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Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

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Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Hi,

We're planning to go on a 2wk road trip this coming August to the East Coast. We'll be starting from Toronto and plan to end up in Nova Scotia. Our planned visit would include New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. We already visited Quebec a few years ago so we only plan to stay a night there to rest. What we need help on is what cities to visit in each of the provinces that would make the most of our time there. We would like to drive the most scenic route if possible. Any suggestions on the must sees in the areas we're visiting and a clean & comfortable place to stay. We also love to eat, and would love to dine a local area restaurants that would serve their dishes. We're a family of 4(2 adults,2 kids ages 10 & 13). Also it would be good to get an idea of how much time we should allow for each province.

I'll be posting the same message at each of the provinces we're planning to visit.

Any suggestions for Nova Scotia would be much appreciated .

Thx,

fly43

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1. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Hi fly43 my name is Donald and I am from Nova Scotia tourism.

In order for myself and other TA members to help you can you please let us know what types of things are you interested in, such as whale watching, hiking, museums, swimming, etc. Also, a rough idea of how many days you plan to stay in Nova Scotia would help as well as you could easily spend two weeks in Nova Scotia alone.

Cheers,

Donald

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2. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

We are planning very similar trip this summer (July/August). Starting from Niagara Falls, taking train to Boston and drive up to Nova Scotia for a week road trip. Looking forward to feedback on your forum. kl

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3. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Hi Donald,

Thanks for your guidance. We have about 14 days for our vacation. And we thought that we would alot about 3 days for each of the 3 provinces that we will be visiting. But those days can be adjusted based on what we will be seeing and doing at each area. But we also must keep in mind that we're driving from toronto, so we need time to get there and back.

We have 2 kids with us ages 10 & 13. We like to go sightseeing and the kids would love to go swimming. Hiking would be good but nothing too difficult. Not sure how the kids will be. But long walks are ideal. We also love to enjoy the local area eateries and wineries.

I hope that gives everyone more ideas on what we need.

Thanks,

fly43

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4. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

TO KLIM1,

Welcome to TripAdvisor and the NOVA SCOTIA TRAVEL FORUM.

You are certainly welcome to follow along on this Question / Topic... BUT you should be aware that is it proper TA FORUM Netiquette to post seperate topics for seperate Questions. So if at any time you find this read generates a Question, you should create a new topic. (You'll find an Orange Button to do that at the top of the TRAVEL FORUM list of topics).

By doing so, you'll be considerate to the OP (Original Poster) who created this topic, so as not to get a multitude of answers that are confused with their Question... and they will not receive unnecessary email alerts from TA informing them that they have replies in "their" topic.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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5. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

One possible itinerary would be as you come into Nova Scotia head down the Glooscap Trail. Along this trail there is the Joggins Fossil Cliffs ( www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net ) which is a UNESCO site. Farther along the trail is Cape Chignecto park ( www.capechignecto.net ) with some very nice views and one or two easy trails to walk/hike. In Parrsboro is the Fundy Geological Museum ( museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/en/home/default.aspx ). There is also sea kayaking in this area ( http://www.novashores.com/ ). Also on this trail you will travel along the Minas Basin and will be able to see the World's Highest tides.

http://www.bayoffundytourism.com/

The next stop I would suggest would be Halifax where there are lots of interesting sites such as Citadel Hill ( www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/visit.aspx ), the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic with a Titanic exhibit ( http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/index.html ), Harbour Tours, etc.

From Halifax you can travel to the Wolfville area where the a large number of wineries are.

http://www.winesofnovascotia.ca/

Of course this assumes that you will be entering Nova Scotia via Amherst. If you entered either from the New Brunswick to Nova Scotia ferry or the PEI to NS ferry a different plan may be better sutied.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,

Donald

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6. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Hi fly43, if you do follow Donald's advice (highly recommended) and head down the upper Bay of Fundy shore with its highest tides on earth and incredible scenery - for the accommodation in Advocate Harbour, which hosts Cape Chignecto Park with its hikes and kayaking, check out www.driftwoodparkretreat.com They are not only clean and comfortable but are in a incredible location right on the beach! Also in Advocate Harbour check out some of the finest food in Nova Scotia at www.wildcaraway.com You can check out the reviews here on TA if you go to restaurants on the NS page. They are rated #2 in the province, quite a achievement considering they are in this little fishing village far from the big lights of any city or town - but the word has gotten out about the incredible food at this place. So you can go to one of the most beautiful, quiet areas in Nova Scotia and still enjoy world class cuisine!

Lots of things to see and do in the area, with more easy walks up at Cape d'Or, within sight of Advocate. Cape d'Or also has a good place to eat, and accomodations. Explore the miles of driftwood beach (right in front of Driftwood Park Retreat), walk the old Acadian Dykes, or check out the nearby hamlet of Spencer's Island with its history of the Mary Celeste ghost ship, light house and the Beach Cafe - a funky place the kids will love. If you are really adventurous try out some paragliding with Pegasus. Just down the road is the interesting Age of Sail Museum, good place to spend some time on a rainy day.

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7. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Thanks Donald,

We're driving from Toronto so I thought the best route was to overnight in Quebec, then from there go to NB for a few days, then to PEI for a another few days and then our last stop will be NS then head back to Toronto.

As you said in your note the itinerary may change if we're coming from PEI. Your suggestions is very much appreciated.

Thks,

fly43

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8. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

Hi fly43,

Since you are coming from PEI a possible itinerary might be to:

-Spend a bit of time in Pictou and then make your way to Halifax for a night.

-From Halifax head to the Wolfville area and see Grand Pre and the wineries and then make your way along the Minas Basin (Route 215) to Truro for the night.

-From Truro head towards the Parrsboro or Advocate Harbour area along the Glooscap Trial and stay in that area for a night.

-From Advocate Harbour head towards Amherst and back through New Brunswick to Toronto.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,

Donald

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9. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

The key to your trip is to first understand the farthest point you will be travelling to , and then what locations do you definitely want to stop and do something rather than just driving by. Timing is everything here too. Like to go around the Cabot Trail, you need a day for the driving part , but at least another day or two to take in any attractions on Cape Breton Island. I recommend people aim for the Cape Breton part first, then work their way back to Halifax and then wherever. If it's PEi, you can be wherever within 3 hours of Halifax .

The person who said they had 3 days for each province needs to know that they'll have to choose a few spots and leapfrog around .

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10. Re: Family Road Trip to the Maritimes

If your planning 3 days in each province, you will not remember your trip as it will be a whirlwind of driving, especially with kids.

You might plan for PEI and Nova Scotia and if you have time, some stops in NB

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