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Nova Scotia Honeymoon 8 days - Tangier, South from Halifax or NB?

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My husband and I (30’s) will be heading to Nova Scotia for our honeymoon. First thing to say is that we know we cannot fit everything we would like into our 8 day trip, that is why we are reaching out to experienced fellows for help. We will arrive in Halifax Saturday June 29th about 2:00 pm and depart same airport Sunday July 7th at 7:00am. We will be renting a car at the airport. We love being outdoors and will try to include as much hiking, kayaking & canoeing as we can. We also love nature and usually go backcountry camping. While it will be nearly impossible due to the season, we would like to avoid crowds when possible although that would not be our main priority.

We have decided on ½ day for Halifax (& Peggy Cove), probably Saturday July 6th afternoon and we want to spend probably 3 days and 4 night in Cape Breton Island, specially the National Park. Here we want to do whale watching tours. Probably 2, one that guarantees sightseeing and another one that gets you closer to the water. We might camp at the park but are looking for accommodation suggestions within the park as well as in the 2 points of entrance to the park.

That being said, we think we can incorporate just one more place (or nearby group of places) to visit. At first we were thinking about Prince Edward Island, but after doing some reading looks like it’s a beautiful place mainly surrounded by beaches and golf courses, and of course beautiful towns. If this is the case, we would rather avoid it as we are looking for more “activities” in the wild and while we love beaches, we think we get enough of that elsewhere. Secondly we looked at Tangier as it appear to be the perfect place for kayaking. But we did not see Tangier mentioned in many places and we are wondering if it is really as spectacular as we imagine it (kayaking just the two of us alone through deserted small islands). The third option was to head south from Halifax (either at the beginning or end of the trip) and hit Lunenburg, Kijimkujic National Park, Digby and Maitland for some rafting. Lastly we heard great things about Bay of Fundy and the idea of crossing to New Brunswick sounded appealing but not sure if it is worth it as we would only be able to stay there one night.

We would love any advice on what is a must. It looks like there is too much to do and so little time. We would not mind long drives, but do not want to be driving every single day.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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