The 298 km (185 mile) Cabot Trail winds its way past stunning ocean views, old-growth forests and fascinating geology, providing access to dozens of hiking trails and plenty of opportunities to stop in the villages of Cape Breton to enjoy local culture and a good meal.
Our route from Halifax to Baddeck could have been a little shorter than the 400 km we drove. We ended up doing some back-tracking that could have been avoided by checking the tide tables in advance. Our two main stops were lunch at Sugar Moon Farm and witnessing the tidal bore surge on the Salmon River near Truro.
There are plenty of day-trip options in the Halifax region. We opted for a five-stop itinerary, beginning with a guided walk in picturesque Lunenburg and ending with a hike in peaceful Polly Cove. In between, we made planned stops at Blue Rocks and Peggy's Cove and an unplanned visit to Oak Island. Total driving distance approximately 250 km (155 miles); total driving time = 3 hrs 40 minutes; total trip time of 8 to 9 hours.
With just two days allocated to Halifax and the surrounding area, we planned two night photography outings to make the most of our limited time: Halifax Harbour and the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower.
With just one full day to explore Halifax, it's possible to craft an itinerary that includes history, architecture, beautiful outdoor spaces and walking paths. Our top picks: Halifax Central Library, a walk along the harbour front, Halifax Citadel and the Halifax Public Gardens.