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    • Which island to visit - Mingan

      Havre-Saint-Pierre Jul 18, 2016 at 4:10 PM

      We'll be spending a day in mid-October in Havre Saint Pierre via cruise ship. The cruise ship offers a number of excursions offered to see some of the nearby islands. I would most like to see and photograph the monoliths, I think, but other things interest me as well. The choices I have will be a trip to Ile Niapiskau to hike a trail with oddly-shaped monoliths plus flora and fauna, a trip to Petite Ile Au Marteau (with lighthouse and flora and fauna), a trip to Ile Quarry (by zodiac, I believe), and passing Ile du Fantome before landing and exploring the Quarry monoliths, and a land trip to the Cetacean Research Center (& Innu Culture) plus photo stop at Point-Paradis. They all sound good. The difference in cost and time isn't terribly different from one to another, and physically I'm able to do any of them, so I can't decide which one to take. What I love best is photography - so I'm leaning towards seeing monoliths. However, I'm also a big lighthouse lover (have seen over 400 of them) so the chance to see a lighthouse is tempting me as well. I'm not crazy about museums, although the Cetacean Research Center sounds pretty interesting.

      If anyone has opinions I'd love to hear them!

    • Wilcox Pass hike - Canadian Rockies

      Province of Alberta Jun 28, 2016 at 8:15 PM

      I would like to walk only a part of the trail for no more than an hour each way, preferably less. I understand that the beginning of the trail is uphill through a forested area which eventually opens up into a plateau with superb views of the glacier. Timewise, how far up is it to the views of the glacier? Will I be able to see the sheep as well on this short hike? Thanks.

    • Which will be Affrodable for Car Rental in Toronto

      Toronto Jul 15, 2016 at 5:14 AM

      Hi, guys i need a Car on rental at Toronto in Canada so can you please suggest me best car rental companies in Canada. thank you.

    • Road signs

      Quebec Jul 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

      We will be traveling by car in rural areas near Quebec city. Are the road signs only in French or in English/French?

    • Can anyone gives me some tips to how to get to Niagara Falls from Rochester NY?

      Niagara Falls Jul 7, 2016 at 7:12 AM

      Can anyone gives me some tips to how to get to Niagara Falls from Rochester NY? I was wondering about where to park, and where to walk around for a day trip to Niagara Falls. My family and I plan to take a day trip there, and I have never driven on the Canada. Any other trip recommendations are welcome! :)

      Thank you!

    • Help me to find out list of Car Rental comapnies

      Toronto Jul 20, 2016 at 4:09 AM

      Hi Guys! i need help to find out list of Car rental Companies in Toronto,Canada

    • freedom travel in the rockies

      Canada Jul 16, 2016 at 11:07 PM

      hi there
      Just asking for input about how my research is going for a trip in the Rockies

      i have seen that greyhound buses can take me from place to place(thanks virtual tourist Liecs),,,ie calgary, banff and (via kamloops) jasper. I am still trying to confirm if Bewleys can take me Banff to jasper by a quicker route. I have seen that public transport (ie Roam)will take me to banff gondala and a shuttle can take me to jasper sky tram. i have researched that i can get a tour from banff and jasper to go to the columbia ice field. i have seen that the Icefield is closer to jasper (from Jasper 105km.) than banff(Distance from Banff 195km)
      I would like to probably schedule in another tour at jasper, maybe lake moraine(everyone raves about it!) Looking at leaving Jasper by VIA train.
      My husband and i dont mind walking, but are not really hikers.
      Am i missing anything in my research? My main aim is to soak up the sights of the beautiful mountains and be awed by their majesty...the photos are just surreal...If anyone is familiar with the Remakables in Queenstown. the rocky mountains look every bit as good.
      I have read that often Lake Louise is iced over til mid June and we are keen to see Lake Louise beautiful colour in real life so it looks like we will be looking to come late June-August 2017.

      I have read that it will be free to visit the national parks in canada in 2017. That sounds like good news to me!
      any thoughts appreciated thanks

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      Montmorency Falls

      Quebec Jul 5, 2016 at 3:18 PM

      When staying in Quebec City what is the best way to get to the falls? Do public busses go there or is it best to book a tour?

    • Traveling in November

      Vancouver Jul 2, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      How is the weather and scenery in Vancouver in November? Planning on travel with my husband and son for about 7 days! Feedback please! TIA!

