My husband and I are planning to spend 7-8 days in NS in mid-June. We are really going for the Cabot Trail--we love hiking and being outdoors in nature, but we don't really want to camp or be totally isolated. We'd also like to be around some nice restaurants, and arts and culture stuff.
(1) Would you recommend to base out of one place? If so, which location would you recommend? After a day in Halifax ans the drive, we'll really only have 5 days in Cape Breton.
(2) Which side of the cape has better hikes or mountains/scenery? (we're not beach people, so we won't be swimming)
(3) What is the best place to kayak? Would it be too cold to enjoy kayaking in mid-June?
It seems like St Anns is a nice area, but I've also read that the scenery is more dramatic on the western side, so I'm torn as to how to plan our time. I should also mention that we'd like to avoid most of the super-touristy areas. I can't tell if Baddeck fits into this category. We'd like the authentic experience, if possible, without roughing it too much.
Thanks for any guidance you can give!!