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    Photographing in Nova Scotia

    Hi all,
    Planning a trip to Nova Scotia Sept. 1st to the 13th. We're driving so I can bring the big cameras. Any suggestions/warnings/tips are welcome. Thanks.
    Al

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    How are you traveling? I know by car, but give me a route.

    I have been there a couple of times and each time I took the ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth and then did the light house trail to Cape Breton Island. I love Atlantic Canada. Very friendly people and great sights to see and photograph. You will be in Nova Scotia at a great time...not too hot or cold, just right

    The ferry will eliminate a long drive through Canada and it is a fun drive and sail. It is a very fast ferry and can get you there in less than three hours (I believe but am not sure) and save you a lot in high Canadian gas prices.

    There are many things to photograph and Cape Breton Island is a jewel.

    Enjoy your trip

    I included a shot from Blue Rocks which is near Halifax on the coast.Attachment 59652

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    Good place to visit, I came when I was a few months old and stayed!

    A couple of important dates, Sept 1st is my birthday and I never work on that day. The first Monday is labour day and a holiday for most.

    The ferry from Bar Harbour stopped running a while back, so you'll have to drive thru at least part of New Brunswick. There is a ferry from Saint John to Digby if you want to spent more time in NS.

    Bring all your LF film, 35 and 120 can still be found in the bigger places but I suspect LF will be hard to come by.

    As to things to see and photograph, there are lots of coasts, parks, farms, forts, lighthouses and more. If you can stay off the main highways (Trans Canada) most of them are rather boring. Cape Breton is always worth a visit. The Bay of Fundy is a great place to get some shots in as well either from the New Brunswick side or the Nova Scotia side.

    Anything special you're interested in?

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    Visually gorgeous, but very difficult to get anything photographically out of the ordinary.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Lots of muted colors in the misty mornings .. Wish I'd spent more time in Cape Bretton
    on the east end

    so my advice would be to go very slow and enjoy the moments ! Do not let yourself be rushed
    After all, you will be in heaven

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    I've spent many years photographing in Nova Scotia. A bigger question is what do you want to photograph? 13 days is not much time to really get into it. I would take the Ferry from St. John New Brunswick to Digby. That gets you going quickly along the coastal route. Get the Nova Scotia Atlas; sort of back roads NS. Try Formac Publishing Co Ltd., 5502 Atlantic Street, Halifax Nova Scotia, B3H 1G4 (www. formac.ca).

    From Digby check out Digby neck south down the penninsular as far as you can drive without taking the ferry further down.

    From Digby I'd drive north thru Annapolis, Middleton to Wolfville. Use Wolfville as a temporary base and check out Halls Harbor (fishing village) on the coast and Scots Bay (cobble beach) on the Blomidon Neck. Also the "Overlook" (expansive view of Minas Basin and farmland, a bit like Ireland scenery) is on the way to Blomidon Neck, quite spectacular.

    From the Wolfville area I'd be inclined to cross over to Halifax on the outer coast. Check out the city then drive south a ways and examine Prospect (fishing village), Peggys Cove (fishing village), Chester (resort village with a great pastry shop) on the Aspotogon penninsula, and certainly Lunenburg (older schooner town somewhat touristy) a bit further south. Drive out to Blue Rocks from Lunenburg where there is a famous scene of fishing shacks that begs for LF wide angle imaging. (See nice image above with two classic Nova Scotia dories.

    OK your two weeks are up and you've missed the bulk of what there is to see.

    But if you are an ambitious driver like me you might head to Cape Bretton Island about 130 mi. from Halifax. Cross the Canso Causeway a miracle of construction where the 1000+ ft. deep strait a mile wide was filled with boulders. I'd go up the west side of the Island thru Port Hood to Mabou. Visit the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou. Drive north to Glenora and visit the Glenora Distillery the only single malt distillery in North America, (beautifully photogenic). Continue north thru Cheticamp (principally french enclave) and into Cape Bretton Island National Park. The Park is highlands cut with fjord like inlets with the high areas of northern bogs and coniferous forests with lots of moose running about, esp. at dusk. I'd stop at Cape North and visit Morrisons restaurant where you can sometimes get the freshest haddock you could ever want. I visited as a kid when it was a general store and mostly Gaelic was spoken and even now you might hear some Gaelic conversations. A side trip to Meat Cove is worth while. Also a side trip to Dingwall and the barrier beach is worth the effort. Continue on to Neals Harbor (very picturesque fishing village). South to Ingonish find the Keltic Lodge out on a penninsular that is photographically attractive.

    Bill above, said it wisely, you'll need to dig beneath the visually beautiful scenery to obtain more introspective images and that can be difficult to do with only a surficial introduction to an area.

    Well now you've really blown your two weeks.

    Nate Potter, Austin TX.

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    I believe that there is an overnight ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Richards View Post
    Good place to visit, I came when I was a few months old and stayed!

    A couple of important dates, Sept 1st is my birthday and I never work on that day. The first Monday is labour day and a holiday for most.

    The ferry from Bar Harbour stopped running a while back, so you'll have to drive thru at least part of New Brunswick. There is a ferry from Saint John to Digby if you want to spent more time in NS.

    Bring all your LF film, 35 and 120 can still be found in the bigger places but I suspect LF will be hard to come by.

    As to things to see and photograph, there are lots of coasts, parks, farms, forts, lighthouses and more. If you can stay off the main highways (Trans Canada) most of them are rather boring. Cape Breton is always worth a visit. The Bay of Fundy is a great place to get some shots in as well either from the New Brunswick side or the Nova Scotia side.

    Anything special you're interested in?

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    Let's see some photos. I'm starting to wanna go there.

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    Hi all,
    You're right, two weeks isn't enough, but it will have to do. My original plan was to do Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island; someone talked some sense to me a short time ago, hence the revised itinerary.
    Found out the Cat (ferry) is no more, so driving to New Brunswick.If we get to St.Johns early enough to catch the ferry, will do that. Was planning to do the drive around the province (is that the lighthouse tour?) with a definite stop in Halifax to see the Titanic's gravesites. There will be another couple driving with us, so we'll be doing a lot of other touristy stuff I hope. Want to see the tides change in the Bay of Fundy, fishing boats, schooners. I've been listening to Gordon Bok and I'm really getting psyched to go! Thanks for the suggestions; I'll be writing them down and sharing with my wife and the other couple. Keep 'em coming!
    Al

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    Re: Photographing in Nova Scotia

    Takes 22 hours to drive around N.S. with few stops just as an idea the size

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