Touring Nova Scotia – Sept 3rd – 13th

By Don Eilenberger –

It started at a club meeting when Dan Thompson mentioned he had 10 days off work in a row, and was thinking of going for a ride in NY state. I somehow blurted out “You can do Nova Scotia in 10 days..”  and that was the start of it.

This makes my 3rd motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia. It’s a place I find super for riding – both the people and the scenery are really appealing. It’s also fairly simple to get to from NJ – and not a bad trip – 3 relaxed days and you’re on Nova Scotia. One more day and you can be on Cape Breton Island, touring the Cabot Trail.

Since the Canadian dollar had slipped to about 3/4 of the value of a US dollar – it also made the trip somewhat of a bargain. Prices were about the same for most things as in the US – but when the credit card bill arrived back home – the prices had all been reduced by about 25%.

10 days is just about enough time to visit New Brunswick (and the Bay of Fundy), a few of the cities, and then do a circuit of the Cabot Trail. 3 days going, 3 days returning, 4 days in Nova Scotia.  Happily – almost all our bad weather this time happened on the way up and the way back. With the exception of one afternoon on the trail – on the eastern shore – weather was outstanding.

I’m going to dump a bunch of photos here, and then later come back and fill in the tale. Right now I’m getting ready to leave on vacation – again – to Canada. Go figure..

Maratime Inn, Antibigosh
Maritime Inn, Antigonish
As usual - we got preferential parking, which is cool.
As usual – we got preferential parking, which is cool.
St John waterfront at night
St John waterfront at night
THIS is the reason we came to Nova Scotia - the Cabot Trail
THIS is the reason we came to Nova Scotia – the Cabot Trail
Along the trail - facing north
Along the trail – facing north
On the loop around Bras de'Or lake in Nova Scotia
On the loop around Bras de’Or lake in Nova Scotia
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Evening in Moncton NB. We started heading home
Backroads in New Brunswick, along the Bay of Fundy
Backroads in New Brunswick, along the Bay of Fundy
Lunch stop in Alma - right on the bayside.
Lunch stop in Alma – right on the bayside.
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Tide is out – Alma has the highest tides in the world – 37 feet..
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At high tide the boats float level with the dock. They’re sitting in cradles about 6 feet off the bottom of the bay – and the water is out about 1/2 mile from the docks.

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A stop for new tires in Dieppe at the BMW dealership
A stop for new tires in Dieppe at the BMW dealership
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On our way home
Back in the USA - just over the border. I'd suggest not eating here.
Back in the USA – just over the border. I’d suggest not eating here.

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