I'm planning a trip to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia for my girlfriend and myself (in the next couple weeks)...we're coming from Michigan...going to stop by at Niagara Falls (Canada), then stop in Montreal, then drive out to PEI to spend a few days before spending more days in NS. I have taken the time to research and read related postings. I now wanted to go ahead and post what I'm thinking and obtain feedback from you all. Please know that I appreciate your time and any input you can provide. Nothing is fixed, I'm very flexible. I just want to really make it as perfect as possible.
I don't think I can get the Doers and Dreamers guide in time for my trip...which is a bit of a bummer, and so I'm learning from everyone else's postings...and Wikipedia I love Wikipedia.
We want to avoid crazy-touristy areas.
We are very active and love the outdoors, hikes, adventure, etc.
We've love to find "hidden gems" that tourists miss but that locals adore.
I actually don't care too much to see Halifax but if you all think it is a must for some reason, I am open to persuasion. Same with any other place I may not have considered. For example, another poster raved about Saw Drum in Halifax.
Is geocaching actually fun? I thought I'd pick up a GPS unit to maybe do some since we just like getting out there and EXPLORING...but I'd like to hear if it's actually fun or kind of lame sometimes.
Any idea how the weather is going to be?
Do we really need to plan out tide levels for catching the Bay of Fundy doing its remarkable things at the proper times? I don't mind doing this if need be.
I am familiar with Scottish ceilidhs, and love them. I don't know anything about Nova Scotia ceilidhs, but I'd love to participate in some with my girlfriend if they are like Scottish ceilidhs and we can dance ourselves into a sweaty mess. Wow that is what I call a good time It may, however, be just something you watch and not participate in.
I'd love to hear recommended places to eat. We do love seafood.
We want to see sea and land wildlife. We're not birders, though. Is it possible to see Moose?
My girlfriend is all about lighthouses. I want to stay at the West Point Lighthouse in O'Leary, PEI because my girlfriend would absolutely love the experience. But if there is a better one at which we can stay the night (or two nights), let me know.
I mention Tranquility Cove Adventures because it seems that would be an amazing, real-life, hands-on experience of lobstering. I don't want to just go out on a boat and watch others do it. Know what I mean?
I want to go digging for clams. I'm not sure if this is something anyone can do, anywhere, or if we need to do it with the proper personnel.
I will only want to see one or two (at the most) small quaint fishing villages.
I want to stay at the Milford House near Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia because my friends went on their honeymoon there and highly recommended it.
I don't really know where to stay along the Cabot Trail or on Cape Breton Island.
I don't really know where to stay at or near the Bay of Fundy.
Am I being optimal with my driving plans all over Nova Scotia?
We will have a tent and sleeping bags in my car, just in case we are not close to lodging one night, and want to camp out somewhere. I don't even know if that's possible/legal, but it may be.
24-May: Michigan - drive to Niagara Falls for one night - 6.5 hours
25-May: Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Butterfly Pavilion, explore Niagara Falls, drive to Montreal (6.5 hours)
26-May: Explore Montreal
27-May: Explore Montreal
28-May: Drive to O'Leary, Prince Edward Island (12.5 hours)
29-May: Explore PEI
30-May: PEI, Georgetown Lobstering - Tranquility Cove Adventures?
31-May: PEI, exploring
1-Jun: Drive to Milford House (6 hrs)
2-Jun: Milford House, Day of Kayaking
3-Jun: Cabot Trail, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Maybe Stay in Baddeck (Lynwood Inn?)
4-Jun: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Fortress Louisbourg, Burntcoat Had
5-Jun: Bay of Fundy (Saint John or Moncton, NS), the Ovens (kayaking into sea caves)
6-Jun: Bay of Fundy (Saint John or Moncton, NS), Hopewell Cave (check tide tables), Fundy National Park, Cape Enrage?
7-Jun: Lunenburg, Seal Cove, Peggy's Cove, Long Island (Balancing Rock), Lunch at Seaside Shanty in Chester Basin
8-Jun: Tiverton? Oceans Explorations Zodiak Whale Watching Tour? Brier Island for Whale Watching?
9-Jun: Drive to Maine, Spend the night in Maine (any recommendations?)
Again, thank you so much. I'll really take any thoughts/pointers/input. And if you disagree with my thinking on anything - I would want to hear that too. I will probably post a followup or two after I learn from others. Feel free to email me as well. I am so excited about this trip and want to make it extraordinarily memorable!
Papsicle (papsicle at gmail dot com)
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