I am starting to research a possible trip to Nova Scotia in August and can see there is terrific advice in the posts on this forum. We live in the Washington DC area & are thinking of driving to Nova Scotia. Flying to Halifax & renting a car is also an option, but I am weighing the added cost against the probable frustration and complaints of my 11-yr-old daughter on a long car trip! I visited NS years ago and am planning to focus mainly on Cape Breton; possibly visit PEI as well if time permits. I am especially interested in exposing my daughter to the wonderful music (she plays violin) as well as whale-watching & other animal-related opportunities. Also hope to return to Mabou, which I remember as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Any advice on the drive and other aspects of this plan would be greatly appreciated!