There is the saying that Nova Scotia is Canada's playground. The Atlantic Canadian province has many various experiences its native Nova Scotians, Canadians and people from around the world can discover.

 

Mountain Gap Inn is located in the middle of the Evangeline Trail (Highway 1), and is within a short drive of many attractions that you and your family will want to see.  Enjoy, Discover and Visit Mountain Gap Inn, and its home of Nova Scotia. For information on these attractions, such as whale watching, please look at the sub menu under "Attractions".

Celebrations

There are also several festivals and celebrations that surround the area. Some of the more prominent events that take place are: Digby's Scallop Days which celebrates what has made the fishing town famous. The delectable sea fare that is included in an array of dishes. There are contests, competitions, a parade and of course food!

 

And the BIG ONE...  Digby's Wharf Rat Rally. (pictured above) Thousands of people from all over come to Digby to partake in a love of everything motorcycle related. While there are thousands of people, there are thousands of motorcycles to see, and appreciate. There are shows, music, and much more! All this takes place over the labour day weekend.

 

Photography courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism.

Whale Watching

Upper Clements Parks

Kejimkujik

Annapolis Royal

Bear River

Digby

Oceans Explorations Zodiac Whale Adventures

http://www.oceanexplorations.ca

 

Brier Island Whale Watch

http://www.brierislandwhalewatch.com

 

Petit Passage Whale Watching

http://www.ppww.ca

 

Please Note: There are also several other whale watching companies available.

Whale Watching

There is no better way to experience Nova Scotia than to take a whale watching cruise. Imagine the thrill of seeing a Fin whale – the second largest in the world – or an endangered Northern Right whale emerge from the ocean. The waters in our area have long been a feeding ground for a wide variety of whales and other marine life.

 

These cruises depart from Digby Neck, Long Island and Brier Island. The scenic drive from Mountain Gap Inn to the community of East Ferry where the first ferry is located is approximately a 45 minute drive. Most whale watching cruises are approximately 3 hours long. Besides seeing the large variety of whales that visit the Bay of Fundy. You may also experience dolphins, seals and many interesting seabirds.

 

Visit the front desk for information on various companies that offer the service and if you require assistance booking a cruise.

Details:

Digby neck Ferry Service

Each ferry costs $5.00 per car for a round trip. (No charge for Walk-ons.)

 

Travel from Digby to Brier Island:

- From East Ferry to Tiverton *leaves every hour on the half hour.

- From Freeport to Westport *leaves every hour on the hour.

 

Travel from Brier Island to Digby:

- From: Westport to Freeport *leaves every hour on the half hour.

- Tiverton to East Ferry  *Leaves every hour on the half hour.

Photography courtesy of Upper Clements Parks.

Upper Clements Parks

Upper Clements Parks is Atlantic Canada's destination for fun, delivering thrilling rides, exciting entertainment and delicious food all in an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere.

 

Soar through the treetops on our exciting wooden rollercoaster and plunge down our

sky-high flume ride. Crash and bang in our bumper boats and whirl down a huge waterslide. Fly across Ryerson Pond on our new Ziplines longer than a football field reaching speeds up to 40 km per hour!

 

To learn more about Upper Clements Parks and get the latest updates on events please go to their website.

 

• Roller Coaster • Sissabo Sizzler • Water Slide • Wild Life Park _ Lots more fun!

FAST PASS!

Available at the hotel front desk.

Photography courtesy of Nova Scotia tourism

Kejimkujik

Kejimkujik is 381 square kilometers of forest and lakes. The National Park visitors enjoy fresh warm water swimming, walking, hiking, picnicking and canoeing in the quiet natural Nova Scotian woodland. It is not unusual to see a variety of wildlife including deer grazing on the roadside.

 

This National Park commemorates the Mi'Kmaq and their heritage with the largest collection of petroglyphs in the eastern North American region.

 

If you would like a tour of this beautiful place, you and your family can join an interpreter for a guided walk or canoe through Kejimkujik's various habitats.

 

Kejimkujik is Open:

- Mid-June to Labour day  8:30am  - 9:00pm

- Labour Day to mid-June 8:30am - 4:30pm

Photography courtesy of Nova Scotia tourism©

Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal has a wonderful place in history, as home to many of the first European settlers in North America during the early 1600s. For visitors who want to enjoy a vibrant community that is filled with culture based in visual and performing  arts. There are many things to enjoy such as:

 

• Community Health Centre, with four doctors

• Town and County recreation services

• Royal Canadian Legion

• Two history/heritage organizations

• North America's only tidal power generating station

• Award-winning environmental organization

• Library with public computers and wireless Internet connections

• Four museums

• Geneaology centre

• The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (pictured)

• Many cafés and restaurants

• Boat haul-up, repair yard and wharf

• Two National Historic Sites (Fort Anne in Town and Port-Royal nearby)

• Farmers' and Traders' Market on Saturdays May-Oct. 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

• Annapolis Field Naturalists' Society

• Annapolis Basin Community Band

• Musique 400 (early music)

• Annapolis Basin Choir

Photography courtesy of Nova Scotia tourism©

Bear River

Bear River, discovered by the French in 1606, is known as " The Switzerland of Nova Scotia". The community although small, has a large presence in the "Arts", with galleries and workshops such as "Flight of Fancy". Have a taste for grapes? Bear River has several vineyards available for tours and sampling, such as Bear River Vineyard and Annapolis Highland Vineyard.

 

In July, Bear River is host to the "Bear River Cherry Festival".

 

• Fine craft shops and lunch stops

• The River View Ethnographic Museum

• The Oakdene Craft _ Culture Centre

• Farmers Market (June -Oct) 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Photography courtesy of Nova Scotia tourism©

Digby

World Famous Scallops!

 

The Town is located on the western side of the Annapolis Basin, where the land rises quite abruptly from the water. It possesses one of the best harbours in the Province. Near fishermen’s Wharf is the Admiral Digby Well, which once served the home of the Admiral.

 

One of the major attractions in Digby is Trinity Anglican Church, on Queen Street. It is the only church in Canada built by shipwrights. Trinity is similar in design to an upside-down wooden ship. The laminated arches, bracing and iron fasteners are reminiscent of the skills of the shipbuilders who built it. The church was designed by Stephen C. Earle, noted New England architect. In Trinity’s yard and another two blocks south (the Old Loyalist Cemetery) the gravestones of those hardy pioneers can be found.

 

Although Digby is the major commercial and population centre in the area, it still has all the amenities and benefits of a comfortable small town. In 1990, Digby celebrated its Centennial and many activities and events took place.

 

Digby is also home to the Wharf Rat Rally, a motorcyclists dream. Bikers from around North America descend on the small town to enjoy the festivities and events, and the metallic art that is motorcycles on Labour Day weekend.

 

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