Visit to the Maritimes - Second Generation Nissan Xterra Forums (2005+)
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By idn88
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2019, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
Veteran
2008 Avalanche White Xterra S
 
idn88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,334
Visit to the Maritimes

I am contemplating a visit for a couple weeks to the Maritimes this summer. Nothing firm yet, looking at options. Its a long ways to drivve, so there are many places I could visit that are closer, but since I have never been there it seems interesting, and one of the few places my wife has interst. I was hoping for some advice from the locals or others who have been there.

-- Time to visit? I was thinking June before your school year is done - avoid the crowds. But it seems to maybe its still a little cold for a southerner? I don't mind cold. Cold and rainy isn't too fun though.

-- Must see things? I was thinking Bay of Fundy, some portion of PEI, and maybe Cape Breton Highlands? Advice?

-- What about mosquito, or other critters. I don't mind a few, but if I need to hide behind a screen or dip myself in deet constantly, it sort of defeats the point.

-- Thinking about half the time in nature, half the time in a city somewhere. Which city is most historic / fun. Looking for sightseeing and wondering - don't care about shopping. St. John, Halifax, Charlottetown. Other?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
El Gavilan likes this.
idn88 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-15-2019, 10:30 AM
Member
2015 Xterra Pro 4X
 
Brakoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Laval, Québec
Posts: 64
I'm from Quebec but my friend and I did a 2 week trip last summer going thru Maine, New-Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There's a lot of nice places to see, that's for sure.

-June will definitely be a good timing to not be stuck in the crowds, keep in mind that some more touristy spots might still be closed at that time of the year. Early July everything will be opened and there shouldn't be too many people yet.

-Cabot Trail is a must if you make it to Nova Scotia and I highly suggest that you look into Meat Cove, it's a campground that's located on the northern tip of NS and the view there is simply breathtaking. Louisbourg is a very historic city with an old fortress that has been partly reconstructed and is filled with actors playing their historical part.

-Mosquitos can be annoying when you're deep in the woods like we were at times but in more densely populated area it's perfectly fine.

-As far as cities go I really can't help you on that one, we stayed away from them at all cost.
Brakoo is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 03:36 PM
Senior Member
2006 Xterra Off-Road
 
westslope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: British Columbia wildfire country
Posts: 173
I will echo Barkoo's comments. The Cabot Trail around the Cape Breton Highlands is an absolute must.

June is a great month. You could get the tail-end of a hurricane and see snow dumped on the Highlands as I did once but it will pass in a couple of days.

On the north end of the Cabot Trail, there is the picturesque Cheticamp River that has a trail going up it. There is an idea for a short hike off the highway.

There are lots of picturesque places in Atlantic Canada. My favourite is the Gaspé Peninsula of Québec. The ocean views are spectacular and the rivers are some of the most beautiful I have seen anywhere, well at least in 4 continents of travelling.

To put the last comment in context, note that we live in British Columbia.

Whatever do, enjoy! And report back.

---
Night armour Xterra 2006 Off-Road, after-market Bilstein shocks, 5th rear leaf spring, Michelin LTX M/S^2 4-season tires, Pennzoil Platinum 5W30 motor oil, JVC GPS/Receiver, otherwise stock. 205,000 km/127,000 miles. Handles steep loose rock very well.
westslope is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 03:55 PM
Member
2012 Brilliant Silver Xterra S 4x4 5AT
 
Mmac24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Oxford Hills, ME
Posts: 90
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by idn88 View Post
I am contemplating a visit for a couple weeks to the Maritimes this summer. Nothing firm yet, looking at options. Its a long ways to drivve, so there are many places I could visit that are closer, but since I have never been there it seems interesting, and one of the few places my wife has interst. I was hoping for some advice from the locals or others who have been there.

-- Time to visit? I was thinking June before your school year is done - avoid the crowds. But it seems to maybe its still a little cold for a southerner? I don't mind cold. Cold and rainy isn't too fun though.

-- Must see things? I was thinking Bay of Fundy, some portion of PEI, and maybe Cape Breton Highlands? Advice?

-- What about mosquito, or other critters. I don't mind a few, but if I need to hide behind a screen or dip myself in deet constantly, it sort of defeats the point.

-- Thinking about half the time in nature, half the time in a city somewhere. Which city is most historic / fun. Looking for sightseeing and wondering - don't care about shopping. St. John, Halifax, Charlottetown. Other?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
June/July is the the perfect time of year to come up to the Northeast, IMO. We could get a week of 80 degree weather in early June, but expect it to be in the 70's. Mosquitos and Humidity doesn't get bad until late July/August, and the wind seems to keep them away from the coast. I can't attest for Canada, but there's plenty to see in Maine on your way through! One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is take the ferry to Peaks Island from Portland. Last year it was around $80 round trip to bring your vehicle to the island.

2012 Nissan Xterra S 4x4 5AT ★ Brilliant Silver ★

Last edited by Mmac24; 03-19-2019 at 03:58 PM.
Mmac24 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 02:04 PM
TNX Realm Noobie
2012 Metallic Green Xterra S
 
Wilbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Posts: 22
Garage
I live in Halifax and have been pretty much everywhere you mentioned. If you are still planning to come, PM/ LMK and I can give you some ideas. To answer your questions though:

- bugs are not an issue if you are in the cities. Once in the rural areas, Mother's Day to Father's Day there are blackflies. No more mosquitos than anywhere else.
- Cape Breton is nice, but will take 2-3 days to get there and visit and see it.
- Halifax is a good 'base of operations'. Lots to see and do.
- What do you like ? Wilderness / off roading ? Craft beer and or /wines ? There is lots of that within 1-2hrs of Halifax.
- There might be a few things you would like to see in New Brunswick (i.e. Saint John) , but they don't call it 'the province in the way' for nothing.

good luck !
Wilbury is offline  
Reply

  Second Generation Nissan Xterra Forums (2005+) > Regions > Canada

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Second Generation Nissan Xterra Forums (2005+) forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome