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2 week trip to NB, NS & PEI

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I am planning a 2 week trip to NB, NS and PEI for the last 2 weeks in July and am having a hard time trying to decide what are must sees and what can be left out.

First off we will be traveling with an 11 and 13 year kids so time in the car may be a consideration as we are driving to and from this trip form Ottawa so will have a couple of 12 to 14 hour days to start and end with. I have never been out East as I am a prairie boy now living in Ottawa.

I have done a lot of reading and see that there are 4 or 5 main areas to this trip that I am considering.

1. Fundy coast on NB from St. Andrews to Hopewell Rock. To see this area I am thinking about 4 days is required.

2. Fundy coast of NS. I think a couple of days here would do.

3. Halifax, Peggy's Cove, Lunnenberg and the light houses. Probably need a good 4 days here as well

4. Cabot Trail. From what I have read this needs 3 days.

5. PEI beaches. This needs about 4 days.

So in total I have about 17 or 18 days of things to see but only have 14 days to do it. can see that if we trim this down we can see all of it but this requires in and out of the car and a lot of driving and no more that a 2 days in any one place.

Originally I was going to drop off the Cabot trail as it seemed like it would be more time in the car vs. activities. We are not the most athletic types and due to physical limitations would not be doing much in the way of hiking. I am very much interested int he beauty of the area but the wife and the kids are more into doing rather than seeing and museums and activities are more interesting to them. But the more I read about it the more I see that the Cabot trail would be the highlight of the trip for me but driving and looking at the scenery may not be for the kids. Does the Cabot Trail offer more that the scenery?

I am not sold on PEI too much but I think it would be wise to give the kids 2 or 3 days to enjoy the beaches and take in some fun activities rather then being in the car going from location to location.

Sorry for the long winded story but wanted to give background and would appreciate any suggestions you can offer on the best way to see the area can offer in a 2 week period without being bound to the car.

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    I am just going to say that if you click on my name, you will find lots of NS threads on the list of things to which I have replied here, and in them is plenty of information and ideas.

    I think I would take the opportunity to educate the kids on tides of the sorts they have never seen before, and you can do that in what is ideally BOTH of two ways:

    The tidal bore (in various rivers not far from Truro, NS... or in a river that goes through central Moncton, NB)


    The Bay of Fundy, which is perhaps most pronounced at someplace like Hopewell Cape, NB. One never forgets rounding a bend in any of various spots, and looking out into the sea bed, only to find nothing but wet sand, and the unique appearance of ocean-going vessels, tied to docks, which are sitting on the sand dozens of feet below those docks, awaiting the next high tide.

    I'm glad you afforded us as many details as you did...

    I too would first consider PEI as a place to drop a day or two... but consult the kids and see what they say. Though it would be wise to arm yourself with better ideas elsewhere, when bargaining that way.

    Do click on my name and look for other NS posts.

    Before you leave, or even NOW... print-out the TIDE TIMES for a few spots around the Bay for the entire window of your trip .

    Some places would likely bore you if you were made to stay for 6 hours while waiting for a contrasting view of the tide, so a trick is to plot your course such that you can swing by a same spot again, later

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