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Halifax / Hopewell Rocks 3-day itinerary

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I will be in Halifax from Thursday night (very late - going straight to hotel) to Monday night (leaving 7pm) or I can leave from Moncton or another airport.

I would like to see Halifax, Peggy's Cove and the Bay of Fundy. Anything else major that I can capture in a 3-day getaway?

Should I rent a car or will there be buses available for me to take?? The departure/arrival airports are flexible, but I will be keeping the times the same.

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    I'd rent a car, as much so that you can optimize your starts and stops, and unique itinerary, as for any other reason.

    If this were me, generally meshing your interests there and what I know about NS, I think I'd arise Friday morning and hit the trail early, driving first to/through Truro, and then along the bay shore to Parrsboro, and then up and around to Hopewell Cape (timed definitely with low tide)

    Lets call that leg 4 1/2 hours of driving time.

    Time the Tidal Bore in Moncton on the chance that it will happen near enough to your path through there to warrant your stopping to see it. (just to show/prove it to your mind's eye is sufficient)

    Then, as a twist, what say you spend the next night in Pictou, NS,, which would require, lets say, 3 1/2 hours of driving via Pugwash/Tatamagouche. (and yes, the main highway is a bit faster, but you want to cause yourself to know a bit of variety).

    SO IF you can accomplish all of that on your first day, you awaken on Saturday morning in Pictou. Take a bit of time to look around there, and maybe start back at noon or 2pm on the path back to Halfax. Stay somewhere near to central Halifax, and grab a bit of Saturday night in the big city that way.

    Sunday morning set sail for Peggy's Cove, and then go onward to Lunenburg (60 miles, 90 minutes driving time each way, lets say). Back later for another night in Halifax if it best suits you, OR, as an option, perhaps take highway #12 across to Wolfville, and spend the night there.

    Then, you wake up on Monday, with your 7pm departure in mind and you give one more bit of NS a shot, and I vote that you drive out to Scots Bay and beyond, and do the 5-hour round-trip hike to Cape Split. (add/allow time on the end, to look out at the Bay from a windy bluff which has nearby areas which are sheltered from wind (but not from rain) )

    Upon arrival you find yourself waaaaaaaay out in the center of the Minas Channel, with the world's highest tides in action all around you.

    The path between Cape Split and Parrsboro (on the opposite side) is traveled in one day by as much water as passes through all of the rivers on earth, combined, during that same 24-hour period.

    If you opt for that last day idea, you'll want to avail yourself of various look-off points while driving/staying in the Wolfville area, to get the full effect of the Bay of Fundy. (well, maybe not the full effect... the full effect of the Bay of Fundy is had mainly by those who don't get off the beach by the certain time conspicuously posted above the stairway down to Hopewell Cape).

    To awaken on that Monday morning in Wolfville affords nearby convenience of getting to that 5-hour hike and accomplishing it in plenty of time for the 90-minute trip back to the Halifax airport.

    For the record, I am NOT a true hiker, and yet I managed to accomplish the 5-hour round-trip hike to Cape Split, through wooded areas, with a path repeatedly used by many others. No steep climbing involved, and the path may be better now since the province finally purchased the land there since I was there.

    Now obviously you won't have covered all that NS has to offer, but you stated you had 3 days, and you seem like you are interested in getting a great sense of the area in the time you have.

    If you have time, when in Halifax, consider taking a round trip across the water to Dartmouth on the passenger ferry that runs between them (just do it for the ferry ride, and come right back).

    Were it me, with your window of time, I'd be quite content with the itinerary I pieced together.

    A couple of things: PRINT OUT the TIDE TABLES for the entire window of your trip, for maybe 3 spots... (Maybe Hopewell Cape, Wolfville, and Truro, in your case)... and also print-out driving directions from Wolfville to the Halifax airport, so that you will not risk getting lost or something upon conclusion of that hike idea.

    I hope this fits what you may have been thinking/anticipating.

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