Canada is great. Despite being the typical Americans, ignorant of Canadian geography, the metric system, and what 19 celsius is...Nova Scotia has been excellent. New Jersey can be so hard- rushed, clipped, rude--we could learn from the people here.
The drive was long- 9 plus hours to Bangor ME, then about 8 more across New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. I thought it would be a scenic drive full of water and lighthouses, but the highway was basically tons of trees, a few crows, and moose crossing signs (with no moose). It was so expensive to fly, or take the car ferry, but it was a bear of a drive.
But, Halifax is so nice, and its true how nice Canadians are. Shoreturtle and I went for a run, and the cars actually stop! They don't race through the crosswalk like home.
We went to the Citadel, where we saw a huge British fort and learned about the British, French and American history. The Celtic influence of the Scottish and Irish is everywhere too.
Peggy's Cove lighthouse is on rocks that are just incredible.
There are long stretches where there are no real gas stations, or ATMs, or much except water or trees or homes. There are a lot of Tim Hortons (a sandwich place named for some hockey players).
Last night we were so lucky to meet RobbRunner and his family. They toured us all around Mahone Bay, Lunenberg, and back to their house in Bridgewater. Perfect hosts and great company-- we ate mussels and other seafood, drank Keith's beer-- then went back to their house to see their ridiculously talented boys play guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, piano!! Big thanks to the family for the night.
Today we drove a few hours to the Bay of Fundy (biggest tides in the world) and ate Digby scallops and walked along. We found a little rock filled beach that was secluded in a little park, and the weather was just perfect for rock hunting.
Tons of photos to show later--- tomorrow we leave for Prince Edward Island.