Getting There and Getting Around Nova Scotia

Getting to Nova Scotia is easy by plane, car or ferry. Most flights arrive in Halifax, roughly in the middle of the province. If you’re driving from the United States, take New Brunswick Route One from the Maine border to meet up with the Trans-Canada Highway, which meanders through the province; however, it’s an eight-hour trip from Bangor, Maine, to Halifax and there’s not a lot to do or see along the way. A shorter route is to take the car ferry that sails from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby, on Nova Scotia’s northwestern coast. It takes a few hours, but there are several trips daily and it beats having to drive all the way around the Bay of Fundy.

There’s no shortage of places to stay in Nova Scotia, from major hotels — mostly in Halifax — to quaint inns and bed-and-breakfasts scattered across the province to well-maintained state-run campsites for cars and RVs. Nova Scotia has a huge fishing industry, exporting $700 million in seafood each year, and you can find salmon, halibut, lobsters, mussels and more everywhere you go. Summer is the best time to visit Nova Scotia, although even in July and August, you can expect some rain and fog.

Except for higher gas prices, strange-looking money and the occasional “eh” from a local, the only difference most Americans will notice is that everyone seems just a little nicer.

Sam Lemonick

Sam Lemonick (www.samlemonick.com) is a freelance writer based in Berkeley, Calif.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 06:00