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NS - Cabot Trail or South Shore??

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NS - Cabot Trail or South Shore??

Hi all - looking for some feedback: my boyfriend and I are planning a 4.5 day trip to the Maritimes. We fly into Charlottetown and fly out of Halifax. We plan to spend about a day in PEI and then ferry to NS. We've heard great reviews on the Cabot trail and would love to do the drive, stop for cycling, hiking, etc but have no idea if we'll have enough time, especially given that we need to drive back to Halifax to catch our flight out. How many days should be allocated to the Cabot Trail if we really wanted to make multiple stops to enjoy the sites, explore, hike, bike, etc.? Would we be biting off more than we can chew driving to the trail from caribou (where the ferry will drop us off) and then back to Halifax in about 2-3 days? If we don't do Cabot Trail we think we may visit Peggy's Cove and other areas in the south shore. Suggestions? Feedback? Thanks!!

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1. Re: NS - Cabot Trail or South Shore??

I would say that you'd need at least 3 days in Cape Breton in order to make several stops for biking & hiking. It's a 3 hr drive from Caribou to there; then you'd have aprox a 3-4 hr drive back to Halifax. I'd suggest that you return & do that trip when you have the time to really enjoy it without being rushed.

I believe that you will enjoy the drive along the South Shore. Try to get to Peggy's Cove early in the day before the tour buses arrive. Then take Rte 3 along the coast to Lunenburg as it is much more scenic. Check at the local Tourist Centres in Mahone Bay & Lunenburg for directions to some of the great sandy beaches. You could take Hwy 103 back to the city as it would be quicker.




Or you could spend the night in that area & drive across the province on Rte 12 the next day to the Annapolis Valley. Wolfville is a lovely small university town that has a good variety of accommodations & restaurants. There are several hiking trails in the area & a 15 min drive will take you to the Bay of Fundy. It's only an hour drive from Halifax so you could either return there or spend a night in this area.



This loop between Halifax, Lunenburg & Wolfville could be done in either direction.

When are you planning to take your trip?

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2. Re: NS - Cabot Trail or South Shore??

This is certainly a rushed trip. You can drive around the Cabot Trail in two days and have some time for scenic look-offs, short stops and one hike or activity each day.

The actual Cabot Trail is just under five hours of straight driving: http://goo.gl/maps/2PTGB

You should look at adding the Ceilidh Trail either coming or going: http://goo.gl/maps/wgnDv

However it would be less rushed for you to go elsewhere and here are two possibilities:

1. Stick the the Halifax/Lunenburg/Wolfville area. You could stay anywhere in and around those three places and be within an hour or so of the airport. And there is certainly lots to see and do.








Hall’s Harbour: thechronicleherald.ca/travel/1223838-day-tri…

2. Go to our wonderful Minas Basin and Fundy Shore. In particular check out Cape Chignecto park but there is lots more hiking in other places. Consider kayaking (with guides) in the park. Check out this link for more information: tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154967-i326-k74776…









Plan for another trip to see Cape Breton.

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