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But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour
Day 1 | Halifax Citadel and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
We kick off our Nova Scotia photo tour with the included lunch, plus a digital orientation of images you'll shoot during the next nine days. We start the photography at the historic Citadel that overlooks Halifax. The fort was established by the British in 1856, and the pictures here will include the color of the resident regiments. Then on south to a small peninsula containing the community of Prospect. Quality maritime scenes are to be had there, and we'll move on to the famed Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, which is the only one in North America containing a post office. The harbor nearby is particularly picturesque. On to Indian Harbor for our first night.
Near Peggy's Cove, 1 night
Day 2 | The Lighthouse Route: Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Blue Rocks
Indian Harbor is particularly photogenic, and after time amid the fish crates, etcetera, we'll round St. Margaret's Bay and move on to frame Mahone Bay's three wooden churches from a couple of different angles. Via Lunenburg to the Blue Rocks area, and south to Kingsburg . . . both are quality photo locations. Western Head and Moose Harbor near Liverpool will also get our attention before moving on to Shelburne.
Shelburne, 1 night
Day 3 | The Lighthouse Route: Shelburne and Yarmouth
Shelburne is steeped in a turbulent history, and we'll learn of this on the harbor at the Dory Shop, and at the Ross-Thomson House. On route to Yarmouth, stops at Ingomar and Barrington, where the land-locked Seal Island Light [house] is a visual oddity.
Yarmouth, 1 night
Day 4 | The Lower Evangeline Trail: Yarmouth Bar and Belliveau Cove
A potpourri of images will greet us on Yarmouth Bar this morning, and will be topped by the 1840 Yarmouth Lighthouse. Heading north we'll take in the largest wooden church in North America at Church Point, the little lighthouse sitting on the harbor at Belliveau Cove, and explore the Point Prim area.
Annapolis Royal, 1 night
Day 5 | The Upper Evangeline Trail: Fort Anne, Port Royal, Bay of Fundy and Halls Harbour
Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal was a British stronghold from 1710 to 1749, and it will get our morning attention, as will the Port Royal National Historic Site where the first Europeans settled in 1605. Moving over to the Bay of Fundy, we'll take in the quiet harbors of Parkers Cove and Hampton, etcetera, as we go northeast to another
coastal gem, Halls Harbor. Light permitting, our day will close with the late light on the Bay of Fundy and the rural scenes viewed from the Blomidon Lookoff.
New Minas, 1 night
Day 6 | Grand Pré National Historic Site, Windsor and Waterfalls
Following early light photography and breakfast our first stop will be at the Grand Pré National Historic Site to photograph the monument to Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's fictional character in the poem about the Acadian expulsions of 1755. In Windsor the historic Shand House is always worth a visit if only for a taste of the old Nova Scotia. Via Five Mile River and a detour for a waterfall, and on to the Loch Broom area, specifically Green Hill, which provides panoramas of lush Nova Scotia farmland. On to Pictou for the night where the Scots originally landed in 1773 to create this 'new Scotland'.
Pictou, 1 night
Day 7 | Pictou, Margaree Harbour and Cap Rouge
If they have the time, we'll take breakfast with our hosts who hail from the same spot in England as John does. Then on departure from Pictou, shots back towards the town from the causeway with Cormorants perched on old pier pilings (our 1995 group also enjoyed a Bald Eagle at the same spot). On east to Cape Breton Island via highway 104, and the Canso Causeway . . . the deepest on the planet. On the Cabot Trail we'll join the coast at Margaree Harbor and find more to shoot at Cheticamp, Cap Rouge, and more as we head for our overnight stop.
Pleasant Bay, 1 night
Days 8, 9 + 10 | Cabot Trail: Mabou, Bird Islands, Iona, Fort Louisbourg and Baddeck
Early on day 8 we re-join the Cabot Trail, and move along Aspy Bay to Bay St. Lawrence for gulls and working boat scenes. Then back down the east side of the island taking in delights such as Neil's Harbor, the Ingonish area and Kings Point etcetera.
On days 9 and 10 we'll take a loop trip to photograph the Mabou/Mabou Harbor region, and rendezvous with a Scottish bagpiper and Scotian 'old salt'. Fort Louisbourg, a replica of an original French Fort and Iona's 'Highland Village' will constitute our other loop trip and take us briefly to 'France' and 'Scotland' respectively! Long lenses will be needed for our trip to Bird Islands, with, hopefully, Bald Eagles diving for fish. Our village home, Baddeck, is worthy of photo exploration, and will include a trip to the Alexander Graham Bell museum.
Baddeck, 3 nights
Day 11 | The Marine Drive: Sherbrooke and Wine Head
We'll leave Cape Breton island and get on the Marine Drive today. On route to Sherbrooke we'll explore the Strait of Canso, photograph the lighthouse on Rock Island, the Boylston area, and indulge in Port Felix vistas etcetera, etcetera. A trip to Wine Head is also scheduled while we are in the Sherbrooke area.
Sherbrooke, 1 night
Day 12 | The Marine Drive: Sherbrooke to Lake Thomas
Historic Sherbrooke is a real treat if you enjoy stepping back in time with your camera. Lots of costumed docents are on the streets early, and a potpourri of still life images are to be composed. As we journey back towards the Halifax area our photo opportunities will include an abundance of lilies (if the season holds), fishermen and clam gatherers, etcetera.
The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
Near the Halifax airport, 1 night
Day 13 | Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.