Where do I even begin?

Recently, I had a chance to take The CAT high-speed ferry out of Bar Harbor, Maine, and head over to Yarmouth Nova Scotia, and it was so awesome. I hadn't been to that part of Canada since I was a boy, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to go back.

First of all, the whole process was super easy. I had all my ducks in a row for traveling into Canada. It seemed like one minute I was standing in Bar Harbor, and just a little while later, I was standing in the beautiful seaside town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The ride over was so cool. There were movies to watch, lots of different choices for snacks, and even a well-stocked gift shop for those last-minute little things for folks back home.

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Once you arrive in Yarmouth, there’s so much to see and do.

There were so many awesome restaurants, killer craft breweries, and a beautifully rich history that you can discover within just a few miles in any direction. Like Le Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos. And we had a neat walking tour of Le Village, and learned about the family history of that area. It was really neat. I had no idea there were so many cool things like that to do.

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And I can't say enough about the restaurants in the area like Heritage Brewing CoWe're craft beer snobs in Maine for sure, and Heritage made me feel right at home. As did Boatskeg Distillery. Really well-done, local craft distilling with the best Salted Caramel Vodka I've ever had. And the seaside lobster dinner we had at the Argyler Lodge was a truly one-of-a-kind dinner. 

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Lobsters and mussels just feet from the waters they were pulled from. Absolutely unreal. And Honeybee's had fantastic sushi and ice cream!!

There's so much more than just the food...

You also really must check out the Deep Sky Observatory and Experience. It was unlike anything I've ever done. You can do some serious guided star gazing, and hear the amazing story of Tim, the owner, but you can also sleep in a bubble with a clear roof and feel like you’re sleeping right under the stars. Truly as unique an experience as I've ever had 

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We also climbed the Lighthouse at Cape Forchu. That was pretty sweet. 77 steps to the top, and you have the most fantastic views of the entire area. There was also a great little cafe there that had some of the best seafood chowder I've ever had. I also recommend the smoked salmon sandwich.

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After all that, getting home is a snap.

When you’re finally all done taking in all the sites and eaten your fill of the delicious restaurants and ready to head home, you just hop right back on The CAT high-speed ferry, and you’re Bar Harbor bound. You’ll be home in no time. And remember, you can absolutely take your own car! Get info about The CAT high-speed ferry at Ferries.ca.

And if you want to learn all about these awesome destinations, you can get seemingly endless info from the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Association. They've carefully curated access to all you'll want to know about the region. Check them out at YarmouthAndAcadianShores.com.