Where do we go from Halifax??

Aug 11th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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Where do we go from Halifax??

Thanks to those who helped answer my previous questions.

We have booked flights, rental car and first two nights in Halifax, and now need
help with the rest of our itinerary.

We're flying into Halifax on the afternoon
of August 30th and will spend that night and the following night there. We check out Sept. 1, and plan to drive to Cape Breton. I think I'd prefer Igonish to Braddok. Are two nights in Cape Breton
enough to really take it in?? I was thinking of staying there the night of
Sept.2 and 3 and then head to PEI for a
3 night stay (Sept.,4, 5, 6). Should we stay in Charlottetown for all nights there or do you recommend another part of PEI (We want to spend time at the beach there, do some bicycling and maybe sea kayaking)?
Then I wanted to head to the Bay of Fundy area and take in the tides and do some whale watching. Is Digby a good town to stay in for that, or do you recommend some place else?? So, two more nights there (Sept 8, 9) and our flight leaves Sept. 10
in the afternoon. Is it possible to stay somewhere else besides Halifax for the last night and still make a 3pm flight out of Halifax comfortably? Does this sound like a fun and manageable ininerary??

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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Aug 12th, 2007, 02:10 AM
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My personal favorite is Baddeck. Love that village! The day you will head out of Halifax is Labour Day. Not much will be open with exception of restaurants. It will be busy on the highways.

PEI - do one night in Charlottetown. I wouldn't make advance reservations for outside of Charlottetown. Shouldn't be too hard to find and most of their policies are no less than 24 hours - sometimes 2 weeks cancellation notice. I would simply explore the Island and determine where I want to stay - perhaps closer to the beaches - Rustico or Cavendish. They will be pretty quiet with everyone back at school.

As for driving to Digby, long drive. Why don't you come off PEI via the Bridge. You could head for Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick or simply do the Glooscap Trail. You might want to spend a night at the Lighthouse in Cape D'Or.
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Aug 12th, 2007, 04:26 AM
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Thanks for your reply.

After Halifax our plan was to drive directly to Cape Breton and start along the Cabot Trail. Do you think that that particular area will have a
lot of traffic on Labor Day??

Re: PEI Are you saying that we should spend one night in Charlettetown and then move to another hotel outside of that area for the other two nights. PEI must certainly be worth a 3 day visit - am I correct??

Re: Seeing the tides - is Wolfville the place to stay for that or do you prefer another town??

Thanks again for all the advice; it helps sooooo much to have it!!

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Aug 12th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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I would skip PEI and add one night at the Cabot Trail and spend 2 nights in the Lunenburg area.
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Aug 12th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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I've heard such great things about PEI.

Why do you think we should skip it??

Is there anywhere else in the region where we could take in a day at the beach (and actually swim in the water) and a nice, easy bike ride??

Please let me know.


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Aug 13th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Another itinerary suggestion is when you leave Halifax, take the Marine Drive (route 7)to Cape Breton. When you leave Cape Breton take Highway 4 (or fast route 104) and you can take in the beaches on Northumberland Strait where the water is warm for swimming. Melmerby Beach is one of the beaches. Then take the ferry to P.E.I. from Caribou, N.S. As Tanya suggests when you come off the bridge from P.E.I., proceed to Hopewell Rocks to see the tides OR The Gloosecap Trail along the Fundy Shore. If time allows, you could continue along route 215, then Highway 14 to Windsor, Highway 1 to Wolfville which would be a good spot to spend last night. It is an hour from Halifax airport. I think I would spend 3 nights in Cape Breton, and 3 nights in P.E.I.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 02:36 AM
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PEI is totally different from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Flat farmland - and you can drive across in a few hours. There is lots to explore - don't discount the Tignish area. I thought you might enjoy spending a night closer to the beach area. Charlottetown is certainly a good central spot.
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