I have found these forums so helpful in trying to plan my family's trip to NS next summer.
We will be travelling from the Uk and staying the last week of july and 1st two weeks of august. My kids will be 16, 13, 10 and 8 by then. As a family we like hiking, kayaking, sailing, cycling, horse riding, galleries and museums, military history, eating out and lighthouses!
We will hire a (big!) car but we would rather have a couple of bases and then drive to see things rather than move location with our belongings every night or two. My research has led me to think that we would like to explore halifax and the south shore, go to the Digby area for whale watching and maybe a trip to Upper Clements, Annapolis for Fort Ann, go to the Northumberland shore for warm water and beaches, and visit Cape Breton. Louisbourg is a must.
My question is where should our bases be? We think we will rent a cottage around Mahone bay/lunenburg for a week and use it to see the south shore and dip into Halifax. If we rented near Mahone Bay for two weeks, would we be able to hit Digby for a day or two and come back or are the distances really too large? I don't mind double booking and spending a night in a hotel near Digby during the two weeks mahone bay cottage rental. Is that a workable idea?
Alternatively week 2 we could spend a few days by Digby and a few days en route to the Northumberland shore/cape breton. Any other suggestions?
Finally for the third week, where should we base ourselves? Somewhere near Sydney, Cape Breton ie between the cabot trail and Louisbourg? Or somewhere near eg Pictou and just drive to Cape Breton? I'm a bit worried that a week on CB might be a little too quiet and remote to keep the kids/teenagers interested...
Alternatively we could stay somewhere like cabot links for a few days and then somewhere on the Northumberland shore for a few days. We don't mind splashing out a bit - all the prices are so much lower than what we are used to in Europe so that's a nice surprise.
Thank you very much for reading this - all suggestions most gratefully received!