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One Tank Trip for Nova Scotia Camping
Nova Scotia is widely known as a land of fun and adventure, but also of quietude and restoration. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, Nova Scotia is a land filled with seaside inns, vineyards that dot the countryside, and an incredible amount of annual festivals. There is no bad time for a trip to this remarkable place, so let's get going; adventure awaits!
Our one tank trip begins in Louisbourg. A Louisbourg highlight is the Fortress of Louisbourg, which served as a base of operations for the British and helped them achieve victory over the French in the 18th century. Now, it is a well-visited tourist attraction, and features large-scale reenactments of some of the battles the fortress has seen. If you plan your visit in early August, you can take part in the annual Crab Fest, a delicious festival celebrating all things crab-related, featuring the crustaceans cooked in all manner of mouth-watering ways.
Drive north on Highway 22 for 10 miles into Albert Bridge, a fantastic place to set up camp and enjoy the outdoors. Located near Mira River, you’ll have your pick of all kinds of water-based recreation. Nearby parks feature a multitude of hiking trails and bike paths for you to get some exercise and – if you brought your furry little four-legged friends along – go for a run!
A short 12-mile drive further north on Highway 22 takes you to Sydney, which has a wealth of activities to enjoy, ranging from orchestra performances to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in nearby Baddeck. The Bras d’Or Lake is close by, if you fancy a day on, or near, the water with either a fishing pole in hand or a kayak carrying you across the surface. This area mixes the metropolitan with the rural in a very deft, and unique, fashion.
Head west on Highway 125 for 12 miles to continue our one tank trip, take the westbound 305 for another 3 miles into Sydney Mines. This quaint resort community features a selection of bed and breakfast inns, a thriving art culture, and some incredible Georgian architecture. Stroll through some of the most colorful and well-maintained English gardens to be found on this side of the Atlantic, then smack a few balls around at any of the local world-class golf courses.
Our next Nova Scotia RV camping stop is Englishtown. Bear west on Provincial Route 105 for 20 miles, then drive north on Highway 312 for the remaining 3 miles into town. This is the home of the Englishtown Mussel Fest, where you can stuff yourself silly with mussels, prepared every way imaginable (and a few ways that aren’t!) The nearby Cabot Trail region will keep you occupied exploring its back country, so take a picnic lunch and enjoy the feeling of the sun on your face and the wind at your back.
Proceeding north on highway 312, a 5-mile drive takes you straight to the afore-mentioned Cabot Trail, which runs for 2 miles to your final Nova Scotia RV camping stop, Indian Brook. Everywhere you look there are telltale signs of the local Indian tribes that once called this area home. Explore the nearby caves and take a walk along Bird Island, or kick back by the ocean and watch the ebb and flow of the Atlantic as it crashes onto the shoreline.
Nova Scotia is a land of rugged adventure, but brings with it a rarely seen element of style and sophistication guaranteed to appeal to travelers of all tastes.
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