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We are planning to travel from Texas to the Bay of Fundy this fall for a long weekend. First time for both of us and we have lots of questions. We are most interested in seeing the tides and eating lobster! We are in our late 50's but pretty active. Which airport to fly into? Where to stay? St. James? St. Martin? Hall's Harbor? Campabello? Alma? Is the first weekend in October too late?

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    I cannot recommend any places in St.Martin or St.James but the nearest airport is Saint John. You could try Moncton as NorthwestMale has lots of recommendations for that area.

    I have flown into Halifax, driven to Hall's Harbour which is a little over an hour's drive. There is a B and B called Delft Haus near Hall's Harbour or you could stay in Wolfville where there is lots of accommodation. You can eat lots of lobsters in Hall's Harbour.

    As long as you travel before the Canadian Thanksgiving, which is the second Monday in October, you should be fine. The leaves will be staring to turn at that time.

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    Gosh, a mere "long weekend" ?


    ON the other hand, you have indeed made your priorities concise and clear, and when push comes to shove, the Bay of Fundy is my singular priority in NS as well.


    The first move you make is to print the tide times for various spots around the Bay, for the entire window of your trip:

    http://bayoffundytourism.com/worlds-highest-tides/times/


    Second, I think Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick might be the one spot best suited for representing the powerful tides in the minds of new and/or short-term visitors.


    I was just contemplating the area for a short trip of my own, with a new-to-the-area friend, and Fredericton, NB seems reasonably convenient for us, if everything else works out.

    SO IF I put myself in your shoes, and imagined the first time ever... I could see landing in Fredericton, and then driving toward Alma (it would be lovely to arrive there when the tide is way out {as I once did, long ago} ) to be awe-struck by both how far away the water's edge is, AND by boats tied to the docks and sitting on the ocean floor!

    From there it is a quick jaunt around to Hopewell Cape (don't waste precious Hopewell Cape-at-low-tide time dawdling at Alma).

    In a perfect world you could hit the ground running, lining up Fundy National Park, Alma, Hopewell Cape, AND some lobster somewhere, with the Tidal Bore (at Tidal Bore Park in Moncton).


    Then, (regardless of whether there is a night's stay in there already), I would make the trek toward central NS by going from Amherst to Parrsboro and then driving along the Bay shore (toward Truro).

    Keep in mind that, through the tiny-on-a-map channel that runs between Parrsboro and Cape Split, flows as much water in a single day as in ALL of the rivers on earth combined!!


    Now IF you were prioritizing raw Nova Scotia scenery, you'd then go to Cape Breton (to the north)... but if you just want to help foster and maintain your awe for the Bay of Fundy, it might make sense to go around to Burntcoat Head
    to see the site of the place where, in 1869, the highest tide ever recorded happened.

    IF you want to further immerse yourself in the idea OF the Bay of Fundy, you might consider the 5-hour round-trip hike from Scots Bay, NS out toward the end of Cape Split.

    (you drive as far out as roads will allow, and then you park your vehicle, and hike for perhaps 2 1/2 hours each way, and upon arrival you are on a windy bluff overlooking Cape Split, with the roaring Fundy tides all around you)

    (this affords what is perhaps a better view of the small-ish channel between Cape Split and Parrboro on the other side)

    (I brought a bottle of water and a change of socks {per recommendations} and hiked it in March, with some snow on the ground, and I was fine {I am NOT a 'hiker' per se}, but you might bring food/picnic supplies... and there is a minimalistic 'shelter' from the elements just back from the windy viewing area overlooking Cape Split)


    Do keep in mind that the roads in NS don't seem to go as fast as might roads in areas you know... so don't plan on making 120 mile trips in 2 hours.

    I suppose that to optimize your brief window of opportunity, you might fly into one airport (Fredericton?) and fly out of another, while getting a one-way car rental. Consider Halifax, or potentially Sydney for the opposite end of such an itinerary. Either affords a chance to see still more of the awe of Nova Scotia.

    Hopefully this will help to further organize your ideas.

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