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We are taking a New England/Canada cruise in October. what to wear; will it be nice enough to wear capris and sandals on board, or is that a no no that time of year? do we really need a raincoat for the excursions; how cold will it get in Nova Scotia?? i'd appreciate the info on this. Thanks!
Our weather here in New England can be very unpredictable, and sometimes quite fickle, at that time of year. A few years ago, I had a friend come to visit over Columbus Day weekend. On Saturday, we went into Boston and walked around the city in shorts and shirtsleeves basking in temperatures in the lower 80's. On Sunday, a cold front came through while we were at Topsfield Fair (the oldest agricultural fair in the nation) causing temperatures to plummet down to the mid-30's and bringing enough flurries to cover bare ground. Normal daytime temperatures are in the 50's to lower 60's at that time of year, but wild fluctuations are common.
For sightseeing ashore and for wear on deck, the best advice is to dress in layers. You may well appreciate a warm jacket, hat, and gloves in the Canadian Maritimes, where conditions tend to be somewhat cooler, especially if your cruise is in October rather than September.
Since you'll be aboard ship in the evening, wear the type of eveningwear that you normally would wear on a cruise. The only caveat is that white and pastel dinner jackets really are not appropriate due to the cooler climate so gents should instead opt for a tuxedo or a dark business suit on the "formal" evenings.
Splitting hairs on Linda's reply, an "Indian Summer" is a warm spell after the first frost of fall, which marks the formal end of the growing season. Those of us who live here hope that you don't encounter an "Indian Summer" in October because that would mean an early first frost. A warm spell, however, is quite welcome!