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We're thinking of heading up to Nova Scotia and PEI next July and/or August. We know we want to spend some time on the Cabot Trail. We're looking for suggestions on where to go, what to see. We enjoy natural scenery and seeing 'different' things. We're slightly restricted on walking so things like hiking is out.

We'd also like to hear opinions on whether reservations are necessary, especially for mid-week stays.

Thanks in advance for any hints.





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Cabot Trail, hmm? What are you driving? It's a bit "roller coaster" in spots. Some tight turns, too.
See if you can find a time lapse youtube vid of driving it before you decide.
As for the rest of your questions, reservations are always a good idea in July-August, as that's our unofficial summer season, too. Schools are out, and families are traveling. Both provinces will be busier than usual for all amenities.
If you can hold off until September-October, less so, and the crowds will be gone.


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After checking your profile, yes, you need to do your research and pick your spots wisely. A 35 foot rig does not fit into many spots. You will get a better response by being more specific as to what you want from a campsite, how long you want to stay at each, and from your desire to see the sights as you travel.


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We have been researching the same area as well, I downloaded the travel and tourist brochures on each Province website. They have many recommendations for all types of travelers, what to see, what to do, where to stay etc.


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Just returned to the States about a week ago from 7 weeks in NS and PEI. We made reservations all over, which we hated to do. But sometimes we couldn't even get our first choice of campgrounds, or our preferred site/area in a campground. (Reserved 2-3 months in advance of our trip.) Our friends who didn't make reservations had to settle for an alternate campground a ways away from their first choice in a certain town.

We basically started in Nova Scotia in Halifax for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo show. Made campground reservations and bought show tickets last year.

Went to Halifax, Digby, Lunenburg, Cape Breton. On PEI we stayed near Charlottetown and then Cabot Beach Provincial Park. Would recommend all. Lots of small town festivals in the summer. Loved those! Lots of fun contests at festivals...lobster trap hauling, rope splicing, oyster grading and shucking, fish tub wrestling, etc.

Bottle House on PEI is something "different" to see.

Take the ferry to PEI and leave via the bridge. You only pay when leaving and the bridge is cheaper than the ferry.

Get and read the NS and PEI travel guides, as mentioned. Full of information.


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Thanks for all the tips. I neglected to say we would probably be driving the Cabot Trail with the toad on day trips and leaving the coach parked.

We're in the really early stages of looking and are interested in what others have found interesting. I will be ordering the Provincial guide books.

My thought was that July/August would be more difficult, but unfortunately September is not available for us.

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esyers wrote:

Thanks for all the tips. I neglected to say we would probably be driving the Cabot Trail with the toad on day trips and leaving the coach parked.

We're in the really early stages of looking and are interested in what others have found interesting. I will be ordering the Provincial guide books.

My thought was that July/August would be more difficult, but unfortunately September is not available for us.


In that case, concentrate on all things "Cape Breton" as that's the part of NS that has the Cabot Trail. There are a few places in Port Hawkesbury where you can drop the base camp, and drive your toad, or rent something like a Jeep to drive the Cabot Trail. Stop in at the Herring Choker Deli cafe, in Baddeck, if you're nearby.

If you decide to go "tourist", and head south towards Peggy's Cove, there's a bakery called the "White Sails" that's worth a visit along the way.

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You may catch whales, check in with the captain in Lunenberg, home of the Bluenose- the ship on the dime. We also stopped at Blue Rocks and Peggy's Cove. Cafe Abod in Halifax, and the Lobster Pound in North Sydney are excellent.


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We're looking to visit in July as well, and have started to look at websites. I like the looks of Five Islands Provincial Park, and am also looking at the Acadian coast down near Digby.

I didn't really consider the Cabot Trail, but now in reading these posts, I'm going to look into it. I'd just have to find a good base camp.

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We recently drove from Ontario to Nova Scotia and did a youtube series on it if you'd like to check it out. We also did the cabot trail and highly recommend going up to Meat Cove (see the video on Meat Cove , the scenery is breath taking). If you have any more questions let me know, I'd be happy to help. It was an amazing trip and we hope to do it again in the fall someday. We did it with our 2 year old and our 4 year old.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLciVC3g50ymWS2p93KkIOJkKyOca7OBPM

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