The perfect road trip awaits in Nova Scotia | 8/25/2019 | Staff
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Driving across Nova Scotia you quickly see how this province in Canada’s Maritimes has a cityscape reminiscent of small-town New England and a gorgeous rocky landscape similar to what is seen in parts of the British Isles or along the Nordic coast.

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This makes for a perfect late summer or early fall weekend road trip. It is a road trip I did in the middle of summer after flying into Halifax, Nova Scotia’s largest city and provincial capital.

The reason parts of Nova Scotia remind visitors of New England is simple: History.

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Before, during and after the American Revolution what became Nova Scotia had deep connections with New England in the United States. This was also where a large number of loyalists, as sympathizers of the British cause during the American Revolution were called, settled after American independence was won with the cessation of hostilities.

From Halifax, drive along Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore coast to Lunenburg with its UNESCO-listed historic old town.

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The postcard-perfect old town features colorful wooden homes and former maritime warehouses, many of which face the harbor. The harbor front also bears a passing resemblance to the quaint Hanseatic Quarter in Bergen, Norway.

Many of the old homes, which once belonged to fishermen or merchant mariners, feature what is called the Lunenburg Bump. This local adaption of the bay window makes the already charming streetscape even more charming.

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Lunenburg is the kind of destination that even in peak summer season is pretty much dead by 9 o’clock at night. By then, the day trippers are long gone and most locals or overnight visitors have finished dinner. It is also small enough that everything you will see or do is walkable. Speaking of walking, a tour from Lunenburg Walking Tours is a great way to orientate yourself.

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