Day 1. Travel to Nova Scotia, Canada
(3 July 2003 Thursday)
4am to 2pm drive Norfolk, MA to Bar Harbor, MN
2pm arrive at Bar Harbor, Maine
2pm to 3pm drive around Acadia National Park
3pm check-in to Cat Ferry
4pm to 7pm sail from Bar Harbor, Maine, USA to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
$353 for six passengers and one car
Booking confirmation number 763101
The Cat is the fastest car ferry in North America! Carrying up to 900
passengers and 240 cars across the Gulf of Maine at highway speeds
from late May to mid October. The Cat makes the crossing up to twice
daily providing the best way between Maine and Nova Scotia.
Designed for ocean conditions, the Cat glides smoothly over the water
and cuts a six-hour journey on a traditional car ferry down to two
hours and 45 minutes.
The Cat saves its passengers a full day's
driving between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Bar Harbor, Maine, (over
600 miles or 1000 kilometers) which means an extra day of vacation.
So innovative is this new ship that at every port of call the world over,
the Cat has become a major attraction in itself.
7pm to 8:30pm drive from Yarmouth to Upper Clements, NS
8:30pm check-in at Champlain Motel
3289 Route 1, Upper Clements, NS
two miles west of Annapolis Royal
and close to Upper Clements Park
Confirmation number 8878PW
C$100.80 ($112 less AAA 10% discount) per night
plus 15% tax for a total of C$231.84 for 2 nights
2 double beds, kitchenette with microwave oven,
complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor barbecue facilities
Day 2. Around Upper Clements
(4 July 2003 Friday)
Upper Clements Wildlife Park is located on Highway #1 5km
west of Annapolis Royal. The Park encompasses some 1100 acres,
30 acres of which include the animal exhibits.
The exhibits are located in a beautiful woodland setting surrounded
by trees, ponds, lakes, and streams. This allows the visitors to have a
nice shady walk around the Park to view the animals in a natural
environment. Walking leisurely, one can either complete a tour of the
Park in approximately forty-five minutes, or choose to spend the day.
All the animals in the Park have either been born in captivity or have
been rehabilitated from injury and cannot return to the wild. The Park
is inspected regularly by Provincial Wildlife Authorities.
The entrance fee to Upper Clements Wildlife Park also includes entrance to
Upper Clements Park. Both Parks are joined by a short underground tunnel.
Shuttle service is available between both Parks and a return trip is included
with the admission fee. Also included is a return trip on the Upper
Clements Park Train. Daily 10am to 5pm.
Upper Clements Park (www.upperclementspark.com)
is a family entertainment centre for all ages, which is provincially
owned but operations are run by the Hanse Society, a community-based,
non-profit organization. With 26 rides and attractions, miniature golfs,
daily live entertainment, craft, food & shopping concession, our goal is
to provide every visitor with a thoroughly satisfying experience.
Rides include the Tree Topper Roller Coaster is Atlantic Canada's
largest roller coaster and is the only wooden one. It can hold twenty people
and can reach speeds up to 75km (45mph). Another is the Sissiboo Sizzler Flume.
The water flume ride has vertical drops of 9 metres (30ft) and 12 metres (40ft).
Daily 11am to 7pm. Unlimited ride pass C$10.
Tree Topper Roller Coaster
Sissiboo Sizzler Flumer
Day 3. Annapolis Royal to Halifax
(5 July 2003 Saturday)
8am hotel check-out
8am to 1pm around Annapolis Royal
1pm to 4pm drive from Annapolis Royal to Halifax, NS
The site of Annapolis Royal has been associated with gardens since the 17th century.
In 1605 the Habitation of Port Royal was built under the leadership of the Sieur de
Mons who, on condition that he establish settlements and cultivate the land, was
granted fishing and fur trading rights over a vast area.
Port Royal faced many difficulties and reversals as France and England struggled for
control of the whole region. The area changed hands several times until, in 1710, Port
Royal fell to the British for the last time and was renamed Annapolis Royal in honour
of Queen Anne.
Annapolis Royal was the capital of Nova Scotia from 1710 until
Halifax was founded in 1749. Annapolis Royal offers a captivating
blend of heritage and charm that has made it a favourite stopping
place. The town contains over 150 heritage buildings, including
the oldest wooden house in Canada, the DeGannes-Cosby House,
built in 1708. Take time to walk along lower St. George Street,
the oldest town street in Canada. Today, Annapolis Royal is a town of gracious
large homes, colourful gardens and broad tree-lined streets.
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (www.historicgardens.com)
at 441 St. George Street, comprises 4 hectares (10 acres) that
comprises several themed gardens representing different
periods in our history. La Maison Acadienne et Potager shows an early French
settler's dwelling, the Governor's Garden is reminiscent of the period following 1710,
while the Victorian Garden reflects the prosperous days of shipbuilding and vigourous
trade of the 19th century.
The themed gardens are linked by paths through other display areas including several
plant collections, the largest being the Rose Collection which displays more than 230
cultivars in their historical context. The Innovative Garden demonstrates modern
horticultural methods and newly introduced plant material.
