Halifax to Cape Breton and back

Old Apr 23rd, 2023, 04:32 PM
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Halifax to Cape Breton and back

Thank you all in advance

My wife and I (late 60's) plan on flying into Halifax in Mid September we plan on taking 7 nights (could add a few!) taking in the sounds, sights and great food on our drive (renting car) from Halifax to Cape Breton and back. This will be our first time to Nova Scotia. We fly in from Chicago, spend a few days in Halifax and nearby areas to get our sea legs and enjoy Halifax before heading to Cape Breton. We enjoy hiking, local experiences including sitting in town squares and of course local cuisines of all type. We have travelled much domestically and internationally pre-Covid we are starting our travels again in 2023 starting with the Calgary Stampede in July !!.

Would appreciate any feedback on 'don't miss" and/or Itinerary ideas. Plan on booking flights, B&B-hotel and any excursions in the next few weeks. Thanks again, look forward to receiving the always sage advice/ideas

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mcd & mrd
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Circumnavigating Cape Breton offers rugged scenery, especially if you hit the autumn colours. But I use the word rugged intentionally because the drive is not a gentle one. I'd suggest some review of history in advance to understand the immigrant connections to Great Britain and Ireland, and also to France and the settlers who were driven away, some providing the Cajun element in Louisiana.
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Hi

Thanks for reply. We have started reviewing the history of the area and will definitely add the immigration connections to europe etc in our research.

Thanks again

MCD
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45 minutes NW of Halifax:

Annapolis Valley: Grande Pre, Wolfville, Port Williams, Canning - on the Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy.The Minas Basin has the highest tides in the world. The average tide range is 12 metres and can reach 16 metres.

Nice place to visit:Meander River Farms

Vineyards:

The valley used to be known for all the apples it produced but now there are numerous wineries sprouting all over. You could make your own little wine/beer/cider tour

Grande Pre
This place is very important to Acadians. There is a national park there.

Wolfville - Acadia University. Cute and quaint town. Traffic can get brutal in the summer.
Walking trails in Wolfville. Independent films at the old Acadia Theatre plus café in Wolfville:

Acadia Art Gallery.

There's a farmer's market: Wolfville Farmers Market

Take a walk on the dykes. Just ask a local to point you to the right direction. But you could start at the waterfront.

Hiking - Cape Split if you can. It's about a 1 1/2- 2 hour hike in but it's awesome! Cape Split.

Check out Scot's Bay too on the way to Cape Spilt. The bestselling historical novel The Birth House by Ami McKay is set in this community.

While you're in that area, go to the Canning Lookoff. Canning is a neat little town too!

Travel a little further and see Hall's Harbour. An easy drive from Wolfville, this scenic working fishing village offers a seasonal lobster pound, a large wharf, incredible tides and art galleries.

Blomidon Provincial Park has hiking and beach walking and camping.

Make sure you check the tides as you can get stuck when the water comes in.

On way to Cape Breton:
Truro, the “hub of Nova Scotia” is a busy little town that contains Victoria Park: a short hike to a waterfall. Tidal Bore Rafting

No, this is def not boring. A tidal bore is a wave of water that comes up the river – yes UP the river. Depending on the tide, the wave can be a couple of centimetres high to several metres high. Rafters hit the wave and ride the rapids. Urbania.
Masstown Market: best fish and chips! Good bread, cinnamon buns and homemade donuts. Masstown was the site of the first Acadian church to be built in Nova Scotia. Also, first Islamic cemetery in North America is in that area.Melmerby Beach:Melmerby takes its name from the barque "Melmerby" which sank off thebeach on October 12th, 1890 on route to Quebec City.

Heather Beach Provincial Park: 700 Heather Beach Rd, Port Howe, NS
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WOW!! - Thank you very much this is a tremendous help. Can't wait to show my wife. You're the 3rd person who suggested Canning. This is very helpful. Thanks again
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