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05-15-2019 02:04 PM
Wilbury I live in Halifax and have been pretty much everywhere you mentioned. If you are still planning to come, PM/ LMK and I can give you some ideas. To answer your questions though:

- bugs are not an issue if you are in the cities. Once in the rural areas, Mother's Day to Father's Day there are blackflies. No more mosquitos than anywhere else.
- Cape Breton is nice, but will take 2-3 days to get there and visit and see it.
- Halifax is a good 'base of operations'. Lots to see and do.
- What do you like ? Wilderness / off roading ? Craft beer and or /wines ? There is lots of that within 1-2hrs of Halifax.
- There might be a few things you would like to see in New Brunswick (i.e. Saint John) , but they don't call it 'the province in the way' for nothing.

good luck !
03-19-2019 03:55 PM
Mmac24
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I am contemplating a visit for a couple weeks to the Maritimes this summer. Nothing firm yet, looking at options. Its a long ways to drivve, so there are many places I could visit that are closer, but since I have never been there it seems interesting, and one of the few places my wife has interst. I was hoping for some advice from the locals or others who have been there.

-- Time to visit? I was thinking June before your school year is done - avoid the crowds. But it seems to maybe its still a little cold for a southerner? I don't mind cold. Cold and rainy isn't too fun though.

-- Must see things? I was thinking Bay of Fundy, some portion of PEI, and maybe Cape Breton Highlands? Advice?

-- What about mosquito, or other critters. I don't mind a few, but if I need to hide behind a screen or dip myself in deet constantly, it sort of defeats the point.

-- Thinking about half the time in nature, half the time in a city somewhere. Which city is most historic / fun. Looking for sightseeing and wondering - don't care about shopping. St. John, Halifax, Charlottetown. Other?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
June/July is the the perfect time of year to come up to the Northeast, IMO. We could get a week of 80 degree weather in early June, but expect it to be in the 70's. Mosquitos and Humidity doesn't get bad until late July/August, and the wind seems to keep them away from the coast. I can't attest for Canada, but there's plenty to see in Maine on your way through! One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is take the ferry to Peaks Island from Portland. Last year it was around $80 round trip to bring your vehicle to the island.
03-19-2019 03:36 PM
westslope I will echo Barkoo's comments. The Cabot Trail around the Cape Breton Highlands is an absolute must.

June is a great month. You could get the tail-end of a hurricane and see snow dumped on the Highlands as I did once but it will pass in a couple of days.

On the north end of the Cabot Trail, there is the picturesque Cheticamp River that has a trail going up it. There is an idea for a short hike off the highway.

There are lots of picturesque places in Atlantic Canada. My favourite is the Gaspé Peninsula of Québec. The ocean views are spectacular and the rivers are some of the most beautiful I have seen anywhere, well at least in 4 continents of travelling.

To put the last comment in context, note that we live in British Columbia.

Whatever do, enjoy! And report back.
01-15-2019 10:30 AM
Brakoo I'm from Quebec but my friend and I did a 2 week trip last summer going thru Maine, New-Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There's a lot of nice places to see, that's for sure.

-June will definitely be a good timing to not be stuck in the crowds, keep in mind that some more touristy spots might still be closed at that time of the year. Early July everything will be opened and there shouldn't be too many people yet.

-Cabot Trail is a must if you make it to Nova Scotia and I highly suggest that you look into Meat Cove, it's a campground that's located on the northern tip of NS and the view there is simply breathtaking. Louisbourg is a very historic city with an old fortress that has been partly reconstructed and is filled with actors playing their historical part.

-Mosquitos can be annoying when you're deep in the woods like we were at times but in more densely populated area it's perfectly fine.

-As far as cities go I really can't help you on that one, we stayed away from them at all cost.
01-09-2019 10:26 AM
idn88
Visit to the Maritimes

I am contemplating a visit for a couple weeks to the Maritimes this summer. Nothing firm yet, looking at options. Its a long ways to drivve, so there are many places I could visit that are closer, but since I have never been there it seems interesting, and one of the few places my wife has interst. I was hoping for some advice from the locals or others who have been there.

-- Time to visit? I was thinking June before your school year is done - avoid the crowds. But it seems to maybe its still a little cold for a southerner? I don't mind cold. Cold and rainy isn't too fun though.

-- Must see things? I was thinking Bay of Fundy, some portion of PEI, and maybe Cape Breton Highlands? Advice?

-- What about mosquito, or other critters. I don't mind a few, but if I need to hide behind a screen or dip myself in deet constantly, it sort of defeats the point.

-- Thinking about half the time in nature, half the time in a city somewhere. Which city is most historic / fun. Looking for sightseeing and wondering - don't care about shopping. St. John, Halifax, Charlottetown. Other?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

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