A Return to Monhegan Island, Maine

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It has been at least 30 years since our first and most recent voyage to this artist and nature island in Maine. Monhegan Island, which attracts many artists over the summer, currently has 19 studios (only a few open on the day we visited) and is laced with hiking trails that climb most of the [Read more …]

Up (and Down) the Downeast Coast to Camden, Maine

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After deciding to pass on the tempting exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, it was time to leave Portland Maine. We followed the route we had taken many times before when we lived in Boston. And, since things change slowly on the Maine coast, we did most of the same things we have done [Read more …]

A Night in Portland, Maine

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Our ferry from Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Portland Maine arrived as scheduled at 6:30 PM. After disembarking and going through immigration and customs (our Global Entry Passes aren’t applicable for travel from Canada but we were at the front of the line and got through quicky), we decided to explore one of the hot, newer [Read more …]

Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Portland Maine Ferry

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Rather than drive back from Nova Scotia to New England, we travelled from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine via the NovaStar ferry, a lo-o-o-ng (10 hour) sea journey. While many people use the ferry to transport their cars, as well as themselves, we left one rental car in Yarmouth and picked up another (at [Read more …]

Shelburne and Birchtown Nova Scotia

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Shelbourne, on Nova Scotia’s southeast coast, was an 18th- and 19th-century shipbuilding center that was founded in 1783. It grew to 10,000 people within a year, primarily due to British loyalists who fled America after the Revolution. It eventually grew larger than Montreal and Quebec before the British-run Canadian government stopped providing free land and [Read more …]

Lunenburg Nova Scotia and Makone Bay

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The coastline of Makone Bay is is pretty as St. Margaret’s Bay (see previous post), its next-door neighbor. While the coast has a number of scenic coves, it also has two of the pretties towns on the province’s central coast.   Mahone Bay The town of Mahone Bay is a pretty coastal town with many [Read more …]

Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia and Its Lighthouse

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The drive from Louisbourg to Nova Scotia’s southern shore is no easy proposition. Although the scenic town of Peggy’s Cove (just south of Halifax) isn’t that far from Louisbourg as the crow flies, navigating it by car requires a very long (500 kilometer, 5 hour) drive. The only way to get from one town to [Read more …]

Louisbourg Nova Scotia and its Fortress

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The town of Louisbourg is notable primarily as the 18th-century site of the largest (4,000 to 5,000 people on almost 15,000 acres) French military fortress and thriving fishing town on the Atlantic coast. (A fortress, as we learned is a military base that includes a town within its walls.) The Fortress of Louisbourg served as [Read more …]

The Towns of Cape Breton Island

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The focus of our Cape Bretton trip was the Cabot Trail, the National Park and its trails. Towns, however, do make convenient evening and restaurant stops and sometimes have other attractions that can’t be found in nature. We stopped at three of the island’s primary towns. Cheticamp Cheticamp, a town at the Western entry to [Read more …]

The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]