The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens balances the historical and botanical aspects
of horticulture, complementing the rich tapestry of heritage in one of the oldest
European settlements in North America.
The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is owned and operated by the
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society, a non-profit, charitable organization.
Fort Anne National Historic Site overlooks the mouths of the
Annapolis and Allain rivers. Both France and England, fighting for control
area in the 17th century, viewed this as an important site in maintaining
control of east Canada. The fort features well-preserved earthwork
fortifications, a museum in the officers' quarters and a gunpowder
magazine. The present fort is the fifth built on this location,
and its park-like ambiance makes it a good place to stroll and contemplate
what life was like for the young soldiers who defended it.
4pm check-in at Cambridge Suites Hotel
1583 Brunswick Street Halifax B3J 3P5
Confirmation number 4359A
C$209 1-bedroom suite and C$10 parking per night plus
15% tax for an all-inclusive total of C$766.35 for 3 nights
Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast Buffet is included each morning.
Hotel facilities feature underground heated parking, Dofsky's Restaurant and Bar,
coin laundry facilities, and our rooftop Fitness Center featuring a whirlpool,
sauna, exercise area and sundeck. Cambridge Suites Hotel is ideally located in
downtown Halifax, close to historic Citadel Hill and featuring a relaxing view
of Halifax Harbour. In the heart of the business district, you're surrounded
by the city's finest in shopping, dining and entertainment. Each suite features an
entertainment bar with a microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, dishes and
cutlery, both a dining and work area, and a remote control television, featuring
in-room pay-per-view movies, dataport telephones and air conditioning.
Our One-Bedroom Suite features a separate bedroom with a bedside telephone,
digital clock radio and a private vanity and hair dryer.
Because of the harbor that extends inland 16 miles, Halifax, the
capital of Nova Scotia, was one of the first English settlements
in Canada. It was founded in 1749 by Edward Cornwallis,
who recognised the site's potential as a naval and military depot.
Halifax downtown and waterfront.
The shops, restaurants and sights along the Halifax waterfront are a must-see.
Just exit the hotel and head down the hill along Sackville Street. You'll know
you're there when you reach the Harbour. The historic waterfront is the setting
for major festivals throughout the summer and ample fun throughout the year.
In the mood for some shopping? You'll find all the latest fashions, food and
accessories on Spring Garden Road.
covering 7 hectares (17 acres), were designed by landscape
artists in 1874. This oasis is a rare example of a formal Victorian
public garden, surviving intact and relatively unspoiled in the
heart of a modern city. They are considered to be among the finest
examples of Victorian gardens in North America. Tree-shaded
gravel walks wind among the flower beds, fountains, lily ponds
Point Pleasant Park
at the south end of the city, commands a view of the harbor.
The park contains batteries and forts that served as part of
Halifax's defense network until the end of WWII as well as
nature trails and walks. Daily dawn-dusk. Free.
Day 4. Halifax and Beyond
(6 July 2003 Sunday)
Peggy's Cove 40 miles west of Halifax on the south coast,
known as the idyllic fishing village,
and one of several fishing villages built around the snug harbors
of the south coast. Huge granite boulders are scattered
throughout the village. An old lighthouse standing on a
massive granite ledge and fishing boats moored along weatherworn
wharves are a part of the atmosphere that makes this cove
well-known among artists and photographers.
Despite its popularity this tiny fishing village has been
able keep the same relaxed atmosphere that has made it famous. Peggy's Cove is
certainly one of Canada's gems.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
maintains a marine history collection dealing with such
subjects as the navy, the days of sail, shipwrecks, lifesaving,
the age of steam, the Halifax explosion, and the RMS Titanic.
The collection includes artifacts, images, charts and plans relating to the marine
history of Nova Scotia. The Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian merchant marine,
Nova Scotia small craft and local shipwrecks are particular strengths of the
collection much of which represents the period 1850 to the present.
The collection includes everything from sextants, binnacles and figureheads to
small craft, anchors, armaments and marine portraits and our largest artifact,
the 1913 hydrographic vessel.
The idea of this
maritime museum can be credited to a group of Royal Canadian Navy
officers who envisaged a maritime museum where relics of Canada's
naval past could be preserved. Starting with a small space at HMC
Dockyard, the museum moved to quarters in the Halifax Citadel in 1952
and became the Maritime Museum of Canada in 1957.
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun 1pm-5:30pm. $5/$1.
Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery Craft brewery in
a massive ironstone and granite building where Alexander Keith's
beer was originally brewed.
Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith's is one of Canada's oldest breweries.
To celebrate its rich heritage and build sales of its branded products,
management decided to add an interactive tour and working brewery in
keeping with the traditions of its founder. An experience that winds visitors
through a recreation of Keith's dining room, then through the brewhouse
and into the Stag's head pub to sample beer.
Tours with costumed animators. Mon-Sat 10am to 10pm. Sun 10am to 6pm.
Day 5. Around and About Halifax
(7 July 2003 Monday)
Discovery Centre's mission is to stimulate interest
in science and technology among the general public and to foster a
spirit of inquiry and exploration among people of all ages. By
presenting science and technology in an entertaining environment,
visitors are encouraged to pursue their natural culture of
innovation and enjoy lifelong learning.
