Tour Name: Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Deluxe
Tour Dates: August 9-20, 2019
Tour Director: Patti Olson
Tour Director Highlights: This trip remains one of our most popular ones over the years, and this year’s journey was exceptional. We had warm, sunny weather the entire time and a group of passengers who delighted in the tour as well as in each other as together we were treated to so many beautiful sights and experiences. There are so many places included in this tour, from Maine to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI to Massachusetts…every day held new wonders. We took many, many photos, as each site evoked the artistic side of us. God’s creation is so diverse and too marvelous for words. If you haven’t made this tour yet, I highly recommend it.
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The Normal Rockwell Museum always makes a nice stop on our journeys.
The Rockwell Museum has 2 floors of some of Rockwell’s most iconic works.
Norman Rockwell’s studio where he produced artwork the latter part of his life.
Typical fishing village at Peggy’s Cove. The clear sky really made the water a beautiful shade of blue.
A fisherman with a lobster pot in Peggy’s Cove.
What a beautiful day to visit Peggy’s Cove — you never know if you will get a clear or a foggy day. We hit it just right!
Every true Victorian garden will have a “snake” trailing through the grounds. Here you can see the folked tail; and in the distance, the head with silver, beady eyes!
The Victorian garden in Halifax – the landscaping of the flowering plants was so beautiful.
We had a great local guide in Halifax to lead us through the Titanic Cemetery and explain the design of the headstones for those buried there.
Louisbourg Fortress is a wonderful living history museum with its many stone buildings that depict what life was like so many years ago.
Our costumed guide led us throughout the complex and told us the story of the French people who lived here before the British overtook the town.
These ladies were coming to work in their period costumes.
The military fortress at Louisbourg, Inside are barracks for soldiers and officers, and a Catholic chapel.
Isn’t it fun to walk barefoot in the sand on an Atlantic beach?
The Keltic Lodge is always a favorite place to stop for dinner after the drive along the Cabot Trail. Delicious food and a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean.
After driving along the Cabot Trail, we reached the Atlantic side of Cape Breton Island. Surprisingly, the water was very warm and was a great photo stop.
It’s a big chair, but we did not all fit in at once!
Time for a rest break! I’ll bet they feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland after she ate the potion to shrink her down to a tiny size!
So many dramatic views on Cape Breton Island. And a perfect day for a drive along the Cabot Trail.
A lovely boardwalk led us through a bogland on Cape Breton Island. I was surprised to see so many wild flowers still in bloom in August!
One of many dramatic lookouts along the Cabot Trail on the far north of Cape Breton Island.
Many places in Nova Scotia had red chairs for lounging and taking in the beautiful scenery.
The Alexander Graham Bell museum in full of displays of all his inventions besides the telephone. It was surprising to see the diversity of his investions.
It’s fun to share our lives with fellow travelers as we get to know each other along the journey.
Lighthouse at Baddeck, NS, across from the Alexander Graham Bell museum.
Perfect location for a group photo!
At the Anne of Green Gables family farmhouse, the proprietor (a descendent of Lucy Montgomery) is holding a bucket made in Lancaster! A previous tourist from our area noticed that the well on the farm had no bucket, so he made one and sent it to her!
The actual Lake of Shining Waters from the book, Anne of Green Gables.
Lucy Montgomery’s family farm on Prince Edward Island.
The true family farmhouse of the author of Anne of Green Gables. It remains in the hands of the family and is open for tours and full of memorabilia.
On Prince Edward Island, one of the main crops is potatoes, especially blue potatoes sold for colorful potato chips. We all helped to plant a potato with hand tools.
This was our carriage ride with “Matthew” at Lucy Montgomery’s family’s farm on Prince Edward Island.
Look at all those delicious lobsters! We had 2 terrific lobster lunches on our journey.
“I’m ready for lobster! Bring it on!”
Put on your lobster bibs, the lobsters are being served soon!
The Anne of Green Gables home in the national park.
Anne and her kindred spirit at Anne of Green Gables national park on Prince Edward Island.
Anne of Green Gables national park offers a replica farmhouse and period furnishings as described in the book.
On a longer tour, the passengers get to know each other and enjoy visiting between events.
This is the Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, but the best artwork was God’s rainbow gracing the clouds above.
Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI, where the Anne of Green Gables play is performed. Newly rechoreographed, the musical is full of energy and follows the first book in the series.
Each year we are delighted by the musical stage play of Anne of Green Gables.
A doll house decorated with the themes from the book of Anne of Green Gables.
The Confederation Bridge that crosses over to Prince Edward Island and its iconic red sand beaches.
Hopewell Rocks at moderate tide. At full tide, there will be about 35 feet of water hiding these rocks. Before leaving, we did get to walk on the ocean floor as the tide rapidly receded.
Here we are on the ocean floor after the tide had receded a little at Hopewell Rocks. At full low tide, you can walk quite far out and around the bases of the rocks.
Looking down at Hopewell Rocks as the time begins to recede. There was a tall, metal staircase to take us down to the ocean floor.
A whirlpool created by the fast-moving tides at the Reversing Falls in St. John, Nova Scotia .
We went out on a platform 75 feet above the Reversing Falls at St. John, New Brunswick. Windows in the floor let us look straight down on the whirlpools formed by the fast-moving tides.
Capturing a picture of a butterfly on the flowers at the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine.
The subject of our nature photos on Cadillac Mountain.
We all trekked over the glacier-smoothed rocks at the summit of Cadillac Mountain high above Bar Harbor, Maine.
Bar Harbor, Maine, has many small islands around it. This is the view from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Portland, Maine, Head Light. Out trip started out with beautiful weather, and it followed us the entire 12 days.