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Myself and four other riders will be traveling to NS from the 4th of august to the 8th. Need help on places to stay (no camping) Also good rodes and food.
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In 2004, my wife and spent a couple of weeks touring NS from Meat Cove (the northernmost point) to Brier Island (the southernmost point). Did over a thousand miles andd had a blast. The scenic routes are pretty well labelled throughout the province with names and images such as The Lighthouse Route or The Cabot Trail. The official provincial highway map should have them listed. At one time there was a separate brochure for motorcycles and NS. You might be able to find it at one of the info centers. BTW, how are you planning to get there?

Almost all of the secondary routes are great for touring. Be aware that coastal routes on the south shore (Atlantic Coast) can be socked in with early morning fog and zero visibility. Yet, drive two miles inland and it's clear blue skies.

Your itinerary says you'll travelling from the 4th to the 8th. Is that the time in NS or does that include travel to NS? I only ask because I have no idea where you're starting from. Halifax is 1500 miles from Harrisburg, PA and if some told me they were taking five days to tour NS, I'd tell them to stay home. However, five days in NS isn't enough to do the whole province. I'd suggest cutting it in half. Take the northern from from Halifax to Cape Breton. Or, the southern half to Yarmouth.

Places to see: Halifax Harbour, Cape Breton, Fortress Louisbourg, Lunenburg, the Annapolis Valley. Geez! The list goes on.

Places to stay. Any B&B is usually a safe bet. The owners are locals and know the best places to eat.

I'm running out of time here, but will post more info in a few days.

Take care,
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Oh Yeah! I'm 25% Nova Scotian and my older brother is 100%. He lives in Pleasantville, just south of Bridgewater. It's about an hour south of Halifax.

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Very cool. I'll be up in NS sometime in the 3rd week of August as well. So will just miss you

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I Googled NS and got the site with their motorcycle travel guide. That....is what you need to reference. Lists places to see and stay that are mc friendly.
Loved that place.

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I just got back from NS this weekend, and I will second what was mentioned earlier. Don't try to see too much, as the travel times are longer than the mileage indicates. The speed limits are low and most people obey them, plus some of the roads are so rough you'll get into a jam if you get too crazy anyway.
I'd personally suggest picking an area and really taking the time to enjoy it, there's a lot to see everywhere you go up there, and it's all beautiful.
Tracus already gave you the high points on where to go, I'd just narrow it down to one quadrant of the map.

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Hey Jerome,
We did NS last year.
Stayed mostly at motels but occasional B&B.
We took the ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth and rode north up the east coast, then did the Cabot Trail.
It was a good ride.
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Very cool. I'll be up in NS sometime in the 3rd week of August as well. So will just miss you
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My wife and I are also going to NS. From west Palm Beach. Starting on the 13th be there on the 16-20. Silver 2002 lt, license PASSHN. Staying at a B&B in Mulgrave. You never know we might ride for a while together.

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Myself and four other riders will be traveling to NS from the 4th of august to the 8th. Need help on places to stay (no camping) Also good rodes and food.
If you want a FREE Motorcycle Tour Guide - Nova Scotia, I'd get on the phone to request one, telling them you need it ASAP.

1-800-565-0000 or 1-866-250-7777
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To jvalny:

Okay, I'm back. My wife and I are on a grand circuit from PA to UT to MT to MI and back home through ONT. It's take a while to found a campground with WiFi. I'm glad to see that others have confirmed my recommendations for NS.

If it's hills and twisties you want, go north to Cape Breton. If you want to be cool, it's pronounced KayBreton. I strongly encourage you to stop in Baddeck. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell museum. Travel around Bras d'Or lake and meander over to Fortress Louisbourg. The B&B's are great and most of the the restaurants are passable. Here;s a tip. If you ask, "Where's a good place to eat?" You get directions to a restaurant where the parking lot is filled with vehicles having license plates from all 50 states. No locals. If you want to dine with the locals where the food is local and good, then ask this, "Where would you go to eat?" If you are not under any dietary restrictions, anything served from a converted school bus can't be beat. Realize that any eatery with a hand lettered sign made from house paint and an old 4x8 sheet of plywood says, "We spend our money on food and ingredients, not advertising." Again, be cautious of early morning starts since ocean fog can be a real panic maker.

Forget your swimsuits. Unless you plan on dipping in the Northumberland Strait or a provincial lake, the ocean water is too damn cold.

I will try to make some recommendations for the southern half in the next few days.

Take care,
Chris

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Finally, if you plan the southern half of the province bring along a copy of Longfellow's poems and read "Evangeline." It was from Nova Scotia that the British drove out the French settlers who then migrated along the east coast of the U.S. until the reached New Orleans. We corrupted the word, Acadian" into "Cajun."

The Annapolis Valley is worth a tour. Cross from the Bay of Fundy and head east the one of Canada's national parks, Kejimkujik. Just say "Keji", everyone else does. Take continue north along the Lighthouse Route though Peggy's Cove, Blue Rocks, Mahone Bay and end on Privateer's Wharf in Halifax for some local brews.

Bottom line - go north or south, but you don't have enough time to do the whole thing.

One other suggestion - if time allows, consider riding north all the way to St. John's, NB and taking the ferry across to Digby, NS. It saves you miles of driving all the way through New Brunswick and it saves you money from taking the ferry at Bar Harbor or Portland, ME.

I hope all goes well with you venture.

Take care,
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Just checked the site and we will be leaving Aug 2, and returning Aug 9th.
From Long island NY and back. Will be using the ferry one way. I like the idea of the ferry from St John NB to Digby. Cabot Trail is a priorty. Thanks Chris and hello to Curtis. And everyone else who contributed.
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decided to join this as a few years ago we had a couple on BMW bikes from Virginia stay with us at Ocean Haven on the Cabot Trail on Cape Bretron, and just maybe this is a way to find them.

Riding the Cabot Trail seems to be like a notch in the handle of a Colt 45.

It is a great trip but have to tell you that you really do it too fast , you should spend a night in the area.

And you should enjoy the music, the whales or just the beer .
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It is a great trip but have to tell you that you really do it too fast , you should spend a night in the area.

And you should enjoy the music, the whales or just the beer .
Amen to all four! We spent three days in Cape Breton and still left things to go back to. But beer? What about the new distillery? Not bad for a single malt that cannot be called scotch because it's not from Scotland. Here's a simple quiz for all. Translate Nova Scotia into English. I'll give you three chances and the first two don't count.

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Last year we stayed at the Four Seasons Retreat in Upper Economy, and used it as a base for traveling all over NS. Outstanding place and impeccably maintained. The website does not do it justice.
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