Traveling though Nova Scotia, Canada. (May 2014)

Hi everyone. Before telling about new journeys, I want to share impressions of the journeys that we still remember. So let's start.
In May 2014, we and a couple of friends decided to take off in a car to Nova Scotia, Canada. We have wanted to go there for a long time, but somehow did not find time. May was a very fitting month - it's not so cold, but the season has not started yet.
The whole trip took five days, and we drove 2025 miles. To make it easier to follow our route, here is a map:

The first stop is a ferry port in Portland, Maine. We decided that it would be easier and more convenient to get to our destination. In addition, as couples it is a new type of transport for us. The company is called Nova Star Cruises, but it seems they have already left the business.
We had to come in advance to have enough time for the queue and passport control (we went through it without leaving the car). And now we are in the cabin, and our car - on the deck.
Traveling like this turned out to be very convenient: left at 9 pm, and sailed to the city of Yarmouth at 8 am the next day. Yarmouth is a port city and a large fishing center. At local berths, you can test your strength  at various types of fishing, but this only in the right season.

Sorry, that there aren’t any pictures of the inside of the premises and of the deck of the ferry. I felt every wave and, believe me, it was not time for pictures :). I will say that there is a bar, a restaurant, and, it seems, even slot machines. The cabins are small, but everything you need to sleep they have.
In the morning we quickly went through the customs and went back on the road ...
First stop: Kejimkujik National Park, founded in 1968. The park turned out to be large (a total area of about 404 square kilometers) and very quiet. It extends to the Atlantic Ocean itself. On the territory of many reservoirs, lakes and rivers, a large variety of flora and fauna. It turns out that the park is famous for reservoirs throughout Canada. This is a place for those who, like us, love nature.

You see, there's even a waterfall there :). Not Niagara certainly, but we liked it :).

 

Next stop is Lunenburg. This is a small town on the shore of the ocean. By the way, in 1995, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, due to the fact that the town was perfectly preserved as an example of a British colonial settlement in North America. Pretty scenic city! It was cozy there and I wanted to stay as long as possible. You can walk a long way on the streets, photograph and view details.

Near this shuttle is a Museum - the Fisherman's Museum of the Atlantic, where you can learn about the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Also, there is an atmospheric restaurant where fresh seafood is cooked. I advise you to eat here if you travel;).

After a delicious lunch and a walk, we went to Halifax - the capital of the peninsula and the port city. There are museums, theaters, restaurants ...

and the citadel of the XVII century, on which we went, but did not calculate the time and came when it was closing. The place is beautiful, but very windy. The city's magnificent landscape, especially in the west.

That's how our first day in Canada went.
The next day, we went to the other side of Fort Louisbourg (Fort Louis). The fortress is located on the island of Cape Breton. Once it was one of the most beautiful ports of the New World. In the early 18th century there lived more than 2,000 inhabitants, and the garrison housed 700 soldiers. In addition to the massive walls, there were about 50 historic buildings reproduced, located on the territory of almost 50 thousand square meters. Today, the fortress is the largest historical reconstruction of Canada. In the summer, it is filled with actors in historical costumes, which represent the life of the fortress in 1744.
Landscapes on the way there, we really liked. We went slowly (if possible) and admired.

And here we stopped to take a picture of the lighthouse. Did you find it in the photo?

And then the normal road was over, and the adventures began, as I persuaded everyone to continue the movement and see where the navigator will lead us.

Suddenly we remembered the Ukrainian roads :) We drove, and the road became increasingly narrower. And more and more it was necessary to remove fallen trunks and branches. But when the road became so narrow that the branches of the tree on both its sides began to scratch the car, we had to return. We lost several hours, but it was so much fun !!! We haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

And here is Fort Louisbourg. Inside, unfortunately, we did not get in, it was already closed :)
 
But we still did not understand if he was open before the season :).

Instead, on the bank, we saw a cemetery with unusual crosses and a new sunset.

So the second day of the trip ended. For a night we found on the hill very pretty houses with a fireplace. The place is called Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages. Here they are:

The third day we planned to spend at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This is the upper right point on the peninsula and one of the most beautiful natural parks, famous for its mountain and marine landscapes. On its territory is part of the famous Cabot Trail - a road that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The park is the largest protected area in Nova Scotia, which preserves the unique system of Canadian landscapes. There survived dozens of rare and endangered species of animals and plants. On the way to the park we met very beautiful landscapes that really resemble Scotland.

Arrived… It turns out that when they write Highlands, this means not only high but also a lot of fog :)))

But, it is deserted and beautiful. This is a plus stay until the start of the season. There is a minus - dress very warmly.

By the way, here in May there is still snow. So take your warm clothes.
We went down below and the fog broke up :).
And this is an observation deck on the shore of the ocean. Beautiful, right?

So we rode and enjoyed landscapes all day.

On the fourth day in Nova Scotia, we went to the Joggins Fossil cliffs (Fog Rocks in Joggins). Very interesting and very cold place. This is a paleontological object with an area of 689 hectares, located along the coast. There are many fossils belonging to the geological period of 354-290 million years ago. Here is the richest of all known complex of fossil fuels.
We visited an interesting excursion, and then went to an independent expedition :) (by the way, there is a museum in the building).

Although it was quite cold, it turned out that the search for prints on stones - is an exciting game. We found a lot, but you cannot take anything home :(

The remainder of the day was spent on the way to Bar Harbor, ME  where we stayed a night.
On the last (5th) day we drove home. In the same state, we visited the Bangor town to see Steven King's house. So we’re showing it to you;)

But I will tell you a little secret, I liked his neighbors house more:) what about you?

We came back to the warm states, and the spring flowers. Ill show you for the finally. Thank you for reading.
See you!