Driving Fromm Halifax to Cheticamp NS

Jul 21st, 2018, 06:49 PM
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Driving Fromm Halifax to Cheticamp NS

We have a road trip planned the middle of August from Halifax to Cape Breton Island. We’re seeing on the map that there are lots of construction delays post from Halifax up north and with in the park itself. Anyone visited recently or knows more about those delays? We’re hoping to make it from Halifax to Cheticamp on August 10, it looks like it would certainly be doable even with some delays.
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 11:44 AM
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I drove from Halifax to Baddeck to Cheticamp in June, and didn't have any memorable problems.

Of course there will be more summer traffic on the roads in August, yet the demands on those roads are not that great, so you will likely encounter minimal serious delays.

As you draw near, you will have a couple of path options in case something becomes impassable, and the powers that be know that lots of people wish to drive the Cabot Trail in August, so they will surely be conscious of the needs of road travelers.

I would generally not make any adjustments for whatever traffic delays might occur (unless you have a hard deadline such as a wedding beginning at a certain moment).

You'll have a nice time in Cape Breton and surrounds.
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Jul 24th, 2018, 05:03 PM
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This is the go-to site for Nova Scotia road conditions: https://511.novascotia.ca/en/map/

I drove part of that route two days ago (Halifax to New Glasgow) and there was wasn't a warning cone to be seen. But east of New Glasgow the road goes from four lanes down to two, and the driving becomes slower, more tedious, and, sadly, riskier. Construction is inevitable, but it shouldn't set you back too much. I'd allow allow four and a half hours of driving time between Halifax and Cheticamp, if I were doing it tomorrow.
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Jul 24th, 2018, 06:09 PM
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Thanks to both of you. We ‘re planning to give it plenty of time.
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Aug 19th, 2018, 06:49 PM
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just an update

We drove Halifax to Cheticam, Cheticamp to Antigonish then Antigonish to Baddeck and back to Halifax over a 10 day period. We encountered three fillets at almost every segment, but more to the point, several segments that were just dirt and gravel. One day we were lucky enough to be driving right behind the water truck but on a couple of occasions we were driving on rocky gravel for a bit. Nothing terrible, and no major delays, but they were common and frequent.
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