An Atlantic Canada Family Vacation

Name an area with fabulous geological features, lots of historic and cultural attractions, great scenery, and NO hordes and multitudes – in easy driving distance
to New England.

If you guessed Atlantic Canada, give yourself a prize.

Our summer trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick was wonderful in every respect – the best vacation we’ve ever taken with kids. Several things made it work: We all loved camping and had fantastic weather (only one rainy day out of 18, never above the low 80’s). Often we’d pull in early and focus our activities on fire building, reading, berry picking, beach walking, rock and shell collecting, swimming/wading and hanging out. While “car camping” may not afford the best spiritual privacy, it was great for the kids to run around and find others to play with.

Also, we generally stuck with national and provincial parks, mostly on the water and free of kitsch decor and activities. In fact, Amherst Shores Provincial Park, in Nova Scotia not to far from where we crossed over from New Brunswick, is the nicest campground we’ve ever been to, anywhere.

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