Driving Around Nova Scotia in Search of the Highest Tides

Before going to bed last night I discovered that our new B&B did not have coffee making facilities in the room. Ack!

Set my alarm for 7:00 AM and after a not so great nights sleep (not the B&B’s fault), I got up before the alarm went off, brushed my teeth, threw on some clothes and went downstairs to get some coffee in the dining room.

Once I was there I decided I may as well stay and Chris came down a couple of minutes behind me.

We had a very nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon (if you wished) and toast. We had some great conversations with some of the other guests. Learned about a Zodiac Whale Watching tour. They said they had booked it months in advance but we could get lucky. Chris called and we got in tomorrow if the weather permits.

After breakfast we took a walk around town and onto the pier.

By then it was getting close to 10:30 AM and we thought we’d better get going if we were going to drive out and watch the worlds highest tide at its lowest point. Nova Scotia has the worlds highest tides at 54 feet, if I haven’t mentioned that before.

It’s a long drive from Digby and we made a few stops along the way. Our first stop was in Annapolis Royal which is a very charming little town. It was first settled by the French in 1605 and then later became the capital of Nova Scotia for almost 150 years. It was designated a National Historic Site in Canada in 1994.

We found a wonderful little place to have lunch there call German Bakery and Sachsen Café and Restaurant.

We had a very tasty lunch of homemade chicken noodle soup and half a smoked salmon sandwich.

After lunch we headed out to try and catch the lowest tide so we could watch it come in. It was supposed to be at 1:30 ADT today.

We accidentally happened on a place called Minas Basin where the tide was all the way out and just beginning to rise again.

We didn’t stay to watch the entire return of the tide but you can watch a bit of it on this video. It’s pretty impressive, it was also extremely windy.

Our last stop before beginning the return trip to Digby was the Scots Bay Look Off in Canning. We didn’t have time to do the trail which would have been great but it was getting late.

We got back into Digby at just about dinner time so we went up to the Sydney Street Pub and Grill for dinner and drinks.

I had a couple glasses of the Great Big Friggin Red which is a local Nova Scotia wine and was quite good. Chris had a couple of different local ales. We both had the Pan-fried Digby Scallops with the roasted potatoes. Their roasted potatoes are the best thing on this earth and the potatoes themselves are sourced from Prince Edward Island.

I also had a cup of the haddock chowder (yummy) and Chris had the seafood chowder.

We are now back in our room relaxing.

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