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Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

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Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

Four Active 40 somethings coming for a visit. We are thinking of flying into Halifax, renting a car and driving to see the area. Should we do this in a particular order? Stay in different lodging each night? We hope to arrive on a saturday and leave on a friday. Is that enough time? One full day in Cape bretton, one full day for Fundy and one day in Peggy's Cove? We want time to take it all in and poke around. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

We went to Nova Scotia on a week long driving trip a few years ago and thought it was very nice, incredibly relaxing. But we were shocked at the distances between Nova Scotia/Halifax and Cape Breton. I would say that unless you love sitting for many hours in a car that you either lengthen your trip, take a plane to Cape Breton or just plan on driving around Nova Scotia below Cape Breton and save CB for another trip. You are talking hundreds of miles with no big super highways. If you find it as relaxing as we did, you will find yourself slowing down and not being in a big hurry. Cape Breton is too nice from what I hear to do it in a day- and way too big. Fundy in a day- sure but the "poking" around idea won't work if you try and do that much driving.

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2. Re: Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

Have you looked at a map? The Fundy coast is worth a few days, Cape Breton is worth several days and Peggy's Cove is close to Halifax and worth 30 minutes.

Suggest you figure out your priorities, look at an on line map to get some idea of scale and distance, then check back here.

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Jerry

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3. Re: Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

You should check out www.novascotia.com to get a basic idea of what you want to do. As mentioned, you wil just spend your time in a car driving and not really doing anything trying to see the regions you mention. Certain locations are better than others depending on what you want to see and do. For the Bay of Fundy area a good site, in addition to the above one, is www.bayoffundy.travel A great resource is the Doers and Dreamers Guide, which you can order at no cost from the novascotia.com site.

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4. Re: Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

Hello Dltreks,

Considering you only suggested three days of plans, I assume you realize how much driving is involved. I think it is enough time, but we are the 'sleep-in-a-different-place-each-night' type of travellers. I suggest staying in Baddeck and Cheticamp for your nights on Cape Breton and then one spot for your two nights on the Bay of Fundy.

For your Peggy's Cove day, I suggest Lunenburg as an alternative. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we enjoyed ourselves there. You can see Peggy's Cove on your way back to Halifax.

Once you have an itinerary worked out, be sure to write again with more specific questions.

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5. Re: Halifax to Cape Bretton, Bay of Fundy, Peggys' Cove

You cannot "take it all in and poke around" in just seven days. You will have to decide between a quick peek at the sights mentioned, or slowing down and spending more time in one area, either Cape Breton or some of the mainland.

For the mainland, check out the Parrsboro shore and Advocate Harbour for a good look at the Bay of Fundy in an area that is not too touristy. Wolfville and the Annapolis Valley are beautiful and full of great wineries and restaurants. Lunenburg and vicinity are great for seeing the Atlantic Coast.

Cape Breton is very special - full of amazing scenery, music, hiking, whale watching and history. You could be there a week and not be bored. Do not miss Fortress Louisbourg if you go there.

Edited: 25 April 2011, 14:21
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