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Very general planning advice for family trip, in May to maritime Canada (NS, NB, PEI?) and/or possibly some of Quebec

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This is a very open-ended, very naive question, seeking some general advice about time allocation - - on a trip of 7 days (or 6? or 5? or 4?) to Halifax, and "nearby" destinations. We are a family of six (my wife and I early 50's, three daughters early 20s and one son-in-law). We travel well together domestic and abroad (Europe). None of us have ever been to eastern Canada, other than southern Ontario. The trip would be May 23-30 (oe terminate sooner), followed by 2 days/nights (or more if Canada gets less) in NYC (which we have all visited quite a few times).

Our best option for getting there seems to be American Airlines directly in Halifax, using FF miles, as we can get the seats we (tentatively) need, and the stopover, of several nights in NYC, is included in the 25000 mile award (we have lots and lots of AAdvantage miles to spend).

The big picture question is: how best to use 6 days/7 nights beginning and ending in Halifax? Francophone culture is moderately interesting to me - - thus, I was thinking, the Gaspé peninsula?

We will rent a van or two sedans for moving around within Canada. I don't know that any of us fancies going sailing per se - - though we're not ruling anything out. I am telling the family that Montreal is a bad idea (too far away); less sure about Quebec city, and I have not even begun to read about what might be of interest in the far eastern reaches of Quebec (province). By corollary, I think we will not want to go to Newfoundland (nor sadly, do I think it's worth the time and expense to go to St Pierre et Miquelon).

Thanks in advance for any general advice, or links directing me to websites I should explore.

Best wishes,

Rex (Bickers), Floyds Knobs, Indiana
(from the Europe forum)

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