Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to take a day trip to Joggins to represent the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia at a presentation given by the Cumberland Wilderness Society as they unveiled their plan for a new Protected Wilderness area around and including the Chignecto Game Sanctuary. An article about the presentation can be found here: http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=303455&sc=58
Because the trip along the Bay of Fundy is an easy and beautiful drive from Truro, we often recommend it to guests who are interested in a day trip. There are many interesting spots to stop and see and the scenery is spectacular.
Because I had a time line in which to get to the presentation, I drove the Trans Canada Highway to get there. The day wasn’t too promising as I started out, with thick fog making it hard to see. I took the old road through the Wentworth Valley rather than the Toll Highway. The drive is much more scenic and only adds about five minutes to your time. Not to mention you don’t have to pay the $4.50 toll! As I passed Ski Wentworth, the fog lifted and the sun started to shine.
I got to Joggins in about an hour-and-a-half.
The Joggins Fossil Center and Fossil Cliffs were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the Centre opened on Earth Day that year. This was my first chance to get there to see the new building and it is beautiful!! I would highly recommend this attraction to any guests who are visiting Northern Nova Scotia! I just wish I’d had more time to explore. Alas, business called…
When the presentation was over, I took the shore road along the Bay of Fundy to go home. The half-hour it takes to get from Joggins to Advocate is mostly trees, but the wild blueberry fields were glorious! I wish I’d been able to get a photo that did them justice. Although the colour of the trees is over now that the leaves have fallen, the blueberry fields are still in their splendor! As I turned a corner in Advocate, there was a cemetery on a hill which is covered in blueberry bushes and the sun was illuminating them. I wish I had stopped for a photo.
I did take the 5km side trip to go to Cape d’Or. It is one of my absolute favourite places in Nova Scotia! To get there, you travel on a very twisty and hilly dirt road, but the views when you get to the end are spectacular! The following photos were all taken from the top of the road. In the summer, from May – October, there is a restaurant that we highly recommend located in the lighthouse! The food and the service are wonderful and you just can’t beat the view!!
I traveled back to Truro, passing some favorites: Shaw’s Country Store in Port Greville, Ship’s Company Theater & The Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Mo’s at Five Islands, The Joy Laking Gallery in Portipique, the antique shop in Great Village, and of course Bass River Chairs in Bass River! I drove 355 km in total during the day and was home in time to make supper!