Nova Scotia Overnight Trip – Day 1: Bridgetown & Upper Clements

This past Sunday we packed up and headed for Annapolis Royal — and Upper Clements Park of course. What a perfectly fun trip! Sunday around 9AM we headed out the door for our three hour drive. Hubby (Dean) couldn’t resist plotting the course via GPS. I won’t tell him that was a good idea  — but it was. Since it uses the quickest route, it actually took us off the highway and through some beautiful country farmland. With a ten and three-year old in the backseat it was a fairly smooth, no hassle and enjoyable drive. The GPS warning us for upcoming turns every 1800, 800, 300 meters and “TURN NOW” was a bit annoying.

We arrived in Bridgetown and the GPS lead us right to the Bridgetown Motor Inn where we had booked a room. It appeared to be a quaint and well-kept place. Good choice for a fun and friendly (family-run I assume) place to stay. We were a shade early for the noon check-in so we had a quick peek and once again headed back to the car. All four of us were quite excited about going to Upper Clements for the first time.

For our family of four it would have been somewhere around $90 to $100 for the park entry and ride bracelets. A month ago I redeemed 520 Airmiles for four all-inclusive passes so we saved some money there (bonus!).   Upper Clements Park was absolutely fantastic. Many of the rides and walking areas are water-themed/based and flowers everywhere. Beautiful place to walk around. Throughout the day here are the different things we did; bumper cars, bumper boats, kiddie bumper boats, peddle boats, ball/slide room, climbing tower, antique cars, tube slides, roller coaster, convoy trucks, Red Baron planes, the Evangeline train, rope swing and lots of walking and looking — and more walking again. Dean got in line for the Log Flume with Haley but they wouldn’t let her on. Its too bad we have a three-year old thrill seeker.  It took me a long time to talk Brennan (who is our ten-year old son) to go on the wooden roller coaster with me, but I finally did. Other than a big head bump between us near the end it was fun as all heck!

Around 2PM we left the amusement park area and took a tractor wagon (shuttle) ride over to the Wild Life Park area. Lots of nice, well-kept animals to see. Moose, deer, coyote, beaver, porcupine, owls, eagles, bobcat, mink, lynx, and many more. Of course we spent a lot of time checking out the stars of the park – Penny and Teddy the black bears. At 3PM the two climbed up and sat at a picnic table to eat dinner. Well-worth seeing if you are there. So sweet!

So we actually spent from around 12:30 to 6:30 PM in the park and we didn’t even see it all and do everything we wanted. Still, Upper Clements is a great family-fun Nova Scotia amusement park I’d definitely recommend.

 Being a Sunday night in Bridgetown we missed all the restaurants (which close quite early) so we settled for pizza and donairs from a Qwik-Mart type place. Wow – seriously good pizza! Back at the Motor Inn, Brennan spent an hour or more in the pool, and exhausted from the busy fun-filled day we all fell asleep early. 

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Tomorrow its Fort Anne, the NS Tidal Power Plant, Historic Gardens, and Action Jacks.

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