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7 Days | 6 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Helen from Montgomery, AL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/11/15 - 09/17/15
What a great trip! We feel we have a good sense of Nova Scotia past and present—how people lived and continue to adapt as circumstances change. From the age of sail and fisheries to lobsters, blueberries and experiments to harness the FORCE of tides for 21st century electricity needs. Then, of course, there were the Coal Age cliffs and the even earlier fossils at Wasson Bluff. It was truly pleasant to be led by someone like Jay White who possessed a wide knowledge of a broad array of subjects. He clearly exhibited a detailed and joyful understanding of all aspects of life and history in Nova Scotia. The guides/expert presenters along the way were exceptional. Then there was the delightful Sunshine Inn. Just outside Parrsboro, centrally located to most of our sites and, who would have guessed, home-cooked breakfasts. Ben & Helen, Montgomery, AL

Barbara from Windham, ME Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/11/15 - 09/17/15
This is a highly varied program with topics ranging from history of the Acadians to fossils, tidal flow, history of sailing and of ship building to tours of historic sites. The emphasis is on field trips not lectures. Many of sites in Parrsboro require walking down rocky, muddy, and steep trails. It seemed more like an Active trip than a Moderate one. The area is beautiful, the Canadians friendly and the food was very good.

Jill from Canton, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/11/15 - 09/17/15
This program brings a whole new meaning to education. It was hands on learning. While I was aware of fossils and the split of the continents, I now appreciate these items more completely. Thank you for providing a tour guide (Jay White) with an interest in teaching via first hand experience.

Carolyn from Glen Allen, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/18/14
We loved our time in beautiful Nova Scotia. Our group leaders were wonderful and the local food was great. Very interesting lectures and tours. Wish we could have spent longer there. Some of the walks down to the beach and back up were a bit more challenging than we expected but most of the group was able to do it.

Marilyn from Knoxville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/04/14 - 07/10/14
I would like to offer a somewhat different view of this trip. As for positives, I certainly think the presentations and the major field trips were quite good. I suppose it depends on what you’re interested in, but I enjoyed the explanation of geology, the museums, and the chance to see what had been described by exploring lovely beaches. I wanted to see the Bay of Fundy, and its beaches and tides, and that I did. I do agree, though, that more could have been offered along this line—some of our local trips were less interesting, and we did have more “free time” than was needed. As for the motels, I did not find them “terrible.” They may not have offered the level of luxury and service that characterize some RS trips, but I doubt that such accommodations exist where we were, and in any case, it was pretty clear from the program description that we would be staying in what could be called traditional roadside motels. As such, they were fine. My room was clean, the bed was comfortable, the shower was good, there was plenty of closet space, and there was a kettle for tea. And, finally, we did not “drive straight into a hurricane,” but rather for the most part drove through the aftermath of a “post-tropical storm.” Yes, it was no fun being without power and water our first night on the road, but our suffering, such as it was, pales in comparison to the suffering of many of those whose homes were in the areas we were passing through.

Beverly from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 07/04/14 - 07/10/14
I have been on 26 or more RS trips and if most of them weren't wonderful, I wouldn't continue to travel with them; but this was without a doubt the WORST one I have ever been on. Nothing has ever come close. Poor leadership, terrible motels, hours and hours on unsafe buses with overworked drivers, and an itinerary that could have been accomplished in half the time. I'm not even mentioning the decision to start this program by driving straight into a hurricane instead of waiting it out in Halifax where we might have had power, food, water, toilets that flushed, and felt safe. I am trying to think of one positive thing to say….so I suppose it would be that most of our meals were very good. But as for the rest of this trip…. UGH!!!

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