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Old 04-08-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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From Maine to Nova Scotia

We are going to Bar Harbor this fall, but want to sneak up to Nova Scotia area while we are in the "neighborhood". What are the do and don't suggestions of places and routes, and do we take the motorhome, ferries, campgrounds, and absolute must-see locations. We will likely take about a week to do NS. How far should we go in a week? Thanks for any help from all of you!
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You may already know, but just in case you were not aware, you need to have a valid US passport (or other recognized government documents) to enter Canada - a U.S. drivers license is not enough to prove citizenship anymore (sadly.)

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Easier to get out of USA than to get in thanks to 9/11. Have your documents in order such as a passport. Border Patrol does not care about Drivers License as in Texas and some other states anybody can get one. Do not even think about taking a firearm into Canada unless you prefer an extended stay.

It should be a wonderful trip and we hope to make it some day.
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We went last year to Acadia Park. We stay at the KOA and rode the park bus to see the park.The KOA is a bus stop. Must eat at the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound just park along the side of the road. All of the ferries carry semis we had no problems.
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We stayed here My Brothers Place Campground Houlton Maine just prior to crossing into Canada. Best to fill up with gas prior to going into Canada where prices are higher.
A must see and do is the Cabot Trail, we stayed here North Sydney / Cabot Trail KOA | Camping in Nova Scotia | KOA Campgrounds while doing the Cabot Trail. If you go there ask for the top row. They have a tremendous view. And if you have time go over the bridge to Prince Edward Island, it doesn't cost anything going over, it's coming back when they get you.
Another hint, and I'm sure you will get more from others that have been to Canada, is to contact your cell phone provider prior to going and arrange for Canadian service while you are there.
Enjoy your trip.
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Take rt 9 to Calais. We stayed at the Kiwanis CG in Saint Andrews, NB. Saint Andrews is a pretty little town. The Marine center is great. We also stayed in Alma to see the Bay of Fundy Park. Lots's to see and do in the area. If I only had a week, I'd probably then go up to PEI for a couple of days.

The ferry hasn't run out of Bar Harbor for quite some time. There is one from Saint John, NB to Nova Scotia, but with only a week you may want to stay in NB. If you do go, the ferry takes you to Digby. I would take 10 over to Lunenburg, VChester, Peggy's Cove and Halifax. All great places to visit.
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Take rt 9 to Calais. We stayed at the Kiwanis CG in Saint Andrews, NB. Saint Andrews is a pretty little town. The Marine center is great. We also stayed in Alma to see the Bay of Fundy Park. Lots's to see and do in the area. If I only had a week, I'd probably then go up to PEI for a couple of days.

The ferry hasn't run out of Bar Harbor for quite some time. There is one from Saint John, NB to Nova Scotia, but with only a week you may want to stay in NB. If you do go, the ferry takes you to Digby. I would ta9ke 10 over to Lunenburg, VChester, Peggy's Cove and Halifax. All great places to visit.
I agree St-Andrews by the the Sea is a must for a few days, and the Kiwanis Oceanfront campground ( jack and Jannine) located a short walk distance to town . Certainly the best place for Whales watching in the Foundy Bay, take the tall ship, great experience,
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There is supposed to be a new ferry coming for that route from Maine to Nova Scotia, but not sure when it starts service.
Also remember that some of the campground and some tourist attractions close in September and October so try not to make it a late fall.
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I just googled the Nova Scotia ferry and this press release came up


YARMOUTH — A new ferry that will travel between southwestern Nova Scotia and Maine is expected to arrive in Yarmouth next week.

Nova Star Cruises says its vessel, Nova Star, will dock at the town’s terminal Tuesday, allowing residents to see the 161-metre ferry for the first time.

The vessel is arriving after a month-long journey from Singapore, where it was constructed.

A welcoming ceremony has been planned upon its arrival, and public tours of the vessel are planned for next Wednesday.

The ferry is scheduled to begin making daily, round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine on May 15.

The provincial government has committed $21 million over seven years to support the ferry service.
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There is supposed to be a new ferry coming for that route from Maine to Nova Scotia, but not sure when it starts service.
Also remember that some of the campground and some tourist attractions close in September and October so try not to make it a late fall.
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The CAT (ferry) goes from Portland, and Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia every day, expensive but you could save a few days and save on fuel, it's being running for over 10 years,
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Here is a link to trips we ran to all the fun places in the Maritimes.
We use to do this trip in a two week interval you can make all the locations and enjoy.
Have fun and safe travels.
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The CAT (ferry) goes from Portland, and Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia every day, expensive but you could save a few days and save on fuel, it's being running for over 10 years,
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The Cat stopped operating a few years ago. The only ferry service has been from Saint John to Digby, or from New Glasgow to Woods Island PEI.

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The CAT (ferry) goes from Portland, and Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia every day, expensive but you could save a few days and save on fuel, it's being running for over 10 years,
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Are you sure it runs now? Apparently the Nova ferry will start sometime in May, but I thought the Cat has been gone for awhile? You say it runs every day??
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