My husband and are in the midst of planning our first trip to Nova Scotia in early September and especially want to spend time on Cape Breton Island. We have 12 - 13 days in which to do this. We will be driving from south of Boston and staying 2 nghts first in Saint John, NB before driving on to Halifax, where we plan to spend either 2 or 3 nights. Then we want to head for Cape Breton Island. We are planning to vist Louisburg Historic Site. Would it be better to spend 1 or 2 nights first in Sydney before going to Cape Breton National Park? We hope to drive the Cabot Trail leisurely and stay somewhere in the park for at least 2 - 3 nights. Does it matter whether you drive clockwise or counterclockwise on the Cabot Trail? Better to do Louisburg at the beginning of our Cape Breton Island trip or doesn't it matter? Any suggestions on where to stay in the park? Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you.