Mon to Sat 10am-5pm. Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission is free with
Boston's Museum of Science membership card.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
is on a hill overlooking downtown Halifax. Begun in
1828 on the site of three older forts, the larger star-shaped
masonry fort was completed 28 years later. The Halifax Citadel
is an impressive star-shaped masonry structure complete with
defensive ditch, earthen ramparts, musketry gallery, powder
magazine, garrison cells, guard room, barracks and school room
and offers one of the best surviving examples of 19th-century
fortification in Canada. On the guided tour, you may see the
78th Highland Regiment in action, hear the beauty of the bagpipes
and along the way, ask a soldier's wife what life was like. Don't miss the
Royal Artillery. After the noon gun-- synonymous with lunch
hour in Halifax --take a break in the coffee bar, then tour the
Army Museum and visit the gift shop. Allow 2 hours. Daily 9am-6pm. $6/$4.
Harbor Ferry Crossing the harbor (to Dartmouth) is a
wonderful way to view the beautiful waterfronts of both cities.
Hop aboard Halifax's fantastic and fun-filled, amphibious tour.
Enjoy a 55 minute, fully narrated tour of historic Halifax--
by land and sea! Harbour Hoppers Tour www.harbourhopper.com
Day 6. Drive Halifax, NS to Bar Harbor, Maine
(8 July 2003 Tuesday)
7am hotel check-out
7am to 11am drive from Halifax, NS to Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick
11am to 1pm The Hopewell Rocks www.thehopewellrocks.ca
1pm to 6pm drive from Hopewell Cape, NB to Bar Harbor, Maine
At the Hopewell Rocks and also known as the "Flower Pot Rocks",
tides have carved these mushroom-shaped columns of sandstone and conglomerate
rock with balsam fir and dwarf spruce growing on top. At high tide,
the rocks resemble ordinary islands. An interpretive center
provides viewing decks and multimedia exhibits about the Bay of Fundy.
Low tide scheduled for July 8, 2003 at 2:00pm 1.8 metres.
Here, visitors will find uniquely shaped reddish cliffs
of conglomerate interspersed with sandstone. This conglomerate was formed
as rocks and pebbles, washed down from the Caledonia Mountain range
(which is over 600 million years old) into the level ground of the valley,
were compressed and cemented together over millions of years. During a
period of tectonic activity, these layers of conglomerate, sandstone and
shale were uplifted and tilted to a 30-45º angle. Vertical cracks or
fissures divided the rock into large blocks. With the retreat of the Ice Age,
a mere 13,000 years ago, this valley (the Bay of Fundy) was filled with the
glacial meltwater and the sea level rose. Tides became stronger and began to
erode the soft sandstone along the shoreline. The surface water, filtering down
through the vertical cracks in the cliffs, eroded from the top,
gradually separating these large blocks of rock from the adjoining cliffs.
Meanwhile, the powerful tidal action, twice daily, began to carve away the bases,
leading to the creation of numerous sea caves, and most noteworthy the world
famous Flowerpot Rocks.
At low tide
Today, while walking along the ocean's floor at low tide, visitors can see
the evidence of this tilting in the layers of rock in the rock face, the
vertical cracks which are the genesis of new formations, and the telltale
high tide marks along the cliffs. Most visitors, clambering over clusters
of rounded mounds cloaked in rockweed are unaware that these are the burial
mounds of age-old formations, toppled by the tide, and slowly disintegrating
as the Tides of Fundy continue to sculpt the flowerpots of the future and
erase those of the past.
6pm hotel check-in at Quality Inn
7pm til dusk around and about Acadia National Park
40 Kebo Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Confirmation Number 46123714
$169 charged to MasterCard on 11 March 2003
ref no. 882070027WH6H0WEY
Ideally located within an easy 1/4 mile walk to the
historic village of Bar Harbor and its waterfront. Guests
can enjoy a stroll along Main Street with its array of shops,
boutiques and fine eateries.
This park possesses an unusual combination of ocean and mountain scenery.
Dominating the park are the ancient,
rounded peaks of the Mount Desert Mountains, work down by countless
centuries of erosion. Great granite cliffs, undermined by the pounding
surf at their bases, rise from the ocean. Admission to the park is by
7-day pass which cost $10 per private vehicle.
Day 7. Drive back to Norfolk, Massachusetts
(9 July 2003 Wednesday)
8am hotel check-out
8am to 12am around and
about Acadia National Park
12noon to 9pm drive from Bar Harbor, MN to Norfolk, MA
Other attractions in the park:
Cadillac Mountain Road extends to the summit of 1,530-foot Cadillac
Mountain--the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard offering
spectacular view of the coast
Park Loop Road provides access around the park including:
Sand Beach - partially formed of shell fragments
Great Head - one of the highest sheer Atlantic headlands in the United States
Thunder Hole - a wave-cut chasm producing loud
reverberations when waves and tide are right
Otter Cliffs - with a dense forest that extends to the edge of the sea
9pm Home Sweet Home
Bubble Pond Bridge
Acadia National Park, Maine
Horse Cut on Mountain Road
Acadia National Park, Maine