We are planning to drive from St. Andrews to Cape Breton and stay 3 nights before driving on to PEI. We will be there end of June into the first day or two of July. We are two adults, 2 kids (11 and 14) and a dog.
Things we want to do are the Alexander G Bell museum (which will not be open until our 2nd/3rd day due to June still being low season), and a couple of nice hikes (not too taxing as hubbie has knee problems). (**Can the dog hike anywhere with us or are there some restrictions? We ALWAYS have him on leash and ALWAYS scoop his poop by the way, so no need to ask:)) We have explored some pretty scenic places before, such as Newfoundland, Hawaii and Switzerland so I am hoping that we can still find even more beautiful scenery to WOW us. As I mentioned in a previous thread, we do NOT want to spend most of our time driving around to try to see it ALL, but would rather explore PARTS of Cape Breton and the trail in some detail, and not make the kids feel like the entire three days were go go go, no time to stop and smell the roses.
We have looked into staying at Island Sunset Resort near Margaree Harbour, and at the Keltic Lodge. These places take dogs and were recommended to us. Currently we are not tied to any place but would like to make our reservations in the next day or 2. I was originally thinking it made sense to come up the East side our first afternoon/evening and check into Keltic lodge, see that area for either one or two days (White Point Trail, Middle Head Trail, Niels Harbour..), and then drive around and stay at Island Sunset for the other one or two days to explore that side (Skyline Trail...) However, now that we cannot go to the museum until the end of the trip, I'm wondering if that still makes sense? Or does it make sense to just go straight to the West side and stay there the whole time? Part of the limitation is the dog.. some of the places I looked into are not pet-friendly. If anyone has any suggestions re changes that would make this make the most sense, I am totally open and would greatly appreciate it!!!