We are planning to spend about a week in Nova Scotia at the beginning of October and are having a hard time deciding the best routes to take given that there is so much to see and we won't have enough time to see it all. The plan is to arrive to Yarmouth on the ferry and depart into New Brunswick via Amherst. Besides admiring the scenery we'd like to watch whales and do some hiking.
For sure we want to see Cape Brenton, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mahoney Bay, etc., but the question is: what's the most scenic way to get from Yarmouth to Halifax. Would you recommend driving from Yarmouth to Halifax following the Lighthouse Route, perhaps spending a night somewhere along the way or driving to Digby (spending a day around that area) and then take Road 8 accross the island down to Liverpool and then continue bordering the coast all the way to Halifax?
Another question is: to get from Halifax to Baddeck is the Marine drive (Road 7) worth the detour or are we better off getting there faster on the highway? (Perhasp a combination of both may work out better?)
And last but not least: should we carve out some time to do the route to Cape d'Or?
Decision, decisions! Your help will be greatly appreciated.