Peggy’s Cove

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Rocky Shore near Peggy’s Cove (Source – Robert Brown)

I thought I would do a short blog on Peggy’s Cove.  It is a beautiful area in Nova Scotia, one of the more common postcard perfect views.  It is also a tourist trap, and the day I visited the actual lighthouse and gift shop was over flowing with tourists.  My brother and myself did a quick drive by and then took some time to stop and get out to explore the surrounding rocky shore which made for some great photos.  I would definitely recommend visiting this area at least once in your travels, and take the time to explore the surrounding area which is the best part of the experience.

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Rocky Shore near Peggy’s Cove (Source – Robert Brown)
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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse (Source – Robert Brown)
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Rocky Shore near Peggy’s Cove (Source – Robert Brown)

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove Region

 

A cruise down the eastern shore.

On my first trip to Nova Scotia after exploring part of the south shore and Halifax, I took a tour up the eastern shore out of Halifax on my way to Cape Breton. I wanted to see the actual coast line, but I knew from my all day trip from Lunenburg up to Halifax that a coastal route meanders a lot. The photos really tell the Story.

I am going to name drop a bit, as I took highway 207 through Lawrence town, and Three Fathom Harbour to Seaforth.  It allowed me to get to see the actual coast line and it was quite striking.  I would stop every once in a while on the side of the road if I saw a particularly impressive view, and use my Canon SLR to capture a photo.  Sometimes I would just pull over and shoot right our the window of the truck, using the door to balance the camera.

I caught highway 7 to Musquodoboit Harbour, Ship Harbour and eventually to Sheet Harbour. I still managed to see quite a bit of scenery even though I was not on the coastal road anymore.

I started getting worried about time as I was planning on making it to Sydney, Cape Breton that evening.  I turned up highway 374 through Lochaber Mines to New Glasgow to catch highway 104 to Cape Breton.  My last photo is from the edge of Cape Breton which I will leave for another blog .

Nova Scotia Eastern Shore Tourism

A relaxing tour of aviation history.

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On my first trip into Nova Scotia I came across a sign for the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum which I took some time to explore.  It was a weekday so there was no one at the museum and I got to explore it as i liked with no interruptions.

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When I went there was no fee to enter, but they did accept donations; or in my case I bought something from the gift shop as a form of donation. I see they have a recommended donation now.

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The exhibit in the lobby was from the early period of aviation history and I believe it was on display temporarily, on loan.  A lot of the planes and jets on display were former training units, but still great to see up close.

The museum also had some displays of Canada’s involvement in the space program, and also our roles in the world wars and NATO.  They had a display of the HMCS Bonaventure which was Canada’s aircraft carrier back in the 1957-70.  Even though I have always been into military history I still had never seen much on a Canadian aircraft carrier.  As per normal, it was a hold over from the British, being started during WWII for the British navy and then left in dry dock at the end of the war.  It was outfitted specifically for the Canadian Navy though, and never served in the British Navy which was surprising.

HMCS Bonaventure

https://acamuseum.ca/

 

A Day in Lunenburg

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From the Town of Lunenburg

Lunenburg (A World Heritage Site) is a coastal town about an hour south of Halifax in Nova Scotia.  I make it a point to always recommend to people that they visit this beautiful town on their trip to the east coast of Canada.

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Fishing village at the end of a long dead end road.

The town is easy to get to down the provincial highway, but I would suggest taking a trip down the coastal route a least once in your life.  Though keep in mind that it can increase the trip by about 4 hours if you go all the way to Peggy’s Cove, 5 hours if you take a back road, one way, one lane to a fishing village with no place to turn a pickup truck around like I did.

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There are great shops in Lunenburg, as well as a lot of waterfront restaurants with patios to take in the scenery over a meal and a pint of local cider. The Ironworks Distillery is a great experience to take in and they have some fine spirits to take home with you.

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Lunenburg is also the home to the Bluenose II which I originally saw in drydock as they were retrofitting it.  I have since seen it resting at the dock.  They offer rides on certain days but we were not available to go on the right day. I did get a chance to go sailing twice while in Lunenburg aboard the Eastern Star for a few hours.  The price was quite reasonable, the captain was very informative, and he allows you to help out and even take the helm to see what it is like to sail a 48 foot sail boat.

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Bluenose II in dry dock

https://bluenose.novascotia.ca/

https://www.explorelunenburg.ca/

http://ironworksdistillery.com/

http://www.novascotiasailing.com/

 

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