    • what to do in toronto

      Toronto Jul 10, 2016 at 9:37 AM

      I'm going to Toronto in the autumn for a week,has anyone got any recommendations as to what to go and see,besides the CN tower and Niagara Falls?Talking of which,is the train going to be the best and quickest way of getting to the falls?Also has anyone got any suggestions for reasonably/budget priced restaurants/diners near the centre of toronto?

    • public transport from calgary to banff and jasper

      Canada Jul 15, 2016 at 2:51 AM

      Hi I am wanting to visit the rockies. i cannot figure out what public transport there is from Calgary to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. I dont want to drive (everything is on the wrong side of the road for me). Can any one help? i thought i would fly to Calgary look over the rockies, do some local tours and then catch the train to Vancover..probably the Via (the rocky mountaineer is very expensive). Thanks very much

    • Best Tourist Spots

      Canada Jul 21, 2016 at 5:03 AM

      Hi...Friends i am Harry and am new at Canada. I don't know much about Canada so can you tell me which Tourist spot i must visit at once.

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      Fall Foliage in Eastern canada

      Canada Jul 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM

      if i had to choose one place , which one should i choose to witness the best fall foliage this year in eastern canada.....around Montreal or / new brunswick or,/ prince edward island /or cape breton in nova scotia..

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      Any groups in Canada that sponsor Everest trips?

      Vancouver Jul 19, 2016 at 3:17 AM

      I live in Vancouver. Travelling has been my passion ever since I can remember, but due to the fact that I’ve not been able to afford the expensive air tickets and other costs, my trips have been limited to the North American Continent. I’ve always nurtured a passion towards climbing some of the greatest Mountains in the world, especially Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest.
      But then again, as I was checking the costs for these trips I realized there’s no way in hell that I could afford any of these trips.
      I was going through some articles and blogs the other day when I came across a blog on the online portal of Freshslice Pizza ( ).
      Here, the CEO of the company sponsored the dreams of a man to conquer Everest itself.
      Is there any such similar person or group of people willing to sponsor a like minded person to achieve his dream of conquering the mighty mountains of the world?

      Desperately hoping for a positive reply.
      Thanks a million! :)

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      What to do and what to see!

      by TPasso Online Now Jun 22, 2016 at 8:25 PM

      Hi all!

      My girlfriend and I will be touring Cape Breton on the 1st weekend on September. We are in our mid (ahem...late) 20s.

      We would appreciate any kind of local insight into some of the trails, restaurants and music that makes Cape Breton what it is.

      We are not looking for the most touristy spots but rather little towns and restaurants...unknown gems if you will. We love camping, hiking, birding, FOOD, local music and of course a few adult beverages here and there.

      We plan to camp and use airbnb while we stay.

      I look forward to having you assist us with our planning!

      4 Answers Jun 23, 2016 at 1:25 PM
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      Toronto to Nova Scotia Road Trip!

      by akki_269 Online Now Mar 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

      Planning a Road trip from Toronto to Nova Scotia.
      Crew - 2 Couples in early 30's.
      Duration - 9 Days.
      Time - May end - June mid
      I definitely want to visit and explore Cabot trail so that's a must. If someone has done a similar trip and can share their Trip planner/itinerary that would be great. Some advise on Weather/Places to stay?

      3 Answers Mar 22, 2016 at 11:09 PM
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      Staying in West Mabou....

      by sarah00 Online Now Jul 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      Suggestions on things to do and see. Most of the tips are for things that are at least an hour away.

      1 Answer Jul 20, 2015 at 1:41 AM
    • Trip Route

      by triptoeastcoast Online Now Jun 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      we are planning a trip fromToronto and would like to drive to Maine and then to ST John's catche the ferry and land in Dibgy Nova Scotia--From the drive to the cabot trial-Is this even possible to do in 2 weeks?? Thanks for any adivise u may pass along--Is there a quicker or better route to do??

      1 Answer Jun 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    • first trip to cape breton

      by pambrezak Online Now Jun 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      we are planning a trip to cape breton mid july and no idea where to start-that can be good or bad! looking for some advice as to low key, but nice bed and breakfast spots-we are two couples that enjoy people, music and the outdoors.

