Re: Maine and North
I have great memories of Nova Scotia. My family did several cruises up there in the early '90s, and my father said it reminded him of cruising in Maine in the '50s. The people were very friendly, especially when you got off the beaten path. I suspect some of that may have to do with the fact that it is a long winter, so not many visitors during much of the year. The season is pretty short.
If you get all the way up the Cape Breton, you can actually go swimming in Bras d'Or Lake without freezing your *&^%& off.