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    New question here. Nova Scotia suggestions? Road trip!

    Hey folks!

    I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out. Me, my girlfriend and my pup are going to be taking a 6 day road trip from NYC to Nova Scotia next month and wanted some help with planning suggestions.

    Originally we were going to go up and camp in Acadia National Park in Maine for 3 days, spend 2 days in NS and the last day drive back but Acadia is all booked up so we are going to make this a 100% Nova Scotia holiday. We thought about hitting up Gros Morne in Newfoundland but that's a bit much to squeeze into the 6 days we have.

    We'd like to camp out for 2, possibly 3 nights somewhere with beautiful scenery for hiking. Probably won't be bringing our bikes up by the way, so no worries about finding us great trails, although suggestions are appreciated.

    Other than that just looking for suggestions on great places to visit, places to eat (huge plus!) things to see, historical, natural, it's all good by us.

    Thanks for reading the long post, we really appreciate the help and are looking forward to our first visit to NS.

    -Ryan

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    Cape Breton isn't a bad place to see (being cheeky). Extra driving however. Center yourself around Cheticamp, there are some great campgrounds on the coast with sheltered, warm bays for swimming. Lots of day hiking around the national park.

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/cbreton/index_E.asp

    Kejimikujik National Park. You won't get the maritime views, but the park is a great place to camp. Some hiking/walking, canoe rentals, beach. I'm a little biased however as I've spent many a night in the backcountry via foot, canoe, snowshoe and ski.

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/index_E.asp

    The following provincial parks have good hiking within the park.
    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/capechignecto.asp
    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/blomidon.asp

    Around Blomidon is also Cape Split, a great hike.

    Around Economy NS, is Economy Falls. Good hiking. It also has a great 25 km overnight back pack trip, with an amazing campsite 18 km in, right below a waterfall. You can do it as a good day hike, but the terrain isn't the easiest. You can camp at five islands which is near by.

    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/fiveislands.asp

    For the Atlantic Views with walking

    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/gravesisland.asp
    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/thraddall.asp

    The northumberland shore has come descent beaches and camping

    http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/caribou.asp

    For visiting, Halifax is a great city to spend and evening, strolling the waterfront. No shortage of great pubs and restaurants.

    If you want the costal views, just pick a shore and stop in the small towns.

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    Great info thanks!

    Haven't decided on whether or not we will travel across the entire area (all the way up to Cape Brenton) or if we will just stay around the Southern part. (Camp in Keji)

    Any info on Lulenburg or the Cabot Trail? Heard those are great places...


    edit: Possibly stupid question. Can you see the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis from anywhere in NS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by City Goat
    Great info thanks!

    Haven't decided on whether or not we will travel across the entire area (all the way up to Cape Brenton) or if we will just stay around the Southern part. (Camp in Keji)

    Any info on Lulenburg or the Cabot Trail? Heard those are great places...


    edit: Possibly stupid question. Can you see the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis from anywhere in NS?
    Lunenburg is a quaint, maritime city/village about 45 minutes west of Halifax. Just a typical waterfront city that is played up as a tourist destination.

    Cabot trail is the main road that circumnavigates the peninsula that Cape Breton Highlands National Park is on. If you head out to Cape Breton, you'll be driving it or parts of it.

    As far as the northern lights.....never really noticed, you should be far enough north and if you get the right situation maybe.

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    haha I like the honesty about Lulenburg.

    Thanks for the suggestions, anyone else?

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    Two thumbs up for Cape Breton (Cabot Trail). On one hike (Skyline Trail?) we saw both whales and moose. Unbelievable scenery, great driving, campsites and hikes. I didn't see any Northern Lights (probably unlikely), but it is the first place I ever REALLY saw the Milky Way.

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    So excited.

    Anyone have any amazing pics they'd like to share?

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