      1 Answer Jun 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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      3-4 days in Cape Breton: stay in a single accommodation or break it up into 2 places?

      by travelmad478 Online Now May 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      We will be driving around Cape Breton for a few days in August. The idea is to come in from Halifax and then leave on the ferry from Sydney (to Argentia, NF). We definitely want to do the Cabot Trail and visit the golf course in Inverness--beyond that I don't know what we'll end up doing.

      My question: should we park ourselves in one accommodation on Cape Breton for the duration, or stay in more than one place? The distances do not seem too large, but I am guessing that the driving will be pretty slow. Any recommendations on location(s) for accommodation?

      2 Answers May 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM
    • travel advice wanted

      by michaelmargie Online Now Oct 29, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      we are coming from australia to nova scotia. i am thinking i want to do halifax, the highest tide at fundy, cape breton and perhaps the celtic trail by push bike. how would be best to go about this and what else must i see.

      2 Answers Oct 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM
    • late fall foliage

      by snikib Online Now Oct 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Are the leaves still on the trees in the cabot trail? Was going to go tomorrow, October 26.

      1 Answer Oct 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM
    • Fall in cabot trail

      by hamad11 Online Now Oct 9, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      I'm planning to visit cabot trail this friday the 11th of october. did the trees leaves get coloured or it's still green? and what is the best time to see the coloured trees?

      Thank you.

      3 Answers Oct 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
    • New Years in Cape Breton

      by karenknight Online Now Sep 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Two couples, love upscale charming, few days and nights in Cape Breton, January 1-4, 21013, any ideas?

      1 Answer Oct 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM
    • Hotels in Cape Breton

      by BDunson Online Now Jul 26, 2010 at 9:31 PM

      What can you tell me about The Silver Dart Lodge and The Normaway Inn?

    • Going Green--How to get around the Cabot Trail without a Car and no bikes

      by lisafedele Online Now Jul 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM

      We are coming by train and are travelling with 4 kids. We can't bike the Cabot Trail and don't want to rent a car. Our plan is tocamp at Brodcove near Ingonish in the National Park and bike around enjoy the beaches and hiking trails then pack-up after a week and hit another camping location near a beach.

      We can't bike the trail with the kids or lug all our camping equipment on the bikes. We need to get from Thuro to Ingonish with 6 bikes, our bags, tent and camping gear. Ha! Going green is not easy.

      I expected the Cabot Trail to have daily "Shuttles" or at least taxi service from point A to point B. I can't even get to Inongish! A ferry from Sydney to Inongish would be great but there is none despite there being a town called Ingonish Ferry (Google that and wonder why there is no schedule posted!)

      Any insight? We plan to leave in a few days. Renting a van doesn't even solve the problem because we can't bring 6 bikes in the van unless we add roof racks and back racks.

      Thank you,


      4 Answers Jul 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM
    • Need help with two more things for my itinerary.

      by pogopat Online Now Jun 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

      This is my iternary so far:

      Arrive at Halifax airport on Thurs Aug 12...overnight At Sea Kindly B & B in New Glascow

      Friday Aug around Cape George and then cross to CBI and go up Rt 19 to Maragree Harbor Area.
      Overnight on Aug 13, 14 and 15 at Ocean Haven B & B in Maragree area.
      While in this area...enjoy the music!!!, whale watch, hike, kayak hopefully....

      Monday...August 16th....trying to decide where to go...area from Neil's Harbor to St. Ann's possibly??? How is the kayaking and hiking on this side????

      Tuesday...Fortress of Lousiburg and the show that night. Stay at the Stacey House

      Wed..return to main island by route #4....overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn near the airport.

      Thurs home.

      Would appreciate suggestions on where to stay on the 16th of Aug...and also...anything we should NOT miss on that last day we are returning to the main island...along the way down Rt #4.

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    • stop over in maritimes too expensive

      by Muffyrabbit Online Now Jan 7, 2010 at 1:17 AM

      Can anyone advise me on the cheapest way to stop over and visit the maritimes for a week or two on the way back from visiting relatives in Vancouver late August September? Looking at multitrips with Air Canada is coming out at £1656.00!!!!!!
      If I fly London to Vancouver and break the return journey in Toronto it is only £665.00! Can you help with the best internal flights or other travel that will be cheaper and also would it be best to get to Halifax or St John's or any where else? Any travel advice much appreciated. We love to visit Canada and have been to BC several times but have never ventured into Eastern Canada

      2 Answers Mar 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM
    • Camping- Chéticamp vs Broad Cove / Ingonish

      by stillbrewing Online Now Jun 4, 2009 at 7:36 PM

      My wife & I are planning to camp 2 nights in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in early August and are trying to decide which of the 2 areas above would be best.

