Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
If you have time, plan to include these roads in your trip:
The "Marine Drive" (Hwy 7) route along the eastern shore from Halifax through Clam Harbour, Sheet Harbour, to route 211 through Country Harbour, then on to route 316 through Guysborough, to route 344 past Boylston up through Mulgrave, until you reach the Canso Causeway. Be aware the ferry at Country Harbour only runs once an hour, on the hour I believe when travelling NE.
Get on Portland Street in Dartmouth and keep going. Nice possible stops along the way: Lawrencetown beach (prov. park -you can't miss it), the Chezzetcook dykes, Martinique beach (prov. beach park) take E Petpeswick road out of Musquodobit Hbr), Clam Harbour beach (prov. park), and basically anwhere along the coast you see a sign for a provincial park. NS is loaded with them. Just stick to the coast. From Dartmouth to C.B. is the better part of a day's ride in itself, though.
If you're more pressed for time, take the #7 as far as Musquodobit Hbr, and then turn left on to the 357, up the Musquodobit river valley, through Meaghers Grant and Elderbank to Middle Musquodobit. From there take the 224 to Upper Musquodobit, the 336 to the 289, and on to Stellarton/New Glasgow.
Coming towards CB from Truro along the 104/#4, just past New Glasgow, is the exit to hwy 245 through Merigomish, up towards Malignant cove on hwy 337. Parts of it are somewhat boring inland, but up towards the tip it is very entertaining and great scenery. Bring you back out at Antigonish, eventually.
If you're coming into NS from NB, you might want to go up Hwy 16 (the TCH) to Baie Verte and then take the minor road closest to the north shore (I don't have a good map handy) to the 366 in NS, to the #6 in Port Howe, on through Pugwash, Wallace, Malagash, Tatamagouche, River John, etc, on to Pictou.
Well, eastern Nova Scotia is more my old stomping grounds, and all the above are worthwhile, time allowing, on the way to CB. All of NS's marked scenic trails, such as the Evangeline Trail up to the Minas Basin (take in Cape Scot(Scott?), the one that sticks up into the Minas Basin and "The Lookoff" if you do that one, too. The Lighthouse route is also good. I also recommend the trip up the eastern shore of CB, inclduding the Fleur De Lis Trail, to Marion Bridge, and on to Louisbourg. I recommend getting off the 104 past St. Peter's and taking the 247 through L'Ardoise to Point Michaud, although continuing on from there to Grand River and back on to the trail will involve some unpaved roads.