Yesterday R and I decided we were going to do a road trip to Nova Scotia - it has been on our want to visit list for years. We are planning on leaving on Tuesday Sept 3 - not a lot of time to plan. Luckily we will be driving and have 2-3 weeks so we can be flexible. I am reading through the forum/s, checking Nova Scotia tourism online and reading through a number of Nova Scotia travel guides. Right now the plan is to leave Toronto and make our first stop Quebec City for 2 nights and then continue on.
We are thinking of driving to Saint John, NB and taking the ferry to Digby. Once in Digby we were going to travel counterclockwise along the south coast to Halifax - stopping/exploring along the way. We thought 5 or 6 nights in Halifax would be good as we could use it to explore the city and the area. After leaving Halifax we would drive across 101 to Wolfville and do the Bay of Fundy. Not sure if we would take the ferry back to Saint John to return home or if it would be better to drive overland.
I wasn't planning on doing Cape Breton this trip as I have done it before and I prefer the Bay of Fundy and beach/coast/ocean sites. I have listed some places I think we would like to see - Digby (stay a night?), maybe Brier Island, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Peggy's Cove, Halifax, Wolfville?, Annapolis Royal.
I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have on things not to miss and what you think of the first-draft plan. We will definitely be trying scallops and lobster, exploring the towns and walking on many of the beaches. R is more into history than I am so he might check out some of the museums and I will wander around or find a beach to explore. We're not much into the music scene or sports - can't do too much hiking due to bad knees but normal walking is great.
Any suggestions on places see, sites to explore, places/foods to eat, great shops to check out, fun/interesting souvenirs/treasures to buy, reasonable places to stay - prefer a cabin or one-bedroom suite (don't need any spa type luxuries) would be very welcome. Unfortunately there isn't enough time to get the travel guides from Nova Scotia Tourism but we will be stopping for maps/brochures, etc as soon as we board the ferry or arrive in NS.