharbourlobster.com

www.thehighesttides.com

I also recommend the Oaklawn Zoo, it's a great place all ages of children, even the grown-up ones. www.oaklawnfarmzoo.ca

Annapolis Royal is a lovely town to visit. As well, there are cottages by the Upper Clements Park. www.upperclementscottages.ca

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7. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

The more I hear, the more incredibly interesting places I learn about going to see the tides! I'm going to gather my questions about that in another post. Thank you so much for all of these ideas and information. (Now I'm wishing we had more than two weeks:)

Back to my immediate need to make accomodations reservations . . .

If we stay in a town like Wolfville or Annapolis Royal and drive to Digby for the scallop festival, will we have any challenges finding nearby parking?

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8. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

If you already going to be in the Digby area I highly recommend a visit to Brier Island located about 90 minutes from Digby at the bottom of the Digby neck. You will also take 2 ferries (5 minute crossing) to get to Brier. You can do whale watching, hiking and exploring of this magical little island.

You would stay at the Brier Island Lodge which is basically the only accomodation on the island. The rooms are motel style but are very large and clean. The lodge has a petting zoo on the property and lots of room to roam. I think it's an excellent place to take the kids for a night or two. It's one of my favourite places in Nova Scotia.

http://www.brierisland.com/

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9. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

There should be plenty of parking, along the waterfront, which is where I am sure most of the events will take place. Digby's waterfront is very pretty, recently updated with boardwalks, etc and great seafood restaurants! One of our favorite is the Captain's Cabin. There is a long line of parking spots downtown and side streets as well.

My husband is a police officer familiar with the area, and he can't recall any problems with parking, other than when they host the Wharf Rat Rally, where over 100,000 people and their bikes arrive. The Scallop Festival will not draw that kind of a crowd. Any more questions, just ask away!

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10. Re: Scallop festival in Digby - worth scheduling around?

thanks for the suggestion. it certainly sounds special.