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Old 01-30-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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Family Vacation to PEI / Nova Scotia / New England

In the early stages of planning a 2 week summer vacation with 3 families in MH's to PEI, Nova Scotia and New England. Looking for any suggestions on where to stay (big rig friendly) and things to see and do.

From Michigan, our itinerary will look something like this:

Michigan to Montreal
Montreal to PEI
PEI to Nova Scotia
NS to Fundy NP area
Fundy to Acadia NP area
Acadia to Boston
Boston to Niagara
Niagara to Michigan

We have kids in the group between 4 and 14.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:32 AM   #2
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Just a couple places to check out. From Montreal you may want to drive around the Gaspe peninsula to get to P.E.I.. It's a slower drive but some nice scenery along the St. Lawrence seaway. Then there's what they call trails, really roads, in Nova Scotia. The must drive one, in a car, is the Cabot Trail. Beautiful views looking from high cliffs over the ocean. Then at Truro you have the Tidal Bore which is really something to see. All you have to do is get a tide chart. You can actually hear the tide coming in, and it will push a river back up toward the mtns., it's all part of the Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world. And of course on the flip side, they have the lowest tides also. When the tide goes out, you can't even see the water any longer, and boats are left high and dry. Pretty awesome to get before and after pictures. Coming south through Maine there's a small campground called Sunset in Harrington, Me., not to be confused with another Sunset in Lubec. The owner will cook & deliver Lobster to your door for $7lb., at least that's what it was last year. Remember the further south you go in Maine, the bigger the crowds in summer. That being said Acadia, Cadillac Mtn., and Bar Harbor are must sees. Pretty much anywhere below Portland will be pretty busy. Outside of Boston we stay at Minuteman Campground in Littleton. They'll have all the info for mass transit into and around the city of Boston. Not a fun thing to do, driving in Boston. Enjoy, I'm sure others will be along with more suggestions.
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In my opinion you are trying to do a 4 week trip in 2 weeks. From Detroit your trip would be 3000 miles if you did zero driving at any of your destinations. Elsewhere in Michigan, longer. Most likely it will turn out to be at least 4000 miles in 2 weeks. You will spend way too much of your trip just driving and the kids will be bored out of their minds. I made this mistake when my kids were 7 and 12 and the kids were miserable. I'd hate to see you repeat my mistake. If you can't take more than 2 weeks, I think you should skip PEI & NS and stay closer to home. Stop at Ottawa, Montreal, then Quebec City. After that head for Maine, Boston and home. Even then it is a long trip for two weeks, but this will cut 1000 miles off your trip and give you more time to smell the roses. Save the Maritimes for a future time when you have more than two weeks for the round trip.

By the way, you could easily spend a full two weeks just in New England and not scrape the tip of the iceberg of what is there, so you might consider doing just New England and deferring Canada for another time. I used to live in Maine and would be happy to suggest an itinerary if you want to do that.
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We went to the Maritimes in 14, we visited Newfoundland in addition to your list. It took us 2 months to see the major attractions, and we nearly always felt in a rush.
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