Subject: Atlantic Provinces
Hi John, Glad to hear that you are heading this way! But I do hope the temperature here in August is above 60!! I say this as I shiver in the rain. Latter August and even the first 2 weeks of Sept should be warm. But yes, prepare for rain--carry a little bag of clothing to layer on depending on the change of weather, which can happen suddenly and often. In summer, there should still be a ferry between PEI and the mainland although it stops in winter. I believe the ferry Yarmouth to Portland used to be $60 for adults and $30 for children plus a vehicle fee. Its an 11hour crossing that leaves at around 10 am. The price is US funds. If you check the web at http://explore.gov.ns.ca you can get tourism info and order the free 400 page NS guide online. Similarly try http://www.peiplay.com for their guide and info. Also try http://www.princeoffundy.com for ferry info.

Re other places to see, how can I not say Halifax, considering I live here? It is a great city (when it isn't raining). And I hate to think that you might not tour the south shore of Nova Scotia--Chester, Lunenburg etc. Think about it. Beautiful coastline, sparkling waters... Also Annapolis Royal and Wolfville are beautiful little towns with lovely B&B's, botanical gardens, nooks and crannies.

In PEI, 2 spots near Charlottetown are on my top list. PEI preserve company in New Glasgow, PEI is a gift shop/restaurant and preserve factory set in an idyllic little niche near the water. You can watch the preserve process (this is a family operation, not a huge factory), buy souvenirs and crafts, and have lunch or dinner overlooking the water. The other spot, about 15 minutes from downtown Ch'town is The Dunes. The bottom floor is a craft/art gallery (gorgeous things) and upstairs there is a fantastic restaurant where you can eat overlooking the man-made pond and lovely landscaping. Salad fixings and herbs fresh from the garden.

Anyway, feel free to email me if you want more specifics; I have stayed in several B&B's, but being close to home, I would normally stay with relatives. Hope you enjoy your visit, Collette Saunders Halifax, NS, Canada aw486