Grand Pré is a rural community one hour from Halifax. It is famous for being the site of the beginnings of the deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755. It is a great little area to use as a base for further exploring. But there is also plenty to do within the community!
If you’ve ever been to Kingston, Ontario, you’ve probably looked across the harbour to Wolfe Island. Wolfe Island is the largest of the 1000 Islands, and located in Lake Ontario, Canada. It’s quaint and cute and easily accessible from city hub of Kingston. Kingston itself has lots going on, but if it’s a sunny day, hop on the free Wolfe Island Ferry (aptly named the Wolfe Islander III) and check out the island.
It was surprisingly difficult to exercise the patience required to wait for the tide to go out completely. And so basically no one did. We all lined up on the beach and as the tide drifted slowly away from shore, we would all inch forward. But of course the tide doesn’t go out linearly, and so quite often a wave would come back, soak the causeway, and dampen everyone’s footwear/ankles/pant legs causing much ruckus. My traveling companion did not find this as amusing as I did.
Inverness is a relatively small city but thought of as the Capital of the Scottish Highlands. It is perhaps not on everyone’s ‘must see’ list when in the country. But that doesn’t mean it should be neglected. Not only is it a lovely city in its own right, but it makes a great base from which to visit other, smaller towns. These five easy day trips from Inverness are really just the beginning of what you could see using Inverness as a base. And, all are accessible using public transit – no car needed.
Blomidon Provincial Park in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is known for its beach and campground. But there are also several great hikes around the park, that are accessible even when the park itself closes for the season. One of the great parts of hiking in the fall is that the leaves have started to change and fall. You can really start to see more of the views of the cliffs from the trail.
On a warmer day, I’m sure the Ross Bay beach would have been packed. There was loads of room for kids to run on the rocks, and to hunt for sea glass and driftwood. Lots of locals were sitting on the sea wall with coffees, watching the adventurous surfers.