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a nd P I P E R S HERB SPARROW ENJOYED A LONG-AWAITED TRIP TO C AN A D A' S A M AR I T I M E S BY HERB SPARROW s our motorcoach headed back to Halifax for the fnal time, the song "Farewell to Nova Scotia," playing over the coach's speaker, caused me to refect over the past 12 days. My wife, Marcheta, and I were wrapping up a tour of the Canadian Maritimes with Nova Scotia-based Atlantic Tours flled with unforgettable natural beauty, fascinating history and culture, delicious seafood and a compatible group of travel companions from Australia, Canada, England, the United States and Scotland. Te Maritimes were high on my list of places to visit, but during the more than 21 years I served as executive editor of Te Group Travel Leader's family of publications, I was never able to work in a trip. As the senior writer, with a more fexible schedule, I jumped at the chance when I was ofered this late-June trip. . I C T O U R S N T A T L A • • W E ' D ST IP HO TR L I K E T O T H A N K Peggy's Cove is one of the most-visited scenic spots in Nova Scotia. All photos by Herb Sparrow INTRO TO THE MARITIMES We arrived in Halifax in midafternoon and checked into our hotel, with the city's historic 19th-century star-shaped Citadel towering above us across the street. We took a brief walking tour of downtown, past the Old Town Clock, a three-tier, octagonal tower erected in 1803 by Queen Victoria's father, before meeting our group of a dozen other travelers and Atlantic Tours tour director Lisa Bullerwell at an evening reception. As we departed Halifax the next day, Lisa explained that the term Atlantic Canada includes Newfoundland and Labrador, which we were not visiting, and that Canadian Maritimes refers to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. "Tey are the three on this tour," she said. "Te frst three days focus on the Bay of Fundy, which is known for having the highest tides in the world. Twice a day, the equivalent of all the water in all the freshwater rivers in the world fows in and out." We caught our frst glimpses of the Bay of Fundy in the distance from the scenic Glooscap Trail, which passed wooded ridgelines; small farms; numerous purple, pink and white lupines dotting the roadside; and felds of wild blueberries. Our frst stop was the Joggins Fossil Clifs. B A N K T R A V E L M A N A G E M E N T. C O M 21

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