Travel Nova Scotia: Brier Island and Digby Neck
Travel to Nova Scotia and drive down Digby Neck to Brier Island where you will find a little piece of heaven. if you are looking for some great easy hikes, whale watching, bird watching, fresh air, friendly people and a good nights sleep then you have arrived.
If you like romantic peaceful vacation or just a place to get away and unwind and regroup, Brier Island is ideal. Plan to spend several days or more just to unwind and enjoy this paradise in the middle of nowhere.
So How Does One Get to the Middle of Nowhere?
There are many ways to get to Nova Scotia but if your destination is Brier island then I would suggest flying into Saint John Airport and taking the ferry over to Digby. Or if you are driving follow the Trans-Canada Highway or come up on Interstate 95 or other New England scenic highways through Moncton NB and over to Nova Scotia and then head south to Digby Neck or just drive as far as Saint John and take the ferry.
The Princess of Acadia Ferry is a nice way to begin your adventure and you might see whales and dolphins as you travel through the Bay of Fundy on your way to Digby. Be sure to stop by the on board concierge desk to get more information on Nova Scotia. The ship also features restaurants, lounges, onboard internet, Wifi, public computers and a play place just for the kids. It's about a three hour trip.
When you disembark in Digby stop in at the visitors center before you head down Digby Neck and pick up a Doers and Dreamers guide for extensive information on Nova Scotia. You can also request one online.
Getting to Brier Island
Drive down Digby Neck on Highway 217 West to Long Island. Take the ferry over to Long Island, drive down long island to the end where you will take the next ferry. The ferries are 5$ round trip total. The ferries are timed so that if you keep driving you will be able to drive on to the next one and not have to wait. However if you want a good dinner at a friendly café stop and dawdle at Lavena's Catch Café before taking the ferry over to Brier Island.
The Brier Island Lodge has some excellent information on negotiating the ferries and driving directions.
Upon arriving on Brier Island drive off the ferry and if you are staying at the Brier Island Lodge, take a right and drive almost to the end of the island and it is on your left. You can’t get lost.
You have arrived at a little piece of heaven. The friendly staff at the Brier Island Lodge will assist you with maps of trails and points of interest and can make reservations for you for whale watching tours. Or you can take a day and just sit outside and watch the sheep graze.
So pick up your camera your paints or your journal and head on out for a glorious day.
For more information and additional pictures see Travel Nova Scotia: Digby Neck to Brier Island
Whales and Tails
A fun tour to take is a Zodiac boat whale watching tour with Captain Tom at Ocean Explorations