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Help For 10 Days in Quebec City, PEI & Nova Scotia

Help For 10 Days in Quebec City, PEI & Nova Scotia

Old May 5th, 1998, 06:56 AM
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Help For 10 Days in Quebec City, PEI & Nova Scotia

We are planning three days in Quebec City then planning to rent a car and driving to PEI and Nova Scotia. We realize this is a short time and don't want to miss anything unforgettable. Any suggestions?
Old May 5th, 1998, 07:51 PM
Bruce Tainsh
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I was to all three places a couple of years ago. They're all spectacular. In Quebec City try to find accommodation in the old walled city. The Chateau
Frontenac is the place to stay but is very pricey.
There are some great B&B's in lower town. All of old
is one gigantic museum, a real step back in history. Plan for three days, I'd say. The beaches on PEI great and you have to find a lobster supper in a local church hall. Of course, there's always Anne of
Green Gables "house" if you're into that sort of thing. In Nova Scotia, you should take in the tides at the Bay of Fundy, then head south along the coast
and drive through Lunenburg and environs. Take in Halifax - it's a fun city. Lot's to see and do. If you're staying downtown, park your car and leave it while in Halifax - the city is very compact. Lot's of history here. Then, head out Halifax towards Cape Breton Island where there are two must sees: The Cabot Trail (you must see St. Peter's church in Cheticamp) and Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Park. The Fortress is a MUST see above all else. It's been recreated from the 17th century when the British blew it up.
Enjoy your stay in these places. You've picked great
places to visit.
Old May 8th, 1998, 01:54 PM
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This is something I clipped from a response I sent to another inquiry about Nova Scotia. Hope it helps. With regard to Quebec City. Its really great and I'm sure you'll really enjoy it. Your probably aware that PEI can now be accessed by way of the fixed link. Impressive and a real time saver over the former ferry - although you might wish to take the other which is still operating to Nova Scotia.

Anyway here are some of my earlier comments to another traveller.

..........Some possible points of interest in N.S. are the Bay of Fundy tides, 40+ feet. These can be viewed from Digby (near NE tip) eastward to the Minas Basin. On the southwestern part of the province you will find numerous small coastal fishing communities. These extend from Digby (home of the scallop fleet) along the western coast and along the south shore to Halifax. If your interested in history the fortress at Annapolis Royal might prove interesting. The Acadian French communities in this area are mostly between Digby and Yarmouth. If your coming by ferry from Maine, the ferry lands in Yarmouth. Located on the South Shore is the Town of Lunenburg where the famous Bluenose schooner was built. Also at the same boat yard, the ship used in the movie The Bounty was constructed in the 1960's. Also in the centre of this part of the Province is Keji. National Park. Nice spot- good camping and canoeing. There is also a fair bit of agricultural activity and orchards in the Annapolis Valley area. Acadia University is also located there in Wolfeville and there is a nice look off at Blomidon.

Halifax is located in the centre of the province on the coast. Population ~200 (site of famous Halifax explosion). Downtown historic properties is interesting. There are boat tours, fishing opportunities etc (tastefully touristy). The Halifax Citadal is another historic feature in the middle of the city and the Public Gardens is nearby on Spring garden Road. Halifax is graced with a lovely wooded park which is located near the south end. This has some remnants of forts and cannon. Nice walking area along the Harbour and North West Arm recreational boating area. Halifax has a number of good restaurants, casino and lots of pubs and universities museums, Neptune Theater, busters festival etc. Halifax itself is a peninsula so most of the population live in adjacent areas such as the City of Dartmouth, Sackville, Bedford etc. Most major shopping Malls are located in those areas as well. All of these communities were recently amalgamated into one new City of Halifax (local sensitive issue)

