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Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia summer trip...Help

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My friend and I are going to NS and PEI in Aug. I have been doing a lot of reading and would like some feedback from someone who is familiar with the area. We are flying into Halifax and want to visit in that area for a couple of days. How far a drive to Cape Breton Island area? We don't know if we should drive all the way to Baddeck area or stop on the way. We then plan to stay in New Glascow or Pictou before taking the ferry over to PEI. Is Summerside or Canvendish a good area to stay? Would you recommend driving back and taking the ferry back or driving on and take the bridge into New Brunswick and come back that way to Halifax.? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


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    Hi, I think you have other posts in play on this topic, and I think I've offered thoughts on one of them.

    I can't conclude for sure whether you're saying you have "a couple of days" to do a Cape Breton run, or if that couple of days relates only to Halifax.

    IF you are landing in Halifax with only "a couple of days", and want to see Cape Breton, you HIGH-TAIL IT from Halifax, via Truro, and the main road northward from there, stay in Baddeck area that night, and then do the loop of the Cabot Trail the next day.

    FOG could wreck the whole trip around the trail, on various days, but you'd at least have a sense for that upon setting out from Baddeck in the morning.

    IF you ferry to PEI and then take the bridge back, see if you have time to add a "dogleg" (golf terminology) to Moncton and then down to Hopewell Rocks before going back to Halifax.

    Time any such side trip to put you there near LOW TIDE, so that you can walk out near the rocks on the ocean floor at a point where, 6 hours later, the water might be 30 or more feet above your head. It is awesome.

    Click on my name to find various other posts about Nova Scotia.

    It is about 225 MILES from Halifax to Baddeck, and you canNOT cover that at customary U.S. freeway speeds - 4 hours should be allowed for just the driving part of it.

    Hope this helps you.

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    We have just returned from a similiar trip. We stayed 2 nights in Halifax and visited Peggys cove and Lunenburg on the full day. We left on the third day and drove to PEI by way of Hopewell Cape, timing it for the low tide. So much fun walking on the ocean floor. Our favorite part was PEI. We stayed at KIndred Spirits Inn in Cavendish and I loved it. They treated us like royalty. Ask for the romance package as they give you extras such as a chowder supper and picnic for the beach. The room was heavenly and breakfasts out of this world. They are the nicest people! We then drove on to Cabot Trail. It was ok but since we have the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I was not blown away. The ocean views at Keltic Inn were spectacular. We went whale watching at cheticamp. So fun as we saw many whales. Also went toa Ceileigh(SP) which is an irish music show. Loved it. WE were there 8 days and rank this as a number 10 trip.Only thing better would have been autumn leaves in the fall. Do consider Kindred Spirits. You won't be dissappointed.

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