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Old 02-18-2024, 05:33 PM
 
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We would like to visit May 2-6, 2024.

We enjoy best just driving and stopping in little towns and sights along the way and keep moving.

If we fly into Halifax and start driving preferably along the coast but wherever. Will we encounter several small towns to visit, eat and spend the night. Ultimately backtracking or an interior route back to Halifax.

Will most businesses be open in early May?

Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2024, 05:13 AM
 
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Mike,

May maybe a bit early particularly when you plan to visit. Kids are still in school which many of the restaurants and tourist places use as workers. Late May early June would be better.

Have you ever been to Prince Edward Island which is next to Nova Scotia? If you plan to visit in June you may want to consider visiting the island. PEI is a beautiful place we have been visiting since 1985. We have been to all 50 states, most of Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Scotland, but still find time to get back to PEI we love it. Why….friendly locals, amazing seafood ie lobster, muscles, oysters, cod, not crowded even in the summer. Endless red sand beaches and cliffs, amazing folk music, green potato fields, bike and walking trails the entire length of the island, warm water via the Gulf Steam to swim in the ocean. Anne of Green Gables if you have kids. Best time to visit is June to September. You can get onto the island via a 8 mile long bridge or a 2 hour ferry from Nova Scotia. The largest city is Charlottetown about 50 k population with an island population of 170k. But get out and explore the countryside it’s amazing.

I posted a lot of information on PEI here

https://www.fodors.com/community/can...d-pei-1664364/

Tom
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Old 02-19-2024, 07:11 AM
 
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To follow up on what has been said, yes there may be a bit less that is open in terms of tourist facilities. Note that the Victoria Day long weekend (May 18-20 this year) is when the summer tourist season really kicks off in Canada and after which basically everything is open until early September.

That said, most everywhere in Nova Scotia is a year-round community so while certain services might be reduced or unavailable, you won't likely get stuck somewhere with nothing open, even if you do go earlier in May.

So something like whale watching might not be available, but you'll definitely have no shortage of places to stay or eat.
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Old 02-19-2024, 10:17 AM
 
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Thank you Tom. We would love to see PEI but due to work schedules this year we must proceed with early May.
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Old 02-19-2024, 10:22 AM
 
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Acajack,

Thanks for the advice. Our primary concern is restaurants and accommodations of course. We might enjoy an activity or two if possible but don't usually do many due to costs. If we can just access scenic parks or pull offs type stuff while driving we enjoy that.
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Old 02-19-2024, 10:37 AM
 
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I looked for fun and some places might be open on appointment only.

For example Cape Breton has quite a few things to see but the Alexander Graham Bell museum and the miners' museum are on appointment only in the off-season.

The Cabot Trail is of course open all year and it's slightly remote but the towns on either side (Chéticamp or Ingonish) are full service year-round small towns.

The Fortress of Louisbourg is open but I'd check the hours.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is also open all year.
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Old 02-19-2024, 11:29 AM
 
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Mike,

If you have not done already check out Trip Advisor Nova Scotia Travel Forum several active local members.

Tom
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Old 02-19-2024, 12:32 PM
 
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Four days is a very short window to even begin to see the province, especially considering the time needed to fly in and out. The city of Halifax itself is worth at least a minimum of two or three days. If you are flying into Halifax and renting a car, you should go south to the South Shore on route 103, which takes you to route 3, known as the Lighthouse Route. The Lighthouse Route is Canada's most scenic drive, and follows the coast around the entire southern end of the province. You will see lots of forest, shoreline, and picturesque small towns. You can stay overnight in the town of Shelburne. Keep on route 3 around the province to the Annapolis Valley, which is beautiful farmland. You can stay overnight in Annapolis Royal. You can take route 101 across the province and back to the Halifax area, and you will have skirted the entire south side of the peninsula.

The best time to take this trip is between Memorial day and Labor Day. You should call places and find out if they are open when you want to visit.
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Old 02-19-2024, 12:40 PM
 
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Four days is a very short window to even begin to see the province, especially considering the time needed to fly in and out. The city of Halifax itself is worth at least a minimum of two or three days. If you are flying into Halifax and renting a car, you should go south to the South Shore on route 103, which takes you to route 3, known as the Lighthouse Route. The Lighthouse Route is Canada's most scenic drive, and follows the coast around the entire southern end of the province. You will see lots of forest, shoreline, and picturesque small towns. You can stay overnight in the town of Shelburne. Keep on route 3 around the province to the Annapolis Valley, which is beautiful farmland. You can stay overnight in Annapolis Royal. You can take route 101 across the province and back to the Halifax area, and you will have skirted the entire south side of the peninsula.

The best time to take this trip is between Memorial day and Labor Day. You should call places and find out if they are open when you want to visit.
It's a nice drive, but Canada's most scenic? More than the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, or the Sea-to-Sky between Vancouver and Whistler?

EDIT: Even in Nova Scotia I think the Cabot Trail is the number one scenic drive.
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Old 02-19-2024, 12:47 PM
 
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But yes, Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg along the Lighthouse Route are definitely worth it.
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