Nova Scotia Caraventure, Maine, New Brunswick

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March 1, 2011

RVing and sight-seeing in Nova Scotia, Maine and New Brunswickby Dee Reed

The tip of Maine has been called many things —The Crown of Maine and The Last Frontier of the East. Mainers just call it “The County.” When RVing in Maine, your itinerary could include biking along endless fields of potato blossoms; canoeing and fishing in one of the area’s 2,000 lakes, rivers, and streams; hiking along wooded trails; or cross-country skiing through the beautiful winter landscape. But don’t stop there. Make sure to drive north on some of the most scenic roads in the United States and cross over into New Brunswick, Canada.

Take the Fundy Coastal Drive and explore the Bay of Fundy and the world’s highest tides. Over the centuries, the force of the tides has carved some remarkable geological phenomena. The bay is also an incredibly rich habitat for fish and those creatures who feed upon them: birds, whales, and people. On your way to Nova Scotia, you’ll pass — or you can stop to explore — Hopewell Rocks, fishing harbors, fishing villages, and uninhabited forests.

When traveling in New Brunswick, stop your RV and take a different sort of trip — on a ferry. If you want a real taste of Bay of Fundy culture, you can’t do better than to experience a ferry ride, or two. Some are free of charge, some are short hops, and others are a little longer.

Once in Nova Scotia, opportunities to enjoy RV camping alongside beaches, in the mountains, or near cities abound. Choose from hiking, cycling, paddling, or sailing. Stretch your sense of adventure within the rolling orchards of the Annapolis Valley, the mountains of the Cabot Trail, the glacial boulders of Peggy’s Cove, or the geological formations of the Bay of Fundy.

Take your tow vehicle and explore the Cabot Trail, which has been named the most scenic highway in the world. The route is a 185-mile loop around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. The northern section passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The southwestern section goes through the Margaree River valley before passing long Bras d’Or Lake. Its Skyline Trail boardwalk offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and towering cliffs in nearly every direction.

Campgrounds in Nova Scotia are located near areas where you can hike, bike, paddle, and sail. So bring along your sense of adventure when traveling to Nova Scotia. Go whale watching on the Bay of Fundy where more than 15 species of whales can be seen. The bay is also home to the world’s highest tides each year. Kayak past shipwrecks and pods of playing porpoise.

Bring along your clubs when visiting Nova Scotia to play golf while taking in stunning seaside views. With more than 60 public golf courses, you’ll find a tee time tailor made for you. Golf Digest rates Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island as one of the world’s best golf destinations.

For more info about RV travel visit the Good Sam Club Trip Planning section where you can route your RV trip, read interesting RV travel articles, learn about points of interest, find RV campgrounds and print out RV checklists.

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