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Road Trip from the US to PEI, Cape Breton and Halifax area

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Road Trip from the US to PEI, Cape Breton and Halifax area

Hello All!

My mother, three daughters and I will be going on a whirlwind trip from the Washington DC area up to PEI, Cape Breton and Halifax and then back again.

Travel time: 2-3 weeks total.

Must see: Cavendish/Anne stuff and Cape Breton highlands... Halifax and other stops optional.

At this point everything is open to suggestion. We will be driving up mid July.

Other than PEI/Anne of Green Gables stuff, we would like to take the road less traveled and less expensive. Hoping to rent a cottage in PEI for about a week.

Any suggestions for a reasonable route?? Must see villages, stops, parks, etc. We like to walk and explore. I am open to taking some ferries to cut down on driving time.

My kids love collecting shells, playing on the beach, hiking, swimming.

I love local festivals, hiking, driving scenic drives, mountains, secluded coves, breathtaking vistas, quaint non-tourist villages.

Any ideas/suggestions for a logical and reasonable route for our trip?

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1. Re: Road Trip from the US to PEI, Cape Breton and Halifax area

What's less expensive?? Mid-July is peak pricing pretty much anywhere in Canada...

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less expensive meaning "budget travel". I understand it is peak season, so just looking for the lower end of the peak rates, perhaps off the beaten path etc.

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One of the areas you should definitely make a effort to see is the worlds largest tides environment of the upper Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy was named one of North Americas natural wonders, putting it up there with the more familiar Grand Canyon, Yellowstone etc. Here is the press release: On February 26, the Bay of Fundy was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America, along with the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, Niagara Falls, and the giant redwoods of California found in Sequoia National Park and Redwoods National Park.

http://sevennaturalwonders.org/north-america/

One of the prime spots to experience the large tides of the Bay of Fundy is the Cape Chignecto area. In this unique off the beaten path area you will find the highest sea cliffs on mainland Nova Scotia meeting those huge tides, which has sculpted them into a amazing sea scape of rock spires, caves and arches. It is one of the top hiking and sea kayaking destinations in Canada. Link to Outside magazine on top paddling spot on the east coast.

outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/north-ame…

An article about a hike at Chignecto that shows what a impressive place Cape Chignecto is!

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This hiker had some issues, but it does show how this would be about at the top of your "off the beaten path" destinations in the province.

Other things to do in the area are horseback riding and boat rides to some of the geological highlights of Nova Scotia novascotia.com/en/…

The small fishing village of Advocate Harbour is the host village for this area, along with the larger nearby town of Parrsboro. Some unique places to stay in the area, from chalets like www.driftwoodparkretreat.com to the places that might be more within your budget such as the on the beach cabins at www.oldshipyardbeachcampground.com Its a great place to experience the tides and the funky Beach Café is just across the street. Just up from the cabins is the Spencers Island B&B which has some of the best rates you will find. No website though. For a cottage check out www.reidstouristhome.ca or the rustic www.riverviewcottages.ca

The route to include this area would be to swing down onto the Fundy shore at exit 4 just past Amherst on entering Nova Scotia, heading towards the UNESCO world heritage site at Joggins, then on to Cape Chignecto/Advocate Harbour 40 minutes down the road. After a couple of days or more to take in all the outdoor activities head towards Halifax, via Truro. You might want to try the tidal bore rafting on the way. Then on to Cape Breton for a few days, on your return trip take the ferry to PEI at Pictou and the bridge off the Island on your way home.

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thank you so much! this is fabulous information. will look into all of these options!

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