Hi there :),We would really appreciate some advice on the Cape Breton part of our trip to Eastern Canada. Apologize for the length of this, but i am really at my wits end on what to see and how to plan our route in Cape Breton which is part of a larger trip we are making this summer.
Would like to give a little background firstly.
We are lucky enough to have toured quite a few wonderful places in the world, and are always interested in experiencing new unique things to your specific areas in this case New Brunswick/Nova Scotia and Cabot Island.
We are planning a trip of just over a month this year around July 2016.
We start off in Newfoundland then sail 10 days along the coast of Newfoundland to Labrador - Torngat Ntnl Park - onward towards Greenland -
we then loop back to Toronto and fly to Halifax on the 12th July 2016 (arrive at noon pick up a car) we then have 11 nights (flying back to Toronto from Halifax) and would love to experience the highlights in New Brunswick/Nova scotia and Cabot Island.
We have read up on the area but i am finding it difficult to plan a route with travel times and areas to stay that would save us time (without having to loop back to where ever we are sleeping).
We are both people who very much enjoy the outdoors and who have no problem getting up early to experience a full day :) if there is something really spectacular have no problem driving to see it
Please bear in mind that i think by this time we will be full to the brim with landcapes/waterfalls and scenery so would really like to put an emphasis on the really unique things that we can't experience anywhere else in the world. We would really appreciate your input as locals regarding (for example) if you go to "a" you'd just be repeating yourselves by going to "b".
The things/places we really wouldn't want to miss are:
Perce Rock - looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hopewell Rocks high and low tides - experiencing both
Tidal bore (i believe in truro but there are other places..)
Seeing wildlife - specially moose and whales
Whale watching - where would be a fantastic place to get up close and personal?
Experiencing the Ceilidhs with locals
Mikmak Culture - i believe on goat island?
Sydney - worlds largest fiddle
Kayak trip (shortish)
View of coastline from a boat perhaps?
Bike around (optional)
Please please please suggest a route and state that for example: you have to see "such and such" so give "such and such" a miss...
Some places that i have read up on:
Cabot trail - just driving around - which side is best to see a great sunset?
Skyline trail sounds wonderful
Baddeck Village - Ceilidhs + fiddle music
Uisge Ban (4km trail) leads to 16 meter waterfall
Bras d'or Lake - leave it?
Bay of St Lawrence - breathtaking views of gulf - fiddle music - fishing village
Mikmaq community - eskasoni - goat island - membertou heritage park
Le vieux chemin du cap rouge - 9km - 3.5hrs
Sydney - worlds largest fiddle
N. River Falls highest waterfall ?
Cape Smokey (panoramic views 5km each way) 4hrs
Franey Loop - 7.4km 2-3hrs reward at the top
Broad Cove Mountain (2.3 km) 1hr exceptional views
Fresh water lake+lookoff 0.3km 10min - great view?
Devils Hill Falls 6.5km return - +brook+macdonald lake - worth it? or leave?
Cabot trail vistas: french/north & mackenzie mountain
Cape Mabou Highlands - remarkable cliffs -
Beinn Bhiorach (steep mount 1.8km) how steep?
Lookoff at Fair Alistairs
Fair Alistairs trail (3km)
Mabou - red shoe pub
Meat Cove - short walk up Little Grassy gives great view of meat cove
Cape Breton Highland zodiac captain Marks whale and sea cruise? any good?
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick:
Digby Neck & Balancing Rock long Island - is it worth the drive out?
Cape Split hiking trail, heard there are great views? How long and hard a hike?
Wolfville or Lunenberg as a place to stay
The ovens natural park
Hopewell Rocks - High and Low tide (kayak trip)- do we need to book in advance?
Peggys Cove - we are on the wall about this -take it? leave it?
Fundy Biosphere reserve: Dickson falls/Moose Horn surging water and sculpted rock looks wonderful /Fuller falls - how difficult is this route?
Walton Glen Falls +eye of the needle - heard its great how long a hike? how difficult?
Tidal bore: truro? South Maitland ? Amherst?
Grand Manan Island - kayak calm waters around Island? too far?
Mount Carleton Provincial Park = Mount Saganook - loop trail how steep? heard it has wow views at the end? how long?
Fundy trail parkway - suspension bridge - hearst lookout - give it a miss or worth it?
Aspogotan Peninsula +Loop blandford - New Harbour fishing villages - leave it?
Grandfalls Gorge - 70meters high? canyon - can pontoon boat? walk?
The reversing rapids - st johns river - during july is there a significant flow?
Squaws Cap Lookoff - Super view of bay? cn we get to it by car?
Thank you sooooooooooooo much
If needed we can call or skype
What a great list you have started!
I'm not sure if you have your trip planned yet for July or not, but may I suggest the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck, Nova Scotia as a resource. They are situated on the Bras D'or Lakes and offer a "Cape Breton Treasure Hunt Guide" pointing out some hidden gems and local advice while in Cape Breton. They can also give you some advice on the must see attractions in much of Cape Breton.
I hope this helps, enjoy your vacation!
At the moment no answers sorry one thing that is guiding us on this leg of the trip is to pick and choose the "can't live without parts" - because of our time restrictions
I'm sorry to say that I have no answers - am just doing some of same research as you and thus would be very interested if you get some answersI'll be glad to share what I've learned later in my "search". Thanks for any help you can give me and enjoy the fantastic trip you are planning!
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