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We are heading to NS on Aug. 10. We will have from Thurs the 11th to the morning of the 15th to tour on our own before we have schedule visits planned with friends. We will be in the Halifax area until Saturday morning when we plan to head to the Bay of Fundy area. I would love to go whale watching at Brier Island but wondering if the extra drive down that far is worth the trip when we need to be in the Amherst area by Monday afternoon. Is the drive there worth it and is there other things to see and do there besides whale watching? Thanks

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All we can do is show you what there is along the way and then you can decide. You certainly have time to go there. You do not need to go quite so far as Brier Island if you don't want.

There are lots of things to see and do along the way. That is why we are so popular with tourists. You could see our Atlantic Coastline, the UNESCO Heritage town of Lunenburg, the beautiful Annapolis Valley with the wonderful towns of Annapolis Royal and Wolfville. There are scenic drives around there, wineries and microbreweries. Grand Pre, near Wolfville is another UNESCO World Heritage site for its Acadian history.

Here are some of our relevant Top Questions to help you see what we have to see and do and help you decide.

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c212434/Nova-Scotia:Canada:Planning.Your.Trip.To.Nova.Scotia.html

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c219541/Nova-Scotia:Canada:Learning.About.The.Bay.Of.Fundy.html

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-c219895/Nova-Scotia:Canada:Learning.About.The.South.Shore.html

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154967-d629037/Nova-Scotia:Canada:Annapolis.Valley.html

So you could go one way along some of the South Shore and come back along the Annapolis Valley. You could spend Thursday night in the Lunenburg area perhaps and then Friday night in Annapolis Royal or somewhere close to where you decide to take the whale watching trip. Saturday you could go whale watching and whatever else you have time for. Saturday night could be spent in the same place or around Wolfville if you have time to get there. Sunday you could spend time in the Wolfville area and then head towards Amherst, perhaps staying near Truro or along the Minas Basin shore. Monday you could finish your drive to Amherst.

Halifax to Lunenburg on the back roads for the scenery: https://goo.gl/maps/T854cLAVcey

Lunenburg to Annapolis Royal and on to Brier Island: https://goo.gl/maps/eYmNaKrj5S22

Annapolis Royal to Wolfville and area: https://goo.gl/maps/sdYRpNGYLCS2

Wolfville to Amherst: https://goo.gl/maps/VSyjQSUjrGH2

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I would suggest driving from Halifax to Annapolis Royal on Saturday(aprox a 2 hr drive), stopping along the way for lunch. Spend the night in Annapolis Royal.

http://www.exploreannapolisroyal.com/

Then on Sunday morning head down Digby Neck and go Whale Watching. You don't have to go all the way way to Brier Island. There is a whale watching tour that leaves from East Ferry (aprox a 1 hr drive from Annapolis Royal). http://www.ppww.ca/html/location.html

All the tour boats go to the same place, wherever the whales happen to be feeding that day.

I would suggest returning at least as far as the Wolfville area on Sunday( Aprox 2-3 hr drive from East Ferry), then drive to Amherst on Monday morning.

http://www.wolfville.ca/experiencing-wolfville.html

You will not have the time to visit Luneburg and go whale watching also.

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Fundygirl, the OP can leave Halifax on the Thursday so they do have time.

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