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Whale Watching and Island Hopping on the Bay of Fundy

Date Posted: August 1, 2017Reading time: 2 minutes


We’re taking a weekly look at something or some place we love in Nova Scotia! Follow along each week this summer as we celebrate well-known favourites and local hidden gems.

The islands beyond Digby Neck, jutting out of the north-western coast of Nova Scotia, are two of the most stunning tourist destinations in the province. From hiking to history and sunning seals to whale watching, it’s worth making the short trip from downtown Halifax for a day or weekend getaway to check these spots out. If you’re looking to explore Nova Scotia’s natural beauty and wildlife in unique places that don’t often make the news, here’s a little inside scoop, on us.

A Weekend Getaway: Digby, Long Island, and Brier Island

Day 1

10 a.m. – Take the NS 101 West to Digby (approx. 2.5 hours) and enjoy lunch at Dockside Restaurant, with beautiful views overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

2 p.m. – Proceed to Gullivers Cove for a quick swim and 20-minute hike on the High Cliff Cove Trail.

3 p.m. – Continue along highway 217 and catch the East Ferry to Tiverton on Long Island, stopping along the way to see the famous Balancing Rock. One of Nova Scotia’s natural wonders, this column of rock completely defies gravity, hanging half-off the cliff’s edge as the other half rests mysteriously on thin air.

5 p.m. – Continue along to Freeport and catch the ferry to Brier Island. Check into the Brier Island Lodge, get comfy and enjoy a fresh meal of locally sourced seafood with ocean views right on site.

Day 2

8:30 a.m. – Grab breakfast at the Lodge and head out for a whale-watching cruise setting out from the island. This is one for the books, with some of the best whale watching in all of the Maritimes on the Bay of Fundy. Spot whales, birds, seals and more at the opening of the Bay and beyond.

1:30 p.m. – Head back to Halifax, being sure to stop along the way in Digby for some famous fresh scallops, if you haven’t already had some!

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