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Newfoundland or Nova Scotia for a first time visitor?

Newfoundland or Nova Scotia for a first time visitor?

Jul 13th, 2010, 10:25 AM
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Newfoundland or Nova Scotia for a first time visitor?

Interested in traveling to Newfoundland or Nova Scotia next summer. We have never visited either place. Both look like wonderful travel destinations.

If we want to enjoy beautiful scenery, hiking and possibly, local music, which would you recommend we visit?

We will have to fly in and have about 10 days to visit. What would be an ideal first trip itinerary?

What are the most beautiful places you have visited in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia?
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Jul 13th, 2010, 06:07 PM
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I am a Newfoundlander and, therefore, biased. However, both the island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are beautiful. You can't go wrong with either. If I ever had to leave Newfoundland, I would move to Nova Scotia. Newfoundland is very friendly (especially towards tourists) and safe but you can say the same thing about Nova Scotia.

With that said, come to Newfoundland!! ;-) Gros Morne on the west coast easily would be the top place to visit on my list in Newfoundland. It's very scenic, plenty of hiking, and it normally has a little bit better weather than the east coast. You can easily spend three or four days on that part of the island. If you wished to stay on the west coast, you could always visit L'Anse aux Meadows on the Northern Peninsula. The Codroy Valley is also very pretty.

If you head to the east coast, you could visit the Trinity/Bonavista area which is scenic and historic. Twillingate and area also seems to be popular with tourists. Depending on the time of year that you travel, you could see an iceberg off the coast.

As far as music is concerned, you can go anyplace on this island and find local music. If you came to St. John's (the capital city), I'd check out George Street. It is a well known area of downtown that has lots of bars and local music. Or, if you come here around the first week of July, we have a folk festival which is a lot of fun. If you prefer a rock and roll type atmosphere, there is the George Street festival which happens the weekend before.

There's lots more things to do but I feel as if I have been hogging these boards so I will sign off for now. Check out the thread "Suggestions for Travel Itineraries in Newfoundland" for a current discussion on what to do on the east coast.

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Jul 14th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Many thanks--and you are not hogging the boards--please continue to post your suggestions. We all appreciate the help.
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Jul 14th, 2010, 10:08 AM
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I absolutely choose Newfoundland. Nova Scotia is beautiful and the people are great but Newfoundland can't be beat for the wonderful people. We have never been so graciously welcomed anywhere. I love it and want to go back! Chipmunk - I was there on a convention and am the proud owner of a certificate making me an honouring Newfie. I kissed the cod and had some screech and my certificate is also signed by Joey Smallwood. I think that having something signed by the last father of Confederation is a treasure.
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Jul 14th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for your kind words. I'll add some more suggestions tomorrow.

And wrldtrvlr05, I'm so glad that you had a great time here and are now a honorary Newfoundlander. We'd love to see you return!

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