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Is the drive from Bangor to Halifax scenic?

Is the drive from Bangor to Halifax scenic?

Dec 24th, 2002, 04:05 AM
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fran
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Is the drive from Bangor to Halifax scenic?

Thanks for your answer.
 
Dec 24th, 2002, 05:34 AM
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Tim
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It depends on the route you travel. If you drive to Bar Harbour and take the Cat ferry to Yarmouth NS, and then drive the Lighthouse route up the coast of Nova Scotia to Halifax, that is very scenic and an enjoyable drive.

The drive to Halifax through New Brunswick is not scenic at all, although the highway is better.

Enjoy Halifax, though - its a beautiful city any time of year!
 
Dec 24th, 2002, 06:15 AM
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I think it is a rather monotonous drive unless you get off the beaten track and see some of what New Brunswick has to offer. I am guilty of mostly driving through, but my family once took the ferry over to Grand Manan, and it was a wonderful experience.
 
Dec 24th, 2002, 11:15 AM
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In a word, NO. Mostly trees and more trees. Interesting perhaps, if you have never seen it before.

Even the high tides along the Bay of Fundy are not spectacular gushes of water. Despite the fact that the tides can be 35 to 40 feet, the ebb and flow is relatively gradual, although it can be on the order of 3 feet per hour.
If you are exploring the sea floor at low tide, and the water starts to rise, my suggestion is to head immediately for higher ground.

The sensation is like that of watching water in a swimming pool rise, but it comes in fast enough that if you dawdle for 30 minutes, you could be wading in 18 inches of sea water.

I remember we stopped at the Tidal Bore viewing area in Truro. The place was full of people who had come from everywhere to watch his awesome display. The view is even lighted so it can be seen at night. After standing there about half an hour, a little ripple, perhaps 8 inches high, came up the creek. True, I had never seen one before that was induced by the ocean tides, but a ripple is a ripple. So much for the tidal bore(dom).

If you deviate from the standard route after leaving the welcome center and drive south to the shore of the Minas Basin, you will be rewarded. There is one place where you drive to a lighthouse and view the bay itself.
The lighthouses along the Basin are all automatic, and complete with fog horns. A photoelectic light meter constantly monitors visibility. When too little light is present, the fog horn comes on. A wedding party decided that the spit of land on which the lighthouse sits would be a good place for a wedding. They crowded around the photoelectric cell to the extent that the assembled bodies cut off the light. As a result the fog horn started blasting in the middle of the ceremony. I don't recommend being 4 feet from a fog horn when it decides it is time to sound off. It gets a trifle loud.

Still, a pretty place in August or early September as long as you stay clear of the fog horn sensor.
 
Dec 24th, 2002, 12:21 PM
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We drove from St. Andrews, NB to Bangor in September and there was very little to see. Mostly trees, no real towns to speak of. It was a little dull, I'd say.
 
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:58 PM
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I agree with the previous posters. We felt the drive from Bangor to Halifax through NB was dull. Also agree with Tim take the CAT ferry from Bar Harbor. I do not think you will regret it. We really enjoyed the CAT and would not have missed it!!
 

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