The Eastern Shore is a pretty nice but slow drive. The proposed landfall site for offshore natural gas production (Sable Island area of ship wreck fame) will be located at Country harbour. Alternately heading east along the Trans Canada you will see the communities of Truro, Stellerton (site of the highly publicized Westray mine disaster), New Glasgow, Antigonish (home of St. Francis X-avier University and the Antigonish Highland Games) and then the Causeway to Cape Breton. Cape Breton has a number of interesting sites just to list a few - numerous small fishing harbors, underground coal mining museum (talk about dark!) the Fortress of Louisbourg (a must), the Bras d'Or lake area, Baddeck (home of Alexander Graham Bell and museum), the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton National Park etc. etc. etc. The main Acadian french communities are located at Isle Madame and the Cheticamp. Of course there is a lot more but I'll leave that up to you to explore and discover. Here are some web sites that you might also wish to look at. (disregard the stuff about the other Atlantic provinces just look at Nova Scotia (just joking!))





If you have any specific questions about particular areas or specific interests, let me know and I'll try to help - otherwise Welcome to Nova Scotia and have a wonderful stay!
Old May 8th, 1998, 08:25 PM
Bob Brown
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We, too, enhoyed the Old Town of Quebec and particularly the highly spectacular Chute Montmorency. The suspension bridge that goes immediately over the brink of the falls as the water plunges some 250 feet or more is a thrilling sight, but emphatically not a view for someone with a fear of heights.

As for lodging, we stayed in a suburban b and b --
I think it was called Les Maison du Mesnil.
It is located a few miles from the city center.
Truly a nice place to stay. Renee Thibault, the owner and operator, speaks enough English to be helpful. The house is in a nice neighborhood, with plenty of parking in front on a residential street.
And you will not go hungry at breakfast!!

We also enjoyed some of the restaurants - particulary Louis Hebert (sounds like Louie Bear when said by the locals) Knowing French helps, but we got around fine because the staff at the tourist office was bilingual and helpful.

We drove all the way around the Gaspe Peninsula to New Brunswick and on to Nova Scotia. The Gaspe was interesting, but the road is slow. The main attraction is at the end at Perce Rock. But there are sites of interest all along. French is the language, however. We stated at the Beau Rivage Motel in Ste Anne du Mont. The staff spoke a few words of English. On the south shore, on Baie de Chaleur we stayed at a motel in New Carlisle. Some English is spoken there, but by September the attractions are closed.

Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy was interesting.
But Cape Breton Island offered the most attaction.
Take a whale watching cruise if you can from as far up as you can drive. The fortress at Louisbourg is worth seeing. Get some of the history from the other side for a change!! Nice folks and we had a good time. On Cape Breton Island we stayed in Cheticamp, an Acadian fishing settlement, where there are good motels. The population there is bilingual.
Old May 9th, 1998, 12:27 AM
Marie-Jose Rivire
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I live in Qubec city for 8 years now and I am studing in tourism so that's why I want to give you some tips tu visits our beautiful city. First don't miss the "Chateau Frontenac" but the best view of it it's from the ferry boat in th tower town, you take a round trip but you don't get out of the boat... the best time do do this is in the morning by a sunny day. An other palce you should go is the "Ile d'Orlans" this island offers beautiful sceneries and on your way don't miss to stop at St-Ann's of Beaupr the famous basilica!!!
If you want to taste the quebec cuisine you should go to "Les Anciens Canadiens on st-Louis street, it's a bit expensive I suggest you to go for lunch. The Montmorency Falls, an other dont-miss attraction in Qubec area There is so many things to do in qubec.... If you want some other tips dont hesitate to write to me at [email protected]
Old May 15th, 1998, 03:44 PM
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I am from Halifax, it's a great little city, but accross the water is Dartmouth, the city of lakes! Ample opportunity to go canoing and such. If you're camping, Shubie park is right on the city. Peggy's cove is a nice spot, as is Mahone Bay. The five fisherman has great seafood, but if you like haddoc, go to Terry's place. It's on Kempt Rd., not fancy, but great food!! Feel free to email and I'll offer more suggestions. Patti

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