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Canada's 150th anniversary in the Maritimes

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Hello. I'm new to this site and am hoping I can gain some suggestions/information regarding our upcoming trip to PEI, NB and Nova Scotia. We will arrive and depart from Halifax June 26 noon - July 5th 3pm 2017.
It seems that Charlottetown will be our best bet for enjoying Canada's 150th anniversary. My husband and I don't care for parades or family type entertainment but would likely enjoy the Tall Ships in port over Canada Day. I'm sure we'll find the harbour area to be enjoyable and will like to see Green Gables same day or following also. That being said, is there another Maritime city you'd suggest for Canada Day? And wherever we are that day/night, any recommendations for accommodations during that celebratory busy time period? B&B's, Inns or Hotels are all fine as long as they're clean! The quainter and more 'Eastern' the better:).

I've looked at some itineraries already posted but haven't seen anything other than this older one (by BAK) that has Canada Day being spent in Charlottetown. This is an excerpt which includes an itinerary which is one day off of our dates. We arrive June 26 and depart July 5 whereas this one is one day later...
by BAK -
June 27 arrive Halifax, stay overnight
June 28 drive to Cape Breton
June 28 around Cabot Trail
June 30 ferry to PEI
July 1 Canada Day in PEI
July 2 in PEI
July 3 Confederation Bridge to mainland, Parlee Beach, Shediac. stay in Moncton
July 4 Hopewell Rocks, (see note), back through Moncton, Sackville, into Nova Scotia, back to Halifax
July 5 back to Halifax,
July 6 South East to Chester, Peggy's Cove, etc.
July 7 Leave for home

The 2nd option has stops leading to the mainland the same but with a few alternatives re: NB -

July 3 Confederation Bridge to mainland, Amherst NS , Truro NS,
July 4 Nova Scotia shore along Bay of Fundy to Yarmouth
July 5 Through Liverpool, Lunebridge, Peggy's Cove, Chester to Halifax
July 6 Leave for home
end BAK

We've never been East so we want to see lots but don't want to be so busy that we aren't able experience the uniqueness. We're not interesting in spending too much time in the larger cities preferring the quaint ones. We're capable of walking/hiking about 2 miles at a time but just ambling while sight seeing is fine too.
Knowing our priorities and energy capabilities, what do you think of the 2 suggestions offered? Would you make any changes with the order / or list of destinations?
Thank-you!.... offandrunning

ps I don't think its necessary to firm up accommodations yet (or is it?) other than probably Canada Day and the days leading into it. ?

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