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Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

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Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

What is the recommended route from Halifax, 102 & 104 or highway 7? Arriving Sept 18th, other than a room near the airport (getting in late) am planning not to get room reservations since not sure of driving distances and length of time visiting certain spots. Since our visit is mid-Sept. is this advisable?

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1. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

The 102/104 is the fastest but not the most scenic.

Route 7 along the coast is more scenic. It depends upon your priorities and the time you have.

If you are flexible and don't leave looking for a room till too late in the day you should be fine at that time of year.

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2. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

exactly the information i needed. i do prefer the middle route ( 2nd option ). any suggestion on what a must-stop along for nice scenes along that 2nd option? thanks!

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3. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

Well Sherbrooke is a good place to stop as it has an historic village and outside that there are a couple shops and places to eat. Some things may be closed because it is fall.

As for stops with nice scenes, when you see something scenic then you can stop! And there are lots of little places along the road. You can also go down side roads to communities and beaches on the coast. My favorite beach along there is Martinique, but Clam harbour is nice and much closer to Dartmouth is Lawrencetown Beach which is famous for surfers. http://goo.gl/maps/X4Qie

Here are some links to information about the Eastern Shore:

Seaside Tourism Association http://www.seacoasttrail.com

Destination Eastern Shore www.threeshoresnovascotia.com/eastern-shore

http://highway7.com/promo/otw-getamap.html

Acadian House Museum, Chezzetcook novascotia.com/see-do/…1539 http://acadiantearoom.com/

Memory Lane Heritage Village http://heritagevillage.ca

Harbour Breeze Daylilies http://harbourbreezes.ca/

Fisherman’s Life Museum, Jeddore http://museum.gov.ns.ca/flm/

Clam Harbour Beach http://www.nsls.ns.ca/beaches/clamharbour.htm

Sherbrooke Village: http://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca/

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4. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

You should go to Cape Breton on the 104 and then aim for your destination on the island the first day on the road . Best to get to the farthest point first and then decide which routes back to Halifax .

Route 7 is very slow , so depending on what else you want to do in the province , it may take too much time out of your schedule.

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I would tend to agree with caperbeach. If it were me, I'd get an early start from the airport-area hotel, drive Highway 102 to Truro, and then turn off onto TransCanada 104 towards Cape Breton; perhaps stop in Stellarton (about 90 minutes from the airport) and stretch my legs at the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry (Exit 24, sight is adjacent to the highway).

If you left the hotel at 8am, you would be at the Museum when it opened at 9:30. Tour for an hour or so, and then continue 90 minutes along the TransCanada 104, cross the Canso Causeway, and stop for lunch in Port Hawkesbury on Cape Breton Island. If you stay longer at the Museum, or start later, there are lots of quick lunch options right along the highway in Stellarton, neighbouring New Glasgow, and Antigonish.

Sherbrook Village is well worth your time if you can manage to fit it in to your itinerary. I'd drive via the 102 /104 and turn onto Route 7 in Antigonish. The sight is about an hour's drive from Antigonish. Afterwards, I'd return to Antigonish and continue from there. However, you certainly could drive from your airport area hotel via Route 7: take Highway 102 towards Halifax, turn off at Miller Lake onto to Highway 118, and then exit onto Highway 107. Highway 107 ends /turns into Route 7 just as you enter Musquodoboit Harbour. That's about a 60 minute drive. Sherbrook Village would be another 2 hours past that. Then, after touring Sherbrook, you'd continue 60 minutes to Antigonish, and about 50 minutes past that to Port Hawkesbury on Cape Breton Island.

The Route 7 drive along the Eastern Shore is gorgeous and I'm not trying to discourage you; I just want to ensure you know what to expect. As pointed out above, it's a twisty-turny road, one lane in each direction, with limited passing zones. If you get behind a slow-moving vehicle, it could significantly lengthen your trip.

You could spend a lifetime exploring all the destinations in Nova Scotia so you have to figure out what you consider must-dos for your limited vacation time. You might decide to head directly to Cape Breton or to take the Marine Drive, Route 7 (if you do, make sure to pull over and pose for a photo at the "Welcome to Ecum Secum" sign.)

Hope you have a great trip!

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6. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

making reservations depends on what key locations you are aiming for day by day . The season is really slow now so there is lots available but also try to get places that are near dining ,music or your wish list .

Use 50 mph as the best you'll do as an average on Cape Breton ,allowing for a stop every hour.

The sun sets on the horizon on the west coast of Cape Breton !!!!

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7. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

Just got back from our visit. I'd drive to CBI as quickly as possible, then spend time there. And we didn't have reservations for most of the time at CBI. It's pretty quiet right now, although I believe it may tick up a bit when the leaves change. I posted some trip reports if you are looking for places to stay. Good luck

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…blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/cape-breton-2013.html

this is a video from our drive.. we went up the west side . we had a night in port hawksbury then beddeck then inverness for two nights.

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9. Re: Driving to Cape Breton from Halifax

What a wonderful blog and video. Thank you so much for posting it.

I think it was Ingonish you stayed it and not Inverness. You were close to Keltic Lodge and that is Ingonish.

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