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    Nova Scotia Surf Trip

    Does anyone have any tips for a surf trip to Nova Scotia (where to stay, where to surf, where not to surf, etc.).

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    Go to Halifax. You can look up places to stay at your leisure. Lawrencetown Beach is the hub of the surf scene. But get a map and cruise the coastal roads and check places. If there's a swell running, you'll be surprised. That place is just chuck-full or nooks and crannies. Ax someone where Fish Shacks is. Look for the cow for some beachbreak antics.

    Be nice to the locals. Leave any New York/New Jersey attitudes at home. Yeah, there's probably a few "tough guys" up there these days, but they're Canadians. They ain't from Newark, NJ. Facebook Nico Manos, maybe he'll take you under his wing and then you'll be Canadian cool.

    Liquor stores are weird the way they sell beer. If it's still the same, you'll see. Stock up on Marlboro's because they don't do American smokes up there. Bring plenty of porn mags to grease local border patrol agents. Avoid Pizza Delight.

    Halifax is a cool town. Absorb yourself in it. The McDonalds up there are the best in the world. The workers are even polite. The Uniacke section(I think it's like North Halifax) is where the rocks are. Remember it's Halifax not Newark.

    Though it's still the east coast, there's some consistency problems as far as the surf, but man, they got the set-ups in an unspoiled environment. Halifax might just be one of the best places on earth. I would stay there if I was you.

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    Good nugs dropped by PJB. Halifax is sick, but NS is so wave rich it's insane. Every time you turn the corner (if swell's up) you see a new wave. If you have time, you should definitely explore, but coastal access is tough in parts (lots of little fingers of land to drive out onto, kind of like northern ME), so if you're short on time, stick to the known spots. The points in Cow Bay are awesome, but they're really well known so if you're going to find yourself in a crowd, that's where it'll be. The only surfers I've talked to up there have been super friendly and helpful.

    There's supposed to be a bunch of good waves down near Liverpool too (according to surf websites), but I've never been.

    Halifax is sick, make sure you get yourself some donair and some poutine, and there are some fun bars downtown, too. I will warn you, getting a hotel in the Halifax area is not as cheap as you'd think it might be, so depending when you go, and if you like camping, that might be a nice alternative. And avoid pizza delight is right, but you should check out pizza corner. Ask anyone in downtown Halifax, they'll point you the right way.

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    Hey Straws I'm another NH guy who's been looking to get up there this fall as well. Let's chat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Go to Halifax. You can look up places to stay at your leisure. Lawrencetown Beach is the hub of the surf scene. But get a map and cruise the coastal roads and check places. If there's a swell running, you'll be surprised. That place is just chuck-full or nooks and crannies. Ax someone where Fish Shacks is. Look for the cow for some beachbreak antics.

    Be nice to the locals. Leave any New York/New Jersey attitudes at home. Yeah, there's probably a few "tough guys" up there these days, but they're Canadians. They ain't from Newark, NJ. Facebook Nico Manos, maybe he'll take you under his wing and then you'll be Canadian cool.

    Liquor stores are weird the way they sell beer. If it's still the same, you'll see. Stock up on Marlboro's because they don't do American smokes up there. Bring plenty of porn mags to grease local border patrol agents. Avoid Pizza Delight.

    Halifax is a cool town. Absorb yourself in it. The McDonalds up there are the best in the world. The workers are even polite. The Uniacke section(I think it's like North Halifax) is where the rocks are. Remember it's Halifax not Newark.

    Though it's still the east coast, there's some consistency problems as far as the surf, but man, they got the set-ups in an unspoiled environment. Halifax might just be one of the best places on earth. I would stay there if I was you.
    Sounds like a BA place to go for a change of pace, definitely have it on the list of things I should do at least once in my life

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    Yes, I need to road trip it up there as well, severely. Haven't left the country in a while, so excuse the question, but do you need a passport to cross the Canadian border?

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    Used to be no, and you can probably still get by without one, but do yourself a favor and bring the passport.

    NS is a freaking treat. I'm a MA guy, might be making another trip up there this fall. Seemingly limitless untapped wave potential. I came back from my first trip and started googling Halifax jobs.

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    I'll have to get the ball rolling on that...just googled directions and saw it's just over 12 hours, not bad at all when considering the potential up there. I've suddenly become obsessed with this idea.

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    Man, do it. My first trip was super last minute - I'd picked a random week for a trip to OBX, my brother and I had the time off work.....the day came, and the forecast for OBX was mediocre at best. Called a last minute audible, drove through a blinding snowstorm to Halifax, and got some of the best waves of my life. Now I'm in love.

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    It's great out there, fall into winter is certainly the best time. I always get stoked about the tropical swells, but have learned the real deal are the NE'sters. If you see a lot of hurri's out there with a really good swell window get on on up here, otherwise you run the risk of the old "kiss and run". Over head and offshore one day, and not even knee high the next. Staying around Halifax will keep you entertained if it goes flat. Have a good vehicle as there is usually a lot of driving around, as the options are limitless. S winds = BAD Anything else is workable,, S, SE, E and NE swell especially E is the ticket. Oh, and my buddy surfed in his winter suit on the weekend..