We are trying to plan a fly/drive which will allow enough time to see selected areas for a variety of experiences rather than seeing the whole of Nova Scotia through a car windscreen! Our main interests are whale watching, waterfalls, woodland and coastal walks and sampling regional food and wine, all of which Nova Scotia has in abundance, but we really could do with some guidance on our timings in each area.
No flights have been booked as yet but we hope to arrive late afternoon Friday, 23 September and journey as follows:-
Day 1 - 3.15pm arrive Halifax Airport, collect hire car and drive for overnight stop in Lunenburg.
Day 2 - Backtrack and spend morning/lunchtime around Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay. Afternoon – Follow coast to Liverpool and drive to/explore Kejimkujik National Park. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.
Day 3- Drive to Digby and take Ferries for whale watch. Depending on tides, bookings, etc, do whale watch either am or pm. Other half of the day revisit Kejimkujik National Park and Bear River First Nation Cultural Centre. Overnight in Annapolis Royal.
Day 4 - Drive to Wolfville and the Grand Pre region. Overnight in Wolfville.
Day 5 - Arrange with local agent a wine tour of several vineyards to include lunch/day out. (Suggestions welcome). Overnight in Wolfville.
Days 7 and 8 - Explore Prince Edward Island. Hopefully a lobster supper or 2!
Days 9, 10 and 11 - Drive to Cape Breton to stay 3 nights in Baddeck to explore National Park, Cabot Trail, Louisbourg and Bras d’Or Lake.
Day 12 - Drive to Halifax – Return hire car late pm.
Day 13 - Explore Harbour and shopping.
Day 14 - Return flight at 23.45pm enables full day of city sightseeing before flight back to UK.
Before getting a quote from a travel agent we would appreciate some comments on whether we should cut back to 1 night in Wolfville/Grand Pre region and whether we should tag this extra night somewhere else or if we have a good mix of experiences as it is.
Many thanks in anticipation of some assistance.