      We would prefer to stay on the west coast (Cheticamp), but want a campsite on/near the coastline (Ingonish).

      We want the best location for stunning scenery & a good selection of hiking trails. A good beach would be a bonus. Also, would the water be warmer on the Gulf side rather than the Atlantic side ?

      Can anyone suggest one "side" over the other ?

      Thanks !

      2 Answers Sep 26, 2009 at 7:11 AM
    • Little Black Flies That Bite!

      by lottahose Online Now Jun 1, 2009 at 8:25 AM


      We recently purchased a home on Cape Breton Island and will be moving there next year. We are spending the summer this year and my husband is already there. He is working on the acreage and has experienced those little black flies that bite! Does anyone know if there is a way to #1 reduce the numbers on a property and #2 Is there a bug spray or other kind of repellent that actually works against these little buggers?? ouch! Any help you could give would be really great! Thanks!

      2 Answers Jul 14, 2009 at 8:56 AM
    • Most efficient way to drive to Cape Breton

      by NewEngland04 Online Now Sep 11, 2008 at 11:09 AM

      This question is about the most efficient way to travel to Cape Breton Island by automobile. My son has moved to the island and I would like him to have his car.

      From the research I've done today, it seems that I could save time by taking a ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia rather than driving the entire way.

      I would greatly appreciate other considerations or advice you may have. Thanks very much in advance!

      2 Answers Sep 14, 2008 at 7:14 PM
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      Cape Breton Questions

      by lakeside44 Online Now Aug 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

      Hi there,

      I am interested in exploring Cape Breton Island, and wanted to ask these very basic questions:

      a) What is the best time(s) of year to check out Cape Breton?
      b) What is the most optimal number of days to allot for exploring the Island (to get a decent fill of what it has to offer)? For example, could I get a good grasp of what the island has to offer in an extended weekend (4-day) trip, or should it be a minimum of one week, etc.?
      c) What in your opinion are the not-to-be-missed places on the Island?



      6 Answers Aug 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM
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      Want to visit Cape Breton 2008 and I need HELP!

      by ashakasey Online Now May 6, 2008 at 10:41 PM

      We are traveling to Bar Harbour ME from NJ. From there we are taking the ferry " The Cat ". to Nova Scotia. We would like to visit Cape Breton.
      1. Bar Harbor- any ideas of where to stay by the water. Restaurants?
      2. Anybody go on " The Cat"? How was it?
      3. Cape Breton. Where to stay, restaurants to go to . Good lobster places to eat?
      4. ANY INFO is a great help! I have never been to any of the above places and I don't have a lot of$$$$$. Pls reply.
      Thank you.......

      4 Answers Jul 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM
    • Where is "The Barn" ??

      by Ballyshannon Online Now Feb 19, 2008 at 5:37 PM

      I'm an Irish/Celtic musician planning a trip to Cape Breton and have heard a lot about The Barn but can't find any info about the location. Where is it?


      3 Answers Dec 24, 2008 at 5:04 AM
    • Looking for Ghost Walks along the Cabot Trail- Information?

      by Anna_07 Online Now Oct 2, 2007 at 7:48 PM

      We are planning a weekend get-away on the weekend of October 12th and was wondering if anyone might know of any ghost-walks happening anywhere along the trail? Perhaps in Cheticamp or St. Ann's? Or maybe known stories of places in the area said to be haunted? Any info in this area would be appreciated.

      1 Answer Oct 4, 2007 at 1:00 PM
    • driving to Cape Breton from Portland, Maine...

      by danikr129 Online Now Aug 1, 2007 at 4:34 PM

      My boyfriend and i are going to drive to Cape Breton for a week's worth of backcountry camping. mapquest says that it takes 11 hours to get that true? if so, where is a good spot to camp halfway from portland to say..baddeck?? we dont have to camp on the way up, any suggestions of a nice town/city to stay in would be awesome! and if anyone knows any amazing backcountry hikes in CB i would greatly appreciate it!!

