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Family trip advice

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Family trip advice

We hope to bring our kids (9&12) to Cape Breton in July for 5 days or so. We like kayaking, bird watching, nature, hiking, swimming....where would you suggest as a base and any trips in particular? we'll be coming from Halifax (visiting family, we're from UK). We'd also be interested in trips departing Halifax. All advice very welcome!

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1. Re: Family trip advice

Cape Breton is quite spread out so you might not want to stay in one place for 5 nights. Cheticamp and Baddeck are two places where you would find things to do, plus there is ample accommodations at both places. Take a look at the website for Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as there are many hikes and activities of nature there.

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If this is your first visit here you should go to novascotia.com and order the Doers and Dreamers guide there is box for waiting list for March shipping.

It is a wealth of great information.

Re Cape Breton, I assume with children you may like some home housekeeping there are some great cabin choices. I suggest staying a couple of nights in the Inverness/ Margaree/Cheticamp area great spot with cottages is the Normaway Inn and then a couple of nights around Baddeck..

There are an assortment there but Inverary has lots to do with children.

Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay are the main areas for whale watching, lots of fabulous beaches in around Inverness. Margaree.

The Highland park has many different hikes in varying degrees of time and difficulty.( Depending you may like to stay in Dingwall area great cottages at the Marklands)

I assume you would like to go to Louisbourg which you could do as a day trip from Baddeck also Highland Village in Iona partial day trip and the Gaelic College in St Ann's another great spot here Chanterelle Inn and Cottages.

Here is link for CB and Louisbourg which is celebrating 300 years, I know as an expat not a long time on UK standards but t'is here in the New World!!

…nationalgeographic.com/travel/…

That hopefully give you a few ideas to get started also read some of the trip reports from last year you can search below.

Not sure what you mean by last comment trips departing Halifax are you wondering about day trips from Halifax I assume you will be renting a car?

If so we can give you lots of ideas there as well.

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3. Re: Family trip advice

Very helpful info - thanks. I was wondering if there were any packages to Cape Breton departing Halifax including transport that we could take advantage of.

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4. Re: Family trip advice

Unfortunately no, unless you took a private tour?

Our transportation system is sorely lacking, all geared around cars!

You could take a bus to Sydney but then there is not any public transit for the Cabot Trial. so no!

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5. Re: Family trip advice

if you want an easy drive the first day, consider leaving halifax and enjoy the drive stopping in pictou area (nice beach at caribou/munroes provincial park) and a stop the first night, i'd consider http://www.macleods.com/. i haven't stayed at the inn but it had a really nice beach that you all might enjoy for an evening. then, next morning, head off to the cabot trail. i think the trail deserves 2 days. if you go back and forth some, you likely won't mind. the skyline trail is a good, easy trail. saw a moose when i did it. then i'd consider one night maybe around dingwall or search for a place that offers good kayaking. last two nights could be in baddeck. my last day there, i left baddeck early in the morning and went to fortress louisberg for several hours and then headed back to halifax.

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6. Re: Family trip advice

You really need to drive to see anything. Here is a possible route going from Halifax:

http://goo.gl/maps/jFEjq

You should think about staying at least one night on the west coast of Cape Breton. You could also spend a couple nights in the Baddeck or Sydney area to explore Louisbourg and to go to the wonderful miners museum in Glace bay.

I think there are bird watching tours out of Baddeck. There is great hiking all over the Cabot Trail.

huffingtonpost.ca/adrian-brijbassi/…

http://www.cabottrail.com/info/hiking.htm

http://www.cbchoices.com/

http://redshoepub.com/

pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx

http://www.minersmuseum.com/mine_tour.htm

http://www.cabottrail.travel/

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154972-i830-k51330…

www.visitbaddeck.com/adventure/bannock.html

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7. Re: Family trip advice

Very helpful - thanks everyone.

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8. Re: Family trip advice

As one of the others mentioned, you should rent a car. It seems that the earlier you reserve a car, the cheaper it will be. Also, it is 4 to 4.5hrs to drive from Halifax to Sydney. TripAdvisor is pretty reliable with reviews on the different places to stay. Enjoy your visit!

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