Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog



Some views of the Digby harbor area when it's near high tide.




Our lunch stop.

Scallops with sweet potato fries, shrimp with regular fries. As they say...

A beautiful sunflower on our table.

Scallop dragger coming into the harbor.

Another one heading out. They fish for scallops all year - the...

Typical of the scallop draggers fishing gear and boat design.


You can see how much lower the water is and it's still...

Harbor at Little River on Digby Neck.

This is a real fishing village - no tourist attractions here.!

Lighthouse on Long Island.

Boarding the ferry from Digby Neck to Long Island.

Room for three rows of vehicles on this small ferry. Foot passengers...

That very tall power-line tower on Long Island holds high tension lines...

A cormorant looking for lunch.

Across Long Island is Peters Island, a bird sanctuary.

Brier Island

Long Island viewed from Brier Island.

The main resort/hotel on Brier Island - love their lawn service!.

I guess their goat-mower is on break!

Brier Island Harbor

There are large stacks of lobster traps all around Digby Neck and...

Loaded up on the ferry from Brier Is. to Long Is. for...

(Ron Writing) Wow, it's time to tear another sheet off the calendar again – we can’t believe how fast the time is flying by this summer.

It was cloudy this morning but the weatherman promised we’d see some sun and he was right. Much of the afternoon we had sun and then by evening it was overcast again but the temperature was very comfortable and there was no wind so it was time to do more exploring.

We spent the morning in the town of Digby. We took a walking tour of the downtown and wharf area and had lunch at the Royal Fundy. This business is one of the largest scallop processors in Digby and has its own fleet of scallop boats. I had the scallops (skaul-ups) and Elena had the shrimp but we shared so we both got to sample them both. Both were excellent and the price was very reasonable.

Digby is famous for scallops and there are many scallop boats that are based here. The wharf is the largest one we’ve seen in our travels around the Maritimes. We walked out onto the wharf to watch the activity. There were many boats coming and going and other boats undergoing maintenance. It was interesting to see the rigging used to get the scallops – much different than we’ve seen for other seafood.

After lunch we went for a drive west on Digby Neck. The neck is a long narrow stretch of land like a peninsula that extends into the Bay of Fundy but stays relatively close to the mainland. The Bay of Fundy is on the north side of the neck and St Marys Bay is on the south side. The neck is about one to two miles wide and about 20 miles long. At the end of the neck is a channel called the Petite Passage and beyond that is Long Island which extends approximately another 10 miles. At the west end of Long Island is another narrow channel and beyond that is Brier Island which extends another two or three miles. Brier Island is the western most point of Nova Scotia.

We drove all the way to Brier Island this afternoon. This included two ferry rides to get out to the islands. The ferries each cost only $5 Canadian and that was for a round trip. They only charge when you go west.

Most of the drive was a bit of a disappointment since the roads run down the middle of the neck and islands. With the forests and hills on both sides we were seldom able to see the ocean. Along the neck and on the islands there are several fishing villages in a series of coves. We stopped at one of them called Little River. There was a processing plant there and we were able to purchase some fresh cod fillets for just $3/lb. We selected the fish which was in a large container of ice and the lady filleted it for us. Much fresher than those in the markets here and they’re selling for at least double that.

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