Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving over 120 miles, approximately 2.5 hours throughout the day. Walking up to 2 miles in the afternoon; indoor surfaces, pavement, gravel, and sand beach, some standing.
At the hotel, we'll choose from a buffet including yogurt, fruits, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, cheeses, potatoes, cereals, waffles or French toast or pancakes, bagels, baked beans, French pastries, muffins, breads, toast, milk, orange juice, coffee, tea (decaf available).
A local historian will join us for an introductory presentation detailing the fascinating natural and human history of Nova Scotia. We will learn about the province’s early history, starting with the physical formation and development of Nova Scotia as revealed by Triassic and Jurassic fossils, and moving into the First Nations and European settlers that have inhabited this land, including the mining and fishing industries that Nova Scotia is so well known for today. With a comprehensive knowledge of where we are and who we are with, we will then check out and depart for Parrsboro. Partway there, we will stop at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre, where we will learn about and interact with the history and culture of the first people who lived on this land. Educators from the center will share culturally based knowledge of the creation of tools. As we explore these beliefs and practices, we will also learn about the intimate connection between the First Nations people and the land we will be visiting, including their storied origins of the creation of areas like the Bay of Fundy.
We will make one more stop on our way to Parrsboro, with lunch at Masstown Market.
We will continue our drive to Parrsboro. The site of the largest dinosaur discovery ever made in North America and near the northern tip of the impressive Bay of Fundy, this region is rich with natural wonders. Upon arrival, we will head straight to the world-renowned Fundy Geological Museum to start our journey back in time to days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. We will get a close-up look at the planet’s first reptiles and earliest dinosaurs as we look up to massive skeletons that are 200 million years old and examine some of the world’s smallest dinosaur footprints, made by dinosaurs smaller than a robin! Check in with museum paleontologists at the Fossil Research Lab to hear about the new dinosaurs being studied on site. In a hands-on activity, we will even cast our own fossil to take home. A museum educator will then join us for an interpretive walk at Wasson Bluff. These large cliff faces along the north shore of Minas Basin were created when the supercontinent Pangaea broke up millions of years ago. These 200 million-year-old rocks have been the site for a large array of fossils and hundreds of thousands of dinosaur bones, and the site of the first fossil discovery of the area in 1984.
We will enjoy dinner at a family restaurant in Parrsboro.