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Eastern shore north

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Eastern shore north

Hi, we are planning a trip east this year. We will be in Halifax for a few days then are planning to travel up the Eastern Shore up to Cape Breton. We leave Halifax on July 8 and have booked accommodations near Baddeck on the 9th. We are hoping to visit some beach or beaches, and Sherbrooke Visit. 'We' are my husband, myself, a 13 year old girl and 9 year old boy. We are interested in nature and history. We are thinking that we'd overnight Libscombe or Sherbrooke. Does this seem reasonable? Any suggestions for nice beaches or walks/hikes along our way? What would the driving time be for this? Are we going to be able to easily find dining or would we best to have a picnic cooler for the trip? How much more time would it take to stick to the shore out to Canso rather than going inland from Sherbrooke.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Eastern shore north

Hi. I can map you three routes.

http://goo.gl/maps/dGwV7 This is the shortest.

http://goo.gl/maps/aDbAs This goes through Charlos Cove (Blink and you will have missed it, but there are signs for the Inn.)

http://goo.gl/maps/Mq6jj This shows the way to Canso

Canso is out of the way for sure, but I like the second route which takes you more along the coast. It is a very underpopulated area with few amenities. If you take this route, think about staying at the Seawind Landing Country Inn. I have stayed there and was very impressed. From our deck we could look out and see the ocean and some land, but no buildings of any kind. The restaurant served great food.

Seawind Landing has a wonderful, tiny secluded beach. Be aware that the water on the Atlantic Ocean is cold. They have other water access and some walking trails.

http://www.seawindlanding.ca/

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g499226-d273056-…

We drove from northern Nova Scotia down to the Eastern shore and were in Sherbrooke for lunch. You should be able to go further than that. I have not stayed at Liscomb Lodge. Here are the reviews:

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g499226-d262654-…

Both places should be very good.

Edited: 4:56 pm, May 17, 2013
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There are at least 2 gorgeous beaches on the Eastern Shore first is Martinigue and the second Clam Harbour

The latter hosts a sand castle competition.in mid August, some are amazing.

http://www.halifax.ca/sandcastle/

The Taylor Head hiking trails area is very popular

novascotiaparks.ca/brochures/TaylorHeadTrail…

Guysborough would be another spot to consider staying, they are in the midst of developing themselves as an eco- tourism hub with some great spots.

www.municipality.guysborough.ns.ca/visitors

Hope that helps and you have great trip

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Thanks!

Is Google fairly accurate in that the driving time from Halifax to Charlos Cove would be about 4-1/2 hours? I've sometimes found that Google maps can be out to lunch on timing. If that is right, it would be a a reasonable day travelling with time for some stops here and there.

I'll have to get out my map and look a bit more into your suggestions but I think I'll come back to that later when it isn't a beautiful sunny May afternoon!

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Yes I agree re Google Maps, I would add at least an half hour as it is slow winding road. But if nice day very scenic

Yes enjoy the weather while you have it, we had spring/summer a few weeks ago today is back to winter!!!

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Yes it would make for a pleasant day going from Halifax to Charlos Cove. There is little traffic on this road, especially past Sherbrooke but it is full of twists and turns and the pavement may not be great in places. Google maps has the drive as under four hours so it should easily be doable in four and a half plus whatever stops you make.

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Clam Harbour is an absolutely beautiful beach, in fact I would dare say it is my favorite beach in all of Nova Scotia. Worth the visit in my opinion.

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7. Re: Eastern shore north

Thanks for all the input. Looks like Clam Harbour and Taylor head are now on our to-do list. Considering that Charlos Cove is about 5 hours, if we add in a couple hours at the beach and a couple hours at Taylor head, plus whatever else catches our interest, we'd end up looking to arrive after supper or feeling the need to push on to get there at a time so we could enjoy it. So I think we'll aim for Sherbrooke as our stop-over and go through Charlos Cove the next day. If we get into Sherbrooke early enough we can visit the historical village that day, otherwise first thing the next morning.

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