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Nova Scotia Early to Mid June 2024

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Hi all

Greetings from down under. I am planning a trip to NS after visits to Moncton and Newfoundland. I will have a total of 10 days in NS. I am looking for advice about how busy the province is re accommodation at that time if year. . I plan to stay 2 nights Halifax and 2 nights in Lunenberg. Will be self driving solo and dont want long road trips , as for me I will be driving on the "other " side of the road.

Would love to have some flexibility for the remaining 6 days. Very interested in light houses, rugged landscapes and art. Not into wineries and long hikes but Ok to do shorter walks each day of 4-5 k. . I am a keen photographer.

Are there any locations that are likely to be booked out at that time of year? I dont want to get caught having to pay top dollar. Any thoughts re itineraries. I would like to see the Yarmouth Light house as well as Peggys Cove but not sure about a longer drive to take in the Cabot Trail/Cape Breton.

Thanks for your advice

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Our tourist season starts about June 15 so you are unlikely to be unable to find places to stay. Some parks may not be open, however.

With just 10 days you would be doing little but driving to get to Yarmouth and to explore Cape Breton which are at opposite ends of the province.

Have a look at the information in the links below and decide on a few priorities and come back here with questions.

You will likely need to copy and paste these links into your browser to get them to open:

http://bit.ly/2ltXQbm Planning your trip

http://bit.ly/2mfOrsd Trip Reports

http://bit.ly/2nKbbyK Cape Breton

http://bit.ly/2lGS07p Bay of Fundy

http://bit.ly/2Ehz7Al South Shore

http://bit.ly/2mfMDiD Annapolis Valley

http://bit.ly/2libRZF Northumberland Shore

http://bit.ly/2qorRyf Eastern Shore

https://bit.ly/2IXU9d0 Halifax

https://discoverhalifaxns.com/

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53,

If you love lighthouses you may want to add a few days and visit Prince Edward Island. The island has lovely red sand beaches and cliffs, easy walking trails, amazing seafood, folk music and arts. A 435-mile Walking Route Opened in Canada — and It Comes With Spectacular Views, Seafood Stops, and Charming Small Towns.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/prince-edward-island-walking-route

8 Adorable Villages To Visit Along Prince Edward Island’s 400+ Mile Island Walk

http://www.travelawaits.com/2738859/island-walk-of-pei-villages/

More stuff here about the beautiful island.

https://www.travelawaits.com/category/destinations/canada/prince-edward-island/

https://www.tourismpei.com/what-to-do/attractions-sightseeing/lighthouses

It’s a small place about 1 hour north to south and about 5 hours east to west of non stop driving. If you need more information let us know.

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53,

Forgot to add the following from one of the links above…. As Canada’s smallest province at 224 km long, our coastline of sand dunes and red cliffs is deeply indented. PEI is believed to have the highest concentration of lighthouses in North America with 61 lighthouses and range lights. On average, you can find one lighthouse every 55 km. A red and white lighthouse makes for a breathtaking photo backdrop.

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You can break up the Cabot Trail/Cape Breton Drive. What's the max number of hours you wish to drive on any day? What's the draw in Moncton? Do you plan to visit Bay of Fundy sights in NB? Are you leaving NS from the Halifax airport or...?

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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. I will check out the links. I will be spending a total of of 10 days In Moncton as I have family there. Yes we will take in Bay of Fundy and other locations from Moncton including a trip to PEI.

I really wont know how many hours per day i would like to drive but probably no more than 2 or 3. I know it doesnt sound much (. If it was here in OZ I would easily drive 500-600 K in one day ) but I think some of the roads sound windy in parts especially the Cabot Trail. I would rather have quality time in a few places and see less.

Now I know that accommodation shouldnt be a problem I can just see how I go and be flexible.

Yes I leave NS from Halifax airport and will be returning home.

Thanks again.

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As you mentioned being a keen photographer and liking rugged landscapes, I can’t help but put in an extra word for Cape Breton. Yes the section of the Cabot Trail that winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park is curvy, but it’s a good road and the scenery is some of the most stunning in Canada. People generally don’t rush as they’re taking in the views and there are lots of pull overs and stops and diversions along the way. Reaching Cheticamp (the western entrance to the Park) from Halifax is a bit over 4 hours so a little longer than the 2 to 3 you would prefer. Once in Cheticamp, the drive through the Highlands to the eastern entrance of the National Park on the Atlantic in Ingonish is only 1 hour 40 minutes (per google maps) although most visitors take much longer for leisurely enjoyment of the scenery and the stops. A very popular hike near Cheticamp is Skyline trail, it’s 6.5 km return but flat, wide and rated Easy with a spectacular lookout at the end.

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"Now I know that accommodation shouldnt be a problem I can just see how I go and be flexible."

Do you mean to travel without lodging reservations? I would not since many areas don't have many lodging options and you may then have to drive farther than planned.

Maybe you could drive the Fundy Trail Parkway early during your stay in Moncton to see how you feel on that type of road, then make your decision (and reservations) for Cabot Trail.

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