I'm in need of some advice for a 3-week trip I'm planning out to the Maritimes this summer. I'll be staying in hostels and have a bit of money for car rentals, but I'd rather take public transportation if I'm in major cities like Halifax. Here's my itinerary so far:
Day 1: Train Montreal-Moncton.
Day 2-7: Rent a car and drive to P.E.I. Explore the island.
Day 7: Drive back to Moncton, catch a train from Moncton to Halifax and stay overnight.
Day 8-12: Drive to Cape Breton, explore Cabot trail, Bras D'Or Lake, and Canada Day
Day 12: Drive back to Halifax.
*Here's where I'm not sure what to do. Right now I have about 9 days in Halifax, which I've heard is too much time. I would like to go somewhere else during that time, but am not sure where to go. I need to fly out of Halifax as that's where the flights are least expensive.
Any advice? I don't have a large budget, so if I can avoid renting a car for more days that would be nice. I'm interested in exploring the culture of the area and love landscape sightseeing, so anything along those lines would be great to know about. Thanks in advance!