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Fundy Parkway NB vs Cabot Trail Cape Breton NS - if you had to choose?

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We have a camping trip planned for the east coast provinces this summer but also have enough time to return to Ontario via Boston and take in the scenery and history of Bar Harbour, Boston and Cape Cod.

We are headed to Bay of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, then PEI National Park at Cavendish Beach, then Halifax Nova Scotia, then back to St Martins New Brunswick (location of scenic caves and the Fundy Trail Parkway), then south into Maine and Boston.

We originally had planned to stay in Baddeck or North Sydney for quite a few days on Cape Breton Island, take in the Fort at Louisbourg while also taking 2 days to travel the Cabot trail (overnighting in Pleasant Bay - leavng our trailer at base camp and not pulling it on the trail - we were warned!).

However we can't fit in both Cape Breton Island and PEI, while also heading south to Boston. Many might suggest we skip PEI altogether to take in Cape Breton (seems to depend on whether you are a beach person or a scenery hiker type). PEI however will be our only camp next to the ocean experience.

We have read reviews and been told that the Fundy Trail Parkway near St Martins, NB is a hidden gem that gives you similiar vista and hiking experiences as the Cabot trail on Cape Breton island, but with a whole lot less travel.

We are experienced campers/ travellers (took the kids to west coast and back). We have young kids still so extensive hiking out of the question plus extensive driving might be a drain on them and their stomachs. Skipping Cape Breton Island some would say is missing out on a big part of the east coast experience in Canada, but why not get that coastal vista experience from the Fundy Trail Parkway and just skip Cape Breton island altogether?

Any opionions? What will we miss if we skip Cape Breton Island?

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