Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tour Southern Nova Scotia in a Motorhome

If you're looking for somewhere unique to escape to this summer why not consider Southern Nova Scotia, an ideal area to tour in a motorhome rental. On Canada's East Coast, this part of the world offers a ton of things to see and do. From dazzling natural beauty, lighthouses and small town charm to parks, museums and gorgeous coastal highways, there is certainly something for everyone. The Yarmouth and Acadian shores in Southern Nova Scotia also boast numerous seaside activities and festivals, beaches, woodlands and walking trails, as well as local food, music and crafts to discover.

Renting an RV is the perfect way to see as much of this beautiful area as possible and it also allows for freedom of movement so you can maximize your vacation time--and where Southern Nova Scotia is concerned it's difficult to decide what to see first! The area offers an abundance of pristine beaches from Cadden Bay and Carter's Beach to the legendary surfing at White Point and Summerville Beach Provincial Park. For great scenery, canoeing, lakes, rivers and a wide variety of flora and fauna try Kejmkujik National Park. If scuba diving is more your speed head to the Marina Park at Port Mouton in Queens County, which even has sunken treasure.

Nova Scotia also has several famous lighthouses from the Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool to the New Port Medway Lighthouse Park and the Coffin Island Lighthouse. The historic town of Liverpool also has many great restaurants and shops to discover. The Cape Forchu Light Station is known as the Beacon of Canada and is the second most photographed lighthouse in the province. It towers over the 17-acre park below, which boasts facilities like walking trails, gift shops, a tea room, museum and look-out points to the dazzling panorama below. An hour from the Yarmouth ferry terminals, which bring over tourists from Maine and Portland, is the charming loyalist town of Shelburne, which has a Lobster Festival every June. If you are interested in the history of the area why not head to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, which is a historic village complete with 1800s lighthouse and blacksmith, houses, a cemetery and panoramic views of Pubnico Harbour. Southern Nova Scotia also has many noteworthy churches, among them Eglise Ste-Anne, the oldest Acadian church on the mainland, which has now been deemed a heritage site.

The largest protected wilderness reserve in Atlantic Canada, the Tobeatic Wilderness and Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Preserve, is also in the area. The preserve has forests, lakes, bogs and several rivers. A good point of entry to the wilderness is in East Kemptville in

Yarmouth County or along Hwy 203, between East Kemptville and Upper Ohio in Shelburne County. Also not to be missed is the Five Islands Provincial Park. This land towers over the shores of the legendary Bay of Fundy and features steep sea cliffs that look majestically over the world's highest tides (you won't believe your eyes--it's definitely not a sight to miss.) You can also decide to take a whale watching tour!

Two RV parks and campsites to try during your trip:

  • Cove Oceanfront Campground and RV Park - In Parker's Cove. Features ocean views and a pool, as well as showers and WI-FI for an extra cost.
  • Cape Canso RV Park - Canso, (902) 366-2937
Enjoy Nova Scotia's unique culture, history and beauty by renting an RV and taking a drive around the province this summer. Check out Halifax Motorhome Rental for deals before your next Canadian holiday!

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