My husband and I are visiting Nova Scotia in late August / early September, and we're working on our road trip itinerary. We were attracted to Nova Scotia by (1) Cape Breton Island, (2) the seaside villages & nature, and (3) the culture. So those are our main priorities for this trip. We're professional photographers, so the scenery is VERY important, and we don't care so much about seeing the bigger cities like Halifax.
Here's what we have so far. I've looked up the travel times between these, and we're good with the driving times. We road trip a lot, so it doesn't bother us. I'm just wondering more if we should spend more or less time in certain places. Take a look, and see what you suggest.
Day 1 - Arrive Halifax International and drive to Peggy's Cove for overnight stay. Visit the lighthouse at sunset for photos. Stay overnight.
Day 2 - Visit lighthouse at sunrise (again for photos), and take the scenic route to Lunenburg to spend the day. Stay overnight.
Day 3 - Head to Digby early that morning. And this is another area I have a question about. Is this the BEST place to stay if you're heading to Long Island / Brier Island for whale watching? We're really favoring Digby over Cape Breton for whale watching, because of the humpbacks. Stay overnight.
Day 4 - Head to Wolfville for winery visiting. Stay overnight. I figured this breaks up the drive to Cape Breton pretty nicely, and we love a good winery.
Day 5 - Head to Cape Breton Island early. Pit stops along the way, but stay overnight in Cheticamp to visit Cabot Trail the next couple of days.
Day 6 - Ingonish
Day 7 - Sydney area of Cape Breton
Day 8 - Finish up Cape Breton & head back to Halifax for overnight stay
Day 9 - Depart Halifax International
So you can see I've placed a heavier priority on the Cape Breton part of the trip, but I still REALLY want to go whale watching in the Bay of Fundy, and I also want to see the amazing lighthouses on the Eastern coast. Is this a good itinerary for two people who love road tripping?
Thanks so much for your feedback!