Friends told us we really should go to Nova Scotia. They had so much fun there. Beautiful scenery, cute bed-and-breakfast places, great food and interesting history. We didn't need much convincing. We already knew we wanted to see the Bay of Fundy with its tides.
We like to get friends' recommendations when we travel. That's why we like passing recommendations to you. They gave us tips for a great driving circle to get a taste for Nova Scotia.
So taking our friends advice, we got on the road immediately, saving Halifax for the end. We got a rental car and headed about an hour south east to Lunenburg.
Really, there are any number of cute small coastal towns along this South Shore region, but Lunenburg was a good choice. Turns out it is a UNESCO World Heritage Town. There's a historic waterfront with a Fisheries Museum, and old sailing ships and lots of seafood restaurants. There are no worries about places to stay from small hotels to B&Bs.
You could easily spend a day or two in this area. When we left Lunenburg, we cut across the peninsula to the town of Annapolis Royal.
Annapolis Royal calls itself the birthplace of Canada, and it does have lots of history. It was founded in 1603. You can visit Fort Anne which was built in 1703. It's a typical "star fort" with cannons facing out toward the sea. You can wander the embankments, and some of the original buildings are available for tours.
Among other attractions, Annapolis Royal has the oldest cemetery in Canada... the Garrison Cemetery is next to Fort Anne. Take a night time tour of the cemetery. Our friends recommended this too. We almost ignored them on this one, but we're glad we didn't.