      3 Answers Aug 5, 2007 at 6:48 PM
    • hiker needs tips

      by missyfrancis Online Now Jun 24, 2007 at 8:47 AM

      hi, iam planning on goin to north river water falls in north river
      provincial park. I hear the trail is long and hard. My sister and our
      husbands are going.I was woundring if you knew anything we should bring
      with us,tips or just stuff we should be aware of.

      1 Answer Dec 24, 2008 at 5:20 AM
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      Fiddle Tune

      by Siobhan88 Online Now Jul 19, 2006 at 5:43 AM

      Oye, it's good to have finally found a Cape Breton forum.

      I have a music question for ANYBODY who's seen a TV commercial recently aired in the U.S... it's a vacation commercial with a fiddle tune playing in the background that I can't seem to find anywhere. I've been sifting through disk after disk of music from Nova Scotia online and at my local library, and I keep drawing blanks. In the commercial, you see the fiddler and friends playing for a few seconds - the fiddler, I believe, is a lad, and he's wearing a blue shirt.

      If anybody has a clue what I'm talking about and/or knows the title of the song, I'd be much obliged if you'd pass it along.
      Thanks Friends!

      ~ Siobhan

      2 Answers Jul 23, 2006 at 5:44 AM
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      Places to stay

      by KingRay3 Online Now Sep 10, 2005 at 3:40 PM

      I would like to rent a cottage/house type of place next summer on Cape Breton. If anyone has advice on this, please let me know. I am looking for information on best town, location, preferably by the beach or lake. Should accomodate 4 people and can be up to 2000 CDN for a week. I am thinking of late August too, and would like to know what time of year is the best to visit Cape Breton.


      3 Answers Dec 17, 2005 at 3:01 AM
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      Can you recommend a campground?

      by Knot Online Now Mar 8, 2005 at 10:26 AM

      I am looking for a campground in Cape Breton, near Cabot Trail, for 3 days in July (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). Can you suggest a campground? Ideally we want to stay near Margaree Forks or Dunvegan. I can't find pictures for any campsites in these areas. I saw some nice campgrounds in Cheticamp, but this is a little further north than where we wanted to base our camp. Does Cheticamp have the best campgrounds? We are looking for nice, scenic, quiet sites, and want to stay away from the "family-oriented" campgrounds that have playgrounds and pools, and recreation centers. We don't need a campground with so many services and amenities -- just potable water and flush toilets! Please recommend a campground! Thanks!

      3 Answers Jun 7, 2005 at 10:23 AM
    • Cape Breton Island or the Lighthouse tour

      by Bojo Online Now Jan 29, 2005 at 7:50 PM

      If you only have one week, where should I spend my time? I enjoy hiking, the coast and historical buildings. I do love lighthouses but definitely want to avoid really touristy areas. Don't want to follow a tour bus around while on vacation and don't want to have the views blocked by condos and big hotels. I prefer outdoor activities to the the city nightlife. Any suggestions on what to do and where to stay? Thanks

      5 Answers Jul 14, 2009 at 9:11 AM
    • Traveling from Maine

      by roisin77 Online Now Dec 30, 2004 at 7:49 AM

      Hi there~ My boyfriend and I are headed to Ingonish on Cape Breton Island for a week's vacation. We'll be leaving from Bar Harbor, Maine, and were wondering how long the journey would be. Any ideas? Also, we plan on skiing while we're up there, but we're open to any other suggested activities for this time of year. Thanks!

      1 Answer Dec 30, 2004 at 4:34 PM
    • Bring My Guitar?

      by verybigv Online Now Dec 6, 2004 at 11:14 AM

      I'll be in Cape Breton this summer. I am a fairly good guitar player. If I bring my guitar will someone show me some Cape Breton licks?

      2 Answers Apr 26, 2005 at 6:16 AM
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      Cape Breton Highlands Opening Date

      by BlondeBomber Online Now May 16, 2004 at 7:54 PM

      Does anybody know when the camping season in the Cape Breton National Highlands begins? I was wanting to plan a camping trip this May long weekend and wanted to know if I can do so. Any information would be appreciated.

      1 Answer May 18, 2004 at 3:25 AM