I am planning a 'spontaneous' road trip to Nova Scotia with my cousin to leave in a week. We will be taking the Cat over from Bar Harbour Maine to Yarmouth and then from there we haven't confirmed which way we should head.
Ideally I would like to spend our second night in Halifax and drive back to Yarmouth from there on the 'lighthouse' route. I am thinking that we drive the Bay of Fundy route out to Cape Breton on our first day. Overnight it in Baddeck, do the cabot trail on the second day and then make our way to Halifax. Am I pushing my distances? Or do you think we can see it all?
Would love your suggestions! Thanks so much, Sarah
Yarmouth to Baddeck will be about 7 hours.
The trip from Baddeck around the Trail itself is at least 4 hours but easily turns into 6-7 if you want to do any sightseeing or even dine. Back to Halifax from Margaree on the west side of Cape Breton or Baddeck in the middle is at least 5 hours.
The Lighthouse Route is a tough one as it all depends on how much you travel the "fast" 100 series road versus the coastal little route which is where are the nice places really are. iving
To be honest , if you don't mind driving 7 hour days, you'll be fine, but you'll not have much time to do much stopping.
Oh Oh, the whales are out in the water, gotta go !!
I agree with Caper Beach. The Cabot Trail and Cape Breton is gorgeous but it is far from Yarmouth. The drive from Yarmouth to Halifax is at least 3 hours. The drive from Halifax to Baddeck is another 3 to 4 hours. If you don't mind doing that much driving you can do it. But you won't have time to stop and see a whole lot along the way. You may be better off going a bit slower and seeing what you can along the way between Yarmouth and Halifax. You can drive to Halifax via the Annapolis Valley, along the Bay of Fundy, and then back to Yarmouth via the South Shore and see a lot of the province. Then spend your time in Halifax and around there.
Good luck. Enjoy your time in NS!
Going to CB and doing the Cabot Trail would be worth it. I would recommend doing this as opposed to the Lighthouse Route.