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September or June visit

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September or June visit

I am thinking of visiting Nova Scotia and the Atlantic course, or possibly June. Can anyone tell me what the weather would be like at these times, and which would be the best time for the likes of Whale watching and seeing other wildlife ?

Also we would like to start at Halifax and end up in Toronto over a 2 to 3 week time scale.

What should we not miss, and what would be the best route to take.

I know this question depends on what our likes are, so here are a few points.

We are not really city people and are more interested in scenery and smaller picturesque community's.

Not interested in lively night life, would prefer a nice restaurant or bar. (Beginning to sound a bit boring )

Visited the thousand islands area a couple of years back and loved the town of Gananoque.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: September or June visit

I would go with September. Some of the best weather in Nova Scotia is in September, June is usually more unsettled. Some of the large Baleen whales don't arrive until July and they will be in good numbers in September. Best place to see them is the lower Bay of Fundy, with numerous operators along the Digby neck to Brier Island.

With your likes of scenery and interest in small towns and good food, don't miss the upper Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy, with the largest tides on earth is someplace you certainly would want to explore if you want unique destinations. Where the whales are there are big tides, but in the upper part of the bay the tides double in size, with the Minas basin having tides up to 55' in height. Add in some of the most stunning scenery in eastern Canada like at Cape Split, Cape d'Or and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, which is the largest and wildest in the province and the region might be the highlight of your trip considering what you like. Not as well known as Cape Breton, it is also around the least touristy area of the province. For the upper Bay of Fundy you cant beat the Advocate Harbour area for its activities, the top rated restaurant in the province (Wild Caraway) and its rugged beauty.

The following are some links to get you started - don't forget to get the free Doers and Dreamers guide from Nova Scotia Tourism!

This is a itinerary for people looking for some of the best in Nova Scotia on a active, outdoor oriented vacation.

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c112634/Nova-S…

Here is a trip report for a full week around Nova Scotia

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154967-i326-k67969…

Here is a great blog that you can use to plan a entire trip around Nova Scotia, giving you the highlights for a wide variety of tastes throughout the province.

hikebiketravel.com/26539/…

This is a blog about boat tours to some of the incredible spots on the Bay of Fundy like Cape Split and Isle Haute novascotiablogs.com/2013/10/-a-vivid-image-o…

Here is a utube video about the trails and paddling at Cape Chignecto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCSwxh2mMMA

Link to novascotia.com travel itinerary

novascotia.com/en/…winewhiskeyandwhales

Link to Cape Chignecto Park

novascotiaparks.ca/parks/cape-chignecto.asp

This is a great trip report for active travellers looking for some of the most unique, beautiful spots in eastern Canada

tripadvisor.ca/…28969302

A trip report on a stay on the upper Bay of Fundy doing short walks and sight seeing

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154967-i326-k57479…

A blog on novascotia.com about experiences on the upper Bay of Fundy

novascotiablogs.com/2012/09/bucket-list-kaya…

Link to you tube video about Advocate Harbour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlmM3GUKwBM

Link to trails site for Nova Scotia

http://www.trails.gov.ns.ca/

Link for activities on the Bay of Fundy

threeshoresnovascotia.com/fundy-shore/things…

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2. Re: September or June visit

Keep In mind that in September that the Toronto International Film Festival is on and hotel rooms will be at a premium and costly.....

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3. Re: September or June visit

How are you getting from Halifax to Toronto? If you are planning to a rental car, be advised that even if you find an agency that will alllow a one way trip between the two cities, the one way drop fees can be expensive. Look at Canadian Affair, a well regarded agency that rents to UK visitors, and often has no drop fees.

http://www.canadianaffair.com/

For the Quebec and Ontario parts of your trip, you need to go those forums and do some exploring.If you post for suggestions there, make sure you outline your itinerary before and after, so the contributors can see your plans, know how much time you have in their areas. A budget would be helpful. Take a look at Google maps to see the distances involved and the main Trans Canada Highway route. Contributors can suggest more scenic routes in their areas.

2-3 weeks is not a lot of time to see the Atlantic provinces and Ontario/Quebec and you may end up spending a lot of time driving. You should think about how much time you want to spend on the road as opposed to staying put.

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4. Re: September or June visit

As was already mentioned, definitely order the guide book "Doers & Dreamers".

Both September & June are lovely months to visit Nova Scotia. There are many small towns & villages outside the city of Halifax. It's Apple Blossom time in the Annapolis Valley in June, a beautiful time of year. The best place for whalewatching is around the islands below Digby; the tours usually start aprox the middle of June. Brier Island is a unique place to visit.

Annapolis Royal a lovely town with lots of history. Mahone Bay & Lunenburg are both seaside towns on the South Shore. Near to Wolfville/Grand Pre area is Hall's Harbour, great place to watch the difference in the tides of the Bay of Fundy. www.hallsharbourlobster.com

These are just a few of the places that might interest you in Nova Scotia.

www.novascotiabackyard.com

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5. Re: September or June visit

You are getting a lot of good advice. If you plan on driving to Ontario, you will not have enough time to see anywhere near all of Nova Scotia.

I would suggest the Fundy Shore, Cape Breton, and the south shore along the Atlantic Coast should be your priorities.

To get some more ideas check out these trip reports. They will give you other people's experiences and also give you an idea of what you can do with the time you have.

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c157554/Nova-S…

When you have digested all of the above, do come back with more questions.

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6. Re: September or June visit

Hi kayakedover

Many thanks for all the information.

It will be very useful

Edited: 4:56 am, November 29, 2013
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7. Re: September or June visit

Thanks to everyone for all the information.

Just to inform you I will be taking a hire car from Halifax to Toronto, where I intend to fly back home.

I live very close to Manchester in the U.K. And you can fly back to Manchester from Toronto.

But you can not fly from Manchester to Halifax, to get to Halifax we have to fly from Gatwick.

So for convenience we would prefer to fly back home from Toronto, and also we have friends who live in the Niagara Falls area, so it would be a shame not to visit them while we are so close.

So we plan to tour around Nova Scotia, then head towards Niagara, stopping over night somewhere to break up the long journey. We intend to spend around 5 nights in Niagara.

As for car hire, I have used Canadian Affair before for flights and car hire, and will probably use them on this occasion. Unfortunately they do not do a free one way drop from Halifax to Toronto, so it looks like the expense drop charge for us !

This will be our 3rd visit to Canada ( if we can both get the same time off work)

We love the country and the people and look forward to visiting again, hopefully for 16 nights or more.

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8. Re: September or June visit

Have you looked into leaving the car in Halifax and flying to Toronto or Hamilton. It would save time for sure.

Check out Porter and Westjet airlines as well as Air Canada.

Check out car rentals with other companies such as Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, etc. They may be less expensive.

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