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Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

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Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

Hi there!

My fiance and I are planning a five night stay in Amherst Provincial Park next week. July 15-20. We are driving in from Ontario and have never been to the East Coast before and we are really excited for this trip!

I recently had a friend tell me that jellyfish could be a problem at the beaches there? We have four kids ages 6-10 who have never seen the ocean and I really want them to be able to experience that. Are jellyfish something that we need to be worried about? My friend sometimes can be a bit of a worrier so I'm not sure if I should actually be concerned or not LOL! We also had someone mention that ticks are a problem. We have done a LOT of camping trips in Ontario and I'm sure that we can probably expect similar bug situations while camping. I'm just wondering if there's anything exceptionally troublesome that I may not know about since we haven't been there before. So far, the only thing I've read about is that we aren't going to want to go home! LOL!

Also, if anyone has any tips on local, kid-friendly places to visit near the park while we're there, that would be amazing! We like hiking trails and parks, good beaches, outdoor-low-cost kind of areas. And we also want to visit a lighthouse! lol! Will there be any nice ones to visit near Amherst? I think we might try to visit P.E.I. as well for one day, depending on how much driving we feel like doing once we get there lol!

If any local residents or experienced Nova Scotia campers have any tips for us, it would be very greatly appreciated!!! Thank you so much!

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1. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

What a wonderful time you are going to have. You will not be at a loss for things to do and just hanging out at the park will be great as well. Be sure to visit the site of the Ship's Railway at Tidnish:

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I was swimming on the Northumberland shore on Sunday and saw no jellyfish. They sometimes come and go with the tides and there more at some times of year than others. They are not harmful. Their sting is annoying, but quickly qwelled with some vinegar, so if you are worried have some with you. When I was young my brother and I would get a long forked stick and fish them out of the water so others could swim. That may be a job for your kids if necessary.

Ticks are not a problem except in the woods in some areas. I have not heard of them in this area (I live near Amherst). If going in the woods, wear socks and shoes and long pants and afterwards check for ticks. I have never encountered them.

Be sure to send for or pick up at the NS tourist information place in Amherst: the Doers and Dreamers guide for Nova Scotia. www.novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx

You can very easily make a day trip to PEI.

Another great day trip would be to go to Joggins. Tour the fossil museum and take the included guided tour on the fossil beach. Your kids will learn a lot. Then carry on to Advocate Harbour. There is a great park there with some shorter hikes, but you may not have time on this day. Advocate Harbour as a wonderful driftwood beach. Also check out the fishing wharf and notice whether the tide is in or out. The whole bay empties out at low tide and fills up to close to the top of the wharf at high tide. Across the street is the wonderful Wild Caraway restaurant which would be great for lunch. Down the road is Cape D'Or with its lighhouse. This is on a point of land and you can see the water churning around sometimes as the tide changes. If you have time continue on to Parrsboro which has a fossil beach from another geological era and another wonderful geological museum. This is from the age of small dinosaurs so kids like it a lot.

Then you can turn around and go back the way you came or carry on and go back on another route. I will show the latter on this map. Five Islands has an attractive park with a lighthouse.

http://goo.gl/maps/JHAUf

http://www.bayoffundy.travel/

novascotiaparks.ca/parks/cape-chignecto.asp

http://wildcaraway.com/Home.html

http://www.capedor.ca/

http://jogginsfossilcliffs.net/

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

You can also make a day trip to Halifax from where you are staying. Of course there is lots to see and do there and you could go to Peggy's Cove.

Another wonderful trip would be to take Route 6, the Sunrise Trail to Pictou and back. This route is full of wonderful beaches (look for them marked on the map) and little towns and villages.

http://goo.gl/maps/zYRyN

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2. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

Oh wow! This is amazing! I will check all of these out for sure. We looked at Joggins' site and were hoping to check it out. But, we hadn't heard of Parrsboro. Also for the restaurant tip (we're both cooks and will be appreciating the food there!) This is great! Thank you SO much for your reply and all of this information!! I really appreciate it.

Oh, one more thing I forgot to ask: Will there be any local food markets for us to check out? We plan on buying most of our food once we get there and we definitely would like to find some fresh fish, and local produce if possible. I wouldn't want to miss out on a farmer's market by not knowing what day it is!

Thanks so much!

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3. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

I am not familiar with it, but this website says there is a market every Friday in Amherst: http://www.amherst.ca/events.html

There are markest in Pugwash and Tatamagouche on Saturday mornings. You may also find local vegetable or fruit stands on the side of the road.

novascotia.com/en/…-23899

http://www.tatamagouchefarmersmarket.ca/

There is a fish truck in Pugwash on Fridays. There may be similar operations elsewhere. When you are in Advocate, ask about where you can get fresh fish.

Edited: 12:02 pm, July 10, 2013
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4. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

Great!! Thank you very much! This has been a big help!

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5. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

If you go exploring near Tatamagouche plan to stop at the Train Station Inn. Cute restaurant with great food inside an old train car. There is a little coffee shop, gift store too and sometimes the doors to the hotels are open and you can see the cute and unique hotel rooms which are inside train cars as well.

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6. Re: Camping at Amherst..Are jellyfish something to worry about?

I have yet to eat at the Train Station Inn but have peeked into the 'rooms' which are in old cabooses. Dinner is in a old dining car.

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